Reflection & Relay An Evening of Performance
By Greg Baron on February 25, 2014 in
March 7, 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
WITH MARGIT GALANTER, JESSIKA KENNEY, and EYVIND KANG
8:00 PM, FRIDAY, MARCH 7th, $10
Performance will be followed by a short facilitated Dialogue and Reception,
with Jarrad Powell and Mary Sheldon Scott (Molly)
Taoist Studies Institute ~ 225 N 70th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Margit and Jessika’s overlapping fascinations with the subtle meanings within language, sung text, sound, and action are converging for a night of performance, taking place at a Taoist sanctuary in Phinney Ridge.
Relay: Discovering New Species is the current chapter of Margit’s longterm dance poetry project, Relay, which is an investigation of the alchemy of language, movement, and space/place. After a period of extending solo research to its edges, transducing words into practice actions in space, studying energetics with swords, walking and talking with people, and meshing with an urban East Bay valley between three mountains, Margit has been nesting again in the studio context and there has made a dance. Now, felting relations, presencing, and forming vivid dance space in a dance poetry performance piece.
Reflection: Grasping the Skirt of Rays is a sonic and tonal meditation on texts and concepts found in the arcane yet direct poetry of Eraghi, Stonehouse, and Sunan Kalijaga (Si Gan Cang). Through collaboration with renowned scholars Red Pine, Fatemeh Keshavarz, and musician Eyvind Kang, Jessika has developed this new music for voice and instruments, following the themes of radical exegesis and transformative space.
Jessika Kenney is a composer/singer practicing traditional vocal arts and through these lenses creating new forms. She is known in the international gamelan community as a singer of sindhenan (Javanese female vocal tradition), and in the Iranian community as a student of Hossein Omoumi and singer of musighi-ye sonnati, or Classical Persian music. Her recordings and performance collaborations with her husband Eyvind Kang have been praised as “work of delicate beauty” and “serious, refined music”. She is an adjunct at Cornish College of the Arts where she received her degree in Music and studies Persian language at UW.
Margit Galanter is a movement investigator and dance poet living in Oakland, CA. She is trained as a movement artist, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm, and Chinese energetic practitioner. Her fascination regarding the construction and value of movement has drawn her to collaborative embodied research for decades. In dance, Margit has studied and collaborated extensively in Tuning Scores with Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson, K.J. Holmes, Scott Smith, and Ray Chung, as well as in movement studies with luminaries such as Steve Paxton, Suprapto Suryodarmo, Ishmael Houston Jones, Stephanie Skura, Daniel Lepkoff, and Benoit LaChambre. She practices embodied language tactics, such as Philosophy of the Implicit, as instigated by Eugene Gendlin. Since in the Bay Area, she dedicates herself to movement experimentation, works with Abby Crain as Art Workouts, and created a festival for embodied language, called Words and Deeds. She currently teaches in the movement arts, and is co-editing and writing in a book on the work of Amerta Movement, called Embodied Lives, to be published this spring.