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When does plastic become dust?
DUST: Permutations on the Unknown
By Choreographer Deborah Brockus
In collaboration with visual artist Richelle Gribble
composers Peter Askrim Composer and Zac Greenberg
Ivy Substation Theater, Culver City
9070 Venice Blvd., in Culver City 90232
Three performances + Sustainable Fair only July 5-7
Deborah Brockus, director of BrockusRED, has choreographed DUST: Permutations of the Unknown In collaboration with visual artist Richelle Gribble, and composers Peter Askrim and Zac Greenberg for three performances at Ivy Substation Theater, 9070 Venice Blvd., in Culver City 90232 for
three performances only July 5 and 6 at 8:00p.m. and July 7 at 2:00p.m. The performances are accompanied by a Sustainability Plastic Replacement Fair with leading companies and organizations at the Ivy. Brockus follows performances on DUST with Women Rising: Choreography from the Female Perspective at Ford Theatres on August 16.
DUST is a dance multimedia work exploring the patterns in nature and humanity of our time with a focus on the monster of plastic of our own creation that is overtaking the ocean, and eventually our species. Annually, four to twelve million metric tons of plastic enter oceans enough to cover every foot of coastline. Every minute we make plastic one million bags; the amount of oil it takes to drive a car a mile, is the same amount to make just 14 bags. Americans alone use 100 billion bags per year: 12 million gallons of oil. Time Magazine said that “Americans eat and inhale over 70,000 plastic particles each year.”
DUST starts as its base historical writing of ancient and past civilizations to create a different perspective on the current crisis of environmental loss. The work asks these questions: Are we the keepers or rulers of earth? Is our hubris is leading to our destruction? What and how quickly can we learn about our place in the ecology to change our fate?
“Inspiration and lessons from our natural environment have influenced mankind since our beginning,” said Brockus. “In 1686 Isaac Newton presented this third law of motion: for every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction. No system in the natural world works in isolation or is unique -- energy and matter do not disappear but rather reform.
I am creating DUST to be an uplifting journey through nature on earth and human thought with a focus of the laws and patterns found in nature and the ability to recover recycle and heal. We know that the earth will be fine in the long run – but if humans want to survive we will need to make some changes fast.
Fri 5 8pm - Sat 6th 8pm - Sun 7th 2pm 8pm
at Ivy Substation Theater 9070 Venice Blvd., in Culver City 90232
Visual Artist Richelle Gribble
Richelle Gribble is a multidisciplinary artist exploring planetary connectivity. Her work examines networks and systems-based investigations to reflect the ways human impact, technology, and environment interact and evolve. She is a represented artist with Jonathan Ferrara Gallery exhibiting worldwide. She has had solo shows in Los Angeles, New York, Japan, and international orbit around Earth etched on satellites and aboard rockets. She has exhibited at renowned art fairs including Art Market San Francisco, Texas Contemporary, and Miami Project and had her artwork illuminated on a LED screen in Times Square NYC.
A strong advocate for bridging art and science, Gribble leads collaborations across industries with exhibitions at rocket companies, arboretums, bio-laboratories, hospitals, airports, and outer space. She founded The Nook Gallery, a gallery devoted to highlighting artists merging science, art, and technology. She is a curator and board member for FEMMEBIT, an art and technology festival celebrating women in video and new media as well as co-coordinates Byte of Science, a monthly lecture series uniting artists and scientists in Los Angeles, CA. Work presented in a TEDxTrousdale talk “What is our Role within a Networked Society?” and published in The Creator’s Project, The Atlantic, Artillery Magazine, and VICE.
Composer Peter Askim
Active as a composer, conductor and bassist, Peter Askim is the Artistic Director of the Next Festival of Emerging Artists and the conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, as well as Director of Orchestral Activities at North Carolina State University. He was previously Music Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble and taught theory and composition.
A dedicated champion of the music of our time, he has premiered numerous works, including works by composers Richard Danielpour, Nico Muhly, Aaron Jay Kernis and Christopher Theofanidis, and has collaborated with such artists as the Miró String Quartet, Matt Haimovitz, Vijay Iyer, Jeffrey Zeigler, Nadia Sirota, and Sō Percussion. As a composer, he has been called a “Modern Master” by The Strad and has had commissions and performances from such groups as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, Cantus Ansambl Zagreb and the American Viola Society, as well as by performers such as ETHEL, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, flutist/conductor Ransom Wilson and violinist Timothy Fain.
Mr. Askim is the founder and Artistic Director of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, a summer festival dedicated to cultivating the next generation of performers and composers. Focusing on the music of living composers, the festival artists frequently perform World Premieres and collaborate closely with prominent composers on performances of their works.
Led by Mr. Askim, The Next Festival has received numerous grants and awards for performances of American music, adventurous programming and educational outreach since its inception in 2013. In conjunction with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis and Tony-nominated choreographer Christopher D’Amboise, Mr. Askim founded the Next Festival Composer and Composer/Choreographer workshops, connecting early-career performers, composers and choreographers in an innovative and highly collaborative laboratory for the creation of new works.
Composer Zac Greenberg
Zac was born in Durango, CO after which he moved around the country. A large portion of his younger years were spent in New York City giving him opportunities and exposure to music unlike anywhere else. Out side of his enrollment in various music schools, Zac has studied with Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Fareed Haque, Bobby Vega, Marc Ribot, Chris Wood, John Patitucci, Larry Grenadiar, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Victor Wooten,and many others.
From 2006-2008 Zac attended Idyllwild Arts Academy. While in California he had the privilege to study with: Marshal Hawkins, Stanley Clarke, John Clayton,and Paul Carman. In 2008-2010 Zac enrolled in University of North Carolina Wilmington studying with Stevie Bailey and Joe Chambers.
In 2008 Zac and a group of friends started the Almost Holden Collective (AHC). AHC is a multi-media collective focused on cross media collaboration. In 2013 AHC opened a physical space at 2821 Ocean Park, Santa Monica, CA. With its store front, art gallery, music venue, movie theater, recording studio, post production films, dark room, and print in design lab for shirts cds, dvds, bluerays and more, the space is capable of catering to a variety of artistic endeavors and mediums.
From 2010-2013 Zac studied at NYU affording him the opportunity to study with: Drew Gress, Wayne Krantz, Joe Lavano, Stefon Harris, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Jean-Michel Pilc, Mike Richmond, Martin Wind, Ralph Alessi, Rich Shemaria, Dave Pietro, Brad Shepik, Billy Drewes, Tony Moreno, and Andy Milne.
In 2015 Zac co-founded the non-profit Musicians for Health (musiciansforhealth.org) with Joyce Elkus. The 501c3s mission is to create a platform for artists to help cure disease through awareness, fundraising, and sound. Since its founding it has become active across the country as well as international.
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