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Donna Sternberg & Dancers Perform On Helms Walk
November 5, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
On Saturday, November 5th please join us for a special presentation by Donna Sternberg & Dancers of Bodies of Water, a site-specific performance that weaves together dance, music, spoken word, and art installation to examine the timely issue of water. Two performances of Bodies of Water, at 12 noon and again at 2PM, will take place in front of our over-sized water faucet fountain on Helms Walk, our pedestrian plaza on Helms Avenue between Washington and Venice Boulevards. Admission is free and open to the public.
Along with soundscape artist Rima Snyder and installation artist Moses Hacmon, Donna Sternberg & Dancers will explore the political, historical and aesthetic aspects of water. “Water, the giver of life, connects us to the most elemental aspects of the earth as well as to each other in a dance of co-existence.” Hacmon’s breathtaking, haunting collection of photographic images of water have been made into 18 large panels, 4 X 8 feet, that will be displayed as a backdrop to the dancers. Live musicians will perform music composed by Snyder, who has also created a recorded soundscape that includes poetry. This performance is made possible, in part, by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant.
About the Artists
Founded in 1985, Donna Sternberg & Dancers (DS&D) is a non-profit contemporary dance company that has premiered over 80 works, including 8 full evening-length performances. Discovery is our passion and we believe the act of discovery to be transformative. The company performs in site-specific locations such as parks, galleries, libraries and on the beach as well as in traditional theaters. DS&D has performed throughout California, and is the resident guest artist at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. It has been featured in publications such as Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Los Angeles Times, radio and television (PBS, City TV). The company has received funding from state and local governmental agencies, businesses and foundations. Jessica Abrams of exploredance.com states: “Donna Sternberg’s talent (is) a maker of dances as technically stunning as they are dramatically resonant. Sternberg’s dancers are incredible technicians, but it is their dramatic presence that (makes) them stellar performers.”
Rima Snyder is a composer, singer and audio editor. She has a BA in music from Pomona College and an MFA in music composition from the California Institute of the Arts. She has over 25 years of experience in the audio industry, including 12 years at National Public Radio as an audio engineer and assistant producer. Rima does audio post production for radio documentaries, music and arts features, and sound effects editing for film. She has composed many works for chorus and chamber ensembles.
Moses Hacmon, born in 1977 in Tel-Aviv, Israel, is an artist and architect. He studied cinematography and fine art at Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel-Aviv. In 2006 Moses completed his B.Arch with AIA honors award, from SCI Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture). He has spent ten years studying water’s composition, properties, and movement, developing a photographic technique that captures the hidden life of this substance for the first time. This technique, named Faces of Water, exposes the movement of life within water and its infinite form. He has produced a book, Faces of Water that includes his breathtaking photos of water using his unique technique. www.facesofwater.com