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Dazaun Soleyn: On His Journey through Dance, Teaching the GYROTONIC® Method, & Architecture

February 13, 2021
dezaun solely: on his journey through dance, teaching, and returning to architecture

I had to dance first. It made me so aware of my body; in relationship to the earth; in relationship to curvature and spirals; in relationship to flow […] this pulled me away from the mechanics of ‘what architecture is’ to what does architecture mean for me?


Dazaun Soleyn is a Dancer, Choreographer and GYROTONIC® Trainer based in San Francisco. We speak about his experience at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program and the vision that led him to becoming a GYROTONIC® Trainer amongst other things, like getting back into Architecture.

There are so many things about humans, life and movement that he eloquently describes, I won’t even dare try to simplify it for the rest of this paragraph. Just hit play.

This is his story.

Art Dance New Year Performance

Toolbox – A Dance Theatre Performance

January 10, 2020
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First of all, Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since I’ve arrived back in London already. Settling in has been different than expected, but happy to report the following event happening in New York next week.

Tune in, East Coasters.


Dancer, Actress, Filmmaker (dear friend and colleague), Olivia Mia Orozco has yet another exciting project!

I’ve always admired her explorations with being both a stage performer and a dance film artist. She also uses her creative efforts as the Director at Radiant Space in Los Angeles, a multi-purpose gallery, where she brings in not only great art, but performances and wellbeing projects as well. Her other works include film projects such as Focus on Mexico, Nylon Cave, and Temporal as well as choreographic and performance credits.

Now she has a newly evolved project consisting of the three elements that she knows best: stage, film, and interaction.

Toolbox is a dance theatre performance art piece by that journeys through trauma and the path to healing. It questions how we build tools to help ourselves. How does energy transmute? How do we handle life when it feels too much? Is meditation the next step to self-discovery? This piece poses many questions and shares non verbal stories, sound, film, a staged installation, dance and acting as a mode of new storytelling.


After a successful opening in Los Angeles in three different locations, it’s safe to say it’s more than ready to travel to New York.

“The title of Olivia Mia Orozco’s Toolbox refers to the idea of an emotional toolkit, evaluating how equipped with self-awareness, clarity, empathy, patience and the capacity to heal, we are or are not when confronted with life’s traumas […] Orozco [and her collaborators] create a sensorial expression of what building such a toolbox can feel like, from contemplation to catharsis, brutal honesty, and ultimate liberation.””

Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly


Toolbox: A Dance Theatre Performance Art Piece
The Living Gallery, Brooklyn (NY)
January 13th, 2020 from 7-8pm

Choreography, Direction, Installation & Film:
Olivia Mia Orozco

Performer and Movement Collaborator:
Julienne Mackey

Installation by:
Olivia Mia Orozco & Michael Jon Leonard

Lighting Design by:
Darren Sarkin

Sliding Scale Tickets $10-25

The ticket fee goes towards renting the space, paying the performer and travel expenses, thank you for your generosity.

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Art Dance Review Travel

New in 2018: We Speak Dance with Vandana Hart – a Netflix Original Series

January 4, 2018
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WE SPEAK DANCE is a 5-part Netflix series that follows Alvin Ailey trained dancer and former UN advisor, Vandana Hart, throughout Indonesia, Vietnam, France, Nigeria, and is globally accessible.

Hart comes from a very interesting and impressive background. Being able to merge dance, arts, culture, as well as global politics first handedly, it’s no wonder this unique series has already been a sensation. Hart’s aim was to expose dance as a “political weapon” and how villages, underground groups, and the stage can bring people together through these outlets around the world.

#socialchange!

Be a part of this movement –
here’s how you can participate:

Sign up to the Newsletter now.

1. Share the trailer on your Facebook page!

2. Send a 1min dance video for a social cause of your choice and tag @wespeakdance #wespeakdance Vandana Hart on FB and Instagram.

3. As part of the campaign, we are raising money for dance classes in a Syrian Refugee camp that we filmed in Beirut. You will be supporting their education, passion, and hope for the future.

DONATE HERE

Thank you from the whole WE SPEAK DANCE team!


Watch the full 5-part Series on Netflix

We Speak Dance | Netflix

Trained dancer Vandana Hart travels the world to learn traditional and urban dance styles from the local experts who know them best.

Don’t have Netflix? Buy directly from We Speak Dance.

Bonus: Check out Hart’s Dance Protest, January 5th
in Los Angeles, CA


Happy 2018,

Enjoy!

The Movement Blog
Art Review

Mini Review: Radiant Space Art Gallery, Los Angeles

December 19, 2017
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Radiant Space Art Gallery is based in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, CA, and thrives from its founders: Daniel Elder, Sean Maurer, Golie Yazdy, Olivia Mia Orozco.

This gallery space hosts art shows, dance, music performances, sound baths, pop up fashion markets and donation based group classes. Mia, the main event coordinator, is a dancer, actress, and all round performing artist, making her a key element to Radiant Space’s network and success. This space has also a great emphasise on women, arts, and wellbeing (check).

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Current Display: “In This World/ Out of This World”; Taken from Instagram, @radiantspace; photo by @jeremyjacksonphoto

When prompted to host a GYROKINESIS® Group class for the gallery, it was a definite “Yes” right away. As I’ve been based in London for the last 7 years and have just relocated to Lisbon, I haven’t had the pleasure to be apart of or even see the space.
The space is lovely and serves its purpose well. Being in the heart of West Hollywood, this gallery space has already had a lot of foot traffic and art buyers. With a few promotions and word of mouth, I was excited to teach my first class in Los Angeles in years, let alone Radiant Space’s first ever GYROKINESIS® Class.
5 movers were plenty in the space to allow full movement and the necessary student to teacher visibility that this method requires. In L.A.’s “winter” (80° F), we cultivated even more of a sweat and moved as a unit for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The energy was fantastic.

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Taken from Instagram, @radiantspace; Performing Artist @msmayanicol

What I love about teaching and being involved with a place like Radiant Space is being able to transform the space and connect with a diverse realm of people. From Visual Art, Meditation, Music, Dance, and Fitness, these collaborations advocate what artists love doing the most: supporting and showcasing each other.
I look forward to see what other movement modalities Radiant Space will offer in the gallery in 2018. It’s apparent that this space has already become special to those who founded it and unique to those who’ve discovered it. Keep a look out, Angelenos! Stay tuned to this important space.

Current & Upcoming

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Taken from Instagram @radiantspace; Image: “Coura” 2017, by Jeremy Jackson, @jeremyjacksonphoto

December 20th
Donation Sound Meditation with Allison Jones 

Currently On Display
In this World / Out of this World: Group Photography Showcase

January 6th
Radiant Space is thrilled to start 2018 with a floor-to-ceiling interactive psychedelic textile cave by Laurie Shapiro

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Follow Radiant Space here:
Facebook: radiantspaceLA
Instagram: radiant_space
radiantspacela.com
Follow Mia Orozco here:
Instagram: miaorozco
oliviamiaorozco.com

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Taken from Instagram, @radiant space; photo by @doralynne_valenzuela

More about Radiant Space

Radiant Space is a multimedia gallery in the heart of West Hollywood, CA. At its core, we are a team of creatives who have bonded together to co-create a space for visual arts, film, dance, fashion, and multimedia installations. Our aim is to authentically present work that adds to the global conversation of what it means to have a human experience here and now. We offer our space to rent for creative projects, photo shoots, personal art shows, and special events. We’d love to collaborate with you. Feel free to reach out to us and come join our community.
More about Olivia Mia Orozco
Orozco’s work explores the relationship between the mind and body both as it concerns itself with the movement of dance and from a philosophical point of view. Her work questions and redefines perspective. She enjoys using the camera lens to aide the audience in seeing new facets of the atmosphere in which the dancer is living that may not otherwise be seen in a proscenium setting. It questions the notions of time and from how many viewpoints time can be measured.
As a female artist she explores the defining characteristics of women and is interested in archetypal figures while also questioning the shaping of the modern woman. Her work weaves tales from ancient myths to Hollywood thrillers to create work that both pays homage to classical dance while still maintaining a fresh look of the twenty first century in its interwoven form. Slicing and mingling the old and new, she creates work that aims at authentically presenting her story, thoughts, dreams and ambitions to audiences worldwide via the use of technology and live performance.