Distorted Realities, is a 15-20 minute dance/theatre collaboration with six performers and artistic direction by Brigette Dunn-Korpela that will premier May 4-6, 2017 at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, CA. This project is facilitated by Dance Resource Center's Homegrown @ Bootleg Series. A program that supports emerging choreographers in the L.A area promote and produce their work to larger audiences. Distorted Realities seeks to investigate the hyper-normalization of human apathy and sanitized violence. This work is in direct response to the current social climate of increased human indifference, deafening silence of human compassion and political lunacy. Movement investigations are athletically charged rooted in contemporary modern dance vocabulary. Creative research is influenced by Brutalist aesthetics, American and European 1940-50’s mass media culture and German expressionism. It is the hope of this work to observe the parallels in recent history where human indifference was normalized and sanitized.
Tricia Elam-Walker critic for the Huffington Post called the work “a masterpiece” and had this to say:
“ECHO’s message slips beneath our skin rather than hitting us over the head as it serves to connect enslavement’s trauma and its residual effects to the present day trauma of living while black. With sensitivity, power, dignity, and compassion, Dunn and her contingent of dancers and musicians travel back through time and then regroup in present day, showing the viciously steady path of racism and the almost debilitating stress slavery reaped upon a people it sought to but was unable to destroy…. While Dunn masterfully illustrates pain, degradation, and struggle, she also focuses on the triumph of resilience and grace.”
ECHO is an interdisciplinary dance performance that examines themes of race, masked identity and systematic erasure of black narratives. The play explores the displacement of tens of millions of African bodies during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. ECHO viscerally expresses embodied memories of hundreds of years of forced migration from the 15th to the 19th century. The Middle Passage and the modern commodification of the black body still reside within African bodies from centuries past to the present. The opportunity for critical dialogue and thinking will provide a platform for future exploration of the work.
In March 2014, ECHO premiered in The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts, where it was well received to a two night sold out audience. The B. Dunn Movement Dance and Theatre Company recently toured in August 2015 the production to Boston, MA, for a two week residency at the Multicultural Arts Center in East Cambridge and four sold-out performances, with Q & A sessions following each performance amongst cast, crew and audience members for interactive and critical conversations.
MARKET VALUE is a confrontation of the power structures imposed on dark skinned bodies utilizing various states of undressed exposure. Housed at Visual Artists Group, this performance/art exhibition is a response to the generations of innate racism that will place bodies of color in the hands of its audience members. These spectators will be asked to write directly onto the performers, who will then respond to the words, symbols and other literary compositions. Can an artist expose the commodification of their community through a looking glass of today's society? Will the improvisation of the human body actualize the treatment and profiling that is seen throughout our history? B. Dunn Movement and Visual Artists Group invites you to this one time experimental platform and discussion.
Red Moons Memories is a movement narrative of four young women and their navigation through the emotional and physical terrain of self and their environment.
Choreography/Movement Consultant-Brigette Dunn-Korpela
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“Ways Of Knowing” is an embodied knowledge interactive movement workshop.With the understanding of the multi-sensory approach, we incorporate dance to invoke body awareness, and personal narrative to embrace dialogue on historical and contemporary issues pertaining to student’s individual background. The focus of this workshop is to have students become fully embodied in their existence, conscious and engaged with self and those around them.
B. Dunn Movement seeks to expand the level of discourse to bring the conversation about race and identity to broader communities in a productive and intellectual way that may offer continued exploration through the creative, academic and global arena. For all groups, the creative team’s focus is to initiate a sense of value, address issues of self-esteem, cultural knowledge and lineage, teaching one another how to humanize after centuries of patterned dehumanization and how we all can live balanced healthy lives to become self-actualized to our fullest potential as human beings. It is about personal and social empowerment and allowing this to reflect within a collective.