Breaking Ground 2014 to Push Contemporary Dance Boundaries in Tempe

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A still from one of the dance films that will be featured at the festival MOMENTUM.
Now in its seventh year, the annual Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance and Film Festival seems poised to be better than ever. The two-night event will bring 17 established and emerging artists from all over the country and the world to Tempe Center for the Arts for an event that will include dance, dance films, site-specific works, and more.

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This year, a panel of adjudicators selected works from nearly 100 applicants. "Every year, it's a more and more competitive process," says organizer Carley Conder of CONDER/dance. "The overriding criteria for Breaking Ground was 'Is this innovative? Is this taking a risk? Is this pushing the boundaries of how dance is defined right now?'"

Both nights of the festival will include reConception, a site-specific event that will take place throughout various spaces at Tempe Center for the Arts.

"We've always had performances throughout the property, but we really wanted to make a push to have a more unified concept," Conder says.

So this year, reConception will feature more local artists -- including Candy Jimenez, Jordan Daniels, and Nicole Olson -- who will "re-imagine" a portion of the venue. One performer will be found in the parking lot, while another portion of the work will be placed in a sitting area inside the center's lobby.

"I really gave the artists that are involved a lot of freedom . . . to make a familiar space more magical," Conder says.

And because the works are presented in public spaces, the public is welcome to enjoy the performance for free from 7:30 to 8 p.m. on both nights of the festival. For those who will be catching the whole show, expect a tough choice when it comes to selecting a single night to attend.

On Friday night, you'll have the chance to see the première of subSTRATA, from choreographer Chad Michael Hall and his new company MULTIPLEX DANCE. The piece will be the first original work performed by the Los Angeles-based dance company, which Hall formed in 2013.

subSTRATA will explore the Jungian idea of the shadow or "shadow aspect", as well as Plato's allegory of the cave.

"We all have a shadow, and the shadow aspect tends to be the unconscious aspect, the part of our self that we don't look at," Hall says.

For this piece, he says, he challenged his dancers to "return to more primitive instincts" and create a "shadow dancer alter ego." In addition to his signature highly athletic and acrobatic movement style, we can look forward to original video projections that will be incorporated into the work.

Location Info


Tempe Center for the Arts

700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ

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