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 Post subject: House Special; Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Jacinta V
PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 5:31 pm 

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ODC Theater presents

House Special

Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Jacinta Vlach, and spoon (Jane
Schnorrenberg & Kegan Marling)

Saturday, August 19; 8pm


ODC Theater is proud to present House Special 2006 on Saturday,
August 19th. One of San Francisco's most exciting workshop
performance residencies, House Special returns with three new
artists: Jacinta Vlach, Alma Esperanza Cunningham & spoon (Jane
Schnorrenberg & Kegan Marling), who will be presenting work-in-
progress showings of pieces created at ODC during a 2 week residency
for carte blanche dance making. Open discussion of process and
conversation between artists and audience highlight this marvelous
event; curated by ODC Theater Director Rob Bailis.

Alma Esperanza Cunningham’s work is replete with ironic and intimate
moments, her stark and stirring imagistic choreography explores the
complex nature of time, space and the emotional body. In 2004, Alma
received a GOLDIE award from the Bay Guardian who called her “One of
the freshest voices on the Bay Area dance scene.”
Jacinta Vlach strives to explore contemporary social issues and bring
them to life through dance, theater, and dialogue. Her work is told
from the female perspective: race relations, gender inequalities,
cultural differences, and marginalized communities are the theme
subjects of her work. Drawing upon movement from the African Diaspora
and Modern dance, Ms. Vlach aspires to create a new aesthetic for
female dancers. Through collaboration and individual narratives Ms.
Vlach brings personal stories to the stage in an attempt to spread
awareness and bring healing to diverse peoples.

spoon's mission is to develop intimate works that explore the
richness of a moment. Drawing on the strengths of collaborative work,
spoon transforms itself with each new project as a reflection of the
artists involved, while articulating simplicity, clarity, and intimacy.


WHO: Jacinta Vlach, Alma Esperanza Cunningham & SPOON (Jane
Schnorrenberg & Kegan Marling)

WHAT: House Special 2006
WHERE: ODC Theater, 3153 Seventeenth Street, San
Francisco, CA
WHEN: Saturday May 19; 8pm
PROGRAM: One of San Francisco's most exciting workshop
performance residencies.

Post performance open discussion of process and conversation
between artists.

TICKETS: $12.00 general admissionCall 415-863-9834 or
visit to purchase tickets.

Artist Pieces

Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement

In shiver, Cunningham blends her own unique movement style with a
precise gestural language taken from photographs to merge the space
between form and expression.


spoon will present duets that explore time, a series of pieces
including one 7 minute piece, seven 1 minute pieces and then seventy-
seven 7 second pieces. This type of structure will show that kind of
restraint this puts on their work (just how many different 7 second
pieces can one make?). This is an exploration of how a 1minute piece
can feel like 10 minutes, followed by a 1 minute piece that flies by
in a moment. spoon’s intent is to find ways of making people aware
of how time passes. Jane and Kegan are working with several
variations on partnering and duets, coupled with an amusing dance score.

Jacinta Vlach

Through dance, dialogue, and photography, 'Lupe's Song' traces the
origins of female sexual objectification and woman-hating. 'Lupe's
Song' is inspired by a controversy, which took place in a fraternity
at UCLA. In the annual initiation ceremony, "Lupe" was sung. The song
depicted Mexican women as immoral, subservient, uneducated whores.
The song continues as part of initiation at many fraternities. Rarely
are stories like these brought to our attention or analyzed. In an
attempt to challenge age old ideologies, 'Lupe's Song' journeys
through confrontation, sorrow, and empowerment.
Dancers: Metzi Henriquez, Yeni Rivera, Jacinta Vlach, and Nova Wilson.

Photography: Bayete Ross-Smith

Sound Editing: Luqman Frank


Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement

Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement (AECM) formed in 2000, and has
since presented 4 seasons and toured to Texas, New York and
Monterey. AECM has presented work at the Cowell, ODC, Dance Mission,
Jon Sims, the LAB, and have been in residency at Jon Sims Center for
the Arts and the Dance Lab as part of CHIME. They have participated
in the Yerba Buena Choreographers Festival, West Wave Dance Festival,
the Retail Dance Festival and Women on the Way Festival. In 2006,
Rachel Howard, dance writer for the San Francisco Chronicle said
“Alma Esperanza Cunningham’s dancers move like exotic birds, legs
preening precisely, center of gravity carried high in the back. This
young New York transplant choreographer has made derriere-wagging
dances to the music of David Bowie, and intensely intimate ones in
silence. Her excellent company is stocked with long-limbed women of
rock-star glamour, and her still forming aesthetic is one of the more
distinctive on the Bay Area dance scene.”

Alma Esperanza Cunningham’s work moves from the ironic to the stark
and intensely intimate. Her choreography has been presented in New
York, Austin TX, Monterey CA, and throughout the Bay Area. While
living in New York her work was presented at Dixon Place, University
Settlement, Movement Research at Judson Church, and her solo
“Paulina’s catching Flies” was chosen by a panel of critics and
established artists to participate in Dance Theater Workshop's Fresh
Tracks series. In 2000, after moving back to San Francisco, she
formed Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement (AECM). Alma has been an
Artist in Residence at Jon Sims Center for the Arts and in 2004/05
she partnered with Robert Moses in CHIME, Choreographers in
Mentorship Exchange, a program of the Margaret Jenkins Dance
Company. In 2004, Alma received a GOLDIE award from the Bay Guardian
who called her “One of the freshest voices on the Bay Area dance scene.”


Jane began ballet lessons with Julian Herrin, former dancer with the
San Francisco Ballet, at age 7. She performed with the Redwood Empire
Ballet in junior high and high school and then went on to Mills
College, where she received her BA in Dance in 1985. Her study with
Bella Lewitzky was instrumental in her decision to switch from ballet
to modern dance. She then received her M.F.A. from the University of
California at Davis in 2004. She has performed and toured in the
companies of HT Chen (NYC), DanceArt Co. (UK/US), Lily Cai Chinese
Dance Company (SF), Tracy Rhoades' Exploding Roses, Nancy Karp +
Dancers, Rebecca Salzer Dance Theater, Facing East Dance & Music,
Paufve Dance and numerous other San Francisco Bay Area companies.
Jane is a longtime dancer/ collaborator with Della Davidson.
Currently, she performs with SIDESHOW Physical Theater (under the
direction of Davidson), which recently collaborated with Theater
Grottesco in the critically acclaimed A Dream Inside Another at the
Mondavi Studio Theater in Davis, CA and to sold-out houses at the
Armory Theater for the Arts in Santa Fe, NM. She made her “specialty
extra” debut (woman dancer in tree costume) this year in The
Californians, a film by Jonathan Parker. One of her more memorable
performances occurred in February 1994, dancing with Lily Cai and
opening for the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Coliseum in front of
17,000 stupefied fans!

Kegan started performing in 1987 as “Orange Boy/Third Magi Assistant”
in the San Jose/ Cleveland Ballet’s performance of “The Gift.” After
5 years with the ballet as a child supernumerary, Kegan quit. He went
to high school. He went to college. He auditioned for the dance
version of James Bond, and being the only man in the room, he got the
title role. Like most college students he’s taken workshops with
artists such as Lower Left, Joe Goode & Bill T. Jones (photo’s of me
with Joe & Bill to be posted in the scrapbook soon!). He then learned
all sorts about dance, art, community, and playing with toys from:
Bobbie Bolden, Susan Foster, Karen Schaffman, Lea Anderson, Nigel
Charnock and Della Davidson. He currently dances with SIDESHOW
Physical Theatre and freelances as a project coordinator for Bay Area
performing groups, focusing on event coordinating, company management
and grant writing. He also collects dance films. Kegan draws from his
passion of history and sociology, as well as his dual edged need for
structure, as a springboard for his own choreographic work, which
explores codification and the masculine myth. He also simply adores
dancing with Jane. He can fit in small spaces and has a deviant nature.

Jacinta Vlach

Jacinta Vlach began her dance training in San Francisco (School of
the Arts) and furthered her studies at North Carolina School of the
Arts and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in NYC. In New
York, she danced in works choreographed by Sean Curran, Reginald
Yates, Colin Conner, Earl Mosely, Roger Jeffrey, Max Luna III, Alvin
Ailey, and others. Jacinta performed and toured with the New York
based dance company: Nathan Trice/ RITUALS as well as the
Philadelphia based dance company: PHILADANCO! During her stay at
Philadanco, Jacinta had the pleasure of working with Jawole Willa Jo
Zollar, Deborah Chase, Otis Sallid, Geoffrey Holder, George Faison,
Ronald K. Brown, and others. Last summer, Ms. Vlach had the
opportunity to work with Princess Mhoon (of Rennie Harris/
PUREMOVEMENT) and perform in This Womans' Work: Black Female
Choreographers of the Next Generation at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup
Theater. Locally, Jacinta has worked with Robert Moses, the Alayo
Dance Company, Savage Jazz Dance Company, and performed in the
Oneness Awards (Award Ceremony for Michael Jackson) at Universal
Studios in Los Angeles. Ms. Vlach's choreography has been seen at
Intersection for the Arts, The Legion of Honor, Yerba Buena Gardens
(Youth Arts Festival/ courtesy SF Ballet), Theater Artaud
(collaboration with the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra), the ODC
Theater, and City Hall (an event hosted by Mayor Gavin Newsom
featuring the students of New Traditions, courtesy SF Ballet
Performance Project). In addition to performing, Jacinta has taught
children of all ages through San Francisco Ballet's D.I.S.C. Program,
Contra Costa Ballet, and given master classes for the high school
students of S.F. School of the Arts and Oakland School of the Arts.

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