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Dance Moving Forward Festival 2004 presents
The Architecture of Dance
Thursday - Saturday May 13-15 @ 8 pm


Los Angeles Valley College
Main Stage Theater
5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen, CA

Excerpt from, "Doing and Dancing: Rudolf Laban and the 'Dance Form'" by Mack Scogin

“It can be argued that dance, more than any other art form, more closely resembles the fundamental characteristics of architecture. As in architecture, it:
1. Traces space, time, and movement, relies on light, content, context, structure, and timing for order.
2. Is constructed of the human figure and occupied by the human spirit.
3. Involves a relentless struggle with the natural forces of gravity and the individual limitations of human physicality.
4. Employs the illusionary effects of procession, perspective, point-of-view, color and light.
5. Demands precise technique and craft.
6. Requires knowledge of it traditions, history, and theory for substance and orientation.
7. Stimulates an awareness of the reciprocal line between the body and mind.

More importantly, like architecture, dance as movement is a central feature of human existence, a medium through which inner attitudes are displaced, learning is achieved and by which experience is enlarged. Both dance and architecture are performances.”

 

DMFF 2004 Choreography Workshop:

DMFF Producer, Arianne MacBean, demonstrates a point

Carla Lubow's dancers perform, "Squiggles". Dancers: Yuki Hayashi Hammel, Danny Valle, Shannon McGregor, Milva Rinaldelli

All photos: Tammy Abbott

Kiha Lee's dancer performs, "Anchor". Dancer: Yuki Hayashi Hammel


2004 Festival Choreographers:

Please click on a choreographers name below to read their biography.

Carmella Hermann
Sharon Jakubecy
Kiha Lee
Katherine Lowry
Carla Lubow
Goladriel Mattei
Donna Sternberg



Carmella Hermann

Carmela Hermann, MFA, creates choreographed and improvised dances. Her work had been presented at the Getty, Highways Performance Space, Sushi, Beyonf Baroque and the Electric Lodge. She has performed nationally and internationally with choreographers Victoria Marks and Simone Forti. She has trained extensively ballet and modern dance forms in addition to studying and performing improvisational dance. Her article “Learning to Speak,” on text based dance improvisation was published in the book, ”Taken by Surprise” (Wesleyan Press.) In 2000 Carmela founded the Making Dances Workshop, a choreography workshop for dance artists to develop their choreography in a supportive environment with constructive feedback. The workshop is currently held at Highways Performance Space and the Electric Lodge.

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Sharon Jakubecy

Sharon Jakubecy is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher who trained at ATI Los Angeles in Santa Monica. She currently teaches Intro to Alexander Technique at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood. She has been studying, performing, and choreographing modern dance in San Diego and LA since 1992. In 2000, Sharon received San Diego's Tommy Award in dance for Emerging Choreographer and received Honorable Mention from UCSD's Stewart Award for her first piece of choreography. She is honored to be a community artist for this year's DMF Festival.

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Kiha Lee

Kiha Lee holds an MFA in choreography from UCLA, and is a co-producer of Chopsticks & Sneakers Dance Group in Los Angeles. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally such as UCLA, Connecticut Colleges, Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Festival, LA Arts Open House, Cal State Polytechnic University, Dance Kaleidoscope, Highways, Luckman Theatre, Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, the Asia Society in Houston, L.A.C.E., CSLBU, Brand Library, Loyola Marymount University, Mozart His Times Festival, Schoenberg Hall, Colburn Theater, Ford Theater, International Dance Event in Korea and Japan. Her work has also been filmed by KECT and Classic Arts Showcase (a Public Service Channel) and is currently airing in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Lee was a member of dance faculty at UCLA, Cal State Polytechnic University in Pomona and she has been a guest faculty at numerous universities and workshops such as Connecticut College, East West Players, the International Dance Festivals, and the American College Dance Festivals. She was nominated for The Horton Award 2001 and 2004: Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and Best Female Performer. Since 1993, she has trained intensively in yoga with some of the most experienced senior yoga teachers. Presently, she is a member of faculty at Los Angeles Valley College and also working as an independent artist.

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Katherine Lowry

Katherine Lowry received her BA in Dance and Psychology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in May 2003. She graduated with Honors in Dance, and returned home to Los Angeles to continue work with Ten Point Turn, a performance company started by Nicholas Katona, Michael Bodel and herself in 2002. The company creates site specific, collaborative work situated at the crossroads of dance, image theater and large scale puppetry. Katie spent her summers studying dance at the Lewitzky Dance Workshop and the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival. Most recently she was selected to be one of the Dance Education Interns at the Bates Dance Festival where she taught dance to children and studied improvisation under Simone Forti and Nancy Stark Smith. She is currently working toward yoga teacher certification through the Center for Yoga and is in the process of editing her first video dance.

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Carla Lubow

Carla Lubow began dancing at age 7 with Eugene Loring at the American School of Dance. A native of Los Angeles, she attended Hollywood High, UC Santa Cruz, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude with her BA and MA in Dance from UCLA. Lubow studied modern dance with Bella Lewitky, Murray Louis, and Bill Evans, ballet with Eugene Loring, Mia Slavenska and Rosemary Valaire, and jazz with Joe Bennett, Joe Tremaine and Jaime Rogers. Alternating between concert and commercial dance, she has performed with Donald Byrd, Dance/LA, Sesame Street Live, It’s Magic and has choreographed and performed with various commercial live and televised dance revues throughout Mexico, South America, Europe and the United States. Lubow’s own modern dance company, Movers and Shakers, has performed at Spectrum, Dance Kaleidoscope, Dance at Brand, Barnsdall Arts Center and at various Los Angeles City schools. Additionally, her choreography can be seen in the film "The Good Book", in Theatre West’s revue, "Stuck" and "Hollywood Fable", and in a variety of music videos. Lubow was nominated for "Choreographer of the Year" in 2003 by the Beverly Hills Outlook for her choreography and performance of "Erector" in Spectrum #16. Prior to that, Lubow collaborated with the Valley Symphony Orchestra, premiering contemporary ballets to Mozart and Copland. Additionally, her choreography was seen in productions of "Guys and Dolls", "Grease" and "A Chorus Line" at LA Valley College, where she teaches Modern Dance, Jazz Dance and Ballet.

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Photo: Tammy Abbott

Goladriel Mattei

Goladriel Mattei began dancing when she was eight starting with ballet. The small Northern California town in which she was raised provided limited possibilities, and so her education continued sporadically as a piecemeal cobbling together of whatever was available. Her mother encouraged me to study folk and middle eastern dance, all forms in which she is well versed. During this time Goladriel was introduced to other forms, such as modern and theater, one cannot underestimate the influence of PBS, books, and local cultural affairs programs, which
merged with her physical training to form aesthetic sensibilities. As soon as she graduated from high school, she bolted to Los Angeles to continue her education at UCLA. The summer prior to college, Goladriel was accepted to CSSA, for a month long intensive dance and theater program. Immediately following which she began studying at UCLA. From that point on, she has had the pleasure of viewing a range of work, studying choreography, multiple dance forms, and diverse modern
techniques from some incredible instructors such as: Ron Brown, Martha
Kalman, Sean Greene, Pat Catterson, Amaya Mattei, and Heike Kutchokov.
Upon completion of her degree in dance at UCLA, Goladriel continued in the Women’s Studies program specializing in history and literature. After finishing there, she decided to continue her education in textile and clothing design at Otis and LATTC. For sometime now, Goladriel has been developing a project which attempts to incorporate these various disciplines in a singular installation.

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Donna Sternberg

Donna Sternberg graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Dance and Psychology. After graduation she co-founded the Mixed Motion Dance Company, where she choreographed, performed and taught throughout California, Oregon and Washington states. Desiring to work with artists of other disciplines, Ms. Sternberg moved on to become Artistic Director of Dance Collaborative, where she choreographed and performed solo and collaborative concerts. In 1985 she founded Donna Sternberg & Dancers, a modern dance company, to express her vision of the communicative power of movement. The company is based in Santa Monica, California. She has danced in the companies of Donald Byrd, Mary Jane Eisenberg, Dance/LA and TNR: Moebius. Ms. Sternberg has professionally premiered over 65 works since 1975 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico; several have been collaborations with artists of other disciplines including composers, visual artists, poets and actors. Ms. Sternberg’s choreography has been critically acclaimed for its "exceptional ability to communicate through pure movement" (LA Times). She has been commissioned to create works for the Catlin Gabel School in Oregon, Valley College, Alleluia Dance Theatre and the California Choreographers Dance Festival.. She was nominated for the Dewar’s Young Choreographer’s Award, and has received support for her work and company from the California Arts Council, California Council for the Humanities, Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Culver City Cultural Affairs Departments, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, National Performance Network, Pacific Bell and the Amgen Foundation.

Learn more at www.dsdancers.com

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