November 25, 2015

Rebeca Medina's Paraiso @ Five Myles Gallery - A collaboration between Angela Mariana Schöpke and Shannon Elizabeth O'Brien. Below is a documentation of two conversations we had about Rebeca Medina’s Paraiso, which we saw on November 12, 2015 at Five Myles Gallery in Brooklyn. Our first conversation took place immediately following the performance and we followed up three days later...

October 13, 2015

"Agua Dulce Dance Theater's "Deep Listening" Maps Puerto Rican History @ the Pergones Theater"Originally published on CultureBot. Alicia Diaz and Matthew Thornton of Agua Dulce Dance Theater presented an evening of works on Saturday night, including the three pieces algún día… some day, one head has many hats, and the evening’s namesake, Deep Listening. I had read a bit about the...

October 1, 2015

Lauhing with Leonie Pony of ponydance - For a reason that will become clear shortly, I recently became curious about why it is that we go see performances. As a dancer, I wonder what it is that drives people to fill seats in the audience, and, as an audience member, what is it that compels me to purchase a ticket to a show? So with the help of some handy crowdsourcing (i.e. Facebook...

September 12, 2015

 

Data Visualization - Art or Science? - Article written for IB5k, LLC's blog. Around 40,000 years ago, the first man-made two-dimensional symbols appeared on cave walls. These are among the earliest known visual expressions of human ideas. Today, we continue the tradition of visual communication through an incredible range of media - paints on a canvas, film, pottery, computer pixel...

April 8, 2015

Bloodlines: Exploring Heritage, Lineage and Legacy - Originally published on CultureBot. “I’ve had a company for thirty years. It’s taken me time to research and articulate a specific language, in the old fashioned sense of building a language, that is Petronio technique. I took great pains to do that, because in the drift of post-modern thought, that kind of idea was disappearing a...

March 18, 2015

 

Yossi Berg and Oded Graf: Ten Years, Ten Works, and Thirty-One Countries Later - Originally published on CultureBot. Photo Description: Yossi Berg and Oded Graf performing "Heroes." Photo by Tamar Tal. This weekend at New York Live Arts as part of The Joyce Theater Foundation’s UNLEASHEDprogram, Israel and Denmark based choreographers Yossi Berg and Oded Graf will perform a re...

April 13, 2014

What does it mean to be "Afghan"?I am deeply excited to be able to share the thesis paper I completed for my B.A. with the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. I would like to take a moment to thank my advisor, Dr. Harris Mylonas, for his invaluable support and mentorship in the process of writing this thesis. I would also like to thank Mai...

April 12, 2014

 

 

Dancing Detroit - Detroit is a city that receives an overwhelming amount of negative media attention with its high crime rate and its seemingly hopeless high unemployment rate. At the same time, Detroit is a city with an incredible history of determination, culture, and entrepreneurship. What is it that we are not seeing through our everyday media snapshots? Is Detroit actually as...

December 5, 2013

Who Runs Guatemala? - In Guatemala, an average of 99.5 murders were reported per week at the end of 2012, the number of missing persons cases reported has increased 156 percent between 2009 and 2012, and the number of armed robbery and sexual assault incidents is high (Guatemala 2013 Crime and Safety Report). Guatemala’s domestic security is tenuous at best. When the state’s laws ar...

March 30, 2013

 

 

Angela Schöpke: Afghan Dance Can Help Win the Peace - Originally published on Navy Captain Edward Zellem's blogAngela Schöpke is researching the use of Afghan dance as a tool for conflict resolution and reconciliation in a formal research project sponsored by The George Washington University (GWU).  Her project is based on previous research she conducted two years ago in Norther...

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