in this place, by Heather Maloney
“in this place”
Choreographer: Heather Maloney
Created in collaboration with dancers: Joanne Barrett, Shaneeka Harrell, Heather Maloney
Composers: John Zorn, Susumu Yokota & Rothko, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Takagi Masakatsu, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Katja Krusche & Martin V. Krusche
Lighting Design: Thomas Artananha & Corey Silverman
"in this place” is a new multidisciplinary project by choreographer Heather Maloney. A physical theatre work driven from the method of loci or memory palace, which relies on memorized spatial relationships to establish order and recollect memorial content. A non-linear narrative that is woven from the reassembly of first memories as artifacts lost and found in the body. “in this place” opens a window into the extraordinary action of memory staged in the body.
The work merges active recollections of single memories into photographic state based physical declarations of place. Deconstructed into actions that are rarely fluid but exemplify the rolodex flow of memories, switching from physical extremes painting the time driven action of memory. The artistsfall into an out of memory actions, running, grasping, spinning a web, andbuilding a house for the memories to live.
In constructing a house for the memories to live, the performers build a surrealist associative spatial language that speaks of how through our bodies we remember to remember.
What the media say about "in this place"
Check the preview pubished in The Miami Herald here!
... or the Arbust video from a recent rehearsal visit:
About the Artists
Heather Maloney is a performer, choreographer and activist originally from Virginia. She is a Miami-based choreographer, dancer and artistic director of Inkub8 Miami’s new alternative |studio| whitebox | performance| space. Her work has been presented at Bates Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, New World School of the Arts and in Fundanza Venezula Performatica, Puebla Mexico, Fusebox, Austin TX. She has been awarded residencies at the Queens Museum of Art, New York; at The Center For New Dance Development in Portland, Maine; Recipient of the Manhattan Community Arts Fund/ New York City Department of Cultural Affairs NPN Residency through a Community Fund presenter Tigertail Productions, NPN performance residency with Women and their Work Austin Texas. She was awarded the 2008 Miami Dade Choreographer's Fellowship from the Miami Dade Cultural Affairs. Maloney was selected as an Emerging Choreographer for Bates Dance Festival 2008. In addition she was awarded a 2009 Individual Artist Fellowship for Dance from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. She has taught workshops at New World School of the Arts, Bates College as well as in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela.
Joanne Barrett has received commissions from the Miami Light Project Here & Now festival, FIU VH-100 Series, Karen Peterson and Dancers, Broward Community College, and Tigertail Productions. Joanne is an adjunct professor at FIU, and the Harid Conservatory. Joanne has worked with Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble (Chicago), Michael Clark Dance Company (London) and CONTRADANZA (Uruguay). Joanne also performs the work of other Miami artists; Giovanni Luquini, Katherine Kramer, Pablo Cano and has collaborated with Gary Lund and Dale Andree. Joanne holds a BFA in dance from Ohio State University.
Shaneeka Harrell performed as an original cast member of Fela! on Broadway(2009-2011). Harrell was a company member and vocalist with the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar ‘s Urban Bush Women. Harrell was Assistant Choreographer to Bill T. Jones for his work on New York Theater Workshop’s The Seven. She has also performed as a guest artist with Tania Isaac Dance Project, Hope Boykin and Eleone Dance Theater. Vocal recordings with violinist Daniel Bernard Romaine, Antibalas, Super Human Happiness and hip-hop artist Breez and the CD recording of Another Evening: I Bow Down with the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company. Harrell was born and raised in the heart of Miami, Florida. She received training at New World School of the Arts and Florida International University and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Heather Maloney - ARTIST STATEMENT:
I am a choreographer whose definitive action is to make work that addresses the unseen parts of our humanity. I bring forth the physical intricacies of design that inherently move the emotional body to a landscape of openness and confrontation. My role is eclectic, sometimes a director, social activist, environmentalist, anthropologist but always a farmer of dreams. My work addresses global issues that lie dormant in each body bringing forth the fragility and courage of life. I use space as a platform for social change. My independent choreographic language is built from the research and digestion of extremes, desire, confinement and freedom.
I am a reflector that illuminates prolific destruction, weaving time and space with movement, as simple as the motion of one finger. I am battling with ideas of reality and monoculture, expressing individuality beyond the bonds of spoken language, sight, sound and physical range. I explore humanity through the science and geography of our planet, where the passive parts of life's puzzle are locked away in the mind. I confront space by looking at one atom trying to comprehend how anything can be solid. My movement speaks solely from this place of trust and transparency giving my imagery a righteous humble edge that cuts through the reality of simplicity. As if I am moving with the impulse to hold up the world simply to save a tiny ant.