The Sporting Life: OZ Bandaloop Edition

Harboring, Two Point - Fort Mason Center, San Francisco Dancers: Rachael Lincoln, Melecio Estrella Photo Credit: Matt Haber

Harboring, Two Point – Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Dancers: Rachael Lincoln, Melecio Estrella
Photo Credit: Matt Haber

OZ Arts Nashville is bringing the innovative and internationally lauded vertical dance company BANDALOOP to the city for the Tennessee premiere of their hour-long work Harboring, in which the dancers will perform inside and outside of OZ’s elegantly minimal warehouse venue on October 10 & 11 at 7 p.m., at OZ (6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville). Tickets, $40 – $52.50, can be purchased at www.oznashville.com.

Choreographed by BANDALOOP’s Founder and Artistic Director Amelia Rudolph in collaboration with the company’s dancers, Harboring was originally staged in and around a converted military fort on the San Francisco bay in 2013. The site-specific, multi-dimensional dance moves through images of travel, memory, the fluidity of the ocean, rope craft and maritime industry. In Nashville, the work will embrace OZ’s industrial surrounds, utilizing multiple performance locations, both indoor and outdoor, and shipping containers stacked over 24ft-high. The work is evocative and immersive, engaging interactive set pieces and offering an up-close perspective of BANDALOOP’s artistry. Led by a “chorus” of local performers, the audience will be guided to three distinct performance locations, beginning outside OZ’s front door and ending with a finale inside the warehouse.

Harboring features the dancers Melecio Estrella, Jessica McKee, Courtney Moreno, Meghan Mullin, Danny Nguyen, Amelia Rudolph, Jessica Swanson, Roel Seeber and Andrew Ward. The production includes artistic direction by Amelia Rudolph; music by Gideon Freudmann, Mark Orton and Jesse Olsen Bay; and costumes by Jamielyn Duggan.

Harboring, Travelers - Fort Mason Center, San Francisco Dancers: Jessica Swanson, Roel Seeber Photo Credit: Craig Joujon Roche

Harboring, Travelers – Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Dancers: Jessica Swanson, Roel Seeber
Photo Credit: Craig Joujon Roche

Harboring was originally commissioned by Fort Mason Center Presents and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Reviewing the world premiere, The San Francisco Chronicle described the work as “entrancing” and “gently eerie and highly memorable.”

BANDALOOP activates a wide variety of public spaces, creating breathtaking works on skyscrapers, bridges and cliff landscapes; at historical sites; and in atriums, convention halls and museums, among other sites. The Boston Globe has described their vertical dance performances, of which Look Up Nashville! is an example, as “awe-inspiring and frankly beautiful.”

In advance of the Harboring performances at OZ, BANDALOOP dancers recently presented Look Up Nashville!, a site-responsive performance on a downtown Nashville skyscraper, October 6.

About Amelia Rudolph and BANDALOOP
Artistic Director Amelia Rudolph is a dynamic choreographer and performer, as well as a sought-after public speaker and an educator. She founded the Oakland-based BANDALOOP in 1991, bringing together dance, climbing and other off-the-ground movement. Rudolph holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in comparative religion from Swarthmore College and the Graduate Theological Union. She has been named an Irvine Fellow, is a multi-year recipient from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and has been awarded over 30 major grants and commissions, including, most recently, commissions from the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center, the Arts Partners in Creative Development in Canada, as part of the Cultural Olympiad and major grants from the Wattis, Irvine and American Express Foundations. Her work has been presented in twelve countries and across North America, most often in non-traditional performance settings.

BANDALOOP honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending dance. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP weaves climbing technology, dynamic physicality and intricate choreography to turn the dance floor on its side. The company re-imagines dance and inspires wonder and imagination in audiences around the world.www.BANDALOOP.org

About OZ Arts Nashville
As the first 501(c)3 contemporary arts institution in the region, the arrival of OZ Arts has begun to transform the cultural landscape of Nashville. Through a year-round program of performing and visual arts events, OZ supports the creative explorations of leading artists from around the world and inspires curious audiences of all ages. Nashville’s Ozgener family established the non-profit OZ Arts in the building that once housed their cigar company, C.A.O. Under their leadership, OZ has been transformed into a column-free, 10,000 square-foot performance and installation venue nestled amidst artfully landscaped grounds.

In addition to presenting celebrated national and international artists, OZ Arts serves as a catalyst for local creativity. Conceived by OZ Artistic Director Lauren Snelling, TNT (Thursday Night Things) is a monthly series of unexpected collaborations with Nashville-based artists from varying creative disciplines. OZ provides a platform for these artists to create, develop and present a one-time-only event that would traditionally not be seen in a visual art gallery or theatre—utilizing the vast expanse of the Grand Salon, entrance gallery and/or surrounding grounds.www.oznashville.com/