presented by Cherie Hill IrieDance
Friday-Saturday, June 5-6, 8:00PM
Omni Oakland Commons, 4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland
Terrestrial Footprints is an evening-length premiere, choreographed and performed by Cherie Hill IrieDance with splendid dancers, Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban, Andreina Maldonado, Hope McManus, Linda Phung, and Rose Rothfeder.
Experimenting with contemporary dance, improvisation, and African aesthetics, Terrestrial Footprints is layered with ambient sound effects and heavy bass. Dancers connect, disconnect, ride waves of energy in their own and partners’ bodies, and move with momentum and release. The choreography explores new contemporary dance styles that emphasize contracting, expanding, undulations, and rhythm, concepts that are generally found in traditional African Diaspora dances, but rarely used for improvisational performance. Driving the piece is reggae dub music produced by Brizion, and rearranged by Peter Lionheart, both of which inspire presence of the beyond.
Composed of long, luscious movement, Terrestrial Footprints is the first dance of its kind entirely performed to dub music. The piece moves between human and cosmic, revealing a painted gallery of female bodies, dancing through space, time, and energy. Throughout, dancers collaborate with the environment and perform in the ballroom, on the stage, and in the balcony. The evening also features Dub Dance videos filmed by David Wofford, performed by Cherie Hill IrieDance.