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Bare Bones Showing
an evening of movement-based solo performance
by Laura Schandelmeier

November 10
Saturday at 8:00 PM - $5

Photo from 'Mademoiselle' by R.C. Schandelmeier VCU Department of Dance and Choreography and Artspace Performance Series present dance/performance artist Laura Schandelmeier in a showing of solo work featuring the debut of Ballad II, a preview of Holiday Suite, and the full-length version of Mademoiselle.

"An extraordinary mover: strong, fluent, quick, vehement."
Tobi Tobias, New York Magazine

In her first solo show in Richmond, Schandelmeier will present the debut of Ballad II, a surreal and violent duet danced with a life-sized doll made by Richmond painter, Eleanor Rufty. Also on the program will be a preview of Holiday Suite, to be presented by The Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage in March 2002. This work is a series of holiday inspired, solo performance fantasies performed on and around a 3'x3' wooden box: Fairytale for Easter features a bride who gives birth to golden eggs; Independence Day draws upon concepts of oppression and freedom; X-Mas Card is a collage of Christmas and New Year's images gleaned from research on the origins of St. Nicholas and the contemporary idea of Santa Claus; Valentine, performed to a surreal ballad by New York composer/song-writer, Norman Salant imagines cupid as an angel with shiny red beads who carries the weight and wonder of love in it's many manifestations. The program will culminate in the full-length version of Mademoiselle, an excerpt of which was performed in the Yes, Virginia Dance 2000 festival. Jennie Knapp of The Richmond Times Dispatch wrote: "Vogue as imagined by the editors of Mad magazine: That's Laura Schandelmeier's Mademoiselle, a cleverly structured, technically savvy study of distortion that comments on how an obsession with beauty can disfigure self-image. The pixieish Schandelmeier was entertaining and provocative as she began with the smallest movement, explorations of her face, teeth and tongue. Through a sleight of hand, she pulled a scarf out of her mouth, then used it as a phone before blindfolding herself for a plunge off the deep end of her pedestal."

Photo from 'Bowsprit' by R.C. Schandelmeier This performance is the culmination of a mini-residency with VCU's Department of Dance and Choreography. Schandelmeier will conduct a master class for the dance department on Friday, November 9 from 10am to 11:30am. At 2pm on November 9, the department will present a Salon Showing in the Main Studio at 1315 Floyd Avenue in Richmond, VA. Schandelmeier will facilitate feedback from the audience to the student and faculty choreographers using the Fieldwork methodology. THE SALON IS FREE, AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Photos by R.C. Schandelmeier

November Gallery Exhibitions:

  • "Artspace's First National Invitational Miniature Exhibition" -- Downstairs Galleries
  • "Gordon Stettinius" -- Skylight Gallery

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