Sept 18 - 19 2015
Mascher Space CooperativeMap
1,000 Ping Pong Balls, 5 performers, and a few pots and pans . . . Boing! is an exploration of bouncing and swirling movement and sound, created as a fusion of music, dance, performance, and installation. A kinesthetically playful and aurally rich experience, Boing! delivers a visually stunning and sonic experience.
$10 / 45 minutes
Vervet Dance is a Philadelphia based contemporary dance company, which under the direction of dancer/choreographer Loren Groenendaal often includes multi-disciplinary collaborations. For “Boing!,” Groenendaal is working in collaboration with experimental percussionist Flandrew Fleisenberg. Together, they are finding the fascinating, fun, and holistic intersection of sound and movement. Flandrew Fleisenberg and Loren Groenendaal have been actively collaborating since 2011. Their performance highlights include Philly Fringe Festival 2014, Green Space Blooms in Queens, Sonorium in Salem, MA, Frantasia in Maine, and the Biennial of Performance and Sound Art in Acton, MA. They create set works and perform free and structured improvisations. Applying an experimental approach to their performances, they transcend boundaries between the mediums of dance, music, and visual arts and explore the limits of materials and performance venues. Boing! is their first composed evening length collaboration together. In addition to their performing, they have hosted a monthly improvisational music and and dance performance series, H-O-T Series of Philadelphia for over 2 years. Flandrew Fleisenberg plays percussion on an ever changing assortment of ephemera coaxing texture and tone both familiar and bizarre. Attentive to room resonance, ambience and collaborator, Fleisenberg playfully utilizes sound and presence to explore space, time, and relationships. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) with a focus in conceptual art, he is musically self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own. Gordon Marshall, the poet laureate of the Boston Free Improvisation music scene once said “Marcel Duchamp: Funny phony. Flandrew Fleisenberg: Einstein of drums.” Loren Groenendaal is a dancer, improviser, choreographer, movement educator, curator, and program coordinator. Groenendaal is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and holds an MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in Dance and Visual Arts from Oberlin College. Loren is particularly interested in designing human-made dances that connect to themes from nature, investigating the community building possibilities of live art, and the spectrum between improvisation and composition. Loren currently dances with Swarthmore’s Balinese Gamelan Semara Santi and the new improvisational group, Graffito Works. Jonathan Stein, thINKing Dance labelled her “a playful interrogator of ideas and sensations” in response to her evening length work, colorFULL in 2014. Joining Fleisenberg and Groenendaal in the performance of “Boing!” are dancers Sean Thomas Boyt, Jenny Roe Sawyer, and Elizabeth Weinstein. Completing the work, Katherine Kiefer Stark is operating and designing the lighting.