Driveway Dancers in association with Footloose presents
hOPPomage, an evening of mental dance
San Francisco, California, May 24, 2012: Driveway Dancers present hOPPomage, an evening of performance work inspired by the artwork of influential conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011).
Using the diverse artworks of the late artist Dennis Oppenheim as their starting point, Zack and his Driveway Dancers have devised an assemblage of jazz dance, lyrical gestures and bizarre sign language that explores perception, paternity and productivity. In hOPPomage, four women strive to connect the dots in a surreal world where family relationships fall apart and recombine, models become artists, and folks break into goofy fits of dance and song. Performing to an eclectic soundscape, the dancers manipulate objects such as ferns, rags, and crumpled paper to construct striking visual images that recall and extend some of Oppenheim's artworks. With its combination of hypnotic movement and frantic action, hOPPomage will mesmerize audiences while provoking thoughtful reflection on the production of art and the creation of offspring.
Driveway Dancers, so named because they rehearse regularly in public space, create text and choreography collaboratively under the direction of Zack, whose multi-disciplinary skills and artistic vision binds the work together. Thus, movement and content are both personal and specific to the performers, while still developed in concert with the themes evoked by Oppenheim's oeuvre.
Oppenheim began his career in the 1960s and early 1970s in the company of other conceptual artists, including Sol Lewitt, Donald Judd, Vito Acconci, Robert Smithson, Laurie Anderson, and Bruce Nauman. As Minimalism and "automatic" art gave way to other forms of experimentation, Oppenheim began building large Earth Works before moving on to Body Art and Video/Performance works. Central issues of his approach to art at this time included documentation, dematerialization, transfusion and transmission, and the integration of art and life. Later he designed elaborate installations, often machines or factories, which sometimes involved fireworks, before turning to monumental works of public art.
Zack (director/designer, performer) has created/directed more than 50 original productions and plays, and served as the Artistic Director for the San Francisco theater company, Common Cultural Practice, from 1993-1998. He has performed professionally internationally as well as at many local venues, appearing in works by Meredith Monk, Anne Bogart, Ping Chong, Deborah Slater and the Drawing Legion, among others. Perhaps best known for his living room performances of Wallace Shawn's "The Fever" and his collaborations with the late poet Leslie Scalapino, Zack was last seen onstage as Orgon (and Madame Pernelle!) in Rapid Descent's "Tartuffe".
A firm believer in the universal benefits of psycho-physical training, Zack is a lifelong student of somatic practices, and is a practicing certified teacher of Nia (Neuro-Muscular Integrative Action). His work with Driveway Dancers is an extension of this commitment to physical expression within the experimental context of a publicly accessible process of creation. In addition to his movement-oriented work, Zack has directed plays a wide variety of authors including Vaclav Havel, Kobo Abe, Tom Stoppard and Carson McCullers.
Equally at home with theory and practice, Zack holds a PhD in Drama & Humanities from Stanford, where he taught extensively in the Dance division, and an MFA in Directing from UCLA. He has taught a wide variety of performance-related courses at Bennington College, Stanford, SFSU, and the Experimental Performance Institute (New College of California).
Elizabeth Costello (performer) has created and performed spoken word pieces with That Hideous Strength, run for US Vice President on Cubby Vision, squirmed onstage with Hagen & Simone, and is the former coordinator and emcee of the Bernal Yoga Literary Series.
Mary Alice Fry (performer) has been working in theater and dance her whole life as a performer, director and choreographer. She currently serves as Artistic Director of Footloose Presents, the nonprofit that operates Shotwell Studios.
Margarita Galindo (performer) is a performer and choreographer whose work is informed by her background in dance and dance education. She has appeared locally in both movement and text-based works for live theater and film.
Audrey Spinazola (performer) was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, and came to San Francisco to study at the Clown Conservatory. After graduating in 2009, She studied mime and physical theater with James Donlon and Leonard Pitt at the Flying Actor Studio.