As part of Transactions II (http://www.mobius.org/aevents/2018/9/22/transactions-ii-performance-art-on-the-greenway-boston-day-2), we will be leading a thoughtful, intentional pacing of the Mother’s Walk in the Rose Kennedy Greenway starting at noon, with a ritual spreading of rose petals. Mothers dressed in white will walk together silently performing a sequence of gestures, paying tribute to a long international history of mothers who have participated in public demonstrations of grief or resistance.
Jimena Bermejo and Chris Brokaw began collaborating in 2017 after many years of mutual admiration. Their works combine the best elements of their shared interests in punk, poetics and the beauty of blood. The pieces they will bring to MAGMA, " Slide," "I'm The Only One" and a new work in progress, "Our Fathers (who aren’t in heaven)" explore different ways to mix, play, and exchange their instruments: guitar and body.
Their work has been shown at Judson Church in New York City, Cathedral Arts Festival in Belfast, Green Street Studios in Cambridge and The Distillery Gallery in South Boston.
Jimena Bermejo sees her body as a tool to create a dynamic and intimate relationship with an audience. She elicits a combination of physical and emotional engagement in pieces woven from memories, music, and personal relationships. She holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Studio for Interrelated Media and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. Most recently, she has shown her work at The Cathedral Arts Festival in Belfast, U. K, The Judson Church in NYC, Distillery Gallery in South Boston, Le Lieu in Quebec, 808 Gallery in Boston, Mobius Gallery, Green Street Studios and The Dance Complex in Cambridge. She has also shown at the Art Beat and SomDance Festivals in Somerville. Jimena is currently a member of Mobius Artists Group and Caitlin Corbett Dance and has performed with many other local choreographers.
She holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Studio for Interrelated Media and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory and currently, she is Director of the Dance Program at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and is currently faculty at Berklee College of Music, and The Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Chris Brokaw is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and film composer based in Boston. Perhaps best known for his pioneering work with the bands CODEINE and COME, since 2002 Chris has released over a dozen solo albums of instrumental and vocal musics, composed music for film and dance, and worked as an accompanist to THURSTON MOORE, STEVE WYNN, EVAN DANDO, CHRISTINA ROSENVINGE, RHYS CHATHAM, JOHNNY DEPP and GG ALLIN. He currently plays in THE NEW YEAR, THE MARTHA'S VINEYARD FERRIES, THE EMPTY HOUSE COOPERATIVE, and THE LEMONHEADS, and in duos with GEOFF FARINA and LORI GOLDSTON. Chris performed with 200 guitarists under the tutelage pf Rhys Chatham at Lincoln Center; one of 77 drummers in the Boredoms' epic 77BOADRUM in Brooklyn; and with Dirtmusic at the Festival In The Desert in Essakane, Mali.
Chris' 2018 releases include CHARNEL GROUND, a collaboration with James McNew and Kid Millions (on 12XU, April 2018) and the forthcoming solo album END OF THE NIGHT (on VDSQ, autumn 2018). Other upcoming performances include the Hopscotch Festival (Raleigh, NC) and the National Gallery (Washington, DC) in September and the Invisible Festival (Brest, France) in November.
Bbeyond in conjuction with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival present TRANSACTIONS: Boston artists exchange
TRANSACTIONS is an exchange between two prominent experimental artists’ groups, Mobius Artists Group in Boston and Bbeyond in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
This exchange, which emphasizes Boston and Belfast’s relationship as sister cities, provides opportunities for artists working at the helm of experimental practice in live performance to learn from each other, share audiences, work across national and cultural contexts while building connections through the creation of new works.
This May, seven Mobius artists: Marilyn Arsem, Jimena Bermejo, Daniel DeLuca, Milan Kohout, Mari Novotny-Jones, Sandrine Schaefer and Anna Wexler, will perform new works in Belfast specifically created for presentation in outdoor public space, as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.
In September, five artists from Belfast, Northern Ireland’s Bbeyond will be travelling to Boston in order to complete the exchange. Transaction II will take place in downtown Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway on September 22 & 23, featuring performances by the artists from Bbeyond and by Mobius artists.
Bbeyond is supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. In Boston this project is made possible by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation, and by a grant from Culture Ireland. Mobius is also funded by The Oedipus Foundation, the Tanne Foundation, and generous private support.
Mobius is excited to announce that we will be presenting an evening-length program of new composer/choreographer collaborative works at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA featuring local and New York based artists as well as Mobius Artists past and present on Saturday June 24th, 2017 at 8pm. The sister concert was presented at Judson Memorial Church on Monday June 5th, 2017.
Leigh Atwell (dancer)
Chris Brokaw (guitar)
Melanie Hedlund (performer)
Carolyn Lewenberg (sculptor)
Edgar Rodriguez (dancer)
Lynda Senisi (dancer)
Vanessa Vargas (dancer)
For more information, visit http://www.mobius.org/aevents/2017/6/24/mobius-green-street-studios
Dance Now Boston/NYC, David Parker’s vision, now in its 4th season, to foster a choreographic bridge between Boston and New York, returns to The Dance Complex, June 16 and June 18, 2017 for a showcase of performance and celebration.
Friday, June 16, will feature Dance Now commissions by four Boston choreographers: Jimena Bermejo, Carey McKinley, McKersin Previlus, and Subject: Matter with Ian Berg.
Sunday, June 18, will offer works by New York's LMnO3 (Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis, and Donnell Oakley). Saturday night's Snap•Crackle•BANG! is a FREE celebration presented by The Bang Group, featuring commissioned artists and honoring PFLAG trustee and social activist Stanley N. Griffith.
Friday, our performance starts at 8pm.
Sunday, our performance starts at 7pm.
For Dance Now Boston/NYC Friday and Sunday performances information & tickets, visit http://dancenowbostonnyc.bpt.me/
For Snap•Crackle•BANG! celebration information & registration, visit www.thebanggroup.com.
I'll be performing a work in progress, Car Ride, at the SOM Dance Festival in Somerville.
Location: Foss Park - Broadway & Fellsway W. Somerville, MA
Car Ride is a site-specific work for a car that can be performed in any driveway or parking garage.
This is an excerpt of a full evening movement and performance site-specific work for a car and four performers: the driver and three others. The piece will happen eight times during the day, each time starting in a parked car and traveling in the same car along a previously mapped out route. One audience member participates in the piece while inside the car; outside audience members will have a few participation options. The performance includes choreographed movement in and out of the car, and exchanges with the audience that include games like karaoke and conversation.
Choreographer: Jimena Bermejo
Dancers: Joradn Jamil Ahmed, Claire Johannes and Audrey MacLean
For more information, click here: Somerville Arts Council
I'll be dancing with the Caitlin Corbett Dance Company at Greene Street Studios in Cambridge May 21, 2017, 5pm.