Great Things (May 5th, 10th and 11th, 2013)
In this collaborative production, The Defiance Project choreographer Sophie Needelman will be engaging with the Bay Area Dance community to showcase the talents and works of local artists and student artists. This showcase will happen in conjunction with UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies’s Spring Choreography Showcase in May (dates TBD), to be held in UCB’s Z-Lab. Pieces of various artistic media will be featured- including dance, music, film, and spoken word. The intersections of these media will provide an engaging process-oriented performance experience for collaborators and audience members alike. Artistic collaborators include Sophie Needelman, Rio Vander Stahl, Natalie Marsh, Amanda Stump, Robyn Taylor, and the various performers contributing to their pieces.
Various original Defiance Project works, choreographed by director Sophie Needelman, will be debuted at Great Things. This Is What Space Sounds Like is a dance piece that explores manifestations of legacy, history, herstory, and heroism in an individual capacity as well as as a female-bodied collective. The relationship between ancient Greek and Roman gods and goddesses and astronomy in the form of constellations, planets, and celestial bodies inspired explorations of what these iconic bodies in outer space sounds like. Stemming from religious and spiritual exploration of Judaism as well as director Sophie Needelman’s recent travels to Israel, Israel Works explores the presence of and relationship between ritual and habit. Not only do these forces play a huge conscious and subconscious role in our lives as individuals and as a community, but also they require a sense of commitment and intention that is often becomes ingrained in our actions and practices- for better or for worse. This piece will also explore the idea of dance as physicalized prayer, as a means for connecting to forces outside ourselves included other individuals in artistic practice. The Defiance Project’s upcoming collaborative piece in conjunction with the Berkeley Art Museum’s Exhibition on Silence will be revisited during Great Things as a way to continue exploring the significance of silence as well as the embodiment of sound.