LAND, choreographed by Grass Stains artist Jenny Larsson, brings awareness to the issues of human sprawl, land rights, and how nature is affected by development. The work responds to the following:
Who owns the land? Where is my land? Do you carry your land within as you go, and does it call you back to a specific place?
Choreography and Direction: Jenny Larsson
Naturalists: Ingrid Moncada and Megan Tait, Courtesy of FIU and the Office of University Sustainability
Performers: Roxana Barba, Jenna Balfe, Rachel Carrol, Jennifer Martin, Ana Mendez, Sergio Mora, Tal Shibi, Merzili Villanueva, Marie Whitman, Nikki Rollason
Musicians: Maria Theresa Barbist, Charlie Zuckerman, Ivan Malespin, Ali Darvish
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Jenny Larsson was born on the slopes of a small mountain village in Northern Sweden, and spent her youth enjoying outdoor activities such as skiing, reveling in the thrill of speed and movement, which she was later to enjoy as a dancer. After graduating from the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm, life and dance has taken her through Spain, Thailand, and New York, before coming to South Florida in 2007. In 2012, she completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance (MFA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently on the faculty at the Performing and Visual Arts Department of Broward Collage.
Jenny has received an Emerging Choreographer Award in 2011, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Chancellors and Regents Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2012, and the Creative Investments Program Grant from Broward County Cultural Division in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She’s been commissioned by Miami Light Project’s Here & Now, Girls’ Club, and Pioneer Winter Collective’s Grass Stains fellowship to produce new work for 2016. Jenny will be an AIRIE (Artists in Residence in Everglades) Resident during the month of January 2017.
GRASS STAINS is a site-specific initiative created by Pioneer Winter Collective and funded by the John and James L. Knight Foundation and the State of FL Division of Cultural Affairs that focuses on the mentoring and commissioning of six original premieres by South Florida-based performance artists. This inaugural year features the work of six women artists: Agustina Woodgate, Niurca Marquez, Marissa Nick, Ana Mendez, and Jenny Larsson, with mentoring by renowned LA-based site choreographer Stephan Koplowitz.
PIONEER WINTER COLLECTIVE is invested in physical theatre, contemporary dance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and transmedia. The Collective provides a platform for risk-taking, progressive, and experimental arts initiatives: unexpected bodies in unexpected places, producing unexpected leadership and change.