I forgot to say that I have finally found out that my installation is still up and going at Broomhill…..what a relief……i hope people were able to enjoy it!

Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to the big event on the 7th of October….but I really, really wish I could be there!

By the way if you are not in the Bay Area in California you might be in Birmingham and Solihull….well, then you could go and see this show which I am part of:

Adobe Systems

The Rea Garden is an outdoor artist’s project space in Digbeth, Birmingham. Previously the site of a burned down factory which, having been sealed off from the public for 15 years, it had transformed itself into an overgrown wilderness. From the autumn 2007 the site was re entered and developed by artist group Behind Closed Doors, alias; Arlene Burnett, Paul Newman and Leon Trimble for their project The Secret Garden. The site was subsequently renamed The Rea Garden, after the adjacent river Rea. It has since been hosting an artist in residence program which has seen varied and imaginative responses to the space.

This exhibition is part archive and visual history of the subtle and more pronounced changes the site over the past 3 years. It is also a document of the creative process and the art work, some of which has been re situated in the Solihull Gallery. The Rea Garden will continue as an artist led space and this exhibition tells the the story of its development so far. The artists who have been involved in the Rea Garden and feature in this exhibition are; Arlene Burnett, Paul Newman, Leon Trimble, Jamie Fowkes, The Family, (a.a.s in association with TROVE), Project Pigeon, Helen Grundy, Anne Guest, Hannah Hull, Claudia Borgna, Brigid Mc Leer and current Rea Garden resident artist Graham Dunning.

The Rea Garden Artist in Residence program and The Secret Garden have been supported by Arts Council England and National Lottery.

A Site of No Special Interest

A brief history so far of The Rea Garden artist project space

Private View: Thursday 9th September 6.00 – 7.30 pm

Open: Thursday 9th September – Saturday 9th October 2010

Solihull Arts Complex G1 Exhibition Space

Homer Road, Solihull. B91 3RG.

0121 704 8349. artsideas@solihull.gov.uk


Sarah Miah

Gallery Officer

Solihull Gallery

Solihull Arts Complex

Homer Road

Solihull B91 3RG

T: 0121 704 8138

E: samiah@solihull.gov.uk


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October 1-3, 2010
Zaccho Dance Theater

1777 Yosemite Avenue, Ste 330
San Francisco, CA

Friday October 1 8:00pm
Gala reception to follow

Saturday October 2 6:00pm

Saturday October 2 8:00pm
Post performance q&a with Nina Haft and Claudia Borgna

Sunday October 3 6:00pm

DEBRIS/FLOWS is an evening-length dance performance and craft installation about landscape, rubbish and our attempts to control nature. This new work by Nina Haft & Co. builds on Haft’s ten years of performances about place. DEBRIS/FLOWS draws inspiration from rocks, fungi, systems theory, road-kill, mudslides, oil spills, Little Red Riding Hood and other nature tales, to explore the wilderness inside us. This dance and performance installation transforms an open plan warehouse space into an inviting labyrinth of seed swapping and vegetable planting stations; refreshment tables prepared with foods from local community gardens; audio kiosks that evoke far flung landscape; an original sculpture installation made from recycled plastic bags; and other interactive elements. This new work builds on Haft’s ten years of performances about place, and takes place October 1-3, 2010 at Zaccho Dance Theatre in the Bayview Hunters’ Point district of San Francisco.

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nina haft & company

NINA HAFT & COMPANY creates performances that cultivate new experiences of space and place. Under Nina’s direction, this Bay Area-based ensemble has created nuanced works of cultural commentary and site-specific performance since 2000.

Artistic Director NINA HAFT’s work has been profiled in Dance Magazine and supported by the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Margaret Jenkins’ CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange), Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, the University of Wisconsin, Purdue University, CSU East Bay, the Clorox Company Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Theatre Bay Area, W.A. Gerbode Foundation, the City of Oakland, the City of Berkeley, the Alameda County Art Commission, the California Arts Council, and generous individuals.

NH&Co. is also known for the Dance in Unexpected Places Series, presenting performances in dockyards, circus tents, synagogues, parking lots, libraries, train stations, pubs, and the historic Mountain View Cemetery. NH&Co. has performed throughout California at venues such as West Wave Dance Festival, ODC, Dance Up Close/East Bay, SUSHI, the Electric Lodge and others. Her work has been presented nationally in Boston, Chicago, Madison, Minneapolis, New York City, Portland, Santa Cruz and San Diego. In celebration of ten years of dance and community, NH&Co. completed its first international tour in 2010, with performances and teaching engagements in Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

Nina is on faculty at CSU East Bay in the Dept. of Theatre and Dance, and at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, where NH&Co. is a company in residence.

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claudia borgna

Claudia was born in Hamburg, Germany, and raised in Italy. After graduating from Genoa University in foreign literature, she moved to London, where she has been living for the past 15 years. Claudia has attended several art courses, both practical and theoretical, which have allowed her to experiment with various disciplines, media and techniques, including ceramics, life drawing and painting, sculpture and printmaking. This led to her completion in 2005 of a second degree in Fine Art at the London Metropolitan University. Since then Claudia has been exhibiting in shows in London, around the UK, Berlin, Europe, Mexico and the USA and she has attended fellowship residencies in the USA, Canada and Europe.She is the recipient of both the Joan Mitchell and the Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner Grant and was awarded the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award as well as the Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship Award. She also was short-listed for the BBC2 documentary: “School of Saatchi” and was recently selected for the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2010.

Her work entails the investigation of what she calls the “evolution of landscape”, a process started and affected by modern life-styles and consumerism. Her installations are the materialization of an ongoing observation and questioning of how the “plastic” and the natural realms interact with one another and thereby come to create new ephemeral orders. She mainly works with recycled plastic bags, which always travel with her all over the world.

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Available online here!

d e b r i s / f l o w s
…a dance performance and craft installation
about landscape and the culture of nature…

c h o r e o g r a p h y
nina haft & company
s c e n o g r a p h y
claudia borgna
c o s t u m e s
sonsherée giles
s o u n d / m u s i c
matthew joseph payne

d a n c e r s
josie alvite
lisa bush
rebecca johnson
carol kueffer
edmer lazaro
mo miner
juliana monin
jill randall
frances sedayao
christy thomas

g u e s t a r t i s t s
grace alvarez
valerie gutwirth


Please help to support Nina Haft and Company for the next 10 years.

Ticket sales cover only a portion of the costs accrued putting on a performance. In an effort to keep ticket prices low and maintain a high quality of dance performance, Nina Haft and Company relies on contributions from individuals.

Individual gifts account for a large portion of the annual budget.


For more information about the various levels of giving. Contact Nina Haft and Company via e-mail atnohaft@gmail.com

debris/flows was made possible with partial support from the djerassi resident artist program and the zellerbach family foundation

photos: claudia borgna and elazar harel

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So now I am in Oakland, CA, working on a collaboration with Nina Haft Dance Company. I am installing three of my installations for the scenography of the dance performance that will open this coming Friday Night at the Zaccho Dance Theatre in San Francisco…..oh my I have got to rush off…my bags are calling for me again……

It has been a very long time again! I know! I have been busy with my video editing first, and then travelling to Canada for my residency at the Terra Nova National Park in Newfoundland! What an amazing experience, one of the best in my life that allowed me to reconnect with nature and with my self. I was surrounded by magical uncontaminated nature with moose sleeping at my doorstep and bears wandering closed by. Newfoundland has its unique culture and the most wonderful people, a real unique and special place!

Again, I am in a mad, mad frenzy trying to catch up with the next show and cannot indulge in details about my fabulous experience in Newfoundland…..