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Danspace Project and BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn Co-present 







Home: Friday, May 2, 2009 at 8pm – Saturday, May 3, 2009 at 5pm

Stranger: Friday, May 16, 2009 at 8pm – Saturday, May 17, 2009 at 5pm

Location: BRICstudio, 57 Rockwell Place (Fulton/DeKalb), 2nd Floor

(around the corner from the BAM Harvey Theater)

General Admission: $15.00 ($10.00 Danspace members)

dansPASS: Home and Stranger for $25

Reservations: 866.811.4111 visit www.briconline.org/bricstudio 

Danspace Project co-presents the sixth season of Danspace@BRIC, continuing its partnership with BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn in Brooklyn. Over two weekends, curators Abby Harris Holmes and Sarah Maxfield, together with dynamic choreographers, explore what it means to be home or how it feels to be a stranger. Home and Stranger will be presented at BRICstudio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Week 1, Home, will run Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 8pm to Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 5pm. Week 2, Stranger, will run Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 8pm and Sunday, May 17, 2009 at  5pm. 


Kawamura the Third – Sweets to the Sweet  

Elke Rindfleisch/Andrea Haenggi – Home on stage (23 glückliche Minuten) 

Adam H. Weinert – Match Box Dance  


Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany – I’m not coming back 

Sahar Javedani ~ compani javedani ~ – in the Middle, somewhat aggravated (excerpts) 

Colleen Hooper – Solved, Part Two 

May 16 Show & Tell This pre-performance event at BRICstudio explores the Home/Stranger themes from the perspectives of food, shelter and transportation. Special guests include: Chef Joshua Stokes, architect David Taylor (Arup), and the New York Transit Museum. This event is free for all ticket holders. 

more info after the jump…


Sweets to the Sweet… Inspired by Ophelia’s life and death, Kawamura the Third constructs a piece to her memory. Home on stage (23 glückliche Minuten), co-choreographed and performed by Swiss-born Andrea Haenggi and German-born Elke Rindfleisch, both artists who have called New York City their home for more than a decade, take objects, memories, images, gestures, and sounds from their past and present out of familiar contexts and reassemble them on stage setting, allowing the audience to be close by—“taking them home with us.” Adam H. Weinert’s Match Box Dance is a collaborative dance that uses scenic elements, multimedia and humor to explore self-invention and to reveal if this exploration helps or hinders personal interactions. 


Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany’s  what it was considers bodies altered by time, wear, motherhood, technology to the point that they feel strange and questions how we make ourselves strange and strangers.  Sahar Javedani ~ compani javedani ~ in the Middle, somewhat aggravated (excerpt) investigates Javedani’s personal assimilation of two cultures, Iran and America. Incorporating the influences of the music, art and mythology of pre- and post- Islamic Revolution Iran, Sahar’s journey reveals a delicate and determined tapestry of beauty, contemplation, loss, abandonment, survival, refuge, and self-actualization. Solved, Part Two is a new quintet choreographed and written by Colleen Hooper that explores the queasy feeling you get when you encounter a stranger in an unexpected way. During that split-second of tension, both people are strangers, and the outcome is unknown. The movement, text, and music create suspense, then shift from being viscerally creepy to humorously self-referential.  

About the Artists:

Maura Nguyen Donohue is Artistic Director of NYC based troupe, Maura Donohue/inmixedcompany. Her work has toured the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. In NYC, her work has also been presented at La Mama ETC, Danspace Project, Westbeth Arts Complex and the Henry Street Settlement.   She is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at Queens College in Flushing, NY

Andrea Haenggi is a New York-based dance and visual artist whose works draw from her fascination with bodies in action & in stillness, as they are relating to their architectural environment. She is a recipient of DTW Digital ARM Fellowship 2005 and Swiss Dance Prize from Canton Solothurn 2008. 

Colleen Hooper’s work has been presented at Danspace Project, Dixon Place, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange,  W.O.W. Café Theater, and The New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival at the Joyce SoHo. She collaborates with Kate Garroway as The Roosters and they have performed in Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks series, DanceNow/NYC Festival 2003-05, at The Bushwick Starr, and Dance New Amsterdam.  

Sahar Javedani is Artistic Director of compani javedani, a contemporary dance theater ensemble devoted to cultivating an empowered, intelligent and socially responsible community uniting all generations, cultures, races, and religions. Sahar Javedani is currently participating in her second year as an Artist-in-Residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center and in the 2008-2009 Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program. 


Mana Kawamura trained and performed in Japan and Germany. After receiving a cultural exchange scholarship, she relocated to New York City, where she choreographed and performed a solo piece.  She has been selected by the “Audition for new Steps: an emerging choreographer series” spring of 2008 to show a new work for five dancers.  

Since 1999, Elke Rindfleisch has created a rigorous, critically acclaimed body of work characterized by raw, highly physical and emotional performances and live music.  She splits her time between NYC and Berlin. 

Adam H. Weinert is a British-American dance artist currently living in New York. He began his training at The Royal Ballet School in London and continued to the School of American Ballet and the Julliard School where he received the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Outstanding Choreography for 2008. Most recently, Adam performed a solo within a new work by Jonah Bokaer described as “particularly thoughtful” by the New York Times.  

Abby Harris Holmes (curator) grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from the Honors Tutorial College of Ohio University in Athens, OH.  She lives happily in the East Village and works at Danspace Project as Program Manager (where she has worked since 2001).  Abby has curated two evenings of Food For Thought at Danspace Project and has served on curatorial panels for Joyce Soho Presents and Solar One Dance Festival. She performs for Ursula Eagly with her husband Jeremy Holmes.  

Sarah Maxfield is the curator of THROW, a performance-development series at The Chocolate Factory Theater, and has curated performance projects for the New Museum, Danspace Project’s Food For Thought and Performance Space 122’s Schoolhouse Roxx.  Maxfield is also the founder/director of Red Metal Mailbox, a New York City based dance-theater company, which has been presented by The Public Theater (365 Days/365 Plays), Performance Space 122 (Homeroom Series), Dance Theater Workshop (40Forward), The Chocolate Factory Theater, Dixon Place, and Galapagos Art Space among other venues in NYC, as well as at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Metcalf Experimental Theater in Illinois.  In addition, Maxfield has written about performance for the Movement Research Performance Journal, as well as online journals Culturebot, Critical Correspondence, and Culture Catch.  She currently writes online for The Inquisitive Owl, and is the Director of Special Projects at Danspace Project. 

About BRIC Arts | media | bklyn

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is a multi-disciplinary arts and media non-profit dedicated to presenting performing arts, contemporary art, and community media programs that are reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, and to providing resources and platforms to support the creative process. All of our offerings are free or low cost, to enhance the public’s access to and understanding of arts and media. BRIC performing arts programs present emerging and established artists in music, dance, theater, and multidisciplinary performance to broad audiences from Brooklyn and throughout New York City, and support the development of new work.  Signature programs include the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival, which presents a summer season of free performances at the Prospect Park Bandshell, and BRIClab, a commissioning and residency program presented at BRICstudio. 

For more info visit briconline.org/bricstudio 

About Danspace Project

Danspace Project was founded by artists in 1974 to provide a venue for independent experimental choreographers.  It combines a rich history with an unstinting commitment to that which is contemporary, creative, and cutting-edge.  Three defining characteristics have secured its position as a leading advocate for contemporary dance:  Commissioning and presenting new dance work from New York, the U.S., and abroad; nurturing independent experimental choreographers at all stages of their careers; and professionally producing dance in uniquely flexible and communal settings like St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery and other remarkable venues throughout New York City.  Danspace Project’s mission is to stimulate, promote, and present challenging new work in dance from a broad range of artistic voices within a distinguished and nurturing environment.  Danspace Project encourages choreographers to take risks and is committed to assisting artists in realizing their creative visions within a professional setting.  Danspace welcomes the public to engage in and be transformed by the work of artists.  www.danspaceproject.org 

Funding Credits

Danspace@BRIC is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 

Danspace Project programs are made possible in part through PUBLIC FUNDS from the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency); the New York State Council on the Arts (a state agency); the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and Materials for the Arts (a joint program of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Sanitation).  Danspace Project extends special thanks to New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane, State Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick, City Council Member Rosie Mendez, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Governor David A. Paterson for their generous support of the 2008-2009 season.

Danspace Project gratefully acknowledges the PRIVATE SUPPORT of Altria Group, Inc.; Arup; Asian Cultural Council; Bloomberg; Capital One Bank; The Carbetz Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York; The Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts; Royal Danish Consulate General & the Danish Arts Council; Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP; Downtown Brooklyn Partnership; The Field; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; French Cultural Services; FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, a program of the National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the French American Cultural Exchange, and The Florence Gould Foundation; Greenwich Collection; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; Hungarian Cultural Center; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; The Janus Property Company; the Jerome Foundation; the JPMorgan Chase Foundation; Landair Project Resources; Leveraging Investments in Creativity; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Mid-Size Presenting Organizations Initiative, implemented by the Nonprofit Finance Fund and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The Moore Family Fund for the Arts of the Minneapolis Foundation; Arthur B. Monroe Family Fund; Movado Group, Inc., National Performance Network; The Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York; Polish Cultural Institute; Québec Government Office, New York; The Jerome Robbins Foundation; the James E. Robison Foundation; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.; The Segal Company; The Starr Foundation; Starry Night Fund of the Tides Foundation; Style.com; Troika Ranch; the Trust for Mutual Understanding; and the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, established in The New York Community Trust by the founders of The Reader’s Digest Association. 

2009 BRIC Spring Performing Arts have been supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Council members Vincent Gentile, Darlene Mealy, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., David Yassky, Assembly members William F. Boyland and Hakeem Jeffries, the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York State Assembly, and State Senator Martin Golden.

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