US/Japan Choreographers Exchange
Saturday, April 25, 2009, 8:00 pm
East meets West in this exciting gathering of choreographers who represent some of the brightest rising stars on two continents -- Kyle Abraham (New York), Amy O'Neal (Seattle), and two Japanese choreographers from Kyoto and Tokyo. Working at MASS MoCA for a week, their residency will culminate in a vibrant display of movement traditions intersecting to create something wholly new.
The Exchange is produced by Dance Theater Workshop, Japan Society, and Mass MoCA and the Japan Contemporary Dance Network with funding from the Performing Arts Japan program of the Japan Foundation.
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East Meets West in Innovative US/Japan Choreographers Exchange
(North Adams, MA) In residence at MASS MoCA for a week, two of the United States' most promising young choreographers, Kyle Abraham and Amy O'Neal, will meet with two rising choreographers from Japan to work together and share about their processes. An innovative residency program for choreographers, the US/Japan Choreographers Exchange provides opportunities for Japanese and American choreographers to share their visions through a series of classes and workshops, open rehearsals, discussion groups, educational outreach, and public performances in multiple communities throughout both Japan and the United States. Abraham, O'Neal, and the Japanese choreographers will use their time at MASS MoCA to begin the process of sharing, blending, and innovating on the dance floor to create something entirely new. The residency will culminate in a work-in-progress performance on Saturday, April 25, at 8PM in Club B-10.
Kyle Abraham, professional dancer and choreographer, began his training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He has received several awards for choreography including a Thayer Fellowship in 2000 and Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship in 2002. Abraham's choreography has been presented throughout the United States and abroad, most recently in Emoves 8 at Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem, New York, and the 11th Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, and this year's Fall For Dance Festival at City Center. As a performer, Abraham has worked with many acclaimed modern dance companies including Nathan Trice/Rituals, Mimi Garrard Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Dance Alloy, and the Kevin Wynn Collection. In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, abraham.in.motion, Abraham also teaches his unique approach to postmodern dance in various schools and studios throughout the United States.
Amy O'Neal is a performer, choreographer, teacher and the co-director (along with Zeke Keeble) of locust (music/dance/video company) based in Seattle. O'Neal teaches contemporary dance technique and funk at Velocity Dance Center and has taught and/or conducted residencies at the University of Washington, University of Idaho, University of Oregon, Lane Community College (Eugene, OR), Northwest Vista College (San Antonio, TX), and Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA). Her work has been commissioned by Spectrum Dance Theater, Moving Current in Tampa, FL, and Seattle Theatre Group's Dance Thisâ€¦ where she collaborated with Sonia Dawkins and Savion Glover. As a performer, she worked with the Pat Graney Co. for three years, was a member of Scott/Powell Performance for six years and lead singer of the Seattle band Marrow for three years. O'Neal frequently collaborates with musician/comedian Reggie Watts. O'Neal holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts.
The Exchange is produced by Dance Theater Workshop, Japan Society, MASS MoCA, and the Japan Contemporary Dance Network, with funding from the Performing Arts Japan program of the Japan Foundation.
Tickets for the US/Japan Choreographers Exchange are $10. MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office located off Marshall Street in North Adams, open from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. Wednesday through Monday. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during Box Office hours or purchased on line at www.massmoca.org.
MASS MoCA, the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States, is located off Marshall Street in North Adams on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings. MASS MoCA is an independent 501C3 whose operations and programming are funded through admissions and commercial lease revenue, corporate and foundation grants, and individual philanthropy. Except for an initial construction grant from the Commonwealth, and occasional competitive state and federal grants for specific programs, MASS MoCA is not government-funded.