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Oct 18, 2016 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM


Czech Choreographer, Denisa Musilová presents TETRIS – an original contemporary dance piece dealing with our cravings for success and the desire to fit in.


Performed by Britney Tokumoto, Sarah Haarmann and Denisa Musilová.    

Viewing the journey as a path on a grid, four women are set on a quest to advance themselves in the most economic way possible. Starting with determination and rivalry, their personas clash and meld. Only few are saviors - those one can fall into. But as they are moving up the ladder, the fall grows steeper and each one has to hold on tighter.

Musilová says, “I'm trying to create an authentic work, where I'm the sole designer of all elements - music, movements, and gestures. These layers overlap, connect or break apart at the same time, filling the space with endless possibilities. Inside this potent space, performers are entangled in somewhat absurd rules, which they chose to follow or abandon. Their stoic, indifferent attitudes culminate in occasional outbursts of emotion.”

She says the work is partly inspired by her identity as a native of the Czech Republic living in the United States. She has lived here for 9 years, but has not lost a sense of discomfort, “I watch people on the streets and they look and act familiar, yet strange. I want to re-create this feeling of discomfort on stage.”

NY Theatre Guide on Tetris:“Musilova’s choreography plays on our “cravings for success and the desire to fit in.” It is a monumental work and is definitely one of the most riveting performances I have experienced in the last year. The dance language created for this offering was complex and exhilarating. The four dancers were enmeshed in a grid of interlocking bodies that connect and disconnect at an incredible pace.”

The artists: 

Britney Tokumoto is from Honolulu, Hawaii and began her dance training at Mid-Pacific School of the Arts. She graduated cum laude with a BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College. At Marymount, she performed work by Kate Weare, Robert Battle, Shen Wei, Pedro Ruiz, Pat Catterson, Tami Stronach, Deganit Shemy, and Mark Morris. Britney has danced for the Steps Repertory Ensemble and currently dances for Bare Dance Company, Schoen movement company, and Colectivodoszeto.

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Iris Platt trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, and Latin/Ballroom dance before moving to New York City to pursue Dance and Biology at Marymount Manhattan College. She has performed works by artists including Loni Landon, Barak Marshall, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, and Kyle Georgina Marsh, and for her final year at Marymount Iris choreographed Havaiah for Dancers at Work. Iris also spent a year studying and performing for The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance at Hebrew University. While there, she performed at the Gertrude Krauss Choreography Competition in Jerusalem as well as with the school's Ensemble at The Susan Dalal Theatre in Tel Aviv. Iris has performed at coLAB Arts: MOTION in NJ, Your Move Modern Dance Festival, Dixon Place, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and The Harvard Arts First Festival. In October 2015, Iris co-choreographed and premired her newest work, Jail Bait Paradise, with Kyle G. Marsh at Your Move: New Jersey’s Modern Dance Festival. In January 2016, Jail Bait Paradise will be performed at RAW: NYC showcase FUTURES. Currently, Iris dances for Denisa Musilova and 277DanceProject.

Sarah Haarmann grew up in Macungie, Pennsylvania. In 2012, she graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance. Currently, Sarah dances with Pam Tanowitz Dance. She has also worked with Pat Catterson, Dylan Crossman, Jessica Lang Dance, Jordan Morley and Elena Vazintaris.

Denisa Musilova, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Art History and Museum Professions is a Czech artist based in Brooklyn.
Denisa has the privilege of collaborating with Pavel Zustiak's Palissimo, Deganit Shemy & Company, Bill Young & Colleen Thomas Dance, Garnica's LEIMAY and other incredible artists. Currently she is dancing with Tami Stronach Dance and is part of Mark DeChiazza's project Orpheus Unsung. Denisa is a certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis teacher and a practitioner of Noguchi Taiso. Her own work has been shown at NY Butoh Festival, SOAK Festival, Triskelion Arts and 92 Street Y Center.



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Oct 18, 2016 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM


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