Hi, I'm Karla Johanna Quintero, an NYC-bred, SF/Oakland-based dance artist and I invite you to share my journey through the lens of my creative musings.
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Upcoming Performance with RMK
The Black Choreographer’s Festival and Robert Moses’ Kin present the BY Series and DRAFT. The BY Series launched in 2012 and features the dancers of RMK in works by distinct, fearless choreographers. This year’s roster includes world premiere works by Bay Area luminaries Gregory Dawson, Bliss Kohlmyer, Dexandro Montalvo and Robert Moses himself.
The DRAFT performance project was launched in 2006 by Robert Moses’ Kin. DRAFT features an amalgam of solo performances created in brief encounters with Robert Moses with the intention of extracting the unique individuality of each performer. To create this year’s DRAFT, Moses is joined by a small cadre of BCF choreographers and performers including Ramon Ramos Alayo, Reginald Ray Savage, Byb Chanel Bibene, Antoine Hunter, Ar Vejon Jones, Rashidi Omari, Stephanie Powell, Maia Sanai, Raissa Simpson, Latanya D. Tigner and the members of RMK.
When: March 6th - 8th, 2014 @ 8pm
Where:ODC Theater(corner of 17th Street and Shotwell Street, SF)
Tickets: $20 - $30, purchase online here, or in person at the ODC Theater Box Office
Photo of Vincent Chavez and Carly Johnson by Victor Talledos
Spending the week rehearsing with the uber-talented dancers of Robert Moses’ Kin for the company’s upcoming season RISE has been an honor. In association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the company presents an evening of original choreography by Artistic Director Robert Moses, including two world premieres: Profligate Iniquities set to Sephardic romances (traditional Jewish music from Spain), and The Slow Rise of a Ridged Man, a solo to be performed by Robert Moses himself!
The program will also feature a reprise of Moses’ 2013 work NEVABAWARLDAPECE, featuring music and text by Carl Hancock Rux, Laura Love, Corey Harris, and Paul Carbonara. A short post-performance Q&A will be held following all four performances.
Getting into digital character with Ong Pholchai for this weekend’s performance of 4SEE presented by the multi-disciplinary performance group Kinetech. 4SEE explores themes of surveillance and invasion of privacy and how technology both empower and diminish our sense of freedom in contemporary society.
Have we all melted yet?, a dance about the humor and struggles of defining cultural identity for first generation immigrants in the US, premiered in full length at the Garage in March 2013 to sold-out audiences. An excerpt of this work, choreographed by Aura Fischbeck, makes its leap to the bigger stage as part of the 6th Annual Summer Performance Festival (SPF6), hosted by ODC Theater and curated by the Garage.
WHEN: August 15th @ 9pm & August 16th @ 7pm
WHERE: ODC Theater (3153 17th Street, SF)
Performers: Rebecca Chun, Colin Epstein, Aura Fischbeck, Gretchen Garnett, Daria Kaufman, Melissa Lewis & Karla Quintero
Upcoming Performance of Habitat at Foundry Nights Quarterly Arts Salon
Habitat, a new site-specific dance theater work by Daria Kaufman, unfolds amidst the labyrinthine, industrial architecture of the Foundry, a former factory turned interdisciplinary artspace in West Berkeley. In Habitat, relationships are forged and broken, movement ripples across time and space as multiple environments unfold, overlap, and collide.
WHEN: Saturday July 27th, salon starts at 8pm until “late”, performance at 10pm
Performing a post-modern solo this week within a new work by choreographer Alma Esperanza Cunningham titled CHANGE…AND OTHER MEDITATIONS. In the words of SF Weekly blogger Irene Hsiao, “the piece combines movements that are athletic, balletic with others snagged from everyday life, objects and animals.”
WHEN: Wednesday & Thursday July 11th & 12th @ 8PM
WHERE: TheGarage (715 Bryant Street, SF), $15 at the door
Collaborators/Performers: Caitlin Daly, Irene Hsiao, Romina Rodriguez-Crosta, Karla Quintero
SF Weekly’s The Exhibitionist PreviewsCracked Wide Open
Irene Hsaio recounts the history of the Temescal Art Center and previews Cracked Wide Open, an evening of dance and performance presented by the center’s inaugural artists-in-residence, Deborah Karp and Karla Johanna Quintero.
Cracked Wide Open, the culminating performance of a 3+ month residency for myself and dance artist Deborah Karp at the Temescal Art Center in Oakland, will premiere next Friday. As part of this evening of dance, I will be joined once again by performers Emily Baumann & Carly Johnson to present In the Country of Last Things. Small reception after each night of performance.
It’s been fun getting to know “rag doll,” a 2D, physics-based human simulation created by Florian Hoenig. Together we will be performing a duet in progress this coming Monday and Tuesday as part of the SF-based tech-art collaborative Kinetech's first public showing during Kunst-Stoff's annual Arts Fest. The showing will be an open lab where each of the collaborative's members will present different technologies and performance pieces in progress. The audience will have a chance to both watch and interact with the technologies, including “rag doll.”
In the studio: I recently joined, the collaborative Kinetech, a group of performers, visual artists and tech geniuses to explore the space where movement and technology relate. We are covering some new ground and no better place to explore this world than the Bay Area, home to Silicon Valley. This image, captured by Kinetech pioneer Weidong Yang offers a glimpse into our process, taking place weekly at Kunst-Stoff Arts.
…an experiment in curating: 3 East Bay performance spaces are mixing it up and curating at each others venues creating a whole weekend of live performance. Together with Emily Baumann, Carly Johnson and sound artist Donald Hanson of the Spectrum Electric, I will be presenting duets in progress from an upcoming work being created as part of an artistic residency at the Temescal Art Center.
WHEN: Friday April 12th @ 8:30PM
WHERE: the Milkbar (81st & San Leandro, in Oakland)
Tickets: $10, cash only
Directions: The Milkbar is located in East Oakland in the Sunshine Biscuit Factory Complex, on 81st Avenue and 1/2 a block east of San Leandro Avenue. The closest BART stop is Oakland Coliseum. For more detailed directions & driving directions visit: www.milkbar.org
What happens when the goggles come on…..according to choreographer Daiane Lopes da Silva, CHRYSALIS happens. As a dancer/interpreter in this reworked version of her piece, I can say its a brave new world behind the lenses. Hope you can join us on the flip side.