Difficult Conversations

Difficult Conversations - A dance performance curated by Lara Gemmiti

JULY 19 2014

SARDINE is pleased to present Difficult Conversations, a dance performance curated by Lara Gemmiti, featuring Alex M. Schell and Kate Morales. The performance will start promptly at 8 pm with the doors opening a 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 19th. A reception will follow.

Difficult Conversations is an exploration of lost memories and ones battle with time. We often hold on to a memory in hopes that the feelings of the original experience will return unchanged. Those memories so easily resurface with a touch, smell, or taste. We obsess over and live inside of them, until time gently dissolves them. For this piece, dancers Alex M. Schell and Kate Morales were guided to revisit specific memories that lingered or continue to reappear in their lives. They were directed to engage with this idea and to find resolve within three, five-minute segments. These segments were then repeated, reversed and elongated to emphasize the dancers’ story.

The participants:

Lara Gemmiti is a dancer, choreographer and director, originally from Toronto, Canada. Lara is interested in movement that is informed through personal experiences, organic interactions and interpersonal relationships. She holds an MFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed and worked with choreographers and companies in New York, Boston and Toronto they include, Jim Marten, (NY) Brook Notary, (NY) dance critic Deborah Jowitt (NY), Beth Soll and Dancers,(Boston) D.A Hoskins, (TO) Andrea Nann, (TO) Robert Glumbeck, (TO) Malgorzata Nowacka, (TO) Ryan Lee (TO) and was a company member of Typecast Dance Company (TO).

A native North Carolinian, Alex M Schell graduated with a BFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed at venues including The Highline, Washington Square Park, La MaMa, the Joyce SoHo, Joe's Pub, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, the Skirball Center, HERE Arts Center, Cloud City, and CPR in works by Stacy Spence, Naomi Goldberg Haas (Dances for a Variable Population), Sarah A. O. Rosner (A. O. Movement Collective), Katie Rose McLaughlin and Dan O'Neil (DESIGNATED MOVEMENT Co.), and Amanda Szeglowski (cakeface). She is currently working as a dancer and rehearsal director with MATYCHAK (Nathalie Matychak, artistic director) and is the creator/artistic director of AMS Project.

Kate Morales is a dancer and choreographer from Los Angeles. She holds a degree in Dance Performance from Cal Arts and has been seen on stage from Venice Beach to downtown LA, the Lower East Side to Midtown Manhattan in performances ranging from burlesque, solo work and site specific performance art. Her non-dance work can be found in print and online in GLASS Quarterly, Broadway World Dance, and xojane and xovain.