SAVE THE DATE: 24 Hour Performance Extravaganza

SAVE THE DATE:
(Please Note: We will be updating this particular blog post regularly as new information becomes available. Most recent update: 7/26/13, 11am)

Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.
A 24 hour Performance-a-thon!


by

  • the CSUEB Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble (IIE) 
  • Dandelion Dancetheater’s Bandelion 
  • members of the Thingamajigs Performance Group 
  • A Mused Collective 
  • AVID 
  • WaterSaw 
  • Patrick Cress and T-Bird Luv 
  • Marc Brew 
  • Lucia August 
  • UE Chua 
  • Bob Webb 
  • Laura Renaud-Wilson 
  • CSUEB Dance Students/Alumni 
  • Joy Brooke-Fairfield 
  • Liz Boubion & Afia Walking Tree 
  • Hilary Bryan 
  • many more guest artists 
  • and YOU! 

July 26 @ 7:30pm to July 27 @ 8:30pm


Temescal Arts Center


511 48th St., Oakland 94609

Admission: $12 – 24 sliding scale
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

Full details for this unusual event are below.

Some Important Details to be aware of:

  • Space is very limited for storing belongings. Bring as little as possible. 
  • If participating in the ongoing performance improvisations, please wear solid colors of red and/or white (optional.) 
  • There will not be food provided at the event, but there are many good restaurants and shops in a three block radius, as well as a 24 hour Walgreens. 
  • Volunteers are needed. See below for details. 
  • The performance piece begins as soon as you step into the room, so everything you do becomes part of the larger work. We intend this as both a performance and a meditative community ritual designed to nourish body, heart, mind and spirit. 

INHALE. EXHALE. REPEAT. – EVENT DESCRIPTION
Join us for a participatory performance exploring breath, slowness, Shabbat, cyclical time, community ritual, sleep, duration and dreams.

You can: watch, listen, participate in movement or sound improvisations, sleep, meditate, dream, snuggle and/or more…
Come any time.
Stay as long as you”d like.

Inhale. Exhale. Repeat is in some ways a sequel to Dandelion Dancetheater”s WonderSlow performance from 2011:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFBi5aaJpN4&list=PLzYK1qhxHJdYlnr7q2wi8XYPQP4oEQYpw&index=2

WonderSlow was very public and expansive. This will be intimate and contained. But it will be similar in terms of the diverse ways people can participate.

All proceeds go towards the IIE/Bandelion remount of TONGUES, and to create GATHER, a new collaboration with Ysaye M. Barnwell.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.
For more info and reservations email:info@dandeliondancetheater.org

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. needs volunteers to sign up for various hour-long performance and/or usher-like tasks including:

  • greeters 
  • solo dance improvisers 
  • sound improvisers 
  • space monitors 
  • flocking dance participants 
  • time keepers 
  • and more. 

Each position can be learned on the spot at the event. More detailed information about what we are looking for can be found below. People who volunteer for at least 2 hour-long slots can attend the event for free.
WE ESPECIALLY NEED VOLUNTEERS FROM 12AM – 4PM ON SATURDAY.

Please help us make this “out-of-the-box” event a success by keeping our performance stations going throughout the 24 hours.

To sign up and/or get more info, email:
eric@dandeliondancetheater.org



Photo of TONGUES (2008-09) by Ben Ailes.






PARTICIPATION IN PERFORMANCE:
Everyone that attends Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. will be participating in some way. This might be as a viewer/listener, as a rester/meditator, or as an active participant.


Our intentions for the event is to create both a 24 hour performance piece, as well as many layers of shorter pieces that take place within the larger structure.


We want to create an environment of 

  • meditative attention
  • artistic and physical nourishment
  • inclusive community
  • connection to each other and the present moment as it unfolds

Everything that happens within the main space will be considered part of the performance, including mindful communication, set-up and clean-up, and responding to unforeseen circumstances.

There will also be a side room for quiet conversation, eating/drinking and taking breaks from the performance.



There will be three different modes that the event will operate within:
1. Ongoing Improvisation/Installation
2. Featured Performance Hours
3. Opening and Closing Ceremonies






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1. The Ongoing Improvisation/Installation mode will take place from 
9pm on 7/26 – 2am on 7/27
and
3am – 8am on 7/27
and
9am – 2pm on 7/27
and
3pm – 7pm on 7/27


During these times what we are calling “passive participation includes: 
watching
listening
meditating
sleeping
resting


And there are the following opportunities for active participation:


A. Join the open movement improvisation that will be traveling clockwise along the circular pathway surrounding the center of the space. The “movement score” for this improvisation includes taking the first five minutes and last
five minutes of every hour (cued by a bell,) to engage in performance stillness on inhale and movement on your exhale; then during 50 minutes
between beginning and end, respond through movement to what’s happening in the environment by traveling clockwise in the circular pathway. 



If
ever at a loss for what to do, go back moving based on inhales/exhales, or experiment with engaged stillness, or mindfully travel the circle. You may enter and exit this part of the  improvisation whenever you’d like.





B. Join the Flocking Improvisation in the upstage left corner of the space. There will always be a volunteer staying in the Flocking Improvisation for the full hour.


 This improvisation structure is based around slow movement and
stillness. As soon as there are more than one persons in flocking area,
try to engage in present moment unison. Move together (doing your body’s
adaptation of the movement happening in present time.) As a tool to stay in
unison, follow whoever is at the front of the flock at any moment. The front
will rotate as facings rotate. All flocking dancers should remain facing the
same directions at all times. Keep it slow and simple.







C. Join the Sound Improvisation that will take place from the risers near the entrance to the space. There will always be at least one volunteer continuing the sonic improvisation, that will be joined by others that flow in and out of this “station.”


The sound score is: For the  first
five minutes and last five minutes of each hour, silence on inhale and make sound on exhale; then during the 50 minutes between beginning and end, respond to what’s happening in the
environment. If ever at a loss for what to do, go back to playing/singing based
on inhales/exhales. Please be respectful of what others are playing/singing when you join and blend with what is already happening.







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2. The Featured Performance Hours will take place from 
8pm – 9pm on 7/26
and
2am – 3am on 7/27
and
8am – 9am on 7/27
and
2pm – 3pm on 7/27
and
7pm – 8pm on 7/27


During these times the set up of the space will shift to a large circle of people sitting/standing/lying down with the center of the space cleared to become a stage-in-the-round.


A collection of curated artists will present short works that relate to the breath and live sound in some way.


The line-up of artists for each Featured Performance Hour is still evolving. Here is the current schedule (subject to change)


8pm – 9pm on 7/26
Lucia August
Bandelion
Hilary Bryan
UE Chua
CSUEB Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble


2am – 3am on 7/27
AVID (Choreography by Amy LaFaille)
Bandelion
Joy Brooke-Fairfield
CSUEB Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble
Bob Webb


8am – 9am on 7/27
CSUEB Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble
Bandelion
Sarah Cartmill-Ibarra
Jennifer Stern
Bob Webb


2pm – 3pm on 7/27
A Mused Collective
Liz Boubion
Marc Brew
CSUEB Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble


7pm – 8pm on 7/27
A Mused Collective
Lucia August
Liz Boubion and Afia Walking Tree
CSUEB Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble
Bandelion
Laura Renaud-Wilson

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3. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies  will take place at 7:30pm on 7/26 and 8pm on 7/27. 


These 30 minute ceremonies will be led by Eric Kupers and participating artists, will be inclusive and accessible to everyone present, and will help orient everyone to the event and facilitate a transition out of it.






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VOLUNTEER PERFORMANCE PARTICIPATION


In addition to the participation options listed above, we are looking for volunteers to help continue the various performance “stations” that will be making up the Ongoing Improvisation/Installation portion of the event.


For almost every hour that we will be performing, we are asking for people to sign up for the following positions. Each of these last an hour, and people can sign up for as many hours as they’d like, as long as they can commit to being there and performing the respective duties. If you sign up for at least 2 hour-long slots you can attend the event for free.


If you would like to sign up for one or more of these, please contact eric@dandeliondancetheater.org.




Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. VOLUNTEER PERFORMER DESCRIPTIONS:

Note: Each of these jobs is
for one hour slots. You can sign up for as many hours as you’d like. Please
plan on starting 5 minutes before the hour and continuing on for 5 minutes
after to allow for a “crossfade” of roles. There will be bells rung five
minutes before and after each hour, and on the hour.

GREETER:

·     
be near
entrance and help orient people to the event. Assist Stage Manager in managing
space and dealing with any incidents or trouble.

·     
Provide
simple training to people who are taking on roles but don’t know what to do.
Help facilitate smooth transitions

·     
Help
set-up in the shifts into and out of featured performance times

·     
Remind
people to leave stuff at home or in cars, keep valuables with them

DESIGNATED SOUND IMPROVISER:

·     
Continue
the sound score from musician area for the entire hour.

·     
SCORE:
first five minutes and last five minutes, silence on inhale and make sound on
exhale; during 50 minutes between beginning and end, respond to what’s
happening in the environment. If ever at a loss for what to do, go back to
playing/singing based on inhales/exhales. (Note, anyone is welcome to join
musical score at any time, so other musicians might flow in and out.)

·     
If
other musicians have joined for that hour, take the lead on the sound score.

SOLO DANCER #1:

·     
Continue
solo inside pink circle in the center of the floor for full hour.

·     
SCORE:
first five minutes and last five minutes, stillness on inhale and move on your
exhale; during 50 minutes between beginning and end, respond to what’s
happening in the environment. If ever at a loss for what to do, go back moving
based on inhales/exhales. It’s fine to have long periods of performance
stillness within the solo.

SOLO DANCER #2:

·      Continue solo in the black circle (that surrounds the pink circle) for full hour.

·      SCORE: first five minutes and last five minutes, stillness on inhale and move on your exhale; during 50 minutes between beginning and end, respond to what’s happening in the environment. If ever at a loss for what to do, go back moving based on inhales/exhales. It’s fine to have long periods of performance stillness within the solo.

CHILD/SPACE
MONITOR:

·     
When
children are present, keep awareness of them and help them integrate into the
event.

·     
As a default
state, stand or sit in stillness, watching the entire space like a meditative
guardian of attention and focus.

·     
When
children aren’t present, help the greeter and stage manager in an “on-call”
manner—making sure all is functioning well.

FLOATER:

·     
Help in
whatever way is necessary. Check in with Stage Manager if you’re unsure what to
do.

·     
If
there’s nothing to do, just stand or sit and mindfully watch the space, like a
meditative guardian of attention and focus.

·     
Keep
tea and coffee going in side room.


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