LV Dance Collective presents its 5th Home Season: APPROPRIATE?
In Valentino's 2016 Tribal Africa fashion show, models predominantly white strutted down the runway wearing cornrows, Austrian model Nadine Leopold took to the catwalk wearing a Native American headdress designed by Victoria's Secret, and Givenchy's Chola Victorian production, was influenced from the Chola culture, who are women from the Mexican-American urban subculture. Cultural Appropriation is nothing new in the fashion world and media. However, in LV Dance Collective's 5th Home Season Production titled: Appropriate?, we will challenge that question: Is it appropriate or not?
Appropriate? is an examination of Cultural Appropriation, which is a phrase used when an established culture adopts elements from another culture, usually a minority culture. Asking the questions: Why is it so offensive?, Who indeed profits from it?, Can there be a proper occasion to appropriate?, and What are some imprecations that can emerge, specifically for the minority societies?. LVDC will explore this controversial matter, by utilizing modern dance vocabulary and indigenous rooted movement. LVDCs Artistic Directors, Kao Vey Sebastian Saephanh, an Asian man born in Thailand whose ethnicity is Mien (an indigenous tribe from China), and Martha L. Z. Pamintuan, who is half Salvadorian and half Nicaraguan, will pilot the audience with sensitivity and compassion of misappropriation through the lens of minorities.
Cultural Appropriation is certainly controversial; in most instances misappropriation happens when a fashionable culture appropriates for profit borrowing from disadvantaged minority societies. Such examples were stated above: Valentino borrowing from African culture, Victoria's Secret taking from Native American society, and Givenchy appropriating Mexican-American urban subculture. The layers of judgement from communities will continue to manifest with different opinions and will be debated on. However, that is not our focus. The purpose of this work is to serve as a reminder of the importance of holding cultural heritage. When seeing Appropriate?, we hope the audience will recognize the value of cultural respect and sensitivity for traditions outside of their own.
LV Dance Collective, winner of the 2014 sjDANCEco ChoreoProject Award for Best Choreography, is a Contemporary Dance Company based in San Francisco, CA. LVDCs choreographic works have won many invitational opportunities and/or have been commissioned: Grace Cathedral, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Latinas Art Foundation, Yerba Buena Nights, SJDANCEco, ODC Pilot 63, Summer Performance Festival, and PUSHfest to name the least; and has been featured in The Boston Globe, SF Arts, East Bay Express, the online publication of Teacher Magazine, and Dance Magazine. Allan Ulrich, dance correspondent for the SF Chronicle, described LVDCs work to be filled with intelligence and intensity and strikes sparks. For more of LVDCs credits and bio please visit: https://www.lvdancecollective.com