[World Premiere] Larissa Velez-Jackson: Zapatografia/Shoegraphy
Zapatografía/Shoegraphy is a conceptual solo dance by Larissa Velez-Jackson, created in collaboration with community members of the Henry Street Settlement Senior Center. Using Velez-Jackson’s signature humor in its minimalist form, Zapatografía/Shoegraphy addresses the relationship between the longtime working class residents of New York City and its experimental arts community. The work captures the tenuous nature of language and meaning when objects, words, gestures, costumes, pregnant pauses, song, dance, and diverse cultures are placed side by side.
Larissa Velez-Jackson (LVJ) is a NYC-based choreographer and multi-platform artist. She uses improvisation as a main tool for research and creation, yielding dance, sound and deep humor. She has presented work at numerous NYC venues such as: American Realness Festival ’11 and ‘15 at Abrons Arts Center, Chocolate Factory Theater ‘14 and in 2017 at New York Live Arts with Yackez, a collaboration with her husband, Jon Velez-Jackson. LVJ has been nominated for a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and was awarded the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grant to Artists award for 2016.
ZAPATOGAFIA/SHOEGRAPHY was originally developed with support from The Bushwick Starr and was featured as part their 2017-18 Season.