Tiny Seismic is a shared dance and new media program with dance artists Peiling Kao, Kara Miller, and Friends. The event includes an improvisation duo electroViolet between Peiling Kao (movement) and Gretchen Jude (sound), video dance installations Mango Dream and Seconds by Kara Miller, and excerpts from Degrees of Separation by the Spinning Goats. Live and Digital Performers include Amy Bukarau, Sequoia Carr-Brown, Cocoa Chandelier, Charlaine Katsuyoshi, Gretchen Jude, Peiling Kao, Mo Kearns, Mareva Minerbi, Kara Miller, Amy Schiffner, Pam Shoebottom, and SheenRu Yong
Venue: Ong King Arts Center (not wheelchair accessible)
Date: Jan 13 - 14
Genre: Dance & New Media
Warnings: Adults Only
More info: Peiling Kao
Peiling Kao is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, is a Taiwanese choreographer, teacher, and dancer. Peiling received MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography at Mills College in 2010 with an E.L Wiegand Foundation Award for excellence in performance and choreography. Peiling is a recipient of Lo Man-Fei Dance Fund from Cloud Gate Foundation in Taiwan (in 2016). She has been awarded one Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (in 2012) and nominated for another (in 2013).
Gretchen Jude is an improvising sound artist and vocalist who works extensively in site-specific environments with eclectic digital and analog electronics. Her work has been released on Full Spectrum, Susu Ultrarock and Edgetone Records and performed abroad in Seoul, Tokyo, Kyoto, Helsinki, London and Berlin.
Kara Miller is deeply interested in the vibration of silence, forms that heighten awareness to being present in the moment, collaboration, and acts of listening. Her choreography, dance installations, and films have been presented in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific.
The Spinning Goats is a locally based collective created in 2016 by Sami L.A. Akuna, Sequoia Carr-Brown, Kara Miller, Mareva Minerbi, and SheenRu Yong.
Fringe 5 Questions
Tiny Seismic - Peiling Kao (electroViolet) & KaraMiller
Fringe 5 Questions by Carlynn Wolfe
Who do you enjoycollaborating with?
I enjoy collaborating with dancers, filmmakers,installation artists, and musicians. Dance at its core is a collaboration. What I enjoy about collaboration is the aha moment, that place in the creativeprocess where streams of consciousness collide and something greater than theindividual part is perceived or becomes manifest, where the vast scope of ideasare possible when people from different art disciplines come together becauseyou have several people reflecting on a concept. I'm also really interested inhow digital bodies create a duet or company with live dancers and how thisshifts our understanding of location and form. In improvisation eachperformance is a journey because every audience is different. Theaudience brings an equal presence to the collaboration of a performance. What is fun about co-producing a show with other artists and their works isfinding parallel vibrations between the art. I am always grateful for thegenerosity that abounds with my collaborators.--Kara Miller
electroViolet opens to the collaboration with differentmediums that share the same aesthetic approaches.--electroViolet
What inspired thetitle of this work?
Peiling created the title "Tiny Seismic." For me, the idea of Tiny Seismic is the holistic idea that we are allconnected. One shift in any person affects another. The tiniestfissure of change can have a large affect on community. We have aresponsibility to care for the actions we take.
One of the works I'm presenting is "MangoDream." The title of the work was inspired two years ago whileeating a delicious dessert in Seoul, Korea called "Mango Dream." I was sitting at a table with a group of women from all over the worldwho had come together to collaborate and I had this incredible experience ofhow strong each of these individuals were. Women artists are a minorityin most sectors. This dance is about systematic oppression that amountsto underrepresentation and how stories and ways of knowing are passed on fromgrandmothers, mothers, and sisters. Mango Dream moves from birthing dream toreality, and, there is always a choice. Inspired by stories and ways of knowingstories and ways of knowing are passed on from grandmothers, mothers, andsisters. Based on structures of improvisation and dance film projectiondesign, anything is possible.
We are also presenting excerpts from "Degrees ofSeparation." This work was collaboratively created in the spring for afestival in France by several local artists.
Degrees of Separation (excerpts) explores layers,relationship, intimacy, exposure, the in-visible, and body as land andwater. The question of the body is geographical, spatial, empathic, andcollective transmission through time and space. Collectively we came up withthe title and concept, and then explored issues such as deforestation, animalcruelty, and caretaking for the earth and all beings. The original workwas very site specific with a series of four solos in a large lobby followed byan ensemble dance and media installation in a loading dock. The dance isimprovisational and has already had many rebirths in different shows so we areright now exploring and expanding a very short excerpt from the original workthat is in alignment with our show concept Tiny Seismic.--Kara Miller
electroViolet is a duo between myself (Peiling Kao) andGretchen Jude (my artistic and life partner). We have been practicingimprovisation as a form to explore collaboration between movement and sound onequal footing and find the synchronicity without dictating and directing. Bodyelectric 1.1 is electroViolet’s debut in Hawaii. We dedicate this piece toour beloved Oakland, California, where we lived and made art for 8 years beforerelocating to Hawaii in August 2016. In December 2016, a devastating firekilled many artists in the Ghost Ship warehouse space. This brings to the forefrontthe issue of affordable art space and how artists (and others) need safe,accessible places to live and work. Body electric 1.1 is infused with thisenergy—the urgency to develop responsiveness to unknown futures—the essence andessentialness of improvisation. --electroViolet
Where is the bestplace to create?
Place shapes process. Before I start any dance ornew media installation I meditate on the space or environment the work will beperformed in. My process is then to gather or create visual images andtext, and go to a dance studio or site specific spot to improvise. Fromthere I begin to craft the concept in physical movement and projection design.
The place is my heart. The place is my practice of danceand yoga. The place is my body and subtle being. My body is land. The place isa collaborative We where I is understood as We in the reflection of memory,ancestors, land, sea, sky, you, me, us as everything the small I create emergesfrom within and without of the big We portal of life giving flow. The We is notuniversalized. This We I express through the lens of my own localizedexperiences and understanding in creative process. The place of thiscollaborative We is a sense of being in and relating to self, community andenvironment.--Kara Miller
When did you startdancing?
I have been dancing since the day I was born. Ibegan formal dance training when I was 9 years old in a barn in Indiana. I comefrom Indiana from an area with rolling hills, limestone quarries, lots offarmland, and auto factory workers. My ancestors are German, Swiss, English,Irish, and Native American. I have lived in New York and inCalifornia. All of these places, life experiences, family, friends, andcolleagues, are part of informing my understanding of creative process of danceand new media work.-Kara Miller
Fringe is a creative space to explore alternativeconcepts outside the norm. Right now dance and new media performances arestill very experimental in the contemporary dance scene.-Kara Miller
Since we relocate to Hawaii in August 2016, we are eagerto connect with local artists, share our work to the community, and meetartists from outside of Hawaii. We believe Fringe is the space to bringexperimental, abstraction, and unfamiliar creation to the audiences.--electroViolet
To download a pdf version with images of this press release, please visit here.
For Immediate Release
Media Contact:Peiling Kao510.firstname.lastname@example.org
PEILING KAO, KARA MILLER & FRIENDS PRESENT: TINY SEISMIC
2017 O‘AHU FRINGE FESTIVAL
JANUARY 13 & 14
ONG KING ARTS CENTRE9pm
Tiny Seismic is a shared dance and new media program with dance artists Peiling Kao,Kara Miller, and Friends. The event includes an improvisation duo electroViolet betweenPeiling Kao (movement) and Gretchen Jude (sound), video dance installations MangoDream and Seconds by Kara Miller, and excerpts from Degrees of Separation by theSpinning Goats.
Live and Digital Performers include Amy Bukarau, Sequoia Carr-Brown, CocoaChandelier, Gretchen Jude, Charlaine Katsuyoshi, Peiling Kao, Mo Kearns, Kara Miller,Mareva Minerbi, Amy Schiffner, Pam Shoebottom, and SheenRu Yong.
Who: Peiling Kao, Kara Miller and Friends
What: Tiny Seismic — 2017 O’ahu Fringe Festival
When: January 13 and 14 at 9pm
Where: Ong King Arts Center, 184 N King Street, Honolulu, HITickets: Please visit: http://www.oahufringe.com
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Body electric 1.1 is an improvisation set by electroViolet, which is a duo between Peil-ing Kao (movement) and Gretchen Jude (sound). They enter unfamiliar territoriesthrough improvisation, collaborating on equal footing to explore the abstract and poeticin music and dance.
Based on structures of improvisation, Kara Miller’s Mango Dream is an ensemble workinspired by stories passed on from grandmothers, mothers, and sisters with video instal-lation design. Seconds is a telematic livestream performance.
Degrees of Separation (excerpts) explores layers, relationship, intimacy, exposure, thein-visible, and body as land and water. The question of the body is geographical, spa-tial, empathic, and collective transmission through time and space. Collaboratively cre-ated by the Spinning Goats including Sami L.A. Akuna, Sequoia Carr-Brown, KaraMiller, Mareva Minerbi, and SheenRu Yong in April 2016 for the a Corps Festival at theTAPS Theater in Poitier, France.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Peiling Kao, Assistant Professor of Dance at University of Hawaii at Manoa, is a Tai-wanese choreographer, educator and dancer. Since moving to the U.S. in 2007, shehas been working with choreographers of different aesthetic frameworks, collaboratingwith interdisciplinary artists, as well as creating her own work. Peiling’s research andcreative interests have been focusing on movement improvisation, bi-cultural and hybridmovement, dance lineages, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Peiling is a recipient ofLo Man-Fei Dance Fund from Cloud Gate Foundation in Taiwan (in 2016), Dean’s TravelFund from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, College of Arts and Humanities (in 2016),and has been awarded one Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (in 2012) and nominated foranother (in 2013). She has taught Modern dance technique, movement improvisationand Taiwanese/Chinese folk dance as a visiting faculty and guest artist at Mills College,Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program and BFA program at Dominican Universityof California, Hollins University, UC Santa Cruz, Western Washington University, AustinPeay State University, California State University East Bay, Shawl-Anderson DanceCenter, and Chinese American International School in San Francisco.www.peilingkaodances.com
Gretchen Jude is an improvising sound artist and vocalist who works extensively insite-specific environments with eclectic digital and analog electronics, including hand-built, hacked and repurposed items. Her work has been released on Full Spectrum,Susu Ultrarock and Edgetone Records and performed abroad in Seoul, Tokyo, Kyoto,Helsinki, London and Berlin. Jude received an MFA in Electronic Music and RecordingMedia from Mills College in 2011 and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Cali-fornia, Davis. Jude’s work explores the liminal spaces between human and machine,acoustic and electronic, natural and artificial, East and West, Self and Other. http://gretchenjude.weebly.com/
Kara Miller is deeply interested in the vibration of silence, forms that heighten aware-ness to being present in the moment, and acts of listening. Her movement imagery andvisual designs are inspired by feelings in the natural and urban world. She enjoys col-laborating with artists and dancers creating experimental performances, installations,and dance films. Her choreography and films have been presented in Europe, Asia, theAmericas, and the Pacific. She has worked professionally in broadcast television andfilm including E! and DreamWorks. Her most recent dance and new media installationshave been presented at Kennedy Theater in Honolulu, the Arko Arts Theater and KoreaNational University of the Arts in Seoul, Korea, the George Paton Art Gallery at Mel-bourne University in Australia, and at the a Corps Festival in Poitier University inFrance. Kara holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California,Davis, M.F.A. in Dance Technology from the University of California, Irvine, and B.F.A.from The Juilliard School in Dance in New York. She is a recipient of the Hawai‘i ArtsCouncil Po'okela Award for Choreography and the Jacob K. Javits Research Fellowship.Kara is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
The Spinning Goats is a locally based collective created in 2016 by Sami L.A. Akuna,Sequoia Carr-Brown, Kara Miller, Mareva Minerbi, and SheenRu Yong.