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2020, 23 min.
AVOID was conceived as a visceral/visual response to avoiding each other to be safe from COVID-19. By our actions, we create a void, causing grief, fear, anxiety, and hope. We investigated improvisation during both filming and production. Film sites were determined by safety and accessibility factors. Each dancer performed 10 task-based movement scores. In post-production, we blended eight movement performances into one, conveying the narrative that we are all connected in our human responses to the pandemic. Then the composer wove a tapestry of environmental sounds and musical instruments into a score placed over the pre-edited dances.
Lori Sundeen Soderbergh, Martheya Nygaard

Director Bio
Lori Sundeen Soderbergh has performed as a dancer and an actress in numerous theatres and site-specific settings in the U.S. and Europe. She has choreographed professionally since 1986 and taught dance for 15 years in Stockholm, Sweden. Lori launched her own company, Dancing Outside the Box, in 2005 and has explored social issues and spiritual themes in her works. In DFW, her work has been shown at the DMA, Bath House Cultural Center, First Presbyterian Church,Temple Emanu-El, Hip Pocket Theater, Arts Fifth Avenue, Scott Theater, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Lori received her B.F.A in Modern Dance from TCU and her M.A. in Dance History from the Laban Centre in London. Lori is the founder and director of Over the Bridge Arts in Oak Cliff, Dallas, a nonprofit supporting new works and new artists. Offstage, Lori works in public relations and lives in Oak Cliff.

Martheya Nygaard @martheya_nygaard is a dance artist, educator, and content creator cultivating “distortion” as an aesthetic philosophy, challenging and expanding notions of contemporary dance, by creating dance resources and content for both on and offline. She received her BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University and MFA in Dance from Texas Woman's University (TWU). Her work has been presented nationally and internationally at venues including World Dance Alliance Global Summit, The Prague Quadrennial, and The Women in Dance Leadership Conference. Martheya is the Managing Director of kNOwBOX dance @knowboxdance and creator with mixtamotus @mixtamotus a human-digital interface art exploration