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We welcome Sam Hertz and Maryanna Lachman
Victor Ferrall Artists-in-Residence Feb 8-17, 2017

Student Collaborative Performance with Sam & Maryanna on Feb 15, 7p in Wright Museum

Performance Feb. 17 at 7pm in the Hendricks Center
Snake Talk
 is created and performed by Abby Crain, Maryanna Lachman and Mara Poliak, with lighting design by Elizabeth Ardent and sound design by Samuel Hertz. In Snake Talk, the female subject remains slippery and undefinable within an aesthetic terrain of discomfort, excess, and distortion. The performance is scheduled for Feb. 17 at 7pm in the Hendricks Center, Dance 1, room 105

The event is recommended for age 16+ audiences, due to adult content.
It is free and open to the public.

Samuel Hertz (Sound Design), composer and performer, received his MFA at Mills College, where he studied composition and electronic music with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, and Zeena Parkins. He has worked with numerous dance companies throughout the United States, and his work has been seen/heard at ACUD MACHT NEU (Berlin, Germany), Nebulullaby (London, UK), ACRE Gallery/ACRE-TV (Chicago, IL), ARTX (Long Beach, CA), Jack Straw New Media Gallery (Seattle, WA), Harvestworks (New York, NY), The Uncreativity Festival (Minneapolis, MN), and WBEZ Radio (Chicago, IL) among others. Samuel has worked as lead technical assistant to, and performed with, Morton Subotnick, Alvin Curran, and John Driscoll. Currently, he composes music for a number of San Francisco Bay-area choreographers, in addition to working on an electro-acoustic composition commission by the OpusCentrum Ensemble (Bourges, France). Recently, he was an artist-in-residence at Bains::Connective in Brussels, Belgium.


Maryanna Lachman is a dance maker and curator based in Oakland, CA. She has been in ongoing collaboration with Mara Poliak and Abby Crain since 2013 and has been a visiting artist/teacher at Whitman College, Beloit College, Green Street Studios (Boston), and Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), and the FRESH Festival. Lachman works as a collaborative performer in works constructed by Minna Harri, Sara Shelton Mann, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Christine Bonansea. She attended ImPulsTanz as part of the danceWEB residency in 2012 and received a California NextGen artist grant the same year. Maryanna is one of the seven women of SALTA, a collective of dance curators in the East Bay. In 2014, SALTA presented their paper Pseudo-, Anti-, and Total Dance: on Curating an Experimental Dance Series, at “Envisioning the Practice: Montréal International Symposium on Curating the Performing Arts”. That paper was recently published in Critical Correspondence in NYC and will be published this spring by the Université de Montréal, as part of an anthology on curatorial practice. Lachman is invested in community organizing, in creating trans-disciplinary platforms for discussion surrounding practice and making cultural space for dance experiments to flourish.



The Beloit College Music Department
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Hendricks Center for the Arts
409 Pleasant Street · Beloit · 608-363-2366


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