Moving Target Portland 2018: Performance Project at The Living Room

Moving Target Portland 2018: Performance Project at The Living Room

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You are invited!

The Living Room will facilitate a performance project this winter led by Kristen Stake and Kerry Constantino as part of Moving Target Portland’s Sunday program. The group will enjoy guided rehearsals together in which they generate improvised and choreographed material for performance. They will then perform at Kaleidoscope, The Living Room’s spring performance night in March and also an outdoor site specific performance to be determined (bring your snowsuits!). During this series, Kerry Constantino will be making a dance film based on the project. All interested parties are encouraged to join regardless of experience. The series includes 2 get-to-know-you classes led by Kristen and Kerry plus 2 classes led by visiting guest artists in residence.

For this performance project, guided movement explorations may include: honing “internal” techniques, using the sense organs as instruments of presence, accessing different mental states and sensitizing anatomy as pathways to artistic “voice,” experimenting with memory as a catalyst for movement, expressing/suppressing/developing impulses, learning choreography, composing with the nooks and crannies of architecture and landscapes, using our relationship to music/sounds and culture to express identity and assert our power/vulnerability, and finding different ways to agree, disagree, and coexist with other movers during performance.

Project Timeline:

Jan 21, 1-3pm “Modern Dance for the Complete & Utter Beginner” with Kerry Constantino

Jan 28, 1-3pm “Introduction to Postmodern Dance Practices” with Kristen Stake

Feb 4 - March 25 from 1-3pm: Weekly Sunday rehearsals

2 Moving Target Portland classes taught by visiting guest Artists in Residence (One in Feb and one March: exact dates TBD)

March 16, 8pm: Kaleidoscope Performance at The Living Room

March 2 or April 6: Site Specific Outdoor Performance (exact date TBD)


Jan 21 - March 25: $75-150 sliding scale (Payment plans available!)

All classes OPEN to the public for drop-in rate of $8-16 sliding scale (no rehearsals). Drop-ins sign up here.

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About the Facilitators:

Kristen Stake is a Portland, Maine based dance artist and poet who creates site-specific performance art informed by somatics and other postmodern dance practices. She studied dance improvisation intensively at Earthdance Creative Living Project from 2009-2013 including Contact Improvisation, Tuning Scores, Body Mind Centering, Performance Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Contemplative Dance Practice, The Underscore, and Qi Gong, with a variety of postmodern dance pioneers including Daniel Lepkoff, Barbara Dilley, Lisa Nelson, and Body Cartography. She regularly attends Bates Dance Festival, Lion’s Jaw, and Bearnstow to ignite her practice. She has an ongoing performance collaboration with sound artist id m theft able and has also performed with Melinda Buckwalter, The Sisters Grumbling, Cookie Harrist and Delaney McDonough of Hio Ridge Dance, Loren Groenendaal of Vervet Dance, and Katarina Eriksson from Sweden/San Francisco. She is the director of The Living Room and she holds an MFA from Vermont College in Poetry Writing.

Kerry Constantino grew up in Missoula, Montana and continued her study of dance at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.  It was there, studying under Bill Evans and Jennifer Predock-Linnell, that she was first introduced to somatic movement practices and multimedia dance and performance art. In the years since, she has studied with and performed work for many great artists such as Bill Evans Dance Co., Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, Katie Stevenson Nollet, and Blythe Barton to name a few.

Drawing from her roots in dance, she creates layered and multi-dimensional work that often integrates athletic movement, photography, video, fiber arts, and sound to create a reflection of the world around her.  Using the different media available to her she makes thoughtful expressive work that creates an altered state of perception for both the performer and the audience, where movement is codified.