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!

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

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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

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.

FUNDED BY THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL’S ARTISTS IN COMMUNITIES GRANT

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