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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

LA ALTERNATIVA April 2018 Western Mass Tour



WHAT: LA ALTERNATIVA April 2018 Western Mass Tour
WHEN: April 3-15, 2018 
              (April 5-7, 12, 13 & 15th at SCDT 25 Main Street, Northampton, MA.

ALTERNATIVA, directed by dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf with musician Albert Mathias, is an apparatus for deeply integrated contemporary dance and music via collaboration, creation, improvisation, performance, production, curation and education. Active in San Francisco since 1998, the organization supports the creative work of the directors, the creative work of the directors, known for radical dance classes, performance projects and musical endeavors delving into the corporeality and ineffability of human conditions, behaviors and other curiosities. Activities, including an annual FRESH Festival, workshops in the Bay Area, residencies at universities, festivals and studios worldwide and PORCH/Ponderosa in Germany, engage an extensive population of artists, audiences and participants. ALTERNATIVA is fiscally sponsored by Dancers’ Group and has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, CA$H Grant, CHIME/MJDC, San Francisco Arts Commission and The Suitcase Fund. www.la-alternativa.us | www.freshfestival.org

Kathleen Hermesdorf is an international dance artist, educator and producer based in San Francisco. She directs ALTERNATIVA, with musician Albert Mathias. Hermesdorf has been dancing in the Bay Area since 1991 and teaches, performs, improvises, creates and curates around the world. Her work has been presented in the Bay Area, New York, Seattle, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dakar, amongst other locations, in commission for universities, companies and independent dancers, and in collaboration with art partners worldwide. She was a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and co-director of Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells and Collusion with Stephanie Maher, a partner in PORCH summer/school at Ponderosa in Germany since 2010. Hermesdorf brings over 20 years of experience from the field, studio and stage to her work and holds a BFA and an MFA in Dance Performance + Pedagogy.

Albert Mathias is a multi-disciplinary musician based in San Francisco since 1991. He creates and performs composition and sound design for dance, theater, film, video and audio mediums, and is the music director of ALTERNATIVA, with director/dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf. He was a member of Bebe Miller Company and Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann, and has created original sound scores for myriad dance companies. In 2000, he was nominated for an IZZIE Award with ALTERNATIVA and received a BESSIE Award in 2006 with Bebe Miller Company. Mathias has produced 15 records of original music and collaborated in numerous bands, most notably LiveHuman, an internationally acclaimed improvisation-based trio with DJ Quest and bassist Andrew Kushin. Mathias attended California Institute of the Arts, training in tabla, voice and accompaniment, and has had the honor of private study with Pandit Swapan Chauduri, Sri Ravi Bellare and Tony Williams. His eclectic sounds can be found on I-Tunes, Bandcamp and CD Baby.


CORPOREALITY [HUMANS IN A ROOM]
A workshop investigating the corporeality, humanity and artistry of being a body through dance, somatic modalities, energetic systems, improvisational practices, physical experiments and scores, both devised and open. Working with atmospheric, visceral and rocking live music, we'll explore the body from perspectives of instinct, impulse and intuition, as well as human nature, human behavior and group dynamics, while experiencing the simplicity and complexity of moving and listening with attention, intention and imagination.

GUT MOTIVES
GUT Motives is an alternative contemporary dance class and ongoing research by ALTERNATIVA investigating corporeality and the act of motion from internal impulse to external expression. The work utilizes a hybrid of forms to encourage deep awareness and understanding of the body and the body in motion. The practice is a progression of energy cultivation, hands-on investigation, somatic improvisation, technical experiments and methods of falling, flying and inversion, culminating in dynamic, dimensional phrase work. The class is an intimate, animated arena for physical and artistic exploration, deeply informed by live, original music, and cultivating sensate virtuosity, kinetic efficiency, physical perception, interactive intelligence and performance-level dancing.


A L T E R A T I V A
W E S T E R N M A S S T O U R

MassARTS
TUESDAY, APRIL 3

BOSTON CONSERVATORY
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

SCDT
THURSDAY, APRIL 5 | 7-9PM
IMPROVISATIONAL PRACTICES
CORPOREALITY [HUMANS IN A ROOM]
$15/$12 (STUDENT)

SCDT
FRIDAY, APRIL 6 | 10AM-12PM
INT/ADV CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUES
GUT MOTIVES
$15/$12 (STUDENT)

MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE
FRIDAY, APRIL 6

UMASS AMHERST
SATURDAY, APRIL 7

SCDT/STUDIO4
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 | 8PM
HUT - PERFORMANCE X3
$10 GENERAL ADMISSION
BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
TUESDAY, APRIL 10

BROWN UNIVERSITY
TUESDAY, APRIL 10

SCDT
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 | 7-9PM
IMPROVISATIONAL PRACTICES
CORPOREALITY [HUMANS IN A ROOM]
$15/$12 (STUDENT)

SCDT
FRIDAY, APRIL 13 | 10AM-12PM
INT/ADV CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUES
GUT MOTIVES
$15/$12 (STUDENT)

MOVING TARGET BOSTON
SATURDAY, APRIL 14

SCDT/STUDIO4
SUNDAY, APRIL 15 | 8PM
[HUMANS IN A ROOM] JAM
$10 GENERAL ADMISSION






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