We’ve just finished updating the site with all the incredible that’s been happening over on our YouTube channel – if you’re not subscribed to us yet, you’ve been missing out! Our current project, Geeksdanz Online, is a set of five distinct video dance series taking place on our YouTube channel, and in all the excitement, sometimes we forget to post here as well. So our Current Project page is now updated, and there are now handy links in the sidebar that will take you directly to those YouTube playlists. Have fun browsing our crazy – we’re particularly proud of our most recent piece, affectionately referred to as “Blame Pachelbel”!
It’s that time of year again! Geeksdanz will once again be presenting panels at Tekko 2016!
The convention runs from Thursday April 7 through Sunday April 10th at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Here’s the rundown on our panels this year:
An Artist’s Views on the ‘Games-as-Art’ Debate – Join artistic director Ellen Deutsch and video game enthusiast Joshua Stafford as they discuss their views on the debate over whether video games should be considered “art.” What makes a game feel “artistic,” and where and how might video games fit into the art world? We want your opinions! Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm as part of Tekko Gakkou!
Para Para Fitness! – Rock out to a selection of J-Pop and Eurobeat as you learn phrases from their official dances in this Zumba-style cardio class! Para Para is great for stamina and coordination as well as rhythm. Get a cardio workout that’s actually fun! Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 am in Panel Room 6!
Artsy Anime: A Primer – Looking for an anime with a little more meat on its bones? Tired of the same old spectacle shows? Join Ellen Deutsch as she discusses some of her favorite “artsy” anime. She’ll discuss “artsy” qualities to look for, and provide examples of some good starter series. Sunday from 9:00 to 10:00 am in Panel Room 3!
In addition, friend and co-panelist Joshua Stafford will be running two panels about martial arts:
Japanese Weapons Fact & Fiction – Join martial artists Joshua Stafford and Marc Jeray as they discuss how Japanese weapons are portrayed in movies and anime. Which aspects of weapons are accurately represented, which are modified for story’s sake, and which are just completely made up? Saturday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in Panel Room 6!
An Introduction to Iaijutsu, or How To Wield A Katana – Martial artists Joshua Stafford and Marc Jeray will introduce you to the traditional samurai art of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu. The history, philosophy, and techniques of Iaijutsu will be discussed, and Josh and Marc will demonstrate how an Eishin Ryu Iaidoka wields his katana. Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30 pm in Panel Room 6!
If you’re attending the convention, drop by and say hi! More info on the convention can be found on their website here.
It’s been quiet around the website lately, but that doesn’t mean it’s been quiet in the studio! We’ve been working on expanding our online short-form dance repertoire, continuing our long-running Art Assignment Response series, adding more Momentum120 timed-creation pieces, and even starting a new series we call “Vault,” where we dig deep into the dusty corners of the Geeksdanz vault to give an old piece a new spin. Check out the sample below, which we created as a tribute to David Bowie, and then head on over to our YouTube channel to see everything we’ve been working on!
In other news, Artistic Director Ellen will once again be presenting three panels at Tekkoshocon Japanese Culture Convention. Come chat about the ‘Video Games-As-Art’ debate, get a primer on some good Artsy Anime series, and rock out with Ellen in her Para Para Fitness class! Exact dates and times are TBA, but the convention runs from April 7 – 10 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Stay tuned for details as they are announced!
We have a busy October planned for you, with three separate appearances in the next two weeks! Check out everything we have planned:
Book Signing Preview! – On Thursday, October 8th, we’ll be at the Rainbow Rowell lecture and book signing at the main Carnegie Library. After Rainbow’s lecture, we’ll present excerpts from Finding Margo, Losing Gus to entertain guests waiting for their turn at the signing table. We’ll have more details later this week, and there’ll be signs up around the first floor directing you to our location. Snippets of the show will be interspersed with short Q&A sessions, so you can come see a preview of the show, ask your questions, and still get over to the signing table when your number comes up! Check out the CLP Events website for info on signing up for the event!
The Maker Faire! – Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th, Geeksdanz will present at the Pittsburgh Maker Faire! We’ve presented at the Maker Faire before, but this year it’ll be bigger than ever! Check out the Current Projects page for full details!
Finding Margo, Losing Gus – Encore Performance! – Did you miss the premiere in August? Never fear – we’re presenting a FREE encore of Finding Margo, Losing Gus at the Main Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 18th at 2 pm! Once again, full details are on the Current Projects page!
Whew! With so many events coming up, we hope you’ll come to see us at least once!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Monroeville Library on Saturday and Sunday to see the premiere of Finding Margo, Losing Gus! We had a great turnout, and got lots of amazing responses to the work. The Q&A sessions went really well – we always enjoy getting to share a little look at how we put the show together with our audiences!
Remember, the Indie Go Go campaign is still live until this weekend, so if you didn’t get a chance to see the show, you’ve got a chance! Donate at or above the $40 level you can claim a DVD of the performance as your perk!
Good news everyone! For Finding Margo, Losing Gus, Geeksdanz has added another geek to the team! Help us welcome our newest member, Amber Adams! Check out our interview with her below!
GD: How did you get into dancing?
AA: I started dance at the age of 2 and instantly fell in love. Dance slowly took priority over all of my other extra curricular activities. When it came time to pick a major for college, I had no question in my mind but to continue with my dance education.
GD: What appeals to you the most about dance and dancing?
AA: Dance is the one thing that has always been consistent in my life. The art form allows me to be the best version of myself and express myself! I also love the experience of live theatre – no two performances are ever the same.
GD: What do you do in “real life”?
AA: In ‘real life’, I am a dance teacher and choreographer. I work from home as an Independent Health & Fitness coach and also teach Aerial Yoga!
GD: Other than dancing, what do you do for fun?
AA: I love to spend time with friends and family. I also love to spend time outdoors and gardening! Hiking, running and outdoor activities are my favorite.
GD: What excites you most about working with Geeksdanz?
AA: The most exciting thing about working with Geeksdanz is collaboration. It is inspiring to work with like-minded artists and create an energy that leaves my heart happy! It is also really nice to be a part of the creating process and feel like your artistic vision is used.
Welcome aboard, Amber!
Finding Margo, Losing Gus comes to the Monroeville Library in August! Visit the project page for full info and email us to reserve your spot today!
Join Geeksdanz next Sunday, June 7th, at the main Carnegie Library in Oakland for CLP’s 15th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza!
We’ll be presenting an excerpt from Finding Margo, Losing Gus at 4:00 and 4:30 pm in the big outdoor tent, and we’ll have a table out on the lawn by Dippy the Dinosaur from 12 noon to 5 pm. Stop by the table to say hi, chat with the dancers, and pick yourself up one of these exclusive show bookmarks!
Spiffy, huh? Only place to get them is at the Library event next week! Come find us and get yours!
The Summer Reading Extravaganza is an event hosted by the Carnegie Library every summer to encourage people of all ages to read more. We’ll be performing on the MainStage alongside many other local companies, including the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Musical Theater. The event also features things like cooking demonstrations using garden herbs, puppet shows, bilingual story times, and much more! You can find out more about the event from CLP’s website!
Finding Margo, Losing Gus draws its inspiration from the work of bestselling author John Green, whose Young Adult novels portray teens struggling to make sense out of life and answer the big questions – from learning to empathize and “imagine others complexly” to dealing with tragedy and loss and the unromantic realities of life. Green is best known for his novel “The Fault in Our Stars,” which deals with sixteen-year-old cancer survivors confronting their own mortality and attempting to love and support each other with the little time they have left.
Throughout all four of Green’s bestselling novels run the themes of love and loss, the intricate reality of relationships, and the complex emotions that go along with them. Finding Margo, Losing Gus investigates these themes further, jumping into the space between the novels to explore both the similarities between characters and the diversity of relationships, with particular focus on the un-romanticized reality of so-called “romantic” relationships, and the idea that being there to support your partner in everyday problems is sometimes more important than physical attraction.
Dates: Saturday August 8th at 8 pm, and Sunday August 9th at 2 pm
Location: Monroeville Public Library, 4000 Gateway Campus Blvd, Monroeville PA 15146 Suggested Donation: $15 (will be split between Geeksdanz and the Monroeville Library)
Seating is very limited – please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people in your party and which show you’d like to attend to reserve your spot.
You can check out the show page from either the Current Projects tab or the show link in the sidebar. Once again we’ve got a range of promotional materials in the works, so stay tuned for additional images to go up in the coming weeks!
Geeksdanz will once again scare the pants off their audiences with Manifestations II: Ambitions Running Cold, at The Maker Theater (formerly Steel City Improv Theater) on November 1st, 2014. Two performances of the (PG-13) show at 7 and 9:30 pm comprise the second year of Geeksdanz’s collaboration between dance and storytelling.
Featuring a whole new selection of ghost stories told live by our featured storyteller Stas’ Ziolkowski, Manifestations II melds dance, music and story to create an intensely atmospheric performance that will chill your blood and make your skin crawl. From a cottage on the beach to a mansion in the country, from a cursed monkey paw to a ghostly biker gang, the dancers weave through Stas’s words and your deepest fears come to life as the theater fills with sound and movement.
Tickets are $15, and will be available at the door or online via ShowClix. We will have advance tickets available for purchase soon, so keep checking the website for updates!
A bit about our featured teller, Stas’ Ziolkowski
I have been telling stories for more than forty years as a schoolteacher of science, mathematics, and as a planetarium director. I am 72 years old and have a lot of experience in community and school theaters; acting, directing, writing, and even some choreography.
I have moved to the Pittsburgh, PA area after 6 wonderful years in Arkansas where I had a theater company and started the Fairfield Bay StoryFest.
I draw on my life experience as a member of the US Army as a teenager, a soccer player, coach and referee, a track coach, organizer of large athletic events as well as theater and storytelling events, and of course being a son, a brother, a husband, a father, and a friend, to entertain audiences of all ages!