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For Immediate Release
January 25, 2012

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Stuart Soloway
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Performance Artist Jonah Bokaer’s Replica to Have Brockport Performances

Residency Also Includes Workshops and Classes

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Brockport, NY – The College at Brockport’s Student Dance Organization will be presenting two performances of Replica, which explores the overlapping disciplines of choreography and spatial design through the collaborative lens. The performances will take place on Thursday and Friday, February 2 and 3, 2012, at 7:30 pm in the College’s Hartwell Dance Theater, Kenyon Street. Tickets are $20 ($8 for students) and are available by phone at (585) 395-2487 or at the Brockport Student Government Box Office in the Seymour College Union, Residence Drive, Brockport. Tickets may also be available at the Box Office in Hartwell Hall one hour prior to each performance.

This powerful work is indeed a collaboration. Its creators include choreographer and media artist Jonah Bokaer; artist, architect and designer Daniel Arsham; and choreographer Judith Sanchez Ruiz. Also appearing in the work is performer C.C. Chang.

Replica examines memory loss, pattern recognition, and perceptual faculties as they apply to the human body. The piece employs built spaces, objects, lighting, and other media to create the illusion of an expanded space, enhanced through the use of video and/or still images. With original commissioned music by ARP/Alexis Georgopoulos, the work envisions a world full of imagination, movement, and stunning visuals. By stimulating the audience’s imagination, the collaborators are able to transport movement to different spaces that seem to be outside the sightlines of the audience.

Bokaer and his artistic associates will be in residency prior to the performances, from January 30 through February 3. During that time, they will be teaching various classes, including Cunningham technique, which will be taught by Bokaer on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There will also be workshops illuminating aspects of the production, including a “Motion Capture” workshop, on Tuesday, January 31 at 12:30 pm. This workshop will cover the use of motion capture and digital media technologies in Bokaer’s choreographic process. The discussion helps prepare participants to work with motion capture equipment in the studio, use motion capture to render a body digitally and incorporate those images into a full performance. On Thursday, February 2 at 12:30 pm, Bokaer will hold a “Dance and Technology” workshop, which explores how architecture, media and dance can converge,while investigating the notions of movement and space. Students will be introduced to a number of software programs, including PremiËre, Pro Too ls, Digital Perform, Hyperprism, Flash, DreamWeaver, Photoshop, as well as dance forms and improvisation technologies.

Biographies

Daniel Arsham divides his time between Miami and New York, with representation in Paris and Miami by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin and in Amsterdam by Ron Mandos Gallery. He has collaborated with choreographer Merce Cunningham, fashion designer Hedi Slimane, and architect Wonderall on multiple projects. His work has been shown at PS1 in New York City, MOCA in Miami, The Athens Biennial, and Le Carre d’Art in Nîmes, France, among other galleries and museums. Arsham has presented solo exhibitions in Amsterdam, Australia, and Miami.

Jonah Bokaer is an international choreographer, media artist, and innovator. His work often integrates choreography with digital media, resulting from cross-disciplinary collaborations with artists and architects. Bokaer’s choreography has been shown in Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Bokaer has recently choreographed several operas for director Robert Wilson, including Gounod's Faust for the National Opera of Poland and Verdi's Aida at the Opera of Rome, Italy. For more information visit www.jonahbokaer.net.

Judith Sanchez Ruiz’s work is based in the exploration of visceral movement impulses through geometric, architectural choreography. Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Ruiz has worked with dance companies in Cuba, Spain, and the US, including the acclaimed Trisha Brown Dance Company. She has collaborated with artists across genres, including Henry Threadgill, Dafnis Prieto, Steve Coleman, and Jonathan Cramer. Ruiz was selected as one of the “25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010 by Dance Magazine.

CC Chang was born in Taiwan, but currently resides in New York City. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois, where she received a Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship. She was a resident at the 2007 Dance Omi International Dance Collective, Outer/Space Artists in Residence at Dance Theater Workshop (2008 and 2009), and was awarded a 2009 Swing Space Residency by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Chang has worked with Robert Wilson, Jonah Bokaer, Daria Fain, Tere O' Connor, Hong-Kai Wang, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, and Esteban Donoso, amongst others. www.cc-chang.com

The Student Dance Organization is able to present Replica through the support of the Brockport Student Government’s mandatory fee.

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Photo Caption: Replica, a collaboration between Daniel Arsham, Jonah Bokaer and Judith Sanchez Ruiz, will be presented by the Student Dance Organization at The College at Brockport’s Hartwell Dance Theater on February 2 and 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm


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