Created in New Zealand, continued in Prague, to be performed in Philadelphia – SEED

In January 2011, Niki Cousineau and Gin MacCallum traveled to Auckland, New Zealand through the support of a fellowship from the Independence Foundation to work with choreographer Carol Brown, who is directing SEED. Brown is an award-winning choreographer of contemporary dance, a writer, teacher and Artistic Director of Carol Brown Dances. A New Zealander, her company was founded in 1996 and based in London until she recently returned to New Zealand where she is professor at the University of Auckland. Subcircle collaborated with Brown on their 2004 work CREVICE which also was a duet for Gin MacCallum and Niki Cousineau.

The history of this artistic collaboration (Brown, MacCallum and Cousineau) goes back even further when they first worked together in a project with Group Motion Company in 1999-2000 called A View from Here choreographed by Brown.

Now, over ten years later — SEED is a performance about lost habitat, dissection, and civility by two bird women in search of home.

After their initial research in New Zealand, rehearsals continued in Philadelphia until June when Gin, Niki and Jorge all traveled to Prague to collaborate with Carol and Russell at the Prague Quadriennal, where Carol and Jorge were presenting pieces. The Prague development period of SEED was supported by 56 backers who gave generously through a Kickstarter campaign.

Now back in Philadelphia, Gin and Niki have been rehearsing, Jorge is designing the set and video, and music is being composed by Russell Scoones (NZ), Rosie Langabeer (also a native New Zealander currently living in Philadelphia) and Jorge.

SEED  was informed and enriched by the lush natural scenery of New Zealand, the splendor of old-world Prague, and the gritty beauty of Philadelphia. November 2nd through 5th at 8pm each evening,  SEED will be performed in the intimate architecture of Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City.

Subcircle is the collaboration between choreographer Niki Cousineau and designer Jorge Cousineau. Niki Cousineau is a 2007 Pew Fellow and recipient of grants from Dance Advance, the Independence Foundation and PA Council on the Arts. Jorge Cousineau is an award-winning designer of sound, set, lights and video. A five-time Barrymore Award winner, Jorge received the Lortell Award for sound design in 2008 for his work on the Off-Broadway production of Opus. Since 1998, Subcircle has been transforming theatrical and site-specific spaces, merging dance, sound, set design, lighting and film. Collaborative in nature, the work strives to engulf audiences in created environments. Cinematic and introspective, Subcircle makes visible and vulnerable the inner lives of characters, citizens, and bodies. Their work has been performed in Germany in at the Fabrik (Potsdam), Dock 11 (Berlin) Berlin, Projeckttheater (Dresden) and at the International Theater Research Center Schloss Broellin. In Philadelphia, they have been presented in DanceBoom, the nEW Festival, Motion Pictures Festival and the Live Arts Festival.

November 2-5, 2011 at 8pm
Christ Church Neighborhood House, Philadelphia

Tickets for performances Nov 2-4 $20/$15 (students/seniors/Dance Professionals w. ID)
Saturday November 5th – Special Fundraising Performance and After Party with catering by Frog Commissary, Beer, Wine, Music and Raffle! Tickets for Saturday evening is $40 or $75 for two.
For more information please email: [email protected]

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