Secret Laughs (Rires Secrets)

Currently Dawn is an artist-in-residence at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA. Selected as one of four choreographers, she is part of the CATALYSTS program. This year the catalysts are four women working in different genres and at different stages of their careers. The others are Ali Kenner-Brodsky, Rebecca McGowan, and Aysha Upchurch.

Secret Laughs (Rires Secrets) is the title of a new piece by Dawn Kramer. In the last poem written by Algerian poet, Malek Alloula, (Les Pluies du Miracle/The Rains of the Miracle), “secret laughs” of “whispering water”are also our ironic recognition that human craving and torments melt away with the acceptance that all things born must die. In the performance, dancers emerge from a forested videoscape, sing with the birds, gurgle with the brook, lean on each other, and dance and play in a world of surprises. Live vocals and music enhance the connection of dancers, video, poetry and audience. A moment of utter chaos when anything can happen precedes the resolution when bits of the entire piece synthesize and flash before our eyes. Dawn performs live and on video and is joined by master improviser Olivier Besson. The legendary Stan Strickland performs live music. Stephen Buck creates the video projections and manipulates it live through Isadora software.

Performance Schedule

Date Musician
January 12, Saturday 8 PM Stan Strickland
January 13, Sunday 7 PM Stan Strickland
January 18, Friday 8 PM Akili Haynes
January 19, Saturday 8 PM Akili Haynes
January 25, Friday 8 PM Stan Strickland
January 26, Saturday 8 PM Stan Strickland
Stan Strickland
Stan Strickland
Akili Haynes
Akili Haynes
Strickland has performed internationally; been featured on recordings of Bob Moses, Marty Erlich, Webster Lewis and Brute Force; performed with notable jazz musicians Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Danilo Perez, Shirley Scott and Marlena Shaw; and has opened for Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins. He has performed and collaborated with choreographers including Alvin Ailey, José Limón and Bill T. Jones.
Strickland has a M.A. degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley College, where he is an adjunct professor, and also teaches at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, and Longy School of Music. He is co-executive Director of "Express Yourself", working in partnership with adolescents in public mental health residential facilities to produce multimedia performances.
Akili Jamal Haynes is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who began his career at age 15 as a trombonist under the mentorship of Wynton Marsalis. Three years later, he was touring with Illinois Jacquet’s Big Band. He currently performs with several ensembles and has participated on several recordings as a trombonist, composer, trumpeter, keyboardist, vocalist, tenor saxophonist, alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and acoustic bassist. Akili has been a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory & Continuing Education School for more than 14 years, and is also guest percussion faculty and bass accompanist at Berklee College of Music, Boston.

All will take place at the Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

More Info at the Complex

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Above is some excerpts from the first time we all got together. Since then the lighting has been worked on to make the dancers more visible. I am working with some software in order to use my cell phone to provide a live camera feed to Isadora. I am also using a midi adaptor so that I can control the lighting console from the laptop.
UPDATE: I have given up the cellphone camera idea and have replaced the input with a clip from rehearsal in order to get better resolution and dependability.