Queeranimal Imaginary Promises Multidimensional Dance Experience for One Night Only Friday
Charli Brissey is working on her MFA in Kinetic Imaging at VCU. I know that may not sound like a lot of kids here in RVA, but only three or four people are accepted into this program each year….. AND…. She’s the first person ever with a BFA in Dance and Choreography to be accepted.
This Friday she will be utilizing every ounce of that creative energy and technological/cinematographic brain juice to produce a one night only live performance entitled “Queeranimal Imaginary”.
She unlocked the door to this creative landscape by taking a small step up a large tree. Brissey found herself drawn back to the woodlands of King George County where she grew up. A few years ago she went on a trek to find a particular tree she used to climb as a child. It was here that she found her inspiration for Queeranimal Imaginary.
It’s a multilayered, non-autobiographical exploration of queerness in non-human derived spaces. As a choreographer it’s impossible to keep your personal life out of your work because you pretty much put your soul into your craft, but Brissey is attempting to draw more from her surroundings than herself for source material.
She says video has been integral in creating this piece and keeping movement and momentum continuous. She journeyed throughout the state of Virginia recording sounds in rural/wooded/marsh areas to use in her live performance as well as her installation piece. Although she recorded countless hours of sound, she found clips of loon birds and frogs to be the most inspirational. The frogs in particular awakened memories of playing outdoors and being entangled and accepted by the living beings around her.
Nothing out there cared.
This Friday at The Dogtown Dance Theatre in Manchester, Brissey will be performing “Queeranimal Imaginary” with fellow VCU Dance grad, Felix Cruz.
This will be the first live performance of this creation. The video/sound/light portions of the piece along with possible footage of the live show will be used to creat an installation piece from April 25th – May 16th at the Depot Building as part of her work in the Kinetic Imaging Masters program.
If good things do indeed come in small packages, you really don’t want to miss this one night only live performance by a woman who’s calming character is only matched by her exquisitely poised diminutive stature. I’m sure all of us have something to learn and carry with us from this performance.
Xtina Fitch is the Founder, Director, and Choreographer of XF Company of Dance. She studied Engineering and Mathematics at N.C. State University. She has been teaching dance professionally and Bar-tending in RVA for more than a decade, and is thrilled to join the GayRVA team!
Besides finding that cute naked baby in your slice of King cake, something to celebrate next week will be hiding in Manchester with Dogtown Dance Theatre. Throwing their 5th annual Mardi Gras parade and celebration on Saturday February 6th before Fat Tuesday, New Orleans will come alive in Richmond with regional music, Cajun-Creole inspired foods, [...]January 29, 2016
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