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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.

FREQUENCY (Performance Trailer)

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

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.

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Matt Reeves is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, projection/mixed media designer, and teaching artist. He has been making work collaboratively alongside his wife and artistic soulmate Colette Krogol for over ten years as the Artistic Director of Orange Grove Dance (OGD), a multimedia dance company that creates visually athletic experiences through the lenses of dance, film, and design. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Maryland... 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.

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 @ The U.S. Botanic Garden

Leaning Toward The Sky was a site-specific dance installation that was commisioned at the U.S. Botaic Garden. Audeiences curiously explored 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 illuminated and further revealed the richness and wonder of life cycles in plants, people, and mythology through dynamic dancing, an original sound score, and vivid projection design. It was 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.

Direction & Choreography: Colette Krogol & Matt Reeves
Performers: Terra Bergamy, London Brison, Amber Chabus, Abby Farina, Joe Gipson, Adrien Gusky, Atlas Hill, Carolyn Hoener, Jonathan Hsu, Angad Kalsi, Colette Krogol, Sadie Leigh, Sydney Lemelin, Juliana Ponguta, Matt Reeves
Composer: Dylan Glatthorn Lighting Design: Peter Leibold

Projection Design: Matt Reeves
Costume Design: Matt Reeves
Stage Manager: Tori Ujczo

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.

Premiered in Tampa, Florida (2019)

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.

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.

Waking Darkness. Waiting Light. is the inceptive work of the 4 Recurring Dreams Tetralogy; a series of evening length dances that explore the personal dreams and mythopoetic images of one family’s migration from Cuba in 1980. The work is a dialogue on them on timely themes such as migration, exodus, and transformation. "How do you prepare in twenty minutes to leave your home forever? What do you hold one last time?"

​Using sophisticated sensor technology and digital-media interaction Waking Darkness. Waiting Light. explores 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.

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.”

Direction & Choreography: Colette Krogol & Matt Reeves
Performers: Robin Neveu Brown/Juliana Ponguta, Jonathan Hsu, Colette Krogol, Matt Reeves
Original Score: Dylan Glatthorn
Sound Design: Jeff Dorfman
Projection Design: Mark Costello
Lighting Design: Peter Leibold & Connor Dreibelbis
Scenic & Prop Design: Matt Reeves
Costume Design: Robert Croghan
Stage Manager: Tarythe Albrecht

Videography by Geoff Sheil Video trailer edited by Matt Reeves

Paso

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

Drone Cinematography & Editing:
Matt Reeves

LENS Producing Director
Ben Levine

LENS Associate Producer
Annie Peterson

Remnants

Remnants premiered in March of 2018 as part of the Inaugural DIRECT CURRENT Season at The Kennedy Center. DIRECT CURRENT, the Kennedy Center’s two-week celebration of contemporary culture, focuses on new works, and interdisciplinary creations in which artistic worlds collide. This season showcases some of the most provocative, original, and pioneering voices in the arts today. DIRECT CURRENT takes place at the Kennedy Center and beyond, extending throughout the District of Columbia through collaborations with a number of alternative venues, to expand the growing audience for contemporary culture in the nation’s capital.

Remnants is the second work of the 4 Recurring Dreams Tetralogy; a series of evening length dances that explore the personal dreams and mythopoetic images of one family’s migration from Cuba in 1980. This Orange Grove Dance original work 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?

Direction & Choreography: Colette Krogol & Matt Reeves
Performers: Robin Neveu Brown, London Brison, Jonathan Hsu, Colette Krogol, Matt Reeves, Mei Yamanaka
Original Score: Dylan Glatthorn
Sound Design: Matt Reeves
Projection Design: Matt Reeves
Lighting Design: Peter Leibold
Costume Design: Robert Croghan
Stage Manager: Tori Ujczo

Video trailer edited by Matt Reeves

The Archetypes

A film at the intersections of dance, dream, and mythology.

FILM SYNOPSIS
The film follows six Archetypes through a dream-like reality as they near the end of a cycle. Ares and Athena are fated into a timeless battle, siblings pitted against one another, their destinies inextricably forced to collide. Hermes carries the call to action for all thus setting the stage for a final struggle between order and chaos, light and darkness. In the balance hangs the prophetic Pandora, burdened with a key and plagued by nightmares symbolic of the impending storm. Wise Prometheus accompanies her as they journey off to find Atlas whom ultimately carries the portal to their final destination.

BUILDING MODERN MYTHS
Using Greek mythological archetypes and insights from the Monomyth Theory of Joseph Campbell as a base for inspiration, we are creating modern mythologies within an abstract narrative that live and breathe in the fabric of today’s human psyche. Joseph Campbell said "Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.” 'THE ARCHETYPES' is an exploration into the private dreams that make up our new public myths today.

A UNIQUE DANCE FILM
“Dance on film is always an affirmation of the moving storyteller we have inside our bodies. It reminds us to listen to the body. The body speaks deeply to who we are as people and often times it speaks with more honesty and clarity than the mouth. For this reason alone we need more dance on film. It is one of the few ways we can keep our ancestral truths relevant in a modern society.”

Matt Reeves- Orange Grove Dance
Co-Writer & Choreographer for THE ARCHETYPES

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

FILMMAKERS

DIRECTOR: WILLIAM J. STRIBLING
CHOREOGRAPHERS: COLETTE KROGOL & MATT REEVES
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: ALEX GALLITANO
COMPOSER: DYLAN GLATTHORN
EDITOR BY: RAYMOND FRASER & THOMAS NUDI
COSTUME DESIGNER: JESSICA RAY HARRISON
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: ALEX WHITTENBERG
LG LIGHTING DESIGNER: SHAUN SUCHAN
SOUND BY: HAYLEY WAGNER

​​PRODUCED BY: COLETTE KROGOL & MATT REEVES
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: JASON LUDMAN
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: RJ LEWIS

La Tierra De Mi Madre

'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
Original Score: Dylan Glatthorn
Scenic & Prop Design: Matt Reeves
Lighting Design: Peter Leibold
Costume Design: Robert Croghan

Cinematography: Jonathan Hsu
Editor: Matt Reeves

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.

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.

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

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