Queerantine on the Couch
by Sofia Engelman and Em Papineau Dance
Northampton, MA USA
March 19, 2020
Sofia Engelman and Em Papineau are dance artists based in Massachusetts. Their first collaborative work, Where the air is light and clear, was presented at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Since then, they have held choreographic residencies at The Living Room, Ponderosa (Germany), the Dance Complex, and School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. In addition to presenting their work at these spaces, the pair have performed at festivals including FRESH Festival, EstroGenius Festival, AS220's Providence Movement Festival, and Dancing Queerly Boston; music/DIY venues such as 10 Forward and Flywheel; and other spaces they love dearly such as Judson Church, Green Street Studios, and Smith College.
proof that I live/d
by rick h m
Boulder, CO USA
rick h m (they/them) is an anti-disciplinary artist based in Boulder, CO. They are a current MFA (Choreography) candidate at University of Colorado Boulder, and a Graduate Part-Time Instructor in the Theatre & Dance Department. rick received their BA (Dance & Sociology) from Wesleyan University, concentrating in performance studies and choreography as a means of ascribing a creative process rooted in imagining queer utopia(s). Their scholarly research on queer utopia has further led to community building via various artistic/life pursuits, including their performing under the stage name, umami goddess™. rick's current research interests include emerging technologies (AI/machine-learning), absurdism/comedy, decolonizing studies, Asian-diasporic studies, queer theory, and how dance might constantly be reimagined towards hybrid art practices representative of hybrid lived experiences. rick has worked with and studied beneath noted dance makers/scholars including Michelle Ellsworth, Rennie Harris, Darrell Jones, Katja Kolcio, Bebe Miller, Erika Randall, and Nicole Stanton. Through written and embodied forms of creative research, rick calls for a dismantling of the systems that enforce control over our abilities to liberate our social bodies.
Dance in a Wing Chair - a quarantine dance (inspired by Remy Charlip's Air Mail Dance of the same name)
by Hannah Westbrook
Oakland, CA USA
March 26, 2020
Hannah Westbrook is a dance artist based in Oakland, CA. She is a company dancer with Tim Rubel Human Shakes and the co-artistic director of The Phenomenal Anomalies, a dance-theater duo dedicated to creating quirky, vulnerable, and joyous dance, inside and outside traditional spaces. Beyond her performance work, Hannah teaches young dancers at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and Berkeley Playhouse, and was commissioned in 2018 to choreograph new work on SADC’s YouthCo. Hannah is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she was honored with the Departmental Citation for outstanding undergraduate accomplishment in Theater, Dance & Performance Studies and the Rosalind Schneider Eisner Prize for excellence in Dance. While at UC Berkeley, she performed in the ensemble of Anna Halprin’s Parades and Changes at the Berkeley Art Museum. Hannah has danced in works by Stephan Koplowitz / AXIS Dance Company, Rebecca Morris, Catherine Liu, Michael D. Lee, Sue Roginski, Julie Freeman, and was invited to participate in the first ever AXIS Choreo-Lab.
by Elliot Reza Emadian
Urbana, IL USA
Elliot Reza Emadian is a gender-nonconforming interdisciplinary artist, teacher, and scholar currently living in Urbana, IL. Their work occurs in the intersection of dance and choreography, video art and editing, sound and music, light and photography, and popular culture.
Denver, CO USA
March 25, 2020
Cipriano is a Denver based performing artist that focuses mainly on music and theater and finding ways to combine them both.
COVID workout for those you just can't / won't
by Michelle Ashley Fletcher
Brooklyn, NY USA
March 18, 2020
Michelle Fletcher is a director, choreographer and dance filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Fletcher earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts, from North Carolina School of the Arts and her Master of Fine Arts, from Florida State University. Making evening length work since 2008, her pieces have been presented at ODC Theater, CounterPulse, Triskelion and CPR. Fletcher's choreography transcends any particular dance aesthetic, noted by the SF Chronicle as “dreamlike and enchanting...surprising and specific”. Fletcher served as a Fulbright Scholar at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, teaching contemporary technique and dance technology. She currently teaches composition for The Arts in NYC program. Fletcher has received notable awards including The Zellerbach Family Foundation and a CHIME grant via Margaret Jenkins’ Dance Lab. Fletcher’s Selected Dance For Camera Films include Dan’s House, which headlined film festivals including Dance for Camera Festival at Lincoln Center and San Francisco. Recent residencies include Cucalourus in Wilmington, NC and Mudhouse in Crete.
by Hank Bamberger
March 29, 2020
Hank Bamberger is originally from Richmond, VA, where he began making dances at the age of eight. He received his BFA with a concentration in Modern dance from Marymount Manhattan College and upon graduation, danced with the Paul Taylor II Dance Company for five years. After, he went on to own, operate, and teach at the West End Academy of Dance in Richmond, VA. Bamberger has found outlets and opportunities for choreographing throughout his adolescence and into adulthood; working rigorously to produce profound and meaningful work for festivals, schools, and pure enjoyment. For the past nine years, he has been a recurring guest choreographer and faculty member at the Appomattox Regional Governor School in Petersburg, VA. Additionally, Bamberger has done environmental work through his choreography for the United Nations' Peace Boat and for Design Pavilion, NYC, in Times Square. He was selected as an Emerging Choreographer for Jamaica Center of Arts and Learning’s (JCAL) Making Moves Dance Festival in Jamaica Queens, New York, for the ‘Out of Doors’ production. In addition to making dance, Bamberger is a painter, visual, and mixed media artist who creates his own elaborate sets and props. Knowledgeable in the creation of soundscapes and music mixing, he aims to create striking and haunting worlds on stage; displaying his artistic freedoms and proficiencies in a multiplicity of ways. Now, with more than seventeen years of experience in the performing arts industry, he is the Artistic Director of his own experimental dance company, Bamberger Dance Projects. As a conceptual artist, he brings his training from various forms of art, dance, theatre, musical theatre, film, and improvisation into conversation with his work. His dances vary across the board, where creations run the gamut of Modern to Postmodern, Contemporary to Experimental, and Classical to Avant-garde. John Jasperse has referred to his work as increasingly citing and sourcing from “desire, rage, desperation, objectification, fear and a panoply of other intense emotions.” Hank is currently an MFA of Dance and Choreography candidate at Sarah Lawrence College and will graduate in May 2020.
by Saskia Globig Vanessa Rosensweet
Philadelphia PA and New Jersey USA
Hand at the Museum
by stb x at
Philadelphia, PA USA
March 29, 2020
Sean Thomas Boyt and Dr. Andy Thierauf (stb x at) have been cross-disciplinary collaborators for the past seven years, using dance and percussion as mediums for engaging performance art. Incorporating electronics, improvisation, text, and physical theater, the “dance/perc” duo is constantly experimenting and producing material while refining their practices individually.
by Madison Palffy
March 31, 2020
Madison Palffy is a dancer, performance-maker, improviser, and visual artist currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at CU Boulder. Her current research looks at the intersection of queer futurity, black radical thought, and science fiction as a way to think about new models of collectivity and survival. She is endlessly fascinated with the slipperiness of bodies and this thing called being alive. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College where she studied dance, performance, and queer theory. Her work has been shown at Studio 303 (Montreal), The Iron Factory (Philadelphia), Ponderosa (Germany), The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (Northampton, MA), GreenSpace (NYC), Rhinoceropolis (Denver), Mascher Space Co-op (Philadelphia) and throughout New England. Madison is a founding member of LOCULUS,.
by Teresa Fellion
New York, NY USA/Dubai UAE
March 30, 2020
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance has shown work at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow, The Public Theater, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, University of Florida, ENTPE University (Lyon, France), NYU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Bryant Park Summer Stage, BDF Edinburgh at EICC, Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at Gibney Dance Center, NY City Center, Dixon Place, UME, ICA Boston, 92nd St. Y, Naropa University, Franco-American Cultural Center, CPR-Center for Performance Research, 14th St. Y, Merce Cunningham Theatre, The Dance Complex, Southampton Arts Center, Triskelion Arts, and in concerts with Phish. BodyStories has put on free and ticketed public concerts throughout the United States and abroad, and held several workshops with integrated participant performances, such as the Patrick Dempsey Cancer Center, where participants contributed text/movement created in collaboration with BodyStories.
Collaborations on original music under the direction of our Musical Director, John Yannelli, are vitally integrated into our productions. Music collaborators include Yannelli, Trey Anastasio, Phish, Ryan Lott, Ryan Edwards, Kevin Keller, and Carver Audain. We have also enjoyed in-depth collaborations with costume designers Nina Katan, Ljupka Arsovska, and Elena Comendador, set designer, Robert Gould, and video artists Nel Shelby, Jacob Hiss, and Charles Dennis.
Teresa Fellion founded BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance in late 2011, after working as an independent choreographer since 2004. Fellion’s work has been positively reviewed by The New York Times, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Scotsman, Oberon’s Grove, NYTheatre.com, The Skinny Magazine, World Dance Reviews, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, Edinburgh Spotlight, Southampton Press, Stage Buddy, East Hampton Press, The Sun Journal, Broadway Baby, and Earth Press, among others. She has received the Choreographic Fellowship from SummerStages Dance Festival and ICA Boston and the American Dance Guild Fellowship for Jacob’s Pillow’s Choreographers’ Lab. Teresa has received grants for her work from The National Endowment for the Arts Window Award, O’Donnell Green Foundation for Music and Dance, LMCC, Peg Santvoord Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grant, New York Community Trust, and space grants from ITE-Inception to Exhibition, MANA Arts/Armitage Gone! Dance, Mount Tremper Arts, Field FAR Space, and at Triskelion Arts and Mark Morris Dance Center through the Mellon Foundation.
Teresa’s choreography has been commissioned by NYC Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets, chashama at Anita’s Way 4 Times Square, Island Moving Company, and The Hudson River Museum via the Jordan Matter Dancers Among Us exhibit. Her full-length choreography for Book of Saints, commissioned by Marigny Opera Contemporary Ballet won the Best of New Orleans 2018 Gambit Award for Best Dance Presentation (Full Length) for this original work. Teresa has led workshops and master classes, and been commissioned to set work at University of Florida, Gainesville,NYU, Pace University, Castleton State College, University of Maine, Farmington, Jacob’s Pillow, Wilson College, and at several NYC and national performing arts schools. She has taught regularly at The Ailey School, Sarah Lawrence College, and she is a faculty member and director of the Summer Dance Program at The Ross School. Teresa has worked in social justice and activism since 1990’s, involved with community groups, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and protests. Since 2005, Fellion has employed dance, live music, and theater with social justice at scores of NYC schools, organizations and professional performances as director of InterCATaction/Children’s Adaptive Theater and BodyStories: TFD, as Teaching Artist for DreamYard, Marquis, Women’s Project, CWP.
Teresa was named Artistic Liaison between Cameroon & U.S. by president Paul Biya, while performing with National Ballet du Cameroun and at the National Soccer Cup Finals. She has performed for Lucinda Childs, Sarah Skaggs, Kimberly Young, M’Bewe Escobar, Skip Costa, and Martha Bowers, and she has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Deganit Shemy, Liz Lerman, and Megan Boyd, among others. Teresa completed a Dance MFA from Sarah Lawrence under Bessie Schonberg Scholarship, Certificate from the Ailey School under scholarship, and BA in French & English Literature, with a minor in dance from NYU as a merit scholar.
Facebook: @BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance
15 Days of Quarantine
by Jenny Efremova
April 1, 2020
Jenny Efremova is from Siberia, Russia, she has lived in Europe, Africa, Caribbean and North America for the past twenty years. Jenny has graduated from Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica, completing her studies at University of Ghana. She has studied and researched the various traditional dances in Brazil, Jamaica, Cuba, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. Expressions Dance Company has been selected to perform at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Bronx River Sounds Festival, Silk City Summer Arts Festival, Broadway Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, 60×60 at the Dance Parade and Brookfield Place, PMT, Annual Suite Summer Arts Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, DanceBarn Festival in Minnesota, CollabFest and NBNA at Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Spark Dance Forum at Artist Fund Arts Center, Hudson Valley Dance Festival, Im’migration at Actors Fund Arts Center and Awakenings&Beginnings Dance Festival 2014 in L.A.
by Ashley Dorner + Kendall Loyer
Silverdale WA/Middle-of-Nowhere OH, USA
Kendall Loyer is a PhD student in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is also a dancer, dancemaker, dramaturg, educator, photographer, and creative writer. Her doctoral research focuses on queer dance performance, embodied storytelling, day-to-day labor practices and the radical history of protest within the region of Appalachia. Ashley is a two-time graduate from Ashland University in Business Administration. As an undergraduate, she participated in varsity basketball and helped the team win the National Championship in 2013. While a student, she was also involved with Christian Ministry, community service, and loved helping to coach the special needs basketball team with students from the Dale Roy School in Ashland. Aside from working out and chasing sunsets, Ashley loves to make people smile.
Cent Divine Eon
by Paul LaBrecque
Great Falls MA, USA
April 8, 2020
Paul LaBrecque is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in western Massachusetts. Solo musical works first appeared in 2005 as Head of Wantastiquet on the Open Mouth label with subsequent works on Ecstatic Peace and Conspiracy Records. Self-taught, with a focus on spontaneous composition and collaborative performance, fortuitous synchronicities have led to their working around the world with a diverse, wide-ranging group of artists over the past 20 years, and exhibitions of sculptures and paintings at Grimm Museum in Berlin, Etablissement d’en face and Cinema Nova in Brussels, and FOEG in Copenhagen.
The Promise of Trees
by Leah Zeiger
Los Angeles CA, USA
March 31, 2020
Leah Zeiger is a dancer and choreographer based in LA. Her work centers on her lived experience of surviving an abusive relationship as a teenager, and often involves embodied research with other survivors. Leah is also the founder of The Sunflower Project, an organization that uses dance, film, and other forms of art to educate young people on abusive relationships and help heal survivors.
by DanielRose Projects
New York NY, USA
This work is an abstract commentary on exercise culture in metropolitan areas. Due to COVID-19 we shifted our joint practice to FaceTime. This is the product of current circumstances, and still based on the humor and connection that comes with exercising in group formats.
Dancers - Ross Daniel & Sarah Rose
Music - Composed and Performed by Ross Daniel & Sarah Rose
Venue of Planned Event - Artist in Residence at Primary Penn Station (30th and 8th Ave) Set to performer in June 2020.