KITCHEN TABLE PROJECT

Connected by food, stories & creativity

Kitchen Table Project

We cook, eat, gather, wait, mourn & laugh at the table. This past year has pushed Invertigo Dance Theatre into innovative technology & virtual storytelling. With interactive exploration, we have ventured our kitchen table dance films & poetry to audiences through a window on the screen. This is new territory, but the table is familiar. The table centers truth & imagination. The table is solid and malleable. We’re excited to continue this exploration with you. Join us as we build community programming with Dancing Through Parkinsons & Invert/ED intergenerational classes, as well as a call to the general public to participate with us online. Hello there, are you ready to witness? Want to participate? We invite you to the table. Follow our musings below!

INVERTIGO DANCE THEATRE’S CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

The ritual of gathering around the kitchen table with family, friends, and co-workers has been something we haven’t been able to do since COVID-19. Many of us have experienced loss. The Kitchen Table Project celebrates those who can no longer gather at the table, by honoring their memory with artistic expression and respect. Please join Invertigo Dance Theatre in this celebration of life and appreciation of each other by donating to chuffed.org/project/kitchen-table-project. When you support Kitchen Table Project you support all of Invertigo programs such as, Invertigo’s professional productions, Dancing Through Parkinson’s, Invert/ED Education program, and Community In/Motion events that center guest artists, participant joy, and connection. The Invertigo staff and community is where all people, whatever their ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, education or ability, are welcomed, valued and respected. For more information please go to the link listed  here chuffed.org/project/kitchen-table-project,  and discover what else Invertigo has to offer from social media shoutouts to limited edition items. Your support means the world to us!

Kitchen Table Project Crowdfunding Campaign Video

Invertigo’s 2021 Crowdfunding Campaign

“Pushed by the urgency to meaningfully connect with each other, our histories, our traditions, our memories, our loved ones and most importantly, those who we have lost along the way- we began the Kitchen Table Project. KTP, as we like to call it, is an immersive virtual performance that features dance pieces by several of our collaborators and dancers.

This project was born of the pandemic, and it started with films we created at our kitchen tables when stages, studios, community centers, and gatherings were unavailable. I started thinking about the table as a place that we have in common, those of us lucky enough to have kitchens and tables. The kitchen table is full of memories and symbolism, intercultural exchange, intergenerational connections… there are so many stories to tell.” – Laura Karlin, Artistic Director

To donate, please go to https://chuffed.org/project/kitchen-table-project

The kitchen table is an intergenerational space. Around the table:
elders tell their stories
babies learn to hold a spoon (my baby is a disaster at this)
children fidget but they absorb their family’s culture
just as they absorb their taste for spice or ghee or rosemary or the tang of plain yoghurt

(and some learn simply that ‘enough’ is a dream)
 
and people argue and poke fun and tell jokes and share memories or mundane day-details,
and empty chairs remind us of who can no longer fill them.
(there are too many empty chairs now, there are so many empty chairs)
 
The kitchen table is a site of lineage, of connection,
and now it is also our office,
our virtual classroom,
our repository for facemasks tossed aside as we come back into our safe zone,
and a place to host our Zoom parties when we would give anything to be crowded together beyond the small screen-squares. 
And Invertigo is looking at this expanse of connections,
And we are hoping to create space for people to tell their stories,
To mourn together for all we have lost,
To share recipes for food and movement
(choreography is just a recipe for dance)
To move together, to stretch and unfurl,
To ache and to laugh,
And to process trauma, and hold space for one another, and begin,
Bit by bit,
To heal.
Chelsea Lemons 1

A PROJECT BORN OF A PANDEMIC AND CONTINUING INTO THE NEW WORLDS IN WHICH WE FIND OURSELVES

Dance films
Poetry commissions
Live performances when it is safe
Interactive storytelling workshops

For bios please visit our Artist page by clicking here.

The Collaborative Team

KITCHEN TABLE PROJECT  encompasses food justice, intergenerational exchange, culture, and a communal space to gather and connect through dance exploration and stories at the table.

INVERTIGO Artistic Director Laura Karlin is the lead artist-in-residence for Kitchen Table Project and partners with Invertigo’s Creative Engagement Director, K. Bradford. We are currently partnering with Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) and are in artist exchange conversations with students and Invertigo Teaching Artists.

Other collaborators will include:

Food Justice Organizations

Partnership with Dance Groups like Genera Cor’s Indigenous Youth Dance Group & Puro Corazón in association with Levitt Pavilion

Independent artists from the LA community and beyond

Dancing Through Parkinson’s dancers

Invert/Ed Component

Thank you city of Culver City and its Cultural Affairs Commission, with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Culver City Arts Foundation. Invert/Ed Education program is excited to be in partnership with Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) and our work together with Kitchen Table Project. Stay tuned for updates throughout the year. We are so excited to bring this work to you!

Artistic Director: Laura Karlin
Teaching Artists: Haylee Nichele, Rosa Navarrete, Cody Brunelle-Potter, Spencer Jensen

To learn more about our Invert/Ed program, please visit our website here – www.invertigodance.org/invert-ed

OUR JOURNEY
AT THE TABLE

AUTUMN 2020

Telling stories at our tables during a pandemic

  • Community Storytelling Workshops with Dancing Through Parkinson’s classes.
  • 6 dance films
  • A virtual immersive performance

SUMMER 2021

The creation of an intergenerational dance film.

SUMMER 2022

  • Live immersive performances with Invertigo dancers, community participants and audience interaction
  • Storytelling Through Movement workshops
  • Community Partnerships

The vision for a live Kitchen Table Project: 

As we return to live performances, the Kitchen Table Project will create site-responsive shows in partnership with local venues and communities. The project’s very nature is rooted in adaptability and its response to these times. 
The shows will weave together performances by Invertigo dancers and community participants. Our composers will musical interactions with the performers and audience members. The performers will include Invertigo’s professional cast, Dancing Through Parkinson’s participants, Invert/Ed students and community members.  We will tell stories by weaving together text, movement, songs, and interactions with the audience.
Within Invertigo, there has always been a beautiful alchemy of intergenerational sharing.  The project will allow that magic to go deeper, and to have Invertigo’s professional dancers in the space as well will create a horizontal plane of diverse perspectives and experiences.
In a nutshell?  Gorgeous dancing, deep community work, intergenerational sharing.  See you at the table…

VISION BOARD

VIDEOS

Behind the scenes of The Kitchen Table Project short film. July 8th, 2021. Featuring: Haylee Nichele, Spencer Jensen, Chelsea Roquero, Jeannett Bland, Cody Brunelle-Potter, Diana Lynn Wallace, Glyn Gray (DP). Artistic Direction by Laura Karlin. Video by Rosa Navarrete.

2020 Kitchen Table Project dance films featuring Chelsea Roquero, Corina Kinnear, Hyosun Choi, Cody Brunelle-Potter, Jessica Dunn, and Dancing Through Parkinson’s dancer Jeanie McNamara.

This performance is made possible in part by the City of Culver City and its Cultural Affairs Commission, with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Culver City Arts Foundation.

This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

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