We are BACK!
Fresno Dance Collective presents the premier of their new original, hour-long evening performance, ‘Nothing is Beautiful; Everything is Fine’. This performance will be held at Dianna’s Studio of Dance, March 2nd through the 4th, 2018. “Nothing is Beautiful; Everything is Fine’ is created and directed by Alexandra Tiscareno (Resident Choreographer); she will be joined by six Fresno Dance Collective performers: Kelsie Barry, Aubrey Ludlow, Shelby Plaugher, Jessie Santos, Sahar Shahnematollahi, and Elseana Skowronski.
‘Nothing is Beautiful; Everything is Fine’ is an hour-long dance show. As an artist and person, Alexandra is passionate about her ability to express her experiences as a women in society. Last year, 2017, was an active year for dialogue about the experiences of women in America, and it’s not slowing down. It is from this national dialogue that this piece was born. Who is she? Who are the women in America, in Fresno, in Fresno’s art community, in Fresno’s dance community; who are the women in our dance company? They are perceiving. This cast of six women perceive life through a variety of different lenses, and are ready to share some of those with you. The show addresses 3 themes as they pertain to the lives of the all-female cast: Human Connection | Conformity | Vulnerability. In these angsty political and social times, the cast explores the fine line of what it is like to be a woman today in the central valley, to express their experiences in a nonverbal way. The lens through which we see our lives may change from hour to hour, day to day, and sometimes our perceptions and patterns of thought extend throughout long seasons and lifetimes. It is our hope that audiences can experience this dance piece as a refreshing thought experiment, and that it may open up dialogue that will bring us together as human beings.
“First and foremost, this show is not a political show. We are not endorsing or supporting any current issues regarding this topic. This show started from an idea of mine about how vastly different situations are perceived from person to person. As I was re-visiting this idea in October, one of my dancers expressed her insecurities about dancing, performing, and being enough. I was taken aback by her willingness to be vulnerable with me and it sparked a thought. There are many times choreographers tell a dancer what to do and what story to tell, but what would happen if we opened up the floor for them to tell their story? After this encounter, I was curious to explore levels of vulnerability among this cast. In one particular rehearsal, I asked them to raise their hands if certain situations applied to them. After a series of these explorative rehearsals, my vision of what the show could be shifted.” – Alexandra Tiscareno, Resident Choreographer
“Creating evening-length work is a significant marker for any emerging choreographer, and I could not be more proud that NOCO can provide this opportunity to someone in our community. It’s always been a dream of mine to create a platform for artists to grow, showcase, and otherwise realize their talents via NOCO. Seeing company members grow into leadership roles this year has been a flourishing manifestation of our commitment to growth, diversity, and sustainability. Alexandra’s show is a benchmark of success for us as a company- the 4th NOCO to direct a show, and I’m excited to see the show in the audience.” - Amy Querin, NOCO Founder and Director
March 2nd: 10pm
March 3rd: 5pm
March 4th: 8pm
$12 DOOR & $ 3 WRISTBAND // CREDIT, CASH, OR ONLINE
60 MINUTE DANCE SHOW // PG-13 (MAY HAVE SOME ADULT CONTENT)
MORE INFORMATION AT WWW.ROGUEFESTIVAL.COM