Visionary Dance Theatre and Kidz Danz Kompany Welcomes Choreographer/Director Emily Navarra
During her residency, Emily will be creating a new dance work on the VDT dancers titled "Sounding the Center". This piece explores encounters, gatherings and the core of communities through kinship, solace and comfort. Additionally during her residency Emily will re-stage her work "I'm Still Here", which first premiered in Vietnam in April 2019. It will make its USA premiere with KDK. Originally choreographed on adult dancers, this work has been entrusted to the talented dancers of KDK. "I'm Still Here" is about being fully present with the experience. Common humanity is that reminder that we all suffer. We are all mortal, vulnerable, and imperfect. This suffering is part of the shared human experience. Although we all may stumble, we are also so powerful.
Emily is also the curator of "Holding Common Ground: Pathways to Cultural Exchange in Vietnam". Sponsored by the American Embassy in Vietnam, this one week seminar that brings together dance artists and scholars from the USA and Vietnam to participate in panel discussions, lectures, workshops and dance performances that celebrate diversity, inclusivity and our common vision of dance as a universal language. It focuses on the insight into the process and development of an educational, artistic and cultural dance seminar between Vietnam, USA and other countries. This year's installment will be held at the Soul Music and Performing Arts Academy in Ho Chi Minh City on April 5th, 2020 through April 11th, 2020.
VDT and KDK are invited to participate in this year's event. VDT and KDK will each present a dance work as part of the performance portion at the end of the seminar. They are the only dance group representing California at the event. KDK will also be the only childrens group participating. Additionally, as part of workshop and lecture portion of the seminar VDT Artistic Director Spencer John Powell will be teaching a workshop title "Collective Choreography"
"I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Emily at last year's 'Holding Common Ground' event. We immediately connected artistically. From this fortunate stroke of serendipity, we formed the start of a long-lasting friendship and partnership that lead into this residency. We are very excited to host Emily this year at our studio home." – Spencer John Powell, Artistic Director of Visionary Dance Theatre
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