BREAKING GROUND 2022
Friday, January 28

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Arizona Commission on the Arts

City of Tempe

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Gathering Light

Choreographer:  

Carley Conder

in collaboration with the dancers

Music:

"Vitamin C" by Can, "Prelude in E Minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach, "Don't Be Cruel" by Lo-Fang

Lighting:  

Jordan Daniels

Performers:  

Spencer Dennis, Emily Laird, Lauren Jimenez, Faith Markovetz, Steve Rosales, Amy Symonds

This piece was commissioned by Tempe Center for the Arts for their 48 LIVE Festival.  The commission was meant to support collaboration between the work of visual artist Kris Mansares and choreographer Carley Conder.  Inspired by Kris's sketches, use of color and integration of the Tempe community in her materials, this dance was originally performed on the TCA's East Breezeway underneath Kris's very special lanterns.  

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Carley Conder is Artistic Director of CONDER/dance, founded in Arizona in 2003. Based in Tempe, Carley has invested her time and talents towards providing opportunities for contemporary dance artists in Arizona. CONDER/dance enjoys artist-in-residence status at Tempe Center for the Arts and Carley’s recent projects include creative collaborations with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Wonderspaces.  Carley’s choreographhic work has been presented at Dixon Place (NYC), Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn), Martha Graham Studios (NYC), John Ryan Theater (Brooklyn), and the Diavolo Space (Los Angeles). She was profiled in "Phoenix's 100 Creatives" by the Phoenix NewTimes and chosen as “Best Dancer of 2015” by the Phoenix NewTimes. Carley has been the recipient of arts funding through the City of Tempe, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Target Arts Grants and the Consulate General of Israel.  Carley is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance in the School of Music, Dance and Theater at Arizona State University.  

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Selection is the First Step

Choreographer:  

Amanda Kay White

Movement Collaborators:

Madison Tanguay and Santiago Villarreal

Music:

 "They Were Mine" by Corinne Sharlet 

Performer:  

Madison Tanguay

Selection is the First Step is situated around the conversation we have with ourselves regarding gender identity. Two questions drove me: What were you given at birth? Who are you at the moment versus who you become through process?

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Amanda Kay White is a founding/current member and associate artistic director of Orange County, California’s critically acclaimed dance company Backhausdance. She is a proud alumna of Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Advertising. Amanda graduated with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University. Amanda Kay White’s research interests delve into the entanglement of bodily knowledge, embodied cognition, and spatial theory through the medium of choreography. Finding points of access to these physical collections of experience and memory makes her work strikingly inventive.

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Zero Sum Game

Choreographer:  

Liz Dibble

Music:

"Zero Sum Game" by Jacob Malasky

Costume Design:  

Dawn Maughan

Performers:  

Joey Anderson, Abby Winslow

Zero-sum is a situation in game theory in which one person's gain is equivalent to another's loss, so the net change in wealth or benefit is zero.

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Liz Dibble is a native of San Francisco, CA, where she began her dance training as a scholarship student at the San Francisco Ballet School. She continued her education at Brigham Young University and completed her dance studies at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, where she received an MFA. Liz has performed, taught, and presented her choreography across the country and internationally. She is passionate about telling stories through dance and collaborating with talented artists in a variety of genres. Liz is fascinated by abstract narrative, interpersonal relationships, opposition, and the transcendence of human connection.

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most of the time I don't realize I'm still dreaming

Choreographer:  

Lindsey Sandler

Music:

Original soundscore by Ethan Harrelson

Performer:  

Lindsey Sandler

Distance between the internal and external worlds in a hazy subreality is explored through patterns of disconnection confined to the body, leading to brain-body detachment. This exploration embodies challenging to articulate, “out of body” experiences.

Lindsey Sandler is a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker from Scottsdale, Arizona. Lindsey has has been finding her choreographic voice since she was in high school as well as performing with pre-professional dance companies for 9 years including Instinct Dance Corps at Scottsdale Community College. There she performed and collaborated in work from artists: Mike Esperanza, Chad Michael Hall, Kara Davis, and Rogelio Lopez. This past summer she completed an internship with Safos Dance Theatre in Tucson, Arizona under the direction of Yvonne Montoya. Lindsey is currently completing her Associates in Fine Arts from Scottsdale Community College online while residing in Los Angeles, California.

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PRIDE

Choreographer:  

Olivia Orona

Music:

Mix: "Hitem" - LANNDS/ "Nothing is Real" - Boards of Canada

Performer:  

Olivia Orona (doubleodancer)

“Someone, I tell you, in another time will remember us. Although only breath, words which I command are immortal.” - If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

 

I was inspired by LGBTQ History and my personal experience in being a Hispanic lesbian finding my identity over the years. Sappho was an Archaic Greek poet from Eresos (also known as Mytilene on the island of Lesbos). She is who this work is inspired by. She was a poet that had her work destroyed by the church after the 4th century due to the erotic and lesbian imagery.

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Olivia Orona has been active in the Arizona dance for almost 10 years and more. She has been dancing since she was five. She has competed in battles in and out of Arizona. She recently hosted her first dance event in honor of her Uncle who passed away this year, who also happened to be a dance artist. She is performing this work l in honor of the LGBTQ Community. She is proud of her roots and who she's become. She wants to share her passion for dance with the world.

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SERIES : Last

Choreographer:  

Keith Johnson

Music:

Meredith Monk/Caetano Veloso Last Song

Costume:

Stephanie Liapis

Performer:  

Stephanie Liapis

SERIES is a group of solos that are performed to different sound scores by different dancers.

Keith would like to acknowledge and thank his 2017 BFA class for creative contributions to this work.

Keith Johnson is the Artistic Director of Keith Johnson/Dancers. He has danced in the companies of Ririe/Woodbury, Creach/Koester, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Colleen Thomas Dance, and Doug Varone and Dancers. He is originally from Tempe, Arizona.

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i am, and she continued to be... Unspoken.

Choreographers:  

Brayden Guentzel and Maddie Lasco

Music:

"fullmoon" by Ryuichi Sakamoto, "Ne me quitte pas" by Jacques Brel, "When We're Older" by James Blake

Costume Design:  

Brayden Guentzel and Maddie Lasco

Performers:  

Brayden Guentzel and Maddie Lasco

"i am, and she continued to be... Unspoken." investigates the healing process of our unspoken, traumatic experiences.

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Maddie Lasco is a dance performer and choreographer originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a second-year student studying at Arizona State University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts. Maddie expresses her artistic nature through vulnerable exploration in contemporary and modern movement practices. Throughout her time at Arizona State University, Maddie has performed in "Spring Undergraduate Show," where she choreographed a piece in collaboration with Kyla Kabat, "Spring Dance Fest," in which she participated in the guest artist residency with Adam McKinney, and "Fall Undergraduate Show," where she presented her duet with Brayden Guentzel.

 

Brayden Guentzel was a former competitive dancer at Madill Performing Arts Center under the direction of Jennifer and Dustin Hagen and competed nationally for eight years. He has over six years of choreography and teaching experience with dancers and non-dancers alike. He has choreographed countless pieces as an instructor and educator. Brayden currently instructs for 218 Dance Project located in Duluth, MN. As a third year student at Arizona State University, Brayden plans to attain a BFA in Dance with a certificate in Dance Education with aspirations to own many dance studios worldwide in the future. He has done, and is currently doing, work and performances with associate professors of the university including, David Olarte, Eileen Standley, Mary Fitzgerald, Carley Condor, and Keith Thompson. He has also been involved in numerous dance, theater performances, and residencies with professors, undergraduate, and graduate students within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Although his love for dance and creativity reign supreme, Brayden’s true passion lies within sharing his love of dance with others and passing down his knowledge to younger generations.

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Sedimented Here

Director and Choreographer:

Rachel Barker

 

Director of Photography:

Ellen Maynard

 

Editors:

Ellen Maynard and Rachel Barker

Sound:

Michael Wall, Troy Sales

 

Second Camera/Drone Operator:

Walter Mirkss

 

Producer:

Scott Cook

 

Colorist:

Brooke Durow

Costume Design:

Rachel Barker

 

Production Assistant:

Harrison Trinca

Performers:

McCall McClellan, Jared McClure, Abby Trinca

This dance film shot in Moab, Utah explores relationship between the moving body and outdoor environment, asking "what movement belongs here"? How are our bodies and physical histories connected to the landscapes that resonate with us, and how in turn, do our bodies affect our surrounding environment?

Rachel Barker’s choreography has been presented at the RDT Regalia (UT), Breaking Ground Festival (AZ), Seattle International Dance Festival, the North Carolina Dance Festival, On Site/In Site Festival (NC), ACDA Gala concert, and other venues throughout the United States. Her dance film, Sedimented Here (2020), has received international acclaim—notable selections include Award Finalist, Dance Camera West Festival (Los Angeles, CA), and official selection, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, in addition to numerous awards. Rachel has performed the work of artists Bebe Miller, John Jasperse, Keith Johnson, and Donna Uchizono, among others. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University.

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Carnage

Choreographer:  

Carley Conder

in collaboration with the dancers

Music:

"Lachrimae Antiquae" written by John Downland, performed by Christopher Wilson; "Terpsichore: No. 109, La rosette" written by Michael Praetorius, performed by Piffaro; "Lotti: Crucifixus" performed by Harry Christophers; "De Fortune me doi pleindre et loser" written by Guillaume de Machaut, performed by Ensemble Musica Nova

Lighting:  

Jordan Daniels

Performers:  

Spencer Dennis, Emily Laird, Lauren Jimenez, Faith Markovetz, Amy Symonds

Carnage is an investigation of loss.  A group of 5 dancers grapple with change, isolation and endurance all set against the backdrop of Renaissance music and imagery.  This brutal yet beautiful work is intentionally embedded in our present communal catastrophe as it seeks to understand what it means to be left behind.  

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Carley Conder is Artistic Director of CONDER/dance, founded in Arizona in 2003. Based in Tempe, Carley has invested her time and talents towards providing opportunities for contemporary dance artists in Arizona. CONDER/dance enjoys artist-in-residence status at Tempe Center for the Arts and Carley’s recent projects include creative collaborations with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Wonderspaces.  Carley’s choreographhic work has been presented at Dixon Place (NYC), Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn), Martha Graham Studios (NYC), John Ryan Theater (Brooklyn), and the Diavolo Space (Los Angeles). She was profiled in "Phoenix's 100 Creatives" by the Phoenix NewTimes and chosen as “Best Dancer of 2015” by the Phoenix NewTimes. Carley has been the recipient of arts funding through the City of Tempe, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Target Arts Grants and the Consulate General of Israel.  Carley is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance in the School of Music, Dance and Theater at Arizona State University.