In the spring we sprinkled our rehearsals with sharing, feedback & choreographic tools sessions with a small group of local choreographers for the Dance Complex's aMaSSit residency program. We took one of the pieces that we got the feedback was "most formulaic". I took this opportunity to push some concepts and try some audacious music. Then I structured it using a 3-section score with simple interaction and space rules.
"the fix" our new series created in rehearsals from fall 2014 - spring 2015, premiered at the Dance Complex for Inclined|Intimations, showcasing our "collaborative spirit" - Karen Campbell, the Boston Globe. Built over several months of workshops, conversations, experiments and performances, this work still feels like a living being, not quite grown up yet (maybe at that edge on purpose).
To fix: to fasten, to direct one’s eyes, attention, or mind steadily or unwaveringly toward, to mend; repair, a difficult or awkward situation from which it is hard to extricate oneself, a dose of something to which one is addicted, to correct a mistake.
Choreographed and performed by Intimations Dance
Artistic Director, Jessica Muise
Dance performance by: MaryRose Blandino, Caroline Carbo, Alexander Davis, Emily Evans, Liana Gergely, Nikki Girrior, Amanda Jones and Shoshana Moyer
Music composition and performance by: Sue Buzzard (violin), Juan Dhas (guitar), Victor Hernandez (percussion), Sean Peters (trumpet) and Alejandro Trevino (bass)
Lighting Design by Matthew Brian Cost
Performance filmed by Werner Grundl
Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA
Inclined | Intimations
March 13th & 14th 8PM
The Dance Complex
Intimations Dance is presenting new work "the fix", a series of shorts. With the point of entry of being watched as dancers, we are exploring themes of obsession with self, others and body constructs. What is socially acceptable to be obsessed with? What is not? Our goal is to have the audience reflect on their own experiences 'performing' in their daily lives- when they are watched, when they are given attention, and when they are directed verbally or physically to 'be' a certain way.
We are also performing with Inclined Dance Project from Brooklyn, NY.
Music by Mike Wall
Inclined | Intimations Dual Dance Performance at the Dance Complex
Boston, MA, February 8, 2015–As part of the Dance Complex’s Winter into Spring performance series, two modern/contemporary dance companies team up to present new work on Friday, March 13, and, Saturday, March 14. Boston-based Intimations Dance and Brooklyn-based Inclined Dance Project share the bill for dynamic performances at the Dance Complex in Cambridge.
Intimations Dance explores themes of obsession with self, others, and body construct. What is socially acceptable to be obsessed with? What is not? Interested in the idea of how being watched and leads to certain performed behaviors, Intimations Dance implores the audience to reflect on their own experiences “performing” their daily lives.
Inclined Dance Project presents Stuck Together Pieces, an exploration in connecting, disconnecting, and re-connecting. The work delves into the complex bonds of human beings within physical and mental space, dissecting how environment, distance, and personalities affect interactions and relationships. Inclined Dance Project also presents the premier of Temporizer, which examines dominant and reticent energies.
Winter into Spring performance series
Inclined | Intimations
Friday, March 13, 8 PM and Saturday, March 14, 8 PM
$15 general admission
$12 Boston Dance Alliance, students, seniors
Julie Ince Thompson Theatre at the Dance Complex
The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Reserve tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1155625
This year I stepped back from choreographing for NACHMO to expand the programming throughout the month. In the studio, Intimations company members Caroline Carbo and Nikki Girrior created "Surprise Stefani", a fun 'rock concert'-like atmosphere, with remneants of party dances woven into an athletic contemporary language. Enjoy!
We're taking over... And you're invited!
Celebrate NACHMO with us with immersive dance and a DJ dance party at Aeronaut Brewing Company!
Saturday, January 31, 6 pm–12 am
Aeronaut Brewing Company
14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA
No cover charge
Reserve a ticket to guarantee entry
Intimations Dance is pleased to install new dance work at Aeronaut Brewing Company, a craft brewery and foods hub in Somerville, MA, for an evening of performance to celebrate the culmination of Boston’s National Choreography Month. Intimations Dance along with independent choreographers Sarah Mae Gibbons, Michael Figueora, and Wisty Andres begin the takeover at 6 pm with a series of simultaneous contemporary dance solos, duets, and trios in varied spaces throughout the brewery. Local musicians Sue Buzzard on violin, Blain Crawford on bass, Sean Peters on trumpet, Juan Dhas on guitar, and Victor Hernandez on drums accompany the dancers in spaces throughout the taproom and foods hub. Alex Ezorsky of Awespark Productions will provide live VJ projection work in the taproom so that audiences can view the performers on the big screen. Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective performs new dance work at 8 pm in the spirit of childhood nostalgia, involving the audience in an immersive dance-theatre experience. DJ Univers-AL closes out the night by building community beat by beat, and playing music for every moment.
Located in what The Boston Globe deems “Innovation Row,” Aeronaut Brewing Company offers a regular schedule of music and theater performances, trivia, film screenings, and other community events in conjunction with the brewery. “We’re thrilled to offer our space for this kind of creative, unique event,” says Aeronaut’s Community Coordinator, Liz Pratt.
We can't wait to dance with you all!
Informal NACHMO Showing have always been one of my favorite parts of National Choreography Month Boston. Despite the excitement of an audience, lights and a beautiful space, the dialogue we have with our community of dance artists is an important and powerful tool towards building culture of rigorous artistic inquiry into creating and performing dance.
The feedback ranged from specific to general, answering questions with a question, or pointing out what worked, what didn't work, and what they want to see more of. These experiences in NACHMO have inspired us to more regularly invite our dance community and the public into our rehearsal process. Look out for more open rehearsals and opportunities to engage with the choreographic process in 2015!
I am very excited this year to offer a targeted choreographic development workshop through NACHMO Boston. I invited Jody Weber to teach a 2 hour workshop with material from her Dance Composition and Choreographer series. She also inspired me to think about performance at Aeronaut Brewery.
For this short workshop, we focused on duets. We generated material on the spot and then looked at facing and spatial relationships. One of the simplest yet incredible useful tools we applied to