Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Emotions Dance Rehearsal


Emotions Dance Company is rehearsing for the premiere of "Art Evolution", a collaborative arts experience. Larissa Humiston the Emotions founder and choreographer invited me to be a part of the experience.  At first I thought I would do a series of sketches of the rehearsals but it is a long drive to the dance studio, and I try to reserve Sundays as family time.

Art Evolution is inspired by the famous works of well-known artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, Degas and more. Audiences will experience live contemporary dance by Emotions Dance Company, including a piece created by special guest choreographer, Genevieve Bernard of Voci, and spoken word poetry by artists such as Jessie Bradley, Mark Harriott and more.


I love the idea that the dance is inspired by famous paintings so I've started a series of paintings that show the dancers as part of the paintings. For instance the dancers gestures are evocative of the spiraling night sky in Van Gogh's Starry Night. Video reference of the rehearsals is giving me the luxury of picking gestures that work best for my paintings. In all there will be ten paintings I need to complete that will be displayed at the Shakespeare theater during the show. I'll likely make affordable gift cards from the series of paintings as well.

 This contemporary dance, visual art, and spoken word collaboration will be performed twice: Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 8 p.m. at The John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center’s Mandell Theatre (812 E. Rollins St. Orlando). Pre-sale tickets for the performance are $18 for General Admission and $14 for Students/Seniors and will be on sale starting May 1 and will be available through June 5. After that, tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 General Admission or $15 for Students/Seniors.


All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.