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IMPRINT

September 10 & 11, 2021

7:30pm

Artistic Director

Amberly M. Simpson

Associate and Technical Director

Joseph R. Brandt

 

Ambo Dance Theatre's adult professional Company and Apprentices present IMPRINT. This show features five new repertory works by Ambo Dance Theatre, as well as guest performances by Dance Uprising (Ann Arbor, MI) and Deno Dance Company (West Lafayette, IN). We are celebrating our first show since moving into our new space!

The Program

Nachthexen
Nachthexen

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Nachthexen
Nachthexen

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Nachthexen
Nachthexen

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Nachthexen

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1. Nachthexen

 

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Amberly M. Simpson in collaboration with the dancers

DANCERS:

Lyric Burris, Gillian Jarett, Vivian Ortego, Izzy Parks, Sofia Ritchie

MUSIC:

“Clever Old Bastard" by ROZKOL; "Rider" by Nctrnm; "Delirium" by Kai Engel


SOUND EFFECTS:

“32 Minutes of Soothing, Relaxing, Meditating World War 1 Sounds for Studying and Thinking" by The Long Youtuber


PROGRAM NOTES:

"Nachthexen" explores the history of Soviet Union’s all-female volunteer aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment and the role they played in turning the tables against the Germans in World War II. This highly successful unit earned their name from the very strategies they used that, while highly effective, were incredibly dangerous. As women were ordinarily not allowed to serve in the military at this point in history, they were provided only with bare-bones, open cockpit plywood biplanes. They flew all their missions at night without parachutes, radios, or other important gear, and, as their planes were quite loud, the only way to avoid being heard in their descent upon German encampments was by cutting their engines and coasting until they were within range to drop their bombs. The sound of the wind rushing by/through the plane produced a sound that resembled a sweeping broom, a rather eerie sound to hear right before total chaos ensues. And, thus, the scourge of the Nazis was born. But, naturally, going out on mission all night without proper gear, followed by immediately working all day has its toll.

To learn more about "The Night Witches," click here!

A Brimming Bounty
A Brimming Bounty

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A Brimming Bounty
A Brimming Bounty

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A Brimming Bounty
A Brimming Bounty

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A Brimming Bounty
A Brimming Bounty

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2. A Brimming Bounty (Excerpt)

***A Guest Film Presentation by Dance Uprising (Ann Arbor, MI)***

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Amy Cadwallader in collaboration with the dancers

PERFORMERS:

Amy Cadwallader, Nicole Heikkilä-Popkin, Elijah Lennington, Ashley Miller, Lisa Podnar

SOUND DESIGN:

Amy Cadwallader

SOURCE MUSIC:

"Crystal Bowl" by DJ Arek; "Soma" by Guspire;  "Alien" by Denzel Moiz

PROGRAM NOTES:

"A Brimming Bounty" is a love letter to the state of Michigan and a call to wake up.

ABOUT DANCE UPRISING:

Dance Uprising works collaboratively to create unique dance pieces that speak to current societal influences, in/equality, and change.

DanceUprising.com

IG: @DanceUprising

FB: /DanceUprisingAnnArbor

Neither Distract Nor Disrupt
Neither Distract Nor Disrupt

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Neither Distract Nor Disrupt
Neither Distract Nor Disrupt

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Neither Distract Nor Disrupt
Neither Distract Nor Disrupt

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Neither Distract Nor Disrupt
Neither Distract Nor Disrupt

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3. Neither Distract Nor Disrupt

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Amberly M. Simpson in collaboration with the dancers

DANCERS:

Lyric Burris, Gillian Jarett, Vivian Ortego, Izzy Parks, Sofia Ritchie

MUSIC:

"Rust Colony" by ROZKOL; "Relent" by Kevin MacLeod

 

SOURCE AUDIO:

"Myth of Myself" by Alan Watts

SOURCE TEXT:

All of the material recited, both in the voiceovers and by the dancers themselves, were statements that the dancers had themselves been told while in the process of being "dress coded" by their schools.

VOICEOVERS:

Zachary Haley, Amberly M. Simpson, Joe Welsh


PROGRAM NOTES:  

Dress codes have been a long-debated piece of our primary and secondary school culture. While proponents say that they help keep the focus on learning and coach youth on how to dress appropriately in a professional setting, critics point to empirical evidence that document the negative impacts on body image, self-esteem, and, by extension, learning outcomes that disproportionately impact young girls and women. The outfits the dancers are wearing in this piece are also outfits that each of the dancers has been "dress-coded" in by their respective schools. Every statement that is spoken by the dancers or present in a voiceover is something that the dancers have heard recited to them in the context of teachers and administrators "dress-coding" them personally. These stories and statements are, by no means, isolated incidences or uncommon. Where do you lie in the debate?

PAUSE
The previous piece was a little messy, so we'll need a short moment to clean up for you!

Carnival of the Aminals
Carnival of the Aminals

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Carnival of the Aminals
Carnival of the Aminals

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Carnival of the Aminals
Carnival of the Aminals

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4. Carnival of the Aminals (Excerpt #2)

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Joseph R. Brandt and Amberly M. Simpson

DANCERS:

Joseph R. Brandt and Amberly M. Simpson

MUSIC:

“Wild Asses" by Camille Saint-Saens; "Snakes and Waterfalls" by Nick Shoulders

PROGRAM NOTES:

"Carnival of the Aminals" (yes, we did spell that intentionally incorrectly) is a collaborative exploration of comedy in dance between Ambo's Artistic and Associate Director! The initial inspiration came from composer Camille Saint-Saens' musical suite Carnival of the Animals, one of the songs of which is featured in this performance! What is this piece exactly? Don't know yet! But we'll figure it out eventually! In the meantime, enjoy our excerpts as we piece together this new and unknown *thing* over the next two years before taking the full piece on tour in the summer of 2023!

***Excerpts of "Carnival of the Aminals" have been performed for the Louisville Fringe, The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, and as a preview for The Allegro Project!***

INTERMISSION

Beautiful Caricatures
Beautiful Caricatures

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Beautiful Caricatures
Beautiful Caricatures

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Beautiful Caricatures
Beautiful Caricatures

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5. Beautiful Caricatures

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Amberly M. Simpson

MUSIC:

"Sanza Waves" by John Bartman; "The Hymn of Acxiom" by Vienna Teng

TEXT:

"Before the Bones Show" by Amberly M. Simpson


DANCERS:

Deidre Canada, MAC, Sofia Ritchie, Rylan Truman, Sheila Zeng

CANDLE BEARERS:

Lyric Burris, Gillian Jarett, Vivian Ortego, Izzy Parks


PROGRAM NOTES:

"Beautiful Caricatures" explores the phenomenon of how we idealize people after their death, turning them into beautiful caricatures of themselves. In doing so, we bring ourselves peace and comfort, but do we not also simultaneously rob people of their complexity, their nuances, and their humanity? What is the cost of only remembering the good?

Dedicated to the life and memory of Robert David Simpson

December 23, 1949 - December 3, 2019

PAUSE
The previous piece was a little messy, so we'll need a short moment to clean up for you!

Ripple Repercussion
Ripple Repercussion

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Ripple Repercussion
Ripple Repercussion

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Ripple Repercussion

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6. Ripple Repercussion (Excerpt)

***A Guest Film Presentation by Deno Dance Company (West Lafayette, IN)***

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Nina Deno and dancers

DANCERS:

Brianna Dexter, Kayla Marvel, Andrea Ridge, Tara Wrobel and Rachel Yurek 

MUSIC:

"Silence" by Kai Engel

PROGRAM NOTES:

"Ripple Repercussions" is an excerpt from a larger piece exploring the dynamics of water movement. The movement explores the juxtaposition  of calm and chaos inspired by Pokegama Lake in Northern Minnesota. Special thanks to the Tippecanoe Arts Federation for the use of their gallery space for the filming venue.

ABOUT DENO DANCE COMPANY:

Deno Dance Company is a contemporary modern dance company established in 2017 and located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Under the direction of Nina Deno, Deno Dance Company brings an authentic dance experience by creating engaging and empowering movement works driven by social and human experiences.

denodancecompany.com

IG: @denodancecompany

The Shape of Its Container
The Shape of Its Container

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The Shape of Its Container
The Shape of Its Container

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The Shape of Its Container
The Shape of Its Container

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7. The Shape of Its Container

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Amberly M. Simpson in collaboration with the dancers

MUSIC:

"Denouement" by Kai Engel; "Remedy for Melancholy" by Kai Engel; "Tick Tick Boom" by John Bartman; "Blown Wide Worlds" by John Bartman


DANCERS:

Deidre Canada, MAC, Sofia Ritchie, Rylan Truman, Sheila Zeng

"THE COLONIZER" CAMEO:

Joseph R. Brandt


PROGRAM NOTES:

"The Shape of Its Container" explores the contradictions in how we, as a human species, experience and make use of water.  Water is often used as a force for creating division. Rivers become borders for states and countries, giant oceans separate countries and continents from one another.  Bodies of water and the geographic landscape of water physically divides us and we artificially impose a sense of "otherness" for those who exist on the other side of that divide. On the flip-side, water is what unites us inherently, making up the majority of our body's composition.  It is one of the most essential elements of our survival, our evolution, our health.  We are all connected through water.

FIN
Thank you for sharing this experience with us!