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click to enlarge All by herself: Milka Djordjevich’s “Kinetic Makeover,” onstage this week at The Garage, is a solo work exploring nuances of body movement. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • All by herself: Milka Djordjevich’s “Kinetic Makeover,” onstage this week at The Garage, is a solo work exploring nuances of body movement.

This week at The Garage theater, two choreographers tackle solitude from very different angles.

Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos delves into his arsenal of experience to better understand the personal nature of departure and arrival. Conversely, Milka Djordjevich attempts to create a dance that depends on nothing and no one but herself.

Both artists are presented through The Garage’s artists-in-residence AIRspace program, a performance and rehearsal laboratory specifically geared toward queer artists.

In “Departure and Arrival,” De Hoyos looks at the many ways people come and go, and the effects they have on the psyche.

“I was traveling a bit to Europe this past summer, making friends, recovering from a breakup, imagining a life in a different part of the world, thinking about who I am, where I want to be and what I love,” De Hoyos says. “Ultimately, I was feeling like a little ocean tide pool creature who had been dislodged and was floating around looking for a new rock to attach to.”

Part of a larger work still in development, De Hoyos will share The Garage theater stage with Frankfurt-based Katja Mustonen. Together, they delve into their personal stories, feelings and secrets to uncover what departure and arrival means to each of them in turn.

Sharing the evening with De Hoyos is Djordjevich, whose project involves creating a dance that could live anywhere, a dance that didn’t depend on lights, props, music or other dancers. She wanted to make a dance that was self-contained, that depended solely and completely on herself and her own shifting here and now.

The result, “Kinetic Makeover,” has no music, no special costumes and no other dancers. It features Djordjevich herself, shape-shifting, grooving and evolving through movement.

“I struggled with how to keep up a rigorous solo practice without being lazy, or rehearsing when I felt like it. In order to do this I created structures and scores that would keep me engaged and interested in myself,” Djordjevich recalls of her process making the solo. “I want to reveal how much information the body contains and how it is never fixed but always changing, transitioning and moving.”

Using loops, Djordjevich incrementally shifts movement, allowing her audience to see the evolution of a step or phrase through repetition.


Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos, Milka Djordjevich

Presented by The Garage AIRspace program

Where: The Garage, 975 Howard St., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday
Tickets: $10 to $20
Contact: (415) 518-1517, www.975howard.com

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