Artist Statement/Philosophy/Mission Statement:
Rebecca Alson-Milkman is committed to presenting provocative dances about current political and social issues in intimate settings in order to promote conversation and change in our familial, local and national communities. Her work is grounded both in the symbiotic relationship between process and product and in her collaborations with other artists.
Short Artist/Company Bio:
A 2009 recipient of a Hothouse residency at UCLA and a 2007 recipient of a Silo Residency from DanceNOW/NYC, Rebecca Alson-Milkman has had her work produced in a variety of festivals and venues in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco including Deli Dances at Times Square, estrogenius at Manhattan Theatre Source, University Settlement, Access Theater, Highways Performance Space, Pieter pasd, Anatomy Riot, Under the Radar at High Energy Constructs, Studio at REDCAT and STREAM/fest at CounterPULSE. Rebecca has performed in works by Stephan Koplowitz, Yvonne Rainer, Denise Uyehara, Taisha Paggett, Christine Suarez, Carol McDowell, Cid Pearlman and Ana Maria Alvarez. Her bodywork, dancing and choreography are deeply influenced by her continuing studies with Barbara Mahler. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Sociology from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from UCLA.
Describe some of your achievements over the course of the last five years:
I received my MFA from UCLA in 2006, culminating in mourning dances, dances about dying and loss. Visit, a film from that series, was shown at a few venues the next year.
In 2007 I began work on 2 projects: The Surveillance Solos: a satire of governmental and citizen-driven surveillance that dominates our culture; and Bombshell, a collaboration with Taisha Paggett exploring women’s bodies at war. Work on these 2 projects spanned 3 years and included 2 residencies: one at DanceNow/NYC for Bombshell and a Hothouse residency at UCLA for The Surveillance Solos. I completed both this past year, with The Surveillance Solos produced by Highways Performance Space in January and a studio showing of Bombshell in July.
The Surveillance Solos received a rave pre-review in Joel Smith’s blog, Political Moves: http://politicalmoves.blogspot.com/2010_01_01_archive.html.
Between April 2007 and the present, individual Surveillance Solos have been produced at REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, High Energy Constructs and a conference in Tallin, Estonia.
Since July 2009, I have been a participant in Helpdesk/LA, a Pentacle program linking choreographers with administrative mentors.
Over the last 5 years I have danced with Carol McDowell, Christine Suarez and had a solo created for me by Taisha Paggett.
What Rebecca will be bringing to the Festival
Rebecca will be sharing the following film within the Fishbon Emerging Genre Installation.Title: Visit
a film by Rebecca and Jesse Alson-Milkman
Choreography and Performance: Rebecca Alson-Milkman
Cinematography: Jesse Alson-Milkman
Direction and Editing: Rebecca and Jesse Alson-Milkman
Original Score: Derrick Spiva, Jr., performed by: Greg Chambers