TECHNOPIA - host of SHTUDIO SHOW 

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From 2005-06, Technopia was the host of the infamous Shtudio Show at Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY, where she conducted interviews with numerous cultural luminaries of the dance and performance world including Deborah Hay, Vallejo Gantner, Cathy Edwards, Gia Kourlas and Carla Peterson. 

Shtudio Show was  a multi-disciplinary performance party curated by choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and hosted by Jeremy Wade, Loren Dempster, and Jonah Bokaer at Chez Bushwick, a live/work loft space located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Shtudio Show offered a “shmorgasbord of cutting-edge dance, new music and other performance.” 

 

Reviews/Newspaper Articles:

"DANCE; Grab a Beer and Watch Dance Grow in Brooklyn," Gia Kourlas, NY Times, April 9, 2006.
https://gaycitynews.nyc/gcn_507/7days.html

http://gaycitynews.nyc/gcn_509/anartistlabgrows.html


See Level 

2003 | Projection Designer
David Dorfman Dance Company

  • The Kitchen, New York, NY, 2003 - world premiere;

  • Connecticut College, Hartford, CT, 2003;

  • Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts, JCC, San Francisco, CA, 2005

Dance Magazine: "Samuael Topiary's striking video design of lapis lazuli seas and textural close-ups human skin created a rich visual environment..."

Allan Ulrich's review : "...Samuael Topiary's impressive visual design"

Rita Felciano's review: "...Samuael Topiary’s excellent video design... In addition to projecting mirror images of continents rubbing against each, Topiary created a series of ocean derived videos, sometimes literal sea shores with lapping waves but also dark sea walls full of mysterious movement, and a sense of underwater life. Every once in a while the dancers were magnetically drawn to these ominous water images, only to go back to their games of attraction and repulsion. Chris Peck’s excellent score of scratchy sounds and revving motors had a similarly threatening ebb and flow to it. Beautifully danced by this quartet of highly individualistic yet excellently coalescing performers, “See Level” owes much of its effectiveness to its collaborating artists."


SNATCHEL

2003 | 14 min. dance piece by CROWD: Abby Crain, Anna Azrielli & Samuael Topiary

choreography by Abby Crain & Anna Azrielli
original soundscore  by Samuael Topiary

performed at Judson Church, New York City, 2003

https://vimeo.com/18864852


I SUCCUMB 

2003 |Projection Designer

Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People

Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY


VAGINA DENTATA

 

1996 | An improvisational dance performance exploring feminism & misogyny
by Hip Circle Improvisations, a collaboration with Abby Crain.

Sound score by The Daughters of Houdini

Developed in residency at The Jon Sims Center, SF, CA

Performed at ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA, 1996.

https://vimeo.com/213305549


The Fool

1996 | dance, 35mm slide projections, video and live music

A multi-character, solo performance piece exploring the archetype of The Fool.
The Lab, San Francisco, 1997

featuring:

  • a court jester - dance improvisation

  • FloraZena Hamburger, a performance artist from NJ

  • Edie 86, a club kid who gets kicked out of clubs for misbehaving

  • Technopia, an interplanetary expert on the Rave

  • Violet, a contact improv terrorist who takes the audience hostage


The Fall

1995 | A talking dance piece.

Written and performed by Samuael Topiary
Choreographed by Miguel Gutierrez
Soundscore by The Daughters of Houdini

 

The Fall at PS 122 - Sister Spit tour, 1997
https://vimeo.com/213305278