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Project Bandaloop: The Intimacy of Spectacle

Friday-Sunday, August 21-23, 2009
Courtyard A
$10. Members 10% Discount

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 21, 22, 23 two shows each day at 3 and 5 PM

> Inspired by the possibilities of climbing and rappelling, Project Bandaloop’s choreography draws on aerial, vertical and horizontal movement to craft dances, many site-specific. Under the direction of Amelia Rudolph the work explores the relationship between movement and gravity and the way we frame our expectations of what dance and performance can be. This performance will evolve from the artists working in and on the MASS MoCA’s 19th century buildings and courtyards from "seeds" of choreography developed in their studio in California. Those "seeds" will grow on the walls of the museum into a moving installation of dance, song and unexpected use of gravity and space.

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Project Bandaloop Brings Perspective Changing Vertical Dance to MASS MoCA's 19th-Century Mill Buildings

(North Adams, Massachusetts) The Houston Chronicle calls their performance "an artful spectacle," and says, "They turn gravity sideways, tweaking an immutable law of physics with the illusory powers of a magician." Inspired by the possibilities of climbing and rappelling, Project Bandaloop's choreography draws on aerial, vertical, and horizontal movement to craft site-specific dances. They'll use the historic mill buildings of MASS MoCA's 19th-century campus to create a dance that will be performed two times a day (at 3 and 5 PM) over three days for a total of six performances on Friday, August 21, Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23.

Under the artistic direction of Amelia Rudolph, the company creates a blend of dance, sport, ritual, and environmental awareness challenging the expected relationship between movement and gravity. The Boston Globe termed their aerial dance "awe-inspiring and frankly beautiful," while The Oakland Tribune said their work achieved a kind of sublime alchemy, continuing, "Art and sport, instead of diluting or neutralizing each other, meld to create something greater, something bracingly original."

At MASS MoCA Project Bandaloop will create a new work titled The Intimacy of Spectacle. The piece will explore the relationship between movement and gravity and the way we frame our expectations of what dance and performance can be. This performance will evolve from the artists working in and on the MASS MoCA's buildings and courtyards from "seeds" of choreography developed in their studio in California. Those "seeds" will grow on the walls of the museum into a moving installation of dance, song and the unexpected use of gravity and space. This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Project Bandaloop's venues include theaters, buildings and skyscrapers, cliffs, towers, bridges, billboards and other vertical surfaces. They have brought their vertical expertise to a wide variety of spaces in the United States and around the world - always celebrating the place's unique character with site-specific choreography. Previous venues have included architectural landmarks - The New York Stock Exchange; Seattle Space Needle; IBM Headquarters, Sao Paulo, Brazil; St. Georgio Castle, Mantova, Italy; National Museum, Singapore; Library designed by Moshe Saphdie, Salt Lake, NV; New San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA; the "Eiffel Tower" of Paris, Las Vegas, NV; Macau China Main Post Office; The Park Plaza Hotel's Castle in Boston, MA; and Chrysler Headquarters, Auburn, MI - and natural settings - Dolomite Mountains, Italy; Jackson, Wyoming; Yosemite Falls, Lost Arrow Spires, and El Capitan in Yosemite, MT.

Amelia Rudolph is the Artistic Director and Founder of Project Bandaloop. Rudolph is a choreographer, dancer/athlete, public speaker and teacher. She founded Project Bandaloop in 1991, bringing together dance and climbing through site-specific work on cliffs, buildings and in theaters. She holds a BA and MA in Comparative Religion from Swarthmore College and the GTU in Berkeley. She teaches youth in Oakland, CA, through Destiny Arts Center, lectures as a public speaker and is involved in Creative Capital's Artist Development Program. For more information about Project Bandaloop visit www.projectbandaloop.org.

Tickets for Project Bandaloop 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 10 A.M. until 6 P.M., every day. 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.



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