Date(s) - 04/21/2016 - 04/23/2016
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The Ring Sour horse: Longing for the unfettered maw, desirous of the choicest of freedoms and surprises of the wild.
Ring Sour is a shared evening of work featuring San Francisco’s Blind Tiger Society and Chicago-based contemporary dance company Khecari. In this event, Blind Tiger Society will present Dressage, a duet decidedly out to re-wild the body and Khecari will show an excerpt of their ongoing duet improvisation Orders from the Horse, whose “tiny, mesmerizing dramas resemble those of a live wildlife webcam….” (The Chicago Tribune)
Through Links Hall in Chicago, IL, the Midwest Nexus Touring Initiative provides an opportunity for Chicago-based artists to develop relationships with national artists, institutions, organizations and presenters. The program offers direct financial support, tour preparation workshops, and performance space so artists can share their work beyond Chicago. Midwest Nexus Artists, Khecari partnered with Blind Tiger Society to create Ring Sour which was presented for one weekend at Links Hall in December 2015 and it will run one weekend in the home city of Blind Tiger Society through CounterPulse’s Co-Production Season.
Blind Tiger Society’s Dressage opens onto a story of obedience and rebellion: a spectacle shimmying out of the reins of stricture and subjugation, in search of a more substantive point of connection with the human animal. Decidedly out to re-wild the body, the will of this new work is to electrify the exchange between the feral and the bridled. Clarity and line set the precedent for fiercely technical contemporary dance while Contact and Improvisation raise the bar for virtuosity and adventure. Blind Tiger Society’s signature aesthetic is visible in the rigor of the movement, tenacity of the composition and in the indulgent and sensuous physicality.
Khecari’s Orders from the Horse arises from the practice of a low-brain awareness, like arising in the middle of the night and negotiating dark hallways with a grey, half-wakened cognizance. Performers ride dips, rises, and eddies; falling in, through, or past each other’s wake as they move. In the music and movement, cyclic rhythms are multiple and overlapping, coexisting like tonics and harmonics.
Blind Tiger Society (Oakland, CA) Bianca Cabrera’s Blind Tiger Society is a dapper, daring dance company based in San Francisco that presents unusual, tenacious and alluring evenings of contemporary dance. Artistic Director Bianca Cabrera promotes a strong, queer, Latina vision that results in works that spark controversy, create complicated conversations and affirm the often perplexing human experience. Blind Tiger Society has received support from the Rainin Foundation, the Fleishhacker Foundation; has been an Artist in Residence at 10 Degrees, LevyStudio, The Garage, SafeHouse for the Arts and Bandaloop, and was nominated for the Soul of Oakland Award in 2014.
Khecari is run by artistic directors Julia Antonick and Jonathan Meyer, who began working together in 2007. They use somatic investigation to generate choreography and craft audience journeys into worlds that offer a re-envisioned theater experience. Investigating the functions of perception as well as movement, Khecari embraces ambiguity, liminality, and transformation. Orders from the Horse represents a continuance of Meyer and Antonick’s duet-intensive collaboration, both equally choreographing, directing, and performing, with live improvised music by long time collaborator Joe St.Charles and lighting by Rachel Levy. Antonick and Meyer have each been CDF Lab Artists and artists in residence at the Djerassi, Ragdale, and Links Hall. Their collaboration was one recently nominated for the USArtist Fellowship and was one of six US dance projects shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award in 2015.