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A.H. Dance Company presents Marketplace at Merce Cunningham Studios

March 6 @ 9 pm
March 7 @ 8 pm
*March 8 @ 3 pm

Marketplace premieres Maladroit and revisits Salaam with additional works choreographed by company members Yayoi Kubota & Emily Vetsch, as well as guest choreographer, Bridget Rawls. In addition, Alaine Handas latest dance film will premiere at Marketplace.

Marketplace will be presented at Merce Cunningham Studios, 55 Bethune St. (btw. Washington St. & West Side Hwy.) on March 6, 2009 at 9 pm, March 7, 2009 at 8 pm, and March 8, 2009 at 3 pm (community performance with Young Dancers in Repertory, http://www.youngdancersinrep.org).

For more information please visit: http://www.alainehanda.com

Tickets are available for $15 pre-sale online, and $18 at the door. (Student and Senior discounts available)

Purchase tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/53175
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I found out today that a very dear grand uncle passed away a few months ago. When my family and I were living in LA and prior to moving there he was our contact and he would make me these awesome homemade Chinese dumplings for me that were low in fat, no sodium, and really delicious even after a few days in the fridge. I miss him. He was very independent and didn't want anyone taking care of him. When we first met up with him back in 1998 he was still driving us around all over LA. When I went to visit colleges in 2000 during the summer, he drove us to Claremont/Upland/Ontario/Rancho Cucamonga. He pointed out the house he used to own in Upland.
He recorded dozens of figure skating from tv for me to watch and take home to Singapore with me at the end of the summer. I remember the time when he took my mom and me to Universal Studios. It was my first time to Universal Studios and he rode with us on the Jurassic Park ride; if you knew that ride, you'd know that it has a small drop at the end. I still have the picture somewhere.
When we moved to LA, we visited him often in San Gabriel. Always ready to greet us with a smiling face. Such a trooper and always up for adventure even at his age. We will miss him. I already miss him. He became a grandfather figure when we were in LA. Now when I go to visit LA, there will not be Qu-Gong to call on. :-(
Current Mood:
melancholy melancholy
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I'm itching to move in the studio and create something stunning. I want it to be fabulous. I just came up with a new idea for my next piece and I want it to be good. I also have to come up with some sort of game plan for the dance film I'm going to create this summer. Should be interesting. I'm going to have some studio time when I'm teaching this summer. Hopefully I can try some stuff out. I might even be able to use the space available to me for rehearsal (maybe?). Gorgeous black box theater, four dance studios, and two fully equipped theater. That my friends is the performing arts section of my middle/high school. I need to utilize the space they give me. Free space + paid salary for teaching. How rare these days...
I've been sort of avoiding watching dance shows since my performance wrapped last month. Not quite sure why, I've been taking class regularly so I'm not avoiding dance entirely. I am perhaps a little "danced" out. Oh well... But now I'm itching to move and create again.
I hope my dancers stay with me through the fall/winter season. Working with people you know is a blessing b/c then you start to create specifically towards the way their strengths in moving lie. At least thats usually what I try to do.
I've been going to these free advice seminars hosted by Joyce Soho and they have been quite helpful in formulating all the administrative crap that I have to do. I do get help though, a lot of it. I can't do everything on my own. Yet, I still have a handful to do that no one else can do for me (yet). Or... I'm just a workaholic and really just want control over such matters. Somehow, I did manage to gain another person to help me out on this "boat". We'll see what happens.
Insomnia is hitting me hard again. Probably for the better, I have to adjust my sleeping patterns to Asia time very soon. I dislike jet lag. It puts a damper on all activities on the first couple days. I should get to bed though. I plan on doing some errands tomorrow morning before I take Jen Nugent's improv class at DNA.
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...... It was amazing to have everything come together at the last moment. There's nothing else in the world that is akin to performing or seeing your creative work onstage danced by so many talented dancers or seeing the number of audience members that come to the performance.
Its like an affirmation that there are people there who will support your work even though they really are there because they are friends with someone in the cast. Somehow they are there to support their dancer friend which in turn supports my work.
There were some technical difficulties at Cunningham but the space is still gorgeous and seeing my work on that stage is unbelievably satisfying. I think I've been born to do this. Ever since I've choreographed for the stage, I love seeing my dreams and ideas come to life in rehearsals and onstage. Its as if all your dreams have come true. (In the sappiest sense) Sometimes, I love it more than I love performing myself. I do know that I love performing other people's work than I do my own. (hire me?)

Anyways, now its post performance week, and I'm trying to busy myself up with getting my kids ready for their end of year performance next month and the applications for different performance things in the fall. I'm still pretty sad that I don't get to see my lovely dancers in the studio though. :-(
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Nov. 17 (8 pm) & 18 (3 pm, 7 pm (YDW)),
$15, $12 students/seniors
Performance in collaboration w/ York Dance Works;
University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St, NY 10002

Featuring choreography by:

Lucy Struever (YDW)
Ariel Grossman (YDW)
Molly Campbell (TMC)
Alaine Handa (TMC)
Sarah Milosevich (TMC)

For more information please visit:
http://www.themovementcollective.com
http://www.yorkdanceworks.com

Pre-sale tickets guarantee the best seats in the house!
http://www.themovementcollective.com/Calendar.html

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We have raised $340.50 and we need an additional $560 to pay for theater costs. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation.

You can do so by sending a check to The Movement Collective, 201A E. 29th st, New York, NY 10016. Make checks payable to The Solo Foundation, Inc. postmarked for The Movement Collective.
Solo Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)3 organization serving the New York arts community. Contributions made to The Solo Foundation and earmarked for The Movement Collective are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Solo Foundation please contact Howard Seligman at becrow@earthlink.net

You can also visit our website and make a secure transaction via paypal. Our website is http://www.themovementcollective.com

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The Movement Collective presents
From the Ground



    The Movement Collective is back and proud to present
From the Ground dance showcase, a look into the eccentric minds of some
of NYC hottest up and coming choreographers. From the Ground hits the
catwalk with an explosion of energy bound to have audiences on the edge
of their seats.  The Movement Collectives very own, Alaine Handa,
Sarah Milosevich, Molly Campbell, Briana Fails, Anne Lukaska, and Roger
Dunson, bring you through a tour of virtual reality, political and
social satire, tornados, wildly hot and bawdy burlesque, disturbing
recollections of sexual abuse, and censorship.  Along with The
Movement Collective choreographers, From the Ground will also
showcase four guest choreographers to celebrate the diversity of dance
in New York City.  Among them are Shelley Hardin, Ariel Grossman
(York Danceworks), Amy Secada (Kinetic Junglist Movement), and Graham
dancers/choreographers (Laura Beneitez, Carolina Marquez, Esther
Eiras).

3 pm & 7 pm
$15 door
Teatro la Tea, 107 Suffolk St, Suite 200

For a preview please visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0uXm3Cuw1Y

The Movement Collective; Molly Campbell, Renee Ines Gonzeles, Alaine
Handa, Roger Dunson, Briana Fails, Anne Lukaska, Daria Miano, Sarah
Milosevich, Melanie Monterey

Shelley Hardin

York Danceworks: Ariel Grossman, Andrea Brown, Kiley Durst, Lucy Struever


Kinetic Junglist Movement: Amy Secada, Denis Ousman, Stephan Goudjo,
Ljuba Castot, Jovan Clay, Lynne Tuccillo, Erika Jimbo, Anna Clark

Carolina Marquez Rivas, Josephine Yeh, Laura Beneitez

We hope to see you on July 28 at either our 3 pm or 7 pm show!

Alaine Handa
Renee Ines Gonzalez
Molly Campbell

Co-Artistic Directors
The Movement Collective
http://www.geocities.com/themovementcollective
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I took dance class for the first time since my injury. I took Faye Driscoll's class at DNA this morning and I'm actually feeling ok about it. I was nervous as hell about my knees about being back in dance class. I'm a little frustrated that I had to tone down my intensity. I hate not being able to dance 'full-out' (in dancer speak) even in rehearsals. I'm so focused on not getting injured that my personal strength of being able to pick up combinations quickly and remember them has suffered. *sigh* I hope thats because I'm rusty and haven't taken class, NOT due to the fact that I'm distracted, although that might not be a bad conclusion. *crossing my fingers*
I love Faye's class, her movement is very quirky and different - I love it! She's also really sweet and explains well. There's also less talk and more moving in her class.
Current Mood:
complacent complacent
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My uncle died today (my father's older brother) from liver cancer complications. *sigh* It got me to thinking about one's mortality and how fleeting life is. We really don't have a lot of time on earth. What you do with the time with it should be meaningful to you because you only have one shot. I try not to fuck it up. My mother was guilt tripping me to live closer to my family, but its hard because I am only twenty three and if I don't do this now then I don't think I'll have time to do it later on. I need to be here in New York, not because of anyone but myself. Selfish as that may be, its true. I just wish that my family was closer to me at this time of grief. I hope my cousin LC takes care of herself and the baby she's carrying. Her father was a good man, he was kind-hearted and loving towards his family. Rudhy, LC, Desi, and Auntie - my condolences to you all at this time of grief. You have done him proud. To my own father, I know you grew up with your older brother helping you by your side, you don't express openly so my prayers are with you daddy and for your health. I love you mommy & daddy and I wish I could be there with you both, I miss you. 
Current Mood:
melancholy melancholy
Current Music:
Complicated Melody - India Arie
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For immediate release
May 14, 2007


Contact: Alaine Handa
themovementcollective@gmail.com



The Movement Collective presents…
From the Ground



The Movement Collective is back and proud to present From the Ground dance showcase, a look into the eccentric minds of some of NYC’s hottest up and coming choreographers. From the Ground hits the catwalk with an explosion of energy bound to have audiences on the edge of their seats. The Movement Collective’s very own, Alaine Handa, Sarah Milosevich, Molly Campbell, Briana Fails, Anne Lukaska, and Roger Dunson, bring you through a tour of virtual reality, political and social satire, tornados, wildly hot and bawdy burlesque, disturbing recollections of sexual abuse, and censorship. Along with The Movement Collective’s choreographers, From the Ground will also showcase four guest choreographers to celebrate the diversity of dance in New York City. Among them are Shelley Hardin, Ariel Grossman (York Danceworks), Amy Secada (Kinetic Junglist Movement), and Graham dancers/choreographers (Laura Beneitez, Carolina Marquez, Esther Eiras).

Alaine Handa will be unveiling three distinctly different dances. Caber Tossed, is a sneak peak into the two-dimensional world of video games, inspired from playing Super Mario Brothers and Super Bonk as a child on long flights. Ms. Handa’s second dance piece displays two dancers tied to each other in a dark exploration of puppet governments, blurring the line of manipulation. Ms Handa’s final dance piece, Homage to La-la land is a comical snapshot of popular culture and the fashion industry. Ms Handa emphasizes the over-sexualization of the media, through a transformation of “innocent starlets” to look “Hollywood perfect”.

Molly Campbell’s solo is a collaboration with a New York based spoken word artist, Gary Bonadonna. It’s late at night, the artist’s surroundings are unclear, and the only thing in focus is his object of desire.

Sarah Milosevich, in her NYC debut as a choreographer, is presenting a piece that explores the psychology of a storm using movements inspired from rain, thunder, winds, and climaxing into a swirling tornado. Her inspiration is drawn from her personal experiences of growing up in the middle of tornado alley.

From the Ground will be Briana Fails, Anne Lukaska, and Roger Dunson’s debut with The Movement Collective. Fails piece is a moving recollection of sexual abuse. “When faced with inescapable vulnerability, pain is often a lonesome cry and even those who love us most can't save us.” (Fails) In Anne Lukaska’s piece a trio of dancers give an interpretation of censorship by covering each other’s eyes, ears, mouths as well as their own. “In a society of freedom, it is alarming that we are frightened of sharing our feelings to others. We get angry when we’re censored by others but how much do we censor ourselves?” (Lukaska) In contrast, choreographer Roger Dunson brings to the stage, his “rock and roll” burlesque meets Marilyn Monroe dance piece. Mr Dunson’s choreography is fast, fun, flashy, and downright funny. My Heart Belongs to Daddy was originally staged for Miami’s Revolver Party at Studio B. Mr. Dunson dubs the piece as “Courtney Love meets Moulin Rouge with a sour Fosse flavor.”

Among the guest choreographers, Shelley Hardin, will be unveiling her solo with an exploration of how a mask can transform the way we perceive the person behind it. Her solo debuted at Merce Cunningham Studios for the Chunk in 9 dance showcase earlier this year. Ariel Grossman is co-artistic director of York Danceworks and her piece, 24 Transitions details the dichotomy of a 24-year old woman stuck between adult responsibilities while simultaneously holding onto childhood innocence. On the flipside, Amy Secada, founder of Kinetic Junglist Movement, chose to embrace the innocence and curiosity in The Lost Children, a mythological story about creation through mother spirit. Lastly, Carolina Marquez, Laura Beneitez, and Esther Eiras will present their collective piece, Strings, which features live music by professional dancer and cellist, Laura Beneitez. The dance is set on three women, who are overcome by envy and “open the darkest places of their souls to finally destroy each other.” (Marquez) All three of these women hail from Spain and their movement quality embody the drama and intensity of both Graham technique and flamenco.

With such diversity in one show, The Movement Collective is excited for From the Ground and we hope you will join us on July 28, 2007. Tickets are available for $15 at the door. Teatro la TEA, 107 Suffolk Street (between Delancey and Rivington), Suite 200, New York, NY 10002; 3 pm & 7 pm shows. We hope to see you there!


Alaine Handa
Renee Ines Gonzalez
Molly Campbell
Co-Artistic Directors
The Movement Collective
http://www.geocities.com/themovementcollective
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