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Katherine Helen Fisher Dance

by Michelle Brandon
September 2, 2011
Danspace Project
131 East 10th Street (at Second Avenue)
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-8112
thisiswater Productions presents
Katherine Helen Fisher Dance
featuring the World Premiere of Leading Edge Disturbances
September 29-October 1, 2011
thisiswater Productions presents Katherine Helen Fisher Dance from Thursday, September 29 – Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 8pm at Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street, NYC (at Second Avenue). Tickets are $18 ($12 for Danspace members) and are available at www.danspaceproject.org or by phone at 866-811-4111.

The World Premiere of Leading Edge Disturbances, with music composed by Nathaniel Bartlett, is an inquiry into mathematical, scientific and social concepts, yielding a kaleidoscopic world of fractured symmetry. Inspired by complex motion patterns created by the disturbance of still fluid when the leading edge of an object moves through it, this piece utilizes computer systems to electronically create layers of complexity out of the sounds of a single marimba. C. Finley has printed 25 original drawings on fabric to be fashioned by designer Athan Vennell into unique costumes that mirror the dancers' coupling movements within the piece. Each part of this collaboration reinforces the choreographic concept of creating additional layers of movement. The unique experience of viewing drawings on moving bodies extends, displays and animates the visual art.

A collaborative, interdisciplinary dance/film, Finite & Infinite Games is a celebration of unity, color and variety – a riot of pure movement. The musical selections feature the singular voice of the saxophone as representative of the human voice. Filmed at Judson Memorial Church, the piece will be performed live at Danspace Project. Based on philosopher James P. Carse's "Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility." The nine dances by choreographer Katherine Helen Fisher explore the individual's role within community. Visual artist C. Finley created the 48'x12' non-repetitive geometric backdrop as a comparative replication of the dance. Costumes designed by Gai Mattiolo. Film by RJ Muna. The project was envisioned by producer/director and thisiswater Productions founder Michael Robinson.

Dancers: Jaime Verazin, Shakirah Stewart, Todd Burnsed, Joshua Green, Sarah Nachbauer, Sharon Milanese, Jeremy Neal, Katherine Fisher

thisiswater Productions, LLC was conceived and initiated by the choreographer, Katherine Helen Fisher; visual artist Christine Finley and Mike Robinson as a structure to develop film and performance in a collaborative process.

Katherine Helen Fisher Dance is the company of Katherine Helen Fisher, a New York City-based choreographer and director intent on producing innovative works through interdisciplinary collaboration. By cultivating exchange between artists and thinkers from disparate fields, Fisher's projects challenge current conventions of Proscenium Theater.

Katherine Fisher is a dancer, choreographer, producer, filmmaker and co-founder of thisiswater Productions. Kate has performed with Lucinda Childs, Mark Morris, MOMIX, ODC, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Johannes Wieland, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, Mark Dendy, Janis Brenner and Ann Carlson. Her choreography has appeared on stage and in film. Kate co-produced In The Company of Women dance festival featuring the work of emerging female choreographers. Her solo work, Seven Dolores, a piece in response to 9/11, was presented at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Dance Now and Dancers Respond to Aids, and was captured on film in 2011.

C. Finley is known for her elaborate geometric paintings and her activism through urban interventions. Her Wallpapered Dumpsters project transformed environmental activism into unexpected beauty and is featured in Urban Interventions (Gestalten) and Stuck-Up Piece Of Crap - A Selected History of Stickers, From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art (Rizzoli). Finley was the recipient of the Eszter Cohen grant and has shown internationally at Robert Fontaine Gallery, Hot Art Fair Basel, Aequalis Contemporary, High Energy Constructs, Salon Oblique, Dumba Collective. Finley was the artist-in-residence at the Treehouse Gallery, Los Angeles, and is currently artist-in-residence at Gai Mattiolo fashion house in Rome, Italy. Her work will be shown at Art Basel Miami this winter.

Nathaniel Bartlett studied at the Eastman School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and privately with marimbist Leigh Howard Stevens. Bartlett performs exclusively on a Malletech Imperial Grand five-octave marimba. His recordings can be heard in multi-channel, high-definition format on Albany Records, and on his own label, Sound-SpaceAudio Lab.

Gai Mattiolo presented his first collection at the age of 19 at the Modit in Milan. He created four copes (rich ecclesiastical robes) for the Pope in 1996. Gai has dressed Cher, Christiana Aguilera, Cate Blanchett and many others.

Athan Vennell is the principal designer for AVDesigns; a custom fashion, costume, bridal and accessories design studio. He also works as a designer and stylist for theater and film. He holds a BFA in Fashion Design from the Pratt Institute. Some of his credits included: The Lion King (NYC),Kiss Me Kate (NYC), Disney World Theme Parks, freelance design for Beyonce Knowles, Marilyn Manson, Rose McGowen, Sonja Kitchell.

Kathy Kaufmann has been lighting dance and performance for over 20 years. She has worked with artists such as David Parker and the Bang Group, Rebecca Stenn, Ben Munisteri, Eiko & Koma, Michelle Dorrance, Adrienne Truscott, Hilary Easton, Enrico Wey, Jacques D'Amboise, Paige Martin, Gina Gibney, Aitana Cordero, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Jody Oberfelder, Patricia Hoffbauer, Murray Spalding, Keely Garfield, Maura Donahue and Kota Yamazaki. Kathy received a "Bessie" (New York Dance and Performance Award) for her body of lighting design work in 2004 and for Yvonne Meier'sStolen in 2009. Kathy was included in Curtain Call: Celebrating 100 Years of Women in Design at the New York Performing Arts Library.

Michael Robinson, president of thisiswater Productions, is a carpenter and a fisherman.

For more information, visit www.katherinehelenfisher.com or www.finiteandinfinitegamesfilm.com.
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