Evie Ladin’s all-female percussive dance company MoToR/dance explores the complete expression of the sonic body in space. Inspired by the vibrant International Body Music scene to workshop complex physical rhythmic independence with world rhythmic systems, Evie began creating unique interlocking percussive dance arrangements with layered vocal harmonies and large group choreography in what has become a powerful moving choir.
MoToR debuted vocabulary at the 6th International Body Music Festival, Oakland, 2013 and premiered their first work “Ain’t No Grave” at the famed 8x8x8 choreographer’s showcase in Oakland, 2014, where the piece was proclaimed “the event of the night.” The work was sonically recorded by Jeff Cressman (Santana), and a video directed by Mark Kohr (Green Day, Norah Jones) was released just before the 2015 International Body Music Festival MiniFest Bay Area. At that festival MoToR/dance debuted their second full work for an ensemble of 13, called The Storm.
To date, the works harmonize Appalachian songs layered with African-diaspora rhythmic systems, elucidating elements of this tradition’s genesis. The large ensemble works are evocative and moving works of music/dance.
MoToR/dance in Rehearsal!