Thursday, December 9, 2010

new videos

I have recently been able to upload videos to my youtube channel (somanautdance), and here are links to two of our most recent performances:

1. Appaloosa
Presented at the December ETC Performance series at the C.E.C. in Philadelphia. This video is from Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. This piece was created in collaboration with Megan Mizanty, and celebrates the beauty and joy of horses through movement and sound; it is danced my Becca Weber, Megan Mizanty, and Colleen Ryan.

2. Catastrophe Theory Series
Presented on Oct. 1-3 at the Wilmington, DE Fringe Festival and performed at Opera Delaware, this rendition of the entire Catastrophe Theory Series was presented as part of Movement Brigade's Absurd Commentaries show. It was danced by the second cast, including Alie Vidich, Ellie Goudie-Averill, and Becca Weber, with help from the rest of the Absurd Commentaries cast.

3. Catastrophe Theory Series
Presented at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in September as part of Mascher Space Co-Op's Fresh Juice showcase, this was the seminal performance of the entire Catastrophe Theory Series, with performances original cast members Alie Vidich and Allison Modderno, while understudy Kari Friesen performs the last solo (Catastrophe Theory II). (Please note this video is in sections due to time restrictions on youtube)

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Coming soon: the melting point of feathers!

Friday, December 3, 2010

December ETC Performance Series

Somanaut Dance will be premiering a new dance work at the December Madness Performance of the ETC Performance Series at Philadelphia's own Community Education Center.

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The piece, titled "Appaloosa" is a contemporary dance work celebrating the movement of horses, developed in collaboration with Megan Mizanty, and will be performed by Becca Weber, Megan Mizanty, and Colleen Ryan.

Come out THIS weekend, Dec. 4th & 5th at 8pm to view Appaloosa! Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 students/seniors/dance pass holders.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Melting Point of Feathers

After a wonderful run of the "Catastrophe Theory Series" in both the Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE fringe festivals, Somanaut Dance (becca weber) is proud to be premiering a new work this weekend!!!

(photo via Bill H.)

The piece is called "The Melting Point of Feathers" and it is the somatic re-telling of the tale of Icarus and Dedalus featuring performances by Temple students Megan Mizanty, Sophia May, Taylor Green, Gracianna Coscia, and Emily Storz, with lighting design by Colleen Hooper. It will be presented as part of Temple University's Student Dance Concert this weekend in Conwell Theatre. Information is as follows--hope you can make it!

Friday, November 12 at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 13 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Student Dance Concert
A juried selection of the best dances of the season, this concert is choreographed, designed and produced entirely by the students.
Tickets: $20 general admission / $15 students and senior citizens / $10 with Dance USA Philadelphia Dance Pass / $5 with student OWLcard
Conwell Dance Theater - 5th Floor, Conwell Hall

Monday, May 17, 2010

looking forward

Thank you for visiting Somanaut Dance on the web!

We now have a twitter account and facebook page!

Please check back for more exciting info regarding upcoming regular classes, workshops, intensives, and private lessons with Becca Weber in Philadelphia, PA!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Introduction to Somanaut Dance

Somanaut Dance is where I house my somatic movement dance education and choreographic explorations. For me, the two are inextricably linked processes, which grow from the same soil.

Somatic Movement Dance Education:

Somanaut dance is a place to explore the intersection between embodied somatic movement and dance. I am dedicated to free and innovative exploration of the living body through meditative and creative deep, internal listening and movement, and strive to create a sense of greater awareness, spaciousness, support, and positive well-being through our movement practices.

Choreographic Pursuits:
I create intellectual, contemporary movement that is process-driven and somatically-informed. I balance between brain and body, intellectual processes and lived experiences. My dance works feature edited relational collages and offer calculated, oppositional perspectives on the impact of evolutions. By abstracting subtle shifts to dissect change over time, I make my audiences think. I honor many bodies and many voices through democratic processes. I relish asking the juicy questions, zealously embodying the inquisition, where answers exist or not.