La Mezcla

Bruja

BRUJA

by Vanessa Sanchez/La Mezcla
featuring bien firme

SAT, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 5 PM
FREE COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE!
EASTSIDE CULTURAL CENTER

“Pachuquismo, mixing Son Jarocho and Tap Dance with soulful Mexican musical rhythms, Bruja reinvents and regains the Latina-Xicana Power.

“Bruja” is a theater performance showcasing and empowering Xicanas and Latina women of the Bay Area through rhythm, music, and dance. An exploration of the history of the Xicana experience through non-stereotypical artistic expression with a cultural and historical context spanning from the 1940’s (early Xicana history) through today.

SUPPORTED IN PART BY the Akonadi Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Building Demand for the Arts initiative, and Dancers’ Group’s CA$H Grant.”

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A Day of Son Jarocho

On June 18, 2016, I performed Zapateado with Son de la Bahía in this exciting performance which also featured Sonando Sur and Tarimba.

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Sonando Sur / Sonando Norte:
A Day of Son Jarocho – Música Veracruzana

Saturday, June 18 3pm-12am

Join us for a day of Son Jarocho “Sonando Sur / Sonando Norte” with workshops, concert and Fandango! Workshops include Zapateado dance, Jarana and requinto for various levels, followed by a live concert with different Son Jarocho groups from Veracruz and the Bay Area, highlighting the different aspects and interpretations of Son Jarocho music from the south of Veracruz, Mexico. Bring your instruments and dancing shoes and join us for an open FANDANGO after the concert!

 

WORKSHOPS: 3-5PM / LOCATION: @ MCCLA / PRICE: $15 FOR ONE CLASS OR $20 FOR TWO
Learn to play the Jarana and Requinto, and dance Zapateado Veracruzano!
• Beginning Jarana / Intermediate 3pm-4:00pm
• Requinto 3pm-4:00pm
• Zapateado 4:00pm-5pm
• Jarana Intermediate / Advanced 4:00pm-5pm
• Concert: 8pm – 10pm | Admission: ADV $18, DOOR $20

From Veracruz : Sonando Sur Claudio Vega from Los Vega Group, Diego Lira from Son del Valle, and Esthér Cruz
From the Bay: Son de la Bahía | Tarimba Followed by a FANDANGO until midnight!

For More information visit: “Son de la Bahía” on Facebook

Paz: Fandango Urbano 2016

On June 12, 2016, I participated in PAZ: Fandango Urbano 2016

as a class assistant and performer.

During the culminating performance, I accompanied DíaPaSon with new  Zapateado choreographies arranged by Maria de la Rosa.

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Come enjoy the music,  dance and culture from Veracruz, Mexico in this Son Jarocho concert! Witness the debut of four new original compositions by DíaPaSon, sones from the 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano project and traditional son jarocho repertoire. DíaPaSon’s guest artist from Veracruz, Mexico: Tacho Utrera, and other surprise guests will participate!
This concert is part of a two-week artist residency of the Son Jarocho group DíaPaSon at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. The artists will share a cross-cultural and cross-generational musical experience reflective of Bay Area urban fandango/son experience.
 
This series of events and workshops is commissioned by La Peña Cultural Center Berkeley and La Peña Austin and funded by NPN Creation Fund. 
 
ABOUT DíaPason
DíaPason is a collective of artists who are practitioners of folk music and dance, particularly the son jarocho, in the interest of promoting and preserving these cultural treasures. Gathered by María de la Rosa, these artists are active in the rich sonero community of the Bay Area and have collectively and individually studied the son art form with internationally renowned master artists of son jarocho and recently collaborated with them to create new repertoire. DíaPaSon often enjoys the privilege of having master artists from Mexico perform as guests in its programs. 
 
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
PAZ: Proyecto A Zapatear was a 2011 collaboration between master son jarocho artist Rubí Oseguera Rueda of Veracruz and local artist María de la Rosa of the Bay Area. In 2014, the pair invited additional master artists Patricio Hidalgo Belli and Felix José “Liche” Oseguera Rueda from Veracruz and additional local artists Artemio Posadas, Hector Lugo, Kamakshi (Tania Rodriguez), and Devin Valdez to form an artistic team that produced PAZ: Fandango Urbano. The team collectively created four new sones that are based on the contemporary Bay Area experience; have universal themes; are rooted in the son tradition; and are an invitation to others to add their voices to them over time. Their themes speak to the historical impact of the Gold Rush on the forming of the Bay Area; the expansivecommunity efforts in the fight for food justice, the growing concern for quality care and safe neighborhoods for children and a whimsical look into the altered reality of the American dream through the eyes of recent immigrants to the area.

¡FLACC! 2015

Join us this coming weekend Sept 25-27th, 2015 for ¡FLACC!

at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco!


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I’ll be performing with Piñata Dance Collective (choreographer Liz Boubion) for her new piece “Broken Piñata/Piñata #14”.

The festival includes works by Juan Manuel Aldape, Liz Boubion, Catherine Marie Davalos, Eric Garcia, Zari Le’on, Rogelio Lopez, and David Herrera.

The purpose of this annual showcase is to celebrate our heritage and innovations through multi-media dance performance.  Using our artistry as a vehicle to communicate relevant themes during our exceedingly escalating political and environmental climate, and to share culturally-based nuances with our dance communities, this festival also creates a platform to connect and strengthen our community as Chican@/Latin@ artists.  The artists’ subjects encompass a broad spectrum of abstract to dramatized themes of identity, immigration, deportation, gentrification, personal story, folkloric/modern fusions and re-appropriated traditions. ¡FLACC! 2015 also includes a site-specific street intervention celebrating the urban landscape of MCCLA’s 100 year old building, to invite public audience and visibility for the performing arts in the Mission District of San Francisco

¡FLACC! is committed to giving our greater community of Latino@s more access and exposure to contemporary modern and experimental dance forms by offering sliding scale tickets to the show, a free panel discussion with the artists and placing our work on a stage that specifically houses Latino/a artists. ¡FLACC! is the only annual contemporary dance festival celebrating the Latin@ constituency on the West Coast that is not centered on traditional or folkloric dance forms, (with the exception of one festival in 2009, that featured 3 artists, produced by choreographer, David Herrera, at The Garage. The other featured artists are Dance Monks, Detour Dance and Juan Aldape).

Our decision to create a space along the “cutting-edge” continuum of classical contemporary dance and performance art, gives the choreographers a lot of freedom socially, politically and artistically.  ¡FLACC! also allows us to share our work internationally with each other and to contribute our diverse artistic voices to the dance community locally, in a supported arena. ¡FLACC! 2014 was featured on KPOO FM with FLACC veterans, Natta Haotzima and Diana Lara and reviewed by writer, Heather Desaulniers in Critical Dance. This year, we are cross-promoting our publicity material with ODC, Shawl Anderson Dance Center and with all of our artist’s companies.  Our sustainability depends on our collaborations with each other and we are rapidly creating a recognizable platform for Latin@ artists to meet one another under one roof.

The Beat Fundraiser 2015

On August 29th, 2015, I performed for The Beat dance studio in Berkeley for their annual fundraiser performance!

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I was joined by Sharon Benitez and Tanya Benitez for an all-female trio performance of dances from the Mexican state of Jalisco.

The performance took place at the Malonga Casquelord Center For the Arts in Oakland on Aug 29th at 8pm.

See more information here!

Terrestrial Footprints

CHERIE HILL IRIEDANCE

Premieres

TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS

June 5-6, 2015 at Omni Oakland Commons

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Performance to feature live improvisation, African aesthetics and contemporary dance to new dub music by Brizion, rearranged by Peter Lionheart.

Tickets $10-35, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1446755;

More Information at http://www.iriedance.com/terrestrial-footprints.html

April 21, 2015, Oakland- After three years of developing her unit “Creative Movement and the African Aesthetic”, choreographer and dance teaching artist Cherie Hill premiers TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS, June 5-6, 8pm at the Omni Oakland Commons. Inspired by teaching African dance elements from a conceptual perspective, TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is an evening-length work, featuring diverse and splendid dancers, Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban, Andreina Maldonado, Hope McManus, Linda Phung and Rose Rothfeder, unreleased dub reggae music tracks produced by Brizion, rearranged by Peter Lionheart and new contemporary dance by Cherie Hill. Tickets are $10-35 pre-sale or at the door. For more information visit: http://www.iriedance.com/terrestrial-footprints.html.

TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is layered with ambient sound effects and heavy bass. Dancers connect, disconnect, ride waves of energy in their own and partners’ bodies and move with momentum and release. The choreography explores new contemporary dance styles that emphasize contracting, expanding, undulations and rhythm, concepts that are generally found in traditional African Diaspora dances, but rarely used for improvisational performance. Driving the piece is reggae dub music, a genre that is underground and eclectic in the U.S., and massively popular in parts of Europe and the Caribbean.

Composed of long, luscious movement, TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is the first dance of its kind entirely performed to dub reggae music. The piece moves between human and cosmic, revealing a painted gallery of female bodies, dancing through space, time and energy. Throughout, dancers collaborate with the environment and perform in the ballroom, on the stage, and in the balcony.

Hill says she fell in love with improvisation while taking summer workshops with Anna Halprin and teaching modern dance improvisation at Luna Dance Institute. She claims, “When dancers are given a structure to explore a concept or movement by their own means, they are empowered to reveal something that is hidden or unknown. As a black feminist and arts activist, I feel it is important for the dancers to experience and share these moments with the audience.” 

TERRESTRIAL FOOTPRINTS is motivated by the project “Creative Movement and the African Aesthetic” that was developed over a period of workshops, lectures and performances with the support of Luna Dance Institute, the Sacred Dance Guild, the National Dance Education Organization, and Peer Practices East Bay.

Cherie Hill IrieDance (www.iriedance.com)

Cherie Hill aka IrieDance is a creative artist who researches dance, transcendence, and how the body is a vessel for metaphysical presence. Her pieces juxtapose alternative and cosmic existence with “real-life” experience to provide insight into the causes and rationalities of the universe’s time and space continuum. Satisfied by raw, ecstatic, gut moving dance, IrieDance works experiment with non-conventional spaces and developing movement in correlation to the environment. Dance, trance, women and the African Diaspora are continued research topics intertwined with black feminist standpoint theory. A firm believer that dance will play a key part in leading society to personal/communal/and spiritual transformation, Cherie produces projects that are conscious, analytical, and meditational. Her works have been performed around the country, and she has published in journals and presented at international conferences. Cherie holds a BA in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, and a MFA in Dance from the University of CO Boulder. She is currently an independent choreographer, dance teaching artist and communications manager at Luna Dance Institute, and a research assistant for hip-hop dance legend Rennie Harris.

Brizion (https://brizion.wordpress.com/)

Brizion is a Dub and Roots music producer based in San Diego, California (USA) operating from DubStrand Studio, established in 2004. Since opening, Brizion has released numerous albums, CDs and digital recordings. His dub tracks have been featured on JAH Militant Records (France), Positive Vibes, Lion Roots, and Guidance HiFi, and his new releases include CD albums Deep Space, Dub Savanna, Defender Dubplates, Dub Prayer and Dub Revelation. Brizion mixes live at dub music events and recently performed at the United Nations of Dub USA Launch Party.

Peter Lionheart (http://innerstandingsound.com/)

Peter Lionheart has built Lionheart Sounds for years, playing many gigs, producing and distributing tens of thousands of conscious Reggae mix CD’s, and working with local roots singers and producers. In 2008 he met Rumi Q who spent his formative years in Paris where he was exposed to and inspired by the thriving Sound System scene. In 2013 they debuted monthly Sound Sanctuary events where Inner Standing Sound plays well tuned and heavily amplified Reggae and Dub music on a custom sound system to uplift the body, mind, and soul. Inner Standing works to provide a safe space, a vibrational Sound Sanctuary, where natural, earthly, and cosmic energies of upliftment can flow unimpeded. The medium used to carry these vibrations is Roots and Culture music from the vintage classics of the 70’s, the digital revolution of the 80’s, the roots resurgence of the 90’s, all the way to the current cosmic UK electronic dub.  The musical experience provided is deep, mystical, meditational, and uplifting.

For more information visit, http://www.iriedance.com/terrestrial-footprints.html.

Shawl-Anderson Open House

On January 11th, 2015, Ramon Pulido and I were officially announced as resident artists for 2015 at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center at the annual open house celebration! Since Ramon was not able to make it to the event, I prepared a solo to share with Shawl-Anderson’s community members (an idea seed for further exploration!).


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Ramon and I are incredibly excited to continue our choreographic experiments with Shawl-Anderson’s support. For more updates about our collaboration, Mudanza Discorde, get on our email list by sending an email to mudanzadiscorde@gmail.com.