Monday, August 11, 2008
Jasmine Albuquerque is a freelance choreographer, dancer and teacher. In 2004 she worked under the direction of Netherlands Dance Theater's Artistic Director Glen Edgerton and created the duet bike piece Gabrilla's Ballistic performed at the Unknown Theater in Hollywood. Her work thrives on abstraction while challenging the contemporary scene. She moves from a central point of imagery while incorporating elements of humor, history and magical surrealism. Graduating from UCLA with a degree in History, choreography became her way of translating all she had learned, a map of juxtaposition and contradiction, exploring places rot in authority and fleeting moments of insecurity. Her other work has been seen at Diavalo Dance Space and for the monthly psycho dance show Fingered. She has danced with companies such as Hysterica and Collage Dance Theater and with musical talent including We Are the World, Hazm, and Hecuba in various venues around Los Angeles
such as the Hammer Museum, the Ford Amphitheater, The Orpheum, Pioneer Town and a laundromat on Sunset and Vine. She has choreographed music videos under the direction of Jennifer Tzar for Bob Wayne and danced in videos for Beck, Ingrid Michaelson, and You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead. Today she continues creating movement, picking up pieces of the city for inspiration while collaborating and working with choreographers such as Ryan Heffington and Mecca Andrews. Currently she teaches Contemporary Ballet and Dance for Non Dancers at a local studio in Silverlake. Her classes are a quirky combination of technique, musicality, placement, balance, playing with gravity and creating images through motion.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
"I have a photo Philippe Halsman took of me in which i am doing a backfall, lit by a strobe light...One woman came backstage after the premiere and and said, 'How unrealistic to fall backward in a black evening gown. I would never do it.' I answered, 'Neither would I. But haven't you ever been in a room where someone you loved, who no longer loved you, walked in, and your heart fell to the floor?'"