Tundra is an evening-length performance piece with choreography by Christiana Axelsen, an original script by playwright Chana Porter, and original composition by Tito Ramsey. The show was developed with the assistance of dramaturg Megan Smith. Tundra features performers Andrew Champlin, Quinlan Corbett, Kevin Ho, Maya Lawson, Anna Schon, and Randall Anthony Smith.
Inspired by books about mountaineering, early aviation, and arctic exploration, Tundra uses the simultaneous presentation of dance and theater as a method to investigate the human fascination with conquering unknown space. By featuring multiple, decentralized islands of action within the stage space, the work aims is to capture the intimacy of human interactions within a vast landscape and to give the viewer the experience of a poetic, adventurous spectatorship.
Christiana Axelsen’s choreographic interest lies in how dance and theater can coexist in time and space, independent from each other, providing infinite interpretations of the relationship between kinesthetic and narrative elements. Her work has been seen at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, Women in Motion Salon Series, and Movement Research’s Open Performance. She collaborated with theater artist Seth Powers to create Money Thinks I’m Dead as part of a 2012-2013 residency at Mabou Mines. Christiana has been a member of the zoe | juniper since 2005 and has performed with Michou Szabo, Anne Zuerner, Mana Kawamura, Raja Kelly, Korhan Basaran, and Dai Jian among others. She graduated summa cum laude with degree in dance and geology from Mount Holyoke College.
Tundra is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).
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