Cold Dream Colour – Tours to Portland, Oregon

December 5 – 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Inside a Cold Dream Colour – a dance homage to Louis le Brocquy
Bodyvox Theater, Portland, Oregon

From the canvas to the stage, how does one art medium inform and inspire another? Bodyvox’s own, Jamey Hampton moderates, conversations with director and choreographers Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri, and composer Paul Chavez about the process of turning le Brocquy’s imagery into music and dance. Watch the paintings come to life as the company of Arcane Collective perform excerpts of their latest production Cold Dream Colour.

tickets: http://bodyvox.com/performance/bodyvox-presents-arcane-collective

 

Arcane Collective – Cold Dream Colour at the Guggenheim Museum

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May 11-12, 2013

Arcane Collective performs at the Guggenheim Museum
WORKS AND PROCESS series

Arcane Collective – Cold Dream Colour,
an homage to Ireland’s foremost 20th century painter, Louis le Brocquy
at the Peter B. Lewis Theater, Guggenheim Museum
Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 at 7:30pm

From the canvas to the stage, how does one art medium inform and inspire another? Irish broadcaster, John Kelly moderates, conversations with director and choreographers Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri and musicians and composers, The Edge of U2 and Paul Chavez about the process of turning le Brocquy’s imagery into music and dance. With excerpts performed by the company, the images inspired by the paintings of Ireland’s formidable artist Louis le Brocquy, come into a life of their own.

Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave  New York, NY 10128

http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/education/works-and-process

NOTAWAY – Quest for Freedom

March 1-3, 2013

NOTAWAY – Quest for Freedom 

Notaway

Inspired by the quintessential American novel,  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain,  NOTAWAY is a complex, multilayered work blending choreography and musical compositions with improvised music and dance.

A multi-discipline project by Oguri.

Two solo dancers, Oguri and Yasunari Tamai (Japan)
with live music by Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet
trumpet/composition – Wadada Leo Smith
piano – Anthony Davis
bass – John Lindberg
drums – Pheeroan akLaff

Friday March 1, 8:00pm
Saturday March 2, 5:00pm/8:00pm
Sunday March 3, 3:00pm

at the Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue Venice CA 90291
info:310.823.0710
Free parking at the Electric Lodge

General Admission: $22 [presale] $25 [day of show]
Students, seniors & under18yr: $17 [no presale, ID required]
Tickethttp://flower2013.brownpapertickets.com/

Body Weather Laboratory and Arcane Collective present Flower of the Season 2013. Now in its 9th year,  Flower of the Season produces outstanding dance within a deeply considered, minimal yet encompassing approach to space and theatricality. This year, the series introduces the exquisite work of Yasunari Tamai and Oguri. Music composed by Wadada Leo Smith. Live music performed by Wadada Leo Smith‘s Golden Quartet.

Oguri’s dance is not a literal retelling of Twain’s story, but takes inspiration from Twain’s treatment of universal themes. Among the most important is the journey on the Mississippi toward freedom that Huck and Jim make. “I see this quest for freedom as the essence of the book, ” Oguri says. He is also attracted to the character of Huck. “Huck himself is an intensely physical being and he improvises his way out of the problems that he and Jim encounter, ” Oguri says. “As a dancer I connect with these aspects of his character. When Huck says that he will risk going to hell to free Jim, I admire Huck for his ability to make crucial decisions in the moment. He understands that we have no choice in life but to escape slavery and obtain freedom.” Twain’s masterpiece also inspired Oguri to ask Tamai to be part of the project. “There are so many important ‘twins’ in the novel, ” he says. “There’s Huck and Jim, but also Huck and Tom Sawyer and even secondary characters like the Duke and Dauphin. I felt a second dancer was critical.”

Oguri asked his long time collaborator Wadada Leo Smith to compose music for the project, in part because Smith was born and grew up near the Mississippi River. Like Oguri, Smith sees the desire for freedom as a key to the novel, as well as to the dance and his music. “For me, every action we make is toward freedom, ” Smith says. “The Mississippi River, which plays such an important part in the novel, is a powerful symbol of that notion of freedom.” In addition to a newly commissioned piece, Smith and Golden Quartet will also perform several of Smith’s other compositions with a theme of freedom that Oguri has selected for the new dance work. Smith’s compositions incorporate improvisation, just as the dance does.“Improvisation is freedom in action, ” Smith says. “It is the glue that holds the piece together.”

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Metabolic Studio and the Electric Lodge. Produced by Body Weather Laboratory and Arcane collective.

PAST EVENTS

2105

ebb: Oguri and Morleigh Steinberg at Electric Lodge
October 1-4


2014

Verb-ing: Oguri and Lighting Shadow Dance Troupe
November 15 &16

Return to Absence: Dublin Dance Festival , World Premiere

May 21- 23

Return to Absence: Electric Lodge
April 4-6


2013

Inside Cold Dream Colour: Portland Oregon
December 5 – 7

From the canvas to the stage, how does one art medium inform and inspire another? Bodyvox’s own, Jamey Hampton moderates, conversations with director and choreographers Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri, and composer Paul Chavez about the process of turning le Brocquy’s imagery into music and dance. Watch the paintings come to life as the company of Arcane Collective perform excerpts of their latest production Cold Dream Colour.

My Neighbor Sky: Oguri and Anrdés Corchero, Grec Festival
July 10-13

Body Weather Workshops in Spain
June 25 – 29

Oguri with Myra Melford at DUENDE Oakland, CA
May 25

Oguri collaborates in an evening of improvisational dance and music with Pianist composer, bandleader, Myra Melford, winner of the 2012 Alpert Award in Arts or Music, Stomu Takeshi on acoustic bass guitar and David Szlasa creating video projections.

Arcane Collective at the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process
May 11 & 12

Within the Works & Process format Arcane Collective performed excerpts from Cold Dream Colour and engaged in informative and entertaining conversations moderated by Irish broadcaster, John Kelly with composers Paul Chavez and The Edge of U2, directors Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri on the panel. The company enjoyed 2 sold out evenings to a most enthusiastic audience.

NOTAWAY – Quest for Freedom: Oguri,  Yasunari Tamai, Wada Leo Smith
March 1-3

Inspired by the quintessential American novel,  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain,  NOTAWAY is a complex, multilayered work blending choreography and musical compositions with improvised music and dance

Arcane Collective APAP Showcase + meet the artists
January 12&13

Arcane Collective will be in full flight with 6 mesmerising company dancers performing in our unique and intimate venue. We will be transforming our ARCANE Loft Tribeca into a luminous landscape and will be presenting excerpts of our most recent acclaimed production, up close and personal. More…


2012

Wildflowers – a Herculean duet of mind blowing dance and percussion.Oguri and percussionist Adam Rudolph performed to sold out audiences at the Absolut Fringe, in Dublin, Ireland
www.fringfest.com/programme/wildflowers
http://www.metarecords.com/ Adam Rudolph

My Neighbor Sky – Oguri performs in collaboration with Andres Corchero – Barcelona
andrescorchero.blogspot.com Andres Corchero

“Chart of Landing” a series dance project is site-specific-unspecific performance. Performed as solos, duos, and in collaboration with musicians, on commercial streets, public parking lots, private sites, in front of a train station etc…

Snowy Egret- Oguri -dance in Myra Melford’s new Quintet
Myra Melford: http://www.myramelford.com/