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At the Feet of Atlas

Kori recently performed this solo in October at On The Boards Open Studio performance. This is a dance piece created in preparation for a performance for this coming January called Nomads, directed by Kori and Jonathan Lilly. This solo is entertaining and well executed. It is simultaneously complex and simple in a thought provoking, beautiful, and endearing way. Its a wonderful comment on life itself and leaves you with a grin from ear to ear…

More to come soon!!!

SEA↔BUS: Indigo

Please take a look at these videos, created by the talented Kori Martodam and Jonathon Lilly, they will further explain Sea↔Bus, as well as our first performance which will take place in Seattle, WA: Indigo  

SEA|BUS Origins 1080 from Jonathan Lilly on Vimeo.

SEA|BUS Indigo 1080 from Jonathan Lilly on Vimeo.

Indigo is an improvised dance performance for ten dancers and one musician, set against a backdrop of panoramic ink painting.  The color indigo infuses both the graceful formality of Japanese kimono, as well as the durability and simplicity of a well-worn pair of jeans.   As the musician plays a range of instruments, from the modern (hang) to the ancient (didgeridoo), the dancers will take the audience along through an arc of movement scores.  Indigo is a search for the thread that interconnects the sublime and the pedestrian; for the color that imbues both dye and sky. The work will unite dancers from two different dance ensembles—one from Seattle and one from Columbus, Ohio—who share a common language of practiced scores, yet ‘speak’ individual physical dialects. The dancers compose in real time, responding to one another and to the environmental the context of set, sound, and scores.  In witnessing an improvised performance, the audience can feel themselves drawn into the world of the dancers’ spontaneous creation and creative problem solving. The goal of Indigo is to immerse the audience in an experience of beauty, mystery, and inspiration—opening, from everyday life, a window to the extraordinary.  

Getting to know Jonathon Lilly…

Jonathon is the other Seattle based collaborator I am working with on the Project Sea↔Bus…

Jonathan Lilly is a martial artist-turned-dancer based in Seattle.  After more than twenty years training in aikido, he was introduced to improvisational dance,  and was hooked.    In the past three years he has attended perhaps three months’ worth of jams, courses, and intensives in improvisational dance and contact improvisation.jonathon-dance-pic  He sees training in improvisational dance as a way to hone one’s ability to respond physically and emotionally in any situation.  Jonathan is particularly interested in integrating athleticism and expressiveness into his movement.  He is currently at work on his first production, called Nomads, together with Kori Martodam, to be performed in early January 2017.

Getting to know Kori Martodam some more…

I asked Kori to share more about herself so everyone can get a better sense of who she is and what she does and what she wants to do with her life. I am looking forward to our work together on Sea↔Bus…

When asked to talk about herself a bit…

I’m balancing a life of practicing anesthesia as a Nurse Anesthetist (40 hrs/week) and continuing to study contemporary dance and improvisation techniques at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA. In 2014 I founded SIMLab, an ongoing workshop for the study of dance improvisation. I’m also a candidate in the Eight Limbs Yoga Teacher training 2016-2017, and will complete that training this April. I’ve been dancing since I was 19 and studied post-modern technique and improvisation at Denison University in Granville, Ohio where I graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Contemporary Dance. I continue to study and make dance because it’s the art form that I’ve found puts us most directly into contact with challenges and victories of trusting and collaborating with one another in an unknown environment. Improvisation in particular is a lived process of creating meaningful work and in real-time, addressing the compositional and artistic challenges inherent therein. I’ve invested nearly a decade in nursing and anesthesia training so that I can support myself in continuing to pursue dance and hold a stable position as a leader in the dance improvisation community. I built a safe place for dance in my life because I value the way it effects me—the way it makes me a more insightful, kind, patient, humble, generous, and brave person—and I want to cultivate these attributes as part of an ongoing practice.

When asked to talk about her dance work…

I want people to see me dance and to see the people with whom I dance and to be less afraid of whatever it is in their experience keeps them from reaching out for what they wish to have/be/do/see/think/feel/know. We are surprising creatures, even to ourselves, if we can find ways out of our rote, unexamined behaviors and experience a kind of estrangement to our world and ourselves. We are perpetually in contact with information that presents the world in a certain way, and informs our senses of what to do with our time and energy (shop, rock out, be awesome, be entertained, eat, drink, work, etc). What if we could tune more directly into ourselves? What would our ambitions and habits looks like then? How would we spend our time? For a few hours a week during rehearsals and for a fleeting hour here and there in performance, I’m trying to create a alternative to “standard” reality; an alternative wherein we can answer the questions of what really matters and what really moves us. I think the effort in doing this is important because improvisation involves a kind of truth that we don’t get to tell each other everyday, or see everyday, but that gives us a sense of purpose and provides hope.

Kori and I are working on a new Project together, it’s called, “Sea↔Bus”. More to come soon…If you are interested in more of what Kori has done take a look at her

CV kori-cv

Sea↔Bus: Cross-Continental Dance Improvisation Collaboration

Introducing the new logo for my latest project. Jonathon Lilly, Kori Martodam, myself, along with Kelly Hurlburt ( my beautiful girlfriend ) created the simple design.

                                        Sea↔Bus

Sea representing the Seattle ensemble of dancers, and Bus representing the Columbus ensemble of dancers with a simple arrow between, representing both the collaborative nature of the project, as well as the physical space we will trek in order to dance as a group. This evening length dance piece will be presented this  May of 2017 at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA.

New Project!

I am very excited to announce I will be holding “get togethers”, or Auditions at Feverhead (Columbus,OH) for a new project I am working on with Kori Martodam and Jonathan Lilly. Kori and Jonathan are Seattle based dancers, and improvisers, I met while at DIPI this past August. Our hopes are to create a “cross-continental improvisation collaborative” based on what we have learned from our experiences at DIPI, but also based on our own artistic interests as well… We will each employ, and train with our respective dance ensembles in various improvisational dance techniques, and exercises, ultimately leading to performance opportunities in our respective cities of Columbus, Oh and Seattle, WA.

I say “get togethers” because I do not like to think of these meetings as Auditions. The word audition has too much rigid formality and emotional baggage linked to it’s context. I would much rather have everyone come ready to move, discuss, converse and ready to have an enjoyable experience with out that pesky audition word looming in the atmosphere…. Meeting dates below:

  • September 12, 3-6pm
  • Sept. 15, 6-9pm
  • Sept. 18, 5-8pm
  • Sept. 24, 6-9pm
  • Sept. 25, 5-8pm
  • Please email me if interested in the project and select a date that will work for you to get together at Feverhead. Be ready to improvise, discuss the project,  and have fun. Also bring your schedules (work, school, etc.).

 

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