Women’s Works performances and beyond

Blue Moves is happy to participate again in Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project’s Women’s Work, with three company works on the Dance Night program and another independent work by Blue Moves Company member Brandy Rogers. On Dance Night, Friday, September 7th, Blue Moves will perform Ashlyn Cianciolo’s “The Fine Line”, Kevana West’s “Latency” and Amanda Cantrell Roche’s “Braid”. We’ll be sharing the stage with several other local choreographers and dance companies, so we hope you’ll come out and support this event and the rest of the festival as well. Click here for more info and tickets.

 

We are also currently envisioning our next season, which will involve celebrating 30 years of Blue Moves in 2019! Though that major celebration may be a bit off, we hope there will be additional, informal performances between now and then. We are dreaming big, and would love your support in helping us actualize an entertaining, thought-provoking event that takes a journey through 30 years of our tribe, as well as looking forward. Our goal is to triple our number of monthly donors, as this allows us to financially plan long-term, and keep ticket prices low. To become a sustaining monthly donor at $10 or more per month, click here.


Myths: Connecting Universal Experiences May 12th at Centennial Park

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In partnership with Metro Parks Cultural Arts Division, Blue Moves Modern Dance Company presents Myths:  Connecting Universal Experiences, Saturday, May 12, 2018.

This multi-media performance explores myths from many cultures, as well as drawing inspiration from structures in Centennial Park such as the Rose Garden Pergola, The Woman’s Suffrage Monument, and The Parthenon. This two-part production includes a free, site-specific walk through experience at three locations in Centennial Park, followed by a ticketed performance within Centennial Performing Arts Studios. All works were inspired from our exploration of myths, mythological themes and characters, and our daily lives and backgrounds. Walk-through experience begins at 6:30 p.m., Indoor show at 7:30 p.m.

Blue Moves is a democratically-structured company with all dancers contributing to the artistic direction of the group. Our spring show highlights the diverse creative processes of our company choreographers. Set in expansive and diverse atmosphere of Nashville’s own Centennial Park, Myths will immerse the audience in the unique and manifold experiences that make the work of Blue Moves distinct.

In addition, Blue Moves will offer a dance theatre performance in a more traditional setting of audience/performer separation at 7:30 pm in Centennial Park Studios. This ticketed performance will transcend the definition of myths in the history of America and beyond, and will include contemporary dance as well as original monologues by author and playwright F. Lynne Bachleda.

As a transition between the ticketed performance and the site-specific outdoor experience, in Blue Moves’ collaborative fashion, we will host a visual art experience that will allow audience members the space to reflect, share and connect with the personal relevance of myths in their now. 

Tickets for indoor performance:  $10, available through Eventbrite link above. There will be a limited number of $5 floor seating tickets available at the door. The outdoor portion of the show, with self-guided tours starting between 6:30 p.m. and 6:50 p.m., is free.

Blue Moves’ community partners include fiscal sponsor abrasiveMedia, under which the company enjoys non-profit status. Our rehearsal home is DancEast. This performance is made possible in part by sustaining donors, sponsors, community partners, and Metro Parks Cultural Arts Division. www.bluemoves.org

To inquire about purchasing an ad in our program or becoming a sponsor of the Mythology show, email [email protected]

Site-Specific Outdoor Experiences:

Myth Corridor

Director: Amanda Cantrell Roche

 

The myth corridor is a walk-through performance experience along the south-facing side of the Parthenon, taking the audience through a brief evolution of myth from the era of hunter and gatherers to present-day through dance, music, and storytelling. Guest artists who are contemporary dancers and musicians of diverse backgrounds will create their own vignettes, using the lens of different cultures.

 

Guest artists for the Evolution of Myth Corridor:

 

Massood Taj, musician, Sufi

Jen Jen Lin, contemporary and traditional Chinese dancer and choreographer, Asian myth

Marcelis Barrett, contemporary, African myth

DancEast Ensemble, youth modern/improvisation, mythology of the Farmers

Moon Bishop, storytelling/prose, Native American myth

Angela and Paco Ramos, contemporary and Latin dance/spoken word, Latin American myth

 

 

Pergola Experience

Director: Holly Cannon Hesse with film collaborations by Carrie Gant

 

Audience will be invited to walk through a hanging visual art installation on the Pergola in the Rose Garden which uses fabric and beads to create an immersive space to experience short films projected on the fabric, as well as silhouetted dance movement. A live accapela vocal group will provide music.

 

Bell Tower Experience

Director: Kevana West

 

This contact improvisation will take its inspiration from the tripod bell tower structure between the Rose Garden and the playground, with the additional lens of the myth of Janus. Audience members who wish may be able to participate in the improvisational score. Following this experience, audience members will be directed to Centennial Performing Arts Studios, where they will be invited to walk through an interactive, 40-foot mural installation to consider their life within the context of The Hero’s Journey, and add their own reflections through words or drawings.

 

 

Centennial Park Studios Performance, Dances:

 

Working title: The Fine Line

Music: Separate Ways Forever by Yppah

Choreographer: Ashlyn Cianciolo

Description:

A religion’s stories are considered myths if and only if one does not belong to the religion in question. There is a fine line between religion and mythology – this piece explores that fine line.

 

The Proliferation of Lore (working Title)

Music: Straumnes by: Sigur Ros

Alejandros Song by: Johann Johannsson

ChoreographyHolly Cannon-Hesse

 

Myths are often tales told about a shared human experience and the resolution to the conflict. Similar tales are retold over and over again across different countries and cultures. The elements of the tale are universal; conflict, revelation, quest to resolve conflict, challenges to test along the way, and resolution. We learn, share, and adapt these tales to gain insight on how to beat our own “demons.”

 

Title: Iterations

Choreography: Valerie Hackworth

Music: Casablanca and Kurt Vile

Description: Inspired by the Phoenix. Dedicated to my Mother. Every time the Phoenix is reborn from the ashes of itself it is born into a new reality. (With a renewed purpose, a new function, and new goals.)

 

Title: Latency

Music: Electric Octopus Orchestra

Choreography: Kevana West

 

Latency was inspired by Janus, the ancient Roman god of beginnings, transitions, and endings. The piece explores the complexity of human perspective in search of the relationship between past occurrence and future decision making.

 

Guest Artist F. Lynne Bachleda, local playwright and author, will create two monologues that frame the show as well as the relevance of myth in our lives. http://onemindthinking.net/

 

 


Visioning Time and Global Nashville

Over the summer and fall, Blue Moves is taking time to brainstorm and research themes, location, and logistics of our next major production, which we anticipate will be an site-specific outdoor performance with an indoor portion on May 12, 2018. We’ll send more details as those emerge!

Blue Moves is also participating in Global Nashville, a new social justice work on immigrant and refugee issues by co-founder Amanda Cantrell Roche. It premiered on October 7th, 2017 at Celebrate Nashville. Global Nashville’s “Braid” will also be performed on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Global Education Center’s presentation of Fiesta Mexico y España w Ballet Plata y Oro at Father Ryan High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 kids.

Click here for tickets.

For more information on the Global Nashville Project and “Braid”, click here.

 

Braid Oct 28, Global Nashville from Amanda Cantrell Roche on Vimeo.


Muse: Inspired by Nashville Artists March 11th, 2017

Blue Moves’ “Muse” dance and multi media production celebrates Nashville Artists

 

Blue Moves’ dance and multimedia production, “Muse: Inspired by Nashville Artists” takes place at the Looby Theater on March 11th, 2017, with a preview event at abrasiveMedia on Saturday, March 4th as part of the city-wide Art Crawl. Focusing on themes of interconnectedness, refuge, balance and imbalance, and mental illness, the performance includes dance premiers and a dance film created by the members of this democratically-run dance company. Also featured is music, visual art and prose by 10 additional local artists whose work inspired or helped shape the dances and film. Adapted from the theme of “Born of the ‘Boro,” a similarly-conceived show and gallery exhibit the company produced in their then-home of Murfreesboro in March 2006, “Muse” celebrates Blue Moves’ new roots in Nashville.

 

“After more than two decades in Murfreesboro, we relocated the company to Nashville in the fall of 2013, thanks to a partnership with our rehearsal home, DancEast” explains company co-founder Amanda Cantrell Roche. “This production recognizes and celebrates the artistic spirit of Nashville as a vibrant and expanding artistic community, and how much art can be enhanced through collaboration and inspiration across genres.”

 

Through an open call to artists in the spring of 2016, Blue Moves solicited visual art, music and prose from Nashville-based artists. Company members sifted through the submissions and chose works that spoke to themes choreographers had chosen. In some cases, the submitted music, visual art and prose was integrated into choreography. In others, choreographers invited artists to create new music and visual art in collaboration with their project.

 

“It’s been a great honor to have my art be an inspiration to the Blue Moves dancers in their creative process,” says visual artist Ben Griffith, whose existing work was chosen for one dance, and who created original watercolor paintings for the short film. “I’m also excited to see what kind of alchemy magic happens as we work together on a video piece. One of the things I’m most grateful for about living in a thriving city like Nashville and is being able to work with all different kinds of artists.”

 

“Muse” will feature three live dances, a short underwater dance film, live music, spoken word and projected visual art. There will also be an improvisational show opening performance that integrates participating artists’ statements about inspiration and community, as well as audience input. In the lobby before the performance, audience members will be invited to record their response to a question about community. These audio tracks will be looped with others in an amalgamation of responses, to which dancers will respond through movement.

 

Participating artists include (Visual Art) Ben Griffith, Roberta Winjum, Bryant Lamont and Dar Maleki (Music) Adrian Belew, Kyle Baker, The Ascent of Everest, and Colleen Phelps (Prose) Carolyn German, Elizabeth Howell.

 

Muse at the Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208. Saturday, March 11th at 7 p.m. Tickets $12 advance on sale February 11th, and $15 at the door.

 

The work of Ben Griffith, Roberta Winjum and Bryant Lamont will be featured at abrasiveMedia for the March 4th Art Crawl, and throughout the month of March. 6-9 p.m. 438 Houston St #257, Nashville, TN 37203.

 

 

Community Partners: abrasiveMedia, DancEast and Inspiraseans.

Sponsored by Watkins College of Art

 

 

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“Illuminated Beings” at SIDESHOW Fringe Festival August 4th and 6th

Blue Moves returns to the SIDESHOW Fringe Festival for two performances of Social Justice Dance  IMG_4903

Thursday, August 4th and Saturday, August 6th, SIDESHOW Fringe Festival presents Blue Moves’ “Illuminated Beings: Dance for Social Justice”, at Belmont’s Black Box Theater. The show features two dances and a short film by Blue Moves, as well as a dance and spoken word piece by Ann Law of Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga, and a performance by Nashville based poet, Joseph Powell.

Blue Moves is a democratically-run contemporary dance company which has been creating theme-based performances for nearly three decades. Most shows feature several choreographers creating works inspired by a common theme such as fire (Burning Blue) or earth (Blue Terra). However, the Blue Moves works on “Illuminated Beings” are all by social justice choreographer and company co-founder, Amanda Cantrell Roche.

“We’re very excited about working with Ann Law again, after premiering a similar show in Chattanooga,” says Cantrell Roche. “Ann’s work as a community organizer and pioneer in the Chattanooga Dance Community is a wonderful fit with Blue Moves’ tradition of shows that create a sense of community, and often a call to action.”

The three Blue Moves works on the program are “Freedom from Fear”, “Divine Sparks” and a work-in-progress short film about Islam. They speak to different causes; prisoners of conscience, building bridges with the Muslim community, and activists who also recognize the light in every person to work towards a better community. A reading commissioned by Blue Moves from writer Jenn Couture sets the tone for “Divine Sparks”: “The world is not whole without each of us awakening the divine spark that we are. Every time we come together to support each other in expressing truth and beauty in the world, we are creating a community of illumination that nurtures all of us.”

“We are passionate about engaging the audience not just as viewers, but as an intentional community in which each person is honored” says Cantrell Roche. “Every person attending this performance will leave with a token to remind them of their own inner light, and that this spark of goodness and compassion can be used to make our community and our world a better place.”

Also on the program is Ann Law’s “From the Gut,” a dance and spoken word piece that explores one woman’s journey through pregnancy and multiple abortions, and “Intifada: (for the family of Michael Brown, Jr. and the people of Ferguson, MO)” by poet Joseph Powell. Thursday night’s performance will feature a talk back and opportunity to engage with Nashville activists and organizations featured in “Divine Sparks”.

Performances are Thursday, August 4th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 6th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at www.tinyurl.com/fringe2016. THIS SHOW CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE and may not be suitable for children.

 

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Blue Moves and CoPAC present “Illuminated Beings: An Evening of Social Justice Dance” March 19

Photo by Lucent Vignette

Photo by Lucent Vignette

CoPAC Hosts Blue Moves to Explore Ideas of Social Justice, Personal Power, and Freedom in “Illuminated Beings: An Evening of Social Justice Dances” at Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga (CoPAC) is joining forces with Nashville-based Amanda Cantrell Roche and Blue Moves dance company to present an evening of dance and spoken word that explores social justice, personal power, and freedom on Saturday March 19th, 8:00pm at Barking Legs Theater.

The performance features Chattanooga artists Ann Law, Erika Blackmon, and Monica Ellison, as well as the Blue Moves dance company from Nashville, Tennessee. The social justice dance program is a four part movement that includes Law’s “The Conversation”, as well as Cantrell Roche’s “Freedom from Fear”, “Conversations With Our Mother”, and “Divine Sparks”.

“We’re very excited about working with Ann Law and the crew at Barking Legs,” says Cantrell Roche. “Ann’s work as a community organizer and pioneer in the Chattanooga Dance Community is a wonderful fit with Blue Moves’ tradition of shows that create a sense of community, and often a call to action.”

The three Blue Moves works on the program speak to different causes; prisoners of conscience, humans’ relationship with the earth, and activists who also recognize the light in every person to work towards a better community. A reading commissioned by Blue Moves from Nashville writer Jenn Mapescouture sets the tone for “Divine Sparks”: “The world is not whole without each of us awakening the divine spark that we are. Every time we come together to support each other in expressing truth and beauty in the world, we are creating a community of illumination that nurtures all of us.”

“We are passionate about engaging audience not just as viewers, but as an intentional community in which each person is honored” says Cantrell Roche. “Every person attending this performance will leave with a token to remind them of their own inner light, and that this spark of goodness and compassion can be used to make our community and our world a better place.”

The evening will conclude with a panel of local social justice organizations that include Healthy Free Tennessee, Chattanooga Organized for Action, and Concerned Citizens for Justice.

To learn more, please visit www.barkinglegs.org.

Illuminated Beings: An Evening of Social Justice Dances

Saturday, 3/19/2016

8:00pm EST 

Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

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Social Justice Dance at Barking Legs

After taking a hiatus following Blue Terra, Blue Moves is excited to get back in the studio and start work on a Social Justice Dance show at Barking Legs Theater, Chattanooga, TN on Saturday, March 19th, 2016. Owner/dancer/community organizer Ann Law is collaborating on this performance, and we will be announcing details soon. Blue Moves is reviving two dances by choreographer and company co-founder Amanda Cantrell Roche, and Law will also have a piece on the program.

“Freedom from Fear” premiered in 1996 and is revived now in honor of recent free elections in Burma, and the return to power by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung Sang Suu Kyi. The dance is inspired by prisoners of conscience, and the oppression and fear suffered by the Burmese people living under a brutal regime.

“Divine Sparks” premiered at Burning Blue in 2014 and features the voices of four local activists; Lindsey Krinks of Open Table Nashville, Tamara Ambar of Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, Ngawang Losel of One Human Race 4 Justice and Sara Sharpe of Festive Evolution. With a prologue written by Jenn Couture, “Divine Sparks” recognizes the fire of activism and the divine spark that exists within us all to work towards making our communities and our world a more just and better place.

You can watch excerpts of “Divine Sparks” here.

The company is holding an open rehearsal on Sunday, January 10th from 5-7:30 p.m. at DancEast to search for new company members for this season. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to [email protected] Company members must be available for weekly Sunday rehearsals, 5-8 p.m.

 

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