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Pennington Dance Group, choreographed by John Pennington, photo by Frances Chee

Kate Johnson
Saturday, July 11, 2015 | 8:00-10:30 PM
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

This event is FREE.

18th Street Arts Center proudly presents award-winning filmmaker and video artist Kate Johnson’s latest work EVERYWHERE in BETWEEN at Bergamot Station on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 8:00pm to 10:30pm. Enveloping the buildings of historic Bergamot Station Art Center in light, shadows, and video projections, Johnson transforms the art campus into a single art installation in collaboration with site-specific contemporary dance by Pennington Dance Group and light installation art by Greg Christy. Through projections and light on a main wall and throughout the campus, the work aims to explore connections between the individual identities of the galleries and artists at Bergamot Art Center as a unified space.

Kate Johnson’s EVERYWHERE in BETWEEN is the third in a series of artist interventions aimed at calling attention to the community of cultural organizations and commercial galleries at Bergamot Station. With the impending arrival of the EXPO light rail in Santa Monica and the construction of the Bergamot Station train platform, the City of Santa Monica and Bergamot Station Gallery & Cultural Association (BSGCA) find creative ways to make the public aware that the Arts Center is still open for business and as vibrant as ever. EVERYWHERE in BETWEEN and other forthcoming projects are made possible by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts awarded to City of Santa Monica. To implement the grant, the City works in partnership with Bergamot Ltd., 18th Street Arts Center, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and BSGCA.

Kate Johnson is an award-winning filmmaker, video artist, and Assistant Professor at Otis College of Art & Design. Her collaborative works have been shown at the Cannes and LA Film Festivals, and MoMA NY, among others. She has collaborated throughout her career with dance companies, creating video art for live performances. Her current, Emmy-nominated film, Mia, A Dancer’s Journey, is a feature-length documentary she co-directed and co-produced about the life of celebrated ballerina, Mia Slavenska. It premiered at Lincoln Center and was broadcast over 200 PBS stations throughout the US.

John Pennington, the Artistic Director of the Pennington Dance Group, enjoyed a 14-year career with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company as a performer and master teacher. He then went on to be an independent choreographer and educator before establishing his own award-winning dance group in 2000. Most recently, his oral history essay was featured in When Men Dance: Choreographing Dance Across Borders, published by Oxford University Press.

Greg Christy is a multiple award-winning lighting designer and technical director who has created singular designs and lighting installations for events throughout the US and internationally.  His work has painted light onto many surfaces from theaters to buildings to entire city blocks. His work has been seen on live television broadcasts and at venues including The Getty, LACMA, and MOCA, as well as with musical artists including Sir Elton John, Santana, and The Black Eyed Peas.

Lili Haydn Rolling Stone called her music “fiery and virtuosic…”   George Clinton called her “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” Lili Haydn has released four critically acclaimed recordings as a solo artist.  Lili (Atlantic Records), Light Blue Sun (BMG Music), Place Between Places (Nettwerk Music Group), which was a favorite on NPR, praising it as “A mix of neo-psychedelic flower child and rock star virtuoso…Heifetz meet Hendrix,”  and LiliLand, released in late 2014, with its single, Sea of Gold reaching commercial radio success. Lili is also known for her legendary collaborations; she has played with, sung with, and opened for everyone from Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Josh Groban, Seal, Cyndi Lauper, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and George Clinton’s  P-Funk All Stars to name a few.Kate Crash and Michael Maio (Soundscape DJ & Music) are composers, producers, and songwriters.  They are most known for their band KateCrash & the UFO Club.  Their current projects include: directing and composing score for the films “Messiah of Dogs” and “The Lost Suicide Ballads of Honey and Thunder”; co-songwriting and producing an EP for Malik the Freq Moore;  songwriting and co-producing an album with Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave, PIL) for George Martins label Grand Master. Crash’s first novel, “Plush” was published in 2013.

Victoria Looseleaf (spoken word) Victoria Looseleaf is an award-winning international arts journalist who covers the visual and performing arts around the world.  A freelancer for the L.A. Times since 1996, Looseleaf also writes for Performances Magazine, KCET Artbound, Artillery magazine and Fjord Review, among other outlets.  In addition, Looseleaf has written for the New York Times and has had her poetry and short fiction published in books including the anthology, “Gen F” and “A Looseleaf Notebook, Vol. 1” (Bombshelter Press). After creating/producing/hosting the cable access television show, “The Looseleaf Report,” which aired in L.A. and New York for 22 years, she currently maintains a blog of the same name.  Looseleaf’s motto is: ‘Have Pen Will Travel.’

Jennifer Bulger has danced in the choreography of Ronald Brown, Sean Greene, Robert Whidbee and Roberta Wolin-Tupas (R Dance Company).  Presently, she is a member of Stacy Strickland’s Strickly Addikcted, and continues to perform as a dancer and actor in the Los Angeles area.

Joshua Bergeron is a  Los Angeles based choreographer, performer, and yoga Instructor. He has performed with Kybele Dance Theater and R Dance Company, and delights in projects that bring artistic awareness to the community.

Jessica Pusateri received her Masters in teaching with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral Analysis. She now combines her two passions of dance and teaching children with special needs.She has performed with Synapse Dance Theater and R Dance Company.

Kate Johnson | Concept and Video Art

In association with 18th Street Arts Center, Bergamot Station, and the City of Santa Monica, this project was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Collaborating Artists:
Greg Christy
Pennington Dance Group

Guest Artists:
Lili Haydn and her band:
Itai Disraeli
Trevor Steer
Steve Postel
Gabriel Rowland
with guest Norton Wisdom (live painter)

Kate Crash & the UFO Club
with Michael Maio and Nikolitsa Boutieros

Michael Intriere (solo cellist)

Victoria Looseleaf (spoken word)

Improvisational Dancers:
Ariana Gallestegui
Robert Whidbee & Roberta Wolin-Tupas (R Dance Company)
Jessica Pusateri
Jennifer Bulger
Joshua Bergeron
Diane Takemine-Shigekawa

Pennington Dance Group:
John Pennington, choreographer

Danae McWatt
Li Rothermich
Annalee Traylor
Edwin Siguenza
Tom Tsai
Michael Szanyi
Francesca Jandasek

This piece is further supported by Brite Ideas, Inc., who is generously providing equipment and technical direction.

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