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Spring Studio Series: one solid object with Heather Kravas & Victoria Haven

Punk, feminist, precise and extreme, one solid object is a choreographic abstraction grappling with the messy and incontrollable inevitability of human emotion. Utilizing borrowed movements, the dance is reduced to rhythm and essence then rebuilt through strict and sloppy repetitions. Making room for a presence of failure, physical vulnerability tangles with formal obsessions to embrace accidents, boredom, exhaustion and exuberance.

Heather Kravas is a choreographer and performing artist. Since 1995, she has investigated choreographic, improvisation and collaborative practices in contemporary dance to explore the limits of choreography as a form and her abilities as an artist.  Combining recognizable traditions, tasks and somatic practices her dances grapple with structural idealism and uncontainable emotions. In a renunciation of the spectacular, she strives to illuminate actions such as labor, listening, concentration, failure and presence.  Kravas grew up in Pullman, Washington, where, under the tutelage of Deirdre Wilson, she studied classical ballet and the experimental theater theories of Jerzy Grotowski. Significant to her understanding of dance as a relevant and complex form are the many artists/teachers/colleagues she has been privileged to work with/for: Antonija Livingstone, DD Dorvillier, Dayna Hanson, Stephanie Skura, Marina Abramavic, Okkyung Lee, Yvonne Meier among many.  Ms. Kravas has received support from Creative Capital, the Doris Duke Impact Award, Foundation for Contemporary Art, MAP Fund, National Performance Network, Seattle Arts Commission, 4 Culture, f.u.s.e.d, Bossack-Heilbron Foundation, the Yard and Pact-Zollverein. Her choreography has been presented at venues including American Realness, Base, Chez Bushwick, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project @ St.Mark’s Church, Fusebox Festival, The Kitchen, Movement Research @ Judson Church, On the Boards, Performance Space 122, Tonic and Velocity Dance Center as well as internationally. Heather currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her family

The SPRING STUDIO SERIES is an initiative to present local and nationally recognized experimental performance-based artists in a low-tech and intimate setting. These events are open to the public and will be followed by discussions with the artists.

Saturday, April 7 at 8:00 pm

Harper Joy Theatre, Black Box
41 S Park, Walla Walla, WA

Event Type

Arts, Dance

Departments

Academic, Humanities & Arts, Theatre & Dance

Cost

Free to Whitman students, $8/$12 for ticket information, call HJT Box Office, (509)527-5180

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