Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency 2020-21 Awards
jose e. abad with Gabriel Christian, and Gabriel Nuñez de Arco
__temporary boy; friends__ is a new multidisciplinary collaboration that explores the poetics of rhythm and the process of cultivating revolutionary relationships that evolve and extend beyond the studio and into quotidian life. Working with themes of sonic and physical dislocation, this work asks us to interrogate the ways in which both body and sound-based practices are used as tools for ancestral reverence, resistance, and cross-cultural connections for us as individuals from various diasporic lineages. We will work with text, choreography, and ethnographic praxis as well as multi-channel sound installation to create a landscape that asks all of our ancestors into the room to sit with the ways in which they might intertwine with, envelop, and recontextualize our relationships to one another as people of color in solidarity against oppressive institutional and political structures.
A(void) on Fire is a live-scored and projection-mapped horror film about a woman who is haunted by a demonic embodiment of her Comfort Zone. She must escape the routine emptiness of her life in order to exorcise her self harming “Familiar.”
mouth//full uses multidisciplinary performance to examine a key tool for resistance, resilience, and revolution for Black/African descended people in the bleakness of this past/present moment: faith, a steadfast sense of belief which helped us persevere, create new worlds and stay alive. This work taps into the innovative energy of Afro-diasporic/American culture(s), which adapt church as stage; ritual as script; faith as performance, meeting our needs and generating community despite racist, capitalist conditionings of colonialism. How do we access this ancestral survival source to build true non-denominational communion?
Funsch Dance Experience
EPOCH subverts conventional performance models by defying Doris Humphrey’s warning “All dances are too long.” EPOCH unfolds over 12 hours, with 20 performers spanning four generations, in a gratuitous surplus of movement, interrupted by moments of nothingness, to challenge the valuing of acquisition. EPOCH argues instead for sustenance through eternal return, in homage to the maintenance art of Mierle Laderman Ukeles. EPOCH features an all-women led artist team, including Funsch, composer Cheryl Leonard, and lighting designer Danielle Ferguson (there is a 30-year age range among us). Composer Cheryl Leonard is building an installation of found-object musical instruments (imagine a metallic mobile) that is dismantled over the duration of the performance. Leonard’s instruments-initially motorcycle sprockets, circular saw blades, and coins-are methodically replaced with natural materials including driftwood, eucalyptus bark, and stones. This transformation advocates turning to nature for models of healing and sustainability.
THIS TIME ONLY, ONCE AGAIN (IN THREE PARTS) is an epic series of three new performance artworks for female voices tuned to the inherited injustice of womanhood. It is a personal, experimental ritual drawn from the life¬ stories of three women from successive generations. These lives are merged with conventions of the Japanese nohgaku and the Way of the Cross Chronicle to create a durational event, with the final form lasting over 12 hours of continuous performance. THIS TIME ONLY is a ceremonial, communal experience aimed at the transformation of the audience, the performers, and the space.
(Heather Stockton and Garth Grimball)
“Urge and urge and urge” will be an original dance and music collaboration performance centered on queer friendships. Friendships among queer folx tend to blur and bend boundaries and roles in a way separate from nonqueer relationships and romances of all kinds. Queer friendships can be romantic, sexual, and tender without predetermined results in mind. They are also foggy, difficult, and highly vulnerable because they exist largely in conflict to normative boundaries of casual friendship. This project will be a collaborative process between dancers and musicians to create a work reflective of queer friendships in both process and product. How can we create together blurring boundaries and preconceived roles while remaining true to our craft?
In an increasingly hyper-competitive, technologically-driven world, how do we keep up with increasingly limited resources? Le Babel, a sci-fi surrealist operetta, tries to answer this question as it follows the journey of Donald G. Gregario, an office worker of the future. After Donald graduates from Western Ergonomic University, he seeks mental-upgrade surgery to perform faster and continue his rise in the corporate work hierarchy. But does a new-and-improved Donald create advantages or obstacles? Through movement, vocalized sound, and a large music ensemble set in an evolving multi-media space, we follow Donald’s journey as he navigates through entities of influence, evil forces, and his own expanded consciousness. Le Babel is a collaboration between choreographer Amy Lewis, production and lighting designer Ben Coolik, and creative director/composer Bill Wolter.
Jazmine Schwinges-Williams is an emerging, multidisciplinary black woman metal artist from Oakland, CA. She is deeply centered in the belief that art can be a method to revolutionary healing and expression.
At the age of 13, Jazmine received a scholarship to take course work in metalworking at The Crucible. This experience catalyzed her passion as an artist, now 26 years old, she follows this passion through artistic curiosity, networking, and community building. Jazmine has been involved with many collaborations in the Oakland art community and is learning and thriving through the experience of internships for public and private sculptures.It is Jazmine’s initiative to work with fellow women and people of color in her communities and to empower those who often feel disenfranchised. One of the latest collaborations involves her work with House/Full of BlackWomen, a ritual performance project that addresses issues of displacement, well-being and sex trafficking of black women in Oakland, this project has influenced her greatly.