Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Recipient 2004-05
Ex.Pgirl


Waving Hello
at HERE Arts Center, NY, Nov 4-14

Satirical Riot Grrrls Hang - 10 In New Dance Theatre Extravaganza!
Ex.Pgirl's
Waving Hello
Surf's Up Beginning November 4th
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September 23rd, 2004 (New York, NY) - HERE Arts Center is proud to present the light-hearted dance theatre group Ex.Pgirl's multi-disciplinary theatrical experience, Waving Hello at HERE (145 6th Avenue at Spring Street, Main Stage). Performances run November 4th-7th, Thursday-Sunday and November 10th-14th, Wednesday-Sunday, at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $20 ($45 advance tix for the benefit performance on November 4th) and can be purchased by calling 212.868.4444. For more information, please go to www.here.org. This production is a part of HERE's 2004-05 season featuring six premiere productions developed by their resident artists, four festivals, three visual art exhibitions and the anticipated purchase of their space.Waving Hello is a highly physical dance theatre piece full of whimsical dances, songs, language games, scenes, and video. Reveling in iconic pop American images of surf culture while riding the tough waves of New York's urban landscape Ex.Pgirl creates a humorous, entertaining, and touching look into how four international women assert their place in America. Ex.Pgirl seeks to subvert the idealized American experience and create new ideas of nationalism. Each scene offers one interpretation of America, then sweeps it away with a contrasting perspective. In a magical world where a simple plastic box is transformed into a surfboard, a bathtub, and an instrument of torture, Waving Hello is a feast of visual creativity where the simplest of objects become imbued with resonant meaning."Waving Hello explores the isolation and freedom found in joining American culture", says Ex.Pgirl Suzi Takahashi. "The image of a Californian surfer creates the thematic through-line of the piece; lending itself to our physical comedy strengths where much of the humor is mined."The international cast hailing from 4 different countries are Suzi Takahashi (an Amerasian actor/director who performed in Richard Foreman's "King Rufus Cowboy Rules the Universe" at the Ontological/Hysteric Theater and four seasons at the Williamstown Theater Festival), Bertie Ferdman (a permanent resident of France, but born in Puerto Rico to parents of Argentinean descent. Bertie studied at the Jacques Lecoq School of Theatre in Paris), Kiyoko Kashiwagi (the dancer of the group born in Japan, where between 1981 and 1989, she danced for Yukako Maeda Ballet Company. In 1990, she started working with modern dancers of Beijing National Dance Company as a dancer and a choreographer. She has also worked with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks), and Paula Salomon (from Buenos Aires, Argentina, she has studied juggling, trapeze, and clown with the Videla Brothers as well as contemporary dance with De La Guarda's own Maira Bonard).The artistic team includes Shuichiro Nakamura (musician - born in Nagoya, Japan), Julien Jourdes (video artist born in Toulouse, France who has exhibited at ICP and HogarCollection), and Dahlia Fischbein (video artist - born in Buenos Aires, Argentina) and LABULO (from Montpellier, France by drummer Jerome Hoffmann and jazz guitarist Julien Valette).Ex.Pgirl was founded in 2002 by Bertie Ferdman, Kiyoko Kashiwagi, Paula Salomon and Suzi Takahashi. Hailing from four different countries (France, Japan, Argentina, and USA), and four different artistic disciplines (Theatre, Dance, Mime and Circus), Ex.Pgirl was created to compose dance/theatre work that stylistically reflected the diversity of experience of its members. They are now in their second year of residency with the HERE Artist Residency Program for hybrid performance. Ex.Pgirl collaborates with an international team of composers, musicians and video artists. Since opening in 1993, the OBIE-award winning HERE Arts Center has housed New York's most daring and unique theatre, visual art, puppetry, music and dance in its three theatres, two art galleries and café. Previous works originally produced by HERE include Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique, Camryn Manheim's Wake Up! I'm Fat, and original musical and dance works created and directed by Executive Director Kristin Marting. In 2003, HERE launched its Secure HERE's Future campaign to purchase its space and secure a permanent position as one of the city's preeminent presenters of multidisciplinary art.HERE Arts Center supports the work of artists at all stages in their careers through full productions, artist residency programs, festivals and subsidized performance and rehearsal space. All work at HERE is curated based on the strength and uniqueness of the artist's vision. Waving Hello is being presented through HERE's Artist Residency Program (HARP), which provides development, commissions and full production support. Waving Hello is made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, supported by Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support was also provided by the Bubble Lounge, L magazine and Neighborhoodies. On November 4, the Bubble Lounge and L magazine will host the Ex.Pgirl Post-Election Benefit Bash at the fabulous downtown champagne bar, the Bubble Lounge with cool music and visuals from 10pm to 2am. Open bar, 10pm-11:30pm. Price includes single ticket to any performance of Waving Hello and party: advance $45; at door, $50. Proceeds benefit Ex.Pgirl.

HERE Arts Center is located at 145 Sixth Avenue (one block below Spring Street) in SOHO. Tickets for Waving Hello are $20. Purchases can be made online at www.here.org, by calling SmartTix at (212) 868-4444 or by visiting the HERE Box Office from 4 p.m. until curtain. For more information, visit HERE online at www.here.org.