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Deborah Slater Dance Theater & John Fesenko and dævron & Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company
Thu-Sat, Sept 13-22, 8pm-9pm
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Combustible Residency 2018

Confront your digital divides

Join CounterPulse for a double bill evening featuring works by our 2018 Combustible Residency artists.

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inCIVILITY: P.2 Outrage Machinee by Deborah Slater Dance Theater & John Fesenko interrogates technology’s role in transforming how we perceive and interact with the world of others, normalizing unthinkable behavior through the guise of screens.

And yet, technology that augments an artist’s hand or a dancer’s body offers the promise of unmatched expressivity, making visual the experiences we are having internally and with each other, and perhaps helping us better connect. Instead of succumbing to media-fueled outrage, can we instead dance with our common humanity, enhanced by the very technology that so often is used to wedge us apart?

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Hien Huynh and Derek Harris; Photo by Robbie Sweeny

When technology tracks movement in virtual spaces and controls movement in physical spaces, feedback loops intensify.

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Pictured: Raissa Simpson’s Codelining; Photo courtesy of Raissa Simpson

Please join us for these special evenings

Sept 13-15 and 20-22, 2018

Thu, Fri, and Sat at 8pm

Thursdays are pay-what-you-can, reservable online!

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Want to see the show for free? Email Justin to volunteer!

Additional Events

Join us before the show on Thursday, September 13 at 6:00pm for the Artspan Artist Reception for Pallavi SharmaCrossover Bag Baggallini BS Hibiscus Body Cross dTwTa1ZxqA

Join us on Friday, September 14 for a post-show conversation with former Combustible resident artists, Daiane Lopes Da Silva and Weidong Yang (Kinetech Arts)

Join us on Fri, Sept 21, 5-7pm for the Reception for Robbie Sweeny at the Equator Gallery

 
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The Combustible Residency is made possible by support from the Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts and by a Building Demand for the Arts Implementation grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
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[Pictured in cover photo: Hien Huynh and Derek Harris; Photo by Robbie Sweeny]

 

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