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Waking Darkness. Waiting Light. (Dance Place 2019)

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.

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

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.

FREQUENCY (Performance Trailer)

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

Open Box Project (Performance Trailer)

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.

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Colette Krogol (she/her/hers) is a Cuban-American artist, originally from Miami, Florida. She is a choreographer, dancer, director, filmmaker, and teaching artist.  She is the Artistic Director of Orange Grove Dance, alongside her husband, Matt Reeves. They have been making work collaboratively for over ten years through their company, Orange Grove Dance (OGD), a multimedia dance company that creates visually athletic experiences through the lenses of dance, film, and design. She holds a Master of... more

Frequency

Frequency is a duet exploring and exposing the friction, static, and raw feelings of spiritual disconnect often found deep within the human psyche. The TV monitors mimic the original sound score created by Matthew Reeves and display different textures, images, static, and frequencies to evoke a sense of paranormal nostalgia and a search for previously endured extrasensory connections.

Choreographed and Performed by Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves.
Premiered in 2015
Running Time: 13 minutes
Dancers: 2
Lighting Design: Alberto Segarra
Media & Sound Design: Matt Reeves

Leaning Toward the Sky

As the United States Botanic Garden's 2019 Dance Commission, Orange Grove Dance created an immersive site-specific dance and design performance.
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.

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.

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

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
Length: 1 hour
See Waking Darkness. Waiting Light. at Dance Place January 26-27, 2019

REDEFLECT - Alexandria's Office of the Arts Commission

Orange Grove Dance was commissioned by the Alexandria Council for the Arts to transform its' Waterfront Park with its trademark virtuosic athleticism and evocative sound design.

Their work, REDEFLECT is a site-specific dance that curiously agitates and activates the space in and around the MIRROR MIRROR installation by Softlab NYC; revealing how space, sculpture, and people respond to one another. Inspired by the reflective nature of how light and sound influences the installation and the public design of the Waterfront Park, REDEFLECT pivots performers and audiences alike into a surreal landscape of mirages. Over 1, 500 people came to these public performances. Choreography by Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves Original composition and sound design by Dylan Glatthorn. Created and Performed in collaboration with London Brison and Shanice Mason. Costumes designed by Jeannette Christensen

OPEN BOX PROJECT @Dupont Underground

The OPEN BOX Project is a brand-new 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.

Premiere: December 2017 @ Dupont Underground
Length: 50 minutes

REMNANTS @Kennedy Center

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?

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

  • 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

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

  • 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.

Un Castell Built for Two

This piece is inspired by our residency work in Llorenç Del Penedes, Spain, where we were able to witness the deeply moving construction of Castells(Human Towers) during the Fiesta Major celebrations of the region. This performance uses the embodied knowledge of contact improvisation to explore new methods of weight sharing, relationship, and interdependence to make us ask the question of where the physical metaphors of tower building exist in our own community.

The ten-minute excerpt below reveals the first sections of the work after the audience has been dancing in the performance space alongside the performers. As the pre show transitions the dancers began to create a human landscape that serves as a primary motif within the work. The sound of sheep being herded through the vineyards of Llorenç Del Penedes at sunset serves as an aural connection to early agricultural civilizations. Seeing how the farms plant and grow a community out of the earth seemed closely related to building a human tower today. And so this first section uses duets and floor work to establish relationship between the dancers bodies and the earth.

Premiere: April 2016
Length: 1 hour

1 Mile Radius Project

1MRP: EXPERIENCE SPACE DIFFERENTLY

HOW CAN DANCE, DESIGN, AND FILM CHANGE THE WAY WE SEE SPACE?

Our human imprint and the memory of our movement linger in spaces well after we have migrated through them. The 1 Mile Radius Project explores these imprints and the unique spaces of a community through resident interviews, site-specific movement research, and interactive design.

HOW IT STARTED- 2017

The first iteration of this work took place in Mt. Rainier Maryland in the 1 mile radius surrounding Joe's Movement Emporium, which serves as a vital community and artistic hub to the area. This project was initially kicked off in spring of 2017 as part of a NEXTLOOK Artist residency by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Joe's Movement Emporium. Additional support was provided by Brentwood Arts Exchange, Maryland State Arts Council, and Maryland Parks & Recreation.

1MRP REBOOTED- 2018

The 1MRP was commissioned again for a second NextLOOK Artist Residency in 2018. A second year of walking the streets and working with artists and community members of the Mt. Rainier and North Brentwood communities lead to new discovers and a brand new dance, design, and film installation at Joe's Movement Emporium. This years projects featured QR Codes that were mapped and posted around the 1 mile radius to give audience and community members access to special dance film content in the spaces it was created. The website was also launched which will serve as an ongoing archive of the process and work of The 1 Mile Radius Project.

https://www.1mileradiusproject.com

CHOREOGRAPHY, DIRECTION, & DESIGN

Colette Krogol & Matt Reeves of Orange Grove Dance
Choreography in collaboration with performers

1 MILE DESIGN TEAM

Kelly Colburn
Mark Costello
Jeffrey Dorfman
Jonathan Hsu

LIGHTING DESIGN
Peter Leibold

PERFORMERS
Emily Ames, Terra Bergamy, Robin Neveu Brown, Stacey Carlson, Kristin Castenada, Amber Chabus, Merissa Collins, Jacob Crouse, Gabriella DiGiuseppe, Sara Fay Goldstein, Christine Hands, Jonathan Hsu, Angad Kalsi, Ama Law, Chris Law, Sydney Lemelin, Erin Lenahan, Anna Liddle, Daria Mozolina, Brianna Nelson, Christina O’Brien, Nicole Sneed, Shawn Stone, Grace Tietz, Kelly Voltz, Gabrielle Welsh, Celeste White

  • The 1 Mile Radius Project 2018 (Trailer)

    An expansion of Orange Grove Dance’s 16-17  NextLOOK  residency, the 1 Mile Radius Project 2018  allows for deeper exploration of the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD. Through dance, film and projections, it will investigate the personal and uniquely traversed spaces of the community, zooming into and magnifying the intimate nooks and crevices of seemingly familiar areas. Universal themes of home, public space, and the personal connections that make up a community give all audiences access to the material.
  • Sis' Tavern

    This video was created as part of the content for the 1 Mile Radius Project 2018 live performance and installation at Joe's Movement Emporium. It currently is accessible through a QR Code outside of Sis' Tavern in North Brentwood, MD.
  • Streetlight

    Created as part of the 1 Mile Radius Project
  • Skatepark

    Created as part of the 1 Mile Radius Project.
  • 1MRP 2017 (Porch Solo 1)

    Image from live performance of '1 Mile Radius Project'
  • 1MRP 2018 (Credit Lauren Gallup)

    Image from live performance of '1 Mile Radius Project'
  • 1MRP 2017 (Jonathan Solo)

    Image from live performance of '1 Mile Radius Project'
  • 1MRP 2018 (Credit Lauren Gallup)

    Image from live performance of '1 Mile Radius Project'
  • 1MRP 2018 (Credit Lauren Gallup)

    Image from live performance of '1 Mile Radius Project'
  • 1MRP 2017 (Jonathan Solo)

    Image from live performance of '1 Mile Radius Project'

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