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Stories of Our People

by Bandelion

Music from the live, experimental dance/theater/music work. New Avant World Urban Folk Disco.
Genre: Avant Garde: Avant-Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rosh Hashanah 5775
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2. Stories of Our People (There Are Many)
5:07 $0.99
3. Two Men Walking
6:22 $0.99
4. Dawn's Story
5:58 $0.99
5. Week of Sunsets
5:54 $0.99
6. Song for Della (Extended Dance Version)
12:57 $0.99
7. The Wind
4:44 $0.99
8. To Be Complete
4:30 $0.99
9. A Better World
4:16 $0.99
10. The Seam
6:59 $0.99
11. Stories of Our People (When I Was Born)
4:37 $0.99
12. The Seam (Response)
5:45 $0.99
13. What Soft Hand
6:09 $0.99
14. Stories of Our People (Epilogue)
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Album Notes
Music by Bandelion, from the interdisciplinary ensemble's original performance work, Stories of Our People.

Stories of Our People began with queer creation myths by Andrew Ramer, and Bandelion experimented with perspectives on creation, birth, beginnings and belonging. This immersive, ceremonial performance adventure took place over four Sunday afternoons in July, at The Flight Deck in Oakland.

Intimacy, improvisation, storytelling, the creation of constantly morphing worlds–with live music, dance and theater, and an interactive installation by artist Lisa Carroll.

On these recordings:
Chris: Cello, Looper, Spoken Text
Christof: Clarinet, Backing Vocals, Spoken Text
Corissa: Lead and Backing Vocals, Cajon
Eric: Lead and Backing Vocals, Ukulele, Looper, Bass and Tenor Banjos, Djembe, Cajón, Percussion, Moyo Drum,
Spoken Text
Keith: Keyboards, Accordion, Djembe, Lead Vocals on The Wind, Spoken Text
Anne-Lise: Backing Vocals, Spoken Text, Lead Vocals on The Wind
Frances: Flute, Spoken Text
Abe, Bubbles & Doodle: Shaking, Moral Support

Music and Lyrics by Eric Kupers in collaboration with Bandelion except where noted*

Note: All of these songs were created as Bandelion worked on the performance piece, Stories of Our People. Some
ended up in the shows, some stayed behind the scenes and fueled us in other ways.
Disc I
1. Stories of Our People – There are Many *Words by Andrew Ramer, adapted by Eric
2. Two Men Walking *Music by Chris Evans
3. Rosh Hashanah 5775 **
4. Dawn’s Story
5. Week of Sunsets
6. Song for Della – Dance Version **
Disc II
7. The Wind
8. To Be Complete
9. A Better World *Music and Lyrics by Corissa Reese Johnson
10.The Seam *Lyrics by Dawn Holtan
11.Stories of Our People – When I Was Born *Words by Andrew Ramer
12.What Soft Hand
13.The Seam – Response
14.Stories of Our People – Epilogue

Bandelion is Eric Kupers’ ensemble within Dandelion Dancetheater,

We are a tribe. We are a found family. We are committed to pushing and being pushed by each other, past familiar edges.

We are:

Chris Evans, classically trained professional cellist, experimental musician, blossoming dancer, active in Bay Area visual arts scene—she wants art in every aspect of her life. Bandelion since 2013.

Chris Gallegos, enthusiastic dancer, computer scientist, visual artist, video artist, clarinet player, singer, dyslexic improviser—he becomes a voracious velociraptor onstage. Bandelion since 2010.

Dawn Frank Holtan, dancer & choreographer, versatile improviser, writer of stories & grants, actress, unschooling mother of three—she wants to create raw, honest work. DDT since 1996. Bandelion since 2012.

Reese Johnson, dancer & singer, hip hop & jazz teacher, choreographer, budding drummer—she seeks healing & mending through dance. Bandelion since 2010

Eric Kupers, Director/Choreographer who loves putting aside his “in-charge” hat and being guided by Bandelions to dance, sing, play music and experiment.

Keith Penney, multi-instrumentalist, ardent rebel, anti-authoritarian, physicist, runs his own band, plays accordion, guitar, percussion, bass, piano—he’s driven by fierce passion. Bandelion since 2008.

Anne-Lise Reusswig, deeply dedicated dancer with Cunningham roots & ballet shoots, choreographer, singer, cellist—she needs art in her life as a way to connect, to feel alive. DDT since 1999. Bandelion since 2007.

Belgica Rodriguez, evolving actress/dancer, costume artist, native Mexican, youngest Bandelion—she’s interested in sharing stories that matter. Bandelion since 2013.

Frances Sedayao, fluid dancer, choreographer, playful actress, expert improviser, black belt in Tae Kwon Do, singer, flutist, Pilipino native—she’s tiny but tough & captivating. DDT since 2001. Bandelion since 2014.

And associate members Rodney Bell, Cristina Carrasquillo, Dorine Hoeksema, Nils Jorgensen, and Stacz Sadowski.

Bandelion collaborates. All ensemble members develop movement, sound, theatrical & design elements. We are inspired by Physically Integrated Dance, in which people with and without disabilities figure out how to move together, create together, and set up accessible structures for performance.

Our work includes different ability levels due to disabilities & devotion to different artistic disciplines. We each come with unique skills & unique difficulties, & we communicate rigorously so that we can effectively train, support each other, & create art we’re all invested in.

We need regular rehearsal in order to be honest, to be fully real—so we rehearse all year long, whether or not we’re preparing for a particular project.. We need to perform, to be so present that every second feels spacious. We need to not be controlled. We need to give, and feel lucky enough to be given something in return. We need a community of people that we can trust, love and depend upon. We are that community.

We want to explore how individuals can become greater than their individual parts—like starlings flocking. We want to have an impact on how other people see themselves and the world. We want to be free of fear, free of frustration, free of capitalism, free of racism, free of binary thinking. We want to contribute wisdom through the stories we share. We want to bring forth our deepest truths. We want all the insights of post-modern identity politics to be infused with ancestral needs for live art, in concentric circles of relations. We want the unexpected.

Bandelion began in 2006 when Kupers called together dance, music and theater artists to spend a year of intensive interdisciplinary investigation which culminated in the evening-length work Drop.

Bandelion thrives on collaborations with a diverse array of contemporary artists, including: Kimiko Guthrie, Kristin Heavey, Navarette x Kajiyama Dance Theater, AXIS Dance Company, Nicole Fuentez, Bob Webb, Paufve Dance, Patrick Cress, Karate Mountain, Mickey Kay, T-Bird Luv, Trina Nahm-Mijo, Suki O’Kane, Nancy Ostrovsky, Paufve Dance, Theater Grottesco, Matt Payne, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Sue Roginski, Lucia August, and the Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble. All of our work is informed and deepened by the invaluable contributions of previous ensemble members: Eric Andler, Julie Brown, UE Chua, Patrick Cress, Dana DeGuzman, Julia Hollas, Debby Kajiyama, Julie Kane, Edmer Lazaro, Heather Lukens, Flo Nakamura, Mantra Plonsey, David Ryther, and Benjamin Wright.



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