Jenny Rocha & Dancers
Ponder Me
Whisper Into The Glass

April 23 thru 25, 2004
Carriage House
7 Duncan Avenue
Providence, RI 02906

Up and Coming Choreographer Jenny Rocha premieres Ponder Me, five works based on an ambitious exploration of survival through intense physicality and gutsy determination Whisper Into The Glass choreographed by Kelli Wicke Davis is performed by Rocha with original score by composer Marty Beller

Jenny Rocha & Dancers
Carriage House
7 Duncan Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
April 23 thru 25, 2004
Time: 8pm
Price: $15.00
Tickets: 401-831-9479

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"tightly crafted...Rocha made interesting use of stomping and audible gasps to create both a sense of rhythm and a physical sound score" - Darrah Carr, The Dance Insider
"at once stunning and powerful...jumps towards the sky on all fours as if the floor was spring-loaded, curls up in a crouching position in order to explode like a volcano...a dance of an enraged dog." - Exit a Creteil, France
Jenny Rocha will dance Bringing Me Down to SEE, with longtime dance partner Christine Poland. This strong contact duet portrays the power of will through lush partnering and resonating imagery. In character and movement underlies an intense vulnerability and an opposing calming strength. The poetic sense creates a tightly choreographed dance of powerful presence and meaning. This piece was selected by Danspace Project's Food for Thought Series (NYC), Mulberry Street Theater's NEWSTEPS Series (NYC), and recently by Joyce Soho Presents (NYC).

Also on the program is a new work Evenhanded. This duet seeks to communicate the possibilities of transforming a limitation into an advantage. Large skirts, connected at the wrists, are tightly wrapped and caught around the dancers bodies, evolving into a struggle that unravels, twists through space, gradually unfolding into large circular abstractions of strength. This dance was first presented in DraftWork by Danspace Project in February of 2004. Rocha will also present Unhindered (2001), What If(premiere), and GIRL(2002).

Closing the show is Whisper Into The Glass by guest choreographer Kelli Wicke Davis, with performance by Rocha and an original score by New York City composer Marty Beller. Traveling through a raw and emotional journey, this primal and intensely physical dance is an interpretation of giving one's all and more in terms of life and relationships. This piece has been funded in part by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
KELLI WICKE DAVIS has worked and performed throughout the Pacific, Asia, United States and Europe. She has choreographed, directed, staged original works, plays, musicals and reviews for numerous dance and theater companies, universities, and solo artists including Sean Curran and Heidi Latsky. Recent works and productions include The Bob and Ernie Show, Heel Talk, The Zoo Story, Thunder Knocking on The Door, My Fair Lady, and many more. Her work and performance has been produced at various venues throughout the US and internationally at venues such as Le Festival Exit a Creteil, France, The International Festival of Theatres, Switzerland, The Jose Quintero Theatre, Dia Center for the Arts, and The Riverside Dance Festival. She has received several Choreography and New Genres Fellowships and grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts including the 2003 Choreography Fellowship. She founded MOVE, A Company of Dancers, Shoda Moving Theatre along with Gary Shore, and in 2000, formed random.acts with two NY-based actors as company director.
"leapingly alive...hearty dancers...moves forward with unstoppable force helped by Kelli Wicke Davis' nonstop movement" - Markland Taylor, Variety

MARTY BELLER has composed and performed with international dance companies such as Jennifer Muller, Sean Curran, RhythMEK, Kathy Wildberger, Heidi Latsky, Kelli Wicke Davis and more. Composing credits include: the Emmy award winning documentary The Cruise; The Pool (best American short film); award winning Gypsy 83 and many others. Drums and percussion for film and television include: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Malcom in the Middle, Shallow Hal, Roswell, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, the NBA and others.

JENNY ROCHA is a Massachusetts native with a BA in Dance/Performance from Roger Williams University. She has worked with noted choreographers such as Sean Curran, Brian Kloppenberg, Karen Hochma, and currently Heidi Latsky. Jenny's choreography has been presented and selected for venues in New York City such as Dancers Responding To Aids by Broadway Cares, Food for Thought and DraftWork by Danspace Project, Underexposed by Dixon Place, Outback Series by the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Deli Dances in Times Square, NEWSTEPS at Mulberry Street Theater and recently for Joyce Soho Presents. She produced her first full evening presented by the Chashama Theater on 42nd street in 2001, and her second season at the Williamsburg Art Nexus in 2002. Jenny was a guest artist at Roger Williams University in 2002 and 2003, and was recently commissioned to dance and choreograph for the film - Ode, directed by Gary Shore. She is currently working with director/choreographer Kelli Wicke Davis, dancing for Heidi Latsky Dance, and touring her repertory at Green Street Studios, MA (through an Emerging Artist Award) and The Carriage House in Providence, RI.
"Rocha has a notable talent for creating work that is both aesthetically interesting and powerfully communicative" - Sarah Carlson,

CHRISTINE M. POLAND graduated with honors from Roger William's University in 1996 with a BA in Dance Performance. In 1997 Christine performed with the Albano Ballet, Sonia Plumb Dancers and Works/Laura Glenn of Hartford, Connecticut. She has been dancing with Jenny Rocha since 1992. She has also performed for Monica Bill Barnes at Context Theater and Dance NOW; Full Force Productions/Katie Stevinson at University Settlement; Karen Hochma at P.S. 122; Heidi Latsky at First Fridays/92nd Street Y series; as well as many independent choreographers. Christine has choreographed for students at Creative Arts Studio in Brooklyn, from 2000-2003. Her film projects include Serenity a film short by Christian Zuccoro and Ode a dance film by Gary Shore. In 1998, she co-founded Jenny Rocha & Dancers, which led her to her latest position as the company assistant. Ms. Poland is also a certified personal trainer.

SHEVAUN SMYTHE graduated with a BA in Dance Performance from Roger Williams University. This is her fifth year working with Jenny Rocha & Dancers. In addition Shevaun is a certified personal trainer.

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Photo Jenny Rocha and Christine Poland in Evenhanded by John Peden (2004)
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