The second artist to participate in our residency with Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA was Jennie Liu and her Grand Lady Dance House. We are thrilled to continue our work with these artists, following up on Actress Fury at the 2014 LAX Festival, and House Music, which is slated to premiere this Fall.
Grand Lady Dance House begins a new work set on a grand stage. Tropes-as-material include long hair, theatrical curtains, memories of Tanztheater Wuppertal, kimonos, white men, white women, and the choreographic history of the diagonal.
Jennie Liu has made performances with a close, evolving group of performers and designers since 2005. Her last work Actress Fury was presented in development at REDCAT, premiered at the Bushwick Starr in February 2014, and was co-presented by Show Box LA at the Live Arts Exchange festival. Her work has been been presented at venues including the former Dance Theater Workshop, HERE Arts Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Incubator Arts Center, and the Prelude Festival at the Segal Center for the Performing Arts. She has been awarded residencies from the Bogliasco Foundation, Yaddo Arts Colony, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She was a Lead Artist on Soul Leaves her Body, which won a grant from the Multi-Arts Project Fund in 2010. Liu received her BFA at the Experimental Theater Wing at New York University, and her MFA in Dance at Hollins University/American Dance Festival. As a performer Liu has worked with Big Dance Theater, Faye Driscoll Dance Group, Witness Relocation Company, Cathy Weis Projects and LA-based experimental theater company Poor Dog Group.