Guest Artist-in-Residence Maree ReMalia facilitates a master class in which participants are guided through explorations from the Gaga movement language and improvisational methods based in dance and theater. She then offers an experiential window into her latest project in development, A Letter Compiled From All Letters, in which the artists are investigating connection and communication in a digital age. The group engages in generative explorations and learns excerpts of choreography from the artistic team’s process. The approach is playful, inquisitive and nonjudgmental; all are welcome (ages 16+), and no previous experience is necessary.
Born in South Korea and raised in Ohio, Maree ReMalia is a choreographer, performer, educator and certified Gaga instructor. merrygogo is her platform for crafting contemporary dance works. Her choreography has been commissioned by the Gibney DoublePlus Festival in New York under the curation of Bebe Miller and has been presented at venues such as Dance Place in Washington, D.C.; Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pennsylvania; La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in New York; Movement Research at the Judson Church in New York; and Daegu International Dance Festival in South Korea. Recent collaborations include Hatch Arts Collective, Rickey Laurentiis and slowdanger. She has performed in the work of Gabriel Forestieri, Bebe Miller, Michael J. Morris, Ohad Naharin, Lida Winfield and Noa Zuk.
Since earning her MFA at The Ohio State University, she has traveled frequently, working with individuals across disciplines, identities and experience levels. From 2015 to 2017, she was selected as the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer for the Middlebury College Movement Matters Residency, and in 2018 she was invited faculty at the Bates Dance Festival and Lion’s Jaw Performance + Dance Festival.
Currently based in Pittsburgh, she is faculty at Point Park University and is premiering her collaborative, evening-length work A Letter Compiled From All Letters at New Hazlett Theater June 14-15, 2019.
Photo by Garret Jones
Guest artists Maree ReMalia, David Bernabo, Lillian Cho and Gigi Gatewood will present their work-in-progress, A Letter Compiled From All Letters, a new evening-length dance work merging live performance and video projection with movement, music, text and a modular set, which began with letter-writing. Collaborators Maree ReMalia (choreographer/director), Gigi Gatewood (multimedia artist) and Lillian Cho (performer) wanted to investigate connection and communication in an era of digital media. So they asked friends and acquaintances to write them letters sharing moments of significance or how communication has changed with digitization. The answers were profound, mundane, absurd.
They are working with Pittsburgh-based artists David Bernabo, Natalia Gomez, Susan Kuo, Moriah Ella Mason and Jil Stifel to explore how this correspondence cultivates a sense of intimacy with others and the ways this type of interaction influences the choreographed work. Aspects of the letters influenced the development of improvisational scores designed to generate movement and experiments with video, music, sound, text and set design for the work. The portrayals in the live performance are abstracted and nonlinear. As the project grows, the performance migrates between almost-pedestrian and semi-virtuosic. It toys with the distance between carefully curated virtual selves and true realities.
The project premieres at New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 14–15, 2019, as part of a pilot program aimed to support artists who are shifting beyond emerging status. New Hazlett Theater will support the project with venue rental, production assistance, staffing and marketing, while ReMalia raises funds for artistic expenses.
"Special thank you to Amherst College theater and dance department. This project is supported in part by New Hazlett Theater, Opportunity Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (a state agency), The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, The Pittsburgh Foundation Investing in Professional Artists Program, Amherst College Theater and Dance Department Guest Artist Series, Kelly Strayhorn Theater Fresh Works Residency and PearlArts Studios PearlDiving Movement Residency." --Maree ReMalia
This event is part of the Fall Guest Artist Series and is sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance and the Eastman Fund.
Photo by Kitoko Chargois