Under the artistic direction of Amelia Rudolph, the dancers, climbers and riggers of Project Bandaloop, based in Oakland, California, collaborate to create a blend of dance, sport, ritual, and environmental awareness. Their work explores the boundaries of dance and performance and seeks to honor nature, community, and the human spirit through their art. Inspired by the possibilities of climbing and rappelling, Project Bandaloop’s choreography relies on aerial, vertical and horizontal movement to craft site-specific dances. The group’s work marries modern dance and rock climbing, culture and nature, mortality and celebration. The challenge of performing in a wide variety of venues—ranging from urban towers and skyscrapers to fields filled with boulders and large granite cliffs—helps free both the dance and dance space from convention. Bandaloop has performed site-specific works at the New York Stock Exchange, San Francisco Airport, and Yosemite National Park, as well as at traditional theaters in San Francisco, Boston, Buenos Aires, Portugal, and Canada. For its Kennedy Center debut, Bandaloop will perform the Washington, D.C. premiere of Crossing: Stories of Gravity and Transformation, a new work that integrates images and stories of crossing the Sierra Nevada range, one of the company’s site-specific installations.
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