I’m currently working with an amazing ensemble of performers to create Cracking Open, an evening length work that looks closely at those moments of transition, when who we are is fundamentally broken apart, and we must redefine our own existence. Lit entirely from within by the performers, Cracking Open immerses the audience in surreal worlds, saturated with color and informed by nonlinear narratives. Here are some of Hans Holtan’s photographs of our performances, taken throughout the past year.
Cracking Open is a piece in five parts with transitions. We started working in September, 2016, with our first showing that December. We will continue to share our progress with audiences as the work develops. Our next performances are on March 9th & 10th, 2018 at SAFEhouse Arts in San Francisco.
My work is created collaboratively. I direct, but I always draw from movement and language crafted by my ensemble members for their bodies and their voices. The dancers today are Chris Gallegos, Mia Holtan, Amy LaFaille, Savanna McGrew, and Kati Pienimäki Schenker. Brandi Szabo and Belgica Rodriguez helped us create Light in the Dark, and Belgica also helped us create Red. Both hope to join us again in the future.
Eric Kupers wrote almost all of the music for Cracking Open, either on his own or with his ensemble, Bandelion. During our performances, the music will be performed live by Eric, me, the dancers, Reese Johnson, Keith Penney, and others.
Transitions between the sections will be choreographed by me, Chris Evans, Kimiko Guthrie, and Randee Paufve.
Click on the links below for more information about each section, or visit my YouTube channel for a glimpse of what we’re up to in the studio.
Light in the Dark. First performed at the Temescal Art Center in Oakland in December 2016, this section will be part of all of our future performances of Cracking Open. Here’s a slideshow Hans created using photographs he took last December of our rough draft performance.
Red. This section premiered at CSUEB in Hayward in June 2017.
Green. This section will premiere at SAFEhouse Arts in March 2018.
Blue. This section will premiere at SAFEhouse Arts in May of 2018.
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