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Performances by Nee Dance/Theatre

Holding One’s Own: Stories about Living with Breast Cancer

 

Holding One’s Own is a performance based on the collected stories of women living with breast cancer. Using text, dance, movement, acting and music, the performers trace the challenges faced by these women from diagnosis, treatment, and becoming a survivor. Interpersonal relationships convey the gratitude, strength, and resiliency of women facing cancer’s challenges.

 

Conceived and directed by Née Danse/Theatre’s Artistic Director Della Cowall, the cast includes Philadelphia performers Alyssa Batsakis, Mia Donata Ricchio, Maranatha Purring, and Kacey Elfstrom (CT). 

 

We are keeping our sense of humor. Josh was impressed with my restraint as I have yet to ask about a medical marijuana card. I need to wait until I’m one-on-one with the medical oncologist, let the conversation go a bit, shed a tear or two so it’s not too obvious before I get to the important stuff. Cancer is as good of an excuse as I’m getting for lots of things! Call into work? Ummmm, cancer. I need a chocolate shake, dammit. The lady with cancer wants one that’s why. Why get a tattoo? Cancer. Gotta find the silver lining, folks.

 

—Breast Cancer Survivor

 

 

Performances

 

Sunday, November 17, 2019    8:00 pm

 

Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center

Dina Merrill Theatre

305 Great Neck Road

Waterford, CT 06385

 

and: 

Saturday, November 16, 2019    5:00 pm

 

Dragon’s Egg Studio

401 Shewville Road

Ledyard, CT  06339

 

Creative Residency

November 10 – 17, 2019

Dragon’s Egg Studio, Ledyard, CT

 

These performances are open to the general public and free admission.

 

Della M. Cowall, Artistic Director

Née Danse/Theatre

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit  dance theatre organization

 

www.needanse.com

needansetheatre@gmail.com

717.795.6248

Nee Danse/Theatre in Residence

 

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Nicole Vaughan-Diaz and Company

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NVD + Company
The Order

While in residency at the Dragons Egg, Nicole Vaughan-Diaz [choreographer], will begin sketching the first draft of her first evening-length work, The Order, to be premiered in New York City, 2020. This exciting endeavor will include collaborator Ryan Rouland-Smith [dancer], as Vaughan-Diaz begins to visualize and understand the piece as a whole for the very first time.

Set in a tunnel-like close proximity to its audience, The Order, will explore what our interpersonal relationships might look like during the aftermath of loss, and in the midst of immense grief. How might two people lean on, lean away, or use one another in a time of extreme mourning? What begins to manifest within ourselves and our communities in the absence of a loved one? How we grapple with our wounds varies from person to person. Yet, Vaughan-Diaz is interested in finding the commonalities that exist amongst humankind; recognizing this part of life is an inevitable for all, and therein connects us deeply.

 

Nicolediaz1NICOLE VAUGHAN-DIAZ is a New York City based dancer and choreographer, and a current member of internationally-touring dance company, Kate Weare Company (2013-current), performing originating roles as part of the companies Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Joyce Theatre seasons, among many others; being quoted as “…the striking Nicole Diaz” [New York Times], “…a sure-footed Vaughan-Diaz… moved as though a statue come to life, with sustained grace.” [FJordReview], “…especially impressive was Vaughan-Diaz – small but strong, fast but specific, intense yet untamed. I couldn’t take my eyes off her.” [Sarasota Herald Tribune].

Additionally, she has performed works by Sasha Waltz, Luke Murphy, and ODC Theater of San Francisco.

Originally from Miami, Florida [USA],  Vaughan-Diaz began performing at venues, including, Art Basel, Miami Dance Festival, and Colony Theatre. In 2013, Vaughan-Diaz graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida, receiving a BFA in dance performance, where she was awarded the BRAVO and Hope Rietschlin scholarship awards for superior artistry and performance. There, she performed works by Doug Varone, Rosie Herrera, Michael Foley, Colleen Thomas, Andee Scott, and John Parks.

Vaughan-Diaz is now devoting time to explore her emergence as a choreographer in New York City, with a specific interest in the human psyche, post-trauma. Her work has premiered at venues including, Judson Memorial Church, The Public Theater, and Arts on Site. In 2019, Vaughan-Diaz was awarded the Challenge Winner Award of the 24th Annual DanceNOW Festival at The Public Theater.

Dance Showing! Hadar and Shira on 10/23

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October 23rd, Wednesday, at 5 pm, at the Dragon’s Egg, 401 Shewville Rd, Ledyard.

There will be a showing of work in progress by the upcoming Egg residents, Hadar Ahuvia and Shira Eviatar.

The performance will last about an hour, and will be in the nude, so may not be suitable for all. 

I hope to see you!
namaste, marya

Hadar and shira

HADAR AHUVIA & SHIRA EVIATAR
POSSESSING

Possessing brings together artists Hadar Ahuvia and Shira Eviatar to collaboratively question their shared, inherited trauma of the Israeli nation-state, asking “How do we move together?” Ahuvia, unpacking Ashkenazi heritage in institutionalized Zionist folk dance, and Eviatar, recentralizing Arab/Mizrahi aesthetics in contemporary performance, incite dialogue around appropriation, legacy, and settler-colonialism. After conducting research separately, they come together to deepen their questions and application of their respective forms.
Their search unfolds in movements that recall ancestors’ and institutionalized celebration and mourning rituals—extending far past their respective bodies and histories. They invite community engagement as part of this first iteration of performance research.
 
This performance contains nudity.
 
 
This work is commissioned by Gibney Dance and supported by the 92Y Harkness Space Grant in Lenapehoking/New York, residencies at Studio Qatamon in Jerusalem/Al Quds, Yasmeen Godder Studio in Yaffa, a Rosh Pinah Residency in what was Al-Ja’una, and at Seminar Hakibutzim in Ramat Aviv/Sheikh Munis

Kickstarter!

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Thank you so much for your support of the KickStarter project for the

Dragon’s Egg Presents concert on December 7th, at 1:30 pm,

at  University Settlement, on Eldridge Street, NYC.

Wow!

I am hugely grateful to all of you!

I hope to see you here, there, some place in time. 

I send love, in gratitude,

marya

 

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 web photo by lindy fines

 

The Cloths of Heaven

W. B. Yeats

 

Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and the half-light;

I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

I have spread my dreams under your feet;

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. 

 

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(barbara/shakti macleod in Joy)   

 

The list of donors is (62)

 

Bill Hossack, Ana Tiwathia, 6 guests, Joanne Sheehan, Doug Rice, Sara Juli, Serinity Young, Matt Meehan, Sandra Laub, Cathy Horne, Lindsey Austin, Clare Byrne, Wolf, Dan Potter, Cara Liguori, Bryan Campbell, Gerry Herman, Alberto, Michael Smith, Joel Conrad, Abigail, Elissa Wright, Danielle Short, Alan Good, Kato McNickle, Chris Elam, Brian McManahan, the Frohnapfel family, Kathleen Pitcher, Thomas Algeier, Hanoi Pete, Diana and Archie Leslie, Laurie Gorham, Rebecca Louise Miller, Jonathan Ramos, Ruth Barnes, Raja Kelly, Susan, Hendricks, Ivy Baldwin, Ellen Cornfield, Lynn Rajewski, John Foley, Alice Pero, Pam Marple, Meredith Mandel, Shara Ashley Zeiger, Matt Beary, Mitchell Mease, Aliza, Dian Parker, Claudia and Troy, Leta Tremblay, David Dorfman, Sara Juli, 

Katie Hall-Risko, Bonnie Yackovetsky, Martha Wakeman and Bob Proctor, Pam and David Leeming

Aaron Brando at the Egg

Brando Circling Cards

This residency is part of an ongoing exploration of contemplative dance practices & Contact Improvisation intersecting with more verbal/meditative practices i.e. authentic relating, focusing, circling social mediation practice. 

In Relational Circling, we bring our attention to the connection between people and what arises in ourselves in a social environment. In conversation, we share the intention to notice and reveal our thoughts, feelings, and desires in the moment, and we often come away with surprising new discoveries. It affords a visceral sense of connection, intimacy and authentic expression. Our plan is to gather for the weekend with closed committed group and sink into the intimacy of connection through offering the circling practice along with authentic movement type modalities. Authentic Movement

 

Authentic Movement is a profoundly simple form in which a mover moves with eyes closed in the presence of a witness. People engage in Authentic Movement as a form of meditative, spiritual practice, or therapy, or to increase consciousness, or to connect with their creativity and creative process. The mover, with eyes closed, turns her/his attention inward and focuses on internal impulses, sensations, feelings and images as they emerge.  She/He allows these to be expressed freely through natural intrinsic body movement, breath, and sound. There is no right way, no wrong way to do A.M.; there is only each person’s unique way.    The particular relationship between mover and witness, in moving and being seen by another, creates a non-judgmental and powerful framework within which this work takes place. The practice of the witness is to develop a meditative, compassionate presence that provides the mover with a sense of safety and unconditional acceptance. The mover and witness together can achieve a level of perception of self and other that evokes deep respect and empathy. Authentic Movement is practiced individually or in a group with an experienced teacher/witness.


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Hadar Ahuvia and Shira Eviatar will be in Residence at the Egg


Hadarahuvia

HADAR AHUVIA & SHIRA EVIATAR
POSSESSING

Possessing brings together artists Hadar Ahuvia and Shira Eviatar to collaboratively question their shared, inherited trauma of the Israeli nation-state, asking “How do we move together?” Ahuvia, unpacking Ashkenazi heritage in institutionalized Zionist folk dance, and Eviatar, recentralizing Arab/Mizrahi aesthetics in contemporary performance, incite dialogue around appropriation, legacy, and settler-colonialism. After conducting research separately, they come together to deepen their questions and application of their respective forms.

Their search unfolds in movements that recall ancestors’ and institutionalized celebration and mourning rituals—extending far past their respective bodies and histories. They invite community engagement as part of this first iteration of performance research.

 

This performance contains nudity.
 
 
This work is commissioned by Gibney Dance and supported by the 92Y Harkness Space Grant in Lenapehoking/New York, residencies at Studio Qatamon in Jerusalem/Al Quds, Yasmeen Godder Studio in Yaffa, a Rosh Pinah Residency in what was Al-Ja’una, and at Seminar Hakibutzim in Ramat Aviv/Sheikh Munis
 
 


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Kickstarter has a Goal

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(Marya as the Goat at the Hygienic)

58 backers!
58 hours to go!
We are fully funded, and so thrilled and grateful to all of you!! I send love on this first day of Autumn, just after the equinox!
Light up the egg canvas
(celebrating the light at the Egg)

I especially thank the donors to this Kickstarter Project, Dragon’s Egg Presents!
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(photo of Marya in the egg in various ways, by Dan) 


Bill Hossack, Ana Tiwathia, Joanne Sheehan, Doug Rice, Sara Juli, Serinity Young, Matt Meehan, Sandra Laub, Cathy Horne, Lindsey Austin, Claire Byrne, Wolf, Dan Potter, Cara Liguori, Bryan Campbell, Gerry Herman, Alberto, Michael Smith, Joel Conrad, Abigail, Elissa Wright, Danielle Short, Alan Good, Kato McNickle, Chris Elam, Brian McManahan, the Frohnapfel family, Kathleen Pitcher, Thomas Algeier, Hanoi Pete, Diana and Archie Leslie, Laurie Gorham, Rebecca Louise Miller, Jonathan Ramos, Ruth Barnes, Raja Kelly, Susan, Hendricks, Ivy Baldwin, Ellen Cornfield, Lynn Rajewski, John Foley, Alice Pero, Pam Marple, Meredith Mandel, Shara Ashley Zeiger, Matt Beary, Mitchell Mease, Aliza, Dian Parker, Claudia and Troy, Leta Tremblay,
and 6 Guests.

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(photo by/of ArtBark)

Off we go! Yipppeeeee!

xo blessings on your path.
marya

Marya govisland 14(marya en route to Governor’s Island, her home as a baby! taken by anonymous)

TedTed upcoming at the Egg!

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 tedted Performance Group is excited to be in residence at Dragon’s Egg! While in residence the company will be piecing together its smaller ideas (scenes, songs, and dances) into a more complete version of our newest work 95 POEMS. 95 POEMS is a multi-media performance-based work that is set to premiere in Brooklyn, NY Spring 2020. We are excited to have the entire company in residence to create the full cast sections as well as to explore more deeply our inter-media collaborations.

Lindsey Jones at the Egg

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Spending time at the Dragon’s Egg for me is about stepping into the unknown. I have been a dancer for the past 8 years, and recently I have had the impulse to start exploring my own creative voice and a desire to start creating work. The Dragon’s Egg is a particularly special and appealing space to begin this development of my own artistic practices. I have been to the Egg as a dancer and have felt great energy and ease in the studio and have an appreciation for the beautiful outdoor landscape where the Egg lies. It is both accessible and removed from my chaotic-freelance life in NYC. I’m looking forward to giving myself space and freedom to explore new creative practices and time to develop my voice at The Egg.