Footloose presents HERE: an evening of work by Katherine Hawthorne
Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18, 2011 at 8 pm;
Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th Street, San Francisco, 94110
Tickets pay what you wish $10-15
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Footloose presents choreographer, Katharine Hawthorne, in her first full evening of work in San Francisco as part of the AIM: Artists in Motion residency series at Shotwell Studios. Hawthorne's work draws from her background as a trained physics research scientist and fuses technology with performance. She uses sensors, radio, moving light, and film along with choreography. Hailed as "entrancing" and "conceptually strong" by the Stanford Daily, HERE marks Hawthorne's arrival in San Francisco.

She will feature three works choreographed over the last three years: Hawthorne's first choreographic work, Living Line, premiered at the Cantor Art Center in October 2008. Living Line grew out of Hawthorne's experience living in Beijing, China for 4 months in 2008, during which time she studied with the Beijing LDTX Modern Dance Company, participated in the Beijing International Dance Festival, and performed at Caochangdi Workstation. Living Line drew inspiration from the practice of Chinese calligraphy and the creative process culminated in a collaboration with Bay Area based calligrapher Ann Miller to create film projections using Chinese characters and brushstrokes to evoke movement.

Sferic is an ongoing performance project involving an emergency crank radio and two dancers, one of whom wears a radio transmitter. The radio alternates transmitting static, picking up local radio stations, and locating the dancer in space through the tone. Radio becomes a third presence, mediating the two live performers' interactions in the space.

Lumen, Hawthorne's most recent work, was commissioned for the ODC Pilot Program. Lumen is a duet for two women and moving light source. One of the performers wears a small LED light, shaping the exchange between the dancers and constantly morphing the performance space.

Katharine Hawthorne is a San Francisco based choreographer and performance artist whose work addresses the intersection of science, technology, art practice, and authorship. She has performed with dance and theater artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, Minneapolis, MN, and Beijing, China. Katharine's choreography has been presented locally at ODC, Dance Mission, SOMArts, Shotwell Studios, San Francisco Young Choreographer's Festival, Stanford Lively Arts, and the Cantor Arts Center. She holds a B.S. in Physics and Dance, with honors, from Stanford University.