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TWO-WAY MIRROR

March 18, 2022

7pm

Artistic Director

Amberly M. Simpson

Associate and Technical Director

Joseph R. Brandt

 

Ambo Dance Theatre is kicking off their 2022 season with their mixed-bill production Two-Way Mirror: A NACHMO Production. This show features eleven new works of choreography created by members at all levels of Ambo Dance Theatre’s company: Directors, Company Members, Apprentices, and Junior Company dancers. Each of these works was created as part of the National Choreography Month January Challenge where choreographers are tasked with creating a new piece of choreography using a series of daily prompts for inspiration and movement generation.

The Program

What You Don't See
What You Don't See

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What You Don't See
What You Don't See

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What You Don't See
What You Don't See

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1. What You Don't See

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Sheila Zeng

 

DANCERS: 

Joseph R. Brandt, Heather Moran, Vivian Ortego, Amberly M. Simpson

 

MUSIC: 

“Mundane” by HoliznaCC0; “Airflow” by Bio Unit

 

VOICEOVER: 

Candace Kresse

 

SOURCE TEXT: 

Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection by Brené Brown

 

PROGRAM NOTES: 

"What You Don't See" explores how we navigate vulnerability in a society that constantly demands us to code switch between various spaces and contexts. It invites audiences to explore the question of “why do we show a different side of ourselves to others instead of our ‘normal’ selves?”, in order to take a deeper look at their relationship to vulnerability.

WALLZ
WALLZ

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WALLZ
WALLZ

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2. WALLZ

***Content Warning - this piece contains a single loud vocalization (scream) that may cause distress to some. Earplugs can be found for free at the merch table!***

CHOREOGRAPHY: 

Linsey Gessner

 

DANCERS: 

Rylan Cole, Carly Hay, Aila Kolehmainen, Eszti Krizsan, Mallory McCoy, Helena Smith-Pohl, Arie Washington

 

SOUND DESIGN:

Linsey Gessner

 

SOURCE AUDIO AND SOUND EFFECTS: 

alquimista 4433; Outdoor Therapy; Sonoquilibrium; Sound SFX; Nature Sounds TV

 

VOICEOVERS: 

Linsey Gessner and The Dancers

 

PROGRAM NOTES: 

“WALLZ” takes a close examination of our understanding of, and relationship to, the word “home,” especially in the context of freedom vs. security. What is the difference between a house and home? What does it mean to be homeless? To what extent is our relationship with others built upon, and also hindered by, the protections and barriers that constitute a home? Through an exploration of these questions, this piece invites audiences to reexamine their relationship to the walls, both physical and metaphorical, that we find ourselves returning to. This piece comes as a continuation of Linsey’s work with this concept that she initially workshopped with Ambo Dance Theatre in November of 2021.

the flower and the sun
the flower and the sun

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the flower and the sun
the flower and the sun

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the flower and the sun
the flower and the sun

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3. the flower and the sun

 

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Sofia Ritchie

 

DANCERS: 

Allesandra Day, Izzy Parks

 

MUSIC: 

“Jauntiness” and “Introitus” by Dee Yan-Key

 

PROGRAM NOTES: 

“the flower and the sun” explores the nuances of intimacy, particularly in women’s relationships, whether platonic or romantic. Driven by the observation of how socialization encourages women, both through words and physical actions such as hugging, to be more nurturing toward one another than men, this piece asks audiences to take a deeper look at the relationships in their lives, and how the unconscious messaging of their upbringing may influence how they handle the people closest to them today.

Scream in D Major
Scream in D Major

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Scream in D Major
Scream in D Major

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Scream in D Major
Scream in D Major

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4. Scream in D Major

***Content Warning - this piece contains loud vocalizations (screams) that may cause distress to some. Earplugs can be found for free at the merch table!***

CHOREOGRAPHY: 

Amberly M. Simpson

 

DANCERS: 

Zoe Huguley, Candace Kresse, MAC, Heather Moran, Vivian Ortego, Sofia Ritchie, Rylan Truman, Sheila Zeng

 

MUSIC: 

“Music to Drive By” by Alan Moorhouse; “Ominous Things” by Joseph R. Brandt

 

PROGRAM NOTES: 

“Scream in D Major” was created as a reflection of the frustration and angst that many of us have experienced over the past two years of the pandemic. The piece sets the dancers in a waiting room-type space and reflects their internal monologues, all the while the atmosphere around them remaining unchanged and their feelings unacknowledged, a sort of screaming into the void. While this piece is not about the pandemic persay, it zooms out on the past two years in order to focus in on one of the most frustrating components that has driven much of our anxiety: the feeling of constantly waiting for answers, clarity, and an understanding for how to move forward.

Happiness in the Presence of Others
Happiness in the Presence of Others

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Happiness in the Presence of Others
Happiness in the Presence of Others

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Happiness in the Presence of Others
Happiness in the Presence of Others

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5. Happiness in the Presence of Others

 

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Semaiah Robertson

 

DANCERS:

Madalyn Durst, Evie Feldkamp, Mia Henry, Arnela Jasarevic

 

MUSIC: 

“Mass (Re-Imagined)” by Phoria

 

PROGRAM NOTES: 

Through a constantly shifting landscape of solos and unison work, “Happy in the Presence of Others” explores the challenges that come from being codependent on the presence of others to find joy in our lives. In doing so, it asks the audience to examine their relationship with themselves. Are you able to sit with yourself and find the same joy that you source from your relationships?

On the Outside
On the Outside

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On the Outside
On the Outside

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On the Outside
On the Outside

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6. On the Outside

CHOREOGRAPHY:

MAC

 

DANCERS: 

Evie Feldkamp, Linsey Gessner, Candace Kresse, MAC, Vivian Ortego

 

MUSIC: 

“Sisyphus” by Evan Schaeffer; “So Much Pain” by Tricky Diesel

 

PROGRAM NOTES: 

 "On the Outside" explores the facades we wear in life, and how those masks reinforce disconnection with ourselves and each other. Join the dancers as they search for community and connection "on the outside" of the mask.

Balancing Act
Balancing Act

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7. Balancing Act

CHOREOGRAPHY AND DANCERS:

Rachel Bucio Grote and Amberly M. Simpson

 

MUSIC: 

“Expansion” by Ihsan & The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; “Enchanted Journey” by Kevin MacLeod

 

PROGRAM NOTES: 

“Balancing Act” brings to light the realities women face in their roles as career women and wives, academics and mothers. It lays bare the impossible bind that women find themselves in when the identities and titles that they carry are perceived as being in conflict with one another. This perceived conflict of identity can lead to an impossible predicament for women, resulting in the denial of their human nuances, and the overall derogation of women in a society that still clings to outdated notions of feminine roles, competence, and power.

Inertia
Inertia

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Inertia
Inertia

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Inertia
Inertia

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8. Inertia

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Helena Smith-Pohl

 

DANCERS:

Madalyn Durst, Carly Hay, Dakota Houghton, Arnela Jasarevic, Aila Kolehmainen, Eszti Krizsan

 

SOUND DESIGN: 

Helena Smith-Pohl

 

MUSIC:

“Can’t Feel My Head” by Unheard Music Concepts

 

SOUND EFFECTS: 

Archil Zambakhidze; SoundSoSoothing; Relax24

 

PROGRAM NOTES:

“Inertia” reflects on the difficulty of isolation, and the challenges of reconnecting with others after prolonged periods without social contact.  The dance draws inspiration from everyday sounds, showcasing the way we experience them differently when we are confined to stillness vs. living at our full activity level. In these current COVID-driven times especially, it’s hard navigating the challenges of shutting down our lives and then opening them back up again, constantly slaloming back and forth. This piece invites audiences to process through some of the resulting emotional weight of the ongoing pandemic, and serves as a reminder that, no matter how isolated we may feel, we are not alone in our struggles.

Carnival of the Aminals (Part 3)
Carnival of the Aminals (Part 3)

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9. Carnival of the Aminals (Part Three)

 

CHOREOGRAPHY AND DANCERS:

Joseph R. Brandt and Amberly M. Simpson

 

MUSIC:

“Carnival of the Animals: No. 7 Aquarium” by Camille Saint-Saëns; “Romantic Moment” by Tony Hoagland

 

PROGRAM NOTES: 
The “Carnival of the Aminals” (yes, that is intentionally misspelled) series began in the summer of 2021 as an exploration of comedy in dance, as well as a desire to combat the stereotype that modern dance always has to be heavy or serious in subject matter. This third segment to the saga continues to take inspiration from composer Camille Saint-Saens musical suite Carnival of the Animals while also incorporating the witty poetry of the late poet Tony Hoagland. Other excerpts of “Carnival of the Aminals” have been featured at Kentucky Shakespeare’s Dance in the City event as part of their Summer Festival, the Louisville Fringe Festival, and Ambo Dance Theatre’s production of Imprint. Ultimately each of these excerpts will form an evening length work that will be taken on tour in the Summer and Fall of 2023!

The Art of Joy In Grief
The Art of Joy In Grief

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The Art of Joy In Grief
The Art of Joy In Grief

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The Art of Joy In Grief
The Art of Joy In Grief

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10. The Art of Joy In Grief

CHOREOGRAPHY: 

Heather Moran

 

DANCERS:

Joseph R. Brandt, Allesandra Day, Madalyn Durst, Izzy Parks, Sofia Ritchie, Amberly M. Simpson

MUSIC: 

“Heartbeat Sounds from Grandfather Clock” by The Kokorebee Sun; “Behold My Servant” by Austin Stone Worship

 

PROGRAM NOTES: 

"The Art of Joy in Grief" is an exploration into the perception of grief, its causes, the way we carry it, and how we can allow it to transform, grow, and heal us. It also plays with the concept of the interconnected yet isolated nature of grief and the unique way that we all experience it in some form but must ultimately walk it alone. The dance invites the audience to examine and connect with the grief in their own lives and inspire them towards acceptance and healing.

Candle in a Crowd
Candle in a Crowd

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Candle in a Crowd
Candle in a Crowd

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Candle in a Crowd
Candle in a Crowd

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11. Candle in a Crowd

CHOREOGRAPHY:

 Arie Washington

 

DANCERS:

Allesandra Day, Heather Moran, Sofia Ritchie, Rylan Truman, Sheila Zeng

 

MUSIC:

“Hairy Fairy Hotaruna” by Monroeville; “Behind Our Efforts, Let There Be Found Our Efforts” by LG17; “Finding Light” by Xylo-Ziko

 

PROGRAM NOTES: 

"Candle in the Crowd" exposes audiences to the false assumption and portrayal of introverts. It explores the effects of harmful stereotypes- that introverts are defined as unsocial people who live in solitude- and what life really is like being introverted in a world catered towards extraverts. It invites the audience to broaden their horizon as they listen to the inner monologues of events that happen in daily life from the perspective of introverted minds.

FIN
Thank you for sharing this experience with us!

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WHAT'S NEW WITH AMBO?!
 

Auditions

We are excited to be auditioning dancers for our upcoming production of 
Kids These Days, an original modern dance production exploring the unique and intersectional challenges of growing up in the 21st century.

We are seeking performers to join our...
Community Ensemble
Junior Company
Professional Company


March 30, 2022

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Classes at Ambo

We offer a variety of classes designed for dancers of all body types, skill levels, backgrounds, etc. Classes are designed for dancers ages teen through adult with at least a minimal movement background. Come and join us for class!

 

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Upcoming Performances

We are thrilled to have a full summer season of performances coming your way!

April 23 - National Water Dance @ The Big Four Bridge
June 2 - Bon Air Library
June 16 - Northeast Regional Library
June 26 - Main Library
July 2 - Fairdale Library
July 16 - "Syncopations" @ The Ambo Studio
July 23 - Southwest Regional Library
August 5 - Portland Library
August 19 & 20 - Kids These Days @ Art Sanctuary

And many, many more!






 

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