Monday, May 9, 2016

Spring Performances - 2016

On Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, RETTOCAMME returns to the GARNER Arts Festival at the invitation of curator Jonathan Shorr, presenting "changing sides" : a new roving performance installation created by Emma Cotter and featuring dancers: Courtney Brodie, Marcia Brooks, Theresa Hall, and Allison Waggener.

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In "changing sides" four dancers manipulate a set of large, light weight photo cubes whose many sides feature images* from performances at various venues. The objects are rolled like giant dice and the resulting random combination of photos trigger visceral emotional and muscle memories from the performers who physicalize their reactions within a combination of structured improvisation and set phrase work. In this traveling installation, the dancers operate as if in a different dimension while reconstituting choreography from these fragmented images. They gently invite the audience to enter into this surreal world through non-verbal communication and with a secondary smaller set of photo cubes.

The photo cube concept was first incorporated into a RETTOCAMME site-specific installation in 2012 at United Photo Industries in DUMBO, Brooklyn. It was expanded upon the following year in a performance at Shapeshifter Lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

* The images on the cubes are from highly collaborative RETTOCAMME performances taken by various photographers between 2003 to present. All have been cropped to a square format by Emma Cotter, but are otherwise unedited. Photographers include: Carla Coria, Emma Cotter, Robert Fournier, John Frame, Robert Gorski, Elisa LaBelle, Michael Reck, and Ryan Roth. Additional collaborators, whose influence is evident in many of the images, include Amanda Miller (wigs/hair/make-up), Polina Roytman (costumes), and Andy Dickerson (lighting design). Dancers featured in the photographs in this particular set of cubes include: Emily Berry, Marcia Brooks, Elizabeth Douglas, Meghan Frank, Elisa LaBelle, Kimberly Braton Lantz, Aaron Singer, and Rebecca Whitehurst.

GARNER Arts Center is located in Rockland County, NY

Other upcoming performances:

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
chashama Spring Gala honoring Dustin Yellin 
4 Times Square, NYC
RETTOCAMME will present Emma Cotter's "a green flash fades" : a site-specific performance for three dancers and a bottle cap tapestry. Performers include: Elizabeth Douglas and Sara Roer.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
MiXt co showing at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT
RETTOCAMME will present a version of "changing sides" adapted for a intimate black-box setting.

And happening this summer:

Going into their fourth season, South Brooklyn Shakespeare presents four FREE outdoor performances of "Twelfth Night, Or What You Will" - creative team includes resident choreographer and associate producer Emma Cotter.

July 23, 2016
on 5th Avenue between 17th and 18th Street in South Slope Brooklyn

August 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2016
at The Old Stone House, 5th Avenue at 3rd Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn

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