Pelenakeke Brown, Rodney Bell, Katrina George and Owen McCarthy
are working together to create a new multi-disciplinary work; Te
Kuititanga (The Narrowing).
Everybody Cool Lives Here are supporting this Pasifika
artist-led collaboration. NYC based artist Pelenakeke Brown has
been selected by the Artists of Color Council at Movement Research
- NYC's leading exploratory dance laboratory, to curate a series of
dance works. She has selected Rodney Bell, a leader in NZ
integrated dance to present a work around her theme, body
"Body sovereignty is being in charge of how we live in
relationship with our body and in charge of how our body is in
relationship with the world. I have curated queer and disabled
bodies as I wanted to honor each different artist, sovereign body
and the inherent indigeneity of each of them. The use of the word
sovereignty is deliberate as it has many legal and historical
connotations and is often used in reference to fanua (land)
independence. It is fitting then that each of the artists, all from
the Pacific will be using their voice and personal practice to
explore their personal body sovereignty. This curatorial work
traverses' borders, is across time zones and the moana (sea) to
investigate the mana (power) and relationship between all the
different sovereign bodies of the curated artists involved."
Rodney (Ngati Maniapoto), is an Isadora Duncan award winning
artist who has extensively practiced in NZ and overseas. Following
his contract with USA's leading integrated dance company AXIS
(2007-2012) he didn't have the resource to return home, ending up
living on the streets and overstaying. Rodney's feeling that
he is unable to enter into the USA is an integral component to the
work, calling to attention the current immigration crisis occurring
in the US but also across the world. In March the team
will converge in Te Kūiti, Rodney's whenua (land), to generate a
new work honoring his sovereignty as well as the sovereign body of
Te Kuiti itself.
Performer Katrina George and Designer Owen McCarthy will
collaborate with Rodney, offering their perspectives and skills as
Samoan artists. Te Kuititanga, or the narrowing, will be developed
through prompts from Pelenakeke, conversations between the artists
and through contact improvisation between Katrina and Rodney.
Together they will create a dance / video-based work that
Katrina will then perform in New York come April 2019.
We see this piece as the beginning of a longer-form
collaboration between all the artists and Everybody Cool Lives
Here. We wish to support a multi-disciplinary and international
dialogue between us all and our distinct practices.
TIMES SQUARE TOUCHDOWN
16 HOURS AGO
Katrina's made it across the Pacific ocean via Chicago and landed in New York City. She's already taken in the sights of the MET, Time Square and started to go crazy trapped inside an apartment, help let her out by donating. Over the next week, Katrina will be soaking up the city with curator Keke Brown, tomorrow she'll meet Grace in the flesh and start their rehearsals ahead of their performance on April 1.
GRACE OSBORNE - SOUND DESIGN
20 HOURS AGO
Before Katrina left, our team welcomed a new member, Grace Osborne who will help represent tūrangawaewae through her sonic practice. Grace is a performance artist, sound bath facilitator, and a practitioner of a variety of healing arts originally from Pasadena, Ca. currently based in NYC. Growing up within a jazz household, her artistic practice is grounded in improvisation, listening, spirituality, and intuitive knowledge. Her work often features themes of space, process, memory, ritual, healing, and deconstruction of the senses. Grace came to New Zealand two years ago, where she participated in workshops in the same place where our team first came together – Kawai Purapura in Albany, Akld.
OWEN MCCARTHY - PERFORMANCE DESIGN
21 HOURS AGO
Owen is a freelance performance designer working predominantly in live performance across New Zealand. Owen has worked as a set, lighting and AV designer on a variety of works, collaborating with Barbarian Productions Muscle Mouth, Castles of Sand and The Conch. In 2017 & 2018, he travelled with Moss Paterson from Atamira to Korea to create a work in collaboration Chung Mu Dance Company. Owen was nominated for best lighting design at the 2018 Wellington Theatre Awards for Actual Fact. He created Contours of Heaven with Ana Scotney alongside Puti Lancaster and is currently working with Puti on three new works in Heretaunga.
6 DAYS AGO
Over the weekend we were welcomed onto Rodney's Pā in Te Kūiti and received the privilege of staying in Te Tokanganui-a-Noho wharenui. Built in 1873, it was a gift to Ngāti Maniapoto from Te Kooti in gratitude for been given sanctuary in the King Country while the government attempted to prosecute him. The house has been relocated three times, the last time to make way for the railway which sits directly outside the pa, shaking it daily as the carriages whizz by, and separating it from the township. The whare tipuna has been closed for the last year as volunteers have tirelessly restored the carvings and paintwork back to its original state, before the broad brushstrokes of museum red set in. The Pā also has a King's house which the in two weeks will host the Māori King Tūheitia Paki.
CREATIVE NEW ZEALAND BACKING
7 DAYS AGO
We recently heard that we were successful in a Quick Response application, meaning the NZ Arts Council have contributed NZD $7250 towards the project, we still need to make this Boosted to ensure we can fully deliver the project, so please keep sharing with your networks, and thanks to those who have already backed us.
3 WEEKS AGO
Ko Tainui te Waka, Ko Ngati Maniapoto te Iwi, Ko Rodney Bell Taku Ingoa.
Rodney Bell is of Māori descent from Ngāti Maniapoto tribe of Aotearoa and is a renowned dancer and performer, working professionally since 1994. A founding member of Touch Compass, he relocated to California in 2007 to join AXIS Dance Company, based in Oakland, where he remained principal dancer until 2012. After returning to Aotearoa he created MEREMERE with Movement of the Human & Malia Johnson. The work has toured Te Ika a Maui (North Island) and already received numerous awards. Rodney has actively worked not only as an artist but also as an advocator and provocateur towards stronger voices for people with different requirements and backgrounds with a particular interest in arts access. Rodney enjoys creating multidisciplinary work, exploring contemporary issues to do with, travelling, identity, perception, experiences, time and our connections to place, people and cultural and political bodies we all inhabit.
PELENAKEKE BROWN - CURATOR
3 WEEKS AGO
Pelenakeke (Keke) is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in New York City with her practice including drawing, writing & performance. As a New Zealand born, afakasi Samoan, queer, disabled woman she is interested in the in-between spaces we each inhabit. She has worked with prestigious institutions the Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and was a founding member of New Zealand’s first mixed-ability dance company Touch Compass. She has exhibited her work across New York City & in San Francisco. Her work is published in James Franco Review, Hawaii Review, the Apogee Journal, & the Movement Research Performance Journal, with Apogee and MRPJ, special indigenous issues. In 2018 she helped form the Alien Support Service Collective, a group of immigrant women artists, living and working in NYC. Currently, she is the Assistant Director of Culture Push, a NYC based non-profit arts organization which supports socially engaged artists with their Fellowship for Utopian Practice Program.
JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH - VENUE
3 WEEKS AGO
A church, performing arts space, and social justice centre. Beginning in the 1950s, the church supported a radical arts ministry making space available to artists for art exhibitions, rehearsals, and performances. The church also assured that this space was to be a place where artists could have the freedom to experiment in their work without fear of censorship. Presenting artists have included Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine, Tom Wesselmann & Yoko Ono. The Judson Dance Theater, which began in 1962, provided a venue for dancers and choreographers including Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, & Yvonne Rainer to create and show their work. Movement Research offers a high visibility, low-tech forum on Monday nights throughout the fall and spring seasons. Judson Church is located opposite Washington Square Park, in Greenwich Village, NYC.
3 WEEKS AGO
Katrina George (22) is an emerging New Zealand born Samoan performer, who’s ready to take on the world with her unique perspective and amazing ability to lead. A recent acting graduate from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, she was cast straight into the lead of ‘Under The Mountain’ at Auckland Theatre Company. Katrina is now a company member of Red Leap Theatre, having toured ‘Kororāreka The Ballad Of Maggie Flynn’ nationally over the last two years, and is currently appointed as their International Workshop Tutor travelling between Hong Kong and Singapore. Katrina began to explore her choreographic voice at high school, shaping large-scale dance shows. More recently she led the creation of her own contemporary piece RIB (2017) and is workshopping a collaborative piece between Touch Compass Dance Trust and Everybody Cool Lives Here.
3 WEEKS AGO
Movement Research (NYC) is one of the world's leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and their vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.