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Sights & Sounds: Risa Jaroslow

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dancer, choreographer Risa Jaroslow told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Credit courtesy of ODC Theater

David Gordon is a dancer, writer, and theatrical director. Since 2012, Gordon has been assembling his 50+ year archive for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, which he calls the “Archiveography” Project. "Live Archiveography" explores decades of his work in movement and theater art live on stage. There will be storytelling with projected collage, performance photographs and videos, and interviews with collaborators. It will play at the ODC Theater in San Francisco through Saturday, April 22nd. 

JAROSLOW: I am a big fan of David Gordon's work and I'm hugely curious to see how he has done this. He's a brilliant artist with decades of great work.


Destiny Arts Center is a youth organization that aims to build peaceful communities through dance, theater and martial arts. Illuminate is a production featuring youth from Destiny Arts. It takes place in an alternate reality at an American high school. Tensions come to a head at the school dance, as students are faced with a school lockdown, a devious dance coordinator and a power outage. This performance combines hip-hop, West African, and aerial dance, theater, rap and song and tries to ‘illuminate’ a way to community solidarity. The show will play at the Odell Johnson Theater at Laney College through April 23rd. 

JAROSLOW: Destiny is just a fantastic organization that is dedicated to bringing young people in art-making and to examining their lives and their world and using that as a source of creating dance and theater.

Arm Sized Legging is a project from saxophonist Matt Renzi consisting of woodwinds (saxophone, oboe, english horn), violin, cello, bass and drums; all playing a repertoire of all original compositions. The music explores textures and colors as well as the various sonorities of the strings, woodwinds and drums combined together in a unique way. The music is partly composed and partly improvised. The group will be performing at Old First Concerts in San Francisco on April 23rd. 

JAROSLOW: I also love the idea of woodwinds and strings and percussion ... I'm curious to see how in this case the combination of improvised and set material works.