March 18-20 || Alembic #12

Alembic #12 with Fact/SF & Danielle Ross Dance

March 18-20 at 8pm
Alembic #12 — Curated by Danielle Ross
Fact/SF +
Danielle Ross Dance

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For the 12th installment of Performance Works Northwest’s Alembic Series, Choreographer Danielle Ross curates an evening of dance and performance. San Francisco’s exhilarating dance company FACT/SF will restage their work The Consumption Series, and Ross will present a portion of her latest work, To Remember Is To Jump Around Here.

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Performance Works Northwest, 4625 SE 67th, Portland, OR, 97206

Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Charles Slender, FACT/SF has quickly gathered support, recognition, and an audience for its work. Steeped in the traditions of dance-theatre, postmodern performance, and contemporary ballet. In just over two years, FACT/SF has already performed locally 42 times and throughout the entire state of California during a 173-location tour to every Wal-Mart in California as part of The Consumption Series: Part II. Described as “vicious…sexy…bizarre” (Ariel Soto, SF Bay Guardian), our work was recently invited for performances in Portland, Oregon (March 2011) and Chelyabinsk, Russia (Spring 2012), and has been seen by over
2500 people locally, and an estimated 9500 people statewide. The company has been curated into, amongst others, the San Francisco International Dance Festival, Pilot 57 at ODC, CSU East Bay’s 2nd Annual Queer Dance Festival, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th annual Move(men)t Festivals, the National Queer Arts Festival, and Keith Hennessy’s Queer Performance Marathon, Too Much!. The company has had work commissioned by Electric Works Gallery and performed in benefits for Twinspace, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory, Theatre Rhinoceros, and Laura Arrington Dance.

Danielle Ross makes dances that revolve around our collective social choreography.  She is interested in moments that allow awkwardness, vulnerability, and quirkiness to rise to the surface, and she is drawn to extricating what we cannot say.  Ross holds a BFA in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. Since moving back to Portland, she has created her own dance and performance-based work. Most notably, she presented Make The Air Thick at Launch Pad Gallery in July, 2010 and Home/Body at Appendix Projects Space in December, 2010.  Aside from her own work, Ross is currently dancing for Linda Austin, Katrina O’Brien, and Lucy Yim.

The Consumption Series, described as “sexy…vicious…bizarre” by Ariel Soto (San Francisco Bay Guardian), investigates relationships between consumers and consumables.  This work, conceived by FACT/SF Artistic Director Charles Slender in collaboration with the company members, is the culmination of two years of research, experimentation, and performance, and looks at how humans can be both consumers of products, food, etc., while sometimes simultaneously being consumed themselves by desire, diseases and emotionally hysterical states, amongst others.  The Consumption Seriespremiered at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory in San Francisco in May 2010, and will tour throughout Russia in March 2012

To Remember Is To Jump Around There is the result of Ross’ interest in how we hold on to memory. Though it began with the question, “What does it mean to remember?” the work grew to encompass Ross’ research around Karl Jung’s theories on collective memory and dream, compilations of each performers’ personal histories, and experimentation with how we document that which we hold dear to us. Simply, To Remember Is To Jump Around There is a dance about what remains.

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