Invertigo Dance Theatre's Virtual Fall Soirée
Invertigo Dance Theatre
Los Angeles’ Invertigo Dance Theatre will launch its “Kitchen Table Project” and honor community members and groups during its Virtual Fall Soirée on October 17 at 6 pm. Arts executive and consultant Renae Williams Niles, named “the most powerful person in dance in Los Angeles” by The Los Angeles Times/Laura Bleiberg, will emcee.
Soirée tickets start at $75. Those who are unable to pay the ticket price but would like to attend may connect with Invertigo's Executive Director, David Mack firstname.lastname@example.org or Artistic Director Laura Karlin at email@example.com.
Soirée guests are invited to attend from their kitchen tables. Invertigo’s new “Kitchen Table Project” explores how we get food on the table, who has access to it and how through a web of professional dance, community dance, conversations, memories, and workshops. In the weeks following the Soirée, the “Kitchen Table Project” will continue to unfold virtually.
During the course of the hour, Invertigo will recognize Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, the Auntie Sewing Squad and its founder Kristina Wong, and choreographer Kai Hazelwood for their innovative leadership and the way they live their values. City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell will receive the Public Service Award for his work advocating for citizens of all gender identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs. Performer Kristina Wong will accept the Community Impact Award on behalf of the Auntie Sewing Squad, a national network of hundreds of active “Aunties” who have sewn and shipped tens of thousands of masks to vulnerable communities across the North American continent. Choreographer Kai Hazelwood will receive the Artistic Impact Award for her tremendous artistry and work raising the profile of bi+/queer and BIPOC community issues.
Invertigo professional company members Cody Brunelle-Potter, Hyosun Choi, Jessica Dunn, Corina Kinnear, and Chelsea Roquero, joined by Jeanie McNamara, who dances in the Invertigo Dancing Through Parkinson’s (DTP) classes, will express a 20-minute installment of the “Kitchen Table Project”. Karlin is working with the Invertigo professional company members, and DTP teaching artist Rachel Whiting is working in collaboration with McNamara. The dancers will perform remotely from their own homes and kitchen tables. The evening will feature music by composers Mike Mac, Najeeb Sabour, and Diana Lynn Wallace.
One dancer is exploring the vulnerability and celebration of a person sitting at a table after being unhoused. Another pays respects to the ghosts who sit around tables by recalling the Korean fall festival holiday, Chuseok, honoring ancestors. A third tramples the etiquette, rules, and behaviors expected of a child at a meal, owning her raw, powerful, and playful place at the table as an adult. A fourth charts how her relationship with her table shifts over the course of a day, a week, a lifetime.
The fundraising event is hosted by Laura Karlin, Invertigo’s Founder and Artistic Director; David Mack, Executive Director, and Invertigo Dance Theatre's Staff, Board of Directors, and Artists via the company’s newly relaunched website, invertigodance.org. Matt Stoelt of Stoelt Productions is the event’s Executive Producer.
Photo: Invertigo’s Professional Company Dancer Hyosun Choi
Photo Credit: Sarvey Tahmasebi Rector
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