Dresher Ensemble Artists Residency Program (DEAR) Recipients
Christine Bonasea | Moe Staiano To Be Determined
This project is a first-time collaboration between the Christine Bonansea Company (led by French dancer Christine Bonansea, now based in Berlin), and the angular post-punk art rock ensemble Surplus 1980, led by musician and composer Moe Staiano. It will be a full-on production piece of integrated music and dance with dramatic lights and visual effects. Working in collaboration with the dancers, Surplus 1980 will concoct a fitting musical soundtrack using both conventional and unconventional instrumentation.
Erika Chong Shuch TheaterTheater
A new, participatory morality play created by Erika Chong Shuch along with 5 long-time collaborators. TheaterTheater explores the hidden forces underlying everyday ethical choices and decision making. This evening length theater performance uses as its thematic and narrative material: 1) the unceasing litany of uneasy actions/inactions we take in the daily course of navigating our messy world; and 2) the extraordinary beauty that can arise when people cooperate to transcend apathy.
BELT aka Bob Ernst Lab Theater The Buck and Bill Show
A full length dramatic play that extends the known performance styles of traditional musical theater, integrating music and text to one seamless, contiguous whole. Taking inspiration from the episodic form on television, this project creates a new performance modality where playwriting, poetry and songs blend into a live action thriller! The innovative use of a modular set that can be easily changed from a television studio to a seedy country bar, to a band’s crash pad, allows for changes and episodes to morph from one to another easily. The band equipment is part of the set; the music covers a wide range from rock n’ roll to Stockhausen.
Facing West Shadow Theater Visual Music
Melding old and new technology with old and new music, Lydia Greer and Caryl Kientz create a new visual music piece using electronic music, operatic vocals, and handmade shadow animation. The result is an integrated, augmented reality and projection mapping.
Stephanie Hewett tender treat
This work subverts and reimagines the perception of physical limitations as they relate to body-based performance. By curating a conversation between the injured body, the healing body, and the formidable body, awareness is brought to the endless possibilities of expression in performance despite any assumptions based on normative ideals of beauty, capability, and strength. The work serves as a meditation on socialized views of self and works to dissolve historical concepts within the formality of dance as performance. In exploring new approaches to performing identity within an injured body, this piece presents new opportunities to spark inspiration from our internalized limitations and reveal nontraditional ways of moving that speak more genuinely to the human spirit and its resilience.
K A T E S Project Magpie
Project Magpie reimagines the traditional commissioning process: in 2016, K A T E S [Kate Campbell and Katelyn Halpern] – an interdisciplinary duo focusing on new music, contemporary dance, narrative, visual elements, and found/repurposed materials – commissioned over sixty composer and choreographer colleagues to submit a wide range of material: sketches, arrangements, entire pieces, discarded ideas, field recordings, unfinished melodies, and so on. This material has been collected, sorted, repurposed, and collaged to form a new, continuous, boundary-blind work lasting 40-50 minutes.
Amadeus Regucera | Splinter Reeds WITH and AGAINST
By drawing on the legacy of composers who have interrogated the divide between performer, audience, and space, emerging Bay Area composer Amadeus Regucera creates an experience which gives the audience agency to listen, to move, or to participate in this 20-minute multi-media performance piece for Splinter Reeds. Highlighting the virtuosity of this innovative reed quintet, Regucera engages in interdisciplinary practices including video, light, and spatialized movement and explores uncommon audience engagement, bypassing a conventional “concert music” performance paradigm.
Fred C Riley III – Yawen Chien – I. Made Moja – Mohammad Talani The Ground
The natural made mechanic is the theme through which this project explores the potential of a sonic/visual poem. All man-made things can be expressed in comparison to natural systems and events (i.e. traffic expressed as a river, both sonically and visually) Five or more screens are used to show different aspects of the momentary theme from many different perspectives and angles: an idea (perhaps a wheel rolling and tumbleweed, or a cyclone and water draining in a sink) or an emotion (depicted by spikes, feathers, colors or icons.) Field recordings are layered with sound effects and occasional simple rhythms creating the “ground” which the musicians will texture.
Sharp & Fine [Megan and Shannon Kurashige, and Cory Wright] “Bon Odori”
“Bon Odori” is inspired by the bon dances of Hawaii, a part of the traditional Japanese celebration of the spirits of ancestors. The piece explores how elements of cultural identity and family history become ingrained in our imaginations and bodies through storytelling, and is being created as an ongoing collaboration between the dancers, the composer Cory Wright and musicians. Puzzling through the set/scenic elements and the staging – the piece will be performed in the round – will be the focus of the residency. The project will premiere at Z Space in San Francisco in February 2020.
Sudhanshu Tewari In The Box (ITB) electroacoustic instruments
Sudhu Tewari has been called a professional bricoleur, junkyard maven and young audio-gadgeteer. Sudhu builds audio electronics, electro-acoustic instruments, kinetic sculpture, interactive installations, wearable sound art, and sound sculpture. With new wooden instruments in mind, this project is an opportunity to intensively build and explore possibilities in the shop.
Dennis Aman: Musical Instrument Invention and Composition
24 Preludes & Fugues (in equal divisions of the octave from 1 to 24) for Electric Guitar & Percussion. A 2-hour work with 48 short pieces performed on invented instruments built specifically for this project and performed by The Living Earth Show.
Marika Brussel: Contemporary Dance
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts will meld contemporary with Afro-Cuban dance, to create a new work based on Amos Tutola’s archetypal novel. Created in collaboration with Baroque cellist Adam Young.
Seth Eisen (WITH Alec White): Interdisciplinary Theatre
The Charlip Project, a new theatrical work about Remy Charlip, a gay Jewish artist, choreographer and children’s book author of the mid- to late 20th century. This collaboration with composer Miguel Frasconi and Choreographer James Graham will blend puppetry, live-drawing, dance, theater and art installation.
Maria Elena Gonzàlez: Experimental Music Composition (Visual and Sound Art)
Tree Talk: A sculpture/music composition performed on a player piano using piano rolls that capture the patterns on the bark of a fallen birch tree. Hearing the “music” of a birch tree will express the inherent logic in all of nature’s patterns.
Dan Gottwald: Musical Instrument Invention
To create new string and percussion instruments for his Analagous Ensemble.
Sango Tajima: Theater
WE GO BOOM! 2.0 (working title): Using community interviews, sound, lighting, and projection, Bonfire Makers theater troupe will imagine an ideal future for the City of Oakland where its burgeoning tech sector coexists with the broader community to insure a just future for all.
Bill Baird: Mundus Novus (Music; Invented Instruments)
Marielle Jakobsons: Macro Cymatic Studies (Music; Media Art)
Christine McClintock: Handbook For The Revolution: Counter-Anthem (Music; Theater)
PC Munoz: Inside Pocket Of A Houndstooth Blazer (Music; Theater)
Shanna Sordahl: Developing New Instruments In Electronic And Experimental Sound Arts For Children’s Workshops (Invented Instruments)
Brian Baumbusch: Metal and Wood (instrument & repertoire development, with the Lightbulb Percussion Octet)
Naya Chang: Moving space (solo theatrical piece involving projection, lighting, & audio)
Jordan Glenn: “New Instrument Development for Wiener Kids, an experimental jazz trio”
Mark Growden: Singing Together (music for community singing)
Cheryl Leonard: Adfreeze (music/visual art collaboration with visual artist Oona Stern; installation & performance based on a remote Arctic archipelago )
Irene Sazer: Crossing Over (dance & music collaboration with the Real Vocal String Quartet, vertical dance choreographer Heather Baer, & her company Cielo Vertical Arts.)
Edward Schocker: Investigations in Glass (instrument building & invention)
Jesse Olsen Bay: Music for Dance (music, dance)
Ashley Bellouin: A Wind Farm for Strings (invented musical instrument)
Benjamin Carpenter: Social Data Sound Sculptures (instrument invention)
Kim Epifano: Botany’s Breath (dance)
Dohee Lee: Mago (multidisciplinary performance)
Christine Marie: Signaling Arcana (shadow theater & music)
Erika Tsimbrovsky: Minotaur (dance performance, media installation)