In Studio Performances
In Studio Performances is a multi-disciplinary time-based arts series that presents artists working in both contemporary and traditional performing art forms theater, dance, and music from all over the world. We seek to develop an audience eager to experience, close-up, new works as they are being created and/or to see performances by acclaimed international performers whose artistry is not being presented by more traditional Bay Area venues.
We strive to make In Studio Performances an intimate and collegial experience by reducing the boundary between artist(s) and audience and by often sharing light food and beverages both before and after the performance. We encourage both pre- and post-performance interaction (where possible or appropriate) and informal dialogue between the artists and the audience.
Our ultimate goal is to create optimal conditions for artists to share their work in a supportive environment and with the tools needed to unleash their creative practice and produce performances that will have transformative power for both the artists and the audience.
Venue for all performances: Dresher Ensemble Studio in West Oakland (very near the Bay Bridge)—address will be provided with ticket purchase. Seating is limited Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Tickets must be purchased in advance because of limited seating in the studio.
Kathakalī is a major form of classical Indian dance. It is a “story play” genre of art, but one distinguished by the elaborately colorful make-up, costumes and face masks that the traditionally male actor-dancers wear. Kathakali is a Hindu performance art in the Malayalam-speaking southwestern region of India named Kerala.
Learn more about the Kathakali costumes (PDF).
With support of SACHI (Society for Art and Cultural Heritage of India)
In Search of Lost Beauty Žibuoklė Martinaitytė
“Beauty is the mystery of life. It is just not in the eye. It is in the mind.” (Agnes Martin)
“In Search of Lost Beauty…” (2016) for violin, cello, piano, electronics and video is an hour-long sequence of audiovisual novellas on the elusive subject of beauty. Here the experience of time is slowed down as to transport us into an alternate dimension where the commonly apprehended reality is inverted into the otherworldly mystique of reflections and shadows. The amplitude of this ephemeral search for beauty encompasses phenomena found in nature, everyday life and art. The piece consists of 10 sections, which are woven into one structural entity of suggestive coherence.
When: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8:00pm
Tickets: General: $25 | Support the Artists: $50
Spatial Freakquencies Stephanie Hewett
Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency 2019 Awardee Stephanie Hewett and Nicolette Del Palacio (Dela Palace) present Spatial Freakquencies which explores the relationship between the architectural elements of techno music and the rhythms of the black dancing body by incorporating movement-based choreography into the production of a techno track. The artists aim to experiment with co-production and interdisciplinary performance while fervently highlighting and reclaiming techno music’s proximity to blackness.
When: Sunday, October 27, 2019, 3:00pm
Tickets: General: $15 | Support the Artists: $50
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