D.i.D. #8 did it again!

The program created a inspiring atmosphere for dance. Opening with a supportive duet danced between Anna Miller and Lateef Woods, we witnessed moment-to-moment negotiations, trust, strength and listening. These two embodied a spirit of generosity that extended to one another and to the surrounding audience.
Bethany Drohmann then literally shared a part of her creative process in “Duet Reprocessed,” which was a duet that became a last minute solo cleverly reconstructed to involve the audience. Bethany  talked us through the ways that her movement was inspired by the movements of her young toddler in order to generate various phrases of material that,  through a game involving the audience, structured a spontaneous solo.
Sarah Ginther and Aubrianne Anderson danced an athletic duet that involved supportive lifting, dynamic floor work, and sharp gestures danced to “Let the Waters” ft. Israel Houghton by The Liturgists. Their dance made me consider “worship” coming from a whole new guttural place.
The program closed with “Yes.Yes.Yes.”, (one of the best titles for a dance piece ever), presented by Button Will. Button flawlessly spoke lines from Andrea Gibson’s poem “Say Yes,” while dancing with such clarity, sensitivity, sensuality and fierceness that I was absolutely immersed in every moment with him, even though I was operating the video camera.
Again, the evening was an intimate one. I have to give a shout out to those community members who take time to regularly come to Dance in Dialogue and have participated as both presenters and audience members. The community that takes time out of all of their busy schedules to meet in the generous spirit of  support for artists in the vulnerable process of  making new work, sharing pieces of themselves, risking trying something new,  never ceases to inspire me and affirms the value of Dance in Dialogue. Thank you!

Call for Artists! Dance in Dialogue #8

12606714_10153782456523257_623388994_nDance in Dialogue is in its third year of programming offering contemporary performance artists from a variety of disciplines including dance, music, theater, video and mixed media to experiment with your work, expand perceptions of possibility in a low risk setting that offers intimate and direct communication between audiences and artists.  Each artist is provided a 20 minute platform to present, ask questions and receive moderated feedback. Audience seating is in the round in the Friend’s Meeting House, (2274 Onyx, Eugene, Oregon) a beautiful wood floor space with natural lighting.

Dance in Dialogue #8 will be on March 31st, 2016, 6 pm, Friend’s Meeting House. A call for artists is now out, deadline February 19th. Proposals should include 1. Description of the work (concept, process, dancers, music, length, etc). 2. Description of you (brief bio). 3. Your interest in presenting in the Dance in Dialogue format? How will this format support your work? Your development as an artist? 4. video links of work in progress or previous work. Send submissions to Margo Van Ummersen vanumm@hotmail.com and Shannon Mockli smockli@uoregon.edu.

D.i.D. #7!

UPCOMING DANCE IN DIALOGUE!

Thursday, IMG_0234November 5th, 2015,              Friend’s Meeting House (2274 Onyx Street),     6 pm

Experience new dance and dance in the making by four current artists based in Eugene, Bonnie Simoa, Director of Dance at Lane Community College; Darion Smith, Director of Janusphere Dance Company and a current University of Oregon GTF in Dance; Emily Rizo, a recent Theatre Arts and Dance BA graduate from Sonoma State University; and Jana Meszaros, BA in Dance from the University of Oregon, local independent artist and DanceAbility teacher.

$5 suggested donation.

After D.i.D. #6 more dance in Portland!

breathingunderwaterAfter Dance in Dialogue #6, Shannon Mockli will present “Breathing Under Water” at Studio 2@ zoomtopia (810 SE Belmont) in Portland, September 4th and 5th, 7:30 pm. Tickets $10 at the door.

“Breathing Under Water” is a collection of contemporary dance works and film by Eugene-based dance artists. Concert director and choreographer, Shannon Mockli (UO Associate Professor of Dance), has assembled poignant works that evoke a range of images relating to submergence and breath. The concert is also homage to the creative process as an act of finding one’s breath through the vulnerability of revealing pieces of oneself.

Featured in “Breathing Under Water” is a dynamic cast of dancers in the Portland-Eugene area including Sarah Ebert, Margo Van Ummersen, Katie Scherman, Jessica Zoller, Kim Ames, and Avante Grady.

Shannon Mockli will dance her solo, “Trio with the Johns,” presented nationally and internationally. Brad Garner and Mary Fitzgerald will screen “Nearby Far” a dance film they choreographed and performed located in the Oregon dunes. Margo Van Ummersen, a master at conveying sensitivity and sensuality will share “August,” danced by Sarah Ebert and Meg Orion. Emerging artists, Dakota Bouher and Mariah Melson present a witty performance with “Beer Dance (reconsidered).”

Culminating with the premier of a new work “Breathing Under Water,” Shannon Mockli directly consummates life memories of the dancers with their immediate performance realities through questions about being submerged, fighting, surrendering, supporting, opening, and breathing.

 

Call for Artists D.i.D. #6, Aug. 20th

CALL FOR ARTISTS!

Dance in Dialogue is calling artist submissions for round 6! Looking for original collaborative or cross-disciplinary experiments in movement and dance.  D.i.D. #6 will be at the Friends Meeting House in Eugene, Thursday, August 20th, 6 pm.  Applications should include:

1. Title (proposal title or work title)

  1. Estimated time (must be under 10 minutes),
  2. Number of performers
  3. Description (concept and movement)
  4. Reason for being interested in presenting in D.i.D., articulating your interest/willingness to discuss your process with audience. (Artists also take note: DiD #6, in the Friends Meeting House, has a beautiful hard wood floor, an intimate stage space of   20 X 20, and will have audience surrounding the performers, theater in the round style.  You may consider your work in the context of this venue.)
  1. Brief bio and video links that represent your work, in studio or in performance.
  2. Email applications to Shannon Mockli, smockli@uoregon.edu, and Margo Van Ummersen, vanumm@hotmail.com, by Monday, July 13th.MBP_6022

D.i.D. #5 April 10th!

Dance in Dialogue (D.i.D) #5
Friends Meeting House (2274 Onyx Street)
April 10th, 5 pm
$5 suggested donation
www.danceindialogue.com

Dance in Dialogue is excited to continue another year of presenting experimental work 
in unique spaces to invigorate the culture of contemporary dance in Eugene and to support 
artists in their creative processes by providing an intimate format in which they have an 
opportunity to dialogue with audiences about their work.D.i.D. also provides audiences an
opportunity to learn about artists' unique approaches to making dances. 
On April 10th, 5 pm, at the Friends Meeting House, Dakota Bouher, Shannon Knight, 
Patsy Morris, Katie Scherman, and Jessica Zoller will share and talk about their new work
to audiences seated in the round. This is a free event with a $5 suggested donation to 
support future programing and development.

Call for Artists!

CALL FOR ARTISTS!

Dance in Dialogue is ready to begin its second year of experimental and intimate performances in which artists present new work or work-in-process and dialogue with audiences about their experiences. D.i.D. #5 will be at the Friends Meeting House in Eugene, Friday April 10th, 5 pm. We are calling all interested artists to submit applications to present work already made or in-the-making. Applications should include:

1. Title (proposal title or work title)

2. Estimated time (must be under 10 minutes),

  1. Number of performers
  2. Description (concept and movement)
  3. 5 Reason for being interested in presenting in D.i.D., articulating your interest/willingness to discuss your process with audience. (Artists also take note: DiD #5, in the friends meeting house, has a beautiful hard wood floor, an intimate stage space of   20 X 20, and will have audience surrounding the performers, theater in the round style.  You may consider your work in the context of this venue.)
  1. Brief bio and video links that represent your work, in studio or in performance.

 

Email applications to Shannon Mockli, smockli@uoregon.edu, and Margo Van Ummersen, vanumm@hotmail.com, by Monday, March 2nd.