OZ ARTS NASHVILLE PRESENTS THE TENNESSEE PREMIERE OF HARBORING, A SITE-RESPONSIVE, MULTI-DIMENSIONAL WORK FROM INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED VERTICAL DANCE COMPANY BANDALOOP, OCTOBER 10 & 11
Company Will Also Perform Look Up Nashville! on Nashville’s UBS Building
OZ Arts Nashville is pleased to bring the innovative and internationally lauded vertical dance company BANDALOOP to the city for the Tennessee premiere of their hour-long work Harboring, in which the dancers will perform inside and outside of OZ’s elegantly minimal warehouse venue on October 10 & 11 at 7 p.m., at OZ (6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville). Tickets, $40 – $52.50, can be purchased at www.oznashville.com.
In advance of the Harboring performances at OZ, BANDALOOP dancers will present Look Up Nashville!, a site-responsive performance down the side of the 28-story UBS Tower in downtown Nashville. This unique “sneak peek” of BANDALOOP will take place October 6, 1 p.m. sharp, 315 Deaderick Street. Admission will be free and the public is invited to enjoy this experience.
Choreographed by BANDALOOP’s Founder and Artistic Director Amelia Rudolph in collaboration with the company’s dancers, Harboring was originally staged in and around a converted military fort on the San Francisco bay in 2013. The site-specific, multi-dimensional dance moves through images of travel, memory, the fluidity of the ocean, rope craft and maritime industry. In Nashville, the work will embrace OZ’s industrial surrounds, utilizing multiple performance locations, both indoor and outdoor, and shipping containers stacked over 24ft-high. The work is evocative and immersive, engaging interactive set pieces and offering an up-close perspective of BANDALOOP’s artistry. Led by a “chorus” of local performers, the audience will be guided to three distinct performance locations, beginning outside OZ’s front door and ending with a finale inside the warehouse.
Harboring features the dancers Melecio Estrella, Jessica McKee, Courtney Moreno, Meghan Mullin, Danny Nguyen, Amelia Rudolph, Jessica Swanson, Roel Seeber and Andrew Ward. The production includes artistic direction by Amelia Rudolph; music by Gideon Freudmann, Mark Orton and Jesse Olsen Bay; and costumes by Jamielyn Duggan.
Harboring was originally commissioned by Fort Mason Center Presents and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Reviewing the world premiere, The San Francisco Chronicle described the work as “entrancing” and “gently eerie and highly memorable.”
BANDALOOP activates a wide variety of public spaces, creating breathtaking works on skyscrapers, bridges and cliff landscapes; at historical sites; and in atriums, convention halls and museums, among other sites. The Boston Globe has described their vertical dance performances, of which Look Up Nashville! is an example, as “awe-inspiring and frankly beautiful.”
About Amelia Rudolph and BANDALOOP
Artistic Director Amelia Rudolph is a dynamic choreographer and performer, as well as a sought-after public speaker and an educator. She founded the Oakland-based BANDALOOP in 1991, bringing together dance, climbing and other off-the-ground movement. Rudolph holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in comparative religion from Swarthmore College and the Graduate Theological Union. She has been named an Irvine Fellow, is a multi-year recipient from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and has been awarded over 30 major grants and commissions, including, most recently, commissions from the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center, the Arts Partners in Creative Development in Canada, as part of the Cultural Olympiad and major grants from the Wattis, Irvine and American Express Foundations. Her work has been presented in twelve countries and across North America, most often in non-traditional performance settings.
BANDALOOP honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending dance. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP weaves climbing technology, dynamic physicality and intricate choreography to turn the dance floor on its side. The company re-imagines dance and inspires wonder and imagination in audiences around the world.
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