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      Ritual of Ocean "ARA Gut" Workshop: working with resonance and water in Oakland

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      November 9, 2013

      Saturday  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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      Ritual of Ocean "ARA Gut" Workshop: working with resonance and water

      Join Bay Area artists Dohee Lee and Edward Schocker as they offer a free workshop on how water affects our creative practice. Through working with sound and movement, this workshop will explore our deep connection with water and ritual and add insight on how we connect with natural elements through our art. Participants will be guided through various exercises involving breath, sound, singing and movement with water and glass vessels with the intention of bringing nature and ancestors into our body through its connection with ritual. No prior experience is necessary. These workshops are open to all who are interested in movement, music, deep listening, ritual and the physics of sound. Space is very limited for these free workshops and reservations are required through Brown Paper Tickets. This workshop will be a part of Spring ritual "ARA Gut" to be premiered on May 4th,2014 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Performed by Dohee Lee, Edward Schocker, Adria Otte and Suki O'Kane, this work will take individual and communal journeys through creative activities like singing, chanting, walking, and moving through space in mindful, kinesthetic and sensory experiences through the body and sound. This workshop is partially supported through the ARC Residency Program. Artist Bios: Born on Jeju Island in South Korea, Dohee Lee studied Korean dance, music, percussion and vocals at the master level. Since her arrival in the US she has been a vital contributor to both the traditional and contemporary arts landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Dohee's work focuses on integration of traditional forms and contemporary arts through music, movement, images, costumes and installations. Lee's distinctive and profound performance style evokes the full spectrum of human emotion, the primordial, futuristic, visible and invisible realms. A review that that appeared in the Chicago Tribune stated, "Lee unfurled an extraordinary lexicon of vocal colors, tones and textures. Yet she deftly controlled these otherworldly soundswith her sinuous, thoroughly personalized one-woman choreo- graphy, self-styled art form." Born out of her desire to explore new art forms, Lee founded the Puri Project in 2004 to present interdisciplinary works that embrace the ritualistic and healing aspects of performance. She was the recipient of the Isadora Duncan Special Award honoring Outstanding Achievement for her piece "FLUX", performed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2008. She has performed in venues and festivals around the world and has collaborated with a wide range of artists such as dancers/choreographers Anna Halprin, Shinichi Iova-Koga's inkBoat, Amara Tabor-Smith, Sherwood Chen, Yannis Adoniou's Kunst-Stoff, the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Sue Li-Jue's Facing East Dance and Music, and musicians/composers ETHEL, Larry Ochs, Scott Amendola, Joan Jeanrennaud, Theresa Wong, Francis Wong, and Tatsu Aoki. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the Watermill Center in New York with the Degenerate Art Ensemble, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Paul Dresher Artist Residency Center, and the Montalvo Arts Center. In 2010, she appeared at Carnegie Hall with Kronos Quartet, performing her original composition, Sinawi and at Teatro Municipal de Lima in Peru with Pauchi Sasaki and Collective (((OIE))) "MURU" A commitment to teaching is also encompassed in her artistic vision. Lee acted as artistic director and instructor at the Korean Youth Cultural Center from 2002 to 2008, resident artist and instructor at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center from 2008 to 2011, and has been a guest instructor at San Francisco State University, Saint Mary's College, UC Berkeley and Northern Illinios University. Edward Schocker is a composer and performer who creates music with made/found materials and alternate tuning systems. He holds an M.A. in composition from Mills College, where he studied with Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, and independently with Lou Harrison. At Mills, Edward founded The Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival, an annual event in The Bay Area devoted to unusual instruments and tunings. In 1999 and 2000 Edward was artist in residence at the now defunct European Dance Development Center in Düsseldorf, Germany where he took part in and conducted workshops in instrument building, and composer/choreographer collaborations. Many of his dance-theater collaborations at this time toured throughout Europe and were performed by Jim Fulkerson and members of Amsterdam-based The Barton Workshop. In 2004 Edward composed music for an UNESCO sponsored work with Echo Arts a large bicommunal project in Cyprus that helped build understanding between communities in conflict. His other collaborations in dance/theatre include multiple works with U.K. director Angus Balbernie: Mud Wings (2001), Nine Days on Dark Water (2002) and Sassantedue (2003). Edward's artist in residence and commissions include Stanford Lively Arts with Brenton Cheng, the St. Ignatius Choir directed by Jonathan Dimmock in San Francisco, Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra directed by Gordon Lee in San Jose, and Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo. In 2006 he was awarded The NEA/Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship to research Japanese musical instruments and tuning systems, and in 2010 received a 6-month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. As a performer, he has presented work at festivals around the world, including Internationales Klangkunstfest in Berlin, Playback in San Francisco and Pacific Exchange in Japan. Currently, Edward is an ensemble member of the Thingamajigs Performance Group, creating works in a group process with Dylan Bolles, Suki O'Kane and Zachary Watkins. The group recently completed a summer-long residency at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

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