Contemporary Dance & Film Festival

Contemporary Dance & Film Festival

Contemporary Dance & Film Festival
Tempe Center for the Arts
January 25 & 26
(Tempe, Ariz.) An exhilarating weekend of performances, master classes and social events featuring some of the most important voices in contemporary dance today, the Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance and Film Festival comes to Tempe Center for the Arts. Tightly curated by a panel of nationally recognized adjudicators, this annual festival features cutting-edge choreographers, filmmakers and performers from Arizona and around the nation.
Highlights of the festival include Noble Dance Motion's technology driven pieces including "DRONE," an interactive work performed with an aerial drone and live streaming footage, and "FRAGMENT," with live stream video projection enhancing the live performance.
2019 Breaking Ground will be held over the course of two days, January 25 and 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Tickets are $18-28 and are available at
Information about the Breaking Ground Festival and CONDER/dance maybe found at
Nationally recognized as one of the most innovative contemporary dance festivals in the U.S., 2019 Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance & Film Festival is presented by CONDER/dance. Led by Artistic Director Carley Conder, CONDER/dance is comprised of the top contemporary dancers in Phoenix, including members of Arizona State University's dance faculty and independent artists from around the state. Carley Conder founded CONDER/dance in 2003 and has brought the company to national acclaim, including its recent appearance at the prestigious SoloDuo Dance Festival in New York City and being named one of the Valley's top "Phoenix Creatives" by the Phoenix New Times.
2019 Breaking Ground - NobleMotion Dance
2019 Breaking Ground - Suzanne Beahrs
Noble Motion Dance
Film: Parting Light
(Breaking Ground Commissioned Artist)
The Crystal Cave
Hawkinsdance will be premiering a work that imagines a perfect and hidden place, undisturbed and uncorrupted, subject to the laws of nature but not the effects of humanity. Original score by Anton Faynberg.
Mac Allen
I don't want to keep opening and closing doors. I'm tired of losing things.
In my new work "I don't want to keep opening and closing doors. I'm tired of losing things.", I am unpacking my childhood experiences in relation to coming out as queer. Some themes that are arriving in this process are opening and closing, surrendering, arriving at the pain and softening, tension and the space in between created by violence and fear, and vulnerability. This connects to a larger conversation with the LGBTQA+ community with the process of coming out and how it affects our mental health and progressing towards a normalcy in our society as opposed to "other".
Jordan Daniels
(Breaking Ground Commissioned Artist)
"Eleanor” is a framework in which to approach the topic of human uniqueness and exceptionalism. Choreographer Jordan Daniels investigates First lady Eleanor Roosevelt's life as a vehicle to explore the human desire of to rise above one's natural born circumstance. A cast of 5 exceptional women and multiple projection sites provide a current perspective on this complex, iconic historical figure.
Noble Dance Motion
You are being watched! As we move dangerously closer to AI, Drone looks at technology intervening in our privacy and manipulating our behavior. The main character is a flying drone and its human manifestation played by Seth McPhail. Dancers perform complex partnering with their eyes closed as the drone hovers vigilantly. Movement inspiration was drawn from watching our kids interact with an iPad and content was inspired by recently publicized data privacy breaches.
Noble Dance Motion
Haunting and visceral, Fragment plays with memory distortion by interweaving video with live dance. Created in collaboration with lighting/technology artist David Deveau, Fragment enters the mind of a broken woman and depicts her deepest fears. About integrating the technology, Deveau shares, “What was exciting about developing Fragment was we combined our skills of making dance for the stage with dance for the camera and created a hybrid work.”
Nadar Rosano
The Freedom To Choose
Nadar Rosano arrives from Tel Aviv, Israel to perform in Breaking Ground 2019. His piece, "The Freedom To Choose," explores the human search for emotional connections and experience. Two characters exist within walls, looking for a loving glance, a warm hug, a connection which always seems to be missing. Through this, they unveil the true nature of love and the deep solitude found in the shell of every day life.
Trebien Pollard
Shaking the Devil: the black swan effect
Shaking the Devil: the black swan effect is a solo work, conceived and performed by Trebien Pollard. This work presents itself as a meditation on living – a conversation with the dead - a prayer for the hopeless and a lament for the lost. The work seeks to explore the process of healing and how the limits of the body can transgress the treads of trauma and enclosures? By examining the inner fragments of existence, the work addresses the vulnerability of identity shaped by layered memories, thoughts and losses.
Parting Light - Suzanne Beahrs
"Parting Light" is a dance film with a lone dancer in the isolated wildness of the California desert. This work explores exposing oneself to the the beautiful and harsh desert landscape, gaining strength from one's environment while being open to this vulnerable situation.
Michael Crotty
The Dead Tree
"The Dead Tree' is a dance theater work that is a reimagining of "Lord of the Flies". In this work, the cast of five dancers bumps up against classic tropes from children's literature that has them confronting shared realities from their own childhoods.
Created over a period of three months, each dancer developed characters whose expressions, monologues, embodiment and interactions are a response to their own experiences with childhood. The result is a dance theater work that is playful, aggressive, and at times...savage.
Kalin Green
“Ken” is structured around what it means to lead a plastic life and questions where the discussion value belongs in our lives. Is there a time where items or events become of equal value to an individual or their place in the matter? If so, when and what is the price? The movement is intended to mimic a mannequin or doll and will be paired with an ambient mix of expensive and free scores. Opera like sounds contrasted by the sounds of a youth choir. The price tag is based on your relation to the two worlds.
and so it goes
What does the end look like? End of a story, end of a chapter, end of a conversation. The choreographer is confronting the reality that life is made up of a series of endings before the final end. Exploring her own difficulty with change and the finalities of life, the soundscore consists of iconic breakup songs from the early 1960’s and provides a container to investigate the human response to endings in all their forms.
Eckman - Kessie - Wooder
Mother of All Time
An experimental dance project that explores the relationship between time, space, dance, and music. This was the first of its kind to combine choreographed dance, hyperlapse presentation, and dramatic camera movement. The piece shows how a person's interpretation of time can affect their perception of movement.
Eric Handman
Upcoming Premiere for 2019 Breaking Ground
This dance is a new work commissioned by Carley Conder for her company CONDER/dance. This is the first time in five years that Conder has allowed an outside choreographer to create on the CONDER/dance dancers. She chose Eric Handman for his exquisite skill in working with the partnered form in contemporary dance and his uniquely fluid yet wild movement style. CONDER/dance looks forward to working with and premiering a new work by this nationally recognized artist.
Immediately following the performance, the audience is invited to
the after-party reception.
Light hors d'oeuvres will be served, with cash bar.
Tiny Dances will be performed in the Lakeshore Room
at the After-Party following the Main Stage Performance.
Tiny Dances are short, 5 minute pieces performed on a "tiny" 4 ft x 4 ft stage.
Liliana Gomez 
BG19 Commissioned Artist
 Samantha Arrow Dance
Bridgette Caron Borzillo - CaZo Dance
Alicia-Lynn Nascimento Castro
Danielle McNeal Johnson -  DMJ dance collective
Anthony James Kelly + Chelsea Rose Neiss
Michelle Marji
Callista Mincks
Nicole L Olson
Gina Ricker - RickerArts
Lucy Vurusic Riner- RE|dance group
Jennifer Smith 
Amy Symonds
Caitlin Wichlacz
James Manley


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