Identities in Motion
An evening of theatre and dance
Saturday, February 11
Artistic Director: Kelly Wadlegger
Performers: Gwendolyn Arbaugh, Marisol Garcia, Spencer Garrod, Becky McGarvey, Karuna Richard, Kelly Wadlegger
Choreographers: Karuna Richard and Kelly Wadlegger
Guest Choreographers: Laura Reichhardt, Mary Lou Sanelli
Identities in Motion an evening of theatre and dance, spans the emotional range from intense to humorous, exploring the question: What values and life influences do we consciously or unconsciously embody or reject? Six performers present the imagined parameters of our cultural, working and living environments. The evening consists of five dances with connecting monologues between each dance.
Innerview (2010) is a duet co-choreographed and performed by Karuna Richard and Kelly Wadlegger which explores the absurdness of interviewing for jobs and the tension created when one’s identity and life is narrowly defined by one’s resume.
Suddenly Arab (2011) by Laura Reichhard is a duet that was based upon “Letter from Naomi Shihab Nye, Arab-American Poet: To Any Would-Be Terrorists” and Reichhardt’s own personal reflections over the past decade on being an American-Lebanese. Suddenly Arab was commissioned and first performed by SAFOS dance company, Arizona, 2011.
All I Need is a solo by Mary Lou Sanelli, which humorously relives the writer’s love for the sensual ways of the French.
Confines (Premier Oahu Fringe Festival 2011) is a trio by Kelly Wadlegger set to original score by composer Art Koshi, that emphasizes how our minds and individual experiences affect how three dancers relate and move in the contemporary world. The dance explores the self in relation to environments, imagined walls, dance genres, urban space, the ocean, and parameters of one’s mind. Or
Ocean Voyage (Premiere PUJA Fantastic Voyage 2011) is a quintet by Kelly Wadlegger that aims to relive and resolve the visceral experience of loss caused by the power of the ocean. This dance originally began as a solo co-choreographed by Elizabeth Lentz and Kelly Wadlegger to reflect the meaningful relationships the dancers have to the people and the places they have lived including; Thailand, Japan and Hawaii. Kelly was further developing this original material into a quintet when the tsunami struck Japan. Deep feelings arose for Japan and memories of Kelly’s friends from Thailand who suffered in the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami.
About the Artistic Director: Kelly Wadlegger (Artist Director/Co-Producer/Choreographer/Performer)
Kelly Wadlegger holds an M.F.A. in Dance (2009) from the University of Hawai¢i at Manoa (UHM) where she taught dance on a three-year graduate fellowship. She holds a B.F.A in Dance (1992) from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College. Kelly currently teaches as a movement specialist at Hoalohakai Montessori School and at The Still and Moving Center. She has taught for Pas De Deux, The Movement Center, The Dance Space, UHM Outreach College, and as an adjunct at Chaminade University. She has performed locally with Tau Dance Theatre and Convergence Dance Theatre.
Kelly performed in San Francisco with Company Chaddick and California Contemporary Dancers; and toured nationally with musicians Mark O’Connor, Max Carl, Mike Reid, and Riders in the Sky as a dancer with the Tennessee Dance Theatre (TDT). She has toured with New York City based companies: Mezzacappa-Gabrian Company, Meg Wolfe’s Wild Angels, and Limbic Six Dance Company.