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Staying Alive

STAYING ALIVE is a new ecologically sensitive choreographic work. The project combines contemporary dance, visual art and environment in an attempt to sensitize people to the true natural behavior of the inhabitants of our oceans, the cetaceans.

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The humanitarian, Gregorio Marañón, said there are two roles in society that are here to tell the truth - science and art.

Staying Alive combines contemporary dance, visual art and environment in an attempt to sensitize people to the true natural behavior of the inhabitants of our oceans, the cetaceans.

Staying Alive advocates for the welfare of captive whales and dolphins in marine theme parks worldwide.

WHO ARE WE?
North American choreographer and dancer, Camille Hanson, and Spanish visual artist, Juan Carlos Arévalo.

Since 2008 we have been working together fusing contemporary dance, photography and video creation into new and experimental works for festivals around Spain and Europe. Our interdisciplinary collaborations propose to break down assumptions of 'why & where' art happens in an attempt to recover a need for beauty and expand our sense of empathy, responsibility and environmental awareness.

Our last audiovisual and dance production, DUST AND WATER, was selected as the dance production for the London Festival "Spain NOW!," nominated the best British arts and culture festival of 2012. The work explored social and ecological thinking in times of dramatic climate change and was on tour from 2011 to 2014 with invites throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, and U.S.A.

FORMAL DEVELOPMENT

I am a kinetic learner which means I learn by doing - that desire to reach out and touch whatever I´m trying to understand is what draws me to dance not only as an art form, but a language, a tool for communicating and building dialogue.

"We are in an animal moment.” Cornell University historian Dominick LaCapra has claimed that the twenty-fist century will be the century of the animal. We´ve been so focused on ourselves until recently, but now things are shifting, scientific research is currently forcing us to expand our horizons concerning the cognitive and emotional capacities of other species.

Staying Alive takes inspiration from leading marine mammal scientist, Naomi A. Rose, Ph.D., neuroscientist, Dr. Lori Marino, and Ric O'Barry who have been advocating for the welfare of captive whales and dolphins for more than 20 years.

The impetus for this new creation is crystallized in one idea; habitat dictates behavior. The choreographic patterns explore the behavior of the body in two distinct environments: one of an unlimited spacial relationship where we investigate a variety of physical interactions and aerial behaviors natural to marine mammal wild life, such as breaching, spy hopping, cooperation and listening.

The other environment is that of spacial limitations where we are forced to find the potential or the physical possibilities within those limits. This includes unnatural behaviors found in captivity such as repetitive physical tasks, aggressive responsiveness, and states of remaining motionless.

Staying Alive exposes the vigorous difference that exists for the body in these two distinct environments, and highlights the irreplaceable importance of life in nature.

Art is a perfect platform for stressing the majesty and fragility of our surroundings as a species connected to the whole. If we are to work together on this powerful planet as individuals and communities, we need to nourish the qualities of listening and connectedness.

Objectives Staying Alive:

• Produce an interdisciplinary performance piece between dancer/choreographer, Camille Hanson, visual artist, Juan Carlos Arévalo, composer Miguel Marín, and guest dancers, Ugne Dievaityte, Stefano Fabris, and Poliana Lima

• Generate awareness that will foster future protection and pride for marine mammals and the natural environment

• Create an artistic project designed according to the support of Delphine Giraud Coordinator of ”La Dolphin Connection” (Spain), and the social structure of the international event "Empty the Tanks" (Madrid): a global movement which stands against the captivity of dolphins and orcas, promotes public education, eco tourism, and the conservation of the species and the ocean

COLLABORATORS
Artistic Direction, Concept and Choreography: Camille Hanson
Video Creation and Photography: Juan Carlos Arévalo
Performer: Camille Hanson
Guest Dancers: Ugne Dievaityte, Stefano Fabris, Poliana Lima
Sound Score: Miguel Marín (Arbol)
Wardrobe: Nikita Nipone
Diffusion: Delphine Giraud Coordinator "The Dolphin Connection" (Spain)

See Project Blog for the current and exciting evolution of the project (right hand side of this page).

PERFORMANCE DATES
May 24th, 2014// International Event "Empty the Tanks Worldwide" (Madrid), a public awareness event held in 40 locations in 20 countries around the world. More information: Empty the Tanks. View video: End Captivity.

June 21st, 2014 "Oxido Festival" (Madrid)
A fantastic invitation. I will present an extract of my solo at twilight in the outdoor patio.

June 28th, 2014 // Short Works Showing “Coreógrafos en Comunidad” (Madrid). Place: Conde Duque (Madrid)

February 2015 // Premiere of Staying Alive - "El II Festival Coreógrafos en Comunidad" (Madrid). A fantastic festival exhibiting cutting edge works. This festival was born with the purpose of promoting and stimulating the popularization of contemporary dance, as well as creating a fertile meeting ground between artists and the public.

HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT US?
Make a financial donation in exchange for an invite (s) to a performance, a dress rehearsal, a photograph (s) or receive a DVD of the completed production, as well as participate in a Master Class in Contemporary Dance with Camille Hanson. See pledges and rewards on right side of page. Depending on the pledge we plan to deliver the rewards post-performance (June 27th, 2014) and/or post-premiere (February of 2015).

HOW DOES CROWDFUNDING WORK?
It's very simple. 1º You choose the reward you like. 2º You register with Verkami with a valid email. 3º You choose the payment method you prefer. 4º When the campaign finishes (40 day period), only if it has reached it´s goal, will you be charged.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH YOUR SUPPORT?
Your support will help finance the expenses involved in production: sound recording and mixing, video recording material, rehearsal rental space (between August and December), wardrobe, set, lighting (stage and site-specific), and transportation of set and crew.

Thank you for your contribution and for helping us develop this new and important work. Together we can make it happen!

CHOREOGRAPHER`S WEB PAGE:
Camille Hanson

VISUAL ARTIST`S WEB PAGE:
Juan Carlos Arévalo

FOLLOW US:
Portfolio Staying Alive
Camille Hanson in Facebook
Camille Hanson in Twitter

WRITE US:
camillechanson@gmail.com

LINKS TO OUR WORKS:
DUST AND WATER
NOMADANS
MIGRATIONS
INTERVIEW with Camille Hanson

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#11 / URBAN ART AS ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION

This morning I awoke to the most disturbing news in the Faroe Islands of northern Europe - 200 wild migrating pilot whales were hunted down this very morning and violently killed for not only their meat, but for entertainment. This bloody event, or rather massacre, is called the Grindadráp (murder of the whales) and is carried out by Faroese families between June and autumn each year. Considering that the Faroese enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world with the highest income per capita in all of Europe, the Grindadráp is nothing less than an indiscriminate and brutal injustice to the fragile ecosystem of the ocean."In 2015 with the diminishment of biodiversity, and with species after species going extinct, it is shocking that there are still people so alienated from reality that they continue to engage in contributing to the death… read more

#10 / View Trailer - Staying Alive 2015

Staying Alive: The Sacrifice of Giants has successfully premiered this past March 2015 in the international festival “Ellas Crean” (Madrid), currently the largest festival in Spain representing women artists in the performing arts.

View Trailer Staying Alive: www.vimeo.com/124809692

Special thanks goes out to all Verkami patrons, Centro Cultural Conde Duque (Madrid), Centro Danza Canal (Madrid), The Dolphin Connection Spain and France, International coalition SOSdelfines, Empty the Tanks Madrid, The Bogliasco Foundation (NYC / Italy).

It is an honor to bring this important work to the community, as well as a fantastic opportunity to create a bridge between art, nature and people. Thank you for being a part of the movement.

Best,
Camille and collaborators

Camille Hanson
Choreographer, Dancer, Teaching Artist
www.camillehanson.com
email: camillechanson@gmail.com
contact: (34) 653 345 385

#09 / PREMIERE STAYING ALIVE the sacrifice of giants

PREMIERE STAYING ALIVE the sacrifice of giants (danza de arte multidisciplinario)
TEATRO CONDE DUQUE (Madrid)
viernes 6 y sábado 7 de marzo 20:00 h.
Información: Festival Ellas Crean (Madrid)
STAYING ALIVE: THE SACRIFICE OF GIANTS es un nuevo trabajo coreográfico de carácter ecológico que combina danza contemporánea e imagen en un intento de sensibilizar a las personas sobre el comportamiento natural de los habitantes del mar, los cetáceos.

Está diseñado acorde a la estructura reivindicativa del evento "Empty the Tanks”: un movimiento mundial que lucha contra el cautiverio de cetáceos y promueve la educación pública, el ecoturismo y la conservación de las especies y el océano.

Ver: Video Promocional Staying Alive

Dirección: Camille Hanson
Fotografía y vídeo creación: Juan Carlos Arévalo
Intérpretes: Ugne Dievaityte, Belén Guijarro, Poliana Lima, Camille Hanson
Ambiente Sonoro: Arbol (Miguel Marín), Vidal
Iluminación: Cristina Bolivar, María Otero
Máscara: Marisa Wanda

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#08 / NOVEMBER NEWS 2014

Staying Alive: The Sacrifice of Giants recently formed part of the Festival DanZ - Espacio de Danza in Pamplona, Spain, as well as the event, Encuentro de Mujeres en las Artes Escénicas in Cádiz (Festival FIT) dedicated to women in the performance arts.

Camille is also delighted to recently have been rewarded a prestigious 2015 honorary / fellowship in the Arts and Humanities from The Bogliasco Foundation (New York City) for her commitment to this project and it´s contribution to the arts and the environment.

MORE INFORMATION: Bogliasco Foundation

Again, thank you everyone for your support! We could not be creating this important work without your help. Rewards to all patrons will be sent out after the premiere scheduled for the first week of March of 2015.

MORE INFO: Staying Alive: The Sacrifice of Giants

#07 / MARK THE DATE!

Short Dance Works // Extracts + Works in Progress
Date: Saturday June 28th, 2014
Place: Conde Duque, Madrid
More Info: Short Dance Works

STAYING ALIVE is a new audiovisual and contemporary dance works in progress. The creation stands against the captivity of wild dolphins and orcas, promotes public education, and the conservation of the species and the ocean.

Photos: ÓXIDO FEST June 21st, 2014

Staying Alive
Direction: Camille Hanson
Visual Art: Juan Carlos Arévalo
Performers: Ugne Dievaityte, Poliana Lima, Stefano Fabris, Sergio Fernández, Sergio Jaraiz, Nadin Llorente, Juan José Zanabria, and Camille Hanson
Sound Score: Miguel Marín and Chris Gowers
Acknowledgements: Centro Conde Duque Madrid, Centro Danza Canal Madrid, La Dolphin Connection España, Verkami

#06 / ÓXIDO FESTIVAL JUNE 2014


Sábado 21 de Junio presentamos un extracto de la nueva creación, STAYING ALIVE, en el festival ÓXIDO FEST, I Multidisciplinary Festival of Vallecas

STAYING ALIVE esta diseñado acorde al apoyo de La Dolphin Connection España, y a la estructura social del evento internacional "Empty the Tanks": un movimiento mundial que lucha contra el cautiverio de cetáceos y promueve la educación pública, el ecoturismo y la conservación de las especies y el océano.

Dirección: Camille Hanson
Arte Visual: Juan Carlos Arévalo
Interpretación: Ugne Dievaityte, Poliana Lima, Stefano Fabris, Sergio Fernández, Sergio Jaraiz, Nadin Llorente, Ángel Perabá, Juan José Zanabria, y C. Hanson
Ambiente Sonoro: Miguel Marin y Chris Gowers
Vestuario: Nikita Nipone
Voz: Lidia Navarro
Agradecimientos a Centro Danza Canal Madrid, La Dolphin Connection

Ver: Trailer Staying Alive (extract)

Ver: Programación completa Óxido Fest

NOS VEMOS EN VALLECAS!
Camille + Compañía


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#05 / Thank you + Gracias

Me made it!!! Thank you to everyone who has collaborated on this important project. Now the real work begins. A big embrace from myself, Juan Carlos, Poliana, Ugne, and the rest of the team. Camille

Lo hemos logrado!!! Gracias a todos los que hayáis colaborado en este importante proyecto. Ya empieza el verdadero trabajo. Un abrazo fuerte mío, y de Juan Carlos, Poliana, Ugne, y el resto del equipo. Camille
Rehearsing for the international event "Empty the Tanks" June 24th, 2014

#04 / World Oceans Day June 8th, 2014

Three new photographic works by visual artist, Juan Carlos Arévalo, and dancers Camille Hanson, Poliana Lima y Ugne Dievaityte in honor of World Oceans Day June 8th, 2014.

STAYING ALIVE is inspired by a global effort to educate people about the situation in Taiji, Japan. Due to the global demand for marine parks, zoo aquariums, and programs such as "swim with the dolphins," there exists a million dollar business behind the capture of wild dolphins from the oceans of Taiji, Japan.

More information: STAYING ALIVE

#03 / TEASER

An extract of the new creation STAYING ALIVE designed according to the support of ”La Dolphin Connection” (Spain), and the social structure of the international event "Empty the Tanks" (Madrid): a global movement which stands against the captivity of dolphins and orcas, promotes public education, and the conservation of the species and the ocean.

THE ISSUE
Science increasingly shows dolphins to be highly intelligent, self-aware animals with individual personalities, the ability to think abstractly, feel deeply and reason. Their lives are characterized by close, long-term relationships with communities characterized by culture. This can not be recreated in a concrete pool. Their capacity for suffering is enormous and keeping them locked up for human entertainment purposes therefore raises big ethical questions.

One of the most important ethical implications of… read more

#02 / Live art – Urban Dance Realizations

"We can be ethical only in relation to something we can see, feel, understand, or otherwise have faith in." - Aldo Leopold

This presentation is a fragment of the new project, "Staying Alive," designed according to the support of Delphine Giraud Coordinator of ”La Dolphin Connection”(Spain), and the social structure of the international event "Empty the Tanks" (Madrid): a global movement which stands against the captivity of dolphins and orcas, promotes public education, eco tourism, and the conservation of the species and the ocean.
Dirección: Camille Hanson
Vídeo: Juan Carlos Arévalo
Intérpretes: Ugne Dievaityte, Poliana Lima, Nadin Llorente, Sergio Jaraiz, Juanjo Zanabria, Cristian Chiru-ionut, Sergio Fernández, y David León
Ambiente sonoro: Miguel Marin y Chris Gowers
Vestuario: Nikita Nipone

Behind the Dolphin´s Smile - Captive dolphins perform tricks NOT because they enjoy performing tricks, but because they are simply starving –deprived of food to ensure a quality performance

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Your choice of two: DVD of premiere or One invitation VIP to a performance of Staying Alive during 2014/2015 (includes backstage pass after show & cockail)
+ Your name will appear in the program credits of the premiere
+ Our infinite gratitude

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Participation in Contemporary Dance Master Class (open to professionals and non-professionals). Come to a two hour class.
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+ Your name will appear in the program credits of the premiere

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+ Participation in Contemporary Dance Master Class
+ Your name will appear in the program credits

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Traditional Spanish Dinner with company
+ 1 Professional Photo (digital) in high resolution of Staying Alive
+ 2 invitations VIP to a performance of Staying Alive during 2014/2015 (includes backstage pass after show & cockail)
+ DVD of premiere
+ Your name will appear in the program credits

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2 Professional Photos (digital) in high resolution of Staying Alive
+ 4 Invitations VIP to a performance of Staying Alive during 2014/2015 (includes backstage pass after show & cockail)
+ DVD of premiere
+ Your name will appear in the program credits

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Your name will appear in the credits as Executive Producer
+ Invite to view a company rehearsal (if overseas a private link will be sent to you)
+ 4 invitations VIP to a company performance during 2014/2015 (includes backstage pass after show + cockail + dinner)
+ 3 Professional Photos (digital) in high resolution of project
+ DVD of premiere (includes interview with company)
+ Our infinite gratitude

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You will be invited to join us in any festival as Official Producer
+ 6 Professional Photos (digital) in high resolution
+ Invite to view a company rehearsal (if overseas a private link will be sent to you)
+ 4 invitations VIP to a company performance during 2014/2015 (includes backstage pass after show + cockail + dinner)
+ DVD of premiere (includes interview with company)
+ Our infinite gratitude.

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