The Milissa Payne Project' has been invited to perform at the Harkness Dance Center, Dig Dance: Weekend Series on Apr 6-7 at New York’s 92Y. Among a cohort of six young, up-and-coming choreographers, Milissa Payne Bradley will be the only West Coast choreographer represented.
Guest curated by Diana Byer, Founder & Artistic Director of New York Theatre Ballet, Dig Dance Ballet: new choreographic discoveries, presents six ballet choreographers, working independently to bring their accomplished, sophisticated, and depth-of-vision dances to the 92Y stage.
For this program, Milissa plans to bring Enough Said ( Part I); a marriage of classical ballet and stand-up comedy that makes a striking comment on gender politics in our charged social and political climate.
Milissa’s work has attracted both diehard ballet fans and the new and curious, for the themes and narratives that she explores often strike a topical chord, with an air of whimsy and the unexpected.
Enough Said represents a new direction for Milissa’s work. The soundtrack is composed entirely of short clips from well-known stand-up comedy routines by Daniel Tosh, Mitch Hedberg and Louis C.K. In Enough Said, Milissa spars with the score, giving each of the dancers a distinctive “voice.” In 2016, the Huffington Post described Enough Said (Part I) as “funny and illuminating whether you speak ballet fluently or not.”
Meet The Artists:
Milissa Payne Bradley’s choreographic work has been referred to as “American Chic” by the Huffington Post. She was hailed as a “New Name to Watch” in Dance Europe Magazine’s 2016 Critics’ Choice accolades, and in the 2017 Critics’ Choice, her two-part work Enough Said was named among the year’s “Best Premieres."
Milissa has set work on New York Theatre Ballet at New York Live Arts, and in San Francisco for Dance Theatre of San Francisco, ODC Theater’s Music Moves Festival and the West Wave Dance Festival. She has participated in the RoundAntennae Choreographic residency with ODC Associate Artistic Director, K.T. Nelson and through the Center for New Work at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts.
Alysia Chang graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Arts Management (magna cum laude). She has danced with the Sacramento Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Ziru Dance, DawsonDanceSF and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York. Most recently she has appeared with Smuin Contemporary Ballet, San Francisco Opera Ballet, SFDanceworks and Amy Seiwert's Imagery. This is her first collaboration with The Milissa Payne Project.
Jamielyn Duggan is a native freelance performing artist and designer who trained on full scholarship at San Francisco Ballet with professional development at Jacob's Pillow, NWDP, Alonzo King's LINES ballet and SF Conservatory of Dance. Currently she is a member of Mark Foehringer Dance Project | SF and in her 15th season with the San Francisco Opera Ballet. She is a founding member of the Milissa Payne Project as well as Dance Theatre of San Francisco and has performed multiple seasons with Amy Seiwert's Imagery, Oakland Ballet, Capacitor and Liss Fain Dance.
Chantelle Pianetta trained at the Contra Costa Ballet School and later at the School of American Ballet. As a SAB student, she performed with the New York City Ballet and danced in new works for the New York Choreographic Institute.Since 2015, Chantelle has been a member of the Menlowe Ballet. She has also performed as a principal guest artist with many companies in the Bay Area including Oakland Ballet, Western Ballet, and the Milissa Payne Project. Enough Said is her third collaboration with the MPP.
Thank you for your interest in The Milissa Payne Project's participation in this exciting New York City performance opportunity. Your support builds The Milissa Payne Project's visibility and allows us to reach new audiences.
The Milissa Payne Project also accepts donations as a 501c3 organization through our fiscal sponsor, Dancers' Group. If you'd prefer to make a tax-deductible donation to The Milissa Payne Project, visit our Dancers' Group donation page.
Risks and challenges
Your donation will help cover travel fees associated with performing at the Harkness Dance Center, Dig Dance: Weekend Series on Apr 6-7 at New York’s 92Y (airfare, lodging and per Diem for the dancers).
While The Milissa Payne Project is thrilled to be selected to participate in the 92Y Harkness Dance Center, Dig Dance Weekend Series, the financial responsibility is enormous. Any assistance you could offer would be sincerely appreciated. Thank you for your consideration regarding our project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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