“For the toward” is a performance which exists as a duet and a solo. The performer(s) strain against crushing weight. They coax, ride, and hurl steel sculptures that are the immediate result of relentless labor. Raw energy channeled into athletic grace is absorbed by the performer(s) as they maneuver such weight. As they balance on shaky weight, they attempt to create a bearable environment in which to exhale and endeavor. “For the toward” was made in a collaborative creation process: choreography by Kora Radella; duet performance by Will Arbery and Matty Davis; solo performance by Matty Davis; text by Will Arbery; and sculpture/installation by Matty Davis. The very first iteration of the duet “For the toward” was created in 2014 followed by work on a longer iteration of the duet in 2015. The solo version of “For the toward” was created in 2015.
“For the toward” es una presentación que existe como dúo y como solo. El(los) artista(s) se esfuerzan contra pesos aplastantes. Ellos moldean, dirigen y proyectan esculturas de acero que son el resultado inmediato de un trabajo constante. Energía cruda canalizada en gracia atlética es absorbida por el(los) artista(s) mientras manipulan tales pesos. A medida que se equilibran en peso inestable, intentan crear un ambiente soportable en el que puedan exhalar y esforzarse. “For the toward” fue creado por medio de un proceso de creación colaborativo: coreografía por Kora Radella; presentación en dúo por Will Arbery y Matty Davis; presentación en solo por Matty Davis; letra por Will Arbery; y escultura/instalación por Matty Davis. La primera iteración (repetición) del dúo “For the toward” fue creado en el 2014, seguido por el trabajo en una iteración más larga del dúo en el 2015. La versión en solo de “For the toward” fue creado en el 2015.
Artprize 2015 Seed Grant Recipient Kora Radella is the choreographer and a co-artistic director of BOOMERANG and Double-Edge Dance. She has an extensive repertory of choreographic work that has been performed in Belgium, England, The Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland and the U.S.A. Radella’s work with BOOMERANG has been performed in NYC venues including Dixon place, Judson Church, Center for Performance Research (CPR), Triskelion Arts, the Irondale Center, and at the United Nations. Double-Edge Dance has been based in Ohio for the last decade and has shown work at Cleveland Public Theatre, Playhouse Square in Cleveland, BalletMet, the Ingenuity Festival of Cleveland, OhioDance Festivals as well as 100 Grand, Movement Research, and Roulette in New York City. Noted for her use of “awkward grace,” the integration of idiosyncratic motion with musical phrasing, compositional form, and performance depth, her movement research often delicately teeters on the edge of being out-of-control, thus pushing both physical and psychological balances. Radella is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Kenyon College. Radella’s work with Kenyon College students was performed at Kennedy Center in the National College Dance Festival May 2012. Radella is a 2104 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award recipient. Radella’s honors include the Ineke Sluiter Prize for choreography in Amsterdam, and a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation to pursue post-M.F.A. research in choreography, in Brussels. Her work has been funded by organizations including Anjersfonds and Prins Bernard Fonds in Amsterdam, Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques in Brussels, the Abteiling Kulturelles des Kantons Basel-Landschaft grant in Basel, Switzerland, Illinois Arts Council, Ingenuity Festival, and the Ohio Arts Council. Radella often works as a movement coach for theater productions at Kenyon College. Her primary teaching interests include contemporary dance technique with dynamic release principles, improvisation, choreography, contact improvisation, and movement for actors. Radella has an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an advanced diploma from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam, Netherlands and is a certified yoga teacher (500RYT).