A Singular They - Work In Progress

When change is who you are, who are you?

I've been working on this question for the last two years. A Singular They is some of the answer, in the form of a solo show for ground, aerials, and mobility apparatus. The works engage elements of identity and embodiment in a mosaic self-portrait, including an outsider's approach to masculinity, the way time changes with chronic pain, and what it's like to find freedom. It features pieces co-choreographed with Christal Brown, Nicole Dagesse, Polly Motley, NEVE, and Noah Witke Mele.

This version was filmed at the New England Center for Circus Arts in conclusion of my residency period there and will include an online discussion after showing. Closed captioning is available; verbal description is not yet available at this point in development, but a piece-by-piece visual summary will be (see my website for details in "additional links").

VDA is the fiscal sponsor for this project! To learn more about our fiscal sponsorship program please email info@vermontdance.org

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I'm interested in: what defines a body? How do our bodies relate us - to each other, the world? My training and experience includes a wide breadth of contemporary, improvisational, and adaptive styles, with a childhood foundation in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. I have studied with integrated companies such as AXIS Dance, Stopgap, Candoco, as well as individual teachers, choreographers, and experienced performance mentors. My performance history ranges from yoga studios in small Vermont towns to Danspace St Mark's in New York City to festivals in the UK and Germany. I am available to teach - dance topics, adaptive strategies, and more; to perform; or to engage in the creation of new work.

Participating artists

CHRISTAL BROWN (performer, choreographer, educator, activist, mother, disciple of Christ)  is the Founder of INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance and the Chair of Dance and Faculty Director of MiddCORE at Middlebury College. Brown is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, where she remembers accompanying her mother to NAACP meetings and performing at Black Caucus rallies. This early exposure to social responsibility innately produced a strong desire in Brown to put her gifts to work for the good of the communities she inhabits.  Brown earned her BFA in Dance and minor in Business from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MFA in New Media Art and technology from Long Island University. Browns professional journey has been shaped through working with and learning from icons such as Chuck Davis, Bill T. Jones, Andrea E. Woods, Liz Lerman, Blondell Cummings, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Bebe Miller.

Nicole Dagesse is a Vermont native whose rural upbringing in the forests and fields is a direct inspiration for her movement style and choreographic desires. Combining her training in Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Aerial Dance, Nicole approaches each new site with inquisitive play and rigorous movement research. Nicole earned her BFA in Dance and BS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she was immersed in the creativity of the local dance scene. Nicole cites Wire Monkey Dance as a major influence in her work. It was while playing on the scaffolding that her 3-dimensional movement patterns began to develop, and her love of partnering work took flight. After several years dancing in the Boston area, Nicole felt it was time to continue her dance education as an artist and teacher, and moved to Boulder, Co. to pursue an MFA in Site Dance and Somatic Practices. The rugged terrain and the endless blue skies provided the perfect opportunity to hone her voice as a site artist. The grounding and balancing study of the Alexander Technique was a necessary complement to her physically demanding work, and Nicole was increasingly interested...

Noah Witke Mele is a queer artist/performer/writer. His works strives to blur the line between life and art. Noah has been featured at Phantom Theater, the Helen Day Art Center, Ello, and Balaclava.Q. Noah is a certified master teacher in DEEP [Death Electric Emo Protest] AEROBICS by Miguel Gutierrez. His favorite food might be chocolate cake.

The nature of Motley's work is collaborative. She works with dancers, writers, designers, video-artists and composers. Much of her work invites audiences to move through dreamlike video and performance environments, choosing where and how long to stay. Her work has been presented in New York by the Asia Society, the Baryshnikov Art Center, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Dance Theatre Workshop, Movement Research, The New York Improvisation Festival, The Jack Tilton Gallery and Zone Chelsea. It has been presented at the Hammer Museum, ICA Boston, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, DIVA/Paris, the Contemporary Arts Museum/ Houston, Colorado Dance Festival, The Indonesian Dance Festival, Morishita Studios/ Tokyo, Ballet Freiburg/ Pretty Ugly, Mouson Turm Frankfurt, the Flynn Theatre/ Burlington, Bates College Museum of Art, and The Edge Festival/ San Francisco. Motley makes situations for beginners and professionals to dance the way they love to dance and to move and make with curiosity and broad considerations. Motley has a studio in Stowe, Vermont that is available "at cost" for private use, classes and residencies. Residencies may be arranged for Thursdays through Monday mornings.


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November 28, 2020
7:00–9:00 PM





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Published November 19, 2020