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?
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:
Olivia Mia Orozco & Michael Jon Leonard
Lighting Design by:
Sliding Scale Tickets $10-25
The ticket fee goes towards renting the space, paying the performer and travel expenses, thank you for your generosity.
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.
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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.
Thank you from the whole WE SPEAK DANCE team!
Watch the full 5-part Series on Netflix
Trained dancer Vandana Hart travels the world to learn traditional and urban dance styles from the local experts who know them best.
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Bonus: Check out Hart’s Dance Protest, January 5th
in Los Angeles, CA
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).
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.
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
Donation Sound Meditation with Allison Jones
Currently On Display
In this World / Out of this World: Group Photography Showcase
Radiant Space is thrilled to start 2018 with a floor-to-ceiling interactive psychedelic textile cave by Laurie Shapiro