Performance: Marshmallow Sea by szalt dance co.
Saturday, June 10 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 6-7:30pm // $20
Please join the CCA for a riveting evening of movement and performance with szalt dance co. within the Cryin' Out Loud exhibition in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery. Marshmallow Sea (szalt) is a 40 minute sequel to Zaletel's 2016 evening length, Water Stories, which premiered as part of a 5 month collaborative creative residency at MorYork Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Marshmallow Sea begins how Water Stories ends. It dives beyond linear narrative and submits to dream logic, physical and psychological "exits", and the natural conservation of sensational memory. Jonathan Snipes (of clipping.) will perform a live sound score utilizing MaxMSP, field recordings, and a modular synth to offer a sensitive, deliberate, and familiar sonic atmosphere. Marshmallow Sea will also feature original costumes by Amabelle Aguiluz and set design by prolific recycling artist, Clare Graham. This dance for 6 women is meditative - to perform and to witness - and is rooted in the process and effort of exposing our unconscious patterns.
szalt (dance co.) is a collection of Los Angeles movers, collaborating with musicians and visual artists artistically led by dancer and choreographer, Stephanie Zaletel. Since 2012, Zaletel has set forth a myriad of new works across the city for szalt and in 2017 they will embark on a tour to Seattle and Santa Fe premiering Zaletel's Marshmallow Sea in collaboration with clipping.'s Jonathan Snipes and garment designer Amabelle Aguiluz.
szalt's work has been presented by REDCAT, Highways, The Hammer Museum, HomeLA, WCCW, The McCallum Theater, The ACE Hotel and The Bootleg Theater during LAPP's LAX Festival. szalt was chosen to perform as Finalists in the McCallum Choreography Festival 2015 with excerpts of
F L W R S and was the MorYork Gallery 2016 Artist in Residence along with collaborators Louis Lopez (composer) and Amabelle Aguiluz (textile designer).szalt was also invited to be part of the Current LA Water Public Art Biennial with their latest work, Water Stories.
Zaletel is the founding artistic director of szalt in Los Angeles - tackling subjects of the feminine experience, body memory (specifically as it pertains to trauma), and dream logic while creating and facilitating highly collaborative, site-sensitive, and socially fluent dance performance and practice.
Born and bred in Las Vegas, NV, Stephanie Zaletel completed her BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography at the California Institute of the Arts. Zaletel has performed for renowned choreographers ranging among Barak Marshall, Stephanie Nugent, Kate Wallich, Colin Connor (Artistic Director - Limon Dance Compnay), and in Danielle Agami’s Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY. Zaletel also worked closely with Agami as the company’s rehearsal director from 2013-2014. Zaletel has performed and presented her own creative work at REDCAT, ARC, Highways, HomeLA, Live Arts Los Angeles, Electric Lodge, Pieter Performance Space, ArtShare LA, Hammer Museum, LAX Festival, WCCW for Current LA's Public Art Biennial, the Bennicassim Festival in Spain, and was a Finalist in the 2015 McCallum Theater Choreography Competition. Her choreography has also been featured in Icelandic songwriter Jofridur’s music video “Instant Patience” in collaboration with director, Samantha Shay and clipping.’s 2016 album-film for “Splendor and Misery” in collaboration with director, Patrick Kennelly. Zaletel has taught contemporary, modern, and improvisational dance for all ages as well as movement classes for children with Down Syndrome. She was the 2016 MorYork Gallery Artist in Residence and is an active member of the Pieter Performance Space Council.
Zaletel is the founding artistic director of szalt (dance co.) in Los Angeles. Her work with szalt has been called "stunning - a beautiful meeting of artists' visions and mesmerizing performances" (SeeDance)
"The (movement) avoids any identifiable contemporary branding, it belongs to the szalt women who are well on their way to creating a uniquely detailed theatrical and choreographic identity." (DancePlug)
For more information please visit szaltdances.org.
Image courtesy of Becca Green