Residency: March 10 - 21, 2015
Cori Olinghouse is a Brooklyn-based choreographer obsessed with cartoons whose work explores the shapeshifting capacities of the body, space, and time. In Cartoon Kitchen she experiments with the visual techniques used in animation (squash and stretch, in-betweening, silhouette, postures/attitudes, exaggeration and rhythmic timing). Looking for absurd, unusual ways of translating these principles into a choreographic lens for a live audience, Olinghouse invites long-time collaborators Neal Beasley, Lauren Berke, Andrew Jordan, Kai Kleinbard, Mina Nishimura, and Eva Schmidt to join her in inventing an assemblage of hybrid, enigmatic characters.
A post-showing artist and audience dialogue will be moderated by Philadelphia-based sculptor and performance artist Steven Dufala.
Olinghouse danced for the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2002-2006, and in 2005 began a dancing dialogue with Bill Irwin researching a variety of movement forms that explore physical transformation including eccentric dance, clown, and voguing. Olinghouse performed in Irwin’s Old Man Dance at La MaMa and The Happiness Lecture at the Philadelphia Theater Company. Olinghouse’s choreography has been presented by Danspace Project, The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Bennington College, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Dixon Place, Roulette, and Movement Research. In 2011, Olinghouse was commissioned by Danspace Project to create voix de ville featuring work by herself, voguers Javier Ninja and Archie Burnett, Kota Yamazaki, and Bill Irwin; as a re-imagining of Vaudeville in which freestyle performers expressed their culturally unique voix de ville, or “voices of the city.” Receiving wide acclaim, Deborah Jowitt of The Village Voice heralded, “What Olinghouse has quite entrancingly deconstructed is the notion of calculated expertise, efficient timing, and showmanship.” Olinghouse has also been supported as a Movement Research Artist-in-residence (2009-2011).
BRIClab is a commissioning and residency development program for both emerging and established local artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater and multi-disciplinary performance.
The intimate, flexible studio space within BRIC House is dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists, with an audience capacity of 50-75 for rehearsals and performances in a workshop setting.
For ticketed events, the Box Office opens one hour prior to show time. Advanced tickets can be purchased online.