Is She Just Another Piece of Meat?

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Francesca Jandasek and Stephanie Y Jolivet Debut Performance Art Show

ToGetHer (by Francesca Jandasek) is a multimedia work exploring the before and after of a lifetime of moments between two people. ToGetHer includes movement and original artwork, music and text, which when combined, create a unique amalgam of visual, aural and kinesthetic experiences. The feel of this work alternates between an atmosphere of time-lapse and slow motion moments underscored by unique movement, which illustrates the story through connected vignettes. The soundtrack punctuates the different movement vocabularies, and the artwork is woven into the performance through video projections. The performance duo teases, stating;

“Hi! I’m the Internet/Street Signs/your SmartPhone/Advertisements/Facebook/[insert other technology or media here], and I control your life. Would you like fries with that?”

Is She Just Another Piece of Meat?

In the face of virtual “online personas” and a technologically-driven consumer culture, where consumption, visual, physical and more are encouraged, [email protected] (by Stephanie Y Jolivet), a multimedia, solo performance artist asks the question; “Does a material female body stand a chance, or is she relegated to just another piece of meat?” Using a cell phone, projected stills and video pulled from wanderings through virtual and material space together with contemporary movement, [email protected] becomes an interactive performance where moving images, personal technology and bodily movement need each other to – transgress? uphold? redirect? reproduce? That is for the audience to decide.

Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19th at 8.30pm, until 10pm.
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors

The Hollywood Sentinel states, “Francesca Jandasek is an intriguing, dynamic, multi-talented, and lovely young woman who is definitely worth watching for just about anything she does.”

About Francesca Jandasek

Francesca Jandasek’s performance and artistic work has spanned nearly two decades. Her interest in contemporary and world dance forms and theater, with her long-time home in Washington, DC, led her to perform with dance companies CityDance Ensemble, BosmaDance, Santi Budaya (Indonesian Dance), Sharna Fabiano Tango Company, Tango Mercurio, Dakshina Dance Company (Indian and Modern Dance) and Deviated Theater, and working with theater companies and directors including Synetic Theater, Natsu Onoda Power, Theater J and Hanna Bondarewska among more.

In 2006, Francesca received the Artist Fellowship for Dance from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and a choreographic fellowship from the Kennedy Center as part of the Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project. In 2007, she was nominated as one of the finalists for “Emerging Choreographer” for the Metro DC Dance Awards. In 2011, Francesca choreographed Romanian folk dances for Zalmoxis (a Romanian Play) at Georgetown University, and in 2014, she was a movement consultant for “Yellow Face” at Theater J (directed by Natsu Onoda Power), and choreographer for “Happily Ever After” at Ambassador Theater (directed by Hanna Bondarewska).

Currently, she is dancing and choreographing for a feature length film “Her Tango” directed by Jason Mullis, as well as dancing with Sharna Fabiano, Stephanie Yezek Jolivet, understudying with the Pennington Dance Group, teaching and choreographing for Orange County School of the Arts, and creating her own work and teaching “Gyrotonic” throughout LA. Francesca states that she is grateful for all of those who support her work by attending her show, and excited to share her art. Visit the official website of Francesca at: www.francescajandasek.com.

About Stephanie Y Jolivet

Stephanie Y Jolivet is a dancer, performer, and creator of what she calls “movement art.” She states that she is happiest when she has the time and space to explore her artistic visions using dance, film and text. She likes to talk, using words and accents so much so, that both her undergraduate and first graduate degrees were in English Language and Literature. An anglophile, she is becoming a Francophile as well.

One of Stephanie’s most treasured performance experiences occurred in India, in the artist enclave, Darpana in Gugarat, where monkeys and bats climbed and flew overhead while she was dancing a contemporary Indian fusion along with Anna Sokolow works. She was a DC finalist for the 2008 “So You Think You Can Dance?” television show, and received a 2013 artist award for Solo Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council. She was also a finalist in the 2009 Dance Metro DC awards for “Emerging Choreographer.” A second year MFA student at University of California, Riverside, she also teaches Pilates and “Gyrotonic.” She has her own online studio which may be visited at: www.sayezz.com.

ToGetHer
ToGetHer. a multimedia work exploring the before and after of a lifetime of moments between two people.