NYC Debut of sub-Rosa, Multi-media Dance Collaboration with Cheronne Wong

sub-Rosa came to NYC for a weekend of performances this past May 1st-3rd, 2009. Here are some still-photos plus links to the promo-video and reviews by The New York Times and Eye on Dance. Joyce SoHo was the perfect setting. I was overwhelmed by how powerfully the performance came off! Markedly smaller than the venue for our Seattle debut (see Sculpture Dance – Summer 2007 below), the SoHo stage was the perfect size for all of the show’s elements to coallesce into a potent, unified expression. I was particularly moved by Amy Denio’s score. And, as always, super-stoked to watch the dancers course thru John Pai’s video projections and Melinda Short’s lighting.

I attended The College of William & Mary with choreographer Cheronne Wong, and never missed a performance of Orchesis, the modern dance group she performed and choreographed with. Orchesis was my introduction to modern dance, as well as a formative influence on my creative process. Through the campus Martial Arts Club, I studied Karate and practiced a lot of full-contact, un-gloved fighting. After every Orchesis show, for some reason,  the experience always moved me to call one of my sparring partners to get together for a late-night session of our own explosive “improvisational dance” (albeit spontaneous and un-choreographed). We’d commandeer the nearest deserted dormitory attic or the dark, Sunken Gardens with bull-headed, full-speed abandon. My fascination with the kinetic possibilities of the human figure clearly informs the figurative scale and gestural quality of the shapes I feel compelled to commit to steel wire and bronze. I don’t know how to prove that I translate elements of velocity, poise and balance from my snowboarding, rock & ice climbing, swimming, biking and surf habits into artwork, but, I’d welcome another opportunity to collaborate with dancers!

Press note: a small section of the lower part of my sculpture appears in The Times photograph, with the small white “dinosaur egg” abstractions attached to performer Naho Shioya’s dress (by K.D. Schill); both un-credited.

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