WestWave 26 Dance Festival Program 1
Christine Germain/STEM presents Passage
in West Wave Dance Festival 26
This performance aims to embrace movement exploration across culture, through time and history using dance and music. Germain having several experiences traveling and studying dances abroad she explores here an amalgam of experiences in time and place.
West Wave Dance Festival, held in San Francisco each year, is a choreography showcase presented in a shared program format. West Wave’s mission is to unite Bay Area dance by bringing together veteran and newly-established choreographers from all cultures and disciplines, in and beyond the Bay Area, and provide them an opportunity to present work in a professional venue in order to experiment, develop and refine repertories, and build audiences without the burden of self-producing.
For 2017, performing artists and choreographers were asked to collaborate with live musicians in co-creating work under the theme of "Nocturnes."
In Program 1, world premieres will be shown by the following artists:
--This Sweet Nothing
--Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement
Photo by Weiford Watts
Corps Étranger II
In the Aftermath- Embodying Life-Changing Events
A shared show with Christine Germain/ STEM and Geneviéve C. Ferron
Christine Germain/STEM presents Corps Étranger
Is it a mirage, or a mirror of our perceptions? There are abstract shapes transforming before us, which may seem extra-human but are still living things. Ever so slowly, they move to the sounds of their breath, our breath and the electric noise of the nervous system. The body’s strange and evocative plasticity invites us to reconceive our own physicality as if a metaphor for evolution. The meticulous movement aesthetic draws from the study and practice of Contact Improvisation, phenomenology, and somatics such as the Feldenkrais Method. The latter inspires an exploration of Darwin’s stages of evolution, and how we are all creatures of habit adapting to new environments, leaving behind past identities to embrace new ones. How can we get on with our lives once we have faced the stranger in ourselves?
Photo by Lynne Fried/ Bay Area Dance Photography