Choreography as Community Engagement: World Premiere of Meridian Dance Choreographer in Residence Alexis Iammarino in collaboration with San Francisco Youth
Date: Nov 18 - Nov 20,2011
Time: 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Friday, November 18th, 7:30
Saturday, November 19th, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 20th, 2pm
Tickets: $10-20 sliding scale
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Community artist Alexis Iammarino calls herself a facilitator. As such, her primary goal is to impart the sense that no body exists outside of its relationship to other bodies by guiding people through cooperative art making. Alexis will be in residence at Meridian Gallery for 3 weeks during which she will engage with local Meridian Interns past and present as well as other low-income youth.
Together, Alexis and her participants will develop evening length performances as part of the House at 100 celebrations. Alexis has a truly effective way of setting a space for participants to discover themselves and each other as valuable resources. During a recent workshop of hers a woman told her, "I didn't know I was a dancer, but I am. And, because we danced together we are now friends."
Alexis Iammarino is a native of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
My love of movement, drawing, painting, history and photography has afforded me the opportunity to pursue many life enriching artistic partnerships. Being an interdisciplinary artist is what connects me to others.
My training as a performing artist in modern dance, ballet, choreography and performance art has informed my own studio practice as a visual artist and vice versa. Work at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival with international companies, Bates College, The Merce Cunningham Studios, The Yard, Built on Stilts Dance Festival, and the faculty, artists in residence and peers at the Dance Department of Goucher College have lead me to experience as many creative processes as individuals and groups that I have encountered. In the years since I graduated from Goucher I continued to work with a group of women with whom I established a collaborative relationship. Together we formed a choreography collective in San Francisco. The rehearsal process of choreography and collective efforts that make possible the mounting of a performance, has offered invaluable learning and inspiration to me.
Iammarino is a community artist based in Baltimore City. She is an artist/educator with the Bright StARTs Art Program at School 33 Art Center, staff at The Club at Collington Square and works with artists of Dance Exchange on projects with Baltimore City youth. Her work addresses the interaction of multiple contexts of 'being' in the communities and individuals with whom she collaborates.