The Dances

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2012-13

Collision Course a.k.a Pillow Talk, an evening length dance theatre work made in collaboration with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, including 13 video art films, which accompany the live performance. Presented in Washington, DC, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon

2004

Birthmark, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Maryland. An evening-length Dance Theater piece which includes Gongora’s animated painting “Dream” and his dance film “Man”.

2002

peace money god bomb, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Maryland. A solo dance.

2001

Flowing of Honey, The Joyce Soho Presents in Manhattan, New York and the Troika Ranch New York season at Williamsburg Art Nexus (WAX) in Brooklyn, New York.

1999

Dreamscape, Premiered in Fall into Dance Asheville, North Carolina. A trio that became part of an evening-length work The Flying Man’s Falling Thoughts. Dreamscape was also selected by CalArts to be performed at St. Marks Church for the first East Coast Dance Concert, Downtown Dance, New York.

Forwards-Back, The Harold Washington Library, Chicago, Illinois. Commissioned by Melissa Thodos and Dancers for the winter concert.

1998

Race, Movable Beast Dance Festival, Chicago, Illinois, This solo performance consisted of the same choreography performed by three different characters – a pregnant woman, a closeted race car driver and a frustrated performance artist. Each character performed in different venues including the Hot House, the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Chernnan Center.

1997

Line, The Krannert Art Museum and Kinkade Pavilion, Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. The first staging was presented in the dance installation “Room to Room.”

1996

Submerged, The Athenaeum Theater, Chicago, Illinois. Premiered at Dance ’96, a six-week dance festival. Loop Troop’s premiere season. “By far the most effective of Loop Troop’s work is Gongora’s ‘Submerged,’ …The five dancers move in slow motion, as if under water in a series of expressive combinations and solos, all the more affecting for the simple, direct, spartan style and structure.” Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune.

Refracted Memories, Links Hall, Chicago, Illinois. Premiered in the “Solo Bodies” dance concert with original music composition by David Pavkovic.

1995

Un Beso, The Athenaeum Theater, Chicago Illinois. Premiered in Dance ’95, a six-week dance festival. Dance critic Laura Malzahn of the Chicago Reader called the dance “brave and quirky.”

1994

One Bird’s Wing Flapping/Oil Spill, The Athenaeum Theater, Chicago Illinois. Premiered in the Jumpgiant Project, a shared evening of dance presented by seven independent dance artists. Laura Malzahn of the Chicago Reader said, “…this is beautiful choreography breathtakingly performed.”

Nature Stalling, Link Hall, Chicago, Illinois. Premiered in the Chance Dance Festival. Also performed the dance with Risa Stienburg and received direction from Bebe Miller for a performance of this dance presented at the Krannert Performing Arts Center in 1996.

1992

Listening Without Ears, Links Hall, Chicago, Illinois. Premiered as part of the Mentoring Project produced by Jan Erkert and Dancers. The solo was included in Jan Erkert and Dancers’ Chicago season at the Dance Center of Columbia College. Lynn Voedisch, dance critic for the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: “Gongora’s dance of spiritual awakening is a powerful piece of dance magic.”

1991

Why Don’t We See, Premiered at the Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois. Produced by the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble for New Dances. The Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “ ‘Why don’t we see?’ is a brainy dance with some brilliant twist of irony.”

Home is Not in the Heart, Premiered at the Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois. Produced by the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble for New Dances. Terry Brennan, dance critic for the Chicago Reader, wrote, “Gongora’s honesty and carefully orchestrated symbols … are delicate rather than polemical. They turn inward to ask a moral question rather than rush outward to proclaim an answer.”

1990

Compile, Premiered at the Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois. Produced by the Chicago Dance Medium and later picked up by The Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble. Cerinda Survant, dance critic for Dance Magazine, wrote, “Gongora’s bright and playful ‘Compile’… is a witty richly musical dance.”

1989

In Two Time, Premiered at the Moming Art Center, Chicago, Illinois. Choreographed with Melissa Thodos. Added to the repertoire of the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble and later became a repertory piece for Melissa Thodos and Dancers. In a review in 2000 Terry Brennan wrote “…this movement is so cool, sleek, and detailed that the dance reminded me of assembling a space station.”

1988

Sun Away Make Much, Premiered at Cal Arts Theater II, Valencia, California. The dance was added to the repertories of the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble and the Chicago Dance Medium.

1987

EKG, Premiered at Cal Arts Theater II, Valencia, California. The dance was added to the repertory of the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble.

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