Chasing The Light Dance Film and Live Performance
Alchemy Arts Collective in association with SOULSKIN Dance
April 27, 2024, at 7pm
Joshua Tree Retreat Center in the Sanctuary
Reception will follow
Collaboration with Film Designer Jaco Strydom
Choreographers Barbara Koch and Adrianna Thompson
Project Season 10
SOULSKIN Dance Premiere in New York City
MMDG James and Martha Duffy Performance Space
September 27 & 28, 2024
Adrianna is the Artistic Director of SOULSKIN Dance which has premiered works at Dance Mission Theater, PUSHFest, SjDANCEco, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Santa Barbara HH11 Dance Festival, and was commissioned by the Aspen Art Museum in 2016 to create a site-specific work for SOULSKIN as part of the museum’s Alan Shields exhibit . Adrianna danced professionally in New York City with Battery Dance Co, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Co, Mark DeGarmo & Dancers, and worked with Bella Lewitzky, Milton Myers, Jonathan Wolken, Brenda Daniels, Risa Steinberg, and Mary Jane Eisenberg. As Artistic Director of MEFTAS Dance Theatre in NYC, her choreography was presented at Joyce SoHo, the Cunningham Studio, The Riverside Theatre, Mulberry Street Theater, the Downtown Arts Festival, Trisha Brown Studios, Movement Research, Theater for the New City, Dance Space, and the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO. She was on faculty for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet for ten years, and guest faculty for Alonzo King LINES Ballet. In April 2019 SOULSKIN Dance premiered Parallel Dialogues in Boulder and premiered a new ballet, Golden Mean to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus Art Movement at Dance Mission Theater. Adrianna was commissioned for two dance films, Shelter in Place (2020), and CLOSER (2021) and the Ballet Phoenix Rising for the Aspen Fringe Festival. Closer was presented alongside SOULSKIN's The Awakening at Dance Mission in Fall 2021. She is a GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Specialized Master Teacher and has been practicing the method for 30 years
Barbara was born in Muncie, Indiana. She attended high school at North Carolina School of the Arts and received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She received a scholarship as an exchange student from London Contemporary Dance School. She also trained with Stefan Wenta, Bella Lewitzky, Shelly Senter, Bill Evans and Zvi Gotheiner. She worked with Zvi Dance in NYC for over a decade and has the pleasure of touring with the company to Columbia, Germany, Poland, Russia and across the USA. Barbara has also worked for Tandy Beal, Dandelion Dance Theater, Aerol Grimes, Chen and Dancers, Lula Washington Dance Theater, and The Well Tempered Ballet. She was involved in a project on Gotland Island in Sweden. It was a collaboration of 5 choreographers and dancers from the UK, The Royal Swedish Ballet, and the The Cullberg Ballet. The project toured Stockholm, The Royal Opera House in London and a beautiful medieval church on Gotland Island. As a solo artist Barbara has performed her work in Los Angeles, San Francisco, India, and Nepal. She has also created and performed pieces on trapeze. Barbara is thrilled to be joining SOULSKIN for this season!
Jaco Strydom (Filmmaker) is a filmmaker and visual designer based in Los Angeles. He has created dance films, visual projection designs and installations for Dance Brigade, SoulSkin Dance, Axis Dance Company, and PERSpectives Dance. He was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award in 2019 for the installation of “Sin Palabras II: The Butterfly Effect," choreographed by Krissy Keefer. In 2021 he created a 30-minute dance film with choreographer Adrianna Thompson — “Closer” premiered at Aspen FallFest and was also shown in San Francisco. His collaboration with Axis Dance, "Roots Above Ground” choreographed by Marc Brew, toured Germany, Dubai, and the US in 2021/2022 and was featured on the The Joyce's digital streaming platform.