Looking for an opportunity to be part of a dance anywhere® performance? Dance Generators Company of San Francisco will perform an open flash mob, on the USF campus in San Francisco. Natalie Greene, co-director of the Dance Generators Company and a professor at USF, will coordinate a collaborative site-specific performance for dancers and movers of all ages and performance capacities. “The USF campus is located in the Inner Richmond. Rolling fog often covers this flat, residential district. The atmosphere is suburban and community-oriented”.
The Dance Generators Company is an intergenerational performance company based at the University of San Francisco. Company members range in age from their teens through their eighties. The company, a project of the Dance and Social Justice major at USF, “shatters commonly held stereotypes about aging and creates bridges between people”. Performers of a variety of movement backgrounds and experiences create highly engaging improvisational scores and choreographed pieces that cause the audience to question stereotypes and commonly held beliefs concerning who can and cannot dance.
This March, Dance Generators Company performed Missed Connections and other patterns of flight at the USF Studio Theater in San Francisco. This work, composed of short vignettes, improvisational scores and segments of audience interaction, examined the idea of dialogue, “from body language to internal dialogue, from long lost letters to Craigslist’s Missed Connections, members of the company have drawn upon personal histories and investigated the stories of people near and far”.
The piece served not only as a performance work, but also as an educational medium for the audience to question what movement they consider to be dance, and who can be a ‘dancer”. The audience was asked to participate in one improvisational score in which dancers communicated emotions with one another through sound and movement. In a particularly poignant section, the performers shared their dance backgrounds with the audience through movement and storytelling, allowing the audience to see the many different routes the performers took to identifying as a dancer. The performance revealed the ways in which individuals miss each other through a lack of communication, as well as hope for more integrated verbal and visceral understanding
Natalie Greene and the Dance Generators Company are excited to choreograph for dance anywhere® 2014. “As a community-oriented group of dancers and non-dancers alike, we are thrilled to participate in dance anywhere® for the first time this special 10th year, and excited to represent different generations of dance-enthusiasts in this worldwide affair!”