New Performance Series Launches at Studio 34 This Spring – JUXTaPOSEApr 3rd, 2012 | By Steven Weisz | Category: Archived Articles
On April 14, 2012 at 7:30PM, Studio 34 will present JUXTaPOSE as a part of its Second Saturdays Series.
JUXTaPOSE is a performance series curated by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and produced by James Peniston, the Co-Founder of Studio 34. Picking up where Nicole Bindler left off over a year ago with her StudioSeries, Kosoko has created a showcase whose mission is to support the work of more matured artists. Kosoko writes, “When I say matured, I mean artists who have been making professional work for 8 to 10 years. All of the artists featured in JUXTaPOSE are veteran performers and artmakers. They all have a detailed understanding of their process, their vision, and the role their voices hold in the overall landscape of regional dance and performance.”
The artists included in this year’s inaugural event are: Marcel Foster (Host), Eun Jung Choi, Meg Foley, Jillian Harris Farrell, Jungwoong Kim, and Rucyl Mills (DJ). This electric group of artists comes from a diverse range of performance backgrounds. From classical to post-modern, they each add a very special, subtle flavor to the gumbo of movement forms that will be presented on April 14, 2012 at 7:30pm. The event will be followed by a Dance Party.
Host: Marcel Foster
Marcel William Foster moved to Philadelphia to study with the Headlong Performance Institute and currently works as Mascher Space Cooperative’s Community Engagement Coordinator and manages research and coworking for CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia. He is thrilled to be part of the incredible dance-theater community of Philly, and presented several new works including Simians and Cyborgs, The Jane Goodall: Experience (with Hyphen-Nation Arts), and Sonso, Simians and Pierrot. His research and performance projects received support from the Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, MetLife Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts.
Artist: Eun Jung Choi
Eun Jung Choi has worked with numerous collaborators and dance companies nationally and internationally, including Limón Dance Co., Allyson Green Dance, Seán Curran Co., Laura Peterson Choreography, Risa Jaroslow and Dancers, Katija Wachter (Germany), Helena Franzén (Sweden), Pulso Cía. de Danza (Mexico), and Malashock Dance and Co. (San Diego). As a choreographer, she has received funds from Danspace Project’s 2006-07, 05-06 and 03-04 Commissioning Initiatives, Korean Cultural Services NY, and Dance New Amsterdam, and her works have been presented in places, including Sushi Performance and Visual Art (San Diego), DancenOw, Danspace Project’s City/Dans,Global Exchange, Mexico Now Festival, Danceworks (Milwaukee), nEW Festival (Philadelphia), Daegue International Festival(Korea), Sexto Encuentro de Nueva Danza y Nueva Musica (Mexico City) and Seoul International Dance Festival. Currently she is artistic co-director of Da•Da•Dance Project, a duet repertory dance theatre.
Artist: Meg Foley
Meg Foley is a dance artist and the director of Moving Parts, a name ascribed to various dance- and performance-based acts that explore the materiality of dance and its relationship to form. Foley explores how art environments are made and tries to create elusive yet emotionally evocative performance experiences that straddle the fine line between focus and freedom. She is concerned with how somatic experience bumps up against visual experience – in seeing and in doing. Grounded in the body, she is exploring her relationship to herself, to others, and to the environment, asking existential questions about the basic experience of being. Her work has been presented by the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Thirdbird, Bowerbird, Mascher Space Cooperative, Little Berlin Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, the Community Education Center, Cirque De Verre, Scripps College, and in Movement Research at the Judson Church. She also loves baking, being in the woods, dressing up, and playing with her dog and two cats.
Artist: Jillian Harris Farrell
JILLIAN HARRIS toured nationally with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, performing works by noted choreographers such as Doug Varone and Moses Pendleton. Jillian was also a featured performer in the PBS televised broadcast of Della Davidson’s “Night Story.” Upon receiving her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she went on to perform with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. Her choreography has been shown at venues like Joyce SOHO (New York City), Chi Movement Arts Center (Philadelphia), and The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (Salt Lake City). In addition to choreographing, Jillian maintains an active teaching schedule, conducting master classes in the United States and abroad. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Temple University.
Artist: Jungwoong Kim
Jungwoong Kim was born and raised in South Korea. As a student he trained in different kinds of martial arts and traditional Korean dances. He became very interested in the energy exchange of the bodies and the movement discipline of protection and play. He graduated from the Korea National University of the Arts in Seoul. As a dancer he was a member of the Korea, Japan, China Dance Exchange Project 2002, with whom he toured in Asia. In Seoul, he performed with a number of choreographers, including award winning Trust Dance Company with whom he toured across the country, as well as Kathy Duck’s improvisational group Magpie in Amsterdam. His choreographic work has been supported by the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture and Arts Council Korea to produce full evening choreographies in a number of Seoul venues. Some of his other works include “Earthquake” presented at movement research Judson Church, “my son and a smile” presented at Flushing Town Hall, among other works at Etc. Series, Last Mondays and Falls Bridge Improvisation Festival.
Artist: Jessica Morgan
Jessica Morgan creates work that exposes somaticized memories and transforms personal and collective history into movement. Her work has been described as “unsettling and transfixing” (Dance View Times). She has been presented at Fresh Tracks at Dance Theater Workshop, Food for Thought at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Performance Mix Festival, BAX First Weekends, Studio 303 in Montreal, Brink Series at Dixon Place, The Tank’s New Work Series, thefidget space and Studio 34 in Philadelphia, and Dance Place in Washington D.C., among others. She has received funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and has been supported by two residencies from Dance Theater Workshop. She has enjoyed dancing with Mariah Maloney, Juliette Mapp, Kathy Westwater, Stephanie Tack, Rebecca Davis, Ursula Eagly, and Paige Martin. Morgan is originally from New York City and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase. She recently had a new work commissioned by the Estrogenius Festival in November 2011.
Disc Jockey: Rucyl Mills
Rucyl Mills is an audiovisual artist, music producer and vocalist who experiments with sound and visual stimulus. In 2008 she built the Chakakhantroller, a wearable midi controller, and continues to experiment with new formats of visual and electronic expression. Original member of the Goats, an alternative hip hop group (Ruffhouse/Columbia Records) in the 90s, Rucyl continued a rogue musical lifestyle in New York, making beats, experimental soul and jazz mashup tracks until returning to her hometown of Philadelphia in 2009. She has a Bachelors of Science in New Media from New School University, a Masters degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University, and is a certified audio engineer. This year’s projects include sound and video stylist for This Town is a Mystery, an interactive dance project with Headlong Dance Theater premiering at the 2012 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, and a new solo record.
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Studio 34 in partnership with The Philadiction Movement, a member of anonymous bodies art collective
Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 7:30pm
Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143
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