The Kennedy Center

Heart Stück Bernie



Biography

Heart Stück Bernie (HSB) is usually found performing in something like a stairwell, while pushing play on something like a boom box. Company members, otherwise known as my friends, are a ragtag group of partners in crime. I get them to do things by promising chocolate. But their intense focus and dancing beauty far surpass any fleeting bite; I am honored to dance (and snack) among them.

HSB is known for a quirky-luscious movement vocabulary that zigs and zags classical training with contemporary sensibilities. Tender to tense, the work flies through space with abandon, until it grounds itself. It explores conversational and emotive duet work, and it plays at unraveling causation in tight-knit group work. When the curtain rises, opens, or gets thrown aside with gamine intention, my work looks like a been-around-the-block broad – full of accumulated propositions and proposals. She’s been dressed up and stripped down, and she knows how to ask the hard questions.

HSB choreography has been presented in Berlin’s Tacheles and dida e.V. Raum für Kultur, Long Island City’s The Creek and the Cave, Brooklyn’s Bookcourt, The Rooftop of The Chelsea Hotel, the very dirty East River, all up in, around, and under The Mayflower Square Apartment Complex in Alexandria, VA, and this year’s first annual On Site/In Sight: A Downtown Winston-Salem Dance Festival. The company has recently started presenting proscenium work on several DC stages and showcases including Velocity DC, the 33rd Annual Choreographer’s Showcase, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and Dance Place, as a 2015 Dance Metro DC Choreographer’s Commission Award Recipient.

The Local Dance Commissioning Project marks a turning point in the company’s trajectory. With this performance, we aim to maintain the intimate feel of a hand-made arts & crafts aesthetic, while incorporating the grandeur of the Kennedy Center and our largest audience yet. You are cordially invited.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/30/2016: Local Dance Commissioning Project: Sarah Beth Oppenheim

Drawing inspiration from significant events in JFK's presidency including the Commission on the Status of Women, Civil Rights Legislation and the tumultuous social and congressional climate, the excitement and science of the race to the moon, and JFK's July 1963 request to Congress to abolish the quota system of immigration, Sarah Beth Oppenheim and her company Heart Stück Bernie will create a 50-minute work for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage accompanied by original music and sound score by local musicians Andrew C. Oppenheim, Daniel Mancini, and Oliver Mertz. With her signature quirky-luscious dance, intimate audience performance art, and dynamic blend of highbrow and lowbrow zeitgeist ingredients, Heart Stück Bernie invites audience members to wield powerful choice, embody creative problem solving, and experience the viscera of political movement; not unlike the '60s and President John F. Kennedy's great call to action when he asked the American people what they could do for their country.

Video 9/29/2016: Local Dance Commissioning Project: Sarah Beth Oppenheim

Drawing inspiration from significant events in JFK's presidency including the Commission on the Status of Women, Civil Rights Legislation and the tumultuous social and congressional climate, the excitement and science of the race to the moon, and JFK's July 1963 request to Congress to abolish the quota system of immigration, Sarah Beth Oppenheim and her company Heart Stück Bernie will create a 50-minute work for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage accompanied by original music and sound score by local musicians Andrew C. Oppenheim, Daniel Mancini, and Oliver Mertz. With her signature quirky-luscious dance, intimate audience performance art, and dynamic blend of highbrow and lowbrow zeitgeist ingredients, Heart Stück Bernie invites audience members to wield powerful choice, embody creative problem solving, and experience the viscera of political movement; not unlike the '60s and President John F. Kennedy's great call to action when he asked the American people what they could do for their country.

  Heart Stück Bernie