2018 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT RESIDENCY:
Gerald Casel, Dancing Around Race
As part of Casel's residency, HMD will present three public gatherings that invite the community into this year-long conversation around equity and the arts.
The next DANCING AROUND RACE gathering is:
Thursday, February 28, 518 Valencia 7:30 PM
Featuring Thomas F. DeFrantz,
Professor of African and African American Studies and Theater Studies at Duke University
FREE But Reservations are required https://www.artful.ly/store/events/15815
Members of the artist cohort for Dancing Around Race are: Raissa Simpson, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Sammay Dizon, Yayoi Kambara and David Herrera.
Description of Dancing Around Race by Casel:
My choreographic work complicates and provokes questions surrounding colonialism, cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege, and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. For this residency, I will be engaging with artists as co-interrogators to look closely at the role race plays in dance production and presentation. We will ask how our work as artists functions in society and how the communities we engage with are considered, internalized, and reflected through our work. Employing a 'systems thinking' approach, I hope to connect with sectors of the Bay Area dance ecology and beyond to engage in invigorated dialogue to better understand how all are interconnected. We will invite curators, critics, scholars, dance writers, grantors, collaborators, publicists, and audience members to come together to spark conversations around dance. We will address systems of support, power and privilege, race and colorblind racial ideology, issues and problems around diversity, resilience and sustainability, and more. Working with the premise that all sectors are interdependent, we will promote a culture of empathy so that every part of the dance community feels more visible, heard, and understood. Finally, we will identify issues that dancers, choreographers and their collaborators face and will try to create solutions to problems that may be attributed to misunderstandings, uninformed assumptions, and myths.
Dancing Around Race AUDIENCE READER
Funding for the Community Engagement Residency comes from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Center for Cultural Innovation's Investing in Tomorrow program. This activity is also supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.
Photo of Gerald Casel by Robbie Sweeney.
Public Workshop and Audition for Dancers
August 10 & 11, 10-4 PM
A unique opportunity to study Cunningham technique and learn repertory with Rashuan Mitchell and Silas Riener, two acclaimed former members of the Cunningham company. Dancers will have the chance to audition to perform excerpts of Cunningham repertory at ODC Theater November 8 & 9, 2019. The audition portion of the workshop is optional, but dancers wanting to audition must take the workshop. Rehearsals and performances for the four selected dancers will be paid. Workshop space is limited. To register for the workshop: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/16621
ABOUT RASHAUN MITCHELL AND SILAS RIENER
Representatives of the Merce Cunningham Trust and
Lead Teaching Artists for Bay Area Artists In Conversation with Merce at 100
Since 2010 Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener have created dance in response to complex and active spatial environments, often merging elements of fantasy, absurdity, and quiet contemplation into challenging multifaceted performance. After working together in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mitchell and Riener developed a keen interest in the way abstraction and representation coincide in the body. Their collaborative work takes many forms, from site-specific installations, improvisational dances, and traditional proscenium pieces to highly crafted and intimate, immersive experiences. Historical influences and aesthetic forms collapse into a visually charged hybrid physical language. Together they have been part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program, the New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship, and have been artists in residence at EMPAC, Mount Tremper Arts, Wellesley College, Jacob’s Pillow, and Pieter. Their work has been presented at MOMA PS1 as part of Greater NY, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, REDCAT, ICA Boston and Summer Stages Dance, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, On the Boards, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music among many others. www.rashaunsilasdance.com
HMD’s 2019 Bridge Project is a Merce Cunningham Centennial Community Program.
Monday nights at 7 PM (one artist per clinic)
at ODC Theater
January 7-March 11 (no clinic Jan 21 nor Feb 18)
SIGN UP HERE: http://odc.dance/DancemakerClinic
A new opportunity for artistic growth and career coaching with choreographer and director Hope Mohr in ODC’s beautiful Studio B (50 feet x 61 feet). A full hour of individualized, private mentorship tailored around your needs and questions as a choreographer. Mentorship includes artistic feedback, production coaching, career strategy and a variety of tools to support your choreographic process. Artists can use the hour to show and document work in progress. Prior to your mentorship session, Mohr will connect with you to assess your needs and interests. Appropriate for choreographers at any career stage. Monday nights at 7 and 8 PM (one slot per artist). Cost: $50 includes space rental of Studio B. Questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIGN UP HERE: http://odc.dance/DancemakerClinic