AS220 is proud to present “TOSTONES: URBAN FOLKLORIC”, an installation by Artist-in-Residence Leenda Bonilla, from Bronx, NY. Representing a survey that spans the 5 years of Bonilla’s interdisciplinary practice, this mixed media installation explores the dynamic and ever-changing identity of Puerto Rican culture. The work on view is a series of composite portraits depicting Puerto Rican people from all walks of life and their likeness to a Toston (fried green plantain): “when made by hand, no two are alike in color, shape, texture or form”. As an artist, Bonilla interweaves sculpture, language, photography, video and performance in her body of work.
September 29th & 30th // Installation Hours: 6 PM -9 PM
September 30th // Performance & Artist Talk: 7:30 PM
At AS220’s Black Box Theater, 115 Empire St., Providence, RI
***Free Admission // Facebook Invite
LEENDA BONILLA is an interdisciplinary-based artist. She received a Masters from the Pratt Institute. Most recently she was a part of the Armory Show’s exhibition Bronx Speaks: Making Place reflecting on the community’s shifting identity from gentrification and the city presented by Bronx Arts Alliance at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. In 2014, as an artist member of Pepatían she presented her social practice project MainLAND_MIX, a community art performance at the New Museum for the “Draftmen’s Congress” celebrating the story of diversity in NYC with collages of drawings and paintings executed by community members from all walks of life but with the common tie of immigration and migration. Bonilla has exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Art in Odd Places, Taller Boricua, Longwood Art Gallery. www.leendabonilla.com
In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, AS220 is delighted to unveil Presence, a specially commissioned oil painting by nationally recognized Rhode Island artist, Gretchen Dow Simpson.
“I was deeply honored when Bert asked me to participate in the 30th Anniversary celebration of AS220 by making a painting! After taking a tour and meeting people I found a setting that caught my eye. It seemed to incorporate a feeling of friendship, light, space, possibilities and opportunities for artistic growth of young people. It was important to me that the students title the painting. I’m very happy about their choice of Presence.”
A team of Printshop members led by Ian Cozzens, Beth Brandon, and Brian Whitney, translated Dow Simpson’s painting into a special edition 10-color silkscreen print. The artists and printers spent months creating an image that faithfully reflects the color, texture, and ambiance of the painting. The edition of 220 prints was produced in its entirety at the AS220 Community Printshop and proceeds from the sale benefit AS220 Youth.
Special thanks to the Richard & Vera Gierke Family Fund for their generous support in recognition of the exceptional work and impact of 30 years of AS220.
Jamie Arnold is a local yoga educator and performing artist. She has been teaching a regular gentle flow class at the East Side YMCA for 2.5 years and has taught yoga in some way shape or form through Squam Art Workshops, Now Yoga & Fitness, Fight2Fitness, Om Kids, Rhode Runner, Studio Exhale and AS220. Jamie received her 200 hour yoga teaching certification in the winter of 2012 through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. For Jamie, yoga has helped her to truly be in the present moment, let go of stress and feel like weight has been lifted from her body.
Afro Brazilian dance and martial art classes for beginners, ages 12 & up, beginning October 1 (no class Oct. 8 or Oct. 22)
$10 per class (first class free)
Thursdays 8-9pm, 95 Empire St. 3rd fl Dance Studio
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Workshops and slams for poets under 19!
FREE Youth Writing Workshops:
– Every FIRST Thursday of the month at NEW URBAN ARTS (705 Westminster St.) from 5-7pm. Starting in October 2012.
– Every THIRD Thursday of the month at AS220 (115 Empire St.) from 6-7:30.
YOUTH SLAM every third Thursday at AS220, after the open mic and feature of our regular ProvSlam night. On youth slam nights, youth get in for half off! That’s just $2 for a whole night of poetry.
A few definitions of “Spin,” courtesy of www.merriam-webster.com: to revolve rapidly or gyrate; to draw out and twist fiber into yarn or thread; to form a thread by extruding a viscous rapidly hardening fluid (especially of a spider); to feel as if in a whirl (my head is spinning); a brief trip in a vehicle for pleasure (take a spin); to set records rotating on a player (spin some discs); to plunge helplessly and out of control (especially of an airplane); to present information in an attempt to manipulate its interpretation by others (spin the statistics).
Here’s a couple more to be careful of at Live Bait: to evolve, express, or fabricate by processes of mind or imagination (spin a yarn); to stretch out or extend (as a story) lengthily, protract. Why be careful? Because Live Bait is a forum for True Stories, told in Six Minutes or less. Otherwise, everyone can feel free to interpret the theme any way they see fit.
If anyone has a true story for October’s theme, “Spin,” they should come to Live Bait, put their name in the fishbowl and, when their name is called, tell it. Remember: no notes, no rants, no stand-up routines, and there is a six minute time limit. Of course, all are more than welcome to simply sit back and listen.
Live Bait is hosted by Phil Goldman, with banter, musical accompaniment and monthly theme song by Jerry “The Professor” Gregoire.
LIVE BAIT: TRUE STORIES FROM REAL PEOPLE
10:00pm Friday, October 2nd, 2014
Tickets $7.00 – no reservations taken
95 Empire Black Box,
95 Empire Street,
(401) 489-2555 for more information
Saturday Switch Series Masterclasses 10-11:45am, 3 Saturdays per month// $15 per class; $60 for 6 class package
Upcoming Class Descriptions:
October 3: Modern Dance w/ Lisa Race
The class will emphasize skills intended to develop a strong body that can be comfortable with any orientation in space, whether upside down or right side up, or somewhere in between. Experiencing movement as a practice that can incorporate our most natural physicality and allowing the body to find freedom within set dance vocabulary will be explored. Dance phrases will highlight Race’s kinesthetically spherical approach to movement, which utilizes the thrills of momentum and gravity as a means to develop full-bodied, risky dancing, regularly challenging the body to defy preconceived notions of what a body can achieve in dance.
October 10: Knowing and Not Knowing w/ Matthew Cumbie
I am curious about the processes of orientation and organization, and specifically how those can lead us through the known and the unknown. It is in this liminal space where I feel most alive and integrated, knowing that the ways in which we navigate often lead us to places of discovery and meaning making. Together we will work through these spaces using improvised modalities and choreographed structures, pulling on a postmodern sensibility and release-based concepts, and moving into full three-dimensional dancing: we will be rigorous, playful, supportive, and curious. I am the teacher, and so are you. We will explore individually at times and with others at times to expand our range of movement and choice making. All are welcome.
October 17: Modern Dance Technique and Pedagogy w/ William Evans
The Evans Approach to Contemporary Dance Technique is a pedagogical method based on my four-decade investigation of Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies. Its fundamentals are trust, relationship, active learning, validation, differentiation,student empowerment, and teacher regeneration. I will share an introduction to my technique and pedagogy, including improvisation and an extended dance phrase.
November 7: Modern Dance w/ Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp
Grounded in release technique and somatics, this contemporary class will explore the 3-dimensionality of space. Using awareness of weight and flow, students will have the opportunity to dive into the off-vertical, fly with momentum, and understand the sensation of moving with ease and athleticism.
November 14: Modern Dance w/ Jessica Pearson
This class incorporates tenants of the Horton, Limon and Dunham dance techniques to create a unique, rigorous experience of the body. Dancers will be challenged to push their bodies to the extreme while executing proper technique, fluidity, flexibility and dynamics.
November 21: Modern Dance w/ Valerie Green
This class is influenced by the Erick Hawkins modern dance technique; principles emphasized in this class are universally beneficial to dance training and include using the power of the center to initiate, control, and radiate movement, along with pelvis initiation, and the use of under and over curves. Exercises are guided with the safe use of body mechanics and neuromuscular imagery, highlighting movement that follows the logic of the body’s innate spirals and bone rhythms. Class is structured to begin with a series of floor exercises designed to awaken the feet, spine, center and pelvis. Standing center work focuses on technical exercises supported by proper alignment. The class culminates in rhythmical, full-bodied across the floor movement combinations that incorporate the use of turns, jumps, working in and out of the floor, detailed gestures, and diverse dynamics. In addition we work on developing expressive movement with a dramatic purpose, connecting an inner emotional state through physicality.
December 5: Contemporary Dance w/ ArVejon Jones
The class will be a contemporary class, pulling from various forms of dance, requiring the dancer to focus on fluidity, technique, and versatility. Of course, the class will focus on proper placement, strength, musicality, focus, stamina, phrasing, and artistic presence as it pertains to performance. Class will start with a warm up, strength building exercises, stretching, progressions through space, and a fun combination to wrap up your experience. Get ready to sweat!
December 12: Gaga+Rep w/ Maree ReMalia
The Gaga movement language originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement. Choreographer, Ohad Naharin, developed Gaga over the course of many years and it is now applied in the daily practice of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. Maree will lead a 1-hour Gaga/dancer class, followed by learning and playfully interpreting phrase material from Maree ReMalia | merrygogo Circulation Project. Through introspective and expressive investigations students will explore a dynamic range in movement while negotiating impulse and conscious decision-making processes in exploratory, community environment. This class is open to dancers ages 16+ with an interest in movement.
December 19: Modern Dance w/ Cathy Nicoli
Sometimes quiet and internal, sometimes boisterous and group minded, this intermediate/advanced contemporary technique mixes improvisation scores with set exercises and phrase work. Dancers are encouraged to attend to the origin of movements and their resulting pathways. Weight shift, flow, and time are highlighted as ways to diversify phrasing and to explore relationships between momentum and direction. This work is steeped with the floor work of Bartenieff Fundamentals TM and a love for taking up a lot of space. A dialogue between one’s range for controlled subtlety and one’s range for restless abandon becomes apparent – and is a source for some good fun.
Alison Cook-Beatty is from Milford, CT. She received her BFA from the Boston Conservatory of Music and was awarded the Ruth Sandholm Ambrose Scholarship Award. Ms. Cook-Beatty is the artistic director of Alison Cook Beatty Dance, a modern dance company based in NYC. Her choreography has been commissioned by companies such as Ballet Next, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Carolina Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet School NYC, Opera Dolce, The Boston Conservatory, and NYU. She was awarded the 2013 sjDANCEco Award for Artistic Merit & Best Choreography, as well as grants from the Milford Fine Arts Council, New Haven Fine Arts Council, the Putney School, and the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Award. As a dancer, she has performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Taylor 2, and many other prominent choreographers and companies. She is currently on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. www.alisoncookbeattydance.org
Matthew Cumbie is a dance maker, educator, and collaborator based in Washington, DC, and is a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator for Dance Exchange. His work explores his interests in activism and improvisation, bringing a poetic lens to a specifically queer experience. He has been commissioned to create and teach throughout the US, and has shown work in places ranging from the non-traditional, like in cars and online symposiums, to the more theatrical, like at Harvard University and major theaters. His interest in collaborative processes has led him to work with artists Keith Thompson, Sarah Gamblin, jhon stronks, Paloma McGregor, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Annie Kloppenberg, among others, and to co-found Big Rig Dance Collective. With Dance Exchange, Matthew collaborates in and out of the studio with a range of artists, activists, community members, environmentalists, and others committed to creative research and embodied scholarship. Outside of the studio, he directs Dance Exchange’s in-house educational programming and manages a number of creative projects. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University.
Ann Ditmars Huyck has taught ballet and choreographed at East Princeton Ballet School, and at L’Academie Americaine de Danse de Paris. She has worked for New York City Ballet’s Education Department and has taught ballet history for children through adults. She holds an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Ann received her early ballet training at Princeton Side Ballet and JUMP! Dance Company in Providence, at Princeton Ballet School and at the Lehigh Valley Ballet in PA, later continuing her training in New York and Paris.
William (Bill) Evans is artistic director of the Bill Evans Dance Company. BEDCO has performed extensively in the US and abroad. William founded the Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble in 1992. He was formerly artistic coordinator, choreographer and dancer for Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre and artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and its professional training programs. He has choreographed for more than 60 professional companies throughout the world and been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous grants and fellowships from the NEA, and more than 75 other awards from public and private arts agencies in the US and Canada. His most significant life’s work has been as a dance educator. He is professor of dance emeritus at both the University of New Mexico and the SUNY College at Brockport. He is currently a professor of dance and artist in residence at Dean College in Franklin, MA He founded the Bill Evans Summer Institute of Dance in 1977 and has taught thousands of students and teachers in the past 38 years. He created the Evans Method of Teaching Modern Dance Technique, which is passed on through a four-summer certification program. He was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Dance Education Organization and Dance Teacher Magazine. He earned BA and MFA degrees from the University of Utah and is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Cornish College of the Arts and the Outstanding Service Award from the National High School Dance Festival. www.billevansdance.org
Valerie Green has been an active dancer, choreographer and teacher in the New York City dance community since 1995. She created her own company, Dance Entropy in 1998, adding a permanent company home called Green Space in 2005. Green Space serves the dance community by providing an affordable and welcoming environment for rehearsals, classes, and performances. To date, Valerie has created 28 dances and 7 evening-length works. Her choreography has been seen throughout NYC and has also toured to throughout the US. Internationally, she has taught and performed in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Austria, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, India, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Guatamala and Canada. As a guest artist, Valerie has received commissions from Texas State University, BITEF Theater in Belgrade, Serbia, and Theater Alternativa in Tirana, Albania. She has also taught at the UNLV, Texas State, LaGuardia Community College, University of Nanterre, France, and at the Faculty of Drama & Art in Belgrade, Serbia and Sarajevo, Bosnia. Valerie’s choreographic work and teaching style is influenced by her formative years working with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, her certification in Body/Mind Fitness and her undergraduate work at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please visit www.DanceEntropy.org
ArVejon Jones is from Compton, CA and spent his early years dancing in the Los Angeles area. While living there, he performed for the Make A Wish Foundation, Fox News, and various other televised events. He later attended college at San Francisco State University, where he received a BA in Dance and a minor in Japanese language. He has danced professionally and toured with many major dance companies in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. He is currently on a 20-city tour with Sean Dorsey Dance, one of the only LGBTQ activist dance companies in the U.S. invested in telling LGBTQ stories and experiences. He comes from a variety of backgrounds including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Dunham Technique, Afro Haitian, Horton Technique, Limon Technique, Theater, and Improvisation. He has been award various scholarships while training in San Francisco, including Norinna Miller Scholarship to study at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, Robert Moses Kin Summer Intensive Scholarship, and the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive for Contemporary Dance. He has recently relocated to Rhode Island with his partner, who is pursuing a PhD at Brown University.
Cathy Nicoli, Assistant Professor of Dance and Performance Studies at Roger Williams University, received her MFA in Dance at Smith College on a teaching fellowship. She is a Certified Movement Analyst and Bartenieff Fundamentals (TM) teacher, and is trained by the Mark Morris Dance Company to teach dance to Parkinson’s populations. She was Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Hampshire College (2005-2008), co-artistic director of Groundwerx Dance Theatre, an original member of elephant JANE dance, and director of Bearnstow’s art and nature camp for children. She is a two-time recipient of both the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts’ Choreography Award and the Rhode Island Foundation’s Joseph Cirino Scholarship for Arts Education. She has performed her choreography at the Kennedy Center, London’s National Theater, and in Ben Folds Five’s MTV video Underground – of which she was assistant choreographer and dancer.
Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, (dance artist, somatic educator, filmmaker, activist) holds a BFA in Performing Arts/Dance from Emerson College and an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CLMA) which has rooted all of her teaching and artistic work in somatics and body awareness. As the Artistic Director of inFluxdance and Co-Artistic Director of 83 paperbirds, her full-length work has been featured in various cities internationally including Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto and Mexico. Rose’s creative interests lie in integrating dance, theater, design, and media while her scholarly interests lie in the area of social change and somatics. Currently, Rose is serving as Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the School of Dance at Dean College where she teaching Compositions, Contemporary Technique, Somatics and Dance Studies. She is also the new Director of the Movement Exchange in Pawtucket, RI, where she has the opportunity to facilitate innovative work in the Providence Dance/Art Community.
Jessica T. Pearson is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Rhode Island College. She holds an MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder where she studied dance performance and pedagogy. Prior to graduate school she was a senior member and assistant rehearsal director of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, CO. Preceding Rhode Island College, she was the inaugural recipient of the Raymond C. Morales Fellowship for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in 2012. There she was invited to develop a course in the Ethnic Studies Department and won Utah Regional Ballet’s 2013 Choreography Design Project. She has been invited to teach at Ballet West Summer Intensive, numerous dance studios and taught overseas for two years.
Lisa Race is an Associate Professor of Dance at Connecticut College, where she has lived since 2004. She received a Bessie in 1995 as a member of David Dorfman Dance (1989-2000). In 2013, she and son Samson were guest performers in DDD’s “Come & Back Again” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her work has been seen at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Movement Research at the Judson Church, among other NYC venues. In more recent years Race and company have performed at The Yard (MA), Wesleyan University, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Connecticut College, the CT Dance Exchange at the Arts & Ideas Festival in New Haven, DancenowNYC and the Construction Co(NYC). Race was the recipient of a grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism in 2009. She has given workshops and/or made dances at many destinations around the country and beyond, including ImpulsTanz (Austria), Kalamata Festival (Greece), France, Denmark, England, Hong Kong, Argentina, as well as Bates and ADF Dance Festivals. Race has collaborated with Shawn Hove on two dance films, Folded and Stone Memory. Folded has been screened at the Sans Souci Festival, Dance For Reel, and Light Moves Festival of Screendance (Ireland).
Maree ReMalia currently lives between Washington, DC and Middlebury, Vermont. Through her work, she aims to create environments where people from a broad range of identities, abilities, and histories can share their backgrounds and perspectives in a supportive context and make new discoveries in playful and inquisitive ways. In 2014, her interdisciplinary work, The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, was named by The Examiner as one of “Pittsburgh’s Top 10 Contemporary Dance Performances.” Recently, her choreography has been commissioned by Gibney Dance DoublePlus Festival (NY) under the curation of Bebe Miller and has been presented in Cleveland, Denver, New York, Pittsburgh, Tel Aviv, and Daegu. Recent performance credits include Blaine Siegel and Jil Stifel’s Objects for Dance, Staycee Pearl dance project Playground, and appearances in the work of interdisciplinary artist, David Bernabo. She has danced in the work of Bebe Miller, Ohad Naharin, and Noa Zuk. She was previously a member of MegLouise Dance, MorrisonDance, the Richmond Ballet, and Southern Ballet Theatre. As an educator, Maree facilitates classes in Gaga, improvisation, and creative process in academic, conservatory, and community settings. She co-facilitates Soma/Gaga workshops with Mark Taylor and is a visiting teaching artist with Colorado Conservatory of Dance and Dreams of Hope Queer Youth Arts. In 2011, she completed her MFA in Dance at The Ohio State University and went on to earn her certification to teach the Gaga movement language through the first official Gaga Teacher Training program in Tel Aviv, Israel (2011-2012). She received her BA in Education for Social Change and Cultural Studies at Prescott College (AZ) and studied somatic and improvisational practices at Moving on Center School for Participatory Arts (CA). From 2015-2017, Maree has been selected as the Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer for Middlebury College Movement Matters Residency. www.merrygogo.com
Hosted by Jimmy and Hannah Devine with Mark Roberts, Andrea Cooper, Teddi Scobi and Friends!
Every Saturday (except for the first Saturday of the month) from 4-7pm at the bar at AS220!
No cover charge!
A full menu of food and beverage will be available, so come in for a pint or make this your regular spot for dinner while enjoying some of the best traditional Irish music around!
Media Arts Lecture Series: Travis Martin
Images of Psychosis in Media
This talk will focus on the problematic history of the psychiatric disorder, schizophrenia, and the media which influences, shapes, and comments upon it. Particular attention will be paid to the ways that the media has depicted people living with schizophrenia, who all too often are portrayed as dangerous, unstable, and/or socially maladjusted. The talk will also consider the social construction of the schizophrenia diagnosis, and how it has been developed in the context of an increasingly-media-saturated culture.
Travis Martin is a Providence-based clinical social worker, writer, and filmmaker. He is the Co-Ordinator of Mental Health Services at CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., in Providence. He has worked with people living with schizophrenia for the past 10 years.
AS220 Media Arts is located in the Mercantile building at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island, on the 2nd floor, #202. The entrance is at the back of the building on Lucie Way under the AS220 Labs sign. Parking is free after 6pm!
AS220 Media Arts Lecture Series is part of the AS220 Industries analog and digital media program. Visit AS220 Industries– the Community Printshop, Labs, and Media Arts to find out more about workshops, resources, and membership. Visit industries.as220.org to learn more.
MISSING EARTH (new band featuring most of the members of Swearin’)
LAIKA’S ORBIT (power pop from around here)
HEY HALLWAYS (san francisco power pop)
LONGINGS (western mass punk, new LP out now!)
CARB ON CARB (new zealand babes)
COME SUPPORT THREE WONDERFUL TOURING BANDS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE
The best improv comedy you can find.
Saturdays at 10:00.
Downtown Providence Rhode Island.
Tickets available at the door for only $5.00.
Core Workout with Daniel Shea // Sundays @9-10am //only $5!
A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone- no dance experience required.
Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business (www.shea-training.com) he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).
Beginner Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 10:30-11:30am // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes
If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.
Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.