Movers & Shapers: Teresa Fellion

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

Teresa headshot by Jaqlin MedlockPodcast No.39 – Teresa Fellion

Release Date: February 28, 2017

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ABOUT BODYSTORIES: TERESA FELLION DANCE
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance is a contemporary dance company that captures and communicates universal human encounters through dynamic, purposeful movement. We are a multifaceted, highly physical company laced with provocative, emotional, political and humorous edges. Our mission is to examine depths of society in their darkest and brightest moments and to inspire audiences to physically sense emotional and psychological aspects of the human condition on stage. Our work is intellectual and highly choreographed in every moment. It is intricately technical and controlled in every nuance, with a look that is not controlled. Live music is an important factor in many of our works. We also consistently work via in-depth collaborations in lighting, costume, video and set design. In addition to creating and performing innovative works, our company is committed to reaching diverse populations through outreach and education and maintaining a stable business model to sustain our work. Valuing international exchange, we collectively speak nine languages and research, perform, and collaborate with artists from five continents.

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, MMAC, Ashawagh Hall, Triskelion Arts, GAP, and in concerts with Phish, among others. 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.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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, Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grant, 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, Marigny Opera Contemporary Ballet, and The Hudson River Museum via the Jordan Matter Dancers Among Us exhibit. She 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, DreamYard Project, and Marquis Studios, and she is a faculty member and director of the Summer Dance Program at The Ross School.

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.

MORE ON TERESA:

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

National Ballet of Cameroon

Broadway Dance Center

Certificate Program, The Ailey School

Phish

Sara Rudner

Sarah Lawrence College

Dreamyard Project

ICA Boston

Summer Stages Dance at Concord

“Mantises are Flipping”

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Sara Wookey

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Podcast No.38 – Sara Wookey

Release Date:

February 14, 2017

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ABOUT SARA WOOKEY:

Sara Wookey is based in London as a dancer, choreographer and creative professional on a Tier 1 Visa endorsed by Arts Council England. She holds an MFA from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently researching the intersections of dance and visual arts institutions, developing her project reDANCE and lecturers at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has been a guest artist and researcher at, among others, TATE, Tanzfabriek Berlin, Cal Arts, and Yale-NUS. Sara is a certified transmitter of Yvonne Rainer’s iconic work “Trio A” and a square dance caller.

MORE ON SARA:

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Links Hall

Marjorie Jones School of Dance

BalletMet

University of Illinois Dance Program

Terry Creach

Renée Wadleigh

Bebe Miller

Lawrence Goldhuber

Ohio State University Dance Program

Vickie Blaine

School for New Dance Development

“Being Pedestrian”

Yvonne Rainer

Susan Foster

“Trio A”

“Open Letter to Artists” Blog Post

Sara at Tate

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Tomer Heymann

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:
Director Tomer Heymann photo by mari murPodcast No.37 – Tomer Heymann

Release Date: January 31, 2017

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ABOUT TOMER HEYMANN

Tomer Heymann was born in Kfar Yedidia in Israel in 1970 and has directed many documentary films and series in the past ten years, most of them long-term follow-ups and personal documentations. His films won major awards at different prestigious film festivals including his first film “It Kinda Scares Me”. “Paper Dolls” won three awards at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival and the audience’s award at the Los Angeles Festival. The film and TV series “Bridge over the Wadi”, co-produced with the American ITVS, won the Israeli Documentary Film competition, participated in IDFA Festival’s prestigious competition and won many awards around the world. Tomer’s new 8-part series “The Way Home” was recently broadcasted by the Yes Doco Channel in Israel and won the best documentary series award at the 2009 Jerusalem International Film Festival.

MORE ON TOMER HEYMANN

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

“The Queen Has No Crown”

Batsheva Dance Compnay

Ohad Narahin

Israeli Folk Dancing

“Kyr” (1991)

“Anaphaza”(1993)

“Paper Dolls”

“Bring Over the Wadi”

DV8

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet “Out of Focus”

Toni Morrison

Martha Graham

“Last Work” at BAM

Mari Kajiwara

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Diane Grumet

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:
Podcast No.36 – Diane Grumet

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Release Date: November 22, 2016

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ABOUT DIANE GRUMET

Diane Grumet is the Co-Artistic/Managing Director of Steps on Broadway, the world-renowned dance studio that has been training and supporting the professional dance community for almost 40 years.  For over 23 years, Ms. Grumet has been building and developing programs, business plans, and hiring the stellar faculty for this New York institution.  Prior to joining Steps, she was an instructor, company teacher, International Student Advisor, and the business manager for the Ailey School. In 1986, she created the Contemporary Masters Program at Studio 400, the first professional dance program at the Joy of Movement in the East Village.  Hiring artists such as Donald Byrd, David Parsons, Bill T. Jones, and Elisa Monte, all emerging directors and choreographers at the time, the Contemporary Masters Program provided a workshop arena bringing together young artists and aspiring dancers to create and experiment within the art form.  This program continues today at Steps on Broadway.

Her earliest artistic strengths were honed at the Joffrey and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Schools in New York City.  While completing a degree program at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, she performed as a member of the Cincinnati Ballet Company, Cincinnati Opera Ballet, Contemporary Dance Theater, and at Edgecliff Summer Theater. Upon graduation, Ms. Grumet toured extensively throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada with Walt Disney Entertainment.  Returning to New York City in 1973, she was a founding member of the Joyce Trisler Danscompany and performed with the New York City Opera Ballet.  In 1975, she joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel as a soloist, appearing in works by choreographers Alvin Ailey, Anthony Tudor, Hans Van Manen, Lar Lubovitch, John Butler and Paul Taylor.  Once again returning to New York she rejoined the Trisler Danscompany and was a guest artist with Jose Limon and Ailey companies.  An artist on New York Foundation for the Arts’ roster, Ms. Grumet went on to create, produce and perform “Time Pieces,” a narrated program honoring the legacy of American dance artists, which included reconstructed works by Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey and Lester Horton.

Ms. Grumet frequently served as a master teacher, with residencies and master classes across the globe.  She served on the faculties of The New School and Parsons School of Design, The Ailey School, Steps on Broadway, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, The University of South Florida, and Sarah Lawrence.  Overseas teaching included Menagerie du Verre (Paris),  Groupe Emile Dubois (Grenoble), Ballett Akademien (Stockholm), and L’ecole de Dance de Quebec. Ms. Grumet sits on Dance Magazine’s Advisory Board, Buglisi Dance Theater’s Board of Directors, is on the Bessie Awards adjudication committee, and is the Artistic Director for the Steps Beyond Foundation.

MORE ON DIANE GRUMET

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

University of Cincinnati, Dance

Humphrey-Weidman Technique

James Truitte

Thelma Hill

Alicia Markova

Joyce Trisler

Bat-Dor Dance Company

Maggie Black

Carol Paumgarten

Denise Jefferson

American Dance Machine

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Eva Yaa Asantewaa

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:
Podcast No.35 – Eva Yaa Asantewaa

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Photo: D. Feller

Release Date: November 8, 2016

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ABOUT EVA YAA ASANTEWAA: Critic, Educator, Curator 

For over four decades, Eva Yaa Asantewaa has worked as a freelance arts writer, specializing in dance and performance. A 1974 graduate of Fordham University (Rose Hill), Ms. Yaa Asantewaa has contributed writing on dance to print and online publications such as Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News, The Dance Enthusiast and Time Out New York since 1976. She served as a member of the New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards committee for three years and as a consultant or panelist for numerous arts funding, awards or presenting organizations, including the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2007, Ms. Yaa Asantewaa founded her arts blog InfiniteBody, a resource for news, commentary and criticism especially trusted by the dance community.  With students from the annual Writing on Dance workshop series she taught for several years at Dance Theater Workshop/New York Live Arts, she created Dancer’s Turn, a blog devoted to longform profiles of dance artists. She has also interviewed dance artists and advocates as host of Body and Soul podcast and will launch a new dance interview podcast, Serious Moonlight, this fall.  As a WBAI radio broadcaster (1987-89), Ms. Yaa Asantewaa worked with the Women’s Radio Collective and the Gay and Lesbian Independent Broadcasters Collective (producers of OUTLOOKS) and co-hosted the Tuesday Afternoon Arts Magazine with Jennifer Bernet as well as producing her own specials. She is also a published poet and has read her work at numerous venues including the Brooklyn Museum, the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, A Different Light Bookstore, Bowery Poetry Club and Cornelia Street Cafe.

Beginning in the 1990s, Ms. Yaa Asantewaa created, produced and facilitated workshops and special events sponsored by over sixty arts, health and social service, spiritual, feminist, people of color, and GLBTQ organizations in the New York metropolitan area. Among these are Gibney Dance Center, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, New York University Tisch School of the Arts Dance Program, Hunter College Dance Program, Queensborough Community College, the New York Open Center’s Womanspirit Journey program, New York Theosophical Society, College of New Rochelle, Healing Works, New York State Conference on Women’s Health, Riverside Church Wellness Center, Women’s Health Education Project and the Women’s Rites Center.

A native New Yorker of Afro-Caribbean heritage, Ms. Yaa Asantewaa lives in the East Village.

MORE ON EVA YAA ASANTEWAA

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Serena Wilson

Fordham University

Marcia Siegel

Deborah Jowitt

Village Voice

Dance Magazine

Tobi Tobias

Bert Supree

The Bessie’s

Gay City News

Body and Soul Podcast

Madame Blavatsky

Annie Besant

New York Open Center

Platform 2016 at Danspace Project

WBAI 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron