June 13-16, 2013

Angharad Davies + Tamara Ober

When two different works are put together on the same bill, you get a chance to view them not only as stand alone pieces, but also in relationship to each other. This third week of the festival features two distinct choreographic voices, each skilled at crafting performance narratives, but in very different ways. With subversive humor, impeccable timing and precise gestural vocabulary, Angharad Davies' latest quartet, PRETEND, investigates identity in today's image saturated world. Tamara Ober's astonishing emotional range is front and center in her solo SIN EATER, which dances through mystical territory as her protagonist seeks redemption for her father's transgressions and shortcomings.

Consciously or unconsciously, we are an amalgamation of images and/or icons absorbed from the world around us: popular culture, our socioeconomic backgrounds, the culture of politics, religion, and so on. In our day-to-day lives, we use these images to form and re-create our identities to adapt to particular situations. Do we lose sight of our genuine selves in the process? Can we find authenticity beneath the manufactured façades of our influences? Through a mash-up of movement, music, and text, the four women featured in choreographer Angharad DaviesPRETEND explore these and other questions as they deconstruct and negotiate the seams between their authentic selves and their larger-than-life creations.

Tamara Ober returns to the New Works 4 Weeks festival with a re-worked version of SIN EATER, an audience favorite from last year’s Fringe Festival that earned her critical notice and three Sage Award nominations for Performance, Performer and Design. Written, composed, and performed by Ober, this eerie piece weaves together dance, text, projections and music to tell the story of Glory, called home to her estranged father's deathbed and then sent on a mission to find a Sin Eater. Glory sets off to pursue this elusive figure through a haunted forest in an attempt to save her father's soul.

Reviews & Press

 Dance writer Lightsey Darst reflects on SIN EATER and PRETEND in her column, 6/25/13

"PRETEND and SIN EATER at Red Eye," preview, Secrets of the City, 6/13/13


Featured dancers in PRETEND: Kenna-Camara Cottman, Elise Erikson, Megan Mayer, Stephanie Stoumbelis

Angharad Davies is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and teacher.  Her choreographic work has been presented throughout the United States and Germany, at venues including Danspace Project & Joyce SoHo (NYC); Ballhaus Naunynstrasse & Radialsystem (Berlin); Cleveland Museum of Art (OH); ODC (San Francisco); Yale University; and in Minneapolis at the Bryant Lake Bowl, Patrick’s Cabaret, the Ritz Theater, and the Ted Mann Concert Hall. Angharad is currently on faculty at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and is a lecturer at the University of Minnesota.

Tamara Ober has been a company member of Zenon since 2002. Her first solo creation, PIPA, was developed in Red Eye’s Works-In-Progress 2009 program, and subsequently toured throughout the United States and Canada, as well as to Budapest, and was awarded the Montreal Fringe Festival’s Runner up for Best English Language Production. Tamara is also the recipient of a 2009 SAGE Award for outstanding performer, a City Pages 2009 Artist of the Year, and Metro Magazine’s 2011 Keeper Award. Tamara has consulted in the development of programs for the Northrop Auditorium, ICLA masters program in Austria, and Perpich Center for Arts Education in collaboration with the Walker Art Center’s Out There series. She received a BFA in Dance and BA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 2001.



Photos supplied by the artists.

New Works 4 Weeks is supported with project funding from Jerome Foundation and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature. Red Eye’s 29th season is made possible with general operating support from the Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.