DANCE TRUCK AT ELEVATE // Thursday October 23, 2014
Fairlie Street at Marietta // 7:30pm - 10:00 pm
Admission is FREE of charge

Featuring performances by

Natalie Eggert
Corian Ellisor
Hez Stalcup
With special guest, Makoto Hirano (Philadelphia, PA)
and DJ Santiago Páramo in a dance party with you!

Presented by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs

We are honored that our 2014 showcase will be presented on the closing night of Elevate, a week-long festival that celebrates downtown Atlanta’s vitality and the intrepid voices of our city’s finest artists.

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Curated by Malina Rodriguez
Lighting by Dylan Phillips
Produced with Protect Awesome and The Lucky Penny
Scroll down to read more about the artists...

MAKOTO HIRANO is an award-winning Philadelphia-based choreographer, writer, performer, and artist facilitator. His independent solo and ensemble dance-theatre works have been presented nationally by venues and festivals, and as performer-collaborator has worked on critically acclaimed projects with Bill Irwin, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and Thaddeus Phillips/Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental. Hirano is a Facilitator with Artists U, a professional development program designed for independent artists, and is also the co-founder of Team Sunshine Performance Corporation.

DENSE is a community of movers that has been working together for 8 years in Susan Eldridge’s attic.

CORIAN ELLISOR has choreographed over 30 dances. His choreography has been presented by the American College Dance Festival, Decatur Arts Festival, Houston Fringe Festival, Independent Choreographers Exchange, Ground Delivery, WonderRoot, and Dance Truck, among others. Since 2010, he has produced six dance concerts including: "The Atlanta Queer Dance Festival," "WikiDance," "Be(a)stie," "Coming Out Party," "It Takes a Village" and “See You Soon.” Corian recently completed a Breaking Ground Residency with The Lucky Penny at Theater Emory. He was also awarded the Walthall Fellowship through WonderRoot in 2012 and was named the "Top 20 people to watch in 2013" by Creative Loafing. Corian's dance company, Ellisorous Rex and the Dance Machine, can be seen performing around Atlanta and abroad.

NATALIE EGGERT, a current senior at Emory University, is pursuing a B.A. in Dance & Movement Studies and Religion and Anthropology. As a member of the Emory Dance Company, she worked with faculty choreographers Greg Catellier, Tara Myers, George Staib, and guest artists Kyle Abraham and Emily Johnson. This season, Natalie will perform works choreographed by Sarah Berry and Greg Catellier. She is currently interning with Atlanta’s nationally recognized youth development organization, Moving in the Spirit. In 2013, Natalie received the Sally A. Radell Friends of Dance Scholarship to attend the Staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy. Natalie began choreographing dance at Emory under the guidance of Anna Leo and George Staib. She was selected to perform her solo composition, Safe and Sound, at the American College Dance Association 2014 Conference and is excited to present her choreography again with Dance Truck.

HEZ STALCUP is a dance artist based in Atlanta, GA. Hez cut their teeth creating dance routines as a kid in the diverse communities of rural Virginia and suburban Detroit. The direct path to dance was hard to find for a fat, queer, butch kid. Now at 37, Hez works through collaboration that encourages the challenge of how to speak to life experiences through movement that is simple, distilled and shamelessly honest. In 2013 and 2014 Hez created both group work and duets for WonderRoot's Dance Chance Atlanta (Nov 2013, May 2014) as well as duets for Sumptuary at Mint Gallery and Press Street's True Colors Art Exhibition in New Orleans, LA. Hez is one of the 2014/15 Leap Year Artists in Resident at Mint Gallery.

SANTIAGO PÁRAMO is a avid multi-disciplinary artist with a keen interest in music composition, performance art and public interactive installations. He has been awarded for three consecutive years with funds from Art on the Atlanta Beltline and has collaborated with organizations such as The Lucky Penny, WonderRoot, Eyedrum, C4 Atlanta, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, The High Museum, Moving in the Spirit, and many others. Santiago contributes to the musical landscape of the city as a Disck Jockey - one who celebrates music from all eras and all places around the world.

The Arts Exchange

A celebration of luck and trucks!

with specialty trucks by:

`` ASIFA-Atlanta (animation)
`` Whitespace (gallery)
`` The Good Food Truck (poodles)

and Atlanta's mobile movement project

Dance Truck
presenting new work by:

`` Kala Seidenberg
`` Erik Thurmond

`` tEEth
(guest artists from NOLA/PDX)

Above: tEEth performs at Dance Truck Returns!
photo by Karley Sullivan

Atlanta was so privileged to have tEEth at Dance Truck Returns, presenting guest artists from Portland and NOLA!
About tEEth:
Choreographer Angelle Hebert and Composer Phillip Kraft began their artistic collaboration in 2000 and co-founded Portland, Oregon-based dance company, tEEth in 2006. Their work is generated through deeply collaborative processes, interweaving original music and movement through melodic and conceptual mirroring. Approaching the body with an eye for life's beauty and dark absurdity, tEEth offers a poignant and uncompromising glimpse of humanity, combining technical virtuosity with raw visceral impact. Hebert's precise, distinctive phrases push gestural dance to its limits, while Kraft's music merges gritty sound with hypnotic melody.
tEEth has toured to On the Boards (Seattle), Joyce SoHo (NYC), Fuse Box Festival (Austin), St. Ferdinand Church and Sidearm (New Orleans), Rose Wagner Theater (Salt Lake City), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), and New Genre Festival (Tulsa, OK). tEEth has created and presented works for Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, Ten Tiny Dances, Reed Arts Week, Performance Works Northwest, Conduit, and Water in the Desert Festival, among others. In addition to private and corporate sponsorship and support, tEEth has received grants from the National Performance Network, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, and Westaf. Dance Magazine selected tEEth as one of the “25 to Watch” in 2012, in 2011 tEEth won the Joyce Theater Foundation's prestigious A.W.A.R.D. Show! at On the Boards and was voted Best Choreographer by the Willamette Week.

Above: Erik Thurmond performs at Dance Truck Returns! photo by Karley Sullivan

Erik Thurmond is a dancer and choreographer currently living in Lilburn, Georgia. He attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts, The American Music and Dramatic Academy and the Alvin Ailey School. After a year of travels he has landed back in Georgia and is currently dancing for CORE Performance Company, Staibdance as well as working with the Georgia Ballet.

Above: Kala Seidenberg performs at Dance Truck Returns! photo by Karley Sullivan

Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, Kala Seidenberg graduated from Emory University in 2012 with B.A., highest honors, in Dance and Movement Studies and Educational Studies. During her time at Emory, she was fortunate to perform with several companies, including the Emory Dance Company, AHANA Dance, OpenCollision, and Emory Theater. As a member of the Emory Dance Company, Kala worked with choreographers Blake Beckham, Lori Teague, Anna Leo, George Staib, T. Lang, Tara Lee, Kyle Abraham, and Kathleen Wessel. Kala attended several summer dance festivals, including the Boston Conservatory, the American Dance Festival, and the Bates Dance Festival. During her summer studies she worked with choreographers Monica Bill Barnes, Jesse Zaritt, Jeffery Bullock, and Nicole Wolcott. Kala currently is a teaching artist at Moving in the Spirit, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, and Creative Learning Atlanta. She currently performs with Atlanta contemporary dance company, Staibdance and is thrilled to be presenting work for Dance Truck.

Above: BEATRIX photo by Bobbi Jo Brooks

BEATRIX is a young creative artist and an Atlantan. She has found a home among the arts with her true passion being dance. In 2010, she found Dance Truck and the rest is history. She fell in love with the concept of dancing in a truck. Inspired by the love for its founders and dancers, she soon became an active volunteer and supporter. She has thrown herself in to tearing down PLOT and constructing a cardboard Threshold. As an unschooler, she explores dance much the same way as she explores life, by immersing herself in it and creating her own world. If there is a class to take or a performance to watch, she’s there. Each and every dancer she meets becomes a friend igniting a deeper flame within her. BEATRIX believes that dance is a universal pulse that goes through all of us. It’s a way for people to connect, express, create, communicate, and celebrate life and joy. And without dance, what would our world be like?????

site-specific immersive performance work by Blake Beckham
for the Goat Farm Atlanta
July 28-31, 2011

"...the artists have brought to life a gorgeous, bleak vision that features the Goat Farm's evocative atmosphere of decay and new growth front and center. It's a stunning work. For all its effort, motion, and activity...there's something wonderfully still and quiet and contemplative at the center of PLOT." - Excerpt from Andrew Alexander's review from Creative Loafing.
Above Photo: Dustin Chambers for Creative Loafing

PLOT by Blake Beckham
Dancers: Blake Beckham, Emily Christianson, Camille Jackson and Alisa Mittin
Artistic Direction, Technical Direction, and Lighting: Malina Rodriguez
production management: Danny Davis | art direction: Julia Hill | video and sound: Neil Fried | costumes: Shay Buckley | sound design: Jon Summers
Production by Dance Truck and an amazing effort by over forty volunteers

Above: Heavy with sod and slow rolling at a walking pace, a '76 Scout truck assumed the character of a quiet tour guide. Between each movement, the dancers disappeared and audience members followed the truck down earthen paths to the next space.
Above Photo: Dustin Chambers for Creative Loafing

Dancers: Blake Beckham, Alisa Mittin, Camille Jackson, and Emily Christianson
Above and Below Photos: Jamie Hopper

Dance Truck presented a night of performance melding with poetry and visual art at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Performers included the duo DE, comprised of Andy Imm and Edie Gonzalez, and local choreographers Corian Ellisor, Lori Teague, and Onur Topal-Sumer. Also featured: spontaneous writing and readings from Poems on Demand!

Pictured: Wikidance by Corian Ellisor
Photo from Creative Loafing's Photo of the Day, taken by Evey Wilson.
Dancers: Claire Molla, Joanna Futral and Alisa Mittin.

See slideshow by Creative Loafing for more images of this event.
Dance Truck at the Arts Exchange for the Lucky Penny's 11.11.11. Experimental Arts Festival.

The Dance Truck transformed into a vessel for tea and talk with New York-based performance artist jill sigman/thinkdance. The Lucky Penny and Dance Truck were very honored to host Jill Sigman, who has become a major force in the world of performance art. In this rare and wonderful moment, she shared tea and experiences inside the back of a truck with enthralled, lucky Atlantans.

Later in the evening the Dance Truck screened dance films featuring Neil Fried, Nicole Livieratos, Greg Catellier, Natalie Metzger, D. Patton White, John Bacone, Adam Weinert, Onur Topal Sumer, Kingsley Irons, and more.

Photo: Bobbi Jo Brooks

'Backstage' at Le Flash 2009
Pictured above: Dance Truckers Danny Davis and Malina Rodriguez, working production on the FIRST EVER Dance Truck
photo: Adam Davila

Above dancers: Corian Ellisor, Alex Abarca
Above photo: Lori Teague

Above dancers: Corian Ellisor, Alex Abarca
Above photo: Vii Kelly

Above: Maryn Whitmore's work "La Flesh"
Dancers: Claire Molla, Maryn Whitmore, and Stephanie Johnson
Photo: Adam Davila
The Dance Truck team representin' all the way from Atlanta to Portland for the prestigious Portland Time-Based Art Festival 2011!

Images above and below: Amazing cardboard artist John Bacone transforms the Dance Truck at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA festival.

The Portland Dance Truck Team included:
Artistic Director/Founder, Malina Rodriguez
Technical Director/Co-Founder, Danny Davis
Choreographer/Fan Club President, Blake Beckham
Photographer/Intern, Karley Sullivan
Media Intern/Dancer, Jordon Goulder

Above: Dance Truck in Ten Tiny Dances at TBA festival. Photo: Karley Sullivan.

Blake Beckham's American Muscle at Portland's Time-based Art Festival. Photo: Karley Sullivan
Dance Truck has crossed the Pacific and earned a following in Japan! Dance Truck: Japan Edition bloomed out of a fortuitous meeting at the Portland Time-Based Art Festival, and continues to grow thanks to some dedicated Japanese dancers and supporters.

Two Dance Truck events have since happened in Japan, the most recent of which was a weekend of performances from February 14th-16th, 2013. This included brand new choreography, innovative performance, and educational events ALL streaming live from the lovely Dance Truck Japan webpage. Explore for a glimpse of Dance Truck in Japan!
Prolific Portland-based performer Noelle Stiles made her Southeastern premiere in a multi-media performance designed for Dance Truck.
June 25, 2011 at Mint Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.

Photo: Bobbi Jo Brooks