Minh Tran & Company In Concert
Who:Minh Tran & Company What:In Concert When:Thursday, September 22 @8PM (By Invitation Only) Friday, September 23 @ 8PM Saturday, September 24 @ 2PM & 8PM Where: Portland State University Lincoln Performance Hall (SW Broadway & Market) Tickets:$24 / $20 (General / Student & Senior/Working Artist) PSU Box Office: 503.725.3307 or any Ticketmaster Outlets 503.790.ARTS Information: 503.233.0996, www. mtdance. org
(PRWEB) September 8, 2005
Minh Tran & Company kicks off its 05-06 touring schedule with a return to the Portland concert stage in a performance of new and revisited dance works. The program includes a restaging of TranÂs 2001 work ExposÃ©, the stunning Nocturnal Path from 2003, and the premier of his current work in development, Forgotten Memories.
An artistic response to Cambodia's troubled history, Forgotten Memories centers on Tuol Sleng [hill of the poison tree], an abandoned suburban Phnom Penh high school that was code-named S-21and transformed into a Khmer Rouge interrogation center from 1975-1979. Headed by Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge combined extremist ideology, ethnic animosity, and a disregard for human life to produce murder on a massive scale. approximately 1.7 million people lost their lives (21% of the countryÂs population) under the Pol Pot regime. Over 17,000 prisoners were interrogated, tortured, and executed inside the walls of S-21. Tran toured S-21 in 2004 while on exchange in Cambodia with the Mekong Project, a program of Dance Theater Workshop in New York. TranÂs company of dancers (Mike Barber, Jae Diego, Sarah Ebert, Jennifer Hong-Berdine, and Tran), along with long-time collaborators visual artist Christine Bourdette, filmmakers Chel White and Ryan Jeffrey, composer Dariush Dolat-shahi, and light designer Bruce Keller combine talents to create a compelling response to this atrocity. The development of Forgotten Memories is made possible in part with support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Opening the program is ExposÃ©, a bold and somewhat cheeky commentary on the current state of the dating game. Originally choreographed for two dancers, the new staging rotates five company members in and out of the duet -- inevitably leaving an odd man out. ExposÃ© premiered at On the Boards 2001 Northwest New Works Festival in Seattle.
Drawing from the spiritual world of Southeast Asia, the program concludes with Nocturnal Path, an ensemble work for the company and dancer Tere Mathern, based on archaeological reliefs and mural paintings from temples throughout the region. Visual design for this work is provided by artist Christine Bourdette along with light designer Bruce Keller, and Lam Quang of Hi-iH Gallery. Nocturnal Path was originally commissioned by the White Bird/Tiffany & Co. New Works Fund with additional support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and awarded touring support from the National Dance Project for the 2005-2006 season, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Nocturnal Path travels to California, Nevada and Montana later this season.
Minh Tran & Company is a nonprofit dance organization based in Portland, Oregon under artistic direction of Vietnamese-American choreographer Minh Tran, a recipient of the 2005 Oregon Art Commission Individual Fellowship Award. With a growing body of original and distinctive contemporary dance work and an increasing national presence, the company is noted for its singular fusion of traditional and contemporary techniques. Spanning architectural, cultural and social contexts, Minh Tran & CompanyÂs repertory reflects its choreographerÂs fascination with the personal identity, popular culture, geography, and the compelling interplay of eastern and western traditions. The Company aims to promote artistic dialogue and educational exchange with audiences and communities through the use of artistic expression as a catalyst for breaking down cultural and racial barriers.
Christine Bourdette (Visual Designer) is a sculptor based in Portland, Oregon who works in a wide variety of materials, exhibiting in the Northwest and across the United States. She is the recipient of the 1992 Bonnie Bronson Fellowship and the 2000 Regional Arts & Culture CouncilÂs Individual Artist Fellowship. In addition to her studio work, she has been awarded numerous public commissions for her art in Oregon, Washington and Florida. Her work is represented in Portland by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.
Dariush Dolat-shahi (Composer) began his study of traditional Persian music at age ten at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. He earned a bachelor degree from Tehran University, studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music and at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht, continuing his studies in electronic music at Columbia University where he received his doctorate degree. Dolat-shahi is a composer, lecturer and musician known for his improvisational work on the Persian tar and setar. His performances have received critical acclaim nationally and internationally.
Hi-iH Gallery (Visual Designer) LÃ¢m QuÃ¥ng has been hand-crafting lamps and light sculptures for nearly a decade. An exploration of the art of paper-making in its primitive form led LÃ¢m to his original use of paper fibers to create lamps and lanterns. Hi iH Gallery opened in 1997, on Alberta Street, in Portland and has continued to grow since then. Kestrel Gates joined LÃ¢m in June of 2004, applying her background in the performing arts to the design and construction of Hi iH's lamp forms. Together, LÃ¢m and Kestrel work as a creative team, from concept and design, through the creation of each work. Their work is inspired by plant and sea life, ultimately expressing an abstract aesthetic. Both artists are actively involved in the growing Alberta arts community and are members of the board of directors of Art on Alberta, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Ryan Jeffery (Filmmaker) has emerged as one of PortlandÂs most ambitious and innovative filmmakers. His elaborately constructed films and installations emphasize color, rhythm and atmosphere, and feature close collaboration with musicians, including the multimedia band Adelaide, of which he is a founding member.
Bruce Keller (Lighting Designer) has been on the Theatre Arts faculty at Portland State University since 1988, teaching courses in technical theatre and lighting design. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, he continues to design for both drama and dance with companies throughout the country. Mr. Keller has worked as the Senior Project Manager for the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in Lee, MA. Among his most recent designs are: Death of Salesman (PSU Theatre), Cosi Fan Tutte, and La Nozzie DÂFigaro (PSU Music), and Elements & Other Works for choreographer Tere Mathern. Mr. Keller, has been working with Minh Tran since 1996.
Chel White (Filmmaker) has been working as an independent filmmaker for 20 years. With a background in animation and experimental film, his short films consistently defy categorization. Chel's work explores such territories as love, obsession, alienation, death, transcendence, memories, and dreams. He often uses allegory and black humor to paint indelible pictures of the human experience in the age of science. From Sundance to Berlin to Hiroshima, Chel White's short films have been exhibited in film festivals all over the world, and recognized with many awards. Described as a cinematic poet, his work is intricate, beautiful and sublime. Dreams and dream images are ongoing resources in his work.
Minh Tran & Company is a nonprofit dance organization. Please visit www. mtdance. org for more information.