An enormous thank you to Joe's Movement Emporium for the support and space to create this work. It would not exist as a whisper in this loud world without you. www.joesmovement.org ...
In SHiFTiNG TECHNOLOGiA, the concepts of shape shifting and technology inspire this new work in an ongoing creative imploration of trash awareness.
"During my MFA research studies in dance (University of Maryland, 2019) I began to better understand my relationship to the litter and trash around me (an agenda and concern I have had long interest in as an artist). This series of trash work seeks to break in and through the surface of environmental concern and explores this as unearthing personal awareness. It became clear that my connection to this subject was deeper than the surface of ditches and trees cluttered with plastics and trash. I now understand my intimacy to trash and environmental awareness as deeply connected to my personal experiences from youth of feeling thrown out and disregarded as a person who is queer. The contemplative aspects of my movement research helped provide the awareness that I had internalized this disregard and trashing of myself. I now understand environmental awareness as an internal source of witness, sensing, love and connection from which to make choices. My research suggests that much of our internalized treatment of humanity is directly reflected back to us as the concerning state of our environment. It is our culture of discarded objects. Within this, taking care of our earth depends on taking care of what it means to be human. We are the technology of our planet as an organized system and in the art of human." -Shawn T. Stone, choreographer
SHiFTiNG TECHNOLOGiA questions how we move within the craft of being human. It explores the power of shaping of who we are, how we connect and as a result, the shape of the world around us. ...
Conceptualized by directing-choreographic-visual-artist and self-titled earth guardian, Shawn T. Stone, the work was created and inspired in collaboration with the dance artists in the piece. The sculptural set elements and whirling-three-dimensional choreography of the work were brought to an unforeseeable magic by the lighting design of Peter Leibold. ...
I have such an incredible amount of gratitude to all my friends and family who have supported my journey as an artist. An inconceivable thanks to all those who supported the crowdfunding Kickstarter to get this little ship to sail. Thank you is not enough to the following people who have made this vision, heartbeat and prayer a reality. - Shawn T. Stone ... Angad Kalsi - Performing Artist/Dancer
Angad is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland (College Park) from which he received a dual degree comprised of a B.A in Dance & B.S in Psychology. Entering the dance program with only hip-hop experience, he found his horizons broadened upon absorbing various movement practices and further developing his own stylistic fusion. This invaluable time fueled his innate passion for artistic creation as he conceptualized, directed, and showcased multiple works in the program’s undergraduate concert whilst performing in numerous graduate and faculty works across the DMV area. A humanitarian at heart, Angad frequently utilizes his craft as a form of activism, resulting in work addressing mental health and sociopolitical concepts. To Angad, art is a perspective-oriented language that provides him with self-authoritative words he has otherwise been barred from finding and expressing. Ancora Imparo.
Atlas Hill - Performing Artist/Dancer
Atlas is an aspiring witch, creator, and performer. Equipped with their growing grimoire and an instinctual connection to magick, runes, and energy, they seek to create the unexpected in spaces where it “doesn’t belong.” Entranced by fantasy and myth, they are devoted to exploring the unreal. Additionally, they’re completing their senior year of Undergraduate Dance at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). Performer Credits: Electric Idols (haus of bambi), ‘s (Shawn Stone), A Curious Invasion/San Juan (PearsonWidrig DanceTheater), Fall to Fall and A Tethered Journey (Alvin Mayes), High Violet: A Chroma Poem (Kendra Portier), and Leaning Towards the Sky (Orange Grove Dance).
Chayce Wong: Performing Artist/Dancer
Chayce is a senior studying mechanical engineering at UMCP. Growing up in Carmel, NY, he found his passion for movement through freestyle soccer and parkour. During his time in college, Chayce has found ways to further his love for movement, researching human collaboration in virtual feedback systems and exploring spaces through dance.Performer Credits: 'S (Shawn Stone), A Tethered Journey (Alvin Mayes).
Daria (Dasha) Mozolina - Performing Artist/Dancer
Dasha was born in Athens, GA and raised in Moscow, Russia. She is a dancer, choreographer, and educator currently based in Washington, DC area. Most recently, she has performed in ‘s (apostrophe s) by Shawn Stone, Unfolding by Gabriel Mata, High Violet by Kendra Portier, and presented her own works at various showcases. Dasha holds a BA in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park and is currently an apprentice at The Collective in Baltimore.
Jon Bookout - Sound Producer/Design/DJ
Jon's journey began as a competitive USAG gymnast. This discipline and focus had a natural movement to theater and the stage. His first performance role landed him as the Peter Parker understudy in the touring broadway show Spiderman Live. After seeing an audition for the new production in Las Vegas with the famed Franco Dragone, he transitioned to an incredible undertaking and creation in Belgium for the soon to become water show known as Le Reve, The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas. Jon dedicated 14 solid performance years at Le Reve as an acrobatic/aerial, character and solo performing artist. During his time in Las Vegas he embarked on a path of following his passion for music, which led him to becoming a DJ and Producer. Jon has produced and been a DJ at a variety of venues, clubs and events in Las Vegas since.
"Seeing the work that Shawn created at Le Reve with me in Las Vegas, I was tremendously excited to help with the musical story of this new adventure. His movement, spirit and conscious mission is inspiring, and it has been a blessing to dive back into my musical roots as a Dj and Producer to help orchestrate this new adventure for Shifting Technologia."
Peter Leibold - Lighting Designer
Peter is a lighting designer bouncing between NYC and DC mostly, though he continues to work across the country. His design works are created for Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music productions. He loves the virtuosic and explosive style of this company and is thrilled to continue working with this beautiful group of people. www.PeterLeibold.com Sandra Bazubwabo - Performing Artist/Dancer
Sandra is a senior Government and Politics major at UMCP. She hosts the radio show “Sondy Sunshine Lights the Hour” with WMUC College Park’s digital show schedule where she questions art, politics and just about every other thing in the universe. She is currently working at the intersection of different dance forms such as house, contemporary and modern and is based in Gaithersburg and College Park.
Shawn T. Stone – Choreographer, Director, Performer, Sculptural Set Design/Artist, Costume Design
Shawn is a choreographer, performer, visual artist, contemplative practitioner and teaching artist currently based in Maryland /DC. He has a BA in Studio Art and Communication Studies from the University of Iowa where he competed NCAA gymnastics (2001-2005). He obtained his Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Maryland as an awarded Graduate Assistant (2019). Before making the transition to dance, Shawn highlighted his acrobatic performance career for three years as an aerial-aquatic-acrobat for in Le Reve, The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas. Along with being a conservation choreographer, he is highly invested in applying movement and multi-disciplinary creative approaches as tools of contemplative/self-awareness practice, healing and health. www.shawntruman.com
Sydney Ziegler - Stage Manager
Sydney is a recent graduate of University of Maryland with a dual degree in stage management and marketing. Professional credits include:The Diary of Anne Frank, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (PSM) and Trayf, Theater J (ASM). UMD academic credits:‘s(apostrophe s)(SM),Little Shop of Horrors(SM),Equinox & Solstice(SM),Love and Information(SM), Black Madonna & Miss America (SM).