Deborah Brockus, director of BrockusRED, has choreographed DUST: Permutations of the Unknown In collaboration with visual artist Richelle Gribble, and composers Peter Askrim and Zac Greenberg for three performances at Ivy Substation Theater, 9070 Venice Blvd., in Culver City 90232 for three performances only July 5 and 6 at 8:00p.m. and July 7 at 2:00p.m.
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The performances are accompanied by a Sustainability Plastic Replacement Fair with leading companies and organizations at the Ivy. Brockus follows performances on DUST with Women Rising: Choreography from the Female Perspective at Ford Theatres on August 16.
DUST is a dance multimedia work exploring the patterns in nature and humanity of our time with a focus on the monster of plastic of our own creation that is overtaking the ocean, and eventually our species. Annually, four to twelve million metric tons of plastic enter oceans enough to cover every foot of coastline. Every minute we make plastic one million bags; the amount of oil it takes to drive a car a mile, is the same amount to make just 14 bags. Americans alone use 100 billion bags per year: 12 million gallons of oil. Time Magazine said that “Americans eat and inhale over 70,000 plastic particles each year.”
DUST starts as its base historical writing of ancient and past civilizations to create a different perspective on the current crisis of environmental loss. The work asks these questions: Are we the keepers or rulers of earth? Is our hubris is leading to our destruction? What and how quickly can we learn about our place in the ecology to change our fate?
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“Inspiration and lessons from our natural environment have influenced mankind since our beginning,” said Brockus. “In 1686 Isaac Newton presented this third law of motion: for every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction. No system in the natural world works in isolation or is unique -- energy and matter do not disappear but rather reform.
I am creating DUST to be an uplifting journey through nature on earth and human thought with a focus of the laws and patterns found in nature and the ability to recover recycle and heal. We know that the earth will be fine in the long run – but if humans want to survive we will need to make some changes fast.
This question hangs over my thoughts: When does plastic become dust?”
Deborah Brockus has been labeled ‘the single most important person in Southland dance” an “impresario”, ‘ the mother superior of LA dance” and ”tireless” by the Los Angles Times for her involvement in establishing the local dance scene as a producer, choreographer, teacher and dancer,
As dancer and choreographer, Brockus has worked nationally and internationally on stage, in film and television. Working in modern, jazz, musical theater and social dance styles. “Followers of L.A.’s modern-dance scene know that, when it comes to talent Deborah Brockus is a big name, with a great company (Brockus Project Dance Company) and a keen eye for talent” City Beat. She is the artistic director of Brockus Project Dance Company founded in 1991. The company is currently working under the undated name Brockus:RED. Her choreographic style blurs the line between modern and jazz techniques, reflecting both European influences and East and West Coast training. The Dances are high energy and emotional reflections of the humanity. The company has tours internationally and across America.
Brockus is the director of the Los Angeles Dance Festival (LADF), which just celebrated its 7th year of bringing attention to the best contemporary dance, most recently at Luckman Fine Arts Complex at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) and the Diavolo Studio Black Box. It is an annual gathering place where the public can experience and sample curated programs featuring the wide range of concert dance that is produced here. LADF also offers ways for the public to participate directly with the creators who work in this vibrant art form.
LADF features top talent in the dance scene who are recognized locally, nationally and internationally. The dancers and choreographers in LADF work in both the concert and commercial, Hollywood industry. Their work is featured onstage around the world in theaters and in feature films, television shows, music videos, commercials and concert tours.
Visual Artist Richelle Gribble
Richelle Gribble is a multidisciplinary artist exploring planetary connectivity. Her work examines networks and systems-based investigations to reflect the ways human impact, technology, and environment interact and evolve. She is a represented artist with Jonathan Ferrara Gallery exhibiting worldwide. She has had solo shows in Los Angeles, New York, Japan, and international orbit around Earth etched on satellites and aboard rockets. She has exhibited at renowned art fairs including Art Market San Francisco, Texas Contemporary, and Miami Project and had her artwork illuminated on a LED screen in Times Square NYC.
A strong advocate for bridging art and science, Gribble leads collaborations across industries with exhibitions at rocket companies, arboretums, bio-laboratories, hospitals, airports, and outer space. She founded The Nook Gallery, a gallery devoted to highlighting artists merging science, art, and technology. She is a curator and board member for FEMMEBIT, an art and technology festival celebrating women in video and new media as well as co-coordinates Byte of Science, a monthly lecture series uniting artists and scientists in Los Angeles, CA. Work presented in a TEDxTrousdale talk “What is our Role within a Networked Society?” and published in The Creator’s Project, The Atlantic, Artillery Magazine, and VICE.
“Richelle Gribble’s exploration of individual, collective and ‘multiverse’ identities in age of digital and genetic networking reflects an unusually sincere and high craft approach to exploring the atomized elephant in the room–the societal space we all share. Digital technology has reduced contemporary life to a sometimes amazing, yet often prosaic and maddening, realm of minutia, a morass of digital bits, accelerated atoms and strands of sometimes errant DNA, but Gribble obviously finds no end of poetic wonder in the chaos of the behavioral networks of microbiology and collective sociology that she renders in sharp detail in her attempt to answer the question: ‘how does connectivity influence our lives and our future?'”
_ D. Eric Bookhardt, critic for Gambit Weekly, New Orleans, LA
Web of Life
We are undergoing a new paradigm shift in the 21st century – we should consider it time to pledge a Declaration of Interdependence. Shifting from the Newtonian paradigm of “mechanistic thinking” which views humans and the environment as separate parts that function in isolated, machine-like ways, we are beginning to see things from a new perspective, one that is interrelated and connected. Instead of learning about the world through reductive processes, we’ve realized that certain crucial details are left out when disregarding pluralistic views of systems and holistic thinking. Rather than reduce learning about our world through dissection, subtraction, and isolation, what happens when we add everything up?
Active as a composer, conductor and bassist, Peter Askim is the Artistic Director of the Next Festival of Emerging Artists and the conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, as well as Director of Orchestral Activities at North Carolina State University. He was previously Music Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble and taught theory and composition.
A dedicated champion of the music of our time, he has premiered numerous works, including works by composers Richard Danielpour, Nico Muhly, Aaron Jay Kernis and Christopher Theofanidis, and has collaborated with such artists as the Miró String Quartet, Matt Haimovitz, Vijay Iyer, Jeffrey Zeigler, Nadia Sirota, and Sō Percussion. As a composer, he has been called a “Modern Master” by The Strad and has had commissions and performances from such groups as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, Cantus Ansambl Zagreb and the American Viola Society, as well as by performers such as ETHEL, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, flutist/conductor Ransom Wilson and violinist Timothy Fain.
Mr. Askim is the founder and Artistic Director of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, a summer festival dedicated to cultivating the next generation of performers and composers. Focusing on the music of living composers, the festival artists frequently perform World Premieres and collaborate closely with prominent composers on performances of their works.
Led by Mr. Askim, The Next Festival has received numerous grants and awards for performances of American music, adventurous programming and educational outreach since its inception in 2013. In conjunction with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis and Tony-nominated choreographer Christopher D’Amboise, Mr. Askim founded the Next Festival Composer and Composer/Choreographer workshops, connecting early-career performers, composers and choreographers in an innovative and highly collaborative laboratory for the creation of new works.
Zac was raised in a family of music. Seeing The Grateful Dead for the first time at three months old and growing up side stage at Hot Tuna shows with his uncle, engineer Jason Greenberg, Zac was always interested in tonal creativity. Since starting his professional career Zac has played with many notable artists including Breanna Barnera, Nathan Xander, Casey Abrams, Joe Chamber, Brad Shepik, Barry Mitterhoff, Michael Falzarano. Primarily located in New York City and Los Angeles but also in multiple cross country tours and festivals including CMJ (2013, 2014), SXSW (2016) Independent Music Awards (Rattlesnake Hyde 2013), New Music Seminar (2014), Playing for Change (2012), and the Chinese theater. Zac has used his music to cross collaborate with every medium from sound to film to dance to smell and taste. Any project that activates multiple scenes. He’s done sound installations for festivals like Blink! Cincinnati and AYATANA. Dance work with Cincinnati Ballet, Sean Greene’s Shield Wall, and Charlotte Katherine and Co. Sound and music for multiple award winning feature films, short films, and web series. Art therapy with his 501c3 Musicians for Health through sound, dance, virtual reality, and more. Runs live sound for major NYC venues including the United Nations and artists as varied as Ween, Nails, Bob Weir, Jorma Kaukonen, and Marc Ribot. Zac has a recording studio in Lower East Side NYC, Taste Sound Studio, where he has produced over 30 projects from americana to classical, metal to indie. In 2018 Greenberg premiered his first opera, Bradburry Tattoos with Cincinnati chamber company concert:nova. Following is Zac’s discography, list of festivals and awards, as well as a collection of artists Zac has worked with.