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Embodiment Project presents House of Matter
December 13 - 15

Embodiment Project presents House of Matter
December 13th, 14th, and 15th at 8 PM
Student Tickets: $18
General Admission: $23
Embodiment Project Supporters: $38

“House of Matter was one of the most rocking, joyous dance theater pieces that hit the town in a long time.” - SF Bay Guardian
“Jazz vocalist Valerie Troutt is unquestionably one of the best songwriters around.”
- East Bay Express

Embodiment Project was selected as one of the Bay Area’s “ten companies and artists who challenged expectations or unveiled surprises… in 2012.”  -  SF Bay Guardian

“Choreographer and performer d. Sabela grimes may be the Los Angeles dance world's best-kept secret.  -  Los Angeles Times

“You can have a first encounter with an artist who pushes you right to the edge of your seat… such was the case with Nicole Klaymoon.”  - SF Bay Guardian

House of Matter uproots traditional notions gender, power, and manhood through high-energy street dance, live music, spoken word, theater, and interactive video. Featuring critically acclaimed Los Angeles choreo-poet d. Sabela Grimes, legendary Oakland vocalist Gina Breedlove, nine-piece band MoonCandy, and original compositions by singer/songwriter Valerie Troutt, House of Matter electrifies, provokes, and mobilizes!
Struggling to embody womanist values, House of Matter's protagonist journeys through the rooms of a man’s house, exposing the pitfalls of masculinity in contemporary culture. An episodic collage, the narrator and dancers propel and weave their individual stories through their movement, grounded in street dance and made cohesive through modern dance and physical theater. MoonCandy’s five vocalists and four musicians create original house music; the style’s signature ‘looping’ becomes a potent incantation spellbinding the audience.
An up-and-coming dance company, Embodiment Project celebrates poetic and poignant integration of modern dance, house dance, spoken-word, humor, and song to express personal and political narratives. As part of the new generation of artists working in street dance forms, artistic director Nicole Klaymoon’s nuanced comedic timing, biting social commentary, and eco-feminist values bridge what has been a long-standing divide between modern and street dance.
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Embodiment Project (EP) is a street dance theater company founded by Nicole Klaymoon and based in San Francisco. Quickly gaining critical acclaim, EP seamlessly intersects high-energy street dance, live song, choreo-poetry, theater, and interactive video. Live vocal ensemble, MoonCandy, is led by EP’s musical director and singer/songwriter, Valerie Troutt. The company’s unique use of dancers performing text and vocalists weaving into the choreography create emotionally transparent personal narratives. EP humanizes stories often silenced by mainstream culture and serves as a unifying call for political and social change.
Embodiment Project recently received critical support including ODC’s Rainin Opportunity Award and the Zellerbach Family Foundation grant.  Dance magazine contributing editor Rita Felciano called Embodiment Project one of the Bay Area’s, “ten companies and artists who challenged expectations and unveiled surprises…in 2012.”
EP performed in the collaborative mixed media production Block By Block, directed by Sean San Jose, as part of the artist fellowship series at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. EP performed at numerous festivals including, Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Left Coast Leaning Festival, The Crucible Fire Arts Festival, Dance Brigade's Manifest-ival for Social Change, ODC’s Walking the Distance Festival, Krissy Keefer’s Voluspa: A Ghost Dance For 2012, and three consecutive years in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show (OR). EP is currently working on their 5th home season show and is an artist-in-residence dance company at San Francisco’s Red Poppy Art House and Dance Mission Theater.  EP is recognized for their educational outreach, community arts practices, and ground breaking cross-cultural collaborations in Kenya.
Embodiment Project’s dancers performing in House of Matter are Nick Brentley, Rama Mahesh Hall, Nicole Klaymoon, Mika Lemoine, Neil Magdamo, Dennis McCaffrey, Jena McRae, Michelle “Mystique” Lukmani, Sheila Russell, Jardy Santiago,  Delvis Savigne Frinon, Xanthia Ewiijk, d. Sabela Grimes. and Nicole Klaymoon.
MoonCandy ensemble members performing in House of Matter are Valerie Troutt, Jovan Watkins, Tiffany Austin, Solas B. Lalgee, Shamont Hussey, Lamar Green, Scott Keller, Jackeline Rago, and Rafa Postel.
Funding credits:
Zellerbach Family Foundation grant and ODC’s Rainin Opportunity Award

Duration: 70 minutes

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Student Tickets: $18
General Admission: $23
Embodiment Project Supporters: $38
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