eMerge Dance Festival

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 8:00pm


eMerge Dance Festival

AVAILABLE SPACES: a Site-Specific Performance

Performance Date:  Saturday, June 6th at 8pm and 8:45pm

Tickets: $10, $5 Living Arts members and students with a valid ID

Venue: ONE PLACE TOWER, 2nd St & Cheyenne Ave, Downtown Tulsa


Performer Lineup: 

•Portico Dans Theatre

•Kilmyn Graf & Tulsa Central Dance Company

•Marianne Evans-Lombe

•Maggie Boyett


The mission of eMerge Dance Festival is to support and promote interactive dance art and civic participation through the creation and performance of site-specific dance works. For our purposes, “interactive dance art” means art that generates social participation. The process whereby this art is created, the means by which it is presented, and the character of the work itself should inspire immediate interactions that connect people to one another in a larger communal context and within the given site.

Site-specific dance/performance is work created in response to a particular place, site, inspired by its architecture/design, the history and current use.” Stephan Koplowitz.

The primary goal of eMerge Dance Festival is to promote a revival of dance’s culture-bearing and connective function by reintegrating it into communal settings. Through site-specific choreography, artists will re-imagine community spaces and utilize dance to enliven our local arts culture. Our community becomes aware of the vibrancy of its various member groups and promotes experience/viewing/participation in art/dance as a vehicle for promoting renewal and emergence of community connection: who are we and how do we fit together?

This year's chosen location is >>> ONE PLACE TOWER, Cheyenne Street, downtown Tulsa

For further information please contact emergedancefestival@gmail.com

This program is made possible in part with assistance from:


Company/Dancer: Tulsa Central Dance Company

Title: Inflorescence

Choreographer: Kilmyn S. Graf (artistic director)

Performer(s): Monique Goudeau, Janae Franklin, Krystal McBee, Teaira Orr, Miya Willis

Music: The Homesman (Marco Beltrami); Track 3 (Sigur Ros)

Inflorescence is a contemporary-modern dance ballet inspired by the combination of natural and industrial figures.The word, "inflorescence" is defined as a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches.




Company/Dancer: Body Drawings

Title: Body Drawings, One Place

 Choreographer: Marianne Evans-Lombe

Performer(s):Marianne Evans-Lombe

Music: Silence

"In Body Drawings, I use the movements of my body to become my own drawings. There are three elements to every piece: my drawings, my body and the shadow formed in between. For Body Drawings, One Place, I plasma cut metal drawings and insert them into the recesses of an unfinished wall. The exposed metal studs and the metal drawings echo each other in color and texture. The movements of my body and the metal drawings echo each other in shape and form."



Company/Dancer: Portico Dans Theatre

Title: Limit.ed

Choreographer: Jennifer Alden with Nina Madsen

Performer(s): Jennifer Alden


"I started thinking from the beginning of this process about what it would be like with limited space. Not having much room with which to move and how that would affect me not only as a dancer and choreographer but as a person. My original idea was to have this piece set in the limited available space of an elevator but then realized it was not much about the confinement of the space itself it was more about the confinement perceived in my mind. In that available space, mine is limited"


Company/Dancer: Maggie Boyett

Title: seamstress[ed]

 Choreography/Performance: Maggie Boyett

Music: "Stage," John Frusciante, "Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers," Primus

Artist's Statement: The craft of sewing has long been attributed to homemakers and femininity, but it is also a cornerstone of most American Indian cultures. A skilled seamstress is the most delicate of construction workers--a strong, exciting juxtaposition considering our society’s standardized female versus our standardized blue collar worker. I find my personal Native and female identity somewhere in the middle of that comparison, on the fringe of both standards. Here’s to the women and Natives who have built and are building our skyscrapers, our homes, and our garments.