VI·VA – Culminating Work of Eun Jung Choi and Frances Gremillion as MFA candidates in Temple’s Esther Boyer Dance Department

VI VA is the celebration of our culminating work as MFA candidates in Temple’s Esther Boyer Dance Department.  Two pieces will be presented, Study #2: Holy Cabinet and The Pathless Step, which explores the intricacies of our subtle energy, perception, and imagination.  Come experience performance art, dance, live music and original costume design created in response to our investigation of magic in the body.

The performance takes place in Conwell Dance Theater, 5th Floor, Conwell Hall, NE Corner Broad St. and Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.  Performance Dates are Friday, March 23 @ 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 24 @ 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm.  Tickets are on sale for: $20 general admission, $15 Students and senior citizens, $10 Dance Professioanls w. ID, $5 w/Temple student owlcard. For on-campus, cash only, ticket purchase, please visit the Liacouras Center Box Office, 1776 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, Monday-Saturday, 10-5. You may also purchase tickets online at www.liacourascenter.com or call 1-800-298-4200.

Eun Jung Choi
In the space of Holy Cabinet, everything is possible and nothing is impossible. Our collective imaginations will act as conduits to another world of the unforeseen. Over time, Holy Cabinet’s playfulness breaks down its original structure, providing a wide variety of visual palettes with its humor, buoyancy, and perplexity.  Set to an original music by Alban Bailly, Study #2: Holy Cabinet will be performed by “Philly’s most intriguing dancers” (by Lisa Kraus, Dance Magazine Jan. 12): Bronwen MacArthur, Guillermo Ortega Tanus, John Luna, and Scott McPheeters.  Guillermo Ortega Tanus designs the lights.

Choreographer’s Notes: I started this project with an intention to explore the nature of magic. My preliminary research involved types of magic that existed in different cultures, magical objects used in movies and TV shows, magical words, mythical creatures, and magical ideas. In the process of playing with numerous movement exercises with the dancers in the studio, I began to slowly step away from the idea of illusions and tricks, and to become more interested in the concepts of physical transformation, transformative/magical elements presented to my personal life, and child-like imagination, which opened me up to multiple possibilities to contextualize the movement. With complied movement generated through a magical rehearsal process, I am exploring in order to create an origami (another magical object!)-like playground where all spatial and temporal elements fold, unfold, appear, reappear, disappear, stretch, compress, collapse, overlaps, and expand.

Frances Gremillion
The Pathless Step is a celebration of the subtle body.  Designed in the world of webs through which our energy travels, improvisational impulses mixed with set choreography erupt from the dancers’ exploration of their internal energy fields.  Set to an original composition by Kenan Serenbetz, the movement vibrates through each dancers’ body, then emanates out to unite the group as a whole.  Performed by a strong collective of dancers from Temple’s programs, we unite undergraduates, graduate students, MFA recipients, and PhD candidates.

Choreographer’s Notes: I created this piece by exploring patterns of movement connected to the subtle energy system in the body, the chakra system.  Throughout our explorations of the chakras, we found that each individual has their own holistic response to this work, as well as their own internal resistance or fears.  By acknowledging these fears and aligning our investigation with the truth of our natural impulses, we came to find stability from the earth, and to access the flow of water within the body as an impetus for change.  Together, we celebrate our cycles and paths, and share in a final healing ritual.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Eun Jung Choi, featured as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2012, is a movement artist who has been working professionally for the past 15 years in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Korea.  Currently she is an Artist-in-Residence at the Live Arts Brewery 2011-2012.  As an independent artist, she has received funds from New York Danspace Project’s 2006-07, 05-06, and 03-04 Commissioning Initiatives, Korean Cultural Services NY, Dance New Amsterdam and Union StreetDance Rehearsal Space Grant. Her choreography has been seen at Sushi Performance and Visual Art (San Diego), CEC (Philadelphia), DancenOw, Danspace Project’s City/Dans, Global Exchange, DraftWork, FOOD FOR THOUGHT, DRA, Mexico Now Festival, Danceworks (Milwaukee), Daegue International Festival (Korea), Sexto Encuentro de Nueva Danza (Mexico City), and nEW Festival (Philadelphia).  Since 2008, she has been Artistic Co-Director of Da·Da·Dance Project, a duet repertory dance theater.  Since its inception, the company has appeared at La MaMa Moves Festival 08 and 09, Perfromance Mix Festival, nEW Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, Variations in a Foreign Land 2008 and 2010, paraphrase/NEXUS, Atypical at Painted Bride Arts Center, 5EINCE (Mexico), Casa de las Bombas (Mexico), Teatro del Fuego Nuevo (Mexico), Los Talleres (Mexico City), Encuentro de Nueva Danza y Nueva Música (Mexico City) and XI Muestra Internacional de Danza Contemporánea Oaxaca (Mexico), Joyce SoHo, WAVE RISING series, International Avant Garde Festival, (Merida Yucatan), Hollins University’ Fall Dance (Virginia), and International SIDance Festival, Seoul, Korea, presenting works by Gerald Casel, Helena Franzén, Elise Knudson, Luke Gutgsell, Eun Jung Choi and Guillermo Ortega Tanus.

As a teacher, Eun Jung has taught at the NC Governor’s School, Daegue Catholic University (Daegu, Korea), University of North Carolina School of the Arts, CICO (Center of Choreographic Investigation, Mexico), 72 Horas de Verano en Movimiento (Mexico City), Movimiento Escénico/Laborame (Mexico City), Little Red House School, Tanya Tower, Queens International High School, White Bird Productions, La Cantera (Mexico City), Rowan University, Temple University, and Bryn Marw College. She will return to UNCSA to teach Summer School in June-July 2012.

After graduating from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Eun Jung danced with Sean Curran Company (NY), Limon Dance Company (NY), Malashock Dance and Company (San Diego), Risa Jaroslow and Dancers (NY), Helena Franzen (Sweden), Katja Wachter (Germany), Pulso Co. de Danza (Mexico), Laughing Stone Dance Company (Korea), Eun Me Ahn Dance (NY), Allyson Green Dance (NY/San Diego), Laura Peterson Choreography (NY), Airelise (NY), and Kate Watson-Wallace/annonymous body (Philadelphia).  Since last year, she has been collaborating with Nichole Canuso Dance Company and White Box Theater, directed by Sebastienne Mundheim in Philadelphia.

 

Frances Gremillion (Choreographer/Dancer) began her career dancing numerous roles for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre.  During this period she studied with the Charleston Ballet, the South Carolina Dance Conservatory, the Joffrey Ballet and The Rock School.  While completing her English Literature and Creative Writing degree at Louisiana State University, Frances performed as a featured dancer with the Cangelosi Dance Project.  As a CDP member she prospered under the tutelage of Kris Cangelosi, Jose Traba, Susan Quinn and Nan Giordano. Her transfer to Philadelphia began as a teacher of poetry and dance at South Philadelphia High School and working as the Executive Assistant to Eric Amada of Arts Management Associates.  Frances has performed as a company member for Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company, and Alchemy Dance Company.  Other Philadelphia dance projects include working with Group Motion in REVIVAL choreographed by Wally Cardona, the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s production of Turandot, and in a Nichole Canuso Residency piece at Temple University.  Currently a TA, AI and MFA candidate in Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, Frances has had the privilege performing in works by Philip Grosser and Merian Soto, as well as in works by independent choreographers Kavin Grant, Colleen Hooper, and Michael T. Roberts.  Frances’ choreography has been presented in the 2010 and 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festivals.  Frances recently conceived and directed her first full-length performance, Revolving Spaces, a site-specific, multi-media dance piece that was conceived in creative collaboration with Colleen Hooper Performance Projects.  Throughout her graduate studies at Temple University, Frances has studied and taught Vinyasa Yoga.  Currently working to complete her 400 hour yoga teacher training with Jiva Mukti certified teacher, Jordanna Rock-Garden, Frances continues to learn about the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of practicing and teaching yoga. OM.

VI·VA
MFA Thesis Concert by Eun Jung Choi and Frances Gremillion

Friday, March 23 @ 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 24 @ 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Reception following Friday and Saturday night performances
Conwell Dance Theater, 5th Floor Conwell Hall, NE Corner Broad St. and Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Students and senior citizens, $10 Dance Professionals w. ID, $5 w/Temple student owlcard
For on-campus, cash only, ticket purchase, please visit the Liacouras Center Box Office, 1776 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, Monday-Saturday, 10-5.
Purchase tickets online at www.liacourascenter.com or call 1-800-298-4200

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