solid, like a rock



images by Joanne Kim


July 19, 20, 21 part of Redcat New Original Works Festival 2018


Tara Jane O’Neil plays effect manipulated solo bass as 22 dancer people connect with nature and spirit in unguarded fleshy expressiveness.

Dance and Costume Design by Jmy James Kidd

Music by Tara Jane O’Neil

Lighting Design by Carol McDowell

Danced by: Carol McDowell, Dana Penenberg, Janine Lim, Joy Angela Anderson, Olivia Mia Orozco, Anastasia Baratta, Márkellos Savvides, Stacy Dawson Stearns, Alison D’Amato, Maya Gingery, Erin Sylvester, A. Carmina Márquez, Jen Hong, Nickels Sunshine, Dez’Mon Omega Fair, Roxanne Steinberg, Levi Gonzalez, Julienne Mackey, J. Alex Mathews, Michelle Sui, Tiara Jackson and Jmy James Kidd

Carol McDowell (dancer and lighting designer) is an interdisciplinary dance artist, collaborator, and teacher. Lighting design collaborations include works by Nickels Sunshine, Wilfried Souly, Karen Finley, Simone Forte, Dan Froot and Dan Hurlin, Johanna Went, Mary Overlie, Nina Martin, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Fred Holland, Yvonne Meier, Yoshiko Chuma, Pooh Kaye, and Kei Takei in theaters, galleries and alternative venues that include Redcat, Pieter, Highways, The Box, Joyce Theater, DTW, PS 122, and the Staten Island Ferry. McDowell is a member of the Encounter with Mariel Carranza. In the past she co-curated performance series at Crazy Space, Sea and Space Explorations, and Kristi Engel Gallery with Asher Hartman, co-founded max10 at the Electric Lodge with Cid Pearlman, David King, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario and Nurit Siegel, and co-founded the Mariposa Collective with Barbara Dilley, Diane Butler, and Polly Motley.  McDowell received a 2002 Lester Horton Award and a 1985 BESSIE for her lighting design of dance projects by Victoria Marks and John Bernd. She is very happy to collaborate with Jmy as dancer and designer on this project.

Dana Penenberg’s work is rooted in somatic investigation and the search for embodiment in a chronically ill body. She is influenced by her studies in Emergent Improvisation, Body Mind Centering, and Continuum. She is a native of Los Angeles and holds a private practice in Reiki and Craniosacral. She has performed at Highways Performance Space, Pieter Space, Hauser Wirth and Schimmel and Untitled Art Fair Miami. Dana Penenberg graduated from the Bennington College dance program.

Janine Lim is a LA-based multi-disciplinary artist. Her photographic work and short film, “Grandfather Clock,” were exhibited in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She is a former student of the theater and a long-time student of the martial arts. Her personal essays have been published in Youth Outlook Magazine and The Bold Italic. She co-produces the monthly reading series Drunken Masters for Writ Large Press. Today, she is a dancer.

Joy Angela Anderson, a Chicana curator, dancer, Yoga teacher from East L.A., approaches artistic practices with questions of inclusivity, identity, decolonization, public space, non-western notions of healing, ceremony & ritual. She’s collaborated with artists, collectives and curated exhibitions with grassroots organizations and artist-run spaces. Dance has served as a spiritual, healing, transformational and ritual practice in her life. Joy has performed with Critical Mass Dance Company, taisha paggett’s temporary dance company WXPT and HomeLA.

Olivia Mia Orozco believes art can change the world. She works as a dancer, actress, choreographer and filmmaker. She is currently the Director of Radiant Space, a multi media gallery in West Hollywood, where she programs and curates events to spread her love of art. She has won awards for her work as a choreographer and filmmaker, has performed across the US and Mexico, and can be seen in many music videos and commercials.

Anastasia Baratta is a holistic Pilates instructor, movement coach and energy healer.  In one of her past lives, she was a dancer that destroyed her body for her art.  So this time, she came back to heal herself and others – vowing to only dance again when she understood how to keep herself healthy and injury free.  This is her first dance performance.

Márkellos Savvides – made in Cyprus, Moved to LA to experience Life, become stronger and better. Only Love and Dance

Stacy Dawson Stearns is a Bessie Award-winning performing artist who creates original works of dance theater as well objects, writings, and collaborations in film/ video. She teaches performance techniques at CalState LA, curates the Monday Morning Class series (insta handle @mmcpieter) at Pieter, and administrates the Show Box LA Residency Program. She is currently writing a dance pamphlet for 53rd State Press and is establishing an online VR learning platform for body-based practices with Channel B4.

Alison D’Amato is Assistant Professor of Practice at USC’s Kaufman School of Dance, where she primarily teaches dance history and theory. As a choreographer and performer, her work has long been entwined with her academic research. In 2015 she graduated from UCLA with a PhD in Culture and Performance, completing a dissertation on contemporary choreographic scores (Mobilizing the Score: Generative Choreographic Structures, 1960-Present).

Maya Gingery is an artist, musician, dancemaker, yogini, former university professor and homo sapien, although the last part is arguable.

Erin Sylvester is grateful for her teachers, Nancy Meehan, Janet Panetta, Rima Rani Rabbath, and Ellen Marshall. She is grateful for her body saying yes to this movement and work.  She is grateful for her beautiful partner in life, Jess Kiefer.  She feels thankful to share this time with incredible bodies taking incredible chances and to Jmy for taking a chance on her.

A. Carmina Márquez (b. 1993) cultivates a practice of everyday poetics and magic to summon untold histories and dive into the semiotics of body memory. They are interested in bath tubs as industrial testaments to the necessity of womb time. They are in constant collaboration with stones, dreams, plant and fungal allies, and are enchanted by the spaces that reveal themselves by their own volition. They are from NE LA, and hold a BA in dance composition and vocal performance from Bennington College and live in Oakland, CA.

Jen Hong is a dabbler in many dance forms. She dances, teaches, and plays in Los Angeles and will be starting an MFA in Experimental Choreography at UCR in the fall.

Nickels Sunshine is a Los Angeles-based artist invested in somatics, mental health advocacy, and being in nature.

Dez’Mon Omega Fair, painter.

Roxanne Steinberg dances to transcend familiar vocabularies, to heighten sense perception, connectivity and a flow of primordial associations. A graduate of Bennington College, she has led Body Weather training in Los Angeles since 1988. She teaches and performs worldwide, solo and with Oguri and sister Morleigh Steinberg. She is an artist-in-residence at the Electric Lodge in Venice and co-directs Flower of the Season dance series. She is engaged in Lauren Bon’s Metabolic Studio art practice.

Levi Gonzalez is a dance artist originally from LA who has spent the last 20 years of his life in NYC. Now he is back and happy to be dancing in this project with Jmy.

Julienne Mackey is a queer performer and therapist based in Southern California. She graduated from University of California, Irvine in 2016 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior. Currently, she performs throughout the west coast with Jmy Kidd and The Sunland Dancers, BrockusRED Dance Company, Micaela Taylor + The TL Collective and Pia Vinson Productions. Alongside movement practice, she assists in community engagement for various forms of productions and works as a behavioral therapist for Autism Learning Partners.

J. Alex Mathews is an arts practitioner with a background in performance, arts administration/consulting, production, and teaching. After nearly 11 years working and creating in Los Angeles, she is moving to Brooklyn, NY to pursue an MFA in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute.

Michelle Sui is a performer, composer, choreographer, and director. Her original multimedia works have been presented internationally and range from solo performance, site-specific installation, dance films, and immersive theatrical compositions. Much of her work stems from her ongoing research and teaching in embodied vocal techniques and women’s folk music traditions. She is the artistic director of Nü House, a curatorial platform that connects diverse artists and communities in different locations worldwide. @michelle.sui

Tiara Jackson is a dancer, choreographer, performance artist, and model based in Los Angeles. Jackson earned her BFA in Dance and Choreography from the California Institute of the Arts (2013). She has worked with interdisciplinary artists including Safety Third Productions, StandardVision, Director/Producer Natalie Metzger, and up and coming progressive clothing line Joni Margaux.

“Rehearsal of Rock Solid” by Phyllis Stearns