about the Flower of the Season

In its 11th 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 and Oguri has continually explored boundaries between audience and stage, creating fresh contexts for the presentation of art and performance.



--Dance Workshop--

Body Mind World with Simone Forti

Wed.5/6 10:00am~1:00pm
Sun. 5/10 12:30pm~3:30pm

Do our words have access to what we know in our bones? In our daily lives, we spontaneously weave together body language and spoken words to help us understand and communicate. In this Body Mind World workshop we will cultivate this synergetic process to engage with subject mater that interests us.

The class will include warm-ups to awaken our kinetic juices, and focused stream of consciousness writing to put us in touch with our wild thoughts, questions and observations. We will improvise purely with movement, as well as in ways that help us develop a natural and intuitive flow between our moving and our speaking, with surprise and delight. By letting our body intelligence and our verbal mind interact, we will access a fuller view of our world, both personal and collective.

Fee: $30/class



--Dance Performance--

Flowers and Vessel

Simone Forti
Roxanne Steinberg

Fri. 5/29 8:00pm
Sat. 5/30 8:00pm
Sun. 5/31 4:00pm

Flowers and Vessel is a dance collaboration inspired by the concept of “nageire” - a free-form style of Ikebana, Japanese floral arrangement. In a meeting of spirits, earthly and divine, the flower responds to the vessel. It is an act of love, of romance. Without hesitation, like the action of throwing something somewhere, the arrangement is revealed not imposed.

In the fall of 1985, when Simone Forti performed in Tokyo, Oguri also performed his first solo in same dance series program. In February 2012 their first duet was performed for the opening of Milwood Landing dance studio in Venice, California. Oguri and Roxanne have been teaching and performing together since 1990. This is the first collaboration for the three dancers.

The dance performance will be in two parts beginning with a duet by Forti and Oguri, followed by a trio including Roxanne Steinberg.

$17 (presale)
$22 (at the door)
Students, Seniors $17

Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA