A Story of Three Cities

Rowan University Performing Arts 2014 presents “A Story of Three Cities”, an evening of dance and video by Da·Da·Dance Project. The performance will be at Pfleeger Concert Hall, Rowan University on March 5, 2014.

Photo by Johanna Austin | AustinArt
Photo by Johanna Austin | AustinArt

“A Story of Three Cities”, features works by Erick Montes, Luke Gutgsell and two artistic directors of the company: Eun Jung Choi and Guillermo Ortega Tanus. Set to original sound score by Joo Won Park, the company will premiere a new trio, The Strangest Thing: Clearance 13’6” by Erick Montes. The work explores psychological layers and the mystery of stage events, creating an anti-climactic love thriller. John Luna adds visual layers to The Strangest Thing: Clearance 13’6” with video projection, and Patricia Dominguez designs the costumes.  Screening of Da·Da·Dance Project’s video projects featuring Lince Siblings (a notable comic duo) from Mexico City is The visual images throughout this evening performance embrace humor, buoyancy, perplexity, aggression and a sense of absence, all through compelling contemporary dance.

Where: Pfleeger Concert Hall, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028

When: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Tickets: $15.00 for General Admission, $10.00 for Senior/Student. To purchase tickets online visit rowan.tix.com or call 856.256.4545

Tickets for Rowan students and staff with valid ID are FREE, but cannot be reserved.  The box office is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and one hour before the performance.

For additional information about the performance and theater location/directions, visit Rowan University Website: www.rowan.edu/cpa or E-Mail: arts@rowan.edu

Guest Choreographer/Performer Bio

Erick Montes (Guest Choreographer/Performer) is a dancer/member of The Bill T.Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company since 2003. He trained at The National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance in Mexico City where his professional career started with Company Barro Rojo Arte Escénico in 1997. He holds a fellowship in Choreography from The New York Foundation for the Arts, and as faculty, he has been invited to The National Ballet Academy of Beijing, The International Project for Dance and Performing Arts in Rome, Italy and The Autonomous National University in San Jose, Costa Rica. Erick has collaborated with artists such as Stephen Petronio, Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Jenifer Nugent, Ryan Kelly, Malcolm Low, Eun Jung Choi and Guillermo Ortega Tanus among others, presenting his own work in La MaMa Experimental Theater as part of International Series, E-Moves at The Gate House at Harlem Stage, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts for The Mexico Now Festival and The BlaTino Series at The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.

Luke Gutgsell (Guest Choreographer) is a Portland based dancer/choreographer. He was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky where he began his early movement training in gymnastics. In 2004, he graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in Dance Performance. Luke also attended the Naropa Institute. He trained on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham studio and apprenticed and performed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts. He has also had the great fortune to perform in the companies of David Dorfmans, Chris Elam, Risa Jaroslow, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Tiffany Mills, Jody Oberfelder, Laura Peterson, Risa Jaroslow, Christopher Williams and Michou Zsabo. His choreography has been presented in New York City at Danspace Project, Dixon Place, The West End Theater and the LaMama Theater.

Movement Lab: Flowing Body/Flexible Mind By Eun Jung Choi

JULY 29 –  AUG 2
Contemporary Technique offered to professional dancers, movers and physical actors

@ CHI Movement Arts Center
M-W-F 10:30am-12pm | Th 5:30-7 pm

Drop in: $15. Professional/ student rate: $12

“Movement Lab’s” goal is to serve as a vehicle for dancers to evaluate muscular/structural potential and limits. Through this exploration, we will find ways to move more freely and expressively. The class will explore the relationship between gravity and momentum and emphasize on releasing one’s body to find its maximum length, strength, and freedom. We focus on building our awareness to question how we perform movement quality, how we make our choices, and how we cultivate specificity and attention to detail with imagination. The Lab is focused on finding cognitive playfulness in a movement practice, which in turn allows us to be more dexterous and agile. A self-exploratory and self-explanatory approach through structured movement sequences combined with improvisational practice is the central component to this class. The choreography exercises simply provide structure for which we can practice moving, and gather new information for our physical bodies as we consciously move.

Each class will progress through warm-up, center floor exercises, and choreography as we work on integrating movement concepts into a physical manifestation.

More info: http://kunyanglin.org/workshop.htm

Eun Jung Choi, featured as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2012, is a movement artist who has been working professionally for the past 16 years in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Korea.  Since 2008, she has been Artistic Co-Director of Da·Da·Dance Project, a duet repertory dance theater. The company’s repertoire has been seen at Live Arts Festival’s “eight”, Seoul International Dance Festival (Korea), National Institute of Bellas Artes (Mexico City) La MaMa Moves, Performance Mix, nEW Festival, Painted Bride Arts Center, XI Muestra Internacional de Danza  Contemporánea, Joyce SoHo, and Hollins University among many others. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Live Arts Brewery 2011-2012.  For more info: http://www.eunjungchoi.org


“Movement Matters” by Erick Montes

AUG 5 – AUG 9

@ The Performance Garage
M-F 10-12 pm

Pre-registeration is encouraged:
Drop in: $15.

5-Day Intensive Contemporary Dance Technique offered to professional dancers who would like to take physical risks!

Erick Montes’ says:
“The workshop is titled “Movement Matters” reflecting on the necessity of physical movement as a performer/dancer today. In my understanding, movement is an extension and expression of dancer’s consciousness and uniqueness. A dancer’s capacity and creativity through kinetic movement is as important as the dancer’s personality to create a choreographic work. Throughout this five-day workshop, I will visit some movement materials of my own creation that suggest self-control and spatial awareness with fun, athletic, risky movement that will motivate dancers to use their imagination to approach the materials. We will start from conscious floor warm-up series based on breathing and actions of decompression. From there, we will expand to standup series, focusing on strengthening legs and lower back, perception of space and risk taking in the body.”
For more information and questions, email Eun Jung Choi, dada@dadadanceproject.org

Erick Montes joined the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 2003. He trained at the National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance in Mexico City, and in 2004 he was featured in Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch”. He holds a fellowship in choreography from The New York Foundation for the Arts. He has presented his choreography in Mexico, Colombia, and Spain. In 2010 he worked in collaboration with choreographers Jennifer Nugent and Yin Mey in the creation of a Ballet for the National Dance Academy of Beijing, China.


Point of Departure: “Study#2: Holy Cabinet” – October 19-21, 2012

Direction: Eun Jung Choi
Movement Collaboration/Performance: John Luna, Bronwen MacArthur, Scott McPheeters, and Guillermo Ortega Tanus
Music Score: Alban Bailly
Costume Design: Eun Jung Choi, consultation from Jennielynn Streed
Costume Construction: Eun Jung Choi, consultation and assistance from Patricia Dominguez
Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann
Fairies: Shailer Kern-Carruth, Megan Mizanty, and Megan Quinn

Study #2: Holy Cabinet is supported in part with funds from the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival as part of a Live Arts Brewery Fellowship.


In the space of Holy Cabinet, everything is possible and nothing is impossible. Our collective imaginations will act as vehicles to another world of the unforeseen.  Holy Cabinet’s playfulness breaks down its original structure, displaying a wide variety of visual images with its humor, buoyancy, and perplexity.  Set to an original music by Alban Bailly, Study #2: Holy Cabinet will be performed by “Philly’s most intriguing dancers” (by Lisa Kraus, Dance Magazine Jan. 12): Bronwen MacArthur, Guillermo Ortega Tanus, John Luna, and Scott McPheeters.

For more information on POD site: www.point-of-departure.com

Estreno de la obra Sticky – México D.F.

STICKY (estreno)

Teatro de la Danza
Centro Cultural del Bosque
Reforma y Campo Marte s/n
Metro Auditorio

Agosto 2012
Jueves 16/20:00 horas
Viernes 17/20:00 horas
Sábado 18/19:00 horas
Domingo 19/18:00 horas

Duración: 60 minutos aproximadamente.
No intermedio
Localidades: $80.00

Boletos disponibles en la taquilla del teatro y en ticketmaster.com.mx
Descuentos del 50% a maestros, estudiantes e INAPAM

Coreografía: Melanie Stewart (EU)
Intérpretes/Creación de Movimiento: Da·Da·Dance Project/Eun Jung Choi (Corea) y Guillermo Ortega Tanus (México)
Escenografía: Matheus Fialho Fiuza (Brazil)
Música original: Alban Bailly (Francia)
Animación: Raymond Ercoli / Liz Goldberg (EU)
Directora de Escena: Adjani Solórzano (México)

“Sticky” es un dueto dirigido por Melanie Stewart en colaboración con la compañía Da·Da·Dance Project y la Universidad de Rowan (Tech Park), Nueva Jersey, E.U.A. La
obra transita entre la realidad y el formato digital a la vez que examina la naturaleza de las uniones como en el caso de un ser humano a otro. Sticky transpasa los límites de las relaciones en imagenes y en la memoria. Lo enmielado y adherente crea múltiples capas y significados a medida que el entorno cambia. Sticky explora las interacciones y temas de pareja a través del movimiento y otros medios de comunicación incluyendo texto, música, video, cine de animación y tecnología 3-D (CAVE).

La creación de “Sticky” no sería posible sin el apoyo de Melanie Stewart Dance Theater, Universidad de Temple, Universidad de Rowan Tech Park, la Coordinación Nacional de Danza del INBA, el Fondo para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA-CONACULTA), el fondo Cultural de Filadelfia, y el Consejo de las Artes de Pensilvania.

Este proyecto recibió un apoyo parcial de Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, un programa desarrollado y financiado por The Hainz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, una agencia estatal; The Pew Charitable Trust; y administrado por Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.  


Atypical – Lindsay Browning, Da·Da·Dance, Oscuro Quintet

February 27 | 7pm

One evening: 3 performances

Da Da Dance presents AURORAS. Auroras delves into a world of “Saturation”. A saturated world will be explored through the contrasts of colors, theatrical exaggeration, jolt of invented movement and gender specified costumes in a non-gender defined space. The colors of AURORAS are inspired by dramatic Northern polar lights, which illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the sun were rising from an unusual direction. AURORAS intends to deliver its beauty, absurdity and buoyancy which become appreciative through two visceral characters brought to stage along with the uniquely intensified contrasting colors, as seen in Northern sky lights.

Lindsay Browning will present a multi-media solo dance piece.

Oscuro Quintet will present a mix of tangos, traditional and modern, ranging from classics from tango’s “Golden Age” to the complex and emotional music of Astor Piazzolla.

For more information, visit Painted Bride Art Center Website