The 2016 MATATU Festival of Stories presents:
Dancers from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet LIVE IN OAKLAND!
PROGRAM I | 7:1 PM | Starline Social Club
Courtney Henry & Jeffrey Van Sciver will be performing a pas de duex from Alonzo King's work "Biophony" which premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in April 2015. This work was a collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford, who worked with King to compose a ballet score from several rare habitats around the globe, both marine and terrestrial. The duet being performed this evening is titled "Mare Nostrum" and is the third movement of eight. Beginning with a surface geophony of ocean waves, the aquatic sonic journey slowly draws use below the surface where we hear the combined vocalizations of humpback whales interleaved with numerous species of fish. Costume Design by Robert Rosenwasser.
PERFORMANCE IN CONCERT WITH THE SEA IS HISTORY (work in progress)
The Sea is History, made in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is a free adaptation of the poem by Derek Walcott. The film is a materialist and animist critique of the monumentalisation of European colonial history, reading the past instead as something intimately entangled within the present - as a living and mutational thing made up of the living and the dead. It is in this sense that the film suggests a way beyond the boundary évent that could be called the Plantationocene (brought on with the onset of modernity and the system of globalised capitalism that started with the colonisation of the Americas in 1492, with Columbus arriving in Ayiti; latter day Dominican Republic) - and towards a possible "Chthulucenic" future of créolised assemblages as a politics of re-narrativising death within life.
PROGRAM II | 9:15 | Starline Social Club
Six dancers from Alonzo King LINES Ballet creatively explore ideas centered around duality and communication. A work in progress, three couples explore movement language invoking harmony, dissonance, and play. Serving as a visceral release, the bodies speak. Collectively declaring statements as well as asking questions about living for the light and dancing for the dead.
Dancers: Adji Cissoko, Madeline DeVries, Shuaib Dee Elhassan,
Courtney Henry, Babatunji Johnson, & Jeffrey VanSciver.
THE LIVING NEED LIGHT, THE DEAD NEED MUSIC
The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music is a visual and musical journey through the fantastical funeral traditions and rituals of south Vietnam. It attempts to engage in dialogue with funerary traditions that pulsate in the same vein throughout the global south. The film merges documentary footage of actual funeral processions with stunning re-enactments that bring the film into the realm of the abstract, poetic and metaphorical – a rumination on death and the lives that pay homage to it.