Weft investigates how we weave our personal narrative from the people, places, and communities we come to know throughout our lives. Developed in residencies in the U.S and abroad through site-based improvisation, dance for camera, and studio practice, this multi-media solo work incorporates movement, music, film projection, and textiles in an intimate live performance that attempts to unravel the thread of one artist’s journey. Original score by Galen Bremer. World premiere on November 8, 2017 at Cucalorus Festival, Thalian Theater in Wilmington, NC.
Alongside+ is an international collaboration with Won Kim, Young Hoon Oh, and Tim Motzer, performed at the Arko Arts Theater as part of the International Modern Dance Festival (MODAFE) in Seoul, South Korea on May 27 and 29, 2016. Alongside+ deals with the understanding and consideration that are the prime value for the people in the world. It explores the sharing of recognition that comes out of the exchange among people based on individual free thinking. Also, the work suggests an example of horizontal, not vertical, relationship among people.
Run time: 25 minutes.
On a gray day a weathered sculpture in a public space may go unnoticed, but for the figures weaving through it. Are these two women, or one? The mystery of their circumstance ignites a curiosity of the anonymous subject in this abstract short film. know you is an official selection of the 2016 Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center.
be-seek-let is a performance for two dancers and two bicycles thatexamines bodies and bikes as objects, performers, and machines. The piece investigates the relationship between human and apparatus in a world that blurs the line between animate and inorganic, set to an original score by Galen Bremer. With sound derived from field recordings, modular synthesis, and tape manipulations, the composition mimics the physical mechanics of a bicycle and the explorative agency of the human-bicycle connection. be-seek-let was first shown as a work in progress performed by Kensaku Shinohara and Osias Yanov at the Omi International Arts Center in August 2014, and again by Zoe Rabinowitz and Kensaku Shinohara at New York Theater Workshop in October of the same year. The full premiere, commissioned by Women in Motion for May 2015, was performed by Lena Lauer and Zoe Rabinowitz at the West End Theater's Soaking WET Series. This production was made possible in part by public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and space grants from Hunter College and the Joffrey Ballet School.
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k(not) uses intimate gesture and abstract movement to investigate harmony, dissonance and compromise between two people. The dancers share weight, create and dissolve shapes to negotiate the space between dependence and support. An ongoing investigation of relationship, the cast changes with each performance, engaging the dancers through a changing set of circumstances. k(not) began as a work in progress at the Fleet Moves Dance Festival in July 2013 with Mikey Rioux, and was first performed by Zoe Rabinowitz in collaboration with Connor Voss for the Estrogenius Festival at TheaterLab in October 2013. Later performances by Connor Voss with Kensaku Shinohara at New York Theatre Workshop (2014) and Shalya Vie Jenkins with Zoe Rabinowitz at FIRST LOOK, Gowanus Art + Production (2015). Music by Chance the Rapper and Giuseppi Ielasi. Duration: 7 minutes.
Steps is a site-specific performance that investigates the role of hand games and play in the lives of female youth. Drawing upon hand clapping, double-dutch and tag, the performance explores how the skills of coordination, precision, musicality and wit define and instill a sense of value in the players, and reinforces or subverts the cultural expectations of young women. Conceived in response to the site of the Masonic Lodge in Welfleet, MA, the performance takes place outside of the lodge building, much as social and educational opportunities for women have often existed outside the formal structures historically provided for men. Set on a steep staircase, Steps evokes the front stoop and schoolyard as places of play and deep learning. Steps was choreographed by Zoe Rabinowitz in collaboration with the performers (Sara Gurevich, Emma Hoette, Jessie Young and Anne Zuerner) and features an original score created and performed by Galen Bremer. Employing experimental and hip-hop sampling techniques, Bremer mixes original, analog synthesis with sounds from classical, disco, hip-hop and jazz vinyl records and cassette tape loops. Steps premiered in July 2014 as part of the Fleet Moves Dance Festival, presented by the Movement Party.
Interfere is a short dance film made on and for the Oliver Kruse sculpture of the same name, located at the Omi International Art Center Architecture field in Ghent, NY. The sculpture is constructed of several intersecting and interlocking planes that disorient the viewer’s perspective; the film translates this disorientation of scale and gravity using the body in space. Special thanks to Paola Ponti and Osias Yanov for their contributions to the work.