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The New Genre Arts Festival always brings home meaty material for movers and this year’s offerings are already delivering.

Ieke (under chairs) and Alicia at play; photo by Steve Liggett

Ieke (under chairs) and Alicia at play; photo by Steve Liggett

The Festival started last weekend with a two-night Open Lab at Ieke Trinks and Sarah McKemie’s “Unscripted Play” installation at the Hardesty Arts Center. Participating in “Unscripted Play” was one of the best creative experiences I’ve ever had. To walk into a huge space full of random stuff with lots of other people and have complete freedom to let my mind and body spin out absolutely however they want to for an hour was incredibly refreshing. I found the practice very rigorous, and also tender, hilarious, and physically and mentally challenging and delightful. To some it might have looked like just people messing around … and that’s precisely what it was, that’s what life is, and this experiment in following one’s interests and impulses in the company of others really was a “lab” for me, honing humor and attention and compassion, as I go back out and do it in real life. Cheers to Ieke and Sarah on a wonderful AHHA residency.

This week brings Sarah Gamblin and the Big Rig Dance Collective up from Texas for a workshop and two performances at the PAC’s Doenges Theater. Gamblin, who teaches in the prestigious Texas Woman’s University dance department, has been a mentor for many of the dancemakers working in this region. Simply put, she’s an improvisation ninja with a lot to teach performers of every stripe. Her workshop, “Wild Child, Throw Your Head,” takes place Wednesday March 5 from 9:30-11:30am at the Flyloft and is open to all dancers. Performances of “Acts of Absence,” with live music from the Hentai Improvising Orchestra, are Friday and Saturday at 8pm. More info here!

Sarah Gamblin and Hentai

Sarah Gamblin and Hentai

This week ALSO brings multimedia dance performance artists Miller Rothlein to the Nightingale Theater, with a free workshop tonight (no experience required!) and performances of generate. degenerate. Thursday at 8pm and Friday at 10pm. “The challenge: to make and perform a multi-media piece using only sustainable energy.  In generate. degenerate. the sound, media, and light are powered entirely by the physical actions of the performers.  Aided by a score of vintage country and western, a life is simultaneously told and erased in the telling.” More info on Miller Rothlein here!

Miller Rothlein

Miller Rothlein

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