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 Post subject: Recession Dances Premieres May 28-30
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:51 am 
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Location: El Granada, CA, USA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2009

Contact: Alison Fleminger
Phone: 212-453-4532


The Performance Project at University Settlement
presents
Artichoke Dance Company
premiering
Recession Dances, and so can you!

WHEN:
Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 at 8:00pm (Talk back with the artists follow
these shows.)
Saturday, May 30 at 3:00pm (A free dance workshop aimed toward families follows,
4:15-5:00pm.)

WHERE:
University Settlement, Speyer Hall, 184 Eldridge Street, 2nd Floor (at Rivington
Street)

Transportation: F/V to 2nd Avenue, B/D to Grand Street, J/M/Z to Essex Street

TICKETS:
Adults: $15, Students and Seniors: $10, Children under 12: $5
Purchase Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/59869
Reservations: 212-453-4532

Direction and Choreography: Lynn Neuman
Original Music: Leanne Darling
Film: Janusz Jaworkski
Dancers: Toby Billowitz, Jose Jay B. Cruz, Chelsey Dunkel, George Hirsch,
Lynn Neuman, Maxx Passion and Melissa Riker

In the face of economic downturn, a small contemporary dance company addresses
financial crisis head on. Recession Dances, and so can you! looks to the social and
artistic outcomes of past 20th Century recession eras for its inspiration, but
recycles elements such as costumes and publicity photos to cut production and
publicity costs. “We are reusing as much as we can to save money,“ Lynn Neuman,
Director, states frankly. “The original plan was to recycle everything except the
movement. Creating new work is integral to our mission, the growth of the company,
and our work. We received grant money to work with a composer, so the music will
also be new.”

Dances such as the Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing (Great Depression) and the Hustle
(70’s oil crisis), provide fodder, but don’t appear in their original forms
whatsoever. The dances are refashioned for the 21st Century to comment on human
behavior in the face of adversity. With heroic force, Artichoke Dance Company takes
the audience on an historic journey ending with an invitation for the audience to
join in the escapism of the dance.

Concurrent with the company’s mission of inclusion in the arts, there are several
ways the public can participate. To perform in a section of the work, anyone can
learn a 16 count dance phrase online, www.artichokedance.org, attend one or more
rehearsals, and then perform in one or more of the shows. The audience can also
share dances they know or have done in social situations. These are incorporated
into the final section, and all are invited to join in dancing during the finale.

Funded in part through Meet the Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections program.

Here’s what the press has to say about Artichoke Dance Company:

“a powerful and original movement style loaded with substance and impact.”
Deni Kasrel, Philadelphia City Paper

"...proved modern dance can be as inconstant and daring an art form as bungee
jumping.” Paul N. Samra, Kalamazoo Gazette

“Musical, brave and inclined to gamble.”
Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice

Lynn Neuman is Artistic Director and co-founder of Artichoke Dance Company. Her
movement style encompasses a background in gymnastics with eclectic dance training
including Balinese dance, tango, and contact improvisation. In 2008, she received
commissions from Dixon Place and the 92nd Street Y for the 92Y TriBeCa. Additional
New York seasons include the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, the Joyce SoHo,
the American Theatre of Actors, and the Ohio Theater, with festival presentation at
Fringe NYC, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in
Charleston, SC. This past summer, Ms. Neuman served as guest
mentor for the Dance Omi International Dance Collective. She has a BFA degree from
the University of Michigan and an MFA from Temple University.

Leanne Darling creates a powerful new voice for the viola. Building on a foundation
in classical, the award-winning composer/performer has transformed her music into a
form of modern, world jazz mixing funk, hip hop and middle eastern rhythms with
blues and jazz harmonies. Her solo debut album, Spiral, is a testament to the range
of her creativity and singularity as a writer, performer and arranger. Former
Assistant Principal Violist with the Florida West Coast Symphony, Leanne has
performed as a rock/jazz/world musician with Slow Six, the Near East Ensemble, the
Foster Family, Robert Gomez, DBR and the Mission, the Sultana Ensemble, Los Tramway
Rockers and the New York Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. She creates unique solo viola
compositions using a sampling/looping device, generating layers of sound from
lyrical melodies to driving rhythms and textures,
simulating a room full of musicians. Her articles on Arabic String playing have
appeared in American String Teacher and Strings magazine.

Janusz Jaworski makes things. His paintings, sculptures and photographs have
appeared in exhibitions and private collections scattered around the world. His
performance work has been supported by the unsung heroes at Movement Research, The
Field, chashama, DTW, Dixon Place, The Joyce SoHo, New Dance Alliance, Williamsburg
Arts neXus, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His films are steadily
increasing in number and have made appearances at more festivals than he's been able
to attend.. He enjoys collaboration and improvisation. His handmade books hold the
thoughts and to-do lists of many creative people. Occasionally, he updates his
website: www.j-3.org.

The Performance Project @ University Settlement
(www.universitysettlement.org/what/arts.html) provides innovative artists and
diverse audiences with a range of opportunities to connect and enrich their lives.
The Project presents music, dance, film/video, theater, and performance arts for all
generations and is a continuation of University Settlement's longtime commitment to
creatively address the needs of the Lower East Side community. The spring 2009
season runs from April 4 through May 30th.University Settlement
(www.universitysettlement.org),
founded in 1886, has deep roots on the Lower East Side. Each year University
Settlement's diverse programs help over 20,000 low-income and at-risk people to
build better lives for themselves and their families. With an impressive legacy as
the first settlement house in the United States, University Settlement has been an
incubator for progressive ideas for over 120 years, offering pioneering programs in
mental health, early childhood education, literacy, adolescent development and
crisis intervention that set the standard in social services. Building on the
strength of this experience, University Settlement now provides services at ten
locations in lower Manhattan as well as in upper Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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