In Semi-Composed: Metamorphosis, Philadelphia-based Vervet Dance director Loren Groenendaal with New York City-based pianist Melinda Faylor present structured improvisational compositions from the past decade of their collaboration. All of the pieces on the program explore the themes of metamorphosis and change. Also on this concert will be work by special guests NYC-based composer and saxophonist Charlie Waters with bassist Luke Stewart and Philadelphia-based contemporary modern dance artist and University of Arts Professor Curt Haworth Vervet Dance’s ensemble will be completed by percussionist Julius Masri, violinist Charlotte Munn-Wood, and the Vervet Dancers of Derek Freeh, Nathan Dawley, Curt Haworth, Celine McBride, Peter Redgrave, Kate Seethaler, and Margot Electra Steinberg.
Semi-Composed: Metamorphosis will have TWO PERFORMANCES at The Performance Garage located at 1515 Brandywine St, Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, August 12, 2017 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Tickets (link below): $15 student/artist/senior, $25 general
at the door $20/$30
The venue is wheel chair accessible and the show is kid-friendly.
Groenendaal and Faylor will be presenting two larger works SWARM! (2012) and… of changes (2012) and a solo dance work accompanied by prepared piano, 0.03 grams Cantharidin (2009). This duo, 0.03 grams Cantharidin, takes its inspiration from the “Spanish Fly” beetle, whose secretions have been distilled to create aphrodisiacs — sometimes with fatal consequences. … of changes comes to life through the use of the I Ching, the Chinese «Book of Changes». The choice of the I Ching character to be used is determined though audience participation by coin tossing, resulting in one of the 64 evocative I Ching characters to then be interpreted by the performers. Metamorphosis is explored in a more literal sense in their work SWARM!, an improvisational game between dancers and musicians which explores ideas of swarm intelligence in choice making and leaderless movements. These longtime collaborators develop a creative vision together for each work, but they don’t hold on to it tightly; they allow themselves and their ensemble members to take some liberties in the moment, resulting in fresh and unique performances each time.
Joining Vervet Dance in this concert are the works of two guest artists, Curt Haworth and Charlie Waters.
«Tourbillion» directed and performed by is created in real-time with dancing collaborators Katrina Atkin and Christina Gesualdi and improvising/composing guitarist Tim Motzer. «Tourbillion» is structured in the gyre with an emphasis on the humanity and expression of each individual, we never know what it's going to look like. The point is not knowing and allowing the work in the moment to become the outcome. The subject is what is in front of us: time, space, light and everything that makes up each of us. We start moving, flooding the space and making the moment come alive.
Charles Waters is presenting a somewhat strucutred and somewhat free music composition.