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with the Bach Society of Dayton

Laurana Wong - PLAY

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Laurana Wong - Pecha Kucha Hack You - She is led, arms outstretched and blindfolded, through a sea of audience

Hack You

How to use performance art to shift consciousness, to increase awareness, and to explore life. How to use performance art as a medium to transform self. At PechaKucha Dayton.

Laurana Wong - The Abundant Bohemian - Two men, a car, a house, and a pile of money await her at the end of four strings.  She pulls one in, and it closes the cage

The Abundant Bohemian

Joseph Downing inspires and encourages his readers to live passionate lives. Joe's journey is much like my own, and he thought my story would interest his readers. We met in 2015 for an interview. When I read the blog post he created from our talk, I felt exposed in the most gentle of ways. I felt understood.

Laurana Wong - The Surrealist Ball - She stands before a background embrace, in a state of pure love; showing them her portal to the divine

The Surrealist Ball

In 2015, Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center hosted the first of a series of adventurous fundraisers called The Surrealist Ball. It was a re-creation of the famous Rothschild Surrealist Ball from 1972. Performance art was a huge part of the original Surrealist Ball, and it was a huge part of our incarnation as well. For it, I played a portal to the divine; a galaxy of welcome to connect patrons to other worlds through the interactive sharing of my most feminine presence.

Laurana Wong - Artists: Laurana Wong - She stands in a half-dance, fingers splayed, feeling out the wall of her stark white studio; a heart floats near the window, out of reach

Artists: Laurana Wong

Photographer Alex Grodkiewicz was starting a photoblog about Dayton artists and asked if I'd like to meet with him for an interview. I did, and it was a joy. The photo blog from our interview is on Alex's website, A.G. Photography.

Laurana Wong - Spirits Never Die - He cowers as death looms above him, her fingers outstretched

Spirits Never Die

A musical play that combines song, narrative, visuals, and poetry to tell how spiritual connections transcend death.

with Adam Elfers and Moriah Haven

Laurana Wong - Dia De Los Muertos - She moves forward, wings curving behind her, skeleton floating nearby.  She is the Raven: Harbinger of death and destruction; Harbinger of change.

Dia de los Muertos

Every year, Missing Peace Art Space hosts Dia de los Muertos, a huge parade and celebration to remember the deaths and lives of loved ones. For their festival in 2014, I played the Raven: harbinger of death and destruction, harbinger of change.

Laurana Wong - Masquerage - Her rock star hand is up, topping the cake of a glittered soul, and dancing her way into the hearts and minds of the party

Masquerage

Every year, Equitas Health hosts Masquerage, a gala to raise funds for people affected by HIV/AIDS. So far, they've raised over $1,250,000 for their cause. In 2014, I volunteered to be a hot body for their event and danced the dance of rocking the star. All the "Dirty Little Secrets" came out to play.

photo by Scott Robbins

Laurana Wong - Home - Her form shifts and changes in dynamic stillness.

Home

Laurana Wong - Performerance - The cards show 8 years past: The Lovers, The World, and The Star, in performance art.

Performerance

Laurana Wong - Habibi Dah (Nari Narain) - She arches slightly, arms raised at shoulder level, the undulations of her dance showing the curve in her side

Habibi Dah (Nari Narain)

Laurana Wong - Line Crosser - The rainbow string crisscrosses and meanders, winding around legs, around torsos, around hearts.

Line Crosser

Laurana Wong - Party Arty - She stands in the row of brightly colored gowns, dancing a slow motion dance for music education.

Party Arty

with the Dayton Ballet Barre

Laurana Wong - Interview for Women and Dance in Dayton - She gesticulates, arms outstretched and fingers mirroring the intensity of her face

Women and Dance in Dayton

Laurana Wong - Decked Out! - The sparkling beastie crouches at her standing feet, beaming an upward smile

Decked Out!

Laurana Wong - Street Dance Party - She raises her hip, bending forward slightly in the dance, a speaker at her heart and her head in blossoms

Street Dance Party

It was time, once again, to bring dance outdoors and into public space! This kind of dancing was documented by Christine Gaffney in our 2010 video collaboration, Street Dance. For Street Dance Party, I invited people to be part of the dance. We paraded the sidewalk, feet astride, weaving our dances side by side.

photo by Bill Franz

Laurana Wong - Valentines Fundraiser with SMAG - The woman points a gentle finger skyward, her white gown burning yellow, orange, and red

Valentines Fundraiser with SMAG

This slow motion dance supported SMAG Dance Collective, a contemporary fusion dance company in downtown Dayton. I donated gift certificates to their silent auction and offered a Living Dance Sculpture to their patrons. I was the heart-winged Phoenix, rising white from the flames of her Burning Wedding.

Laurana Wong - Unraveling Dance with Every Tribe - The musicians inspire every move; Her head arches, and the gallery glows

Unraveling Dance with Every Tribe

Laurana Wong - I Only Have Eyes For You - She reaches her arms skyward and eastward in the white room wearing Marylin Monroe red

I Only Have Eyes For You

Laurana Wong - Toxic - She cranes forward to lick the desire from her fingertips, her skin pallid with fear and her eyes black with disease

Toxic

Laurana Wong - Burning the Wedding - The hem of the white wedding dress burns ruby, flames rising upward into cherry red, orange, and candle-flicker yellow

Burning the Wedding

Laurana Wong - Ending Homelessness With Homefull - Her arms stretch up and out of the flower of colored newsprint, her gown's train tumbling down the grand stair

Ending Homelessness with Homefull

Laurana Wong - Raising Meals with the Last Waltz - She wears a crown of upstretched fingers, her bare back glowing silver in the spotlight

Raising Meals
with the Last Waltz