cathartech will be performing at the upcoming HERE/NOW . The gist:
“Eight dancers/movement artists and eight musicians/sound artists are contacted and agree to participate. The sixteen participants arrive 1.5 hours prior to performance time to solve their individual technical issues, warm up and explore the performance space itself, receive a brief program orientation from the curators, sit for a group portrait and get food and drinks if desired. The entirety of the musical equipment is set up in the performance space. In one hat is placed the names of the dancers/movement artists. In another hat is placed the names of the musicians/sound artists. With all the participants present in the performance space and the audience seated, the show begins. A random individual from the audience pulls a name from the Dancer/Movement Artist hat and reads it aloud. Another random individual from the audience does the same from the Musician/Sound Artist hat. The two participants are then given eight minutes to improvise together. Lights are slowly faded to black as each performance approaches the 7min 45sec point in order to ensure an eight minute length and to provide a time within which the participants may create an appropriate ending.
With approximately two minutes in between performances, four performances transpire. A brief fifteen minute intermission occurs after the fourth performance, and then the final four performances take place.
The real magic in this concept is that not only is it unknown at any point who will be paired up with whom but when in the evening that pairing will occur. Only the final two participants can be certain of both their collaborative partner and when they will be performing. And to add yet another layer to the unknowns, there is no prior communication between the curators as to whom they’ve been able to gather as their eight participants”
PROGRAM TITLE: ‘HERE/NOW: Installment 8’
DATE: Saturday, March 12th, 2010
LOCATION: Open Flight Studio* (OFS) / 4205 University Way NE / 98105
ENTRY: $8 suggested donation
BEVERAGES: inspired selection of healthy cans and bottles + hot tea
MERCHANDISE: packaged DVDs of past installments
Just a quick note to remind you to put Saturday, 3/12 on your calendar. It’s the date for ‘HERE/NOW: Installment 8’ (complete program info below) and it looks as if it’s going to be another engaging evening of Dance and Music at OFS*. We’ll also be celebrating the 2-year anniversary of the HERE/NOW program by giving all who attend one free surprise gift. Wow, it’s already been two years… crazy.
Past participants have included dancers/movement artists Wade Madsen, KT Niehoff, Mark Haim, Marissa Rae Niederhauser, Joan Laage, Etienne Cakpo, Aiko Kinoshita, Amelia Reeber, Michael Rioux, Amy O’Neal, Stephanie Skura, Jürg Koch, Jessica Jobaris, Serge Gubelman, Corrie Befort, Ricki Mason, Zoe Scofield, Juliet Waller Pruzan, Tahni Holt, Catherine Cabeen, Ezra Dickinson, Haruko Nishimura and Ellie Sandstrom and musicians/sound artistsStuart Dempster, Wally Shoup, Jesse Canterbury, Trey Gunn, Dave Knott, Scott Colburn, Monica Schley, Greg Campbell, Ivory Smith, Robert Millis, Christopher DeLaurenti, Levi Fuller, Angelina Baldoz, Jeffrey Huston, Brian Cobb, Beth Fleenor, Joshua Kohl, Chris Stover, Kevin Goldsmith, Paris Hurley, Greg Powers, Tom Baker and Susie Kozawa among many more of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected and active artists.
We’ll have DVDs of past installments for sale before and after the show as well as during intermission. They currently feature program concept information, contact/credits information, outtakes, a group portrait with the names of the sixteen participants and, of course, all eight improvised duets titled and chapterized making it easy to jump to specific performances or view the entire evening in chronological order. A new addition to the DVDs beginning with Installment 3 is a copy of each evening’s 8.5″ x 14” printed program inserted into the DVD cases detailing who was paired with whom in addition to engaging information about each of the sixteen participants in a part-bio, part-interview format.
Hope to see you on the 12th!
Christopher & Paige
Creative Directors | Curators