KITCHEN TABLE PROJECT

Connected by food, stories & creativity

Kitchen Table Project: A Time to Gather
Commissioned by Temple Israel of Hollywood Arts & Culture

Raise a glass to life and community this May at the premiere of Invertigo Dance Theatre’s newest dance theatre piece and first Live show in 2022, The Kitchen Table Project: A Time To Gather. Known for wild-bodied dance and vibrant storytelling, Invertigo pays tribute to the kitchen table as a site of lineage, connection, and now as our office, a place for virtual learning, and Zoom parties when we would give anything to be in the same room together. In this new site-specific and interactive dance theatre piece, we bring our kitchen table to YOU and acknowledge all we have lost and celebrate all we have to be grateful for. Let us gather and explore how we connect as humans, hold space, share stories and remember together.

Dates:
Wednesday May 25
Thursday, May 26
Saturday, May 28

Time: 7:30 pm/Pacific

Ticket link in bio or visit https://arts.tioh.org/
General Public $30

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request financial accommodation, you can contact Temple Israel of Hollywood, Artistic Director Diana Wyenn at [email protected] or call 323-876‑8330.

For inquiries on Invertigo programming, please email Community Engagement Manager, Rosa Navarrete at [email protected].

Meet the Artists

For bios please visit our Artist page by clicking here.
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

Our Engagement

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 Education Program

A Place Called Home 2022

Interim Artistic Director: Haylee Nichele
Teaching Artists: Alicia Moseley

Additionally, Invertigo’s Invert/Ed Education Program is working with Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (https://avpa.org) on May 3rd for a special performance art workshop, and with youth center A Place Called Home (https://apch.org/) – which is hosting a 6 week series of workshops with Invertigo’s newest Teaching Artist, Alicia Moseley to develop a Kitchen Table Project performance with their members; to be shown on Friday, May 27th at 7:00pm at A Place Called Home (2830 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011). APCH’s Dance Program Director, Jocelyn Garcia says, “APCH Dance’s collaboration with Invertigo has been nothing short of organic, therapeutic, and inspiring for our members. It has been a true honor to witness our members dive into the creative process with teaching artist Alicia Moseley with open minds and courageous hearts. I am confident that after our time together, every individual involved will leave with a new learned sense of vulnerability, creativity, and purpose.”

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

In 2022, members will experience the Kitchen Table Project: A Time to Gather featuring artists Chelsea Roquero, Jessica Emmanuel, Austin Tyson, and Diana Wallace.

Invert/Ed at AVPA 2021

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

Kitchen Table Project’s film How We Emerge featured with our Invert/Ed Education Program partner Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA CHS) on November 18-20 during their dance concert Feelings: Exposed.  The film inspired 2 dance performances performed live at the event.

The Kitchen Table Project student choreographers are Andrea Lukas, Hope Sato, Calista Kimura, Naomi Gibbs-Zehnder, Maliyah Washington and Isabelle Daou. Additional dancers featured in the works are Shruthi Leon, Zaria Jefferson, Nava Waisman and Bia Quintanilha

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.

FALL 2021

  • Presentation of Invert/Ed Education Program partner AVPA CHS
  • Screening of How We Emerge at AVPA dance concert & on our website Dec 6-12 (free & open to public)

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: 

In 2022, we return to live performances, the Kitchen Table Project will create an interactive show in partnership with Temple Israel of Hollywood Arts & Cultures, Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA), A Place Called Home, and Nourish LA. The project’s very nature is rooted in adaptability and its response to our times.

The shows will be performed by Invertigo dancers, and the content is highly informed by the collaborations and exchanges had with our community partners and live participants. 

Our composer, Diana Lynn Wallace is creating an original score for our world premiere and first live performance since 2020, Kitchen Table Project: A Time To Gather. 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 by honoring story and contributions provided by our artistic and community collaborators. 

In a nutshell?  Gorgeous dancing, deep community work, intergenerational sharing.  See you at the table…

Kitchen Table Project 2020 Short Films

Select the arrow on the far right to drop down and watch a newly released short film!

Chuseok

Chuseok

Choreographer, Performer, Cinematographer: Hyosun Choi
Artistic Director, Writer, Editor: Laura Karlin

loneliness, it comes in waves

 

loneliness, it comes in waves

Kitchen Table Project Short Film 2020. . Choreographer &  Performer: Jessica Dunn Artistic Director. Cinematographer & Editor: Laura Karlin. Composer: Diana Lynn Wallace.

Sense Memory

Sense Memory

Kitchen Table Project Short Film 2020. Choreographer, DP & Performer: Chelsea Roquero. Artistic Director & Editor: Laura Karlin. Composer: Najeeb Sabour.

With, Within, Without

With, Within, Without

Kitchen Table Project Short Film 2020. Performer, Cinematographer, Editor Cody Brunelle-Potter. Artistic Director Laura Karlin. Composer Diana Lynn

In a Jam


In a Jam

Kitchen Table Project Short Film 2020. Performer, Cinematographer Corina Kinnear. Artistic Director/DP/Director Laura Karlin. Meow Meow Feline Cameo.

A Day at the Table


A Day at the Table

Kitchen Table Project Short Film 2020. Performer, Co-choreographer Jeanie McNamara. Co-choreographer/DP/Director Rachel Whiting. Composer Mike Mac.

The Creative Teams

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VISION BOARD

VIDEOS

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.

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. Thank you to everyone who donated towards our 2021 Crowdfunding Campaign and helping us reach our goal. Your support means the world to us!

How We Emerge Behind The Scenes. (2021)

The Kitchen Table Project’s latest film features an intergenerational cast of artists, including: Cody Brunelle-Potter, Haylee Nichele, Diana Lynn Wallace, Chelsea Roquero, Jeannette Bland, and Spencer Jensen. The film honors the memories of eight community members who were lost during the pandemicAmong others, the project honors the memories of an elder from Standing Rock and a farmworker from the first community where Karlin delivered handmade masks through her work with the Auntie Sewing Squad in the early days of mask shortages. Karlin also brought her beloved family member, Ann, and Invertigo staff members Rosa Navarrete and Chelsea Sutton brought their family members to the table; Navarrete lost her father – Luis Navarrete a pastor who worked in a mission in Mexicali, Mexico and Sutton lost her grandmother in late 2020. Alongside Karlin, who directs and choreographs, the film was developed with Glyn Gray (Director of Photography), Chris Stokes (Lighting Designer), Rebecca Baillie Stumme (Production Manager), and Invertigo Dance Theatre staff support. 

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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