The People Movers announce 7th chapter of CRAWL
The People Movers
The People Movers announce the seventh chapter of CRAWL: a multi-disciplinary, nomadic arts presenting series, now in its third year of programming. On March 17th and 18th, 2017, Chapter 7 will take place at Industry City Distillery at 8:00 PM. The evening will feature dance performances from Brendan Drake Choreography and Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, and photography from Nir Arieli.
CRAWL events have gained a foothold throughout New York, establishing a clear mission that fosters and supports emerging artists. CRAWL creates unique performative experiences in non-traditional spaces that simultaneously lead to the exploration of larger, relevant themes.
Arieli, Brown, and Drake tackle aspects of queerness, gender stereotypes, and isolation in CRAWL: Chapter 7. Arieli fills the space with subtle, ethereal images centered around contemporary male identity; Brown presents an elegant parody of gender norms in the bromance-inspired Package; and in The Big Finish, Drake demonstrates the paradox of isolation and depression amid boisterous self-expression.
“While Arieli, Brown, and Drake differ in tone and approach, they share a nuanced perception of multi-layered identity,” explains Kate Ladenheim, Founder and Executive Producer. “CRAWL: Chapter 7 reveals the insufficiency of stereotype, and its resulting psychological impact.”
Brendan Drake Choreography: The Big Finish
The Big Finish exploits camp, humor and the american musical theater songbook to speculate what might happen if we actually “let our freak flags fly.” Incorporating text and movement framed by thoughts on queerness, vanity, isolation and suicide, The Big Finish examines the thin veneer of public decency and an unraveling of sanity.
Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance: Package
Package began as a male trio that explored the term “bromance” and its association with masculinity and the straight male aversion towards potential homoerotic encounters. It applauded bromance, shedding light on the small range in which male bodies are depicted in popular culture, and simultaneously demonstrated the absurdity of the term itself. Now, four years after its premiere, Package has developed into an arena for eight multi-gendered bodies, demonstrating the ambiguity of the physical acts we associate with masculinity and femininity.
Nir Arieli presents intimate portraits of male dancers, layered on top of each other and collaged with images of their eyes. The different physical, actual, and optical perspectives of the dancer in each image exposes an internal dialog; a bridge between pain and process to liberation and beauty.
Arieli’s images allude to identity formation, mirroring the physical and mental demands of dance training. Wrapped up in in this identity formation are questions around masculinity, sexuality, intimacy, extroversion, and performance. Each image describes both the painful inner process and a redemptive outward resolution of this conflict.
CRAWL: Chapter 7 will take place Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18 at 8:00 p.m. Individual tickets are priced at $18 (early bird rate before March 3rd) and $20, and can be found at Crawlchapter7.eventbrite.com
CRAWL 7 will take place at Industry City Distillery, located at 33 35th Street in Brooklyn. It is accessible by the D, N, and R trains.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Kate Ladenheim | Artistic Director, The People Movers
Kate Ladenheim (BFA The Boston Conservatory) is the Artistic Director of The People Movers, a dance and production collaborative based in Brooklyn, NY. The People Movers create complex works that reveal the inherently performative qualities of our world through thoughtful and technical movement, and support the arts community as a whole by organizing relevant and engaging productions. In short, The People Movers make performances, and make performances happen.
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