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Finding a moment to breathe.

Hope your spring has been fruitful!  Since we've last spoken, I've been up to a few things! (Imagine that.)  First and foremost, being out of school for two (2) years (!?) now, I've been getting even more restless and excited to dive deeper into my work - my new goal is quality over quantity... but in the mean time, check out what this dance machine has been churning out!

Photo by Anthony Dean

Tap Tap Tappin' Away

Starting from the most recent first: stb x at (Dr. Andy Thierauf and I) just completed our residency at Soundspace 1525!  (For those unaware, we were awarded a six-month residency at a percussive dance (tap) space... Cool, right?)  After many hours of rehearsals, holding an informative, participatory workshop series Mapping Sound and Movement in Live Performance, and finally performing this past weekend, we're proud to say that we've come out alive!  Our resulting work Halftime Dance was presented at Rittenhouse Soundworks Stage for Cross Rhythms with two additional dancers (Isaac Lindy and Ixchel Mendez), bags of rice, aluminum foil, live electronics, and a variety of footwear options.

Photo by Kaitlin Chow

It's recital season.

A) Congratulations/Merde/I'm sorry to other dance educators going through this rough and tumultous time period.
B) Two of my newest for-kids dances, Lights Go Down and I knew you were a wrecking ball will be performed at Bryn Mawr College's Goodhart Hall next weekend!  Wish my girls luck!
C) The photo above is unrelated, but is a great shot of Let's Dancing!'s most recent performance at the ETC Series. (From left to right, Meredith Stapleton, Kat J. Sullivan, Hillary Pearson.  Photo by Kaitlin Chow.)

Photo by Jazzy Photo

Seattle Vacay

Just a few weeks ago, emerging choreographer Lauren Linder flew the Dr. and me out to Seattle to perform a new composition for her work Underscored Proscenium Grind at Converge Dance Festival. (Above, I can be seen pretending to be a seasoned musician on the left... bowing a cymbal as accompaniment to Linder's Bausch-level choreography.)  stb x at is planning to perform a modular version of this work as a more performative piece in the coming months... stay tuned.

Not only did we perform at Converge, but we also got a chance to do a little somethin'-somethin' at Sh*t Gold, a bi-weekly informal showing that is yet another of the wonderful offerings in Seattle, and I had the opportunity to give a master class for Version Excursion Dance Company, brainchild of long-lost-distant-cousin Erin Nichole Boyt (but really, we're related!).  They're up to some pretty neat stuff, so check them out, too!

On top of all the (STB)dancing fun, we got to hike around waterfalls, take a ferry to an island, tour a city's worth of parks, and even get sunburned in what I originally believed was America's rainiest city.  Double thumbs up to Lauren for such a special week!

Sometimes I dance for others.

On the company-member side of things, I've also been busy!  Pictured above is one of the several recent showings I've participated in for The Naked Stark.  We're getting closer and closer to our Fringe shows this Fall (follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates on that front), and our shoes vs. socks narrative dance is coming together under fab choreographer Katherine Kiefer Stark.

This week is also tech/show week for Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Company's 30th Anniversary Concert!  We'll be showing a big selection of new pieces and work from the past at Christ Church in Philadelphia.  One even includes some live music by composer Adam Vidiksis (and Andy'll play percussion.  Classic.)

The week after is another intensive rehearsal week with Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet.  We're back at work making a new piece for our upcoming April performance... Stay tuned for some pretty neat, scientific news concerning that project!

Miscellaneous Memories

Alongside these larger-scale projects, I've been constantly applying to any and all performance opportunities.  In the past couple of months, these have mounted up to several fun shows: The Field NYC's 30 Artists/30 Years at Dixon Place (seen above, super-fetch dancer Katie Skinner performed two solos for me: one old, one new), new music||OLD CITY with stb x at, guested at the Philadelphia stop on Beyond Dance's Dance Diversity Tour, and I even got to improvise around in the H-O-T Series of Philadelphia's March and May performances!

Photo by Mike Wilson

Midwest Livin'

Starting at the end of June, Andy and I will be traveling around the Midwest (Columbus, Cincinnatti, Chicago, Iowa City, Des Moines, and Minneapolis).  Please let me know if 1) You want to grab a drink/burger(/salad?), 2) you know of a neat performance opportunity - we want to do stuff!  In our free time on the "tour," we'll be working on a new duo piece stemming from our respective homelands/the heartland of America.  I'll also be busy building up my PDF Dance repertory for future performances!

(Pictured: to marinate being performed in Chicago at Links Hall's THAW X in Salvage One by dancers Brady Van Patten, Claire Michalak, Raechel Hofsteadter, Maura Naughton, Zach Bird, and Daisy McKinlay)

Photo by Jen Kertis Veit

Coming soon... (a selection)

SoLow Festival: Collaborator Kat J. Sullivan and I are creating solos for each other for our outdoor concert, Living a Making in Washington Square Park.
Summer Shake-UpTriskelionArts in NYC is presenting my brand-new solo Boundary Renders in August.  Expect magic circles, moody projections, and general Sean-ness.
Open Performance at Movement Research: I'm showing something this Fall... Don't know what yet... but it's happening!



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