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BANDALOOP Celebrates 30 Years With Free Upright Dance Shows – San Francisco Bay Times

BANDALOOP’s Loom: Land will be unveiled to the public with free outdoor shows at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, and 5 and 8 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2022. Coinciding with BANDALOOP’s 30th anniversary celebration, these shows will transform the side of the Breuner Building in downtown Oakland in a breathtaking giant loom where stories and dances intertwine, exploring the textile industry and its effects on our planet. The street below will be closed to traffic, providing seated viewing and picnic areas, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and camping chairs to enjoy the shows.

The 5 p.m. family show Loom: Land on Saturday, April 16, will feature audio description provided by Gravity Access Services, made possible through a generous grant from the Ford Foundation. ASL will also be provided. A haptic access tour will begin at 4 p.m. Please call 760-957-5564 to pre-register and reserve a headset.

Loom: Land is the centerpiece of BANDALOOP LOOM trilogy, a multi-year initiative bringing together a collective of performers, climate scientists, regenerative textile artists, a visual technologist and creative riggers to create performances that delve into and challenge perspectives on art and the textile industry.

A 45-minute vertical dance performance to original live music that fuses intricate choreography and climbing technology, Loom: Land offers a narrative of ancestral weaving stories and techniques, the ecological and social impacts of a globalized textile industry and the influence of technology. Although this industry is one of the most polluting in the world, the impact of clothing and fashion is often overlooked in modern consumer lifestyles.

Loaded with devastating globalized agricultural and labor practices, the fallout from textile consumption will be dealt with for generations to come. Loom: Land juxtaposes this large-scale ecological crisis with the timeless power of fabric to hold, comfort, adorn and sanctify across cultures.

The choreography of Loom: Land was developed by the artistic director of BANDALOOP Melecio Estrella and the dancers of the company. Production collaborators include ninth-generation Nigerian weaver and costume designer IB Bayo, theater artist Chibueze Crouch, composer Ben Juodvalkis and lighting designer Jim French. The result of this multilevel collaboration is an evening of dance theater featuring spoken word, vertical dancing, fabric manipulation, film segments and original music.

After premiering in his hometown of Oakland, Loom: Land will be on national tour until spring 2023.

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Posted on April 7, 2022