about the Flower of the Season
In its 12th year, the series continues to evolve as a platform for the development of new and important dance explorations by a variety of local and international artists. Yearly these dancers are chosen to train together at Body Weather Laboratory, developing individual interpretations of a common vision. Flower of the Season has indeed become a pilgrimage - drawing dancers, choreographers and musicians to a seasonal offering of blossoming creativity.
Dance and performance are transitory arts. They exist in the present. Just as the splendor of a flower is fleeting, so is each remarkable moment of a dance performance - always passing into the next. A flower seeks the light, growing and developing accordingly. It finds just the right time and place to blossom.
The History of Flower of the Season.
Flower of the Season is the extension of the Earthbeat series Oguri and Steinberg began twelve years ago to foster collaborations between visual artists, musicians, writers and dancers. Together, with the work of percussionist Adam Rudolph, sculptor Stephan Glassman, artist Hirokazu Kosaka, musicians Paul Chavez, Wadada Leo Smith, G.E. Stinson, Nels Clineand Mark Dresser and dancers Roxanne Steinberg, Melinda Ring, Morleigh Steinberg, Mia Doi Todd, Jamie Burris, Sherwood Chen, Boaz Barkan, Claudia Lopez, Lillian Barbeito, Benjamin Jarrett, Eric Losoya, Jesske Hume, Magali Gajan, Heyward Bracey, Asher Woodworth, Ariadna Rodriguez Cima, Joyce Lu, A.Dola Baroni, Meyu Kobayashi, Rosemary Candelario, Heather Ehlers, Kim Nakakura, Linda Luke, Annelien Goetschalckx, Cat Westwood, Yasunari Tamai, Andres Corchero, Frank van de Ven, Simone Forti and Oguri has continually explored boundaries between audience and stage, creating fresh contexts for the presentation of art and performance.
FLOWER OF THE SEASON 2016
Person's body... flower
Fri. 6/10 8:00pm
Sat. 6/11 8:00pm
Sun. 6/12 4:00pm
Person’s body… a flower is a dance performance by Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg in which they will invite audience members to partner among themselves for the process of watching the performance and to verbally express their real-time observations with each other. Oguri and Roxanne are considering dance as the invisible part of the ‘viewshed’ and will ask that the observer see the performance with live social interaction - not as individuals but in the company of another. Entreating the audience to witness aloud, not as an event but for the experience, not for the sake of conversation but for transparency of impressions and/or interpretation. Through this social observing, somewhere, the dance is revealed not imposed.
1416 Electric Avenue
Photography: Richard Neilsen