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

 

 


“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.

 


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.


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.

 


Blue Terra IndieGoGo Campaign

Blue Moves Modern Dance Company presents “Blue Terra,”  a free outdoor dance concert in Shelby Park in East Nashville on Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th

Centered around the broad theme of Earth, the company will present all-new choreographic works. We are dreaming big this time around and our show will include educational booths about greening and sustainability, guest artists (including a performance from some of the talented folks at our home studio, DancEast), and a moonlit nature walk led by Shelby Bottoms Nature Center.

“Blue Terra” is the fourth in a series of performances inspired by an element, and the most recent project from a 25-year history of entertaining and informing audiences in middle Tennessee and beyond.

This production will be made possible by our fiscal sponsor, abrasiveMedia; community partners at DancEast; and generous support from Indiegogo donors.

Please consider becoming a donor to help make this show a reality. Our online funding campaign went live on Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015! Click here for more details on donating to this show!


“Creative Justice: Feeding the Souls”, February 15th 2015

Poetry, music, and dance brings diverse audiences together in “Creative Justice:  Feeding the Soul”

To reserve your free ticket, click here.

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On Sunday, February 15th, 2015, Poverty & the Arts and Blue Moves Modern Dance Company partner with Room In The Inn to offer “Creative Justice:  Feeding the Soul”. This unique performance experience features one of Blue Moves’ social justice choreographic works and Poverty & the Arts’ resident artists and poets from the homeless community. Much in the way that Room In The Inn’s winter shelter program offers volunteers and the homeless a chance to share a meal together, this performance will allow all types of community members to come together and a share an afternoon of dance, poetry and music at Room In The Inn’s Campus for Human Development, 705 Drexel Street, Nashville, Tennessee with shows at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Poverty & the Arts’ mission is to empower homeless and formerly homeless individuals as artists and creatives by helping them generate income, meaning, and purpose in life. They also use the arts to promote relationships and a space for volunteers to view homeless individuals as talented and creative, thus creating better advocates and more compassionate community members.

“The more I work with the homeless, the more it becomes obvious how much environment drives behavior,” says Nicole Brandt, founder and executive director of Poverty & the Arts. “The arts create an environment for our community that produce passion, motivation, and self-confidence. This new environment allows our artists to have more success in generating their own income and sustainability.”

Motivating and empowering people through the arts is also a goal of social justice choreographer and Blue Moves co-founder Amanda Cantrell Roche. Her dance “Divine Sparks” features the recorded words of four local activists woven with music and dance to tell the story of their passion for individual causes, and also address the concept that every person has a spark of divinity and ability to make a positive impact on their community. Homeless activist Lindsey Krinks is featured in this piece, along with Tamara Ambar of Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, Ngawang Losel of One Human Race 4 Justice and Sara Sharpe of Festive Evolution. Blue Moves is happy to announce that Burning Blue narrator Denice Hicks will be returning to read excerpts of writer Jenn Couture’s fire narrative prior to the dance.

“I’m excited to share this piece with such an integrated audience,” says Cantrell Roche. “The arts are vital, and I’d like to see access to the arts treated as a vital necessity — almost like food and shelter. I hope the experience of this performance will remind everyone of their own divine spark, and empower them to acknowledge and act upon it in whatever form that may take; be it through volunteering, activism or simply showing more compassion to others.”

Seating is limited. Each show will have 25 free seats open to the general public through reservation only on first come, first serve basis through Eventbrite at this link:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-justice-feeding-the-soul-tickets-15265194608

The remaining half of the seats will be open to the participants in the Room In The Inn program. In lieu of a ticket price, attendees are encouraged to bring a gift of beauty or something that feeds the soul. Suggested items are sketchbooks, books of poetry, visual art and other items that can fit in a backpack.

A note about parking:  Spaces in the Room In The Inn lot are limited. Parking is allowed on the same side of Drexel Avenue on which Room In The Inn is located, but not on the opposite side. Additional street parking is available on 7th Avenue and Middleton Street.

 


Denice Hicks, Jenn Couture, Michael Teaney and Nashville Fire Tribe join Blue Moves as guest artists and collaborators

Blue Moves is pleased to announce our collaborators for Burning Blue, Saturday, October 25th at Cumberland Park! Denice Hicks as narrator and Jenn Couture as writer of the original narrative score were chosen from an open call for an actor and writer. Heather Snyder of Nashville Fire Tribe will open the show and has come to the studio recently to show us a few of her fire poi moves, and Michael Teaney is composing and recording an original score for Andrea Robert’s dance, “Back to the Burning”.

Denice Hicks has been working for The Nashville Shakespeare Festival since 1990 as an actor, director, teaching artist, and has held the position of Artistic Director since 2005. Educated at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, she moved to Nashville in 1980 to perform at Opryland. Denice was an original company member of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and was among the founders of both the Darkhorse Theater and of People’s Branch Theatre. An Ingram Fellowship award winner, and advocate for Arts in Education, she has edited and directed touring productions of Shakespeare’s works, developed and facilitated workshops for students of all ages and designed and implemented the NSF Apprentice Company Training and Shakespeare Allowed! programming. Her work has been praised by the Tennessean, Broadwayworld.com, Nashville City Search, The City Paper, and the Nashville Scene, from which she has received “Best Actor” and “Best Director” acknowledgments. In May 2012, she spent 3 weeks in England as a Guest Instructor for a Cooperative Center for Study Abroad program.

JennJenn Couture was raised by wolverines and Yankees in the unsavory part of a blue collar town north of the Mason Dixon. As a child she aspired to be an archaeologist rockstar and to one day eat brand name snack foods. Good fortune brought her family to the South some time before she entered high school, and it was there that she became an ardent student of the strangeness of rural living, creative writing and questionable fashion. She hopes to one day publish a novel, do some light modeling, and rule over a small European country, possibly France. She currently resides in Nashville with two small dogs, a large cat, and a former child star.

Mike TeaneyMichael Teaney is a musician, composer, producer, and engineer living in Nashville Tennessee.  He is a classically trained guitarist who, believe it or not, also plays the banjo.  He grew up in West Virginia and the music of the Appalachian region is a major influence on his style, as well as classical, jazz, rock, and about every other genre imaginable. With extensive experience in the recording studio as an artist, producer and engineer, Michael also creates and produces musical events around Nashville such as Free Form Friday, which features artists who create music that is far out of the mainstream yet interesting, relevant, and in need of a platform.

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Nashville Fire Tribe is a small community resource for spinners, flow artists and martial artists who desire to obtain knowledge about fire performing safety guidelines and informative safety suggestions when burning props while providing a safe place to spin with fire. As a group we enjoy performing for community events, charities and fundraisers.


Burning Blue Indiegogo Campaign

After years of producing our major shows as ticketed events in traditional venues, this season we’re offering our main show FREE in an outdoor venue at Nashville’s Cumberland Park. To make this possible, we need your support. Reward levels start as low as $10, but you can contribute any amount. We invite you to take part in bringing accessible contemporary dance to our community with your donation by August 12th.

 


Call for Actor for “Burning Blue”

Open Call for actors! Blue Moves is seeking an actor  for their upcoming production, “Burning Blue”. We are looking for one actor to perform a commissioned narrative by creative writer Jenn Couture, to help connect our four pieces of choreography. You can think of it as a storyteller role, but with a script. Performance date October 25, 2014. Must be a resident of Tennessee. Live performance, and you will be on stage with some blocking.

Please submit video samples and a resume to [email protected] by August 7th. Audition tapes can be anything ranging from cold readings to past performance clips.

There will likely be modest compensation available, but this is dependent on pending grant and crowdsourcing funding.  We look forward to your submission!


Call for Writer and Actor for “Burning Blue”

Open Call for writers and voice actors! Blue Moves is seeking artistic minds and voices for their upcoming production, Burning Blue, in October. We are looking for one creative writer to help connect our four pieces of choreography with an interwoven narrative and one actor to read the masterpiece after it is finished! Performance date October 25.

Please submit writing or video samples and a resume to [email protected] by June 15 for writers, July 15 for actors.

There will likely be modest compensation available, but this is dependent on pending grant and crowdsourcing funding. We look forward to reviewing your submissions!