Invertigo Dance Theatre’s team invites you to join us for SOL – A regenerative gathering for community with dance, film, and poetry.
Monday, June 21st @ 7pm-8:30pm
Come to our upcoming Community In/Motion event celebrating Solstice. Join Invertigo Dance Theatre team Laura Karlin and Rosa Navarrete as they invite Guest Artists Río Oxas of (RAHOK.org), Lauren Ballesteros & Doreen Sanchez into a creative conversation & artistic exchange about our connection to nature. What does it mean to soak up the sun this summer and be in community again? Let’s find out together.
Virtual event on Zoom. Family friendly. Open to the public.
Río Oxas is of Náhuat-Pipil and Mayan ancestry born & raised in Tongva lands (Los Angeles, California). Río is a national speaker, educator, realtor and consultant for equity and racial justice. They are the co-founder of RAHOK, a family-owned business that illuminates the interdependence of Race, Ancestors, Health, Outdoors and Knowledge to cultivate loving Eco-Hoods. RAHOK provides services in education, land stewardship, and asset management. Over the past twenty years Río has worked alongside Black Indigenous People of Color communities to remember and reimagine our ancestral medicines as a way of being in joy, health, freedom and liberation.
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Doreen Sanchez – Previously, the Director of Arts for the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Doreen Sanchez first realized her passion for the arts in an elementary school summer program at the Inner-City Cultural Center with C. Bernard Jackson. She continued in High school at the Salesian Catholic High School, Drama Department, and went on to study at a small theatre in Altadena, CA. Doreen began to venture into sharing spoken word at venues like Beyond Baroque and the Women’s Building. In the early 80’s she discovered Danza Azteca; soon after, she joined Xipe Totec and has been a dedicated danzante ever since. Through her work with Xipe Totec, she has had the opportunity to perform at the Ford Theater, Universal Amphitheatre, and many backyards. Her adoration of the theatre and the process brought her to Chicana, Cholas, and Chisme, where she committed herself to learn about Stage Management and perform in their annual production.
Lauren Ballesteros is a poet, writer, and actor that believes in the transformative power of storytelling. Originally from El Monte, Lauren was raised by a single mother whose resilience has been the backbone of her childhood. She received her B.S in Sociology and Theater from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Upon graduation she worked for a labor union as an organizer. In 2012, she returned to L.A and got involved with CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights. There she discovered her voice as a third generation working class Chicana. Since then she has produced several of her short plays and performed in several festivals and mainstage productions.
In 2019, Lauren moved back to Honolulu and currently works for Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi as a community organizer where she feels a profound sense of purpose in connecting deeply rooted values to movement building. She is also a new mother to a multi-racial daughter and dedicates every moment she has to building a strong woman.
Her first short film Token is currently in post-production, set to release in early 2021. Her next short film, Confessions to the Moon is set for filming in summer 2021. As a founding member of Matriarchy, she hopes to inspire more womxn to use their voice to heal and radically shift our society…
Rosa Navarrete is a Writer, Actor, and Director. Her movement work is centered around storytelling and dance theater work. Rosa enjoys teaching all ages, allowing for sources of movement to emerge from choreography, storytelling, and the community themselves. Rosa’s experience with intergenerational communities stems from her work with organizations like Angela’s Pulse (angelaspulse.org), The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton (themuck.org), and the families of Casa 0101 Theater’s Youth Program (casa0101.org). In 2018, she worked in a year-long community organized project titled Pittsfield Moves! in Massachusetts – funded by the Ford Foundation and produced by Angelas’s Pulse and Jacob’s Pillow. These days, playing is a lost art for most adults, so let’s shake it up with our littles and enjoy moving in rhythm together. Education: UC Berkeley, Minors in Creative Writing & Dance Performance. | Certified in Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals by Integrated Movement Studies | Serves on the Casa 0101 Theater Board | For more info: www.rosastory.com
Laura Karlin is the Founder and Artistic Director of Invertigo Dance Theatre, a teacher, choreographer, and movement activist.Since establishing Invertigo in 2007, Laura has created over 40 pieces for the company, including eight full evening-length works. Her work for Invertigo has been presented at venues including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ford Amphitheatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Broad Stage, and LACMA. Her work is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the California Arts Council, LA County Arts Commission, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.Laura graduated from Cornell University with a dual degree in Choreography/Production and Pre-Law/LGBTQ Civil Rights. In London, she choreographed for and performed with Synergy Dance Theatre, Snapdragon Dance and the prestigious Resolution! Festival.Laura has also been commissioned by LA Contemporary Dance Company, Celebrate Dance, and the Southern California Dance Invitational. She has been a guest artist and teacher at Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica College, Pierce College, La Companyia in Barcelona, and University California, Santa Barbara. Additionally, she has established ongoing partnerships with other non-profit arts organizations in LA, including choreographing for and performing alongside the Independent Shakespeare Company for ten summers.When she isn’t in the Invertigo office or rehearsal room, Laura can be found teaching Invert/ED and Dancing Through Parkinson’s classes, practicing sustainable gardening in her home, or in the world camping and traveling.