Akimbo, literally means the position of having the hands on the hip and the elbows turned outward, though, the Akimbo I am talking about contorts itself into numerous, much more fun, creative moving positions.
AKIMBO is a Dance Explosion featuring over 60 dancers, musicians, and artists at over 15 Station North Sites. Having successfully reached their Kickstarter goal in July, giving you the teaser during Station North’s Final Friday on August 31, FINALLY the main AKIMBO event, A Site-Specific Dance Art Walk in Station North, is upon us and will take place on September 15th, from 2:00 – 5:00PM.
During AKIMBO, “audiences will weave through Station North businesses, sidewalks, and grassy knolls while experiencing the beauty of dance, by participating in unique site-specific performances created by fifteen professional, Baltimore-based dance companies and musicians.”
You can participate in a guided or self-guided tour, with strategically located “yellow shirt” volunteers to facilitate people moving throughout the event and interacting with site-specific dance.
Drop down and get your akimbo on, friends!
AKIMBO presents a diverse selection of dance companies, movement artists, musicians, performers, visual artists, and other creative types throughout our programs.
See below for when and where artists are scheduled to perform during AKIMBO’s varoius 2012 events.
Common Ground Dance Company
Sept 15, 2-3:30m ~ Gaia Mural
Sept 15, 3:30-5pm ~ Windup Space
Common Ground presents an interactive movement experience. Audience members randomly select music and read poetry, prompting the dancers to react to the ever-changing soundscape.
Dance & Bmore
Sept 15, 2-5pm ~ Gallery CA
Entitled “Voices & Choices,” Dance & Bmore creates movement inspired by the spoken word and songs of artists. The Edge of Water, an exhibition of paintings by Julia Foote & Heather Joi, is featured throughout Gallery CA.
Deep Vision Dance Company
Aug 31, 5-7pm ~ Location TBA
Sept 15, 2-5pm ~ WESTNORTH Studio
Entitled “Out of My Head,” Deep Vision Dance Company collaborates with musicians, David Bridgeman and Chloe Wieczorek, creating an experiential journey from North Ave., through WESTNORTH Studio, and into the meditative garden. Intricate, playful movement is inspired by the organic artwork of David Boothman (painter), roycrosse (sculptor), Helen Elliot (enamel artist), and Valerie Maynard (sculptor).
Sept 15, 2-5pm ~ Cork Factory/David Herman
Effervescent Collective performs improvisational work inspired by the minimalist artwork of David Herman on the 2nd floor of the Cork Factory.
Electric Heart Engine
Sept 15, 2-5pm ~ Nutty Sensations
Electric Heart Engine engages audiences as dancers move alongside the interactive MICA art installation. Nutty Sensations INVITED instalation by artistEmily C-D.
Sept 15, 2-5pm ~ Bohemian Coffee House
Enter into the intimacy of a re-interpreted Arabic coffee house where coffee is served in small cups while Hanan dances and musicians play. After coffee, guests may choose to have the fortune teller read their fortunes in the coffee grounds remaining in the cup. Hanan collaborates with percussionist, Daveed Korup , oud player, Guillermo Christie, and fortune teller, Marceline White.
Fluct Dance Projects
Sept 15, 2-5pm ~ D Center
Monica Mirabile and Sigrid Lauren excite audiences through an immersive environment of avant garde dance.
Sept 15, Parades at 2:30 & 3:30, Corner of Lanvale St. & Charles St.
Fluid Movement Milkmaids, a gang of stereo robots, and a goat on wheels with a boom box will lead a parade of dancers and audience down Lanvalle. Anymore need to be said?
Sept 15, 4:30pm ~ Calvert/Federal Park
Fluid Movement’s classic Milkmaids will teach an German inspired line dance with lots of slapping and good fun for all! Come ready to dance!
Flux/Us Dance Projects
Sept 15, 2-5pm ~ Joe’s Squared
Flux/us integrates local music with dance in a spontaneous collaboration of play. Pedestrian movements blur the lines between artist in performance and artist as self within the interactive environment. Flux/Us is also collaborating with Tek Subport, Ben Bor, and Slant Rhyme among other local musicans.
Sept 15, 2-5pm ~ D Center
Isa Leal and company uses contact improvisation, The Tunning Score, and authentic movement to engage audiences in building a collaborative work. Audiences affect the movement using words that trigger actions, such as repeat and reverse.
Sept 15, 2:00-5:00pm ~ The Charles Theatre
Bernasconi’s work, “Suspended Characters” blends equal parts movement and action theatre with single point trapeze. Influenced by her surroundings, moving characters fly live instead of on screen at The Charles Theatre.
Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company
Sept 15, 2-4:30pm ~ Calvert/Federal Park
Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company excites and rejuvenates audiences through their performance of live dance and music in the Calvert/Federal Park.
Sky Blue Pink/Carl Stevens
Sept 15, 2-5pm ~ Honey Carryout
Alongside the new MICA art installation, performance art collaborative ”Sky Blue Pink” entertains and entrances audiences through the use of elaborate costumes, unique characters, and raw talent. The Honey Carryout INVITED installation is by artist Shana Goestch.
Sept 15, 2-5pm ~ Area 405
In collaboration with the local band, The Water, The Collective creates an immersive performance experience in Area 405. Audience is involved in the performance and able to move fluidly throughout the environment.
Aug 31, 5-7pm ~ Pearson’s Florist
Sept 15, 2-5pm ~ Pearson’s Florist
withhart.dance.projects merges live improvised movement and music with MICA art installation outside the unique setting of Pearson’s Florist. The result of this performance shifts and redesigns the common environment. Pearson’s INVITED installation is by artist Amy Boone McCreesh.