Belated Kinesis

Hey y’all! Wish I could be here this weekend, but my big sis is graduating! I hope you all enjoyed the awesome Noche Hispana Seis and the equally fantabulous Artwurst this past month. Here’s a delayed interview tidbit from Sarah LaRose Holland, curator of our ever-popular Kinetic Kitchen series:

1. How has Kinetic Kitchen as an event changed since it first started?
I don’t think the Kinetic Kitchen has changed all that much as an event really. The series was started as a way to bring choreographers together to share their dances and it continues to do just that. The location of the series has changed, and the support from Patrick’s Cabaret has really helped to allow the series to thrive and continue. The actual event itself I think is the same intent as it was since the series was first formed.

2. Do you have a vision of where it’s going in the future?
In the future, I would like to be able to provide more Kinetic Kitchen shows per year. There is a high demand from artists with interest to show work. I’ve had a waiting list since last fall, and when more shows come available they will fill up quickly. I would like to be able to provide more Kinetic Kitchen shows each year to allow access to more artists.

3. Your favorite thing about it?
My favorite thing about the Kinetic Kitchen is bringing together choreographers and audience. The series has developed it’s own niche in the community. I enjoy when the show opens and the dances are first seen by audiences. Both the performers and the audiences are very excited for the opportunity to show work and to see the work. I also enjoy introducing the performers in the show to eachother. It’s important to me that artists engage with the people they share the stage with.

Eclectic Edge Ensemble

“A contemporary jazz dance company with a diverse repertory, Eclectic Edge Ensemble collaborates with local musicians, choreographers, and other artists to create musically and theatrically inspired work. The company aims to present a fresh perspective on jazz dance in the Twin Cities, creating accessible performance experiences that connect to audiences through the pure joy of movement.”

Last time you saw Eclectic Edge at the Cabaret was the March Kinetic Kitchen. Karis Sloss says, “It was such a wonderful experience to be a part of a show that embraced so many forms of dance, and brought artists together to watch and support each other.” She immediately asked Sarah, the guest curator,  if they could be part of it the next year, and Sarah agreed.

Sloss, who has been dancing since the age of two, formed Eclectic Edge Ensemble the spring of 2002, after graduating from the U of M with a major in Dance and Theater Arts. “I have always known that I wanted to have a dance company that was a true ensemble and explored different forms of jazz,” she says. “I am so fortunate to have such a talented and supportive group of dancers. They have really helped me get EEE off the ground and moving forward. I have kept focused on all of my goals, and we keep plugging away.”

The piece they will be performing this weekend is called “Common Ground.” With music by Regina Carter–“rich with layers of differing rhythms, beats and melodies”–ten women explore “outer expression of control and strength, to inner feelings of fears and questions, and finally celebration and joy with others.”

For more information on Eclectic Edge, check out the website (www.eclecticedgeensemble.com), and be sure to attend their upcoming prdouction at the Ritz “For Sports’ Sake” July 15th-18th, 2010.

BRRAAAAAAINSSSSSSS

Zombieland, Pride and Prejudice with Zombies, zombie pub crawls…pop culture’s zombie infatuation is in full swing. And what better way to celebrate our undead brethren (and support Patrick’s!) than Patrick’s Zombie Cabaret!

 The awesomeness shall unfold at the Fine Line Music Café (318 First Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401) on Thursday October 22, 2009 from 8:30 pm – 1:00 am. Tickets are $15 and available at the door, Patrick’s Cabaret or online at www.patrickscabaret.org/support/zombie.  You must be 21+ to enter.

Featuring:

* Dancers
Arturo Miles & Nicki Cullinan ~ hip-hop / house dance / waacking dance
Dance group Erin Sheppard & Inimitable Feets
Kinetic Evolutions dancers Una Setia, Jen Swanson, Kayla Schiltgen & Megan Bridges will perform “A Touch of Sass”, choreographed by Sarah LaRose-Holland

* Music
Venus DeMars of transgender punk-glam band All The Pretty Horses
Indie-rock group My Valkyrie
Funk-house DJ Spur
Drag performance: Heidi Ho and Mistress Victoria

* Zombie Make-Up artist at 8:30pm
* Silent Auction from 8:30-11pm
* Costume Contest at 11pm
* Dance party from 11-1am

Sarah LaRose Holland

O Noble Readers of This Blog, I beseech thee, please extend your forgiveness to your most humble servant for my exgregious overuse of my laptop’s Copy-Paste function. Truly, I give far too easily into temptation, especially with a final performance due in Acting tomorrow and with Sarah LaRose Holland’s eloquent, editing-unnecessary responses to my e-mail interview sitting right within reach. Lo! I am weak, and offer less resistance than a fat kid doth to cake, or so 50 Cent would have us believe.

Anyhow, there shall be in the future another Kinetic Kitchen, and I swear on the soul of Gene Roddenberry, I will endeavor to actually write an article that time.

Behold, the fruits of my sin, the unedited e-mail interview:

1. What is it that you love most about the artistic work you do, and why?

 

As the presenter of the Kinetic Kitchen, I enjoy providing opportunity for choreographers to showcase their work. The series brings together artists that may or may not know each other and provides a vehicle for performing their work. It’s a great way for an artist to focus on the creation of their dances, and I take care of the nuts and bolts of helping them get their art onto the stage. This is very satisfying, helping choreographers get their work out in front of audiences.

2. How is performing at Patrick’s Cabaret different from doing so at other venues?

 

The Cabaret has a unique ambience and performance space. It’s very cozy and intimate. It’s not your typical black box performance space. The Cabaret has been a very good fit for the dance series. Interest in and support for the Kinetic Kitchen dance series has grown tremendously since relocating the dance series to Patrick’s Cabaret. The Cabaret also does a lot to help make presenting dance easier for me by allowing me to showcase the Kinetic Kitchen as a Guest Curator. The Cabaret allows me as a presenter to focus on presenting, similar to how the Kinetic Kitchen allows choreographers to focus on being choreographers. It’s a very good fit all around. Patrick Scully has also helped on a personal level to advise me as a presenter and has supported my dance series both personally and professionally. That personal connection with Patrick is also a very big reason why I so enjoy having the Kinetic Kitchen at Patrick’s Cabaret.

3. What would you say are the major influences on your work?

 

As a dance presenter, I’d say the big influences have been other venues that have allowed me opportunity to discover that I could start to showcase other people’s work. Christopher Watson has given me many opportunities over the years to help facilitate dance performances with multiple choreographers on the bill. He gave me the chance to organize some “2 Flights Up!” performances at his old dance school in the Calhoun Building in Uptown Minneapolis. Christopher also allowed me the chance to organize some of the outdoor “Dances at the Lakes Festival” held each summer in the Lake Harriet Rose Garden in Minneapolis. During my 7 year position as Artistic Director of Riverbend Dance Arts in Hastings, I also learned a lot about obtaining funding for performances and facilitating those events with the dance school and guest artists. Then I’ve also had the opportunity to realize the benefits of performing in shared performances through my professional career as a dancer and choreographer. When I first came up with the idea to start the Kinetic Kitchen, I contacted Laurie Van Wieren to find out if we could talk about her experiences as a Dance Presenter. She was very generous with sharing her ideas and experiences as Curator of “9 x 22: A Dance Lab”. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten the chance to collaborate and grow with the Dancers-Presenters Circle (DPC). Our most visible collaborations have been working together to compile a week of dance each year in celebration of National Dance Week in the twin cities.

4.What is one thing about yourself, your work, your philosophy, whatever, that you think should definitely make it into the blog post?

The Kinetic Kitchen is a dance series based in Minneapolis that showcases many styles of dance and movement. The series is based at Patrick’s Cabaret and performances are held about 3 times per year. There are usually 4 choreographers showcased in each Kinetic Kitchen. I also present a dance series for youth called the Kinetic Playground. This series takes place annually at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley. Annual Playgrounds are held in January. For more information about either of these series, please visit http://www.mnartists.org/sarah_larose or contact Sarah LaRose-Holland at sarahlarose@hotmail.com Both the Kinetic Kitchen and Kinetic Playground were founded by Sarah in 2004. Kinetic Kitchen and Kinetic Playground events have been hosted at Patrick’s Cabaret, the Mounds Theatre, Varsity Theater, Old Arizona and the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

 

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