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Highways Program, 2008

Highways Performance Space & Gallery @ the 18th Street Arts Center
1651 18th Street • Santa Monica, CA, USA
1/2 block N of Olympic • map • Tickets: 310.415.1459

Friday & Saturday, October 3rd & 4th, 2008 at 8:30 pm
Friday | Saturday |  
Friday, October 3, 2008, 8:30 pm
Frame from powder  
powder, 2008, includes live performance, 5 min, miniDV
Produced and Directed by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Choreography and dancing by Christine Suarez
Music composed by Joe Mindaneo
Synopsis: "powder" is a live performance with video projection that tells the story of the pain and pleasure of dressing and undressing the female body. "powder" explores the power of beauty, the bound female body, the safety of conforming, the comfort of discomfort and the perpetuation of the exaggerated femme by females themselves. (Topanga, CA, USA)
     
Frame from In There  
In There, 2005, 7 min, mini-DV
Directed by Michael Theodore / Michelle Ellsworth
Produced by Prarie Dog Mothers
Choreography and dancing by Michelle Ellsworth
Music by Michael Theodore
Synopsis: This film definitively answers the question, "What is she doing in there?" (Boulder, CO, USA)
     
Frame from plug-play, one of the 4 clips pour aufnahmen by Nicole Seiler
Frame from <i>plug-play</i>
 
4 clips pour aufnahmen, 2006, 8 min, miniDV
Directed by Nicole Seiler
Produced by Cie Nicole Seiler
Choreography by Nicole Seiler
Featuring Cie Nicole Seiler
Dancing by Célina Chaulvin, Kylie Walters, Florent Ottello, Alexandre Tissot
Music composed by Martin A.P. Gantenbein
Synopsis: In these 4 very short dance films moving bodies and body parts have been projected onto specific surfaces and change their original character. In <i>uno-duo</i> bodies overlap bodies, in <i>hülle-fülle</i> legs and arms tremble in the wind, in <i>devant-avant</i> a dancing couple appears on smoke and in <i>plug-play</i> a Barbie doll becomes alive. (Lausanne, Switzerland)
     
Frame from Bittersweet  
Bittersweet, 2005, 16 min, mini-DV
Directed by David Rousseve
Produced by David Rousseve & Roberta Shaw
Choreography by David Rousseve
Dancing by Taisha Paqqett, Chery-Chen Yu, Julie Tolentino, Raquel Monroe
Music composed by Nina Simone
Videography by Robbie Shaw
Synopsis: "Bittersweet" explores the relationships of three women of color to their husbands, lovers, and to one another in an alternately lyrical and violent look at race and gender politics. (Sherman Oaks, CA, USA)
     
Frame from behind my tumid eyes  
behind my tumid eyes, 2008, 4 min, miniDV
Produced and Directed by Ana Baer
Choreography by Dani Beauchamp
Dancing by Dani Beauchamp, Rebekah Davidson, Lavinia Findikoglu
Synopsis: single child, lonely child, playing in the quiet. -- shaping space into sisters that rolled and jumped and held my little hands. -- the secret hide-a-ways on foreign lands -- the air damp and cold -- and the current swaying like the lullaby of this childhood. -- i could taste the sand through finger tips -- and hear the air move between her ... and her ... and her. (Venice, CA, USA)
     
Frame from Hell in a Handbasket  
Hell in a Handbasket, 2008, 2 min, miniDV
Produced and Directed by M.Caren McCaleb
Choreography and dancing by M.Caren McCaleb
Synopsis: What's it all for? (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
     
Frame from Raw  
Raw, 2007, 6 min, miniDV
Produced and Directed by Hamel Bloom
Choreography and dancing by Angie Yeowell
Music composed by Arvo Part
Synopsis: In this experiment, the eleven members of the audience, each with his or her own camera, filmed a dance in the round - with leaves flying, mud packing, and stone mason setting. (Boulder, CO, USA)
     
Frame from Against the Dark of Night  
Against the Dark of Night, 2008, 6 min, miniDV
Produced and Directed by Mariel Mc Ewans
Choreography by Jia Wu
Dancing by Eva Aymani, Rosemary Candelaria, Maya Ginger, Jia Wu, Mishen Liu
Music composed by Kaoru Watanabe and Johann Johannson
Synopsis: "Against the Dark of Night" is a modern myth as old as fear of the dark and as contemporary as our hope for the future. It is the dance for camera version of the choreography, "The Other Shore," which will be performed at the International Tanzfest in Germany by invitation from choreographer Pina Bausch. (Sun Valley, Idaho, USA)
     
Frame from Self Portrait  
Self Portrait, 2008, 4 min, miniDV
Produced and Directed by Ana Baer
Choreography and dancing by Kim Olson
Editing by Caren Mc Caleb
Synopsis: An exploration of Self within dance and video. (Venice, CA, USA)
     
Saturday, October 4, 2008, 8:30 pm
Frame from powder  
powder, 2008, includes live performance, 5 min, miniDV
Produced and Directed by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Choreography and dancing by Christine Suarez
Music composed by Joe Mindaneo
Synopsis: "powder" is a live performance with video projection that tells the story of the pain and pleasure of dressing and undressing the female body. "powder" explores the power of beauty, the bound female body, the safety of conforming, the comfort of discomfort and the perpetuation of the exaggerated femme by females themselves. (Topanga, CA, USA)
     
Frame from Hell in a Handbasket  
Hell in a Handbasket, 2008, 2 min, miniDV
Produced and Directed by M.Caren McCaleb
Choreography and dancing by M.Caren McCaleb
Synopsis: What's it all for? (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
     
Frame from are you for real?  
are you for real?, 2006, 4 min, HD
Produced and Directed by Cari Ann Shim Sham* and Kyle Ruddick
Choreography and dancing by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Music by Low in the Sky
Synopsis: "are you for real?" explores the politics of a workingwoman through surrealistic imagery and organic movement. The film exposes the naked body as a moving art form. The film addresses how the heavy American workload and pace of life can literally affect, take over, and cover the physical being. (Topanga, CA, USA)
     
Frame from Ritual  
Ritual, 2007, 1 min, hi8
Choreography by Joy French (Dance Improvisation)
Camera & Editing by Jessica Damon
Music Composition, Additional Editing & Concept by Patrick Maxwell
Synopsis: The anticipation and anxiety inspired by a familiar morning ritual. (Boulder, CO, USA)
     
photo by Vicky MacArthur
photo by Vicky MacArthur
 
This Bird Has Flown, 2008, 16 min, 16mm
Directed by Carrie Noel
Produced by keo Productions
Choreography by Rachael Lincoln
Dancing by Rachael Lincoln and Mark Stuver
Music composed by Cody Westheimer
Cinematography by Natalie Newman
Editing by Carlo Kamin Tatu
Synopsis: This fictional dance drama placed in the 1960s exposes the vulnerable yet quirky woman upon whom John Lennon based the ballad, "Norwegian Wood." The film is rich in surreal design and Beatles references and is topped off with exceptionally visceral choreography. (Jackson Hole, WY, USA)
     
Frame from Moon  
Moon, 2004, 4 min, 16mm
Produced and Directed by Mary Kite
Cinematography by Jack Coyle
Technical Assistance by Zach Daudert
Synopsis: "Poetry and dance can be interchangeable. Both provide infinite means of transportation through waking dreams, states of reverie or enchantment. Both are uncontrollable catapults of imagination where observational minds slide beyond the boundaries of the page or stage. ..." - Mary Kite (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
     
Meaghan McHenry dancing like her old man.
Dancer Meaghan McHenry
 
Dance Like Your Old Man, 2006, 10 min, MiniDV/DigiBeta
Directed by Gideon Obarzanek & Edwina Throsby
Produced by Chunky Move in association with Chequerboard Productions
Featuring Chunky Move
Dancing by Meaghan McHenry, Sara Black, Alexandra Dillon, Bec Reid, Penelope Bartiau & Ros Warby
Music by various artists
Cinematography by Cordelia Beresford
Editing by Simon Njoo
Synopsis: Six women imitate their dads' dancing in a film about fathers as seen through the eyes of their daughters. These unseen men come to life through the dances and reflections of their children. (Australia)
     
Frame from Saliendo  
Saliendo, 2006, 7 min, 16mm
Directed by Maria Gillespie and Kristy Tully
Produced by Oni Dance and True Pictures
Choreography by Maria Gillespie
Featuring Oni Dance
Cinematography by Kristy Tully
Music by Ginormous
Synopsis: The movement language of this work winds its way through the physical and psychological mechanics of leaving. Saliendo (translated as leaving) is part memory, part dream-state, part prophecy, all tumbling together in a kinetic passage through moments of separation. It encapsulates the tranquility and catalytic nature of attachment and departure. (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
     
Frame from Self Portrait  
Self Portrait, 2008, 4 min, miniDV
Produced and Directed by Ana Baer
Choreography and dancing by Kim Olson
Editing by Caren Mc Caleb
Synopsis: An exploration of Self within dance and video. (Venice, CA, USA)
     
   
 
 
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