fôr is a bi-city multidisciplinary collaborative exchange between Pittsburgh based movement-sound duo slowdanger and MICHIYAYA Dance. Between June and December 2017, the two duos will processed in intensive periods between NYC and PGH, offering open-level movement workshops, open rehearsals, and events where the local communities engaged with the artists.
The piece explored perspective and identity as a constantly shifting state of defining and destroying boundaries in space. This initiative examined how bridges can be built between national artistic communities through collaboration.
fôr premiered December 2nd & 3rd, 2017 at CPR-Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY and December 15th & 16th, 2017 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater's Alloy Studios in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dance Artists Anya Clarke, Taylor Knight, Anna Thompson, Mitsuko Verdery
Lighting Design ALEJANDRO FAJARDO
Spline unfolds the exploration of one's physical and psychological boundaries. MICHIYAYA Dance discovers the systems in which we create and are created for us to conform to certain parameters. Industrial, biological, and interpersonal systems are challenged through a variety of narratives. Ideas of mental disorders, individuality, and coexistence are investigated. Incorporated into Spline's concept will be the life and physical voice of Co-Artistic Director Mitsuko Verdery's grandfather, Pampa. Pampa's life experiences, and relationships serve as an inspiration for the work. The word spline is defined as a key fitting into the grooves of a wheel, integrally with the shaft to allow movement of the wheel. The definition of spline is an impetus for the work as it explains Clarke and Verdery's interest in the source and function of a problem.
Spline premiered March 25th and 26th, 2017 at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center.
Dance Artists Belinda Adam, Stephanie Carlos, Núria Martin Fandos, Aliza Russell, Hannah Seiden, Alexandra Wood
Musician/Composer JORDAN CHIOLIS
Sculptures SAAR SHEMESH
Lighting Design BARBARA SAMUELS
SPLINE WAS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO:
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Triskelion Arts Space Subsidy Program made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Heath Gallery.
Photos by Umi Akiyoshi Photography
MICHIYAYA Dance x THINX
MICHIYAYA Dance partnered with THINX on their first activewear collection: Period-Proof Dancewear. MICHIYAYA Dance choreographed THINX's first dance video on the four phases of the menstrual cycle, along with a performance for their launch of the collection.
Project V (5)
Project V (5) focuses on five different states of being: neglect, manipulation, emulation, repercussion, and rehabilitation. In these states, examining various qualities of touch such as contact, impact, perception, and communication of both ourselves and the other. MICHIYAYA Dance explores the different forms of human touch, interaction and its effect on self identity.
Project V (5) premiered March 5th and 6th, 2016 at CPR-Center for Performance Research.
Dance Artists Belinda Adam, Natsumi Sophia Bellali, Julia Discenza, Jacqueline Dugal, Núria Martin Fandos, Alana Ortiz, Marion Spencer, Blair Reavis-Tyler, Takako Yamanishi, Leal Zielińska
Musician/Composer Florent Ghys
Photos by Michael Discenza