CONFETTI (Gabrielle Revlock): Duets Galore in a Hardware Store

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Gabrielle Revlock Confetti

Photo: Tayarisha Poe

Gabrielle Revlock’s latest work Confetti, a medley of duets that featured Revlock dancing with her peers, her mother and an eight-year old, offered a dynamic and colorful assortment of relationships with her varying partners.

Revlock’s piece and performance style changed shape depending on her pairing with dancers from diverse backgrounds. When dancing with local choreographer and performer Gregory Holt, her face was non-expressive, her actions more task oriented. Partnering with Amaryah “Loki” Bone, a B-Girl, Revlock structured the choreography to fit the format of a battle: you do what you do, then I’ll do what I do. When she danced with eight-year-old Lily Savage, the stage became a playground and the performance expressed innocence. As the duets accumulated, so did elements of the stage design. Each new partner carried on a piece of hardware—a ladder, stacks of crates, buckets, rolling dollies. These props became their toys as they danced through the metal and plastic obstacle course….
January 24-25, 2014,
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Kalila Kingsford Smith for thINKingDANCE

Philadelphia native Kalila Kingsford Smith is a performer with Dancefusion and Underground Dance Works, a teacher at Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center, a facilitator for Dance4Life Philly, and a choreographer in her spare time. A graduate of University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Cultural Anthropology, Kalila is curious about the ambiguity of experience. Guided by this interest, she completed a thesis entitled Body, Mind, and Frustration: Navigating Dance in the Context of Academia. A passionate advocate of the arts, Kalila’s choreographic process embodies concepts that emerge from multiple artistic practices. She relishes the challenge of creating movement and experiences that are accessible to audiences from a variety of backgrounds. She’s had the recent pleasure of performing with Dianne McIntyre, Peter Sparling, and Javanese choreographer FX Widaryanto. Kalila spends her free time watching film noir and researching the ideas that inspire her obsessions. Visit for pictures, videos, and more.