body electric 3.1
electroViolet is the performance duo of Peiling Kao (movement) and Gretchen Jude (sound). They enter unfamiliar territories through improvisation, collaborating on equal footing to find synchronicity without dictating or directing, and to explore the abstract and poetic in movement and sound. This year, Honolulu local dance artists Mareva Minerbi and Madelyn Biven will join electroViolet for body electric 3.1 (three dancers vs one musician).
Venue: Ong King Arts Centre. 1154 Fort Street Mall
Date/Time: Jan 11 @ 6pm, Jan 12 @ 6pm
Genre: Music & Dance Improvisation
Warnings: 7 +
More info: electroViolet
Peiling Kao is a Taiwanese dancer educator, dance-maker and performer who has been in the field of dance for over 30 years, learning different styles of dance to help intellectually and physically adapt herself to changes in the contemporary dance world. Peiling became Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2016. Her research and creative interests have been focusing on movement improvisation, the bicultural and hybrid movement, dance lineages, choreography and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Gretchen Jude hails from the wild state of Idaho (USA), making sounds heard from Helsinki to Seoul. Improvisatory interaction with her immediate surroundings forms the core of Gretchen's musical practice. Her eclectic training encompasses traditional Japanese music, European and American vocal technique, and West Coast experimental electronic music. She received her MFA from Mills College (Oakland, CA), koto performance certification from Sawai Koto Institute (Tokyo), and a Certificate in Deep Listening from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY).
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body electric 3.1
2019 Oahu Fringe FestivalJanuary 11 & 12, 2019Ong King Arts Center
electroViolet is the performance duo of Peiling Kao (movement) and Gretchen Jude (sound).They enter unfamiliar territories through improvisation, collaborating on equal footing to find synchronicity without dictating or directing, and exploring the abstract and poetic in movement and sound. The duo made their Hawaii debut at the Oahu Fringe Festival in January 2017 and continue presenting work nationally and internationally.
“I really liked the 'musical tapestry, soundscapes, aural textures.' I especially liked the fact that they were not overwhelming, not aggressive. I had room to listen, not defend, which happens (with me) in some electronica."--Jeff Gere, artist, master storyteller, and puppeteer based in Hawaiʻi.
“The whole performance was intriguing. Peiling's ideas and movement were very pedestrian-like which was refreshing to the typical expected flowy movements when one thinks "dance." As the performance went on I was interpreting the performance of the 1,000,000 of thoughts that we have in one second. I liked the texture of the sound. The experimental improv factor played a huge role in the success of the intriguing show.”----Lauren Calkins, community reviewer
“Outstanding. An unpredictable exploration of a wide range of emotions and sonic textures ranging from slapstick to post-apocalyptic. A symbiotic loop of movement motivated by sound motivated by movement. Improvisation at its best! A must see/hear for all. We can only hope they find a way to make a studio album and video soon.Bravo!” -----Scott Groeniger, community reviewer.
This year, Honolulu dance artists Madelyn Biven and Mareva Minerbi will join electroViolet for two evenings of movement and sound improvisation, body electric 3.1.
What: ody electric 3.1 as part of the 2019 Oahu Fringe Festival
When: January 11 & 12, 2019 at 6pm
Where: Ong King Arts Center: 1154 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813Tickets: please visit http://www.oahufringe.com/fringe-2019
for more information, please visit https://www.peilingkaodances.com/electroviolet
Madelyn Biven began her classical training with the school of Honolulu Dance Theater on O’ahu. She is a graduate of the Fordham / Ailey BFA program and upon graduating has performed with dance companies in NYC, the Bay Area, North Carolina, and Honolulu. Madelyn is currently teaching at Kailua Dance Academy and working independently as a performance artist.
Gretchen Jude hails from the wild state of Idaho (USA), making sounds heard from Helsinki to Seoul. Improvisatory interaction with her immediate surroundings forms the core of Gretchen's musical practice. Her eclectic training encompasses traditional Japanese music, European and American vocal technique, and West Coast experimental electronic music. Gretchen holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from University of California Davis and an M.F.A. in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College. She has studied a variety of performance practices, including: music improvisation, voice technique, Japanese musics (nagauta, hauta &jiuta shamisen, voice & koto); and electronic/computer music. https://www.gretchenjude.com
Peiling Kao is a Taiwanese choreographer, dance educator and performer. Since moving to theU.S. in 2007, she has been working with choreographers of different aesthetic frameworks, collaborating with interdisciplinary artists, performing and teaching nationally and internationally, as well as presenting original work via her company PEILING KAO DANCES. In May 2010, she finished her MFA in Dance at Mills College and received an E.L Wiegand Foundation Award for excellence in performance and choreography. In 2016, Peiling became Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Peiling’s research and creative interests have been focusing on movement improvisation, choreography, bicultural and hybrid movement, and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has received Endowment for the Humanities Award (in 2018) and Junior Faculty Research Award (in 2018) from the Universityof Hawaiʻi. Peiling has been awarded one San Francisco Bay Area’s Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (in 2012) and nominated for another (in 2013). She is also a recipient of Lo Man-Fei Dance Fund from Cloud Gate Foundation in Taiwan (in 2016). https://www.peilingkaodances.com
Mareva Minerbi is a dance educator, choreographer and performer from Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. She was awarded the Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the University of Hawai‘i from 2013-2015 and taught at University of Iowa's Youth Ballet from 2009-2011. She began dance at Hawai‘i State Ballet under the direction of John Landovsky and at Mid-Pacific Institutes' School of the Arts. She has worked with choreographers including Joe Goode, Tim Miller, Jennifer Kayle, Chris Masters, Lucas Crandall, Deanna Carter, Jhalak Miller, Amy Schiffner, Armando Duarte, Eloy Barrigan, Cheryl Flaharty and Charlotte Adams. In addition to performing and training in the United States she has also performed and studied dance in Europe in Milan, Italy with Wiebe Moeys and Rosita Mariani and studied acting and dance theatre at Laboratorio Dell'Attore. She has showcased her choreography in Hawai‘i, the mainland and abroad in Europe. She is currently Lecturer in Dance at Kapi‘olani Community College and Leeward Community College, Drama Director at Saint Francis School and teaches dance classes at Ballet Hawai‘i and Special Education Center of Hawai‘i. Mareva is delighted to be dancing with electroViolet for the very first time!
About Ong King Arts Center
Ong King Arts Center has been in Hawaii for almost 13 years, and have recently moved to the ground level of the historic Fort Street Mall. In the past decade, Ong King Arts Center has served to be an incubator for a variety of artists seeking to further their craft. From music, dance to visual arts and more, the discerning artist finds among its patrons a kindred spirit and in its halls a place of sanctuary.
The primary mission of Ong King Arts Center is to provide a space for artists of all medium to express, experiment and connect with the rest of community. Most artists feel that this space allows them to push the boundaries of their medium, instead of having to cater to a particular market. One of the most beloved events held in the space every Sunday night - Ong King Open Mic, has encouraged innumerous artists, musicians, poets and lovers of these medium to express themselves in the past decade.