At Your Service
At Your Service (February 2019 at ODC Theater, San Francisco)
How do we serve? How are we served? Who serves whom, and where do the lines blur? Asking these questions led Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, vocalist/composer Amy X Neuburg, and guest performers to create At Your Service. In this moment when greed and abuse dominate the news, Risa Jaroslow & Dancers look at ways in which we serve each other (or fail to do so) personally and professionally, with a focus on the under-appreciated among us. At Your Service is dance, music, songs and stories that delight, edify, sometimes disturb, and ultimately help us see many of our fellow humans in a different light.
Reviews and Press
"Above all, the dancing shines throughout At Your Service. Do we see the individuals who serve us? At Your Service demands that we do."
"Neuburg’s score is lush, complex, and at times humorous"
"Interwoven into the mix of sound, melody and movement are compelling and poignant monologues delivered by people from different professions”
"The interactions among the dancers… was intense and focused, a fluid pastiche of lifting, supporting, opposing and watchfully guarding that was sometimes playful, sometimes anxious, sometimes cold and impassive, sometimes grim”
"The intent, Jaroslow wrote, is to 'delight, edify, sometimes disturb and ultimately help us see many of our fellow humans in a different light.' "
Project 190 (November 2018 at University of Central Lancashire)
Risa Jaroslow was invited to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in northwest England to create a performance in honor of the 190th anniversary of the University. She worked with five third-year students and ten people from the city of Preston including teens, alumnae, university staff and others. The students were co-facilitators as well as performers. Jaroslow met with them regularly to plan each full group session. Project 190 was performed in November and December at UCLan. The history of the university, the stories of the people who built it and the stories of the cast members and their relationship to the university were rich with material to draw on to create this work.
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Touch Bass (April 2017 at ODC Theater, San Francisco)
My mother was a professional orchestral bass player. I remember as a child watching her practice in our living room. I’ve loved the instrument from that early age and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to pay homage to my mother who was a woman ahead of her time.
I met my collaborator Lisa Mezzacappa, composer/bassist extraordinaire in the course of remounting Resist/Surrender which ran at ODC Theater in 2015. She was a member of the ensemble that played the Resist/Surrender score live. I approached Lisa and we began experimenting in the studio soon after. Touch Bass is the culmination of these experiments.
Our cast includes three glorious dancers – Scott Marlowe (Brendan Barthel replaced Scott for these SF performances), Tara McArthur and Lauren Simpson and three superb and adventurous bassists Lisa, Eric Perney and Matt Small. With the three double basses added in to the mix we have a cast of nine. Lisa created the live score.
The relationships that are created between the dancers and musicians, the music and the movement, the people and the basses are tender, awkward, funny – as wide ranging as all relationships.
Previews and Interviews
Reviews and Press
“Touch Bass” is an extraordinary showcase of Jaroslow and Mezzacappa’s creativity, and belief in the power of relationships."
"In one of the most honest and pure performance collaborations I have seen so far this season, choreographer Risa Jaroslow and composer Lisa Mezzacappa birthed a rich, living environment for dancers Brendan Barthel, Tara McArthur, Lauren Simpson, musicians Mezzacappa, Eric Perney, Matt Small and three upright basses. The nine explored this democratic container of movement and sound, engaging with lush artistry..."