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 Post subject: PTERO Dance Theatre
PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:30 am 

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Location: El Granada, CA, USA
Press/Media Contact: Paula Present (213) 509-4822/
Leo Garcia
(photos and DVD of past work available upon request)

“Variegate”, New work from Xdrop, Winifred R Harris’ Between Lines,
Project 423 dance theatre and PTERO Dance Theatre, starts premiere
engagement at Highways Performance Space.

Calendar: Dance
San Diego and Los Angeles choreographers Liliana Cattaneo (Xdrop),
Winifred Harris (Winifred R Harris’ Between Lines), Tanya Blood Hinkel
(Project 423 Dance Theater), and Paula Present (PTERO Dance Theater)
unite to bring a unique, intimate, and poignant blend of new dance and
performance art.
WHAT: “VARIEGATE”, Premiere dance theatre work and performance art
WHO: Performed by Xdrop, Winifred R Harris’ Between Lines, Project 423
Dance Theater, and PTERO Dance Theatre.
WHERE: Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th Street, Santa Monica 90404
WHEN: Friday October 13 at 8:30 PM, Saturday October 14 at 8:30PM, and
Sunday October 15 at 7:30PM
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ADMISSION: $20/$15
TICKETS: online at
INFORMATION: (310) 315-1459

Four distinguished choreographers and their companies share an evening
at Highways Performance Space, Oct 13-15 2006. Each choreographer will
present about 20 minutes of new and reworked repertory for a variegated
evening. Bios of all choreographers follow the evening’s piece

Liliana Cattaneo of Xdrop (Tenth Drop) will present 3 pieces: Cocytus
is taken from Dante's Inferno about the ninth circle of hell, which the
LA Times reviewed as "Amazing, Impressive and Bizarre.” Exodus, a
premiere, features two dancers trapped in an oversized cube by an
enormous black dress. The premiere of Bones till I'm Done will be
presented as an ensemble piece to the music of Billie Holiday.

Winifred Harris of Winifred R Harris’ Between Lines will be presenting
two solos from her repertory. I'm Ready is from the full evening work
Saturday Night into Sunday Morning. In Soul We Mate is a work based
on conjoined twins.

Tanya Blood Hinkel of Project 423 Dance Theater delivers Messiah, a Los
Angeles premiere. Messiah is a multi-media piece designed for
projection, live camera, movement, voice and sound. It is a piece about
Humanities remarkable capacity to continue in face of profound
resistance and sorrow. It is about the struggle between faith and
renunciation; about survival and compassion; about the strength and
conflict within human spirit; it is about loss and hope.

Paula Present of PTERO Dance Theatre will premiere two pieces, and
reintroduce one piece, reworked. In the Forest, a premiere, is a dance
based on Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” The piece will imagine the
women’s experience in the forest. The suppression of Puritanism drove
the women of “The Crucible” to the wilderness to dance and cast forth
their desire for expression – a puritanical sin. The other premiere,
Veni, Vici, Vidi (we came, we conquered, we saw) uses sticks that are
seven feet long as a metaphor
to divide, to injure, and to support. Inspired by current events, the
piece explores the question "is our ability to be aggressive as great
as our ability to be compassionate?" Rogelio Lopez G, winner of the
2005 Lester Horton Award for “Performance – Small Ensemble” will
perform The Prodigal Son, fully reworked for 2006. The biblical parable
is about the prodigal son returning home to beg forgiveness from his
father, and is inspired by the image of Auguste Rodin ‘s sculpture, The
Prodigal Son.


PTERO Dance Theatre (Paula Present, Artistic Director) was formed in
Spring 2004. At the Entrance of An Idea, performed at Highways
Performance Space, marked PTERO’s second major production, and was
selected as one of Los Angeles Magazine’s “Top Ten” events in October
2005’s Guide section. PTERO (Pronounced terr-o, Greek for "wing")
created its inaugural full evening premiere Candle in the Sun at the
Ivy Substation through a grant from the City of Culver City in 2004.
The project received a grant from the Puffin Foundation, and was
co-sponsored by the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA. The company was recently
awarded two Lester Horton awards for their work in 2005. In just two
years, the company has garnered nine Lester Horton Award nominations,
including consecutive nominations for Outstanding Achievement
"Performance" and "Choreography." The company has also performed at
the 2006 Brand Library Series, 7th Annual Los Angeles Dance
Invitational, San Diego’s Celebrate Dance Festival and has toured in
Mexicali and Tijuana, Mexico. The company will start a dance school
for ages 6-17 this fall.

TANYA BLOOD HINKEL received her Bachelors of Fine Arts and pioneered
the first fully interdisciplinary Graduate curriculum in the history of
California Institute of the Arts for which she received her Master of
fine Arts in 1991. As an artist, Tanya has been choreographing site
specific /multi-disciplinary events since 1990 with her company called
Project 423. Tanya has staged independent productions in everything
from vacant lots, parking structures, live intersections and
warehouses. Most recently she started a production Non-profit called
Off The Grid with fellow choreographer and friend Liliana Cattaneo with
the intention to help produce the work of other artists in all
disciplines, together in non-traditional spaces. Their most recent
event –The Transmission Project-took place in an abandoned transmission
garage in downtown San Diego. Her work experiments in new forms of
non-narrative, visual theatre that hovers between the boundaries of
theatre, film and dance. The language is gestural and image oriented.
Much of the movement is extracted verbatim from journalistic
photographs and film footage of human beings in various life
situations. The company also integrates a lot of stop motion and slow
motion per the traditions of film as a way to expose some of the most
sensitive moments in our psyche. The result is work, which is utterly
Human in its expression, multi-dimensional in its media, and resonantly
cinematic. Tanya has been invited as guest teacher and artist in
site-specific production design and Multi-media compositional Theory
for Major learning Institutions in the U.S and the Pacific Rim
including the Prestigious Honk Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.

Liliana Cattaneo is Founder and Artistic Director of Xdrop; a
California 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit arts organization since 2003. At 17,
she took to the stages of coffeehouses with open mic nights showing her
own choreography until one night Sushi Performance & Visual Art saw one
of her gigs and invited her to be presented in a real theatre. Since
then, her work has been presented at UCSD (San Diego), Dance Mission
(San Francisco), Ivar Theatre (Los Angeles), Museum of the Living
Artist (San Diego), Lyceum (San
Diego), Sushi Performance & Visual Art (San Diego), Ortspace (Tucson),
City Heights
Performance Annex (San Diego), SDSU (San Diego), Centro Cultural Los
Talleres (Mexico City), Studio A (Los Angeles) and CounterPULSE (San
Francisco) among others. Xdrop was the first invited dance company from
the United States to be presented in La Alborada (Tijuana)& Centro
Estatal de las Artes (Mexicali). At 18, she was awarded a 1999 Tommy
Award for “Emerging Choreographer” from the San Diego Dance Alliance
and in 2001 was named one “Top Five” local choreographers to watch by
the San Diego Union Tribune. Coronado School of the Arts has also
commissioned Liliana for her repertoire. She has performed her
choreography live on NBC & taped for City TV 24. Liliana has worked as
Director of The Rag Dolls, which premiered a weekly running
neo-burlesque show in San Diego. She is Co-Producer of Off The Grid; a
subsidiary company of Xdrop, which presents diverse presentations of
artists in site-specific events. Xdrop is a company in residence at The
Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego. Xdrop offers an engaging style
with athletic partnering, rhythmic dancing and a penchant for high-wire

Winifred R. Harris is a multi-faceted artist, teacher and community
activist. As a choreographer, she consciously balances the inherently
beautiful escapism of dance and the social realities that form today’s
aesthetic and cultural values. Ms. Harris began her training under the
guidance of Denver’s critically acclaimed Cleo Parker Robinson. She
then went on to dance professionally for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Ensemble for 10 years, Dallas Black Dance Theater immediately following
and enjoyed a solo tint in New York and abroad during that time. In
October 1991, Ms. Harris relocated and made her home in Los Angeles,
founding the critically lauded and award nominated Winifred R. Harris’
Between Lines – a contemporary modern dance company.
Ms. Harris has developed a significant body of work throughout the last
twelve years, not only for her own company, but also for a variety of
college and professional companies alike. Her choreography has been
seen all over the United States. Through her company, Winifred Harris’
Between Lines, Ms. Harris continues to be active in her environment,
teaching at community organizations and at LA County women’s,
children’s, and family shelters.

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