AIM: Artists in Motion ONE NIGHT ONLY! Friday February 8, 2019
Spring Fall Studio, 2547 8th Street #20 in the Sawtooth Building, Berkeley
Doors at 7:00; Performances from 7:30-9:30pm followed by a dance party
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About the artists and their work: Christine Germain of STEM with guest artist from Switzerland, Brigitta Schrepfer; Janet Collard with musician, Terran Olson; plus duet Garth Grimball and Heather Stockton of Wax Poet(s) perform their own original, dance theater.
Devised and performed by Christine Germain and Brigitta Schrepfer
christinegermainstem.org / somafon.com
Christine Germain uses touch on a daily basis to teach and communicate and is passionate about this new collaboration and research about the first sense. Brigitta Schrepfer loves dance as a language full of vividness! The two met in Switzerland and are now in residence with Berkeley Rep and Footloose to create a performance experience that invites the audience to reflect, communicate and explore their relationship to touch.
Christine Germain, Artistic Director of STEM is originally from Quebec. Christine is a movement explorer, dancer, choreographer whose work is inspired by principles related to somatics such as the Feldenkrais Method. Germain holds an MFA in Choreography from UC Davis and a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University. Awards include "Outstanding Choreographer" from Bay Area Dance Watch; "Most Promising Choreographer" from 2012 Montreal Fringe Festival, and a DAAD scholarship from the German government.
Brigitta Schrepfer is a Swiss contemporary dancer, improviser, choreographer and professor of dance. She is touring with her company, Brigitta Schrepfers SOMAFON in Switzerland and abroad. Her works reflect movements in society with vocabulary that is innovative, dynamic, creative and often humorous. The city of Zurich awarded her a six-month residency at ODC Dance in 2017. She teaches dance technique and improvisation at the Zurich University of the Arts. She is also a guest teacher for dance and improvisation at the University of Music in Basel. The book (in German) about her company "Brigitta Schrepfers SOMAFON" (2012) can be ordered at somafon.com.
Written and performed by Janet Collard with live music by Terran Olson
Valeska Gert was considered a wild, eccentric artist of the Weimar era, known for her theatrical dance solos based on life in 1920's Berlin. Janet Collard portrays Valeska while narrating her story and dancing her solos. Costumes based on Gert's original designs were made by Keriann Egeland. The composer, Terran Olson, will perform the score live. Janet Collard is a dance performing artist, singer, actor, choreographer and teacher. She holds a BFA in dance from CalArts and an MFA in dance performance and choreography from Mills. She has danced professionally for over a decade in the Bay Area for companies including Katie Faulkner's little seismic dance company, Gerald Casel Dance, Nancy Karp and Dancers. Janet was a member of AXIS Dance Company from 2008-2011 during which time she toured in the works of many renowned choreographers including David Dorfman, Joe Goode, Kate Weare, Shinichi Iova-Koga and others. Her choreography credits include the Youth Musical Theater Company, the Berkeley Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Cal Shakes Theater and Re:Act Theater.
fey/done/a/weigh Devised and performed by Heather Stockton and Garth Grimball of Wax Poet(s)
Heather Stockton and Garth Grimball will perform excerpts from fey/done/a/weigh premiering at ODC March 15-16, 2019. In this original dance work, their mutual popular culture experiences form the how and where we "fit" into and the potential deformity of fitting in. This duet culls from emotional archaeology on how pop culture informed our understanding of fatness and effeminacy.
Heather Stockton is the founder of the local dance collective, Wax Poet(s), where she dances between roles as co-director, choreographer, and performer. As a proud big bodied dancer, she works towards inclusivity for all bodies and ability in dance. She has choreographed and produced evening length shows at CounterPulse, Joe Goode Annex and Noh Space. Her choreography has been presented nationally at On the Boards Theater, Velocity Dance Center, Littlefield Concert Hall, Temescal Arts, Lisser Theater, Harvard University and Landis Performing Arts Center. Heather has danced in works by Amy O’Neal/Tiny Rage, Katie Faulkner, Sheldon Smith, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Wade Madsen and Merce Cunningham (staged by Holley Farmer). She received her BFA Cum Laude and MFA in Choreography and Performance with an emphasis in social justice at Mills where she was awarded the E.L. Wiegand Foundation Award for outstanding merit in performance and choreography.
Garth Grimball, a native of North Carolina, received his BA in Anthropology and Dance at UNC Asheville. He danced with Asheville Ballet for five seasons. He received his MFA in choreography and performance from Mills where he was the recipient of the Liatis Foundation Dance Scholarship award and performed in works by Merce Cunningham, Mel Wong, Sonya Delwaide, Sheldon Smith, Katie Faulkner and Molissa Fenley. His choreography has been featured in CounterPulse 2018 Spring season; ODC's Pilot Program, 2016 & 2017; and SpectorDance Choreographer's Showcase, 2015. He performs with Dana Lawton Dances and Oakland Ballet.