Spring Development Workshop
March 25th-29th, 2012
At : The Colburn School, 200 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Repertory with Rosanna Gamson as she embarks into her newest creation Layla Means Night – where the movement invention is informed by Sufi calligraphy, which is simultaneously ornamental, talismanic, and full of meaning. Two ideas from Islamic art inspire the composition of Layla Means Night: that design continues beyond the frame – the viewer can see only a small part of an infinite and infinitely complex pattern – and that equal values of positive and negative space confound perception of foreground and background. This dialogue between positive and negative, light and dark, becomes the major metaphor in the piece – day and night infinitely alternating. As the frame shifts, we see a moment, or a thousand and one days and nights entwined.
Each day begins with warm up by company members:
Day One – Modern Dance Technique – Alexandria Yalj
Day Two – Strength & Conditioning – Rachel Butler Green
Day Three – Gyrotonics – Lavina Findikoglu
Day Four – Yoga – Rosanna Tavarez
$40 per session
$100 for all 4 days
*Preregistration is required
LAYLA MEANS NIGHT
Serving up horrific melodrama as dance-theater divertissement, choreographer Rosanna Gamson and her company World Wide take on the tale of Scheherazade, the cunning bride from One Thousand and One Nights whose skills as a storyteller saved her from a murderous husband. Performed to a live score by master musicians Houman Pourmehdi and Pirayeh Pourafar, Layla Means Night employs hyped-up spectacle, 19th century projection techniques,enticements, misdirections and artful games of smoke-and-mirrors, to craft an intricate exploration of violence, complicity and our insatiable desire to be entertained.
The piece will be previewed this Summer in Los Angeles followed by the premiered at ODC Theater in January, 2013. We are currently seeking traditional and contemporary artists from the Los Angeles area to participate in the creation and performance of Layla Means Night. We hope to develop a dialogue that leads to meaningful collaboration between Rosanna Gamson/World Wide and cultural leaders and artists working in the Greater Los Angeles Area, as well as seeking dancers to work with the company during our two week run at ODC.