Sat, February 18, 2017
Links Hall At Constellation
Snake Talk is a disquieting and feminist performance that navigates interspecies intimacy, feminine voraciousness, and wild, unfettered dancing. It is a spectacle staged between The Void and The Nightclub, where minimalist opera and distorted vocal texts mingle with a lecture about snakes, and saturated club lighting exposes dancers who have forgotten the difference between kissing and eating. The work features performance by collaborative choreographic team Maryanna Lachman, Mara Poliak, and Abby Crain, lighting design by Elizabeth Ardent, and sound design by Samuel Hertz. Snake Talk is an ongoing collaborative project rooted in investigations of interspecies kinship in an age of environmental collapse and rampant neoliberalism.
ABBY CRAIN is an Oakland based artist who makes dances, teaches, writes, curates and performs. Her work has been presented in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, NYC, and Berlin. She worked with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People from 2001-2009, and has danced with Sara Shelton Mann since 1999. She has also had the pleasure of performing in the work of David Dorfman, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Guillermo Gomez Peña, and Jess Curtis. She has taught through Movement Research NYC, teaches annually in Dos Rios California, at the FRESH Festival, and Ponderosa Tanzland in Stolzenhagen, Germany. She has studied Open Source Forms with Stephanie Skura since 2009, and was certified to teach the work in 2014. She is engaged in an ongoing research and teaching collaboration with Margit Galanter under the moniker Art Workouts, and an ongoing dialogue about language and movement with Oakland poet David Buuck.
MARYANNA LACHMAN is a dance maker and curator based in Berlin/Oakland. Lachman works as a collaborative performer in works constructed by Minna Harri, Sara Shelton Mann, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Ruairi Donovan, and Christine Bonansea. She attended ImPulsTanz as part of the danceWEB residency in 2012 and received a California NextGen artist grant the same year for her choreography. Maryanna was a co-curator for the FRESH Festival in San Francisco in 2015/2016 and is one of the seven women of SALTA, a collective of dance curators in Oakland. Lachman is invested in community organizing, in creating trans-disciplinary platforms for discussion surrounding practice and making cultural space for dance experiments to flourish.
MARA POLIAK is a dancer, artist, writer, teacher and curator who is based in Oakland. Along with touring Snake Talk, she is also currently working with Margit Galanter in her Cave Forms project. Mara has recently shown her solo and group work in SF, LA, NYC, Seattle, and Portland, was a guest teacher at Whitman College in Washington, and an artist-in-residence at Pieter PASD (LA), CounterPulse, Starline Social Club, Subterranean Arthouse, and Culver Center for the Arts (Riverside). She is a member of SALTA, a 7-woman collective that curates a free monthly mobile performance series in the East Bay. Mara taught for seven years at Creativity Explored, a studio in San Francisco for adult artists with developmental disabilities. Her practice is invested in collaboration, feminisms, and perspectives other than human.
SAMUEL HERTZ, (Sound Design) composer and performer, received his MFA at Mills College, where he studied composition and electronic music with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, and Zeena Parkins. He continually collaborates with numerous dance companies and performers throughout the United States, and his work has been seen/heard at ACUD MACHT NEU (Berlin, Germany), Bains::Connective (Brussels, Belgium), Elektronmusikstudion (Stockholm, Sweden), Apiary Studios (London, UK), Center for New Music (San Francisco, CA), Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), ACRE-TV (Chicago, IL), Jack Straw New Media Gallery (Seattle, WA), Harvestworks (New York, NY), The Uncreativity Festival (Minneapolis, MN), and WBEZ Radio (Chicago, IL), among others. Samuel has worked as lead technical assistant to, and performed with Morton Subotnick, Alvin Curran, and John Driscoll. Samuel is currently part of two working groups as an artist-researcher for the Anthropocene Curriculum in association with Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany), and works as a contributing member of Tomás Saraceno’s Aerocene project. His work is released on the Nebularosa record label (London, UK).
ELIZABETH ARDENT (Lighting Design), is a freelance lighting designer based in Oakland, California. She has collaborated with theaters, dance companies, directors, choreographers, musicians and visual artists. Elizabeth has designed shows locally at CounterPulse, ODC Theater, Z Space, The Garage / Kunst Stoff Arts / SAFEhouse, Meridian Gallery, Subterranean Arthouse, Omni Oakland Commons and Mills College, to name a few. She is a member of SALTA, a feminist live-arts curatorial collective. With SALTA, Elizabeth has helped over 120 dance artists stage their works in unique and shifting venues throughout the Bay Area. Elizabeth has also traveled to do light shows in Boise, Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles. Most recently, Elizabeth worked as a production consultant at American Realness Festival in New York City. She holds a BFA in Theater and a BA in Critical Pedagogy.