bodycity joins Sharon’s Farm for outdoor performance – Saturday, August 1, 2009

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bodycity has been working on a very special dance. We are honored to participate in another Sharon’s Farm (remember edgecity?), but this time we will be dancing in a magical amphitheater in the back yard of two esteemed patrons of the arts. Yes, they took their awesome Altadena backyard slope and excavated it into a mossy amphitheater. Every crook and cranny is sprung with plant life. Lizards dance amongst the rocks and terracotta masks wink at you. It is an intoxicating place, especially if you bring a bottle of wine. Picnic with us this Saturday for an evening of original plays and our humble plant dance:

Prom Night Productions Presents

SHARON’S FARM

An Open Air Evening of New Theater, Dance & Music. It’s FREE!
WHEN: 8 PM, Saturday August 1
WHERE: FOLLY BOWL, www.paintedsurfaces.net
1601 E. Loma Alta Dr., Altadena, CA 91001

BRING seat cushions, a picnic & beverage of your choice & your sweater
ARRIVE between 7 & 7:30 PM to ensure a seat and enjoy your picnic!
DIRECTIONS: 134 Freeway to Pasadena, Exit Lake Ave.
Go North 2.7 miles, Right on Alta Dena Dr.
Go .8 mile, Left on Porter. Entrance is at Porter & Loma Alta, Street Parking (rain cancels)

In Order of Playing & Artists/Performers:

“Nina” written and directed by Hank Bunker
with Barry Sherman, Mike Wiles, Joe Sikora and Kadina de Elejalde

“House of Miracles” written and directed by Guy Zimmerman
with Corryn Cummins, Gregory Littman and Gray Palmer

“Dance The Plant Like,” a Dance Performance by bodycity
with Lake Sharp, Madeline Baugh, Alexis Hyman and Jennifer Lehman

“Teeth” written and directed by Wesley Walker
with Gill Gayle, Andrew Hopper and Lisa Littman

“Hidden Hills” written and directed by Sharon Yablon
with Kim Debus, Niamh McCormally and Christopher Kelley

MUSICIANS:
Andrew Pask/saxophones & clarinets
Steuart Liebig/contrabass guitars
Stephen Rowe/guitar & vocals

Did we mention that the musicians are composing music especially for us?

So cool! Hope to see you there!

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participate in bodycity hiking adventure through debs park! Sunday!

hi friends,

come participate in a movement exploration of debs park in hermon on sunday at 3pm. bring instruments!
bodycity will have a small performance at 4:30, then we will pot-luck at the top of the hill at the pond … bring a dish to share!

enter off of monterey road drive to the end of the lot and trot up the stairs:

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Here’s another map

See you there!

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earth shaking heart quaking love making

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Don’t worry, we won’t hurt you. But this collaboration is big. Not big, like a had a pretty big sandwich today. Big, like a mountain covered in old growth forest and inhabited by an aged gnome who knows all, grants wishes and visualizes visceral images beyond your wildest dreams.

LIGHT + bodycity = l o v e and there’s plenty to go around. Put that together with Billygoat and you’ve got a happening too big to miss.

Today! Thursday, May 14 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. it comes true. Billygoat, LIGHT and bodycity fill the space at the downtown arts walk at 410 Spring Street.

We want you and you want this.

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we love you guys

love like ribbons- the light blue string of interconnectedness, these two we have know for years, shared rooms and stories, snacks and endless roads, language and reclaiming language, grilled cheese and songs on backporches. Becoming humans in this world together. And for the wedding ceremony of meagan and evan, after dirt eating and water pouring, bodycity fancied a dance like a river, a dance like a sunburst, exploding with the love we felt for the wedding pair.

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more tales from future mountain

here are the outer edges:

This vid is an excerpt from our performance at the Gala opening of Collisionfest, an intimate, 11 day celebration of fringe artists from all over the world. Taking place in Los Angeles, this eclectic program of Cinema, performance and Multimedia dynamically presents – the current state of ‘Genre’, the influence of past, and the vision of future.
Check out flaunt.com for more coverage of the event.

mostly we are tromping around on the surface of something; future mountain. getting the lay of the land, surveying the atmosphere, developing maps and plans. we have new suits full of air and textured sound (it’s a strange thing to sweat inside of paper/plastic – a perspiring lemonade fresh from the market) that enhance our lady shapes in all the best ways. but we’ve built a small city here; point to the horizon, there.

what does your edge of the mountain look like?
is there dancing there?
can we come visit?

-meagan

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Demand Dystopia!

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bodycity, amid park dances and plotting deep celebrations of the coming spring, has been issued the generous initiation to dance at Collision Fest, an experimental film and art installation sponsored by Flaunt Magazine. We in turn, would like to extend the same invitation to you, our friends. All the info is below. Expect bodycity at its weirdiest! Demand dystopia! Try it, you like it! It’s free! There are children in China with no experimental art at all, so eat what’s on your plate! Aaaah the American Dream! These terrors and more await!

See you tomorrow!!!!!
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Wednesday, February 25
9pm-2am

Featuring Experimental Dance Troupe bodycity
existentialmedia.org/bodycity
http://www.vimeo.com/bodycity

Performance Artist Peggy Jo Pabustan

Short Films by the Bizzurke Army

Music Curated by DJ Diane Keaton and DJ Croobs of Found Gallery

Studio 1636
1636 Wilcox Ave
Hollywood, CA

Please RSVP to: rsvp@flauntmagazine.com

The Engine Collision Festival is an intimate, 11 day celebration of fringe artists from all over the world. Taking place in Los Angeles, this eclectic program of Cinema, performance and Multimedia dynamically presents – the current state of ‘Genre’, the influence of past, and the vision of future.

Among Engine Collision Fest headliners:

David Lynch will be screening a selection of unavailable short works.
Metalocaplyse will be premier their second season from Adult Swim.
Slamdance Film fest has put together a night of their 2009 winners.
Cory McAbee is screening “The American Astronaut”.
Cherry Vanilla will read from her autobiography.
Shannyn Sossamon will reveal her experimental video project, “Maudegone”.

And many more accomplished headliners.

Everything will be projected onto a 2000 pound sculpture of made out oxidized steel called, “The Engine” amidst the breathtaking installation art of world renown artists Sonik Mercury and Kofie One.

http://enginecollisionfest.com/
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Waking the Witch

There is no question that Kate Bush has had a great influence on bodycity. We are no strangers to youtube, researching birds, dressage, foreign dance shows, Janet Jackson, and cat videos to name a few. But I find myself (this is Lake btw) always coming back to Kate Bush’s videos.

Kate Bush is a powerhouse choreographer songstress who was at the front of the music video revolution. Each music video tells a story with her as the main character dancing through foggy futures, forests, and shattering glass. Her choreography has the elements of modern dance that we all know, everyday gestures exaggerated to sweeping moves, enthusiastic prancing and the precision of a trained dancer. The dancing can be as narrative as her videos, clearly trying to tell a story and lead her audience, but what I love is her very particular attitude, enthusiasm and weirdness. Her quirky facial expressions, “edgy” costumes and bizarre sets are what make her videos so charming and entertaining. Looking back, the videos seem a little amateurish, lots of fog machines and dudes with beards, though I would guess she was on the cutting edge of video fx. But this just adds to the pleasure of her videos, and it’s that aspect, the enthusiastic awkwardness (as well as the straight up humor) that has been most inspirational to me, especially when we built the Halloween dance, “through the Glass Mass.” Here is a smattering of some favorite videos:
The set and costumes alone make this video amazing, that and her signature all male back-ground dancers.

This is the classic folk story of the wife thinking her husband is cheating on her so she disguises herself to trick him into adultery, note the double bass as the symbolic gesture of her husband.

She was only 19 when this single came out, signaling the beginning of many cross-fades, mirroring effects, and fog machines.

Everbody knows and loves this song, right? The video is a classic and very modern dancey, with fans.

I also have to mention “Army Dreamers” which features an incredible sequence of her being blown up and flying backwards, ass over teakettle. In “Sat in your Lap“, the fx is taken to another level with video inserts of dunces and jesters dancing in her palms and rollerskating. In “Breathing” she is in a plastic womb with an umbilical chord. “Cloudbusting” features a paternal Donald Sutherland and is similar to “Hounds of Love” in that they are her most narrative videos. And she just looks so freaking cool in “Them Heavy People.”

All of these videos are little masterpieces of music, dance, and video fx, they also hold a special time in television history. I grew up in the music video age when MTV still was music television and musicians were besting each other with the coolest videos. I was listening to the radio today and heard tell of the virtual death of the music video. It saddens me to see that imaginative, original, and weird music videos like Kate Bush’s have been replaced by uninspired reality tv shows of washed-up actors and wannabes. Perhaps this is our cue to bring it back around and make a bodycity pre-MTV music video. Stay tuned!

~Lake

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We Like:

So, we are probably waaay behind you, but bodycity felt the deep burning desire to share this video with our friends.  The tradition, power and sauce that this gem was cut from is a fresh stream of inspiration and that river runs deep.

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Wait no more

If you couldn’t make it to one of the shows in NYC, click on these animated .gif’s for a taste of the live action!

Or, watch this mashup of our show w/Glasser at Cafe Zebulon in Brooklyn. It may have happened a month ago, but the moves are still fresh!

also, flickr.

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bodycity flies to new york to find the other edge

we are embarking on a journey of mind and body, to a city where structures tower and jack frost nips, the metropolis of all metropoli, New York, New York.

we will be dancing with our friend cameron, also known as glasser, as she graces the stage with her melodies and wisdom during the cmj music festival.
we will also be performing more tales from future mountain, which we debuted at red-cat theatre a few weeks ago.

here is a bit of a schedule:

Glasser performing with Body City:
Friday, October 24th at Cafe Zebulon
258 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-6934
8pm

more tales from Future Mountain:
Saturday, October 25th at Projects In Transit (P.I.T.)
144 Spencer Street, #217
Brooklyn, NY 11205
www.faurotpaulson.com
4pm

Glasser performing with Body City:
Saturday, October 25th at Pianos
158 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 505-3733
8pm

more tales from Future Mountain:
Sunday, October 26 at East River State Park
East River State Park is on Kent Avenue, between North 7th and North 9th Streets.
2pm

tell yr friends on the east coast!!!

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