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Happy New-ish Year from STB.
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Sooooo.....

It's still January, so technically I'm allowed to wish you a happy new year.  And you know what a new year means: a new reel!  So first, watch that.  Now, get ready to hear about all of my latest developments!

Photo by Amy Novinski
Basically, I'm staying nice and busy dancing and making and teaching.

Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet just had our biannual block of rehearsals, and we'll be heading up to Kaatsbaan for a week in March for more rehearsals and a produced showing as part of their UpStream Residency.  We'll later perform the finished work in April as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival.

The Naked Stark's rehearsals and weekly movement practice started up again in January as well.  Join us in class as we gear up for performances, and our fundraiser/friendraiser will be at the end of March!
Rehearsals for Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Company have also begun at the University City Arts League - see what we've been up to in our yearly concert in June at Christ Church Neighborhood House!

As usual, I'm also creating new works with a few other independent dancers and choreographers in the area, as well as continuing to teach ballet and pointe at First Position Dance Arts... More details and media can of course be found on my Facebook Page.  ("Like" me.  Please.)

~*~That Showcase Life~*~

Photo by Kaitlin Chow
My solo, It's pointless to decide which cloud is floating faster, received rave reviews when I danced it in the November ETC Performance Series! Originally premiered with dancer Kat J. Sullivan over the summer, the Philadelphia Dance Journal claims it "was one of the most memorable [works] of the night. In this self-reflective solo performance, Boyt challenges the notion of what is considered dance while providing hilarious, yet biting commentary on the life of a dancer."

Damn, I'm great.

Other fun and exciting showings included presenting a few PDF DancesMidwest Piece was shown at Fertile Ground in New York (where Andy successfully convinced the audience into thinking he was the choreographer) with University of Iowa alumni Leann Gioia, Emily Medd, Lizzy Mello, and Taylor Gillhouse.   (Can we all talk about how I'm still in the Iowa Dance website's header image?)  Another new work, Milan Milan, was performed at The Painted Bride with performers Meredith Stapleton, Harlee Trautman, and Will Schwaller.

Improvising Around Town(s)

Photo by Jen Kertis-Veit
Photo by Peter Yesley
Improvisation is a huge part of my practice, and I've been able to perform in a bunch of cool venues recently!  Starting in the top left corner and working our way down, I was selected to perform in the annual Pfff! (Philadelphia Free Form Festival) at The Icebox in October. Next, with the help of musician Wyman Brantley, I performed at the H-O-T Series at Mascher in December.  It's fun - check it out.  The big picture is from an end-of-2016 performance where stb x at graced audiences with a blandly-titled improvisation, 180", at Dixon Place in Manhattan alongside a couple other Philly troupes.  Rounding out the last row, we have Seven Minutes, a heavenly duet from stb x at at the Never Before, Never Again Festival in NYC and, finally, Andy and I did our dance-and-music thing just the other night at Andrea Clearfield's Philadelphia Salon, where we had the opportunity to open the minds of some of the city's finest. 

stb x at + VIDEO WERK

One of my newest pieces with collaborator Dr. Andy Theirauf has now been presented a number of times!  Playing with the idea of process-based and product-based work, trio is a commingling of improvisational movement and sound fed into an algorithm to produce electronic alterations.  Most easily described as: Sean's dancing is filmed, shifted digitally by the sounds of Andy's live mbira, and projected as a visual third-party.  Andy's music is recorded, altered digitally by the video of Sean's moves, and amplified through speakers.  The digitized product takes on a life of its own as a video dance/music video.

The Return of Blanc & Bonk

Photo by Melissa Anderson
Photo by FringeArts
Our pet project, Blanc & Bonk, has been revived, extended, and contextualized in recent months!  Originally conceived for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2015, we've learned some new jams to further our research in dance and music collaborations and pairings through the ages.  This incredibly-tiring survey features work by Pina Bausch, Phillip Glass, Kate Bush, Martha Graham, Perfume, Ohad Naharin, Sia, and more!  Gearing up for the big stb x at performance at the end of the year, we performed new excerpts for Scratch Night at FringeArts and Get Pegged Cabaret at La Peg.  Check it out on my website!

HIGHKICKdrumstick by stb x at

Photo by Kaitlin Chow
Photo by Kaitlin Chow
Photo by Kaitlin Chow
Photo by Kaitlin Chow
Photo by Kaitlin Chow
Photo by Kaitlin Chow
Photo by Kaitlin Chow
Photo by Kaitlin Chow
Photo by Kaitlin Chow
With help from viewers like you, stb x at was able to produce an evening at The Performance Garage as our annual concert!  After a successful GoFundMe, (Thank you, donors!) we performed a sampler of our 2016 works including Let's Dancing!, Milan Milan, Halftime Dance, _grind, and trio, as well as Blanc & Bonk in an 90-minute compilation.  After performing so much in random festivals and showcases each year, it's wonderful to be in control and focus solely on our work for a night!  A big thank you goes out to those who donated, came to the show, or viewed the performance on our fancy livestream!

Onward, ho!

Photo by CHOWMOTO

I have a bunch of plans for the new year, so keep updated by checking out my website or my Facebook Page.  I try to update each with links, events, photos, and videos weekly.  And keep in touch - I'd love to hear from you!

xoxo,
STB
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