Back in 2014 I tried to say, “feng shui,” and I said “fooju.” Now I blame my clumsy English for my delectably clumsy choreography. After graduating from Colorado College in 2013 as an Art Studio major, I moved 2 NYC 2 dance with Graham 2. In addition to directing, founding, and wizarding Fooju Dance Collaborative, I also dance with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater and Amy Marshall Dance Company.
Now sit back, relax, allow me to dance in your kitchen.
Can’t shake her. But try a shimmy? Couldn’t Fooju without her.
David takes his time. Goes sailing with mice and has at one time or another made fun of pop culture movies and books that’s been made into both movies and books alternatively. He’s best at impersonating dogs and is often mistaken for the illegitimate love child of Sandra Bullock and Christian Bale.
Ana Freeman is Fooju’s resident ragdoll and transitional object. She is also a writer, performer, and theory nerd. Her concerns include the interplay of performance and reality, along with the maximum length of time one can live in New York before it is no longer acceptable to say “I’m new to the city.” When not a human among dancers at Fooju, she can be found at Odyssey Works and The Shelter .
Isobel McBride is an artist, wildwoman, and soulbabe. Most recently, Isobel has performed with Fooju Dance Collaborative in their Kitschy Kitchen Series in various kitchens all around Brooklyn and Manhattan. She graduated from Colorado College in May 2015, where she studied acting, dance, and interdisciplinary performance. During her undergraduate years, Isobel appeared as Lady MacDuff in Colorado College Theater Department’s production of Macbeth, and as Zelda Kahn in Theater Workshop of Colorado College’s production of The How and The Why. She twice represented Colorado College at the American College Dance Festival regional conference. Isobel is an ardent mover, and is constantly seeking new ways of understanding how her body relates to space. She is also an avid practitioner of meditation and gyrokinesis, as well as a passionate poet and francophile.
VERA PAGANIN began her professional dance training in Milan (Italy) at Centro Studi Coreografici where she studied Vaganova technique and modern dance including Jazz Mattox and Graham, she graduated in 2012. Ms Paganin moved to New York in 2013 to study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance with a Merit Scholarship from Miki Orihara. She joined Graham 2 Company in 2013 and completed the Teaching Training Program in 2015. Ms Paganin collaborated with several choreographers such as Lone Kjaer Larsen, Jacqulyn Buglisi and Rachel Kosch. She is currently part of Alison Cook Beatty Dance Company and teaching Graham Technique in New York and New Jersey. She is part of Fooju Dance Collaborative since the beginning.
Humanitarian and ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Sarah currently performs with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and Jennifer Archibald’s Arch Dance Company, as well as Fooju Dance Collaborative and Smashworks Dance Collective. Sarah teaches barre classes at Pop Physique Nomad in addition to hybrid functional movement/dance cardio classes at The Movement Flatiron. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at San Antonio and has since been perpetually inspired by human cognition and performance.
Keenan Parry, ALL HAIL!
for bookings. We can bring dance to you!
Thank you all for participating in the very first every NYC Photo Booth Ballet! Get ready, set, DO IT AGAIN! Video submissions by (in order listed below): Adam Robert Dickerson of Fooju Dance Collaborative, Ashley Anduiza, Isobel McBride of Fooju, Kendra Swartz of Company Elite, Michelle Lauren Anduiza!
Q: What is a Photo Booth Ballet?
A: It’s a Lovesong to the ooey gooey moving p@rts of your body. A one shot bedroom wonder. Judgment free. Money free. Homevideo time capsule of taste.
Its free. You make them anyway. Now let’s share! (And you don’t have to pay to dance this way.)
Directions: Prop up your computer, your smart phone, GoPro, or a camcorder (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/camcorder), and play yourself the most danceable song you can imagine (read: if today is your last day on earth, which song will be your last dance? But no pressure). Press record. Now dance.
Duration: One minute to ten minutes. Rules are meant to be broken.
Details: NO EDITING. Please submit one continuous shot. Think, raw footage. “Dance is about the transitions.”
Costumes are cool, sometimes drinking is fun, friends can happen, studios are welcome, the goal is to have fun and to see what other people do when they’ve just GOTTA DANCE.
Choreography is welcomed and so is improv, but the gap in between the two is encouraged to be explored.
More questions? I’d be exhilarated by an email from you 🙂
DEADLINE: January 15, 2016
Send your Photo Booth Ballet Submission to firstname.lastname@example.org via dropbox, google drive, youtube, whathaveyou.
Submissions will be compiled into one big montage Photo Booth Ballet Show and uploaded to the Fooju Dance Collaborative YouTube Channel! AND EVERYONE GETS TO PLAY. (this is not a curated showing: who are we to judge?) The video will premiere on YouTube January 17, 2016.
With the words of MARTHA GRAHAM, go and create!
“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.
No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” -Martha Graham (emphasis mine)
Adam of Fooju Dance Collaborative
If dancing in your bedroom is art.
Or if its worth remembering at all.
Or if making “home videos” is like planting nostalgia seeds
to reap at a later date.
Tasty nostalgia fruits diced and sliced and served with cream.
PHOTO BOOTH BALLET
“Shake, Rattle, and Roll (It’s a List!)” is a improvisational score that is intended to be superimposed upon a predetermined public space with the opportunity for an incidental audience. Taking place on the 24th, 26th, and 28th of July, 2015, in Times Square, Riis Beach (Queens), and Central Park (“The Mall”), respectively, the improvisational score is based off an arbitrary list of fifteen different “dance moves” that act as tools for the members/”players” of Fooju Dance Collaborative to implement for the duration of this two hour long happening/game. Free-will and constant reassessment of their fluctuating social relationship will guide the players through the score that will additionally include serval themes: The members responding to their audience, interacting with the other participating players of Fooju, reacting to their environment, and other unforeseen events. The members of Fooju Dance Collaborative will use these “dance move tools,” polo shirts, and helium filled balloons attached to party hats on top of their heads to create spectacle. If the spectacle is successful, the intention of the events is to create a dream-like experience that offers an alternate reality for those who encounter them. The ambition of the players of Fooju Dance Collaborative is to practice “unperforming” and “responsive dance” as they focus on the use of play to connect with the viewer, the space around them, and the other players. “Shake, Rattle, and Roll (It’s a List!)” is an attempt to explore the value of Dance as a language and it’s potential for use within the context of varying public representations of societal and cultural constructs.
Three installments in three locations. It’s a “show,” it’s “game,” it’s a “dream,” it’s a list.
July 24th, Times Square, 8p-10p
July 26th, Riis Beach, 4p-6p
July 28th, Central Park 7p-Sundown
MORE TO COME. Stay tuned.
F00ju Kitschy Kitchen Serious Series Episode One
“uP & c0ming, d0wn & Out” by Dolo McComb
At last, the recorded residual of the pop up performance party. Thank you to Keenan Parry for crafting this master of a video that did more than document the kook.
ADMISSION IS $5 OR THE FIRST 10 PEOPLE TO BRING AN ITEM TO BARTER (like a lamp, a pineapple, or a bowl of spaghetti) ENTER FOR FREE.
HOW THE BARTERED ITEMS WORK: If you would like to be one of the first 10 people to come to the show with an object of your choice to barter your admission, you get in for free! If ya miss the boat and don’t make it in time, admission will be $5.
Ideas for items: A lamp, a rotisserie chicken, moth balls, 5 pack of underwear, mangos, a cucumber, a hat, milk… etc.
We surpassed our goal on https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1270496474/fooju-dance-collaborative !!!!