Saturday, February 15, 2014

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place - February 15th 2014

Dixon Place presents...

"Salon Lounge at Dixon Place"

a monthly showcase of performance/literature/film-video by women

an International Women Artists’ Salon series

Saturday, 15 February 2014 ~ Host: April Ranger

Historical Woman Artist Honoree: Victorine Louise Meurent (February 18, 1844 – March 17, 1927) was a French painter and a famous model for painters. Although she is best known nowadays as the favourite model of Édouard Manet, she also was an artist in her own right, who regularly exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon. In 1876 her paintings were selected for inclusion at the Salon's juried exhibition, when Manet's work was not.

Dance: Movement of the People Dance Company

Her Veiled Reflections

Her Veiled Reflections explores the secrets women keep and carry. It investigates how secrets shape the ways women move through their lives and view themselves and each other. As an evening length piece it included a dynamic dialogue between movement, live music, and anonymous contributors who have dared to share their secrets in writing. Watch women unite and empower each other across culture, class, religion, and age. Witness how secrets can be transformed from what keeps us separate into what keeps us connected. The excerpt variation of Her Veiled Reflections created for IWAS is performed by Sam Garvin, Joya Powell and Candace Tabbs.

Founded in 2005 by Joya T. Powell, Movement of the People Dance Company is dedicated to unearthing historic and present sociocultural issues and addressing them through the healing elements of dance. The company is comprised of dancers from diverse multicultural backgrounds and international experiences. In the past seven years MOPDC has performed in various celebrated dance festivals and venues including: Amnesty International's Human Rights Art Festival (Maryland), City Parks Dance, ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival, Riverside Theatre, Huntington Arts Festival (Long Island), Dance New Amsterdam, The FLEA Theater, Hammerstein Ballroom, The TANK, Evoke’s Celebrate Dance Festival (San Diego), COOL NY Dance Festival,The Outlet Dance Festival (New Jersey), WAXworks, and BAAD!. MOPDC recently completed their first Artist-in-Residence at The Performance Project @ University Settlement, successfully performing their culminating evening length performance: Her Veiled Reflections.

Video: Tricia Sellmer

Erased, by Canadian multi-media artist Tricia Sellmer; Aganetha Dyck: thesis mentor; Tony McHale: photographer; Bill Green: editor. One part of a video and thesis series to educate the world about who Victorine Meurent really was as a person and artist.

Tricia Sellmer is a multi-layered, multi-medium Canadian artist and art sleuth. She probes hidden and obscure narratives, often with a focus on the domestic lives of women and in particular those lives that have been silenced. Her work hangs in public and private collections throughout North America and Europe. &

Aganetha Dyck, whose work can be found in a number of prestigious museums, is known for her transformation of commonplace objects such as shoes, buttons and figurines into things which are simultaneously metaphysical, delicate and sometime humorous. In 2007 Aganetha Dyck won the Canadian Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council Arts Award of Distinction.

Literature: Kay Williams
Work in Progress: Letters Home: Were We Ever that Young?

Work in Progress: Letters Home: Were We Ever that Young? Hilarious, heart-breaking and hair-raising adventures of Kay, 22, and Eileen, 25, who arrived in NYC in 1956, with stars in their eyes and big dreams of success. Kay will read an excerpt from the completed manuscript (as yet unpublished), From Russia, with Murder, a thriller by Kay and Eileen Wyman. Eileen, Kay’s writing partner, muse, and partner in life sadly passed away on Sept. 6, 2013. Kay dedicates tonight to her incredible spirit, wit, and will

Kay Williams, a professional actress for many years, began a second career as an editor and author, teaming up with comedy writer Eileen Wyman to write Butcher of Dreams, an award-winning thriller about the theater. They went on to write From Russia, With Murder: filmmakers compete in perestroika’s Leningrad, against the chaotic backdrop of a disintegrating Russia.

Theater: LezCab

Performances by Jami Leigh Howard and Corynne Peters. Music director/accompanist: Julianne B. Merill. LezCab is produced by Rachel Kundstadt and Teresa Lotz

LezCab, the only cabaret series by, for, and about queer women is back- and it's going to be better than ever! This year, LezCab will be moving to the upstairs cabaret bar at the historic Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern Gay Rights movement. The first cabaret of the year will be Sunday, February 16, 2014, 6:30PM at the Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher St., New York, NY, 10014). Doors open at 6:00PM. This month's event will feature songs from beloved musicals including Next to Normal, Once, The Sound of Music, 42nd Street, and more!

Rachel Kunstadt is a librettist/lyricist originally from Westchester, NY. She holds a bachelors degree from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, with a concentration in Musical Theatre as a Representation of The American Dream. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at New York University-Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program as a librettist/lyricist (Cycle 23). Rachel is the producer ofBroadway Sings for PKD, an annual benefit concert that raises money for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. She is a proud co-founder and co-producer of LezCab. Rachel is a member of The Dramatists Guild. She resides in Manhattan with her shih tzu, Bernie.

Julianne works as a Music Director/Pianist and Sound designer in NYC. Her most recent projects include Music Directing Blood Brothers at Astoria Performing Arts Center, Parade and A Man of No Importance at The Gallery Players and Mother Divine at NYMF. She has sound designed at The Gallery Players, Columbia University, and Ghostlight at NYMF, among others. Julianne is thrilled to be working with the LezCab and the Stonewall Inn. Her next project will be Music Directing and re-orchestrating Allegro this spring at Astoria Performing Arts Center. Much love to Megan!

Teresa Lotz is a playwright, composer and librettist whose work includes She Calls Me Firefly (reading NYC, dir. Ludovica Villar-Hauser, 2013), The Toucan Man (words) with composer Jesse Goldman (reading, NYU, dir. Brandon Ivie, 2013), The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged (music) with lyricist Ella-Rose Chary (NYC, 2013), Smoke (NYU’s Brandspankin’ New Works Showcase, dir. Jessica Zur-Linden), Dick Whittington: an XMAS Panto for NYC (music, Dixon Place, 2012), Grounded; an original One Act Musical (book and lyrics) with composer-lyricist Ryan Korell (Nashville, 2012). Her work has been heard at NYMTF, 54 Below, and the Duplex. She works with VH Theatrical Development Foundation, Works by Women, and is the current Managing-Producer of LezCab ( Teresa is a proud member of the Dramatist’s Guild and an apprentice member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Bowling Green State University, B.M. Music Composition. New York University, M.F.A Musical Theatre Writing.

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