Carmela Hermann and Ally Voye
Carmela Hermann, MFA, is a choreographer whose work is informed by personal history, politics, and the things people don’t discuss in public. She creates dances for the stage, film and site specific venues. Her choreography has been presented throughout the
United States and Europe. Carmela has been admired by L.A. Times’ Lewis Segal for her
“confrontational connection between dancing and talking”, while proclaiming it to be “full of wild, unpredictable, emotional swings.” Her work has been presented at the Getty Center, Bootleg Theater, Highways Performance Space, and REDCAT, among others. Carmela has also created several projects in collaboration with other artists including a longtime collaboration with Terrence Luke Johnson. From 1998-2009 she collaborated with Pioneer improviser, Simone Forti, creating improvisational duets wherein words and movement intersect. She has taught Simone’s approach to dance improvisation “Logomotion” as well as her own “Talking Dances” choreography workshop. Her article “Learning to Speak,” about text based dance improvisation was published in the book, Taken by Surprise (Wesleyan Press.) In 2000 Carmela founded the Making Dances Workshop, a choreography workshop for dance artists to develop their choreography in a supportive environment with constructive feedback. She has taught choreography at UCLA, CSULB, Santa Monica College, Lawrence University, the Santa Barbara Dance Festival and ID Fest. She is the recipient of a Durfee grant, an ARC Grant, and been an artist in residence at UCLA’s Hothouse program.
Ally Voye is a dancer, choreographer, educator and dance filmmaker who began her dance training in Salt Lake City at the Life Arts Center. A graduate of the department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, she studied extensively with Victoria Marks and Maria Gillespie, among others. In 2014 Ally was awarded a year-long grant by San Francisco’s Margaret Jenkins Dance Company to develop her choreography and dance film work with her mentor, Cari Ann Shim Sham*. Ally's live choreography and dance films have been presented at a variety of venues throughout Los Angeles and the United States including the Pasadena Dance Festival, Ford Amphitheater, UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Highways Performance Space, Jacob’s Pillow and the American Dance Festival. She is co-artistic director of IN/EX Dance Project, a Los Angeles based collaborative dance company dedicated to unconventional performances. In addition to producing, performing and choreographing locally, Ally is a dance-teaching artist at The Growing Place preschool
Sweet Red Revolution
Structure/Concept: Carmela Hermann in collaboration with Leah Rothman
Music: Maybe "Yes it is" by the Beatles and/or "Red Roses for a Blue Lady"
Performers: Carmela Hermann, Leah Rothman, Terrence Luke Johnson
Costume and Set: Leah Rothman and Carmela Hermann
ON THE (COLOR) SPECTRUM
Choreography: Carmela Hermann and Ally Voye
Performer: Carmela Hermann
Costume Design: Leah Rothman
Set Design: Leah Rothman
Music: Tom Moose
Text: Carmela Hermann and Ally Voye
Direction: Ally Voye
Text Sources: Interview with Leah Rothman and articles from the "Autism Speaks" Website: "What are the Symptoms of Autism?", "Learn the Signs of Autism", and "Autism and Your Family"Voice-Over: Bill Ratner
This work was made possible by the generosity of Immanuel Presbyterian ChurchThese two works, developed for HomeLA will become part an evening length dance theater piece to be presented in 2015. These versions have been created especially for this space - the color, the placement of the paintings, and the architecture. Ally Voye and Carmela Hermann began a collaboration last year inspired by the secret corners of food obsession. This resulted in a dance film starring 5 dozen donuts and Carmela in high heels followed by a dance for Ally inspired by the conflict between choosing gooey cheese pizza over kale salad. This interest in exposing the metaphors of odd food behaviors expanded to an interest in other "adaptive behaviors" that people develop.The work will be a series of choreographic portraits of real-life people, all of whom have volunteered to bare themselves for this project. These works look at the nitty gritty details of the behavior, the underlying causes, and question why someone can, can't, or doesn't want to stop the behavior. "Sweet Red Revolutions" is inspired by the cupcakes Michelle, our host offered at our first homeLA rehearsal and ties in with the theme of food obsession and color. "Spectrum of Chromaticity" was developed from videotaped interviews with Leah Rothman. The movement was generated by recreating Leah's gestures as captured in the video and movements that her son and some of his school friends have been observed doing.
Special thanks to Michelle Jane Lee for opening up her space and herself to our process. Thanks for Rebecca Bruno for this wonderful opportunity to perform in a unique environment. And to everyone who supports HomeLA.