Homeland Insecurity — program order/notes for Portland – revised

Long Table of Contents (10 min)
Collective Choreography: Agnieszka Laska Dancers
Original music: Dan Senn
Dancers: Allegra Carlson, Kristine Anderson, Courtney Coughlin, Heidi Nelson, Nick Cavanaugh, Keyon Gaskin
The experiment Long Table of Contents started as a series of etudes for dancers exploring their sense of balance – both: physical and emotional – atop a 12×3-foot table, found in ALD’s Portland, Oregon rehearsal space, Polish Hall. Dancers developed choreographic material into a series of solos and duets, which follow the opening sextet. The whole work was initially done in silence and after the structure was developed the composer stepped in. Special thanks to Barry Cox, Kyle Fleming and Carl King for donating material, labor and time to construct the replica of the Polish Hall table.

Carbono-Fuego (6 min)
Choreography: Alejandro Chávez
Music by: Iannis Xenakis, Heitor Villa-Lobos
Costume: Dante Achz
Dancer: Isabel Carapia

Electra (6 min)
Choreography: Alejandro Chávez
Music by: Krzysztof Penderecki
Costume: Dante Achz
Dancer: Claudia Izquierdo

Love and beyond • Four Etudes (15 min)
Choreography: Agnieszka Laska
Music: Tomas Svoboda, from Nine Etudes in a Fugue Style Vol. I Op. 44, by permission of T.C. Stangland Music Publishers
Costumes: Ela Kwasek
Dancers: Kristine Anderson, Allegra Carlson, Cady Cox, Courtney Coughlin, Heidi Nelson, Nick Cavanaugh, Keyon Gaskin
[Etude No 6] Adagio (4 voice)
[Etude No 7] Allegro vivace (4 voice)
[Etude No 8] Andante (5 voice)
[Etude No 9] Allegro con humore (3 voice)
…dances reflecting on the turbulence so common in relationships of deep love; not only those of passion, but of camaraderie and friendship… ultimately, love for dancers, their deep dedication and artistic growth under the choreographer’s direction… moreover, an artistic creation through which the choreographer reaches for sheer beauty in the dancers’ corporeal expression… in their very bodies.

INTERMISION

Negotiated (5 min)
Choreographed and Performed by: Kristine Anderson
Music and collaboration: Jason Hoopes (http://jasonhoopes.bandcamp.com/)
Costume: Kristine Anderson
Kristine worked with the concept of water and land meeting in space and time. The point of contact that a rivers energy finds rock. Negotiation takes place and wears the rock down to sand. Force negotiates time; my vertebrae negotiate space between.

Gdzie mój dom? (where is my home?) • Three Etudes (10 min)
Choreography: Agnieszka Laska
Music: Tomas Svoboda, from Nine Etudes in a Fugue Style Vol. II Op. 98, by permission of T.C. Stangland Music Publishers
Dancers: Allegra Carlson, Cady Cox, Courtney Coughlin, Heidi Nelson, Nick Cavanaugh, Keyon Gaskin
solo: Cady Cox
[Etude No 15] Allegretto (3 voice)
[Etude No 16] Moderato (3 voice)
[Etude No 12] Con moto (6 voice)
After year of silence I started choreographing again —experimenting with dancers and on dancers — achieving unexpected results, as they let their own creativity bloom. You can see it in the first two etudes. The final solo, evocatively interpreted by Cady Cox, expresses my alienation. Coming from Poland, on a fellowship position, I was living and working 3 years in Querétaro, Mexico before moving to Portland. It was to Querétaro I returned, to a setting where I could work uninterrupted, in creating my last 3 major works: ‘The Fall 01’, ‘Lamentatio’ and ‘Letters to Konstancja’. After 10 years in Portland, I still don’t have a sense of “belonging”. Both in and outside the studio, I struggle with the issue of ‘identity’. I’m no longer certain what ‘security’ means, what ‘homeland’ means, and I don’t know where my home is.

September 11 (20 min)
Choreography: Alejandro Chávez
Music by: Michael Gordon
Costume: Serge Nicole
Lights: Fernando Flores
Dancers: Isabel Carapia, Claudia Izquierdo, Felipe Escalante, Isaac Santana, Alejandro Chavez.
This work was inspired by the tragic events in New York in 2001.

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