CEC plays host to the NY Dance Exchange

The NY Dance Exchange is the annual artists exchange between the CEC/Community Education Center and NYC based New Dance Alliance. The event presents an evening of dance and performance by an outstanding group of artists including up and coming and established artists from both cities.

This season’s Exchange brings to Philadelphia dancers/choreographers Vanessa Anspaugh and Regina Rocke, whose work has been presented extensively in NYC. The Philly artists are dancer/choreographer Zornitsa Stoyanova, director of Here[begin] Dance Co. and the Dawson Street Dramatic Society.

The CEC and the New Dance Alliance began collaborating through the artists exchange in 1983. The goal is to further innovative dance and performance, support artists and build audiences. The NY Dance Exchange, as the Philadelphia side of the exchange is named, is one of a very few opportunities for audiences to get up close and personal with NYC based artists. CEC Artistic Director Terri Shockley, “These are not the artists you are ever going to find at mainstream venues, but these are the artists creating the cutting edge work that makes the arts scene of NY.” Always provocative, bold and exciting, the NY Dance Exchange is a highlight of the CEC’s performance season.

New York Artists

Regina Rocke is originally from Georgetown, TX and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. In 2004 she graduated with a BFA in dance performance from Arizona State University and in 2006 she received her MFA from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival. Her work has been shown at the American College Dance Festival Association, The American Dance Festival, Hollins University, Movement Research at the Judson Church, AUNTS is Dance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Austrian Cultural Forum, and Rush Arts. Rocke has also presented her work at The Chocolate Factory, DRAFTWORKS at St. Marks Church, Dixon Place, SCOPE NY as well as Art Basal Miami.

Her work for the NY Dance Exchange will be new; it is her practice to create a work each time she performs. She begins each new work about one month before the performance, and she can’t tell you the title of the work or even the theme before it is time. Rocke explains, “I can tell you that my work mostly deals with commentary on the world at large. No topic goes unnoticed. Nothing is sacred. I discuss everything from feminist theory to racism to self-hatred to knitting to the environment to therapy sessions.”

Vanessa Anspaugh is a choreographer and performer originally from Los Angeles, CA. She is currently a Dance Theatre Workshop Studio Series Artist in Residence, as well as a BAX space-grant recipient for the Fall and Winter of 2010. Her dance and video work has been performed at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St.Marks Church, Movement Research Festival, Highways Performance Space, AUNTS, and as an artist in residence at Studio 303 in Montreal QC. She was also a collaborator on the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea project (a month long floating performance on homemade “junk rafts” down the Hudson River, culminating at Deitch Projects) with Installation Artist Swoon, and Playwright Lisa D’Amor. In the spring she showed her latest work in progress at Judson entitled, Casey, Cassidy, Casandra…Whatever, which was commissioned by the Fresh Tracks series for Emerging Artists at Dance Theater Workshop. Last winter she premiered We Are Weather.

Anspaugh will perform We Are Weather, a theatrical dance work that explores the ways we resist and simultaneously desire the dynamics of power and surrender that lie at the heart of intimacy. A trio, the piece subtly shifts the roles in this struggle between its three performers. By never declaring a single narrative center, the work underscores the plurality of meaning and experience at the heart of all human interactions.

Philadelphia Artists

Zornitsa Stoyanova is a native of Bulgaria and holds B.A. in Dance and Sound Design from Bennington College. In 2008 she was awarded two fellowships to study with Headlong Performance Institute, a post baccalaureate program in Philadelphia, where she focused on abstract character building, clowning and interactive theatrical performance. Since moving to Philadelphia, Zornitsa has choreographed and performed numerous dances, improvisations and human installations. Her work has been presented by Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts, Bowerbird, NEXUS Gallery, The New Edge Mix Festival, Etc. Series, StudioSeries, Inhale Performing Series, The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Philadelphia, Spiel Uhr, New York Dance Exchange as well as Mascher Artist in Residency show. Apart from Philadelphia, she has also shown work at Joyce SoHo, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church in NYC, Hubbart Hall in Cambridge, NY, in her native Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as in Budapest, Hungary.

Stoyanova will performance a new solo dance, as yet untitled, that she describes as a “dancy dance.” Unlike the works she has created in recent years, this work is about the movement and the music.

Dawson Street Dramatic Player, a group of young 20 somethings, was founded in 2008 by co-directors Gregory Day, a playwright from Houston, Texas and Antonia Cruz Arias, a flamenco singer from South Philadelphia. Fresh off their successful run at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Players will present an excerpt of Dead Air: The Final Broadcast of the Zombie Apocalypse. Taking their cue from Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre’s 1938 production of War of the Worlds, DEAD AIR explores those desperate last words broadcast on the airwaves, as the pollution and industry overflows and spills, causing the dead to rise from their graves and feast on the living.

One show only, Saturday, November 6 at 8pm. For more information call 215 387-1911. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets.

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