Jennifer Dunning, of The New York Times, describes Green's choreography as "dance with a sure and daring sense of theater." Green's recent "Dancing to Beethoven" created for La Jolla SummerFest was noted as "a sold-out hit fringe event that should become a festival staple" by Jennifer de Poyen, of the San Diego Union Tribune.
Green returns to the museum with a program of new works that explore the relationship of performance, visual art, and new media. In an installation environment created outside the Copley Auditorium in the Marcy Sculpture Garden, audiences will experience, "Heart Beats Light," a cybernetic light sculpture created by visual artist Peter Terezakis, accompanied by an evocative site-specific dance created by Green for eight dancers. The event will integrate light, sound, movement, and video from recent projects by Green and Terezakis created in remote areas. These include portions of the American Southwest, Romania's Black Sea coast, and a volcanic shard of an island in Greece. For Terezakis, "Heart Beats Light" has its genesis in Jean Dupuy's seminal 1968 Art and Technology sculpture, Heart Beats Dust and parables of faith from childhood.
Light installations by Terezakis have been recreated and repeated in a variety of outdoor site-specific settings on several continents since 1995---always at twilight, and always for just a few hours into the night. This work has come to revisit a digital metaphor for life and death, of being and not. Like abstracted fireflies the assembled evanescent fiery discharges invoke a sensation of physical movement across an expanding landscape of both time and imagination. A sound score created by British composer Alan Stones will incorporate sounds and music from Romania and Greece, as well as memories recorded from Terezakis' recently departed 100-year-old grandmother, Artemis Terzis.
Inside the Copley Auditorium will be another poetic synthesis of dance and technology, "Flower" created by Green with new media/performance artist Heather Raikes (Innovation Coordinator at UCSD"s Sixth College), Terezakis, and an original score composed by the UCSD new music quartet soNu. The loose narrative of "Flower" draws abstract connections to Antoine de Saint-Exupery"s "The Little Prince" and will feature dancing by Victor Alonso along with Sadie Weinberg and Alison Dietterle Smith. Media/images incorporated in the video by Raikes will include digitally processed desert; LED configurations created by Terezakis of the night sky suspended on the body; composited footage of historical events; 3-D text animation and motion graphics; and processed footage of a Terezakis" light installation in the Imperial Sand Dunes of Southeastern California.
Completing the program will be "Recordar" a haunting work on the plight of refugees, created for the five dancers of the Lux Boreal Dance Company in Tijuana, Mexico, and the premiere of a new duet "Abandon" for Green danced with New York guest artist Monica Bill Barnes.
"Heart Beats Light" will be performed by Victor Alonso, Monica Bill-Barnes, Jillian Chu, Allyson Green, Amir Khastoo, Robert Johnson, Rafaella Judd, Jennifer Oliver, Alicia Peterson, Alison Dietterle Smith, Amanda Waal, Sadie Weinberg, and Heather Zornes-Almanza and Lux Boreal dancers, Ángel Arámbula, Briseida López, Azalea López, David Mariano and Henry Torres.
Visual Artist Peter Terezakis has created a number of inter-active works of art varying in scale from jewelry-sized objects to an interactive building designed with Donald Trump's architect, Der Scutt. His works have been exhibited in museums in the United States and abroad including Canada, Greece, Japan, Mexico, and Portugal. A faculty member of NYC's School of Visual Arts since 1993, he helped to create the Extended Forms major within the MFA Computer Art program. His work is in a number of corporate, private and museum collections and has received grants over the years from technology companies (including IBM, Hewlett Packard, Sony, and Phillips) who have been intrigued by the novel applications of their products. Terezakis continues to honor his artistic heritage and mentor Billy Kluver by promulgating the ethic of collaboration and process between artists, scientists, and engineers. Heart Beats Light is a piece that has been years in the making and he thanks Allyson Green for making its realization possible.
His work may be seen at www.terezakis.com.
Heather Raikes is a new media/performance artist who has been working with the integration of digital media and evolution of performative form for more than a decade. Her repertoire of original work includes electronic performances, installations, videodances, text/hypertext, visual art and interactive media design. Based in New York from 1991-2003, Heather"s artwork has been presented at such venues as HEREArt Mainstage (NYC), Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center (NYC), Aaron Davis Hall (NYC), Slingshot Project (NYC), the International Festival of Performance (Barcelona), Inscriptions In the Sand Festival (Famagusta, Cyprus), the American College Dance Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the UCI Dance/Film Festival.
Heather is currently the Innovation Coordinator for UCSD"s new Sixth College, dedicated to the interdisciplinary exploration of Culture, Art and Technology, and a Research Associate in the UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts. She comes to UCSD from Temple University, where she was New Media Producer-In-Residence for Temple"s School of Communications and Theater and Assistant Professor of New Media. Heather founded and directed the Temple University New Media Performance Laboratory, and served as the inaugural director of the New Media Interdisciplinary Concentration in the School of Communications and Theater.