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David Worm and SoVoSo collaborating with Project Bandaloop

Award: $35,000 Performing Arts Grant awarded in 2000

Premiered:  May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, 2001

Formed through a collaboration among composer David Worm with SoVoSo, choreographer Amelia Rudolph with Project Bandaloop, and sculptor Lawrence LaBianca, Resonate! explored how modern, urban residents perceive nature.  The 24-minute piece united a capella, improvised singing, aerial and vertical dance, and sculpture. The task suited SoVoSo’s highly physical and improvisational vocal style and Project Bandaloop’s daring, distinctive aerial work.

Worm and Rudolph constructed Resonate! through a seven-month process that responded to Lawrence LaBianca’s hanging sculptures, which resembled “hanging upside-down trees.” The trees suggested a physical structure for the dance sequences and Worm then composed a musical bed for each of five scenes that was drawn directly from the dancer’s movements and the work’s themes.

Over two weekends Resonate! and other works by Project Bandaloop enjoyed capacity and near capacity audiences at Theater Artaud, reaching some 1,500 people. Worm and SoVoSo were nominated for a “Best Musical Score” award for Resonate from the Bay Area’s annual Isadora Duncan Dance Awards.

David Worm began his vocal career in 1985 with the Bay Area groups Jazz Mouth and Vocal Front. In 1988, he became a founding members of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra ensemble. SoVoSo is a highly imaginative a cappella ensemble that sings a compelling mix of jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, pop, and improvisational music. Founded in 1991, Project Bandaloop is a company of dancers, climbers, and riggers.  The company’s art bridges dance, sport, ritual, and the environment.  Director Amelia Rudolph’s choreography is performed in a wide variety of sites, from urban towers and skyscrapers to stages, warehouses, boulder fields, and soaring granite walls.