Show/Share: Adrienne Westwood, Amanda L. Edwards & Dancers, & Sloka Iyengar - Gibney
Week of April 7, 2020
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Show/Share: Adrienne Westwood, Amanda L. Edwards & Dancers, & Sloka Iyengar

Indian woman dressed in tradition garments as she performs a dance work.

Join us in studio 5-2 for showings by Adrienne Westwood, Amanda L. Edwards & Dancers, and Sloka Iyengar, moderated by zavé martohardjono.

FREE. No RSVP required.

Show/Share is a sharing and feedback series for works-in-progress at Gibney 890 Broadway. The program provides dance artists an opportunity to show ten minutes of unfinished work in an informal, welcoming setting. Artists are invited to share their work through a non-curated selection process. The event is free to the public. Three artists show their work at each session; and the feedback is moderated by an artist from the field.

Adrienne Westwood
[ ] (working title)
[  ] is a corporeal and sonic exploration into histories of womxn ancestors created by choreographer Adrienne Westwood and composer Angélica Negrón. Together with five performers, they create an embodied exploration of untold and imagined histories.

Amanda L. Edwards & Dancers

Untitled is a work in progress that explores the different realities in which Americans live. This piece relies on historical text in relation with current events to address the ways in which we deal with race relations.  It calls into question where the space is for the black body to be fully humanized.

Sloka Iyengar
Modern Rasas
“Rasas” are the essence of Bharatanatyam and they lead the audience to feelings and emotions. The nine rasas are love, laughter, sorrow, anger, heroism, terror, disgust, surprise, and peace. In this piece Modern Rasas, I explore rasas as experienced in modern life. Themes of pathos are depicted by the reaction to the cutting of a 100-year old live oak tree, and feelings of wonderment are explored by seeing snow for the first time. I use my experience as a woman of color in science to highlight the struggles—and heroism—of women around me.

ABOUT the Artists

Adrienne Westwood is a Brooklyn-based dance artist whose multi-layered work incorporates objects into embodied explorations of memory, bringing traces of other times and places into the present moment. Her work has been presented widely in NYC and at Jacob’s Pillow, CCN-Ballet de Lorraine (France), WUK (Vienna), The Firkin Crane (Ireland), and The Philly Fringe Festival. She was a 2018-19 CUNY Dance Initiative Space Grant recipient, in partnership with Snug Harbor on Staten Island, where her evening-length “s o u  n  d  i   n  g line ” was developed and presented in the Historic Gardener’s Cottage in June 2019. Past support includes LMCC’s Fund for Creative Communities, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, extensive residencies at One Arm Red in DUMBO, and the pilot Parent-Artist Space Grant from Brooklyn Arts Exchange, through which she developed her previous evening-length work “Record.” From 2011-2018, she served on the selection committee for “The Bessie” NY Dance and Performance Awards on the “current practices” subcommittee. MFA: Hollins University/ADF under the close mentorship of Donna Faye Burchfield; BFA: UNCSA.

Amanda is a NYC based freelance artist, choreographer, and poet.  Originally from Mount Vernon, NY, she began her dance training at The Dance Theatre of Harlem School. Since graduating from The University of the Arts in May 2015, Amanda has presented work at a number of festivals/showcases within the tri-state area.  Her focus is on creating social political works that reflect her experiences as a black millennial woman.  Amanda uses dance and poetry to express the experiences, traumas, and histories in her body.  Her work aims to create room for change, questions, and dialogue about the black body existing in the U.S.

Sloka Iyengar, PhD, studied Bharatanatyam and Indian folk dance at the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Ahmedabad, India. She has performed extensively in India and in New York and is founder of the group “SamyuktaNYC”. My overarching goal is to use my scientific and dance training to positively impact people.
A recent program of hers entails visiting nursing homes and long-term care facilities to engage residents in dance. She was recently selected to be part of “Higher Ground” – an uptown Manhattan-based forum that provides artists a space to network and create collaboratively.
Sloka is also a neuroscientist and educator, and teaches evolution and neuroscience at the American Museum of Natural History. She is passionate about using dance and arts to teach science, and has developed  “NeuroNatyam” to highlight and celebrate all that the brain does to enable us to execute – and appreciate – dance.

Photo of Sloka Iyengar by Michael Tanksley.


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