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April 10, 2014 / 6:30pm

NYC debut of
Party To-Go

 
In Party To-Go, a service industry professional encounters a glimmer of hope while serving up his usual dish of despair.


April 3 - 4, 2014  /  8pm
 
Premiere of Babs' Favorite Sound




Triskelion Arts

118 N. 11th St. 3rd Floor
, Brooklyn, NY 11249
You're invited you to the debut presentation of Babs' Favorite Sound, a live dance meditation on the human orgasm (Barbara Streisand’s favorite sound, as revealed on the Actor’s Studio in 2004). I'll interpret Andrae Gonzalo’s orgasmic rendition of the singer’s Oscar-winning hit, The Way We Were, with movement invoking all four stages of Masters and Johnson’s Model of Sexual Response. Babs' Favorite Sound will be a delicious addition to Triskelion Arts' 5th Annual Comedy in Dance Festival.



November 7, 2013  /  8pm

Wild Art Book Launch Party

Smyth Tribeca Hotel
,
85 West Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Wild Art
, by Phaidon Press, is an incredibly brash and current collection of over 300 extraordinary artworks that are too offbeat, outrageous, kitschy, quirky, or funky for the formal art world. The works featured here are variously moving, funny, or shocking - and guaranteed to elicit a reaction.

Authors
David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro have studied alternative and underground art cultures for years. Here, they've compiled the ultimate collection of creative works that celebrate the beauty and art in anything and everything.

My dance satire Bowel Movement is featured in the Forbidden Art section (page 215). CLICK HERE to buy Wild Art on Amazon now.
September 26 - 28, 2013  /  8pm
 
Premiere of Home/made from RedWall Dance Theatre


You are cordially invited to
RedWall's humor-drenched production of Home/made. Join us in a playful, cynical romp exploring gender, sex, and relationships. Escape the formulated patterns of traditional home life! Discover the more tantalizing prospects of sexual awakening, the perfect lipstick and power of whiskey! You should come. It won't be the same without you.


 

Premiere of Burrow
from Bardos Ballet Theater


Video by Paul Rondeau

Burrow debuts in a series of FREE dance sneak-attacks in select NYC parks.

Sunday, MAY 19th, Foley Square Fountain, 7pm

Friday, MAY 24th, Fort Greene Park Steps, 7pm

Saturday, JUNE 1st, Fort Greene Park Steps, 7pm

Sunday, JUNE 2nd (2 performances!)
Somewhere in Manhattan, 11am / Somewhere in Brooklyn, 7pm

Architecture & dance converge this Spring in Burrow, a new performance happening from choreographer Cynthia Anne Stanley & architect Maria Sieira. Witness 12 women (& me) emerge from a mirage of World War II era styles & sounds. Watch them construct, inhabit, & disassemble dwellings both primal & domestic. Burrow is an exciting new work that explores the role of women as architects of society while honoring those that waited on the home front during WWII.



April 28 / May 18, 2013
 
Debut Performances from Shakedown Dance Collective


Image By Bonny Kahane

Sunday, April 28, 2013  Saturday, May 18, 2013
International Dance Day Gala Dance Parade New York 
Dixon Place
 Tompkins Square Park
7pm  1pm – 7pm
$10 - $100  FREE (General Public) $50 (Grandstand) 
TICKETS  RSVP: Barbara@DanceParade.org

A new highly inclusive, non-competitive dance collective, The Shakedown has been born to share the joy of dance with people of ages & backgrounds. Famed dance presenter, the Joyce Theater, gave us an 8 week residency. The New York Dance Parade has us slated for 2 upcoming performances. The new group will debut their new dance piece, Ain't No Thing, described as an exercise in effortless, groovy joy.

September 30, 2012  /  2pm  &  4pm

West Coast Premiere of Le Grand Continental


White Bird will present the West Coast Premiere of Le Grand Continental by Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Emard. 160 dancers of all creeds, shapes & ages will take over Portland's Pioneer Square to perform an ambitious, wildly creative, 30 minute line dance.

Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

View PRESS RELEASE
          PRESS LINK


June 22 - 24, 2012  /  7pm

 
U.S. Premiere of Le Grand Continental



The River To River Festival & Joyce Theater join forces to present the U.S. Premiere of Montréal choreographer Sylvain Émard’s Le Grand Continental. Combining festive line dancing with the fluidity & expressiveness of contemporary dance, Le Grand Continental brings together 160 New Yorkers of all ages & backgrounds to perform this ecstatic contemporary line dance.

South Street Sea Port
89 South Street, New York, NY 10038

"Best Moments in Dance 2012"




May 25 - 26, 2012
  /  8pm


Work-In-Progress Showing of Home/made



In this exclusive work-in-progress showing by Mary Ann Wall's RedWall Dance Theatre, HOME/MADE
explores obligatory middle American gender roles for men & women, human connections & of course, feminine hygiene.
 
 LIU / Pratt Building, #602  TICKETS: Free!
 Brooklyn, NY 11201
 RSVP: maryann.wall@gmail.com


 

April 12 - 13, 2012  /  8pm

New York Premiere of Bowel Movement



  Image By Jeanette Vidalia

Triskelion Arts' 3rd Annual Comedy in Dance Festival / Brooklyn, NY

Bowel Movement is a satirical ballet designed to confront one of the last taboos of man, shit. In this nightmarish dreamscape, we follow a very refined lady as she battles her darkest fear, her own excrement. Horror, humor, wild theatrics, silent movie era kitsch, you truly don’t want to miss this one. Remember, behind even the nastiest crap is a good man or woman- or at the very very least, a great show. (part of the evening length work Bathroom Follies)

 Triskelion Arts Complex
 TICKETS: $15
triskelionarts.org
Brooklyn, NY 11249  RESERVE: info@triskelionarts.org

View PRESS RELEASE          PRESS LINK

BOWEL MOVEMENT TRAILER!



October 21 - 22, 2011
  /  8:30pm


Premiering Mixed Marriages


Image By Andrae Gonzalo

In Mixed Marriages, lovers & collaborators of 8 years, Project Runway Designer Andrae Gonzalo & Choreographer Jamie Benson use juxtaposition to exploit the arc of their relationship, dramatizing everything from their servant origins (rich/poor) to their long distance relationship (NY/LA).

Highways Performance Space
TICKETS: $20
1651 18th Street
highwaysperformance.org
Santa Monica, CA 90404
RESERVE: (310) 315-1459

PRESS LINK
 

Sunday, March 6, 2011
  /  8pm

Premiering Mass Transit


Image By Emily Marchand

The Bootleg Theater presents Jamie Benson & Andrae Gonzalo's Mass Transit, a wildly theatrical, 40-minute performance installation directly inspired by real life Metro happenings. Through overlapping vignettes of dance, gesture, noise, and movement, Benson's hybrid-brand of choreography infuses classic & barbaric dance techniques with a vaudevillian performance shtick to create a bastardized Broadway experience.
Bootleg Theater TICKETS: $18
2220 Beverly Boulevard bootlegtheater.org/dance.html
Los Angeles, CA 90057 RESERVE: (213) 389-3856



January 22 - 23, 2010
  /  8:30pm

Workshop of Point B


Image By Stacey Adams

In a frenzied exercise of physical & emotional stamina, Jamie Benson introduces a new infectious dance solo called Point B. Inspired by Rudy Perez’s choreographic process of incorporating the use of space, focus, energy along with the bare experience of movement, Benson adds a linear emotional context in order to further dissect jazz and modern dance forms.

Highways Performance Space
TICKETS: $20
1651 18th Street
  highwaysperformance.org
Santa Monica, CA 90404
RESERVE: 310-453-1459



January 10, 2010  /  4pm

Performing
"Whoosh"
LA Improv Dance Festival / Electric Lodge / Venice, CA

DANCE IN LA REVIEW - By Anna Reid

(2nd Paragraph / psst- she didn't love the Perez work but liked my Itch Solo!)

 

June 6, 2009 
/  8pm


Tribute to Rudy Perez
Premiering "Surrender Dorothy"



Surrender Dorothy, the new work by famed post-modern choreographer Rudy Perez, is a collaboration between Liquid Skin Ensemble and members of the Rudy Perez Ensemble. One of the co-founders of New York's experimental Judson Dance Theatre, a coterie of artists who would define boundary-breaking "downtown" aesthetics in 1962, Perez continues to chart an unwavering course where pedestrian moves transcend the mundane to reveal bold, deep ideas.


Luckman Fine Arts Complex TICKETS: $30
5151 State University Drive  luckmanarts.org
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8116  RESERVE: (323) 343-660


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