The ART and DANCE of Resistance
THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL ART
Washington, DC presents
January 20, 2019
USA: Maida Withers, Dance Construction Company
UKRAINE: Anton Ovchinnikov, Black O!Range! Dance
USA: Erica Rebollar, Rebollar Dance
USA: Yoko K. Sen, Sound Artist
The DANCE of Resistance
Sao Paulo, Brazil presents
April 5 – 7, 2019
USA: Maida Withers, Dance Construction Company
UKRAINE: Anton Ovchinnikov
USA: Erica Rebollar
USA: Steve Hilmy, Electronic Composer/Musician
April 6 @ park at the historic Municipal Theatre inAnhangabau
April 7 @ Casa das Rosas
Art and Dance of Resistance – Washington, DC
International dance and sound artists join together during these fragile and tumultuous times to perform choreography and improvisation with an edgy sensibility in a global context. Dancers perform dance and improvise text related to 11 performance scripts. The sections are influenced by the site locations and the political/social climate of the performance location (international, etc). The Art and Dance of Resistance was the first performance to be given in the Center for Contemporary Political Art (CCPA). The Center is the first research institute and exhibition space in the United States devoted to the study, patronage and strategic use of political fine art. The current exhibition. Political Art from the 18th Century to the 21st, features art with implicit or explicit political messages from Soviet Union, Asia, and the USA. Art and Dance of Resistance was largely based on extreme political art works exhibited at the time in the CCPA. Many of the works were from the collection of Charles Krause, former war correspondent for the Washington Post. Many of the paintings selected were collected in Russia, Ukraine, art work about Cuba from artists in Viet Nam, others. The section with artist simultaneously telling crisis stories but stopping before the conclusion of the story created intrigue and imagination. Another section where artists held their breath and finally released into defeated or violent response was also challenging to the audience. The audience was asked to participate in
responding to the request: NO MORE and also MORE. This brought the audience together in commitment.
Dance of Resistance – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Maida Withers, Concept, Choreographer; Dancers: Maida Withers (DC), Erica Rebollar (DC); Anton Ovchinnikov (Ukraine); Composer/Musician: Steve Hilmy, present Dance of Resistance at VISOES URBANAS INTERNATIONAL DANCE & PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL / SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (14TH SEASON), April 5-7, 2019 “DANCE OF RESISTANCE” was a new version of RedWhiteBlueBlack&Orange. The Dance of Resistance featured political issues relevant to Sao Paulo and Brazil that were presented/expressed both in movement and in text. The Dance of Resistance was performed in two
specific venues in the center of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil:
*April 6, 2019: the premiere performance took place in the elaborate area leading to the prestigious Municipal Theatre inAnhangabau, a leveled setting featuring historic sculptures and natural gardens. The Theatre is a spectacular historic building for opera, dance, and theatre.
*April 7, 2019: performance at the historic Casa das Rosas estate and gardens. The Festival has been in existence for 14 years and is very popular as a high quality street festival. The audiences are very large and
Maida Withers – performer, choreographer, activist, filmmaker and founder of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company (1974). Maida has created over 100 distinctive works involving a process of experimentation, innovation and collaboration, works that reveal her interest in social and political issues and in juxtaposing performance and interactive technology. Maida has created works in Washington, DC and internationally for stage, museums, galleries, buildings/architecture locations, and specific environments. Maida and the Company have toured to over 20 countries, engaging in various projects in Russia, Guatemala, France, The Netherlands, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Brazil, Finland, Venezuela, Mexico, Poland, Germany, Ukraine, others. Maida is a Professor in the Corcoran School for the Arts and Design, Washington, DC. http://www.maidadance.com
Anton Ovchinnikov, Kyiv, Ukraine
Anton Ovchinnikov – performer, choreographer and organizer of the annual international dance festival Zelyonka FEST in Kiev, Ukraine. Black O!Range dance theater, established by Ovchinnikov in 2008, is recognized as one of the most distinctive and original dance projects in Ukraine. This independent dance production company, continues to be the vanguard of the Ukrainian dance scene. In 2016/2017 Ovchinnikov was selected to participate in the CEC Artslink residence in the USA in New Orleans. The Ukrainian Contemporary Dance Platform managed by Anton Ovchinnikov supports young Ukrainian choreographers, integrates contemporary dance into the modern cultural life of Ukraine, and is a national center of contemporary dance. www.zelyonka-fest.org
Erica Rebollar founded RebollarDance in 2003, a modern dance collaborative where multi-genre artists can make innovative work. RebollarDance received funding from the Art Council of Fairfax County, Kennedy Center’s LDCP grant, Culture DC’s Mead Theatre Lab Program, and space grants from ADI and Dance Place. Nominated for two Dance Metro DC Awards, RebollarDance was highlighted as “Season Pick” in City Paper and Washington Post, along with a feature in the “Arts and Power” issue of DC Magazine/Modern Luxury. Hailed as “exactly what the District needs”, RebollarDance received a 2013 Dance Metro DC Award for “Excellence in Choreography” and is a recipient of the prestigious Pola Nirenska Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Dance”. www.rebollardance.com
Yoko K. Sen – sound artist.
Yoko K. Sen produced the albums, “012906” (2016, Asahra Music), which was nominated for “Best Album in Electronica” by the 6th Independent Awards (2006), and “Heaven’s Library” (2011), for which she received the Washington Music Association Awards for “Best Electronica Artist” (2011, 2012). Yoko was an artist-in-residence at Strathmore, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and Saga Artist Residency (Eyrarbakki, Iceland), and a Citizen Artist Fellow at The John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Yoko’s work on transforming the sound environment in hospitals has been featured in BBC, Fast Company, and US News and World Report, and her initiative “My Last Sound” was selected as “Top Idea” by Open IDEO End of Life Challenge, presented in India, Brazil, Romania and Netherlands. As a self-proclaimed “sound alchemist,” Yoko aspires to create music, which is, to quote Beethoven, “the mediator between the spiritual and sensual life.” http://www yoko.mu http://www.sensound.space
Steve Hilmy – Composer, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Viseos Urbanas Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil). Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Steve received his Bachelor of Arts, 1984, from George Washington University, and his Master’s of Music in Composition, 1991, from Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University. He studied composition with William Albright, University of Michigan and with Jean Eichelberger Ivey and Chen Yi, Peabody Conservatory. Hilmy has been on the faculty of George Washington University Music Department since 1992, where he founded the Electronic and Computer Music Studio. He has won awards from Southeastern Composers League, ASCAP, BMI, the Peabody Conservatory, and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and First Prize in the Philip Slates Memorial Composition Contest for “Icarus Falling;” Gustav Klemm Prize for Composition, Peabody Conservatory (1991); and 2nd place prize in the Prix d’été II composition competition, Peabody Conservatory for “Us” (tenor saxophone and electronics, 1999).