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JOIN US FOR FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES APRIL 15-16 IN OAKLAND, CA
BANDALOOP will present its latest large scale vertical dance work LOOM:FIELD which brings together a collection of performing artists, regenerative textile artists, a sustainable strategist, and creative riggers to interweave ancestral weaving mythologies and traditional techniques of fabric creation with the ecological and social impacts of a globalized textile industry.
Choreography for LOOM:FIELD was developed by Artistic Director Melecio Estrella and the BANDALOOP dancers Jose Abad, Becca Dean, Rose Huey, Sarah Keeney, Courtney Moreno, Wailana Simcock, and Samuel-Melecio Zambrano. Collaborators include ninth-generation Nigerian weaver and costume designer IB Bayo, theater artist Chibueze Crouch, vocalist Destani Wolf, composer Ben Juodvalkis, lighting designer Jim French, and sustainability strategist Catherine Botrill.
The result of this multi-layered collaboration is an evening of dance theater featuring spoken word, vertical dance, fabric manipulation, film segments, and original music. As vertical dance is a form that relies on state-of-the-science woven nylon climbing ropes, LOOM:FIELD locates BANDALOOP’s core technical framework in a textile lineage.
🗓️ 3 FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES Friday, April 15 @8pm Saturday April 16 @5pm*** & 8pm 📍 Location: 441 West Grand, Uptown Oakland
***Sat. April 16th 5pm show is a family-friendly performance featuring opening set by Alphabet Rockers. Live Audio Description and Haptic Access Tour by Gabriele Christian of Gravity Access Services for visually impaired audience members. Haptic Access Tour begins at 4:00pm. Please call 760-957-5564 to pre-register and reserve a headset.ASL provided through Urban Jazz Dance Company's Access Services.
No tickets required. The street below the performances, Grand Avenue, will be closed to traffic, offering seated and picnic viewing areas. Pro Tip: Bring blankets and camping chairs to enjoy the performance!
Did you know that we offer workshops for both youth (age 9+) and adults at our home studio in West Oakland? Education is one of our core pillars, and our experienced teachers celebrate a culture of safety while supporting the thrill of flight. We welcome learners of all ages, genders, and bloodlines. We create access to our vertical dance workshops for economically diverse communities, and work-study and scholarship positions are granted throughout the year.
We are also thrilled to bring back our mountain dance workshop this summer, June 21-24! BANDALOOP was founded in the Sierras 30 years ago and the mountains have since been our longest collaborator and oldest dance partner. Join us for 3 days of dancing on magnificent cliffs and being inspired by the wilderness. It will be unlike any dance workshop you’ve done before!
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