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Teaching Beginning Technique and Repertory, Martha Graham School, NYC
Marthagany 2.0 Work-In-Progress Showing, Iowa City
Guest Teacher, The University of Iowa Youth Ballet
Dance Studies Association Conference, University of Ohio, Columbus, OH
Guest Choreographer, Maidenhead, Harvard Ballet Company, Cambridge, MA
Kween Kong at Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, Ruth Page Center, Chicago, IL
Marthagany at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Boston MA
Teaching Beginning Technique at the Martha Graham School, NYC
Delighted to be invited to teach at the FORGE Summer Dance Intensive by Lindsay Fisher Viatori. Held at Slippery Rock University, I introduced undergraduate and pre-college dancers to the Graham technique, restaged selections from CATS, and collaborated on a new group piece, Tracing 1.0.
Read an article about my involvement here: http://www.sru.edu/news/072517b-x28724
Technique Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWV_aGn_Drw&feature=youtu.be
CATS restaging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR3qkxKWNrc&feature=youtu.be
The Secret Garden at New London Barn Playhouse runs June 28-July 9
FORGE Summer Dance Intensive Slippery Rock University July 9-July 21
Martha Graham School July 31-August 4
Boston Contemporary Dance Festival August 12
Kween Kong has been selected for presentation at the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, taking place at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts on the weekend of September 15-16, 2017. More details here: http://www.hccdf.com
Marthagany: The Spectre-Acle performed to packed audience at City Center Studios on July 17th as part of the In Remembrance: Dancing for Orlando benefit concert in New York City.
Part Liza, part Merman, part Martha, with a dash of hyperbolic stylization yields BATTLE AXE. This new work continues the Reel to Realness series I've been investigating.
Marthagany: The Spectre-Acle garnered a standing ovation at the ACDA informal concert on Friday, March 31st, to my delight. I love continuing to perform this work and learning more about what I made and how viewers experience it.
I also taught a class on Graham's fall on 10 counts, in which I incorporated Ellen Graff's When your Heart Falls: The Drama of Descent in the Martha Graham's technique and theater. A packed class quickly learned the sitting fall, standing fall, and a short phrase from 1936's "Celebration" incorporating elements of this particular fall. The students in the class were so phenomenal, committing fully to big dancing and taking risks. I left inspired and renewed.
I served as a teaching artist for four days of ensemble-based learning around the theme of civil rights for High School students from Atlanta International Schoo (GA)l, Santa Margarita High School (CA), Hillel Academy (Jamaica), and WAM theater (MA). A visit to the stunning civil rights museum helped us hold current events against history, and allowed for profound and moving reflection. I worked with my ensemble on simple mirror and unison techniques, which we developed into more complex variations. I see the value of this work as creating physical learning opportunities for leading and following within the group, as well as maintaining one's agency. We devised two short studies, built from material we created in response to our museum visit. I learned so much from working with my ensemble and the wonderful teachers and guest artists ISTA brings together. The beautiful work generated by the students gives me hope for the future of this planet.
Marthagany: The Spectre-Acle was selected to open the Festival evening on Saturday, March 11.Read More
Regisseur for Martha Graham's Helios: Ritual to the Sun at the University of Iowa. Invited to join the University Parterns Showcase at the Joyce Theater on February 18, 2017.
Mommie Queerest Creative Research on the Aesthetics of Camp
Re-staging Martha Graham's Ritual to the Sun for the University of Iowa Dance Gala 2017
Duet/Phasing with Lauren Newman and XiaoChuan Xie at Socrates Sculpture Garden
Brigadoon at New London Barn Playhouse (Best Choreography Nomination: New Hampshire Theater Awards)
International Beauty Secrets with Waedao Sirisook
Marthagany: The Spectre-Acle
Pret A Acheter
Serving as Regisseur for the Martha Graham Center, I worked with University of Iowa undergraduate and graduate dance students on Helios: Ritual to the Sun from Martha Graham's Acts of Light. This process involved training the dancers in the Graham technique, contextualizing the work within the broader scope of the Graham canon and American modern dance, as well as coaching the dancers on the unique demands required to perform this work. It was an honor to serve both the Graham Center and the University of Iowa and to bring this dance back to life in new bodies!
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