IT'S NOT CRACKER (2016)
Photos courtesy of David Newkirk and Jeffrey Juip.
The title of our contemporary, abbreviated rendition of The Nutcracker, evoked the original in familiarity and seasonality, but was different, contemporary, unique, fun, diverse and serious too. Dynamic contrasts in setting, music and dance were staged within Utah Museum of Contemporary Art's main gallery December 16, 17, 2016. We will be developing this piece further in 2017 and will stage a longer version this coming December.
The Artists of "It's Not Cracker:
TARA MCARTHUR, BRAD BEAKES
BBOY FEDERATION: JOSHUA PERKINS ("TEXT"), SAMNANG HENG, ALONZO COOPER ("MINI COOPER"), BEN UKOH-EKE ("WESLEY SWIPES"), MAX CREBS ("BABY BLUE"), KAREN ONTIVEROS AND KEIKO GOSHORN. SET AND GENERAL MAYHEM: NATHAN WEBSTER AND GARY VLASIC. DJ/SOUNDS/MOUSEQUEEN:ARTEMIS. LIGHTING DESIGN:COLE ADAMS
EXODUS - A NOW-ID & FIGURA ENSEMBLE CO-PRODUCTION (2016)
Photos courtesy of David Newkirk and Dena Eaton.
NOW-ID’s fourth major site-specific performance of contemporary dance and design took place July 27, 28 & 29th at Marriott Center for Dance, 330 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. EXODUS was co-produced by Salt Lake City's NOW-ID and the Figura Ensemble of Copenhagen, Denmark. This production was performed over several nights in Salt Lake City before touring overseas to Denmark, where it was performed at the Copenhagen Opera Festival August 2 and 3rd, and later at Fyn's Opera in Odense, Denmark August 5, 6th, 2016.
EXODUS focused on the human necessity to move, whether because of persecution, poverty, religious beliefs or opportunity/adventure. EXODUS is a 60-minute long multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural work, involving 15 local and international artists, original choreography, opera, music, design, and contemporary dance. The work explored the implications of "exodus" - a mass movement, a coming together both in spite of and because of diversity—regarding what we may learn in collective experience, in spectacle, about collective identity. The arc of the performance was informed by the trajectory of the experience of EXODUS:
EXODUS, like its collaborators, took both an international and domestic perspective. EXODUS explored human migration and movement, a topical subject nationally in political debate, and globally - most pressingly observed in the exodus from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe.
The Artists of EXODUS:
CHARLOTTE BOYE-CHRISTENSEN (CHOREOGRAPHER), ROLF HEIM (DIRECTOR),PETER BRUUN (COMPOSER), URSULA ANDKJAER OLSEN (WRITER/POET), NATHAN WEBSTER (SET DESIGN) TARA MCARTHUR (DANCER), KATHERINE LAWRENCE (DANCER), ADRIAN FRY (DANCER), JESPER EGELUND (MUSICIAN), ANNA KLETT (MUSICIAN), FRANS HANSEN (MUSICIAN), NANA BUGGE RASMUSSEN (OPERA SINGER), JAKOB BLOCH JESPERSEN (OPERA SINGER)
COLE ADAMS (LIGHTING DESIGN AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR)
ADAM DAY (SOUND ENGINEER)
WITHOUT WALLS (2016)
Artists in Residency Program (AIR):
Summit Powder Mountain's Arts Initiative provides opportunities for working artists to produce site-specific work utilizing the inspiring landscape of Powder Mountain, Utah. The program strives to provide unique experiences for artists to conceptualize, incubate, and cross-pollinate their ideas while also creating work in a comfortable and elevated scenic landscape.
Site-specific film created during NOW-ID's Artist In Residency at Summit Series, Powder Mountain, Utah.
Choreography: Charlotte Boye-Christensen
Dancer: Kate Crews Linsley
Cinematography: Josh Eichenbaum, Marshall Birnbaum
Editing: Chris Howard
Music: Tom Fahy, Jesper Egelund
(Thank You To Summit AIR)
NOW-ID's 2015 major site-specific event NOWHERE / NOW HERE featured mixed-media, contemporary dance/music performance in exploration of place on July 17th and 18th.
Artists: Dancers Katherine Lawrence, Tara McArthur, TJ Spaur and Brian Nelson. Original music by Danish composer/ musician Jesper Egelund, Icelandic composer Steingrimur Rohloff, and organist Laura Cutler on the Fulcher Pipe Organ. Local artists Colour Maisch, Stefanie Dykes, Gary Vlasic, Cole Adams, Adam Day, Jan Andrews, Amie Tullius, Emily Cates, Jesse Walker, and Nathan Webster contributing performance, installation, light, sound, story, costume and set components. Choreography by NOW-ID's Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen. The performance featured an on-site sound installation, film, and the Infinite Wheel.
Special appearance by artist/curator Adam Bateman (CUAC), returned from his 1100 mile walk on the Mormon Trail.
NOW-ID PECHA KUCHA SLC #14
NOW-ID curated and produced the fourteenth Pecha Kucha on Friday, February 13 in Salt Lake City. The sold out evening consisted of presentations by PETER BEETON, JEFFREY BERKE, STAN CLAWSON, RODNEY CUELLAR, WILLARD CRON, CHRISTIAN ENGLAND, BRIAN KUBARYCZ, COLOUR MAISCH, CAROL PELIGIAN WITH GARY VLASIC, AND ELPITHA TSOUTSOUNAKIS. Plus music from DJ JESSE WALKER and a NOW-ID performance in the 20X20 format.
PKN is an international event with nearly 700 cities participating. Events give creative minds an informal forum to present their projects, ideas, and inspirations and provide a place to meet, network, and share a drink with a growing community of like minded people.
Wichita State University Performing Arts/Dance presents "Feast/Kansas" also featuring the WSU impulse Percussion Ensemble.
This performance took place at the Kansas Dance Festival over two nights - November 21st and 22nd, 2014. The work was a collaboration between Charlotte Boye-Christensen/NOW-ID dancers, Nick Johnson, director of The Dance Program at Wichita State University as well as Gerald Scholl and the WSU impulse Percussion Ensemble.
39 dancers, 11 percussionists and 3 professional dancers - these were the protagonists in this reinvented FEAST - FEAST/KANSAS.
"Working with Charlotte Boye-Christensen on “Feast/Kansas” was a wonderful and exhilarating experience for my students and for me. As both a professor/arranger and professional performing musician, I really appreciated Charlotte’s focus on the large picture while working together as I shaped the details of the musical composition. The process was very exciting as we all created, in only a few days time, a brilliant production. She showed great savvy by being in tune with my student’s strengths, welcoming their suggestions all of which brought about synergetic performances with extraordinary results. By coupling her imaginative choreographical direction with her collaborative spirit Charlotte brought Wichita a memorable and enriching experience not to mention some of the largest audiences on record." Gerald Scholl, Director:Impulse Percussion Group
"Working with Charlotte Boye-Christensen during her creation of Feast was innovation at its best. This multidisciplinary experience involved the percussion program, the entire dance program and her own, NOW company dancers. Billed as a 'banquet for the senses", Feast exemplified the meaning of contemporary performance. The process was organic, intelligent and exhilarating. The dancers performed their personal best, inspired by the work, the collaboration and the professionalism of sharing the stage with the NOW dancers, themselves extraordinary artists.Charlotte approaches choreography with a specific voice she has developed during her career. Invention, originality and current are the descriptions of her process that immediately come to mind. Collaboration was easy, patient and visionary. We all grew from this remarkable 'dinner date' and look forward to a repeat effort in our near future." Nicholas Johnson, Director of Dance (Wichita State University)
In September 2014 NOW-ID presented a brief performance at UMOCA in Salt Lake City inspired by UMOCA's "Bikuben" exhibition and the recent collaboration between Charlotte and the Figura Ensemble in Copenhagen. Viewers experienced the powerful movement that draws from the concept of Identity in a landscape of provocative and captivating art by some of the most significant contemporary Danish artists working today.
[an invitation to the table]
NOW-ID’s FEAST took place on May 24th, 2014 at Salt Lake’s Great Saltair. The piece explored the surreal, almost alien tabula rasa of our setting at the shoreline of the great Salt Lake, and the historic pleasure palace perched at it’s edge. The piece explored the story of our place, and what it is to be the live ones, consuming, digesting, and making meaning in the present amongst remnants in our uncanny landscape.
This work included a text written by NYC-based writer Troy Deutsch, and showcased the talents of local actors Robert Scott Smith and Alexandra Harbold; dancers Yumelia Garcia, Jenn Freeman and Joseph Blake; Danish composer/musician Jesper Egelund and Icelandic composer Steingrimur Rohloff.
The work included dance, theater, blog, graphic design, salt, original music and a 12 foot x 60 foot table as stage. Presentation of the work in both video and book format are currently in production, and excerpts of the work were developed later in 2014 at Marienlyst Castle in Copenhagen and at Kansas Dance Festival in Wichita. The one night performance was attended by over 400 people.
The Wedding (2013)
[An exploration of the most public of private rituals]
NOW-ID's inaugural performance explored the space of ritual, and was staged July 26 and 27, 2013 in the historic Salt Lake City Masonic Temple. The Wedding showcased the talents of Joffrey Ballet’s Yumelia Garcia, Ballet West’s Katherine Lawrence, Ted Johnson, NY based dancer most recently seen in “Sleep No More” and Ririe-Woodbury’s Joseph Blake, with Danish Installation artist, Sophie Dupont contributing as well as composers Alex Ollo from Australia and Jens Horsving from Denmark, along with local artists Gary Vlasic, Jesse Walker, David Newkirk, Mark Hofeling, Garrick Peters and many more. The performance was a collaborative and context-driven work where the artists and site itself generated many of the fundamental ideas for the project. All together the various elements combined to create a highly charged, intellectually and emotionally transformative experience.
NOW-ID’s inaugural producton: The Wedding took place over two nights, on July 26th and 27th 2013 at Salt Lake City’s Masonic Temple. This venue provided a theater-in-public and private, the contemporary and the historic in cultural ritual. A context driven and collaborative dance-theater piece, The Wedding showcased the talents of Joffrey Ballet’s Yumelia Garcia, Ballet West’s Katherine Lawrence, Ted Johnson – NYC based dancer recently seen in Sleep No More, and local dancer Joseph Blake. We also brought in renowned Danish composer Jens Horsving and Danish installation artist Sophie Dupont - both were underwritten by the Danish Foundation for the Arts. The work included dance, sculpture, graphic design and original music, and was subsequently presented in book and video formats. The live performance was attended by over 700 people.
[we turn towards the salt]
On February 8, 2014 NOW-ID held a low key fundraiser called A MUSE BOUCHE at the fabulous cityhome Collective headquarters. The party was a high-dollar / small-bites culinary event featuring food by Chef Franck Piessel, a short performance and an introduction to the concepts for our May 2014 show FEAST. We couldn’t have been happier with the sold out night and the gracious support we received from our guests.
Menu: La Boue // La Mer // La Saumere // La Chair // Deseret