At A.P.E Gallery, choreographers Barbie Diewald and Kate Seethaler will seek out the post-finished dimension of a dance’s trajectory: what might happen to a dance after the final iteration. Diewald and Seethaler have presented their respective works on the same programs since 2014, first as part of the same cohort of Smith College’s MFA program, and more recently at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, where Diewald is the Director of Programming and Seethaler is the current Artist-In-Residence. Following a forthcoming split-bill performance at SCDT in May 2017, the two artists will bring their latest works, their research ephemera, and ten collaborating dancers into A.P.E to blur the edges of what it means to share space in order to mesh, destruct and create anew.
The project is an invitation to know less about the finished works. The choreographers, rather than identifying what the dances are and have been, ask what else they might become and how else they might relate to one another. Over a period of four days, the research, previous rehearsal prompts, memories of the work, costumes, and set pieces become raw material. Relating to an ethos of overabundance, Diewald and Seethaler, along with their collaborators, will reimagine the two works into one ongoing and collaborative performance inquiry. In addition to an extended daily practice in the A.P.E. gallery, open to the public, the group will hold three evening performances that document the days’ unfinishing efforts. Additionally, the artists will create a library for audience to peruse, including a performance and rehearsal video archive, choreographic notes, and the choreographers’ research materials and extensive bibliographies.
About our collaborators:
Barbie Diewald (Choreographer and Director)
Barbie Diewald’s choreography is primarily concerned with embodiment, ephemerality, and processes of becoming and unbecoming. Her work has been presented in New York City (BAM, Movement Research, The Chocolate Factory, BAX, etc.), Western Massachusetts (A.P.E Gallery, the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought), and abroad at pOnderosa (Germany) and the Bogliasco Foundation Center (Italy). She has collaborated with a broad range of artists and improvisers including Stephanie Maher, Bronwen MacArthur, Katie Martin, Kate Seethaler, and composer and multimedia artists Trevor Gureckis and Jazer Giles. From 2010 to 2014, Barbie directed New York City’s TrioDance Collective alongside Emily Jeffries and managed archival projects at New York Live Arts.
Barbie’s current creative home is the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she is the Associate Director of Programming, emphasizing racial and gender diversity, advocating for international artists, and engendering support systems for emerging New England choreographers through performance and residency opportunities. Her curatorial practice has brought renowned artists and scholars—Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Katy Pyle, Raja Feather Kelly and Katie Workum, among others—to the Pioneer Valley, to engage the community in research-led practice, and embodied knowledge. Barbie is a lecturer at Keene State College, where she teaches Experiential Anatomy, Composition, Ballet, and Modern Dance Technique.
Barbie holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from Millikin University and an MFA in Dance from Smith College, where she was a teaching fellow and Gretchen Moran Scholar. Barbie was a 2016 Bogliasco Fellow, and has developed her work with the support of the New England Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council/Northampton Arts Council. Her current work, “Eighteen Refrains Re:Rhoda” uses Virginia Woolf’s fiction as both dramaturgical touchstone and choreographic proposition, and will premiere this June in New York and New England.
Kate Seethaler (Choreographer and Director)
Based in Northampton, MA, Kate Seethaler is an improviser, choreographer, performer and dance educator. Since earning her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College in 2016, she has worked as a performer and collaborator in the work of Katie Martin, Whitney Wilson, and Deborah Goffe. She also creates her own work, under the auspices of skeleton collaborative, performing in Philadelphia, Northampton and New York this spring season. Kate is a member of the dance faculties at Springfield College and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. She generally dislikes bios, but loves philosophical questions, scale, color and perspective, nitty-gritty details, prime numbers, largely physical/physically large movement, mapping with one's focus, framing love songs as a metaphor for the audience-performer relationship, durational movement, anyone voraciously traveling through space, getting rid of that dang fourth wall, and intense immersion in a task.
Jazer Giles (Composer and Multimedia Artist)
Jazer Giles is an active composer, performer, and professor of interactive electronic music and multimedia. He holds a Masters of Music in composition from the University of Massachusetts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in physics and music from Skidmore College. In addition to ongoing collaborations with Diewald, Jazer is a founding member of the Royal Frog Ballet performance troupe and new music duo Contra-Temps.
Katherine Adler (Dancer)
Sophia Arnall will graduate from Smith College in May 2017, with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance. Sophia began her dance training with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA, with additional training at the Pittsburg Ballet Theater. At Smith she has danced in work by Rodger Blum, Pamela Newell, Barbie Diewald and Rowan Salem. She recently performed in a restaging of Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company’s “Story/Time” set in the Five College Dance Department.
Jenny Bennett Mansur (Dancer)
Jenny Bennett is a dancer, maker, and educator. She holds a BFA from the University of Massachusetts and is a certified practitioner of Embodyoga®. During her time in the Five College Dance Department, she performed works by Fritha Pengelly, Terese Freedman, Robert Battle, Trisha Brown, and Doug Varone. She has collaborated and performed with Stacey Swan, The Riley Project, and Kelly Bowker in San Francisco, Meghan Frederick in New York, and recently with Kate Seethaler at Smith College.
Meredith Bove (Dancer)Meredith Bove is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and writer, originally hailing from Vermont. She approaches movement as a mode for understanding the body as a process-oriented, unfixed, and continuously evolving entity. She has created eight original solos that incorporate live, looped vocalizations as part of a series investigating the solo body as living archive, as the site of embodied memory, and as a microcosm for multiplicity. Her work has been seen at various venues and festivals across the US and in Berlin, Germany. As a performer, she has appeared in the work of Jérôme Bel, Luis Lara Malvacías, Sharon Mansur, Stephanie Miracle, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Jillian Peña, and Erica Rebollar among others. She has collaborated with dancers/choreographers Andrea Jenni and Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, conceptual artist Luke Munn, and improvising musician and sound artist Layne Garrett. Meredith has taught at Hollins University, Montgomery College, Springfield College, The Dance Exchange, and The Collective (Baltimore). She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an MFA from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. Currently, she makes her home in Northampton, MA where, in addition to making dances, she works for Contact Quarterly and writes for ThINKingDANCE (based in Philadelphia) from afar. meredithbove.wordpress.com
Stephanie Kellogg (Dancer)
Stephanie’s love of dance was first inspired at the Hackworth School of Performing Arts. By age 13, she decided to focus her training on ballet and transferred to the Pioneer Vallye Ballet where she has been dancing professionally for 6 years. After graduating from GCC with a degree in Fine Art, she became a member of the PVB faculty. She has attended summer intensive programs at Colorado Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Ballet X. She has traveled with Vacanti Ballet, performing at the Springfield Museum, Provincetown MA, and Graz Austria. Current works include Barbie Diewald Choreography and Cinderella (PVB).
Katie Martin (Dancer)Katie Martin is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and recipient of the national Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Dance. She has presented and performed her choreography throughout NYC and across the country, including Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Symphony Space, EMPAC, The Neurosciences Institute, New England Complex Systems Institute, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and A.P.E. Gallery, as well as at numerous college and university performance venues. Her work has been supported by such organizations as the Jerome Robbins Foundation, National Performance Network, Bumper Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Vermont Arts Council, and Northampton Arts Council and has been honored at the American College Dance Association’s Gala Concert and selected for the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center. Katie has had the pleasure of collaborating with and performing in the work of many artists, including choreographers Paul Matteson, David Dorfman, Susan Rethorst, Dana Reitz, Keith Thompson, Mark Dendy, Ann Carlson, Meg Wolfe, Cathy Nicoli, and the Emergent Improvisation Project; with musicians Bill Nace, Jake Meginsky, Tatsuya Nakatani, and Chris Cooper; and with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Elliot Caplan. Katie trained and performed for 10 years under the direction of American Ballet Theater principal ballerina Karena Brock Carlyle before receiving a BA in Dance at Bennington College and a MFA in Choreography and Dance Performance as a Teaching Fellow at Smith College. She continues to present and perform her work widely and currently teaches throughout the Five College Dance Department and at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought.
Rowan Salem (Dancer)
Rowan Salem is a choreographer, performer, and teacher from Boston, MA whose interests lie in improvisation, links between philosophy and movement, the relationship of sound and movement, and investigating questions about perspective through performance. She has taught undergraduate technique courses at Amherst College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Smith College. Rowan has recently performed in the work of Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Lorraine Chapman, Pamela Newell, Jim Coleman, and Terese Freedman. Her choreography has been shown at Amherst College, Smith College, Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, Spontaneous Celebrations, and Lesley College. Rowan holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently a Teaching Fellow/Gretchen Moran Scholar and a Masters of Fine Arts Candidate in Choreography and Performance at Smith College.
Risks and challenges
Regardless of whether our Kickstarter is successful, we will proceed with "Unfinishing" at APE this June 28-July 1.
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