Video Clips from DEVOTION, MR Festival Fall 2011, November 28 2011

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church “About Town”, Fall Festival at Danspace Project, November 28, 2011

Featuring works by Leigh Evans and Raïna von Waldenburg

The 20th Year Celebration
Curated by Sondra Loring and K.J. Holmes

Choreographed & Performed by Leigh Evans
Music by Peter Whitehead
Set by Tizianna Agnello

At the intersection of dance, visual art, meditation, and theater, Leigh Evans‘ performance work explores the nature of perception by re-inventing our relationship to viewing the body. Evans’ dance theater illuminates the darker aspects of human nature with the beauty of the physical form in rituals of invocation. Her explorations are fed by her fascination with the performance and meditative traditions of Asia. Integral to her work are her extensive travels and studies in the meditative and performance traditions of Asia, including Indian Odissi dance, Butoh, Yoga, Bulgarian singing and North Indian singing. Evans’ work has been presented at PS122-undergroundzero festival ’10, soloNOVA Arts Festival ’09, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Dixon Place, New York Butoh Festival, CRS “Tribute to Butoh” Festival, and Studio 303, Montreal. Her work has also been presented on the West Coast at the SF International Butoh Festival, Seattle Butoh Festival, Theater Artaud, Tsunami Festival, Women on the Edge Festival, and Noh Space. Her Film, Eighth Avenue, created in collaboration with David Rogers, has been presented at the Dance on Camera Festiva ’07, BAC International Film Festival ’08, and the Chashama Film Festival ’08. Her work has been presented on the West Coast at the SF International Butoh Festival, Seattle Butoh Festival, Theater Artaud, Tsunami Festival, Women on the Edge Festival, and Noh Space. Leigh teaches workshops and classes in yoga and performance in New York, nationally, and internationally.

I Am One Who is Wild As The Wind
Raïna von Waldenburg, with Cyndi Perczek
Music: an adaptation of Nina Simone’s Wild is The Wind

Raïna von Waldenburg is a full-time faculty member at NYU.  She has been teaching a physical approach to acting based on the work of Jerzy Grotowski at NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing for the past 17 years. Actor, playwright, and director, she received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and her BFA in acting from New York University. Her original works include East Coast Artists’ production of her solo show My Friend Andrea (Loewe Theatre), Oysters and Orgasms (BAX, Dixon Place), and burlesque acts in Crones, Ducks, and Babes (BAX, Dixon Place). Her acting credits include MUD The Musical (Grand Theatre), The Father (La MaMa E.T.C.), Request Programme (La MaMa E.T.C.), 15 Seconds of Silence (American Place Theatre), The Life of Spiders (The Culture Project), The Last Supper (La MaMa E.T.C.), Jude (Marilyn Monroe Theatre), Roberto Zucco (OHIO Theatre, Currican Theatre), MC Girl (Living Theatre), Not I (NYU),  Erostratus (Gene Frankel Theatre), Just the Boys (Painted Bride), and Medea (Movement Theatre International).  Raïna is also a published poet, visual artist, and mother. She will be performing her solo show Oysters Orgasms Obituaries at La MaMa, E.T.C. as part of La MaMa’s 50th Anniversary Season in December, 2011. Cyndi Perczek is a graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing where she studied with Raïna. She’s a performer/composer/clown/preschool teacher all over the city and is currently getting her masters in Theatre Education.

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