[DANCEROULETTE] presents Stephanie Skura
[DANCEROULETTE] Stephanie Skura:
Surreptitious Preparations For An Impossible Total Act
Tuesday—Wednesday, April 18—19, 2017
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm
509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11217 (917) 267-0363
What: Stephanie Skura directs 7 elder-inclusive stellar improvisers for two back-to-back evenings of [DANCEROULETTE].
When: Tuesday—Wednesday, April 18—19, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door
Brooklyn, NY - Stephanie Skura directs a group of seven stellar improvisers representing a diversity of ages and nationalities to perform two evenings of Surreptitious Preparations For An Impossible Total Act. The cast is comprised of five women in their 60s and two in their forties who consider immersed, empowered, individualistic performing to be their top priority.
The project began in 2014 with Skura unable to raise funds for a complex movement-theatre work. After feeling stuck for a time, Skura invited a few beloved colleagues to do what they love, without having to raise a large sum of money. In a manner befitting their nomadic, frugal choreographer lifestyles, the group met in studios around the world wherever they intersected. This process evolved into a performance project, directed by Skura, with a with a group of seven of her dream collaborators. The improvisations are informed by specific scores and structures. The scores, frequently oxymoronic, elicit a multi-faceted movement and vocal language, fluid in narrative and emotional content. Though structures and even personnel can change, underlying values remain constant: diversity, individual autonomy, respectful collaboration, valuing the subconscious, and deep connections amidst differences.
Stephanie Skura has created interdisciplinary movement-based performances for three decades. Her process focuses on the power and totality of each performer, collaboratively discovering and developing material. Hailed as “a major American experimentalist,” she has an international reputation for adventurous work, performing and teaching all over the United States and in 15 countries. With a deep respect for individual diversity, and a sturdy respect for the subconscious, Skura’s work is guided by integration of body / mind / heart, creativity and technique, form and content, intellect and intuition. She received her BFA and MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Stephanie Skura - Director, Performer, Dancer
Juliette Mapp - Performer, Dancer
Shelley Hirsch - Performer, Dancer, Improvising Vocalist
Sally Dean - Performer, Dancer
Wendy Perron - Performer, Dancer
Paige Barnes - Performer, Dancer
Eva Karczag - Performer, Dancer
Debra Wanner - Performer, Dancer
Roulette began in 1978 as a spontaneous presentation of work by artists in a loft on West Broadway. Roulette is now an internationally recognized experimental contemporary art center, fulfilling its mission to support artists through presenting a substantial and diverse program of experimental music, dance and Intermedia, commissioning new work, paying the artists professional fees, and finding artists an audience interested in learning about traditions and developments in these art forms. In September 2011, Roulette took up residency in an Art Deco concert hall in Downtown Brooklyn. The new space features two levels of seating for up to 400 people (600 standing), an expanded multi-channel sound system, projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance. Since finding a new home, Roulette has received numerous accolades from major national and international critics and has been tipped as one of the city’s best concert halls.
Roulette operations and programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, mediaThe Foundation, Inc., The Counterpoint Fund, Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, Jerome Foundation, New York Community Trust and other equally important donors.
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