Devotion (2021) commissioned and performed by Axelrod Contemporary Ballet at Bell Works, NJ. Original score by Chris Becker played live by the Axelrod Chamber Musicians.
This dance was the first group piece that I made live during the pandemic.
It was also the first public performance by these beautiful dancers in over a year and a half. Inspired by the resiliency of the performing arts community, “Devotion” is just that – dance as a devotional practice.
Movement Migration is a collective of seasoned dance artists collaborating to create and perform dynamic and poignant dance works that portray the depths of the human experience; the dances are shared with audiences locally and globally in performance and educational venues. It is a joy to be in the company of these people. It is just the beginning.
This summer I was awarded a commission by MM’s Aritstic Director, Kim Jones. The new work for five dancers titled, Lullaby: the stories we tell was set to the music of American composer Mark Lewis with costumes by Wendy Yang. The dance premeired at Italy’s DAP festival to audience acclaim. The experience of working with this collaborative collective was joyful and generative. Thank you for your support and inspiration Movement Migration!!
This summer, June 13th-July 21st, 2018 I will join the distinguished and exciting faculty for the American Dance Festival(ADF) where dancers from across the U.S. and across the world come to study Modern concert dance. The courses I will offer are Modern dance technique (Graham-based of course) and Variations (A repertory study and interdisciplinary compositional exploration of modern dance themes and contemporary practices. Dancers will be required to learn phrase work from three modern dances and subsequently compose/create original responses to these based on their own interdisciplinary practices and styles. A variety of artistic practices are welcome).
Here is a video of my work as a performer and maker that will, I hope, inspire dancers to come to the festival to study with me and with the community at ADF.
In January, I was thrilled to participate in the 2018 Women in Dance Leadership Conference directed by Sandra Parks in collaboration with the Tisch School at NYU. I came away with vital ideas and a sense of expanding community support. It was a joy ! I performed my work “at the speed of time” and also the deeply moving “Speak Memory” by Jacqueline Buglisi. Dancing in the company of such thoughtful, developed and deeply committed artists was a experience and a teaching that will stay with me as I continue to create – dance, community, opportunity, work and beauty, everywhere I possibly can. I also reconnected with the extraordinary dance documentarian, Paula Lobo. She captured the images you see here.
Speaking as embodied/somatic researcher in collaboration with Associate Professor Kim Jones from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as literal/ephemeral researcher and choreographer – we presented the process and methodology for our research and embodiment of the contemporary re-imagining of Martha Graham’s lost dance, Imperial Gesture (1935) to The Arts in Society Conference, 2017 in Paris, France.
Our presentation titled Gestural Lineage: Evoking feeling through practiced, intentional gestures for dance reconstruction, resonated strongly with the conference’s themes including art theory and history, authenticity and voice, the ethics of art and art practice arts products, aura and artifact, mimesis, sense-making, authenticity, authority, and semiotics. I especially enjoyed that we presented research that was both practice and research focused.
I offer special thanks to my research and creative partner Kim Jones as well as Orsolina 28 for an inspired artistic residency.
Hereis a link to Rafael Molina’s blog covering our presentation.