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Marya at Brandeis

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Marya will be giving a Performance/Workshop at Brandeis University on April 30th at 2 pm!  Beasts arise in story and movement and song!   

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Bryan Campbell in Residence

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Bryan Campbell will be in residence next week!

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Julian Barnett and JocelynTobias at the Egg in May!

JulianbarnettJulian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias create performances that examine the social-political possibilities for transformation and empathy, through the lenses of dance, philosophy, musicology, science, and the supernatural. Over the last 6 years, they have built critically acclaimed works that research the intersection between art and choreography. Their most recent work BLUEMARBLE, explores the astrophysical phenomena of the ‘overview affect’ and premiered at Kampnagel in Hamburg and Danspace Project in New York. Since then, it has performed in Tokyo (Whenever Wherever Festival), Los Angeles (Pieter Performance Space), Copenhagen (Dansehallerne), Paris (La Briqueterie-CDC Val de Marne), and at Hunter College in New York as part of a symposium on art and science. Their first collaboration BRIDGE, investigates the materiality of communication through singing, rapping and the body. Since its premiere at ArtEZ in the Netherlands, it has performed in Germany, Austria, Ireland, and the USA. Julian and Jocelyn met while studying at Tisch School of the Arts in New York.Julianbarnett2
Jocelyn Tobias was born in Queens, New York and is a yogini, feminist and writer. She has worked with Deborah Hay, Jillian Pena, Mark Dendy, Chris Elam, Henning Rubsam and Zvi Gotheiner. Julian Barnett was born in Tokyo, Japan and is an educator, environmentalist and musician. He has worked with Steve Paxton, Jeanine Durning, Johannes Wieland, Lar Lubovitch, Kota Yamazaki, Wally Cardona, and Benoit Lachambre as a danceWEB scholar at the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna.

During our time at the Egg, we will be working on a new project, entitled ODE2FOOL. The work questions the notion of artistic devotion by excavating the dances that exist in our dreams, the ones that have yet to be realized. It envisions the artist as dreamer, as traveler, as occupier, staring out at the stars, all the while resisting homogeneity. Part opera, part confessional, ODE2FOOL acts as an ontological study of connection, commitment, and resilience, and follows Barnett, Tobias, and Justin Cabrillos, as they uncover the deeper currents of their artistic motivations. 

Shura Baryshnikov and Company

 

Shura Baryshnikov Residency at the Egg coming up!

 

 

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Set Go Research and Performance Ensemble is a Contact Improvisation quartet featuring dancers Bradley Teal Ellis, Sarah Konner, Aaron Brandes, Shura Baryshnikov.  Brando, Bradley, Sarah, and Shura share a love for whimsical, whole-hearted, virtuosic improvisation; they have been dance-making together since 2009.

 

They have performed at the Moving Arts Lab (Earthdance, MA), the RISD Museum Open Rehearsals–improv/in/sight, for the Institute for the Study of Environment and the Society at Brown University, Providence Fringe Festival, and the Everybody Moves Festival at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, MA. They have developed pedagogy together as part of the CI Ground Research laboratory project since 2010.

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In addition to directing their own companies, Set Go artists have danced with other artists including Douglas Dunn, Heidi Henderson, and Headlong Dance Theater; and are currently on faculty, as well as artist-residents at universities across the United States. Members of the ensemble teach at acclaimed dance festivals nationally and internationally and offer regular classes in their local areas. They have unique training in somatic modalities including Laban Movement Analysis, Viewpoints, Structural Integration, Yoga, Pilates, and Body-Mind Centering®. 

 

The group is thrilled to be heading back to the Dragon’s Egg in June for their second residency, developing material for 2017/2018 performances. 

Andrea Ward in Residence!

Andrea Ward andNewImage Company will be in residence at the Egg from April 22-26.

Andrea Ward, dancer / choreographer, comes from Sarasota, Florida. Her passion for choreography began at age eight and continued to develop under the direction of artists such as Tzveta Kassabova, Teddy Tedholm, and Jeffrey Docimo. Andrea has also learned from Winifred Burnet of Hofesh Shechter Company and Cindy Salgado of Kidd Pivot. Music plays a central role in her work, and she oftentimes creates her own music to choreograph to. She’s currently recording an album that will be the basis for dance works to come. Andrea teaches in Florida and New York, with recent performances in the NYC based Young Choreographer’s Festival, the JChen Project’s TRANSLATE, and the 2016 Capezio Ace Awards. She’s also had the privilege of being the Center for World Arts/Harn Museum Choreographer in Residence in Gainesville, Florida. 

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        Plexus is a New York City project-based contemporary dance company founded and directed by Andrea Ward. Plexus is a term that describes an intricate network of interwoven fibers present in nature and in the human body. Plexus lives in the form of fungal networks underground as well as dark matter in space. Working with concepts based in physics and natural phenomena, Plexus works to create raw human experiences through which people can engage with their surrounding environment and activate their awareness and self-education. My work is musically driven, embodying music as a natural source through which people become synchronized, harmonized, and empowered. 

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Raving Jaynes

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The Raving Jaynes will be in residence at the Egg!!  May 4 – 7… 

The Raving Jaynes:Improvised Dance/Theater is a highly physical improv duo that creates spontaneous theater for intimate spaces. Weaving together techniques from clown, dance and improv, the performers, Jamie Graham and Amy Larimer, play between mediums. Movement, text and sound are twisted together to transform what waits in the empty space into sweaty stories.  Nothing is choreographed! Nothing is scripted! 


We believe the practice of improvisation has the power to open us to experiences beyond our habitual patterns of body and mind. In our workshops and performances we celebrate the release of the secret, strange worlds that move through each of us. Through the act of spontaneous creation, we aim to create a space where the sacred and profane, natural and fantastic, vulnerable, flawed, ridiculous and hopeful are freed to mingle in a field of imagination and play.   


The Raving Jaynes perform regularly at the PIT in New York City, teach workshops and are advocates for the art of improvisation as a performance practice. They have been presented at IMPRO Amsterdam; the Abundance Festival in Karlstad, Sweden; Big City Improv Festival in Toronto; TCIF in Minneapolis; the ADaPT Festival in Santa Barbara; Big City Improv in Toronto; Built on Stilts in Martha’s Vineyard; The Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy; The Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts; Dancemopolitan at Joe’s Pub; The District Improv Festival in D.C.; Duofest in Philadelphia; The NYC Improv Festival; The Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre Festival, The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin; Your Move in Jersey City and The Tank.

Beasts at Gallup Hill

 

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Marya had a fine time with two Third Grade classes at Gallup Hill School for their Day of the Arts.

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 The kids were willing, active, creative, sweet.

TAPAS in Residence, under Matt Garza

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The Department of Dance & Movement Arts at TAPA: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts will be on residency at the Dragon’s Egg this month. The Dragon’s Egg has become a sacred space for TAPA’s dancers to reflect, create, collaborate, meditate, improvise, play, and process conceptual work against the backdrop of the Egg’s vitality, healing energy, and pristine nature. Last school year, The Egg inspired TAPA’s Dance Company to create two powerful pieces:
 
 
 
This Spring, TAPA’s dancers will be working a few exciting projects in process at the Egg:
 
CLOTHING AS A CRIME – an original performance piece (11th & 12th grade) that problematizes the criminalization of clothing in today’s society, particularly in schools and for marginalized cultures. Despite it’s origins as a peaceful and mediating alternative to gang violence, Hip Hop culture is increasingly stigmatized and associated with crime. What does a professional look like? Whose responsibility is it to protect women’s bodies from the male gaze? How can dress be a practice of self-expression and authenticity?
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HONORING THOSE WHO RAISED US – an original lyrical dancehall/hip hop piece (11th grade, featuring 12th grader Janivel DeJesus) that explores that challenges experienced by those who raised us. Through interviews, research, and personal narrative, we will be telling the stories of our guardians. This piece is about celebrating those who came before us and honoring the people who overcome hardship to raise and care for children.

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METAMORPHOSIS – an autobiographical dance solo devised by Janivel DeJesus (12th grade) that explores abandonment, relationships, destruction, transformation, and emancipation. 
 
STRANGE FRUIT – an autobiographical dance solo devised by Nyla Walker (12th grade) that celebrates a story of strength, womanhood, compassion, Blackness, and power.
 

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SUBCONSCIOUS – an original dance piece devised by Jovana Gil (12th grade) that meditates on dreams, the prison-industrial complex, and consciousness.
 
CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM – an original performance art piece devised by Everlee Rodriguez (12th grade) that pushes the boundaries of reality and performance; critiques social rituals and rules; and calls for a sociopolitical awakening.

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Matt Garza
Dance Artist in Residence
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts
158 Messer Street
Providence, RI 02909

Come to the Egg!

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All the seasons are the perfect ones!   The Egg welcomes you, and your dreams.

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Photo Credit- Giulia Carotenuto

 

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Tara O’Con and dancers were in Residence at the Egg in mid February!

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