This Thursday, look for the flashing lights outside the Bijou Theater at 4 p.m. and join Francesa Penzani (Dance-IM MFA 99), faculty member of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts, for a first look at her newest dance film, “Double Up.”
The preview is free and open to the public.
Penzani’s film features energetic and improvisational performances by CalArts alumni Nedra Wheeler (MFA Music 89), double bass and voice, and tap dancer Kyreeana Breelin (BFA Dance 16). The film is as much a celebration of collaboration as it is a documentation of what feels like a live jazz concert.
In an email, Penzani said: “The idea for ‘Double Up’ came from a need to create a poem/voice through images and sounds that are visceral and allow the artistic expression of two wonderful and talented artists/women of African-American origins to make a piece, a conversation, a statement about their power of being women artists in an increasingly difficult social and political environment in the USA.”
For the making of “Double Up,” Penzani had a fairly large crew of 20 people, mainly CalArts students and alumni, who were working on a dance film for the first time.
“On this project, I didn’t have a storyboard because I wanted to work on sensations and non-verbal communication between the two performers, who had never met before and come from two different generations,” she said.
“Double Up” was created in part through Penzani’s participation in the 2017 Evelyn Sharp/CalArts Summer Choreographic Residency.
The Bijou Theater is located on the CalArts campus at 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355.