An Exquisite Corpse Dance Film Project
WHO WE ARE
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20 Dancers over 40 days from all up and down the West Coast of the United States, from Portland to L.A. have participated in this dance film passing the video and the movement from one set of hands to the next. What began as a response to the sheltering in place order slowly evolved into a reflection of the times, the days, the places, the movements in which we are living: from the beginning of the COVID pandemic in the U.S. to the murder of George Floyd and through the protests of the Black Lives Matter movement. As dancers, we marched, protested, wept together and the pieces in this film reflect that.
How can we work together while we are apart?
we asked as we began this project; but as we witnessed, fought for justice, and created art during this time this dance collaboration has deepened into a even more sobering reality as we grapple with the bigger question that's come to the surface:
How can we heal from the spaces that already exist between us?
We offer this piece of art not only as a reflection of the times, but also with the hope that it opens hearts, sparks conversations, and provides a catalyst for change at the unconscious level. Click on the dots below to learn more>>
Co-Editor and Dance Contributor
Kimeiko Rae Vision
Kimeiko Rae Vision is a Professional Intuitive, a Women’s Business Coach, Amateur Brain Scientist, Lively Event Emcee and... a Nightly Shower Singer.
A founding member of LA Playback Theatre Company, she has acted in productions of Arsenic and Old Lace, Grease, & Las Vegas productions of The Vagina Monologues. She is a former dancer for the Alaska State Visitors Bureau and Dance Contempo.
Often referred to as a “Court Jester” offering her community a good, healing laugh, Kimeiko believes in the power of using mythology & storytelling, parables & analogies, faith & lore, as well as the fine arts, to tackle real world problems.
Kimeiko is a transformational speaker & author, published in the anthology 365 Days of Angel Prayers and is a Business Coach specializing in helping Women profit from their brilliance and enjoy the hell out of it! She can be contacted via Instagram @AngelWarriorVision or on Facebook as Kimeiko Rae Vision.
Dancer Choreographer Contributors
In Order of Appearance
Sara has been dancing for nearly 37 years as she was place in her first dance class at 3 years old! Throughout her life, Sara has studied contemporary, hip hop, jazz, tap, African, partner dance, and dabbled in many more styles of dance. She has been a performer all her life and continues to look for ways to express through movement.
I'm an interior designer based in San Francisco and have a passion for creating. I started to understand the freedom of self-expression through dance when I was in high school and began to search for music that wasn't showcased on MTV's top 20 countdowns. I explored music from the past and different cultures to understand music, fashion, and dance that influenced the present. I listened to my parent's albums, and I got exposed to the music that flowed un-composed and created a jam between musicians. I gravitated towards the sounds of jazz, rock-n-roll, funk, and reggae. A jamming style of music in any genre resonated with my style of creativity and the subcultures that surround these types of shows had a captivating sense of dance that inspired me. When I dance, I tell an unwritten story with my movements and feel as though my body is an instrument creating a visual sound in the performance.
Jessica Klinke is a life-long dancer - studying ballet from a young age and going on to perform professionally - and now a (re)emerging audio artist, producer, and folklorist. She started out spinning records on WXYC in Chapel Hill, while working on a Master’s Degree in Folklore. She moved on to become a senior producer of Carolina Breakdown, a weekly interview program and podcast. Her ethnographic fieldwork has taken her from the Piedmont of North Carolina, to the heart of downtown Chicago, to the deep desert playa of Black Rock City. She managed to drag her son to four countries on three continents before he was two. Recently dusting off her microphone, Jessica launched, The Secret Lives of Mothers, a new podcast series exploring the lost identities of women who have chosen to raise children, and how they can get their lives back. Find out more at http://www.audiblemuse.com
Shoshanna lives, dances, and teaches in Arcata, amongst the redwoods on California’s north coast. She has spent the last decade building a world dance studio that is now a non profit organization, created an enchanting party business for children, developed a fairy festival and took part in innumerable community celebrations. All of that is currently on hold as the world holds its breath and we wait to see what the future holds for events in spaces together. Until then Shoshanna is open to possibilities, ready to create, and dancing barefoot in the rain... and gardening.
Shoshanna with her filmographer, husband, Adam Wanden
Stacey Detwiler has danced non-professionally for more than 20 years, practicing everything from ballet to salsa to hip hop. She is currently a member of Company & Clark Dancers in Ashland, Oregon. When she’s not at the studio or hiking in the woods, Stacey works for a non-profit in southern Oregon to protect the Rogue River. For the past 11 years, she has dedicated her career to advocating for clean water and healthy rivers in Washington, DC and Oregon. Stacey first learned her love of rivers along the banks of the Schuylkill in Pennsylvania and now calls southern Oregon home, where she loves exploring the beautiful Rogue watershed.
Rose Nisker has been involved in dance and performing arts for over 35 years as a performer, teacher, director and arts administrator. At the age of eight, she made her debut dance performance with Gamelan Sekar Jaya at the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, and has performed across the globe including several tours to Indonesia, Europe, China and throughout the US and Canada. She received her BA from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures with study abroad at universities in India and Spain. Rose has served as the Artistic Director of Les Aerielles, a youth aerial arts company in Oakland. She is the Program Manager of renowned Balinese music and dance troupe Gamelan Sekar Jaya, and a principal actor in the internationally-touring Iranian theater production, “Feathers of Fire.” Follow her on Instagram: @rosenisker
Shelley Davis Roberts
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Shelley Roberts earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and a Master of Architecture Degree from U.C. Berkeley. Her multi-disciplinary interests have guided her work and exploration in architecture, diversified community development, identity and culture while working as a visual & performing artist and educator for 20 years. She is currently a project manager and designer with Designing Justice Designing Spaces focusing on social justice architecture which impacts underserved communities of color. As a former Chapter President for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects she researched and presented on the contributions of African American Architects in her lecture “Evolution of the African American Architect”. She also taught Architecture and Diversity, as a former instructor at the City College of San Francisco.
Shelley began studying dance while attending UC Berkeley. She is formerly a gymnast and studied Modern, Ballet, Samba, and Capoeira in the Bay Area, Brazil and Cuba. She enjoyed nine seasons with the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble and five seasons with Alayo Dance Company. She has also completed large-scale art installations as a collaborator of House Full of Black Women for their 2016 -2019 Black Women Dreaming Episodes.
Photo by Bethanie Hines
Though she identifies as an acupuncturist and healing professional first and dancer/artist second, Laura defines herself intimately an eternal student of life, a perceiver of the unseen, and a fighter for humanity and justice. Laura has been a multi-disciplinary dancer and performing artist for 25 years. She co-founded the band, Korkealla, in 2010 with Emmy award winning composer, Ken Carlson, where she sang and danced to original works with a Pacific Northwest world music flair. She has studied the art of flamenco for the past 15 years and has performed flamenco in productions, restaurants, and wineries. She recently participated in the filming of an up and coming flamenco documentary, a four-part series examining the roots and evolution of this complex and extraordinary art form.
Laura holds a Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is the Founder, Acupuncturist and Herbalist of the thriving clinic, Golden Summit Acupuncture, a practice driven by compassionate, collaborative health care and empowering both women and men to discover the nuances in care of their bodies. Additionally, she is a clinical aesthetician and internationally recognized CIDESCO diplomat, an organization holding the highest standards for beauty therapists in the world.
Laura has recently founded the activist organization MAGIC “Make America Grow in Consciousness” as a fundraiser and protest and play on words of “Make America Great Again”. Proceeds received from clothing sales will go to social justice and climate change organizations. She is also working on a screenplay based on a poem she wrote long ago that will incorporate the elements of her life’s studies and include song, dance, and mythology. You can find her regularly communing with the redwoods and at her Oakland-based private acupuncture practice, www.goldensummitacu.com.