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Beach Dances 2018: Repetitions - seven days of dance

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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way

Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Rehearsal is the original do-over. And every do-over is something a little bit new. In an age of mechanical and digital copying, what does it mean to do things in the real world and in the physical body? Is history doomed to repeat itself as a farce or a tragedy? How does repetition vivify or stultify, and what is productive boredom in the context of the beach? With Beach Dances: Repetitions, the rehearsal process is presented as a both a way to examine these and other questions, and as an end in itself.

Join us for a week of contemporary dance open rehearsal (and a few work-in-progress presentations) from local choreographers Mecca Vazie Andrews, Suchi Branfman, Rebecca Bruno, Jay Carlon, Sarah Elgart, Victoria Marks, Pieter Open Studio, No)one. Art House, and Alexx Shilling. Seven days of dancers at work, Monday to Sunday June 4-10.

Beach Dances embeds the practice and creation of contemporary dance in the daily life of the beach. As choreographers and dancers work, all are invited to watch the rehearsal process, and if desired, find contrasts and draw parallels with the movements of other beach house guests; swimmers, cyclists, volleyballers and picnickers are to be found all around the sand-level stage. Stop by to get an open-air glimpse into the rehearsal room, try out mindful prompts based on the dance-making process, and experience the Beach House through choreographer's eyes.

Disclaimer: This is a week of dance-in-process. Except for the four events marked “Presentation,” the week will be full of dancers warming up, talking interpretation, moving abstractly, practicing small sections, and generally, “working it out” within the rehearsal times stated. Check back: schedule is being added to and some timeslots may shift.


Daily Schedule:

Monday June 4
12-3pm: Jay Carlon
3-4pm: No)one. Art House
4-4:30pm: Presentation - No)one. Art House RIGHT & L3FT
4:30-6pm: Rebecca Bruno
6-7pm: Workshop - Awareness & Movement with Rebecca Bruno

Tuesday June 5
11am-2pm: Jay Carlon
2-5pm: Sarah Elgart
5-7pm: Suchi Branfman

Wednesday June 6
11am-2pm: Jay Carlon
2-5:30pm: Alexx Shilling
5:30-7pm: Victoria Marks

Thursday June 7
9-11am: Mecca Vazie Andrews
11am-2pm: Jay Carlon
2-5pm: Sarah Elgart
5-7pm: Pieter Open Studio (Westside Edition)

Friday June 8
9-11am: Mecca Vazie Andrews
1-3pm: Suchi Branfman
4-6:30pm: Jay Carlon
6:30-7pm: Dress RehearsalPresentation: CARLON △▽△▽

Saturday June 9
11am-12pm: Workshop - Suchi Branfman
2-4pm: Suchi Branfman

1-2pm: Workshop - Jay Carlon
4-6:30pm: Jay Carlon

6:30-7pm: Presentation: CARLON △▽△▽

Sunday June 10
12-2pm: Mecca Vazie Andrews
2-4pm: Sarah Elgart
4-6:30pm: Jay Carlon
6:30-7pm: Presentation: CARLON △▽△▽


Mecca Vazie Andrews will be reframing pieces from [title], a recent work created in dialogue with the paintings of Laura Owens at the Whitney Museum. Swimming through a collage of past events, [title] re-imagines a possible future, based on a collective process of defining the meaning of freedom and enlightenment through cultural friction, re-appropriation and evolution. mecca vazie andrews is a Los Angeles-based instructor, choreographer, and dancer. Andrews founded her company the MOVEMENT movement in 2007 to explore alternative performance experiences that engage with local communities and cultural histories.

Suchi Branfman will be working on Carceral Landscapes – Freedom Dances with dancers/collaborators Ernst Fenelon Jr. and Amy Joy Oden. Carceral Landscapes – Freedom Dances is an evening-length performance in response to work Branfman did during her 2017 and 2018 artist residency at the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC,) a California state men’s prison located in Norco, California. The dance draws from experiences that surround the Prison Industrial Complex, including stories of a currently incarcerated entrepreneur, a female coach working in a men’s prison, the mother of a son incarcerated twelve hours away from home, a Zen Buddhist teaching meditation inside prison and an incarcerated man who trains horses for the Angola Prison Rodeo in Alabama. And, in response to a question asked by one of the incarcerated dancers, the piece invites the public response to the question: “What is Freedom?” Through movement, song, gesture, text and film, this dance will share stories from the landscape of these experiences.

On Saturday 6/9 at 11am Branfman leads a very different experience: Dancing by the Shore, an hour of dancing for children and families. Move, create and dance with others! Open to all ages, no experience required.

Rebecca Bruno is exploring open air unfolding mindful movement and will be leading a workshop on awareness and movement as part of her residency with LACI (Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator). All are welcome to explore! rebeccabruno.net

Company CARLON will be creating a new work throughout the week. The working Title is △▽△▽ [four triangles]
Choreographer and Director: Jay Carlon; Dancers: Samuel Wentz, Shauna Davis, Kim Thompson & Raymond Ejiofor; Musicians: Drummer Kevin Yokota & Sound Artist: Alex Wand; Costume Design: Anna Telcs. In △▽△▽ [four triangles], director Jay Carlon joins forces with garment designer Anna Telcs, Grammy Award-winning musician Alex Wand and drummer Kevin Yokota to create a new dance theatre work inspired by sacred geometry, resonant frequencies, pattern recognition, random number generators and cosmic alignments. jaycarlon.com

On Saturday 6/9 at 1pm Carlon leads Imagination, Movement & Flow, an all-levels class designed to offer a space for free movement exploration, creativity, and groove. Utilizing a therapeutic approach, participants are encouraged to find liberation in the body & mind through the integration of dance improvisation and yoga. All levels, abilities, body types, identities and genders. No previous training is required, but open-mindedness is a prerequisite. Wear clothes that you can sweat in, and take the class in bare feet or in socks.

Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow are in rehearsal for upcoming performances this summer for the INSITU Site-Specific Festival in NYC and for Jacob’s Pillow in the Berkshires. They are working on material for a new work, entitled Shape of Memory. Inspired by the fact that light from a star is actually memory made visible, Shape of Memory explores how memory inhabits and informs the body and the self, the individual and the collective. With an original score by composer/guitarist Nels Cline of Wilco, in collaboration with composer Paul Chavez of FeltLike, Shape of Memory is a work about the ephemerality of dance and life and reclaiming things lost in the face of the unstoppable passage of time. SE | AE engages audiences by transforming and catalyzing stages, screens, and sites, and painting them with singular visuals and visceral movement drawn from the quotidian human experience. sarahelgart.com

Victoria Marks is rehearsing a re-envisioning of Aaron Copeland's classic Appalachian Spring with dancers Alexx Shilling, Willy Souly and Kristianne Salcines.

Pieter is a non-profit organization that provides a space for dancers to create a nurturing society. Based on holistic support for all bodies, an open exchange of ideas and a reciprocity of generosity, Pieter is a place to be comfortable in the body-mind-spirit. Through workshops, classes, public performances and residencies, dancers work and play together in a non-hierarchical environment. Ideas are embodied, exchanged and transformed rather than owned. There is a belief in abundance and goodness. There is a belief that everyone has something to give. At Pieter, brave dancing bodies are at home. For Beach Dances, Pieter dancers share the stage for a Westside edition of their monthly open lab. pieterpasd.com

Alexx Shilling is rehearsing NOTHING THERE THERE (Topography); an embodied time-travelogue through Yiddishland (Belarus, Poland.) Nothing There There (Topography) is a multi-disciplinary dance performance that examines the bodily experience of visiting sites that for 1000 years teemed with Jewish life and Yiddish culture prior to World War II. Challenging the notion that there is "nothing there," this piece aims to transpose the fragments, feelings and perceptual frames that show what was and what is, There. Perhaps we can construct a new, imaginative space for continuation, while wondering, "what forms will we give to memory?" Perfomers: Rebecca Bryant, Madison Clark, Pedro Jimenez, Daniel Miramontes & Alexx Shilling; Sound/Music: Zaq Kenefick, Graphic Design: Betsy Medvedovsky. The creation of Nothing There here (Topography) has been generously supported by PAM Residencies, Asylum Arts and Loyola Marymount University's Dance Department. The piece will be presented as an evening length work in Winter 2018/9, venue TBD. alexxmakesdances.com

No)one. Art House will be working on a piece called RIGHT & L3FT. Created for children, but accessible for all ages, the work was commissioned by the Skirball Cultural Center for their annual Puppet Festival. No)one. Art House will be presenting this piece again on Thursday, June 7 as part of the LA Dance Platform Showcase organized by the Cultural Affairs Department for the DANCE/USA Conference. All are invited for a viewing of the work from 4-4:30pm. noonearthouse.org & vimeo.com/268054958


This week of casual rehearsal and work-in-progress presentation is open to all to come and go as you please. RSVP here to stay in touch and get any updates. By registering for this program via this eventbrite page, you consent to receiving occasional email about Beach House events from beachhouse@smgov.net. You can unsubscribe, or change your preferences at any time using the “unsubscribe” or “manage preferences” links on these emails.

Pool open Saturday and Sunday June 9 & 10, 10am-7pm. $10 adults, $4 youth 1-17, $5 seniors 60+.

Picnickers welcome (no pets, alcohol or glass permitted onsite.)

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. From PCH turn at the Beach House Way traffic light. From the beach bike path the Beach House is 1.5 miles north of the Santa Monica Pier. From Ocean Avenue/Palisades Park there are several pedestrian overpasses crossing PCH between the Santa Monica Pier and the Beach House, the closest one at Montana Ave.

Parking: The parking rate is Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Accessibility: The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. If you require any special disability related accommodations, please contact us at culture@smgov.net, call us at (310) 458-8350 or TDD: (310) 458-8696 at least 5 days prior to the event.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer and 3pm in the off season, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

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