“Donna Mejia is a choreographer, lecturer, teacher, administrator, and performer specializing in contemporary dance, traditions of the Arab/African Diaspora, and new fusion traditions in world electronica. Donna is amongst a handful of artists authorized to instruct the Brazilian Silvestre Modern Dance Technique (an esoteric, codified system of contemporary dance technique).”
I posted video back in October, and since then a few more have been posted on her YouTube Channel. Cannot explain it completely, but having only encountered Donna through the digital medium, I’ve come to admire and respect this artist like I have never before. “Authenticity” comes to mind, but that only scratches the surface of what watching her perform evokes. There’s an earth honesty that flash for me whenever I see her energy move.
Add to that that she is the founder and director of the Sovereign Project:
“The Sovereign Collective: A Complete Re-Visioning of a Traditional Dance Company
“Sovereign” is a movement arts and social action collective pledged to elevate social consciousness toward a reverent connection to the human body. This project is an effort to mobilize concerned citizens around an issue that can seem too large for an individual to take on: sovereignty of the human body.
Transgressions against physical self-determination manifest across international, cultural, religious, political and economic lines in a multitude of practices: genital mutilation; legally sanctioned infantile marriages; elder abuse; sexual servitude; censorship of sexual information; slavery; honor killings; media-influenced distortions of body-image; domestic violence; military torture; inaccessibility to affordable healthcare; forced medical intervention or end of life management; etc.”
DV8 Physical Theater: Mixing processes old-new, white-black, theater and dance, to explore language evolution through the medium of video dance. The results are very very interesting.
From Wikipedia: “Videodance is the contemporary term for the genre of dance made for the camera. In videodance, movement is the primary expressive element in the work rather than dialogue (as in conventional narrative movies) or music (as in music videos). Other names for this form are screendance, dance film, cinedance, and dance for camera.”
Despite the surprise snowstorm, many folks turned out for the Tu2.0 Party at Amendment 21 replete with tutus. Despite the snow and slush, hardcore CB-ers spun fire outdoors and dazzled the crowd. a few of the hipSwitch crew got a chance to perform the Corvus Corax sword routine. Lots of Fun!
“Majesty embraces the two young creatures with great tenderness; as do Queen and Serenities; and then all the world takes to embracing and congratulating; and so the betrothal is a finished thing.” — <em>History of Friedrich II of Prussia</em>
Gina Hernandez’s Dance Unlimited will be performing Next Thursday, February 25, 2010, at Galena High School Theatre and will be showcasing all of their 2010 Competition Dances to help raise funds for Green Eyes in Africa. Show begins at 7pm, minimum $5.00 donation is suggested.
I’ll have more to say about the Hafla on Saturday, but in the meantime we’ve posted a few of the snapshots that were taken by our cohorts at the event. Had my camera with me, but only managed to grab three shots!
SO grateful that others were more reliable. Check out the slideshow at the dAdima SEEDs website.
One of my favorite newspapers ran a story today about how American and other foreign dancer/instructors are keeping – and paying to keep Oriental dance authentic. Sad really, but read it in full for the current cultural analysis, and catch the short video.
I know its become a tiny industry here for promoters to attract students to immersion studies abroad, but somehow it comes off as sketchy. What do you think?
The Boston Globe has a feature on their online site called The Big Picture that I’ve been following for a while, as they share news stories in photographic format. A 1000 words and all that… Some of the captures are very beautiful and I particularly like the large sized images. This is one of my favorites and it IS best seen large.
Just found a really good article by Nichelle Strzepek over on the Dance Advantage blog titled “Introducing the Iliopsoas” that is well worth sharing. It’s not a very long article, and as we’ve been talking about this group of muscles in class, I thought it would be a good place to begin the search.
We spend a good portion of time in hip work and drills, and have added strengthening exercises of the Psoas for better technique and to avoid injuries.
Go read the whole piece at Dance Advantage, it will really help you understand why. She has a cute intro too!
This Oscar-winning film is a visual and emotional thriller. It is an impressionistic record of a flamenco dance class given to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada by two great teachers from Spain, Susana and Antonio Robledo. The film shows the beautiful young North American dancers–inspired by the flamenco rhythms and mesmerized by Susana’s extraordinary energy–joyously merging with an ancient gypsy culture.
Our nascent youth SEEDs
& Education through Dance} Program is now fully underway and has a
Check it out by clicking the leetle bug above, or check in on our progress over at: http://dadimaseeds.org.