Untitled (As Of Yet):
August 6th Performance at the Masonic Temple
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Jack Tworkov: The Accident of Choice on view at BMCM+AC until September 17, 2011.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM + ARTS CENTER
in collaboration with NORTE MAAR present:
UNTITLED (as of yet)
a new ballet by JULIA K. GLEICH + ANN DUNN
with musical direction by MATTHEW RICHMOND
presented in an evening of collaborative performance, poetry, music and dance
Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 8PM
MASONIC TEMPLE, 80 Broadway / Downtown Asheville
TICKETS + INFO: (828) 350-8484 / www.blackmountaincollege.org
ASHEVILLE, NC—Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in collaboration with Norte Maar is please to present UNTITLED (as of yet), an evening of collaborative performance, poetry, music and dance. Co-curated by Jason Andrew (NYC/ Norte Maar) and Alice Sebrell (BMCM+AC), the event features artists from Asheville and New York City including director/choreographer Julia K. Gleich (NYC/London) with Ann Dunn (ADDANCE/Asheville Ballet). Performance will be held at the Masonic Temple (80 Broadway, Downtown Asheville) on Saturday, August 6 at 8PM. Tickets are $12 / $10 for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID.
This event is part of the special programming to highlight the current loan exhibition JACK TWORKOV: Accident of Choice, The Artist at Black Mountain College 1952featuring historic paintings and drawings, letters and memorabilia, curated by Jason Andrew and on view at BMCM+AC through September 17, 2011. For more information about this exhibition and more visit www.blackmountaincollege.org
ABOUT THE EVENT:
Black Mountain College was the experimental college that comprises a fascinating chapter in the history of the arts and education in America. Legendary even in its own time, Black Mountain College attracted an array of gifted individuals—America’s avant-garde.UNTITLED (as of yet) unites two communities, Asheville + New York City and draws inspiration from the momentous Theater Piece (No.1)by John Cage, performed in the summer of 1952 at Black Mountain College. UNTITLEDis a re-visitationa re-happening, set to be performed for the public on August 6, bringing together an assortment of planned and spontaneous performance including the following:
new ballet by JULIA K. GLEICH andANN DUNN
with musical direction byMATTHEW RICHMOND
with invited guests:
performer / musicianELISA FAIRES
poetsTIM PEELER, TED POPE, and ERIC STEINEGER
dancer / choreographerJANICE LANCASTER
with projection designerADAM LARSEN
ELISA FAIRES(Performer / Musician) is a improviser as well as a composer of modern classical, electronic music, experimental cabaret, quirky pop music, twelve-tone composition and avant-garde art songs. She was classically trained in music as well as opera and studied gamelan in Bali. She has been working with video for the past six years and has made several experimental films with musical scores. For more information about Ms. Faires please visit : http://soundcloud.com/elisa-faires or http://vimeo.com/user5927933
TIM PEELER(Poet) is a writer and educator from Hickory, NC. Waiting for Charlie Brownis his tenth book. He has published over 800 poems, stories, essays, and reviews in various media. His poems have been anthologized by Simon and Schuster, Time/Life Books, and Southern Illinois Press and have been included in an HBO documentary.
TED POPE(Poet) is a writer, musician, artist, and filmmaker from Morganton, NC. He is the author of rEd lipstick and is the featured artist in a forthcoming Black Mountain College anthology from Lorimer Press and Lenoir-Rhyne University. A past Asheville poetry slam champion, he has garnered a reputation for his passionate, unpredictable performances.
ERIC STEINEGER(Poet) recently moved back to North Carolina after finishing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Antioch Los Angeles. He worked professionally as an actor before transitioning to poetry, and will be teaching English at AB Tech in the Fall. His writing has been featured in Poetry Midwest, The Splinter Generation, and is forthcoming in Asheville Poetry Review. Currently, he's training for the Tough Mudder.
JANICE LANCASTER LARSEN (Dancer / Choreographer) is a freelance dancer and choreographer making dances on film and in immersive performance environments. While continuing to make and share her own work, she has had the pleasure of dancing as a guest soloist for Shen Wei Dance Arts, as well as with Lauri Stalling’s glo ATL, Rodger Belman, Abby Chan, Satoshi Haga, Aynsley Vandenbroucke Movement Group, and co-founding VIA Dance Collaborative. She has developed and performed improvisational work with Renee Archibald, Miguel Gutierrez, KJ Holmes, Ray Eliot Schwartz, and many ad hoc performance groups. Her work has been presented in New York City at Dance New Amsterdam, The Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Galapagos Art Space’s Frameworks Film Series, Joyce Soho Presents, Dixon Place’s Underexposed Series, Movement Research’s Open Performance, One Arm Red, and elsewhere: The American Dance Festival MFA Concert (Durham, NC), the Chisenhale Dance Space’s TV Dinners Festival (London), WUK (Vienna), CCN-Ballet de Lorraine (Nancy, France), Performática (Puebla/Cholula, Mexico); The Fulton Opera House (Lancaster, PA), and The McCallum Theatre (Palm Desert, CA).
ADAM LARSEN (Artist / Projection Designer / Filmmaker) Projection designs include: Hal Prince’s LoveMusik (Broadway); The Gospel at Colonus (Athens, Edinburgh and Spoleto Festivals); world premieres of The Women of Brewster Place (Alliance/Arena Stage) and Christmas Carol 1941 (Arena Stage); Light in the Piazza (Arena Stage); Brief Encounters (Shaw Festival); 26 Miles (Alliance); big, (Atlanta Ballet and Big Boi from OutKast); Carmina Burana (Alberta Ballet); From the House of the Dead (Canadian Opera); Lily Plants a Garden (Mark Taper); Haydn’s The Creation and Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 (Atlanta S. O.); Quartet (Aspen Santa Fe Ballet); Seed (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet); Black Whole (Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center and Moog Music); The French Lieutenant’s Woman, world premiere (Fulton Opera); The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Ohio Theater); Love Lies Bleeding, a ballet based on the life of Elton John (Alberta Ballet); and recently My Fair Lady (Shaw Festival) and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, a ballet featuring the music of Sarah Mclachlan (Alberta Ballet). Adam holds a B.F.A. in cinematography from N.C. School of the Arts and just finished a feature documentary on autism entitled Neurotypical (www.neuro-typical.com).
JULIA K. GLEICH(Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet, NYC / London) is a choreographer, teacher, scholar, and mathematics aficionado. She is interested in re-contextualizing ballet: creating new environments for traditional works and illuminating the relationships between the traditional and the contemporary. Her recent choreography, In the Use of Others for the Change featured collaborations with Andrew Hurst and received critical notice in The New Criterion and the Brooklyn Rail.
Ms. Gleich is on faculty at Trinity LABAN Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London/UK) and is Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre. She is founding choreographer and director of Gleich Dances, which began as A Coterie of Dancers in 1993 in Jackson Hole (WY), and later became Gleich Dances in 1995. Gleich Dances enjoyed two seasons at NYC’s JoyceSoHo (’01, ’03). The company has been seen throughout the United States and in the UK.
Ms. Gleich is also a founder and director of Aegis Live Arts (www.nortemaar.org/nmpresents/aegis.html), creating unique locational dance works that enliven history and architecture in London. She is a regular master teacher for Burklyn Ballet Theatre, VT, teaching workshops in contemporary ballet practice and generating new works in contemporary ballet. Her practice-based research on vectors and dance has been presented at the Laban International Conference in London, at CORPS de Ballet International Conference 2011, and was published in the Dynamic Body in Space. She oversees the annual London Studio Centre/Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design collaborations that result in fully produced evenings of Design for Dance at the Cochrane Theatre. She recently was invited to teach class for Michael Clark Company on the largest dance floor in Europe at Tate Modern Turbine Hall. In 2004, Ms. Gleich with Jason Andrew founded Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts with a mission to renew and refresh the exchange between the interdisciplinary arts.
Ms. Gleich’s early training includes the School of American Ballet and with Melissa Hayden, Robert Denvers, David Howard, and later, Peff Modelski. She also studied at the Limón Institute and Cunningham Studio. Ms. Gleich danced in regional ballet and modern dance companies across the US and was a Ballet Mistress for Utah Ballet and Ballet West. She has been on faculties of the University of Utah Ballet Department and Manhattanville College and Molloy College in New York. Ms. Gleich earned an MFA from the University of Utah and MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was on the Board of Directors for the American Dance Guild and has been a project evaluator for the Queens Council on the Arts, the Wisconsin Arts Council, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK.
Gleich’s site-specific dance works include performances in drained pools, on piers, in train stations and an annual stint in the WalMart parking lot in Plattsburgh, NY (’04, ’05, ’06,’07). She was commissioned to create a site-specific work for the opening of St. Pancras International train station in 2007. She has collaborated with composers, musicians, designers, directors and writers and welcomes new ideas to challenge her own aesthetic. In addition to self-produced work, she has created commissions for Island Moving Company, University of California-Irvine, and University of Northern Colorado-Greeley.
To learn more about Julia K. Gleich + Gleich Dances visit: www.gleichdances.org
ANN DUNN(ADDANCE / Asheville Ballet) has been a vibrant force behind classical and contemporary dance in Western North Carolina for over thirty years. Her energy, professionalism and generosity have influenced generations of young people and put quality dance on community and school stages.
Founder of Asheville Academy of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Director of The Asheville Ballet, Dunn has contributed to the burgeoning economic and cultural life of our area. This year alone, she is mounting the annual Nutcracker, a dazzling Sleeping Beauty,Winnie the Pooh and a world premiere of Moonshine. Dunn has attracted faculty from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, The New York City Ballet, Geneva Ballet, American Ballet Theater, N.C. School of the Arts, Broadway and Las Vegas. Students have become members of major national ballet and modern dance companies, been featured in Broadway musicals and Hollywood films, won awards (including the title of Miss America), danced with the Rockettes, and been accepted to Juilliard, Alvin Ailey, Kirov Ballet and Joffrey Ballet Company Traineeship.
ADDANCE is the professional core of The Asheville Ballet presenting entertaining and educational programs in classical and contemporary ballet, modern dance, and jazz. Members of ADDANCE have trained and/or performed with New York City Ballet, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Boitsov Ballet, The Ed Sullivan and Perry Como Shows, Tokyo Disneyland, Royal Carribean Cruise Line, Hartford Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Virginia School of the Arts, and Florida State University.
Members of ADDANCE have executed such prestigious choreographic commissions as Turandot for New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, Amahl and the Night Visitors for Gian Carlo Menotti’s officially sponsored touring company, original work for national and international ballet and modern companies, symphonies, opera companies, colleges such as Purdue University, and museums such Oglethorpe in Atlanta. Members of the company participate in Asheville Ballet’s annual season of four productions, including The Nutcracker. Locally, they have danced with the Asheville Symphony, Asheville Lyric Opera, Asheville Choral Society, and at the Asheville Art Museum. They have toured to Italy, Yale University, New York City, Keene State College, Georgia Technical Institute, arts council venues and public schools in the Southeast and Midwest. They have also performed at The Dock Street Theater in Charleston, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance Theater Workshop in New York, on television and in films.
Funding for ADDANCE is through local patrons, national and local grants, and events produced by The Asheville Ballet Guild, Inc. ADDANCE is a non-profit organization that is one of the state’s premier contemporary ballet companies. ADDANCE is proud to be a part of the venerable history of dance in Western North Carolina.
To learn more about Ann Dunn + ADDANCE call (828) 258-1028 or visit: www.ashevilleballet.com
MATTHEW RICHMOND(Musical Direction) has performed, composed, recorded, and taught in an extensive variety of styles and settings, from rock, jazz, and world music bands to symphony orchestras, theater music, and drum and bugle corps. Currently he appears frequently with Like Mind Trio (original jazz), stephaniesid (pop-noir), and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. He also teaches percussion, composition, jazz, and music theory at UNC-Asheville.
As a composer, Mr. Richmond has created works for string orchestra, symphonic band, chorus, jazz ensemble, chamber ensembles, electronics, and instrumental soloists. His most recent major project was the feature film Flight of the Cardinal (Gaston Pictures, 2010), for which he composed, recorded, produced, and (with a little help from his friends) performed the musical score. Many of his compositions are published by MPI (Asbury Park, NJ).
“Collaboration is a trading of ideas, a grappling with the uncertainty of language, a negotiation of new terrain. Engaging with Heidegger's concept of Thrownness, I see the collaborative process as one where I rely on immediacy. This is probably the most complete kind of living I can experience. To be with dancers, choreographers, musicians, artists of all kinds, is a gift.”
– Julia K. Gleich (New York City, Summer 2011)
“Collaboration is the most thrilling form of creation: the back and forth of ideas that generate more ideas, the negotiations among visions that lead to a greater vision, the bond that forms among artists working together toward a common goal. I am so excited to share generative space with the artists participating in this project.”
– Ann Dunn (Asheville, NC, Summer 2011)