Nursha Project Guest Curates Late Night with Mason Rhynes Productions in DC

Join Nursha Project in celebrating Late Night with Mason Rhynes Productions. If you missed the December 2010 installment of the performance series, click here for details.

The April 30th edition of Late Night with Mason Rhynes is one you will not want to miss! Nursha Project is proud to co-curate this production!


April 30th, 2011 at 10pm

Late Night at Joe’s Movement Emporium

3309 Bunker Hill Road

Mt. Rainier, Maryland

Featuring A.O. Movement Collective, Wendell Cooper, and other special guests!

Co-presented with Joe’s Movement Emporium

Tickets: $20 General Admission; $15 Student Tickets with ID

Must be 18 to attend

Featured Artists

A.O. Movement Collective will be performing their piece, “Wet.”

Choreographed by Sarah A.O. Rosner + dancers
Performed by Tara Aisha Willis
Music by The Idiot

Additional choreographic research by Kirstan Clifford

This excerpt is one section of our larger work in process, barrish, or: i promise i’ll only look at the sky (goddamn black fucking hole).  La Mama Experimental Theater will present the (pre)premiere of the work at La Mama Moves! this May 27/28 in NYC.  The entire work is transmutable – able to be put together in any configuration for any space – and available for curation by anyone interested. Find out how you can participate at


Founded in 2006, the A.O. Movement Collective is a home for hard falls and heavy slow dances: a community of dancers, thinkers, and makers who live by their art.  The AOMC encompasses my choreographic work; when joined with blog Urgent Artist and freelancing collective A.O. PRO(+ductions), it is the movement third of a platform representative of a new model for dancemaking.

Choreographically, the AOMC pioneers pomo-humanism via a rigorous love affair with the aesthetics of mess.  At the same time, we are developing a discourse of anti-ephemeralism that surrounds our dancemaking.  We believe that by actively questioning the underlying assumptions of our field (be they artistic or economic) we become radical agents of progress, evolving the form and creating a more sustainable future.

Performer Bios:
TARA AISHA WILLIS (dancer) dances, makes dance, and writes things from her overly cozy apartment

Image: Hosea Johnson

in Brooklyn. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Barnard College in 2009 with a B.A. in Dance and English, where she performed the work of Sean Curran, David Parker, Ivy Baldwin, Yanira Castro, Stephen Petronio, Gerald Casel, Nora Chipaumire, and Susan Rethorst. She received the Dance Theater Workshop Van Lier Fellowship just after college, and has shown work at DNA’s Works-In-Progress and Green Space’s Fertile Ground Series. Tara’s newest works will be presented this spring as an Alumni Guest Artist at The Latin School of Chicago, at the new REHEARSAL workshop series, and in the RoofTop Dance Series.  Aside from The A.O. Movement Collective, Tara has most recently danced with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Anna Brown Massey and Edisa Weeks. She is completing her Pilates Teacher Certification at The Kane School, and teaches at the Pilates Garage in Park Slope. She supports her artistry as a freelance writer for A.O. Pro(+ductions), House Manager at Dance Theater Workshop, and hostess at Joe’s Pub.

The IDIOT (composer) is the per­form­ing Alias of THEODOR WILSON, a per­form­ing artist liv­ing in Brook­lyn, NY. He calls his style of music “Elec­tro­Drama,” because it com­bines trashy elec­tronic riffs with melo­dra­matic nar­ra­tives, and because his live shows incor­po­rate the­atri­cal devices. Related gen­res include post-punk cabaret, new roman­tic, and indus­trial pop. Wil­son is a trained pianist and occa­sion­ally per­forms acoustic ver­sions of his elec­tronic numbers.

The Idiot has referred to his per­sona as a “grotesque bitch,” and a “har­le­quin.” In con­cert, as well as in pro­mo­tional appearances, he often wears arti­cles of women’s cloth­ing, notably high-heeled shoes, but insists he is not a drag queen, and that drag is “its own medium, with its set of own rules.” How­ever, The Idiot does per­form under the rap alias, “Ham­Samwich,” a self-described drag queen to end all drag queens, whose num­bers often appear in the Idiot’s live act.  The Idiot released his first offi­cial album, called “JUVENAL!A,” in 2010.

Wilson has collaborated with Rosner and the AOMC since 2007, and has scored both her performance works (Haunt, The What’s Left Over After) and short films (Flour, Eggshells, Study #4).  He has also appeared in her performance works (in Love and Defense of the Ones I Destroy, barrish) and is a performative force to be reckoned with.  The composition he created for The What’s Left Over After appears on his 2010 album JUVENAL!A.

SARAH A.O. ROSNER is the founder of A.O.3 (the A.O. Entity), a three-part platform uniting the A.O. Movement Collective, freelancing collective A.O. PRO(+ductions), and the Urgent Artist blog.  A.O.3 represents a new model for downtown dancemaking by holistically supporting all involved – artists, audience, funders, and critics. When not working on her own ventures, she is the Manager of Engagement at New York Live Arts in NYC.

Born and raised outside of Washington, DC, Rosner attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York where she studied dance and film with teachers including Emily Devine, Sara Rudner, Keith Sabado, Tony Schultz, and Kathy Westwater.  Rosner founded the A.O. Movement Collective in 2006, and has been at their helm creating Anti-Ephemeral PoMo Humanist discourse and works ever since, presenting work at the RAW festival, THROW, Open Perform, WAXworks, Green Space, AUNTS, Dance Place (DC), the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and most recently, Joyce SoHo.

WENDELL COOPER is is modern shaman and creative artist based in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of the

Image: Dan Paul Roberts

George Washington University (Dance/Religion), he is also a certified practitioner of energy bodywork and Thai Yoga Massage. He has taught, performed, and choreographed in China, Kenya, Russia, and the Netherlands. Cooper creates all of the elements of his interdisciplinary multimedia works that include both choreographed and improvised dance, original music, and video installation. He has worked with Nicholas Leichter Dance, the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Grisha Coleman, and the Magpie Music Dance Company. Wendell also self- produces as well as collaborates on projects with Mathew Heggem (as Kinaeathesia), Monstah Black, and Yozmit. SEA GLASS is his latest collaborative project.  []

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