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 18, Friday 8 PM Akili Haynes
January 19, Saturday 8 PM Akili Haynes
NOT January 20, Sunday
January 25, Friday 8 PM Stan Strickland
January 26, Saturday 8 PM Stan Strickland
All will take place at the Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.
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.

Dawn Kramer

A professor emerita in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Dawn Kramer is a founder of Dance Collective which she co-directed for thirty years, creating and/or performing in approximately seventy works. Boston Dance Alliance awarded her a 2014 Dance Champion award, with her fellow co-directors of Dance Collective. In 2012, the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded Dawn an Artist Fellowship in Choreography, the sixth fellowship that the Commonwealth has awarded her since she established her career base in Boston. Dawn also received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the LEF Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture for a residency in France, the Bogliasco Foundation for a residency in Italy, and the MassArt Foundation for making silent video/movement poems in temple gardens in Kyoto. Dawn’s choreography has appeared on 15' high scaffolding (Pipe Dream) and vast rope nets (After Ever), in sites as varied as the Back Bay Train Station and the stairway of the Boston Public Library. Her work has been performed at Jacob's Pillow, Dance Theatre Workshop in NYC, and in Holland, Belgium, Germany, and France and throughout New England. Dawn’s videos have been shown by WGBH-TV, the NY Dance on Camera Festival and in Paris.

Since 2007, Dawn and Stephen Buck have been collaborating on pieces involving live performance in video projection environments. Body of Water explored the beauty and fragility of water. Cracking and Entanglement used video projections on the performer(s) to reflect on the nature of choice, the relationship of body to self and gender, and to question the idea of self as a solid, separate reality. Connection is a pervasive theme in Dawn’s work that envisions the human being as a non-dominant, integrated part of Nature.

Dawn is the proud parent of Adam and Amber and delighted grandmother of five. 

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 using a midi adaptor so that I can control the lighting console from the laptop.