Christine was Artist in Residence with Spark and Echo Arts and was supported with a space residency by Camera Obscura Art Lab in Santa Monica, California. She made a choreographic work inspired by the Book of Ruth with Carol McDowell and Rebeca Hernandez. For this manifestation, the work was designed in part as a site-specific piece and in part as a lecture-demonstration. It was important for the audience to experience the real landscape of the location and to see the work from different perspectives. It was also important to tell the story while also sharing their creative process. Christine, Rebeca and Carol were inspired by a series of paintings that capture the moment of Ruth’s devotion to Naomi. They used these images as a source for movement material. They then manipulated the shapes by moving them through space, changing speed and spatial relationships. They morphed these paintings to reflect how these women reconfigured their ideas of themselves. They also played with patterns in space to represent how these two women navigate the cultural structure, which they lived – how they both continued on with their lives together though with great uncertainty. The choreographic piece was performed in August of 2015 at Camera Obscura.
Rebeca performed in Nickels Sunshine's Waterfall on September 2014 for the a series of performances at the Gamble House in Pasadena, curated by Machine Project. The piece took place intermittently on the main stairwell of the Gamble House. Sunshine embodied falling water in a solo dance for the staircase, inspired by the hallway’s framed embroidery while Rebeca read poems from Pablo Neruda's The Captain's Verses.
Rebeca performed in April and May 2014 in Glassman's Gone Cat Daddy, a movement-based quartet inspired by the Beat Generation writers of the US 1950s--Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Neal Cassady. Set to a jazz-influenced score played live, the choreography was performed in Los Angeles coffeehouses preceded by a poetry reading and followed by a musical set evoking performance experiments of that fertile time. With movement motifs that evoke the 20th century artists' determination to create new and different art and their personal individualities, the non-traditionally cast work updates this generation of creative ideas as it demonstrates the parallels that exist between that time and now.
Dark choreographed by JILLIAN STEIN, curated by JANE PARROTT.
Performance with overhead projector visuals and live music, this piece explored the tension between what one projects and the inner dialogue that narrates our lives.
Choreography by Jillian Stein
Musical arrangement by Eric KM Clark
Performers: Rebeca Hernandez, Maya Gingery, Garrett Flamig and Tanya Allen
Musicians: Eric KM Clark, Christine Tavolacci, Brian Walsh, Matt Barbier and Corey Fogel
@ Pieter Performance Art Space, Los Angeles. May 2011.
More images and video at http://www.parrottt.com/?page_id=148.
Rebeca was a dancer with COMPANIA JORGE DOMINGUEZ from 2005-2007. Performances included La noche encantada and La historia del soldado (choreography: Jorge Dominguez). Toured with ENSEMBLE JOSE LIMON to the northern states of Mexico with Celosias and La noche encantada (choreography: Jorge Domínguez), and Rapsodia Urbana (choreography: Jesús Ponce). April, 2006.
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Rebeca danced for the TALLER DE DANZA CONTEMPORANEA DE LA UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BAJA CALIFORNIA from 2002-2004.