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Children of Babel (Trailer)

Inspired by the invisible radio wars between the United States and Cuba since 1959 and mythopoetic research into personal dreams and stories of one family’s migration from Cuba during the Mariel Boatlift of 1980, Children of Babel takes its audience and performers into a vivid sand filled landscape where the voices of a country pulled apart echo 90 miles in all directions.

LEANING TOWARD THE SKY @ U.S. Botanic Garden (Trailer)

*The 2019 Dance Commission for the United States Botanic Garden Orange Grove Dance illuminates and further reveals the richness and wonder of life cycles in plants, people, and mythology through dynamic dancing, an original sound score, and vivid projection design. Step into the Garden for an evening of discovery that exists at a special place within yourself; that place where, if you stand still for a moment and listen, you can hear the heartbeat of the universe aligning with your own.

Waking Darkness. Waiting Light.

Waking Darkness. Waiting Light. uses sophisticated sensor technology and digital-media interaction to explore the nature of recurring dreams that tear through our homes, awakening us from sleep. “These dreams are the bridge to the stories that we have been told since we were young and the places we’ve still never touched.” Based on mythopoetic research into personal dreams and stories of one family’s migration from Cuba in 1980, Orange Grove Dance opens up new dialogues on timely themes such as migration, exodus, and transformation.

FREQUENCY (Performance Trailer)

FREQUENCY casts its performers into a vast friction-filled digital landscape that evokes images and relationships from a past grievously misremembered.

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Colette Krogol (she/her/hers) is a Cuban-American, bilingual artist, originally from Miami, Florida. She is a choreographer, director, dancer, filmmaker, and teaching artist. In 2020 she recieved the Helen Hayes Award for 'Oustanding Choreography in a Play' for her work in Round House Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Krogol is the Artistic Director of Orange Grove Dance(OGD), alongside her partner, Matt Reeves. They have been making work... more

Children of Babel

Children of Babel is the third installment in ‘4 Recurring Dreams’, a tetralogy of evening length dances that explore the nature of recurring dreams and opens up new dialogues on timely themes such as migration, exodus, and transformation.

Inspired by the invisible radio wars between the United States and Cuba since 1959 and mythopoetic research into personal dreams and stories of one family’s migration from Cuba during the Mariel Boatlift of 1980, Children of Babel takes its audience and performers into a vivid sand filled landscape where the voices of a country pulled apart echo 90 miles in all directions.

Orange Grove Dance's world premiere of Children of Babel is supported by The Carla Fund for Choreography and Performance, established by the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, and Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Creative Residency.

Premiere: March 2020
Length: 70 minutes Direction and Choreography: Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves Choreography created in collaboration with performers Performers: London Brison, Robin Neveu Brown, Juliana Pongutá Forero, Jonathan Hsu, Colette Krogol, Shanice Mason, Matt Reeves, and Mei Yamanaka Music Composition: Dylan Glatthorn Lighting Design: Peter Leibold Sound and Media Design: Matt Reeves Costume Design: Robert Croghan Scenic and Prop Design: Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves Stage Manager: Tarythe Albrecht

Leaning Toward the Sky

As the United States Botanic Garden's 2019 Dance Commission, my company, Orange Grove Dance created an immersive site-specific dance and design performance experience. This is what we shared with our audiences:

Come curiously explore the lush and abundant living collection of the USBG Conservatory as never before with Orange Grove Dance's transformative site-specific choreography and design. Performed among the Celebrating New American Gardens exhibit and elsewhere in the Conservatory, Orange Grove Dance illuminates and further reveals the richness and wonder of life cycles in plants, people, and mythology through dynamic dancing, an original sound score, and vivid projection design. Step into the Garden for an evening of discovery that exists at a special place within yourself; that place where, if you stand still for a moment and listen, you can hear the heartbeat of the universe aligning with your own.

Within this project, I took on the roles of Director, Choreographer, Performer, and Rehearsal Director.

Premiere: April 2019
Length: 75 minutes

Waking Darkness. Waiting Light.

Orange Grove Dance, under the direction of Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, transforms the stage with its trademark virtuosic athleticism and evocative multimedia design. Waking Darkness. Waiting Light. uses sophisticated sensor technology and digital-media interaction to explore the nature of recurring dreams that tear through our homes, awakening us from sleep.

“These dreams are the bridge to the stories that we have been told since we were young and the places we’ve still never touched.”

Based on mythopoetic research into personal dreams and stories of one family’s migration from Cuba in 1980, Orange Grove Dance opens up new dialogues on timely themes such as migration, exodus, and transformation. An excerpt of this work won the Audience Choice Award at the 34th Annual Choreographers’ Showcase in 2017 and was described by Dance Metro DC as a “magically spun… visual tale of suspension, tension, and community within a multilayered moving painting.”

Original score and sound design: Dylan Glatthorn and Jeff Dorfman.
Projection Design: Mark Costello
Lighting Design: Peter Leibold

Premiere: October 2016
Restaged: January 2019 for Dance Place DC
Length: 1 hour

Frequency

FREQUENCY casts its performers into a vast friction-filled digital landscape that evokes images and relationships from a past grievously misremembered. A duet between Artistic Directors Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, FREQUENCY is a throwback to the company’s genesis as a duet company and reflects the significance of time spent trying to tune two lives together. Premiere: September 2019
Length: 50 minutes Direction, Choreography, and Performance by Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves of Orange Grove Dance Lighting Design by Dylan Uremovich Projection & Media Design by Mark Costello Original Music by Dylan Glatthorn Sound Design by Matt Reeves Videography by Jonathan Hsu of JHsu Media Video trailer edited by Matt Reeves

The Barrier Project

THE BARRIER PROJECT by Orange Grove Dance is a part of the Mapping Racism Project.

After months of field work and conversations with residents of the historic neighborhood of North Brentwood, Maryland, THE BARRIER PROJECT became a multi-location site-specific dance and design performance that traversed audiences through the town in May of 2019.

The event began at Sis's Tavern where participants could enter the historic site and experience projection design throughout it's raw walls with the sound score from community members talking about the history of the building. At a certain point, the audience gathered back outside where they were each handed an individual audio headset, which we transmitted the sound score to them wirelessly. We all then took a walking tour of North Brentwood and and it culminated at a guardrail barrier that stands as a dividing line between historically segregated black and white communities. This location is where the final part of the experience took place.

Premiered: May 2019
Length: 45 minutes

Directed and conceived by: Orange Grove Dance
Choreography: Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves in collaboration with performers

Performers: Colette Krogol, Chris Law, Shanice Mason, Juliana Ponguta, Matt Reeves, and Nicole Sneed
Projection & Sound Design: Matt Reeves
Stage Manager: Tori Ujczo

Voices of the North Brentwood Community:
Mr. Arthur J. Dock
Stuart Eisenberg
Una Palmer
Mayor Petrella Robinson
Denise Thomas

Alongside voices from a 1994 interview with North Brentwood residents graciously shared by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Thanks to Chris Law and Ama Law for their vital role within the creation of this work. Through important conversations and a dedication to this project you helped bring this work to life.

Special Thanks
Joe’s Movement Emporium, Brooke Kidd, Neena Narayanan, Andre Mazelin, Mayor Petrella Robinson, Stuart Eisenberg, PGAAMCC, Jake Rollow, Ryan Craun, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Gustavo

Collaboration
A partnership between Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Community Collaborators:
Cities of Hyattsville & North Brentwood
Prince George’s African-American Musuem & Cultural Center
Pyramid Atlantic
Ally Theatre Company
Orange Grove Dance

Support for Mapping Racism comes from:

MID-ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION: Cross-Sector Arts Grant
City of Hyattsville
Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council
Prince George’s County Council Member, Deni Taveras
Long & Foster Real Estate Broker, Ann Barrett

2020 Dance Films

PASO Dance Film
Premiere: December 2020

PASO investigates the prism of paths inside oneself and in nature. Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, along with two Orange Grove Dance collaborators created this work while on a film residency at Aunt Karen's Farm in Upstate New York.

This video represents a component of a live installation in LENS, a performance set to premiere at The REACH at the Kennedy Center in July 2020. Due to the pandemic, the performance has been postponed until the summer of 2021.

LENS is supported by a Projects, Events, and Festivals Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, awarded to Ben Levine. Creative development for this project took place during a residency at Aunt Karen’s Farm. Choreography & Direction Colette Krogol & Matt Reeves Director of Photography Jonathan Hsu Dancer Juliana Ponguta Forero Composer Dylan Glatthorn LENS Producing Director Ben Levine LENS Associate Producer Annie Peterson

LA TIERRA DE MI MADRE Dance Film
Premiere: July 2020

'La Tierra De Mi Madre' is sprung from Orange Grove Dance's performance Tetralogy '4 Recurring Dreams'. The four part series of works stand as mythopoetic research into personal memories and stories of one family’s migration from Cuba in 1980. "Evening was quickly turning to night as the boat pulled off the dock. The captain handed each person a glow stick. He broke his and told everyone aboard, 'If we capsize on this journey to the US make sure to illuminate your glow stick so that you have a better chance of being found in the ocean.' And with that my family watched the lights of Cuba fade away in the distance, the only land they had ever known. Only left with each other, the darkness of the night, and a few distant stars reflecting off the water. My mother tells of a darkness she had never experienced before. " -Colette Krogol - Choreographer Choreography & Direction: Colette Krogol & Matt Reeves Performers: Robin Neveu Brown & Juliana Ponguta Scenic & Prop Design: Matt Reeves Lighting Design: Peter Leibold Costume Design Robert Croghan Original Score: Dylan Glatthorn Cinematography: Jonathan Hsu Editor: Matt Reeves

Remnants

Remnants is a bridge to the stories that we have been told since we were young and the places we have still never touched. This Orange Grove Dance world premiere takes audiences on a mytho-poetic and dream-like journey that physically conjures up the visual metaphors of the inexhaustible burning hope of the human spirit. What does it mean to start over? What are the things we carry? What survives within us? What is left behind?

Remnants was commissioned and presented as part of The Kennedy Center's 2018 Direct Current Festival

Premiere: The Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, March 2018
Length: 50 minutes

Within this project, I took on the roles of Director, Choreographer, Performer, and Rehearsal Director.

  • REMNANTS performance trailer

    Remnants is a bridge to the stories that we have been told since we were young and the places we have still never touched. This Orange Grove Dance takes audiences on a mytho-poetic and dream-like journey that physically conjures up the visual metaphors of the inexhaustible burning hope of the human spirit. What does it mean to start over? What are the things we carry? What survives within us? What is left behind? Presented as part of the Kennedy Center's DIRECT CURRENT inaugural season. (World Premiere)
  • Orange Grove Dance: DIRECT CURRENT - Millennium Stage (March 11, 2018)

    Remnants is a bridge to the stories that we have been told since we were young and the places we have still never touched. This Orange Grove Dance world premiere takes audiences on a mytho-poetic and dream-like journey that physically conjures up the visual metaphors of the inexhaustible burning hope of the human spirit. What does it mean to start over? What are the things we carry? What survives within us? What is left behind? Presented as part of the Kennedy Center's DIRECT CURRENT inaugural season.
  • Remnants (Credit Mark Costello)

    Image from live performance of REMNANTS at Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater
  • Remnants (Credit Mark Costello)

    Image from live performance of REMNANTS at Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater
  • Remnants (Credit Mark Costello)

    Image from live performance of REMNANTS at Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater
  • Remnants (Credit Mark Costello)

    Image from live performance of REMNANTS at Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater
  • Remnants (Credit Mark Costello)

    Image from live performance of REMNANTS at Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater
  • Remnants (Credit Mark Costello)

    Image from live performance of REMNANTS at Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater
  • Remnants (Credit Mark Costello)

    Image from live performance of REMNANTS at Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater
  • Remnants @ The Kennedy Center

    Image from live performance of REMNANTS at Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater

OPEN BOX Project

The OPEN BOX Project is an evening-length collaboration between Rogue Collective and Orange Grove Dance featuring compelling music and dancing. Performed in the vast tunnels of Dupont Underground, the architecture serves as rich inspiration for this interactive evening, which explores how space, material, light, and sound affect the experiences and actions of their inhabitants. Influenced by American minimalism and popular music the string players of Rogue Collective blend their sounds and creations with the dynamic, virtuosic, and visually athletic choreography of Orange Grove Dance.

This was created and presented through a CulturalDC Space4 Grant

Premiere: December 2017 at Dupont Underground
Length: 50 minutes

Still Standing

Still Standing is a site-specific, socially-distanced dance and design performance experience that took place in Annapolis, Maryland this past November. It was conceived, created, and performed amidst/in response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. The work was commissioned by the Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts in Annapolis and in true Orange Grove Dance aesthetic, Still Standing exists at the intersection of dance and immersive, performer-operated design.

Inspired by the adjacent Annapolis National Cemetery, the performers utilized over 170 wireless lighting units, creating a grid of light, memory, and hope that mirrors the precise rows of the gravestones that sprawl across the horizon. Each dancer and light will serve as a reminder of the importance of casting our lights together during times of darkness.

The work features an incredible company of nine performers, a state-of-the-art lighting design installation by Peter Leibold, and a powerful, original sound score by Dylan Glatthorn.

Premiered November 2020
Length: 45 minutes Direction & Choreography: Colette Krogol & Matt Reeves *Choreography created in collaboration with performers Music Composition: Dylan Glatthorn Lighting Design: Peter Leibold VI Stage Manager: Tori Ujczo Performers: Robin Neveu Brown Juliana Pongutá Forero Jonathan Hsu Colette Krogol Chris Law Mariama "Ama" Law Shanice Mason Matt Reeves Candace Scarborough Understudy: Jemma Lehner Drone Videographer: Jeff Voigt

THE ARCHETYPES

THE ARCHETYPES is a visual journey steeped in mythology and expressed through dance-film aesthetics. The film follows six ARCHETYPES through a dream-like reality as they near the end of a cycle. Doomed to their legendary roles, the ARCHETYPES have no choice but to fulfill their cosmic destinies, compelled by nature to play their part in this epic story, which is revealed on a human scale.

BEST DANCE FILM*** ET CULTURA FILM FESTIVAL
FLORIDA FILMMAKERS AWARD*** ET CULTURA FILM FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION*
DAM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, UNDERGROUND FILM FEST, STOCKHOLM INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, SKYLINE INDIE FILM FEST, ET CULTURA FILM FESTIVAL, TAMPA BAY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL, FESTIVAL ANGAELICA, RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Premiered: February 2017
Length: 26 minutes

  • The Archetypes (Trailer)

    THE ARCHETYPES is a visual journey steeped in mythology and expressed through dance-film aesthetics. The film follows six ARCHETYPES through a dream-like reality as they near the end of a cycle. Doomed to their legendary roles, the ARCHETYPES have no choice but to fulfill their cosmic destinies, compelled by nature to play their part in this epic story, which is revealed on a human scale. BEST DANCE FILM*** ET CULTURA FILM FESTIVAL & FLORIDA FILMMAKERS AWARD*** ET CULTURA FILM FESTIVAL
  • The Archetypes Behind the Scenes

    Behind the Scenes image of the making of THE ARCHETYPES.
  • The Archetypes Film

    Still shot from THE ARCHETYPES film.
  • The Archetypes Film

    Still shot from THE ARCHETYPES film.
  • The Archetypes Film

    Still shot from THE ARCHETYPES film.
  • The Archetypes Film

    Still shot from THE ARCHETYPES film.
  • The Archetypes Film

    Still shot from THE ARCHETYPES film.
  • The Archetypes Film

    Still shot from THE ARCHETYPES film.
  • The Archetypes Film

    Still shot from THE ARCHETYPES film.
  • The Archetypes Film

    Still shot from THE ARCHETYPES film.

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