SPRING RISE UP: A Dance Sensorium
Spring Rise Up: A Dance Sensorium will consist of four dance pieces for the Harry J. Elam, Jr. Theater. Choreography by TAPS Lecturers Ronnie Reddick and Raissa Simpson, TAPS Artist-in-Residence amara tabor-smith, and TAPS Senior Lecturer Aleta Hayes.
Promotional Illustration by Jasmin Zazaboi
ABOUT THE PIECES
Show Up to Show Out!
Director and Choreographer Ronnie Reddick
Show Up to Show Out! opens like a popstar concert with elements of drama and underground trending lyrics, its sexy and hard-hitting choreography makes it very appeasing to the eye. The piece transforms into an Afro Beats segment; 3 soloists will display their individual moves derived from African dance styles and moves. To continue with this African vibe, the piece journeys to an immersive jungle, complete with jungle ambiance and dancers dancing as animals of the jungle to Beyoncé’s “Move feat. Grace Jones”. The jungle morphs into a powerful lyrical segment that is both powerful and emotionally driven. The closing segment of the piece is a fun upbeat dance number filled with joy and a bit of contiguous energy.
Marc Cunanan Chappelle
Show Up To Show Out! consists of five sections
1 — THE COUNTDOWN
Victor Ragsdale/Marc Cunanan Chappelle
Beau Tse/Felix Zhan
2 — THE ARRIVAL
Din Daa Daa – Afro Freestyle
3 — DISEMBARKATION
Move – The Urban Jungle
Group 1 — Snakes
Choreography by Ronnie Reddick
Group 2 — Zebra
Choreography by Jasmine Agyepong
Group 3 — Leopards
Choreography by Marc Cunanan Chappelle
Group 4 — Birds of Paradise
Choreography by Zion Asemota
4 — EMERGER
Lift Me Up
Directed by Ronnie Reddick with Solos Choreographed by the Dancers
Chinazom Okafor (Thu&Sat)/Julia Leal (Fri)
Marc Cunanan Chappelle
5 — THE CESSATION
Conceived and Directed by Raissa Simpson with input from the students of TAPS
FALL/FLIGHT is a post-disciplinary dance depicting the visible and invisible struggles of equity and access for women in today’s 21st-century world. The creation of the dance included a dialogic process by incorporating the voices of six women who then embodied their stories into an Aerial dance. Later, the cast added members to help assist the Aerialists fly in the air through the usage of set pieces. The exploration of feminism and modern-day womanism are key components to FALL/FLIGHT’s ongoing theme.
Marc Cunanan Chappelle
Erik K. Raymond Lee*
*Professional artists courtesy of PUSH Dance Company
Direction and Choreography by amara tabor-smith in collaboration with the performers
Glory celebrates and remembers the life, work and legacy of writer, teacher, and cultural critic bell hooks. bell hooks (1952-2021) was born Gloria Jean Watkins in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the daughter of Veodis Watkins and Rosa Bell. She was a trailblazing cultural theorist and activist, public intellectual, teacher and feminist writer, and author of over 40 books. Her writing passionately explored the intersecting oppressions of gender, race and class, reflecting her concerns with issues related to art, feminism, psychology, spirituality, community, home and love. With her first publication, she began to use the pseudonym bell hooks — a name she adopted in honor of her maternal great-grandmother, written in lowercase so as to keep the focus on her work rather than on her own persona. She produced radical writings that shaped popular and academic discourse utilizing storytelling as effectively as social theory. bell hooks died December 15, 2021 from Kidney Failure.
This piece received funding and support from Stanford Institute for Diversity of the Arts.
SOUND AND MUSIC DESIGN
Marc Cunanan Chappelle
Choreography by Aleta Hayes in collaboration with The Chocolate Heads Movement Band
The Chocolate Heads Movement Band presents Weather Simulator, a site-specific dance event, the final iteration of the ongoing 2022-2023 Chocolate Heads’ “Weather Simulator” Project. Through this poetic simulator, we are exploring the relationship between weather, emotion, and human social life. In an unpredictable world of climate catastrophes, how can we inspire hope and creative agency through our collective imagination?
Destiny Shango Kelly
A-lan Holt, Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts
PRODUCTION DESIGNERS & CREW
Aleta Hayes, Ronnie Reddick, Raissa Simpson, amara tabor-smith
Projection Designer/Audio Engineer
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Set Designer
Assistant Costume Designers
Catherine Sarca, Elzi Thomas
Light Board Operator
Sam Howell Petersen
Priscilla de la Rosa
$5-$20 | Advanced Purchase Required
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THURSDAY through SATURDAY
MAY 25-27 at 8PM
There will be no late seating or re-seating while the performance is in progress.
HARRY J. ELAM, JR. THEATER IN ROBLE GYM
375 Santa Teresa Street
Stanford University Main Campus
This production runs approximately 90 minutes and is presented without intermission.
This production was made possible in part by Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts, the Pigott Fund for Drama, the May Ellen Ritter Production Fund, and the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund
LATE SEATING / RE-SEATING
For safety reasons, we cannot accommodate late admission OR re-seating while the performance is in progress. Please plan on arriving with ample time to find parking, locate the theater, move through the box office, etc.
This production makes use of strobe lighting effects and water-based haze.
Electronic Assisted Listening Devices will be available for pickup at the Box Office on performance nights.
For disability-related accommodations, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests should be made by May 18.
Patrons should not attend events if they are experiencing symptoms of upper respiratory illness. If patrons should test positive for COVID-19 within ten days of being on campus, they should report using the General COVID-19 Case Reporting Form.
The Saturday, May 27th, performance will be recorded for future public viewing. Cameras in the theater may incidentally capture audience images and audio in the background. Ticket Purchasers must alert all members of their party to this possibility, and refrain from purchasing tickets before receiving their Party’s consent.
ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHERS
Aleta Hayes, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Dance Concentration in TAPS, is a performer, choreographer, and teacher between the worlds of dance, theater, and music. She has performed in New York and around the world with Robert Wilson, Ping Chong, Jane Comfort, and Martha Clarke. Now teaching at her alma mater, Stanford University, Hayes has performed, choreographed, and collaborated with directors including: Harry Elam (In the Blood, Spring Awakening, Rent, and Raisin in the Sun), Rush Rehm (Sophocles’ Electra, Africa Onstage-Les Blancs, Deianeira, Hecuba (performed at Stanford and Athens, Greece), Samer Al-Saber (Traveling in Place), Michael Rau (Everybody), amara tabor-smith (Revival) and Jamie Lyons (Riot of Spring). Her campus collaborations in dance and teaching include the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, The Memorial Church, the Committee on Black Performing Arts, Medicine and the Muse, the Clayman Institute, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars, and the d.school.
In 2009, Hayes founded the Chocolate Heads Movement Band, an interdisciplinary, dance and movement-driven, prototypical performance troupe that has performed on campus at the Cantor Arts Center (Being Scene, Fashion Fable), The MacMurtry Art and Art History Building (Space Launch); Anderson Collection (Scene in Action, Figures in a California Landscape-Manuel Neri)), The Bing (Xocatl), Memorial Auditorium (Spring Charette), Green Library (Chocolate Ball for Polymaths), the Windhover (Flower- A Moving Meditation), and Roble Gym (Ghost Architecture).
Show Up to Show Out!
Ronnie Reddick is a San Francisco-based choreographer and dancer known for his explosive style, combining hip hop, jazz, fashion, and theatrics. With over two decades of experience, Reddick has worked with a diverse range of artists and corporations, including Michael & Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Coca-Cola, and Microsoft. Along with his busy career, Mr. Reddick is also the choreographer and Show/Creative Director at AsiaSF San Francisco which just recently celebrated 25 yrs of performing for over a million people. This unique restaurant/dining experience is taking the world by storm and features the most beautiful transgender women in the world.
Reddick teaches at TAPS and Santa Clara University, and has conducted masterclasses around the world, including Princeton University, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and Canada. He continues to work with, train, and inspire dancers that are now dancing around the world. Reddick also teaches dancers about the business of dance and how to work in today’s world as a professional, commercial dancer.
Raissa Simpson is a scholar and artistic director of PUSH Dance Company. She has performed and choreographed across major U.S. venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Dance St. Louis, Joyce SoHo and the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. A graduate of SUNY Purchase with an MFA from UC Davis, Simpson had an extensive performance career with Robert Moses Kin and Joanna Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre. Her artistic residencies include Montalvo Arts Center, Aspen Fringe Festival, among others. She has published numerous articles about the body as a site for racial discourse alongside new media and technology. Portrait by Scott Horton.
amara tabor-smith is an Oakland, CA based choreographer, performance maker, cultural worker, and the artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater. She describes her work as Conjure Art. Her interdisciplinary performance making practice utilizes Yoruba Lukumí spiritual technologies to address issues of social and environmental justice, race, gender identity, and belonging. amara recently completed a multi-year project, House/Full of Blackwomen created in collaboration with Ellen Sebastian Chang and a collective of artists and activists, which addressed the displacement, well being and sex-trafficking of black women and girls in Oakland. Her work has been performed nationally and internationally. She is a 2021 Rainin Fellow, a 2019 Dance/USA Fellow, 2018 United States Artist Fellow, 2018 recipient of KQED’s “Bay Brilliant” award, and a 2017 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Fellow. At Stanford amara is an artist in residence through TAPS and IDA and is the artistic director of Committee on Black Performing Arts (CBPA). Portrait by Jean Melesaine.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
TAPS’s video series TABLEWORK, hosted by PhD student Marina Johnson, is a behind-the-scenes look at the scholarly and artistic efforts behind each production. These episodes feature Spring Rise Up choreographers Ronnie Reddick, Raissa Simpson, amara tabor-smith, and Aleta Hayes.