We are an interdisciplinary and international arts collective. We are committed to our communities and are constantly making room for co-creation, for researching the intersection points shared by our disciplines and looking for their expanding possibilities. CBC consists of 6 women: dancers, teachers, choreographers, musicians, visual artists and a videographer/documentalist. We come together from different cities in México and the United States to work with what we can reach out to: our stories, the stories of the body and the stories of the places that we come from and to those to where we travel. Our mission is to weave communities between borders through the art of movement.
with Julie Rothschild and zap mcconnell
The Practice of Making: Dance Making, Improvisation, Performance, Collaboration, Possibilities.
Three to Five day workshops.
We create a workshop based on the site we are inhabiting, with the people we share time/space with. Tapping into over 20 years of collaboration, Julie and zap embrace their individual skills while supporting the group to fall in love with making, all over again.
Indoor/outdoor depending on location. If you are interested in hosting us at your studio or space, please contact us.
photos by: will kerner
using found natural objects, scraps from builds/rebuilds each light is hand crafted and unique.
i can teach. young and old.
i have spent quality time teaching in colleges. i love high school aged folks so much, i taught for a decade at THE LIVING EDUCATION CENTER FOR ECOLOGY AND THE ARTS. i do well with mixed age workshops.
i am curious and can help others find their way through investigating their wonders, bring out the ways one may work. uncover interests. help gain traction in the unique way each person learns.
the practice of making
improvisation in movement
technique of performance
Native American politics
making a happening: stream clean-up, performance, installation
3 of swords
all photos by emily pitti
feature length dance for film
click the link below to find out all about the film:
In the Autumn of the year, where the veil is thin between worlds and time, five beings cross into a sacred land of many indigenous tribes that is locked in remembering by the dismantled military fort of another era, blocking passage to the return to the sea. These magical spirits tell the stories of the displaced, the invisible and the return of the wilderness, as they honor the past, present and the future. In this dance for film we see the hidden, and the evident, as we dance towards our insistence on revealing that which is needed.
En el otoño del año, donde el velo es delgado entre los mundos y el tiempo, cinco seres cruzan una tierra sagrada de diferentes tribus indígenas. Territorio encerrado en el recuerdo, por el desmantelado fuerte militar de otra época, que bloquea el paso del retorno al mar. Estos espíritus mágicos, cuentan las historias de los desplazados, lo invisible y el regreso de la naturaleza; al mismo tiempo que honran al pasado, el presente y el futuro. En este videodanza vemos a lo oculto y lo evidente, mientras danzamos hacia nuestra insistencia en revelar lo que es necesario.
i love to create. to direct. and i also perform every so often. i will keep adding to this as i dig up images and video.
here are some links to more info:
~close quarters by karl frost 2005
~body of knowledge by karl frost 2011
using scraps from building/repairing/retro to make interesting backdrops that show the history of the build mixed with the desire of the builder.
palimsest by tevyn east (photos by aaron farrington)
the charlottesville wunderkammer by P.E.P. and ZMP , artistic derector zap mcconnell (photo by will may)
saints of all things discarded by liz simmons and zap mcconnell (photo by kathy clark)
by zap mcconnell:
invisible spines (photo by
the lifeblood of the black lamb (photos by victor blanco)
lights, set, technical director, painting, costumes, producer, director for my projects or other artists:
most recent: Pip and Twig by Sian Richards and Kara Burke;
check out all the details:
photos by: Will Kerner
this international interdisciplinary site specific dance installation happened in charlottesville, va usa and then was re-framed in puebla, mexico. its complicated. its a lot.
for more info, check out these links:
top picture by: Will May
GOALS of @hand productions, a project to project based performance company created by zap mcconnell:
-to work collaboratively with peers to create all elements of a performance: dance, movement, art, installation, music, costumes, lights, and production
-to strive to utilize all aspects of the work with the most efficiency, based on attention given to recycling, reusing, reducing use of resources, respecting the community we are based in and each other
-creating an empowering community with in the project, networking with surrounding communities, and connecting to international communities
-encouraging emerging dancers, choreographers, designers, photographers, videographers and musicians as well as offering classes and workshops where ever we are
-to engage in a creative process that helps all involved to gain a greater insight into themselves, how they connect to others and the world they are part of
-to search for meaningful stories, subjects or curiosities to make work about; especially including the abstract, the literal, the symbolic, the ridiculous, the activist voice and good clean entertainment
-being in the moment as much as possible while balancing all of these goals with living a good and compassionate life
-always striving to find a sustainable way to work that cares for our bodies, our minds, our emotional life, our families, our friends, our basic life sustaining needs, our work and our ideals
-responding to the specific site we are in-and/or performing in and really using whatever is at hand
nothing too heavy, really…
@hand productions may be presented by zen monkey project often, yet not exclusively.
made out of layered bees wax, resin and pigment on board.
wood cut, letter press and all the carving in between.
meet petal. or soup. or the angry vegetables. or this egg. or ruffles the rooster aka toe sock. whittle the water horse. they have adventures.
using old roof scraps, down spouts and other metal culled from the heap i cover walls, doors, more.
there is a huge family: earl the mean beet, hail yea and kale yea, hell raisin, bowl-o-grits the super hero, cup-o-joe, ice bear, muffin the mean mean kitten, shuckley the shy corn, burt the beaver, jittery the coffee fairy, snakes of all ilk, bad ass bunny, leek havok, super hero brown banana, carrot bottom, rhonda the racy rutabaga, beer bear and more.