[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Workshop in Animal/Human Movement 7/15 or 7/20 and Audition for 8/12 Performance

Loren Groenendaal lorengroenendaal at gmail.com
Mon Jul 10 16:56:28 EDT 2017

Dear Philadelphia Movers,

I am writing to you to participate in a workshop and/or audition for a

Students in the *workshop* will learn about human developmental movement
patterns and animal body organizations with Choreographer Loren Groenendaal
<http://www.vervetdance.org/more-about-loren-groenendaal.php>, who is
also a Certified
Movement Analyst in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies. The theory and
practice of these patterns is highly informative to her work and could be
useful to other dancers, choreographers, and movement educators. There will
be an overview of the 6 main patterns from the LMA/BF system and a focus on
how humans share patterns with insects despite humans being vertebrates and
insects having an exoskeleton.

For the movers who participate in either workshop and are interested can
use either session as an *audition *(not just learning) to be in Vervet
Dance's performance of "Swarm!" a structured improvisation inspired by the
swarming behavior of locusts. Loren Groenendaal made this work was made in
collaboration with New York City-based pianist/composer Melinda Faylor
<https://melindafaylor.com/about/>. Groenendaal and Faylor are showcasing
several of their collaborations in "Semi-Composed: Metamorphosis"
<https://www.facebook.com/events/722810894569244/> on *Saturday, August 12 *at
the Performance Garage <http://www.performancegarage.org/> in two
performances at 6pm and 8pm.  Just let us know if you before or after the
workshop if you like to be considered to be a dancer in this show. Further,
the dancers cast in "Swarm!" if interested may also be considered for ". .
.of changes," another nature-inspired structured improvisation that
includes chance operations and connection to the I Ching, the Chinese Book
of Changes. Joining Faylor in the musical ensemble will be
Philadelphia-based percussionist Julius Masri  <http://www.juliusmasri.com/>and
New York City-based violinst Charlotte Munn-Wood


Come to one or both:

*5-7pm on Saturday, July 15, 2017*, and/or

*7-9pm on Thursday, July 20, 2017*

Both are at Mascher Space Cooperative <http://www.mascherdance.org/>, 155
Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B Philadelphia, PA 19122

Suggested Donation: $0- $20 ($10-20 for the workshop experience, $0 is
acceptable audition purpose)

*HOW TO SIGN UP*: If you are interested in the workshop and/or performance
opportunity, please RSVP to Loren Groenendaal at vervetdance at gmail.com.

You do NOT need to send your performer resume as I prefer to meet you in
the studio, rather than on paper.

If you are cast and commit to the "Swarm!" *performance* after these
workshop/auditions, you also need to be at* 2 rehearsals* leading up to the
*performance,* and the *tech rehearsal.* In these rehearsals, we will get
to know all of the collaborators (musicians and dancers), master the Swarm!
score even better, and try out the ". . .of changes" score too, practice
spacing, and getting lighting design.

If you are only interested in the *workshop,* don't worry about the
following rehearsal dates. . .



All of these events below are at the Performance Garage
<http://www.performancegarage.org/> at 1515 Brandywine Philadelphia, PA

*1a. *Meeting at or near Performance Garage (exact location tba)

*2:00pm-3:15pm Saturday, July 29, 2017*

*1b. *First full cast rehearsal in Performance Garage

*3:30pm-5:30pm on Saturday, July 29, 2017*

*2. *2nd full cast rehearsal in Performance Garage

*11:30am- 2:00pm on Saturday, August 5th, 2017*

*3. SHOW DAY - Tech Rehearsal and 2 Performances

*Saturday, August 12th, 2017*

*3:30pm-5:30pm* *Swarm *performers are part of a 30 minute tech rehearsal
in this 2 hour window, exact time tbd

*. . .of changes *performers are part of another 30 minute tech rehearsal
in this 2 hour window, exact time tbd

*6:00pm-7:30* Performance #1

*8:00pm-9:30pm * Performance #2

*Compensation: *

Each performer is guaranteed a minimal stipend. This stipend will go up
proportionally with ticket sales. We can discuss more at the

Dancers receive training in developmental movement patterns and performing
structured improvisations.

Due to Saturday, August 12th being an long day, Loren and Melinda will be
providing a vegetarian dinner on site for the cast.

Each performer will receive one complimentary ticket
<https://www.artful.ly/store/events/12683> to a performance and access to
professional video footage of the show to watch for their entertainment or
to use in portfolio/performance reel.

*MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS BEHIND Swarm! and Semi-Composed: Metamorphosis*

*Loren Groenendaal
<http://www.vervetdance.org/more-about-loren-groenendaal.php>* earned an
MFA in Choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a BA
in Dance and Visual Arts from Oberlin College, and is a Certified Movement
Analyst, completing her training at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of
Movement Studies. She is a dancer, improviser, and the founder, artistic
director, and choreographer for Philadelphia-based *Vervet Dance.
<http://www.vervetdance.org/> *She is also a founding member of the Mascher
Space Cooperative and the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia through which
she has curated and produced multiple shows and festivals. Her work has
been supported by multiple venues and organizations on the east coast
including the Biennial of Performance and Sound Art (MA), Frantasia (ME),
Green Space Blooms (NYC), Inhale Series (PHL), Mascher Space Cooperative
(PHL), Mosaic Dance Festival (NJ), North Carolina Dance Alliance Annual
Event Choreographer’s Showcase, Philly Fringe Festival, StudioSeries (PHL),
as well as being supported by residencies at the Abington Art Center (PA)
and the CEC’s New Edge Mix (PHL).  Loren builds unique movement
vocabularies drawing from her experience with modern, Balinese, social,
breakdance and contact improvisation. Her work investigates the community
building possibilities of live art, the spectrums between improvisation and
composition and between ritual and performance, and the idea that humans
are part of nature. She is a proponent of complexity, adaptability, and

*Melinda Faylor <https://melindafaylor.com/about/> *is a Brooklyn based
pianist and multimedia collaborator/curator who enjoys working with dance,
theater, puppetry, film, and electronics. In addition to working on her own
projects, she is involved in collaborations with dancer Loren Groenendaal
and the Vervet Dance company, the Curiosity Cabinet, composer Sugar Vendil
and singer Leighanne Saltsman. A graduate of Oberlin College and the
Manhattan School of Music, Melinda is employed as organist/pianist for the
Lutheran Church of Our Savior, as a freelance accompanist and soloist, and
she maintains a private teaching studio. She curated *Get Your Gamel-On!*
 (2011-2012), *Cage Hop *(September 2012), a festival in New York City
celebrating the centennial of innovative American composer John Cage, and
the Firehouse Space *Two Piano Festival: Burning Pianos *(2015).

*In collaboration, Loren and Melinda *often draw on their mutual interests
in nature, Balinese music and dance, and the work of John Cage as
inspiration for their contemporary aesthetic, resulting in percussive music
and movement and a theatrical performance style with ritualistic
connotations. Together, they have made multiple dance/music compositions
together with varying degrees of structure and cast size. Past performances
include: *Cage Hop *(NYC), *colorFULL* (PHL), *Get Your Gamel-On!*
(NYC), *Music
Mondays* at the Advent Lutheran Church (NYC), *StudioSeries* at Studio 34
(PHL), *Last Mondays* at Broad Street Ministry (PHL), *The Salon *(PHL), *On
the Edge of Red *(Greensboro, NC), *SOUP* (Greensboro, NC), *Frantasia*,
(Maine), *H-O-T Series of Philadelphia*, and a shows produced by *Impermanent
Society of Philadelphia *and* Vervet Dance *at Rigby Mansion (PHL).


*Swarm! *is a structured dance improvisation designed by Loren Groenendal
inspired by both the aleatoric interests and tonality of John Cage's music
as well as the swarming behavior of locusts. The original music is by
Melinda Faylor.  The dancers change from isolated creatures to more
gregarious entities just as locusts become more sociable as their serotonin
levels increase. The design of the dance structure follows the same pattern
that the locusts inhabit. The improvisatory nature of the score encourages
just enough chaos to keep this artwork present and more like the moment to
moment reality that the locusts live. Further, this blurring of art and
life, presentation and presence is in keeping with interests of John Cage,
a prolific artist of much inspiration for the artists behind *Swarm!*,
Melinda Faylor (composer and pianist) and Loren Groenendaal (dance score
designer and performer). Swarm! has been presented at *Cage Hop* and *Open
Performance *in New York City and *Last Mondays* in Philadelphia.
*...of changes* is an audience-interactive improvisational composition
designed and performed by Melinda Faylor and Loren Groenendaal and other
collaborators that uses the chance operations of coin tossing by audience
members to select I Ching characters for interpretation by the performers.
The I Ching characters are hexagrams (six-line characters) used in the
ancient Chinese divination practice described in the Book of Changes (the I
Ching), and represent a variety of  changes that can occur in nature our
society and some inspiration and wisdom to navigate these changes.  The
 performers interpret each hexagram character in several ways: the natural
elements that make up that hexagram, the kind of change or narrative that
it evokes, and the balance of yin/yang (receptivity/action).

Hoping to dance with you soon!
*-Loren (and Melinda) *

*Loren Groenendaal*
MFA in Choreography
BA in Dance and Visual Arts
Certified Movement Analyst
Founding Artistic Director of Vervet Dance <http://www.vervetdance.org/>
Founding Member/Curator of Impermanent Society of Philadelphia
Founding Member/Artist in Residence of Mascher Space Cooperative

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