WEST WAVE DANCE FESTIVAL THURSDAY APRIL 4 AT JOE GOODE ANNEX (purchase tickets)
Prahelika will start of the piece by portraying the powerful, yet calm goddess Devi, where she brings happiness, and joy to everyone. Happiness is also inter-related with the change in weather. As Spring onsets, everyone around is happy. As the beautiful flowers bloom, the trees grow, the animals come out to dance, women are walking around the street, playing with one another, lovers get reunited and it's such a bliss to watch the entire scene. The piece concludes with, no matter what the weather is like, everyone should be happy, friendship is what prevails above everything else. Forego war and enmity, discover your inner self and spread the joy and happiness, which can very much be related to the current scenario."
Amy + Hannah Wasielewski are two sisters that make dances together. Their current work explores cowboys in relationship to personal, ancestral, and collective healing.
In Irene Hsi’s work, three performers engage in embodied investigation on questions of perception, race, gender, and social-political liminality. This will be a work-in-progress performed by Erin Yen, Liselle Yap, and Irene Hsi, with artistic support from Belinda He.
"Struggling to Maintain..." explores the core of residence in an original dance-theater work by OOMPH Dance Theater’s director Zackary Forcum.
“After the Lullabies” is an interdisciplinary performance piece directed by Dawn Frank Holtan. It is a non-linear work rooted in dance and merged with spoken word, live sound, and movement. The piece looks at the unpredictability and chaos that inevitably happens after we’ve been lulled to sleep.
Prahelika Rajagopalan is the artistic director of Lasva Fine Arts in California. She has then been learning this beautiful art under her guru Dr. Sujatha Mohan and completed her MFA in Bharatanatyam from Sastra University under the guidance of Dr. Padma Subramaniam. She is currently learning under Guru Smt. Vidhya Subramanian in California.
Amy Wasielewski moved to San Francisco in January 2016. She began creating performances with her sister, Hannah and has been deeply influenced by the history of experimental dance and performance in the city. In the summer of 2017, she completed her bachelor’s degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she combined her academic work with performance. She also studied energy healing at the Academy of Intuition Medicine®. Energetic, spiritual, academic, and political perspectives continue to shape her dance practice. Hannah Wasielewski is a dancer, performer, arts organizer, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist based in San Francisco, CA. In the Bay Area, she makes work with her sister, Amy, and has performed with Sara Shelton Mann, Kinetech Arts, Sam Stone, and Sara Kraft/ KraftyWorks. Her dance work has taken her abroad, most recently to Berlin with FAKE Company under the leadership of Kathleen Hermesdorf.
Irene Hsi's work explores questions of identity and community through embodiment. Other artists she has had the pleasure of working with include Michelle Boulé, Jill Sigman/thinkdance, Anneke Hansen, Emily Beattie, Caitlin Corbett, E.K.K.O Dance Collective, Ming Wong, Allyson Green, and the experimental theater company, The Nerve Tank. Irene is currently a 2019 Lead Artist Resident at SAFEhouse for the Arts.
OOMPH Dance Theater is a project-based company led by Zackary Forcum. OOMPH creates work at the crossroads of movement and narrative, employing performance as a societal-mirror. OOMPH is in residence with SAFEhouse Art’s Lead Artist Cohort and has been featured in the National Queer Arts Festival, SPF11, and RAWdance’s Concept Series. www.zforcum.com
Recipient of the 2018 Della Davidson Prize, Dawn Frank Holtan is a dance theater artist who creates collaboratively. Her work is interdisciplinary, blending nonlinear stories with raw movement and live sound. An Oakland native and Bard College graduate, her training includes community theater, ballet, Graham, Cunningham, Limon, Release, Contact Improvisation, and more. Former co-director of Frank and Bryan Dance, her early work was described as “poignant and unpretentious.” Her work has toured the greater Bay Area, New York City and upstate New York, and abroad in Italy and New Zealand.