Blue Moves premiers Valerie Hackworth’s “Momentary Flight”, a dance which captures the euphoria and sense of flight of falling in love, as part of Tennessee Women’s Theater Project’s “Women’s Works 2013″, Saturday May 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN. Tickets are $5 and other artists on the program include JJ Dance Works, Heritage Dance Project, Core Project Nashville, Salsa Fierce, Husted Dance, Kristen Leophard and Reasons Contemporary Dance Ensemble performing choreography by Marci Murphree and Holly Cannon Hesse.
“Momentary Flight’ is one of five Blue Moves premiers for our upcoming show on the theme of air, “Blue O2″, which will be part of SIDESHOW Fringe Festival August 1-4th, 2013.
As we explore the theme of “Air” we are creating choreography for a show slated for the first weekend in August. On Sunday, January 20th we will hold auditions interested male and female contemporary/modern dancers to see if the company is a good fit for you, and if you are a good fit for the company. Auditions will be at MTSU’s Murphy Center, Dance Studio B, from 5-6:30 p.m. Company rehearsals are every Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m. and regular attendance is required for all company members. Dancers need to be available through early August 2013 minimally, and ideally for longer-term company commitment. Performances in April and May are also likely. We are unable to regularly pay our dancers, but company members who dance with Blue Moves for one year are permitted to set choreography on the company. For more information contact Amanda Cantrell Roche at email@example.com or Holly Cannon Hesse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choreographers Amanda Cantrell Roche and Holly Cannon-Hesse were commissioned to create a site-specific piece performed as part of Shelby Parks 100th Year Celebration on October 13, 2012. Blue Moves’ site was Cave Spring just below the tennis courts, and the company combined spoken word and movement to highlight significant moments in the park’s history and the city’s journey through challenging and joyful times as reflected through events and stories related to Shelby Park. Performances looped between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and noon. Other groups who participated are the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, Company Rose, FALL and Nashville Ballet 2 at specific sites between Cave Springs and the lake. The event was free and also featured live music, visual art, a historical exhibit and Mayor Karl Dean’s dedication of a new sculpture.
Blue Moves revives an old rep favorite, “Eraserhead,” for a Fringe Sampler Friday, August 3 2012 at Belmont’s Black Box theater. This whimsical, theatrical piece explores the increasingly bizarre staycation, brought to life by the lyrics of former Kids in the Hall player Bruce McCulloch, of a man who describes his annual ritual as thus: ”Once a year I get drunk in a darkended house, for a week. I get drunk and watch ‘Eraserhead.’ ”
Tickets for the sampler show, which includes a variety of performing artists, are $10, and also require the one-time purchase of a Fringe button for $5. The show is 10:30 p.m. For schedule info on all the Fringe performances, visit www.sideshowfringe.com
Blue Moves is pleased to return to Tennessee Women’s Theater Project’s Women’s Works and will be debuting two dances. Ren McGraw makes her full company choreographic debut with her abstract contemporary piece, “Untitled,” and Rachel Flores Talliaferro premiers a new lyrical dance. Blue Move s shares the stage with choreographer Marci Murphree, Erin Rehberg with Core Project Chicago and Husted Dance, hooper Kristen Teffeteller Leophard, belly dancer Reischa Feuerbacher and company.
Saturday, May 5th, 2012
Looby Theater, 7:30 p.m. Admission $5
2301 Rosa L Parks Boulevard Nashville, TN 37228
For more info on the entire Women’s Works Festival, click here.
Two years after the water dance film short was conceived and almost a year after its premier at Tennessee Womens’ Theater Project’s “Women’s Work 2011,” Amanda Cantrell Roche released “Confluence” publicly on YouTube in early April 2012.
“This film is really best viewed on the big screen with some live dance accompaniment,” explains Roche, “but I thought it was time to make it widely available on the internet.”
Holly, Renata and Amanda are performing three site-specific pieces at Untitled’s winter show, “Antifreeze” on Friday, December 9th 2011 from 6-10 p.m. at Marathon Village. Two pieces are semi improvisational and one is a complete improv. Like Blue Moves, Untitled is a collective of artists which has been around for two decades. Whereas our art form is dance, theirs is visual art. The show features work by dozens of local artists, as well as short performances and free drinks.
Blue Moves presents the dance film “Confluence,” with some live action dance, at the SIDESHOW Fringe Festival, Belmont’s Black Box Theater on Friday, September 30th 2011 at 8 p.m., just prior to Company Rose’s performance of their Warhol-inspired piece, “Serendipity 3.” After having trekked to Asheville for a couple of years to perform in that city’s Fringe Festival, Blue Moves is pleased to be a part of Fringe in their own town.
“Confluence” premiered in May at “Women’s Works 2011″ and was also performed in Blue Moves’ recent production, “Deep Blue” at the Darkhorse Theater. It explores soul mates, loss and commitment. The film is the brainchild of Blue Moves co-founder Amanda Cantrell Roche.
“In the spring of 2010, I was yearning for a fresh choreographic challenge,” Amanda relates. “One day I had this sudden knowing that I needed to do a piece in water. The distance and difficult accessibility of the place I chose made a live performance unrealistic, but film was a wonderful way to bring a river into the theater. Water has such a rich tapestry of symbolism, and for me, it is a metaphor for love, for immersing oneself in life, standing strong in the current, sometimes fighting it, sometimes being carried by the flow but always connected to the vigor, the awareness and the immersion of the river of life.”
Amanda is thankful to the many talented individuals who came together to make this project possible: Mallory Mapes, film editor and videographer, Ernie Gray, videographer; J.Ray Sparks; music composition and recording; Holly, Kristen, Christy, Valerie, Rachel and Stephanie for dancing and making improvisational contributions, and Thomas Roche as grip.
Blue Moves presents “Deep Blue,” a dance and multi-media performance inspired by water at the Darkhorse Theater in Nashville, Friday, August 26th, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 adult/$5 with a student ID. CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE!
“Deep Blue” features four new dances, a monologue and a film by Blue Moves members, as well as guest choreographer Marci Murphree, all related to that flowing, powerful, exquisite, destructive, cleansing element ~ water. Through an open call for water-themed art the company selected musician Uncle Don Clark, visual artists Mary Sartain, Amanda Damaschun and Michael Grine, poet Solita Morris and dancer/videographer Mary LaBianca to be a part of the production. Just-added musical guest artist is Kristen Hubbard. The company has thoroughly enjoyed playing and dancing in water, literally and metaphorically, in the process of creating this show.
Debuting are Holly Cannon-Hesse’s Waiting for Calm Seas and Rachel Taliaferro’s Rain Dance. Cannon-Hesse is dedicating her work to her mother, who she says has been stuck at that point between the ebb and flow due to health issues and is now seeking calm seas. The performance also includes two short films, Mary LiBianca’s Adapting, and Cantrell-Roche’s Confluence which premiered at Women’s Work 2011.Confluence is Blue Moves’ first foray into film as well as dancing in water. Jacqueline Springfield will perform an original monologue inspired by the website Plenty of Fish.
Angela Armstrong’s Eye of the Storm and Valerie Hackworth’s The Translator will be making their Nashville premiers. Armstrong’s work delves into the spiritual, meteorological, and physical characteristics the term storm connotes. The Translator, asks us “to think about how water shows us the invisible wind and reveals the shape of the land,” explains Hackworth.
Additional guest artists include photographer Michael Reagan, whose work will be featured in a slide show before the performance, and musician Scott Carter and Dria Cook Carter performing at an after event. Audience members are invited to join the company and members of Good Food for Good People in their Community Garden next to the LOVE building immediately after the show for an informal wine reception and interactive water art. The LOVE building is located directly behind the Darkhorse Theater.
Blue Moves will be premiering “Confluence,” a short dance film, at Tennessee Women’s Theater Project “Women’s Work 2011″ Festival Saturday, May 14th at the Looby Theater in Nashville, 7:30 p.m. This project was filmed in June of 2010 at Rutledge Falls and is Blue Moves’ first foray into dance in water, as well as for film. Thanks to all who contributed as dancers, videographers, music composers, film editor, equipment haulers and inspiration. We had a great time making this project.
We’ve been thinking about water quite a bit lately, and our next show will explore water imagery, its power, its metaphors. “Deep Blue,” a dance and multi-media exploration of water, will be performed on Friday, August 26th, 7:30 p.m. at the Darkhorse Theater in Nashville.
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