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Swivel:Hinge:Return

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March 1-3, 8 pm

Wax Poet(s), the Oakland based arts and performance collective, presents the world premiere of "Swivel:Hinge:Return," choreographed by Artistic Director Heather Stockton and featuring original live music by Shanna Sordahl and the techno duo, KYN. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3 at 8 pm CounterPulse in San Francisco.

"Swivel:Hinge:Return" investigates the impact on the body of the 24-hour news cycle, "breaking developments" and the constant barrage of alerts, tweets, likes and calls to action from smart phones, social media and the mainstream media. How does the body weather this deluge that at best galvanizes unified action and at worst feeds the cycle of "couch protests" or passive resistance in this social media era? How is a body most effective at performing resistance in this time? Is it physical presence, calling elected officials, sharing stories and commentary on virtual channels, or some combination? Through what extensions of the body elicit the most responses? And is garnering an audience tantamount to a private conversation between two people of differing viewpoints?

"Myriad classifications of the body exist and each can be radicalized," Stockton explains. "A body of people showing up in solidarity, a body of work being exalted or destroyed; a political body versus a social body; the body politic; a body becoming a political landscape on which ideological lines are drawn." She adds, "For this work we're asking 'what does your resistance dance look like? Where in your body do you harbor anxiety? And where compassion? When do you feel activated to action?'"

The live musical score for part one by Sordahl reinforces the movement dichotomy of the dancers by exploring the limits of acoustic and electronic interplay. The techno duo KYN provides the sound for the second half of the evening serving as both internal monologue and Greek chorus, reinforcing the high level of media saturation in our resistance discourse.
March 1-3, 8 pm

Wax Poet(s), the Oakland based arts and performance collective, presents the world premiere of "Swivel:Hinge:Return," choreographed by Artistic Director Heather Stockton and featuring original live music by Shanna Sordahl and the techno duo, KYN. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3 at 8 pm CounterPulse in San Francisco.

"Swivel:Hinge:Return" investigates the impact on the body of the 24-hour news cycle, "breaking developments" and the constant barrage of alerts, tweets, likes and calls to action from smart phones, social media and the mainstream media. How does the body weather this deluge that at best galvanizes unified action and at worst feeds the cycle of "couch protests" or passive resistance in this social media era? How is a body most effective at performing resistance in this time? Is it physical presence, calling elected officials, sharing stories and commentary on virtual channels, or some combination? Through what extensions of the body elicit the most responses? And is garnering an audience tantamount to a private conversation between two people of differing viewpoints?

"Myriad classifications of the body exist and each can be radicalized," Stockton explains. "A body of people showing up in solidarity, a body of work being exalted or destroyed; a political body versus a social body; the body politic; a body becoming a political landscape on which ideological lines are drawn." She adds, "For this work we're asking 'what does your resistance dance look like? Where in your body do you harbor anxiety? And where compassion? When do you feel activated to action?'"

The live musical score for part one by Sordahl reinforces the movement dichotomy of the dancers by exploring the limits of acoustic and electronic interplay. The techno duo KYN provides the sound for the second half of the evening serving as both internal monologue and Greek chorus, reinforcing the high level of media saturation in our resistance discourse.
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