P A S T W O R K
SHOULD BE SEEN AND NOT
"Should be seen and not" is a work that takes as precedent that dance and movement are nonverbal forms of communication. It is an experiment, a work in progress co-choreographed with Megan Mizanty in which rehearsals take place in complete silence.
"Waterbody" is a trio featuring luscious ripples and vibrant splashes of movement sourced from somatic inquiry into our bio-morphic ancestry. Soft but strong, the dancers deftly execute undulatory movements which activate our sol-fel fluids and catalyze our capacity to transform from viscosity to a seemingly solid structure as they evolve through the piece. As humans on Earth, we are an "extension of the primordial ocean, in perpetual rapprot with all fluid systems" (Conrad 2007: 290) of both the earth and our common man.
Excerpts: Spring/Summer 2014
Full-length: Oct 2015
NO NO NO and YEAH YEAH YEAH!
Contact improvisation duet co-choreographed and performed with Meredith Steinberg for Point of Departure's Mixed Drinks Showcase, September 2012.
A lighthearted trio exploring a playful sense of re-connection. This work focuses on how we stay connected, what that connection brings us, and especially how our shared histories (and/or youth) can open up space for us to be joyous, happy, and uplifted in each other’s presence. Presented at Conwell Theatre, December 2011.
Investigating the effect of observation causing change, as reflected in scientific studies from quantum physics and social psychology, as well as our own private and public personas. These explorations ultimately question the role of the audience as viewer in concert dance. Presented at Conwell Theatre and the Dance Across the Board 2012 Conference.
[I CLOSED THE BOOK AND I CHANGED MY LIFE]
A deep investigation of instances of change within dancers’ lives and relationships is layered with interactions with books. The result is a collage of embodied stories, promoting physicalized experiences in intellectual spaces. This work was presented in a staged performance, a documentary film, and a site-specific performance in a library in May 2012.
A trio centered on distance and attempts toward maintaining connection while growing apart. Imagery evokes both successful relationship maintenance and the inevitable loss through metaphors of crows, present in movement imagery and the soundscore for the work. Presented at the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Select Other Previous Works:
Pillars (2009), PlayGrounding (2009), ins & outs (2006), Vixen Cell Block Tango (2006), Ant Autopilot (2005), Windmills (2003), Joyeux (2002), Dueling Divas (2001), Bluebird (2000)
THE MELTING POINT OF FEATHERS
A work for 6 dancers developed through somatic explorations of the shoulder blades and backspace, which follows the Greek myth of Icarus and Deadalus. Presented at Conwell Theatre, October 2010.
CATASTROPHE THEORY SERIES
A series of three solos and one duet that is presented in dialogue with both the mathematical concept of Catastrophe Theory, as well as the series of paintings and poems (Catastrophe Theory IV, III, and II) created by Sigmar Polke and penned by renowned poet Mary Jo Bang, respectively. Presented at The 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Fresh Juice, INHale Performance Series, and Wilmington (DE) Fringe Festival. July 2010.
A collaborative work with Megan Mizanty, Appaloosa is a humorous trio evoking the movement of horses. Presented at the December 2010 ETC Performance Series in Philadelphia, PA.
"Real-time bodies" was a duet which grew from somatic explorations investigating embodied memories of familial and friendly relationships, and questions the role of the audience, inviting them to participate as witnesses to physicalized, honest reactions to distance and change in our histories.
"Corporecord" explored embodied memories at the intersection between Somatic investigation and concert dance. We probed our bodies' catalogues of our biographies onstage, inviting audiences to eschew aestheticizing the performers, and rather to bear witness to the performers exposing their vulnerabilities and re-embodiment of their own lived memories on the stage.
"Segment," a work co-choreographed and performed with Darcy Lyons (QuirkWorks Dance), examined how the places we inhabit affect our corporeality, and how--as modern citizens--the compartmentalization of various facets of our urban lives is physicalized. Presented at HATCH Series by Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre (Philadelphia), and Studio A.I.R. Series (Brooklyn)
The film version of "Corporecord", from many perspecives as re-imagined and re-mixed by filmographer Henken Bean. Fall 2013.