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Un castell built for two (Performance Trailer)
Orange Grove Dance

Un castell built for two (Performance Trailer)

This is a trailer of the first iteration of Un castell built for two, which is a new evening length dance work, paralleling the precarious balance of human tower building and the powerful connections it brings to it's participants. This piece is profoundly inspired by our recent residency work in Llorenç Del Penedes, Spain, where we were able to witness the deeply moving construction of human towers during the fiesta major celebrations of the region. Tonight’s events use the embodied knowledge of contact improvisation and partnering work to explore new methods of weight sharing, relationship, and interdependence to make us ask the question of where the physical metaphors of tower building exist in our own community. This new work is a step in our process to find them. “It's about weight. It's about the weight of our bodies. It's about holding each other and building. Where are our castells in our everyday relationships? What are we building? Who are we supporting?” CHOREOGRAPHY Colette Krogol & Matt Reeves In collaboration with dancers. GRACIAS ESPECIALES CeRCCa Residency Pau Cata Marina Saura Joaquim Sicart Bertran Maria Vall Camell Ignasi Perez Galan Alba Vinyes Lasso SPECIAL THANKS Brooke Kidd, JME’s Founder and Executive Director, for making this performance possible and bringing us into the space. Miriam Phillips, for guiding our process and approach to the dance research involved in the work. Our incredible community at the University of Maryland; faculty, cohort, students, collaborators and friends.
CULTURE SHOCK DC | 7TH Annual SLAM Showcase | Rhythm Addict TV

CULTURE SHOCK DC | 7TH Annual SLAM Showcase | Rhythm Addict TV

More 7th Annual SLAM Showcase: November 15, 2014 7th Annual SLAM Hip Hop Showcase & Benefit Presented by SLAM Held at Johns Hopkins University Shriver Hall in Baltimore, MD Filmed & Edited by Jason Garcia ( Workshops: Major Definition Classes: Interviews: RATV Original Productions: Other Event Coverage: SUBSCRIBE: Connect with us: *NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED*** "This video uses copyrighted material in a manner that does not require approval of the copyright holder. It is a fair use under copyright law. "quotation of excerpts in a review or criticism for purposes of illustration or comment; quotation of short passages in a scholarly or technical work, for illustration or clarification of the author's observations; use in a parody of some of the content of the work parodied; summary of an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report; reproduction by a library of a portion of a work to replace part of a damaged copy; reproduction by a teacher or student of a small part of a work to illustrate a lesson; reproduction of a work in legislative or judicial proceedings or reports; incidental and fortuitous reproduction, in a newsreel or broadcast, of a work located in the scene of an event being reported."
Blessings | Laura Story dance cover
Jonathan Hsu

Blessings | Laura Story dance cover

This project has taken a long time to get to this point. I originally had the idea when my brother and Dorothy sang the song at church a few years ago, and I fell in love with the song and message in a way that I hadn't before when just hearing the recording. I knew at that point I wanted to record a cover and dance to it instead of just the original track, but didn't know any musicians who were able to do it, someone with the ability to record and mix the audio, etc. Fast forward about 2-3 years and I meet Troy, Christian, and Korinn through different performances while at UMD and finally it seemed like this project would happen. On top of that as an added bonus Troy created a viola section that isn't in the original track. We recorded the audio Fall 2014 and planned to shoot the video Spring 2015 so I would have time to choreograph. But I hit a wall. I had been thinking about this for so long, waiting for the right people to come along, it was finally happening, but I couldn't find any inspiration for the movement. I am blessed to be able to say I have always been taken care of and surrounded by people who love me, what right did I have to create movement to a song talking about struggles so hard that they almost push you past the breaking point? I wasn't feeling inspired, but we had already recorded the audio and it was too late to back out of it so I would go to the studio once a week and try to find something that I liked. This went on for the entire semester, and we were nearing our shoot date and I was starting to panic. Around this time the Baltimore Uprising was happening, and so our lives were saturated with what was going on through social media, daily conversations, etc. I didn't pay too much attention to it, because it wasn't happening at UMD, I wasn't black and it seemed like a black vs white issue and I didn't have the right to say anything, I had too much other stuff to think many excuses/semi legit reasons. Then one day I was in the studio trying to choreograph and I took a break and went on Facebook. Immediately I see clips of the rioting, police brutality, status updates about how mad people were at what was going on, and for the first time since hearing about all this I felt compelled to pray. I sat down, bowed my head, and started talking to God asking for peace, that people would be safe, to remind us all to trust in Him. Suddenly, I started crying. All of the hurt that had been going on in the world finally hit me. If you read some of the lyrics in the song, "we praying for blessings, we pray for peace, comfort for families protection while we sleep." How stuck up was I that I was able to sing those words so casually when others an hour away from me are fervently praying those words and really mean it? After that the movement still didn't come right away, but I felt re-inspired and connected to the song. Throughout this project when I would think about the words I would also always think of Erick's Hope. Erick Brown was 12 years old when he passed away in 2008. Growing up with multiple heart defects, Erick never worried about himself instead devoted himself to loving and helping those around him, and was one of the friendliest and open people I have met. Everybody knew him at church. After his death, his parents Richard and Donna Brown started Erick's Hope foundation to, "serve children in need of love and security by providing spiritual, emotional, physical and educational support through a variety of programs and services." Their dedication and service has been inspiring. I would really encourage you to visit their website at
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