Printz Dance Project comes to The Center
San Francisco Bay Area-based Printz Dance Project has been well-known for their technically superb dancing, refined athleticism, and lush blending of different dance styles for 10 years. Their repertoire utilizes modern dance with elements of jazz, hip hop and cultural forms.
Printz utilizes unexpected combinations of shapes and crisp visual dynamics to create aesthetically varied repertory. Hip, yet mature, the textured work strives to be uplifting yet thought provoking. Unpretentious subject matter is explored with honesty by the cohesive dance ensemble. The company performs in an expressive and relatable style inviting audiences to connect with an accessible dance experience.
From joyous to playful and sensual to fierce, the company’s musically driven dances “blend dance techniques that include modern, jazz, ethnic, ballet and hip-hop with a flow that motivates eye, energy and spirit” (Marie Beneat, Attitude Magazine).
They will perform a mix of pieces including:
“Treading” (2009) looks at the overwhelming sense of confusion and uncertainty when at a crossroad in life. As a new mother, Printz is in the process of re-defining her role in the world – in dance, in relationships, in daily activities all while being sleep-deprived and tackling the joys and challenges of parenting. In turn, it leaves a sense of treading – of moving quickly to stay afloat, while not really knowing what direction you are
“Birds, Bees and Other Metaphors” (2007) “…by learning more about animals and their mode of thought, if it exists, we learn more about ourselves” – The Queen Must Die and
Other Affairs of Bees and Men
Honey bees are used as a metaphor for human patterns, habits and instincts. Stacey’s fascination with science and more specifically biology lead to researching bees, and ultimately uncovered a jumping off point for this piece. Passages from books such as “The Queen Must Die and Other Affairs of Bees and Men” were brought to the studio and used as instigators for movement development. Matthew Kratz composed the music based on the same research.
“Colonies of eusocial bees are complex highly coordinated societies. Individuals communicate by means of chemical messages, touch, sound, and, in the case of honey bees, a symbolic dance language” – Everything About Bees
“Inside Out” (2003) – This dance is a very personal solo created by/for the choreographer during a time in her life filled with life choices and change.
Following the performance audience members are welcome to stay for a question and answer session with the performers moderated by Sierra College dance instructor
PDP features performances by company members Stacey Printz, Alissa Pearce, Dudley Flores, Jenni Bregman, Laura Sharp, Sharon Gallagher, Josie Garthwaite.
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