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Big Bang Dance Party is the dance party to end all dance parties! Some of the most sought after, original, and spectacular DJ's, bands, dancers and performance artists will ignite the flame at this outrageous party.

 

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The dance party features a mix of DJ's, bands and performance art works. Music provided by DJ's Ultra Naté and Gavin Holland, local performance-heavy favorite Heavy Breathing. Dance by performance art rock band Tia Nina and Urban Artistry.

Performances include A Night of Disquieting Joy curated by Steven Frost, interactive piece Crunk Lessons by artist Holly Bass, and performances by Eleanor Barba, Katya Grokhovsky, Peter Grzybowski, Natalia Panfile, Jade Yumang, and more.

 

Ultra Naté

With hit tracks "Free" and "Desire," Baltimore, MD's Ultra Naté expanded from local phenomenon to globally-recognized house music superstar. Now a veteran DJ, producer and vocalist, she now keeps house music's legacy alive and pushing into the future with a jet-setting schedule and a constant stream of chart-topping releases. Furthermore, her monthly Deep Sugar party at Baltimore's legendary Paradox nightclub sets a internationally-respected standard of excellence - with an inimitable style that she brings to Artisphere! For more information visit Ultra at www.ultranate.com, and on both Facebook and Twitter at ultranatemusic.

With hit tracks "Free" and "Desire," Baltimore, MD's Ultra Naté expanded from local phenomenon to globally-recognized house music superstar. Now a veteran DJ, producer and vocalist, she now keeps house music's legacy alive and pushing into the future with a jet-setting schedule and a constant stream of chart-topping releases. Furthermore, her monthly Deep Sugar party at Baltimore's legendary Paradox nightclub sets a internationally-respected standard of excellence - with an inimitable style that she brings to Artisphere! For more information visit Ultra at www.ultranate.com, and on both Facebook and Twitter at ultranatemusic.

 

 

Heavy Breathing

Heavy Breathing was born in 2010 when Erick Jackson, Amanda Kleinman, and Jeff Schmid – the core members of The Apes – parted ways with the latest singer they had worked with on their decade-long musical journey. Having recorded and toured prolifically together since 1999 (sharing the stage with Mars Volta, Liars,The Slits, Mudhoney, Psychic TV, and many more), they were realizing that they had been spending a great deal of energy trying to accommodate singers, at the expense of their own musical personality – a cohesive mindset formed over twenty years of friendship.

Longing to be musically self-sufficient, the three started down a new path. The impetus behind Heavy Breathing was the notion that they could overcome any barrier, any hurdle, or any problem by learning a tool or a process, or by (re)inventing a system. In 2010, they formally committed to a non-human singer: A sequencing and sampling program they dubbed the Rhythm Machine. With this technology, they were able to create vocal melodies and chants by splicing, rearranging, and pitch-shifting words and syllables supplied by anonymous online a capella vocalists.

With the Rhythm Machine, they were able to focus purely on the music: Instead of trying to find a way for a fourth band-member to fit in, to shape the sound, they allowed sonic accidents to inspire and shape the songs. Samples, sequences, tones, a synth sound, a beat -- any interesting auditory stimuli -- could serve as a songwriting starting point.

 

 

Gavin Holland

Nearing a decade-long run as a DC-based DJ, producer and party promoter, Gavin Holland - the one-time "Wonderful Wizard of Nouveau Riche" - just ended a seven-year run as one-third of arguably one of the most integral monthly parties in the resurgence of Washington, DC's underground nightlife scene. Adept in spinning and producing disco and house, his current schedule finds him as a resident DJ in a multitude of hip nightspots in the local area, as well as pairing with fellow DJ Chris Burns to develop indie vinyl label Mysteries of the Mind. For more information on Gavin Holland, visit soundcloud.com/gavinholland or twitter.com/gavinholland.

 

 

Wheelie

Wheelie band was born in the nation's capitol and bred in the fields and fires of the Midwest and East Coast. Like their heroes before them, they seek enlightenment through sweaty art filled rock and roll revivals.

"swirl pop vocals with dance beats and a wild, rock and roll spirit" – On Tap Magazine.

 

Holly Bass

Holly Bass presents "Crunk Lessons: A hip hop cover of Adrian Piper's (1983) 'Funk Lessons'"
In Funk Lessons, Adrian Piper takes on the role of cultural tour guide and instructor to a predominantly white audience on the history of funk and rhythm before guiding them through a series of dance movements. Describing the work as "exuberant," a 2001 article in Art in America noted, "here, music and dance become tools for breaking down stereotypes... through an exhilarating, participatory ritual."

Thirty years after the original, Crunk Lessons will use the same structure: history lesson + dance lesson. The lecture will begin where Funk Lessons left off, tracing the evolution of rap music from its 1970s origins to its current state. Participants will learn basic head nods, hand gestures, shoulder shrugs and booty shakes. We will explore race and gender stereotypes in hip hop, along with the (somewhat illicit) pleasure and appeal of mainstream hip hop culture and dance—pimping, flossing, popping collars and droppin it like it's hot.

Holly will be accompanied by "alive and able"

 

 

Tia Nina

The Tia Nina performance art rock band creates live dance theater that will shatter expectations and surprise the audience with physical, dynamic, inclusive shows that challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about rock performance, modern dance and gender. Our approach has been described as arresting, abrupt, flirtatious, strong, direct, purposeful and commanding. The style is a response to our culture. Our fans love the condensed quick fix- the sound bite. We study that. We edit. We create to communicate with our fans in the most effective way possible. Our performances engage with the audience as if to say, "art is happening here" and the crowd cheers in elation. Every detail of the visual experience is hand selected to deliver the ambiance we need. The performance emulates the feeling of a boxing fight or wrestling match. We have so much fun and the audience has fun with us. The bandmembers are Sammy Rain, J. Van Stone and Sticks.

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"A Night of Disquieting Joy" curated by Steven Frost

Includes performances by Aram Han (Washington, DC) Steven Frost (Los Angeles, CA) Kris Harzinski (Philadelphia, PA) and videos by William Haughery ( Philadelphia, PA) and Katie Hargrave (Minneapolis, MN).

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"It Ain't the First Rodeo" by Peter Grzybowski

Born in Kraków, Poland, performance, multimedia artist and painter. Since the eighties has completed number of performances, individual and group shows, installations and multimedia works presented worldwide. Currently he creates multimedia performances and installations, in which he uses video, audio, lighting and live action synchronized by computer. He regards his performance works as multimedia compositions in which he connects techniques belonging to various genres. The content of his performances is usually based on the elements from the surrounding reality. He uses video, photography, television and internet content and combines them with dramatic effects like shattering glass, light bulbs or computer monitors.

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"safe sex" by Eleanor Barba

Eleanor Barba grew up in the suburbs of Philly. She attended the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC where she started taking off her clothes and making performance art. Her work revolves around the overwhelming idea of being sexually active in the 21st century.

The tragedy of hook up culture can be traced back to hilarity. Eleanor's performances often use text and her half­naked body to evoke the idea I'm naked but I don't want to turn you on. Eleanor has performed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hillyer Art Space and Art@1830 in DC. She currently lives, works and gets regularly checked for STDs in Philadelphia.

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"Shut up and Smile" by Jade Yumang

Jade Yumang was named after his mother's beauty salon and from an earlier age has been obsessed with beautiful, yet slightly off things. In 2012 he received his MFA at Parsons The New School for Design with Departmental Honors where he focused on the concept of queer form through sculptural abstraction, installation, and performance.

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"The Lovely Immigrant" by Katya Grokhovsky

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Ukrainian - Australian artist Katya Grokhovsky works across disciplines including performance, video, installation, photography, sculpture, drawing and painting. She has an MFA (2011) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA (2007) from Victorian College of the Arts, Australia and a BA (Honours, 2000) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

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"Shattering" Natalia Panfile

Natalia Panfile (born in Moldova) completed her undergraduate studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2006 with a concentration in performance from there in 2007 she went to pursue her MFA at University of Maryland Baltimore County's (UMBC) Imaging and Digital Arts program from where she graduated in 2010.

Natalia is very much influenced by her own experiences as a woman who grew up in Moldova and who now lives in the United States. Her research has been on personal and cultural interconnections among concepts of cleanliness, purity, motherhood, and motherland— specifically, her native Moldova. Performance is a pertinent aspect of her art as the memories of her lost past live through her body and emerge through the act of performance.

 

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"Infestation" by Carolina Mayorga

Carolina Mayorga's work addresses issues of social and political content. Comments on migration, war, identity, translate into multimedia pieces including video, performance art, photography and drawing. As a Colombian-born and naturalized American citizen,Mayorga uses her insider/outsider view of American culture to reveal realities and inner struggles related to her Latino background.

Mayorga has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for the last 15 years. Her work is part of public and private collections and has been reviewed in publications in South America, Europe and the US. She lives and works in Washington, DC.

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"Touch Happening" by Reuben Breslar

Reuben Breslar is an interdisciplinary artist based in Northern Virginia. His process includes making research binders, drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, installations, photography, video, and Happenings. Breslar uses these different media to create transitional objects, spaces, and experiences that challenge our preconceived notion of reality and what is possible.

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Helmut and Oxana Funf

Helmut and Oxana Funf will also make an appearance in "THIS IS ART." They are the next big thing, and they're going to change art forever. Helmut and Oxana are quite possibly the most creative couple on earth. They have been artists and art critics since birth. Helmut writes for the New York Times of Arlington. Oxana is neither here nor there.

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Urban Artistry

Urban Artistry is an international collective of artists and dancers focused on the authentic and complete representation of urban dance styles.

 

 

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