Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Choreography by Billy Siegenfeld
god of dirt is an earth-honoring folk dance that transcends national cultures. Its percussive, hand-grasping, heavy-booted movement life arises from grafting the swinging, sharp-edged rhythms of Jump Rhythm Technique (tm) onto a suite of yearning, mocking, growling, melancholic, and ecstatic songs created by the boundary-crossing Serb-Croat composer Goran Bregovic. This piece complements JRJP's repertory of universal human stories told through emotion-charged bursts of energy and reflects the company's ongoing commitment to performing the vernacular body-rhythms and beat-driven vocalizations that define the core of true jazz performance. In three forward-moving episodes, god of dirt celebrates the survival tenacity, wry humor, and humility that, in combination, re-connect people to community, their own bodies' wisdom, and the earth's capacity for instruction in this increasingly cyber-driven, technology-dependent world.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Inspired by birds, The Angel and The Albatross examines the collective power of the group while recognizing our instinctual desire to be alone. The lush movement palette balances the delicate, personal gesture with the expansive, athletic footfalls of a group of 18. Avianinspired costuming and a powerful video installation of clouds passing across the bright sky complete the imaginary environment. The Angel and The Albatross transports the viewer to a world of swooping, darting floor patterns and intimate, gentle relationships.