Arts on Site | July 21, 2018

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Born Dancing showed a duet from Grey performed by Madeline Charles and Madison Ferris at a monthly Performance Party hosted by Arts on Site. 

Saturday July 21, 2018 at 9 PM at Arts on Site, 12 St. Marks Place at 3rd Avenue, NYC


The Riverside Theater | January 2018

  Kelly Vaghenas, Lisa Clementi  (Photo Russell Haydn)

Kelly Vaghenas, Lisa Clementi  (Photo Russell Haydn)

January 19, 20, and 21, 2018 at The Riverside Theater Born Dancing presented four works, including two new works. In addition to re-stagings of Silver Staircase and Stems, the company of multiple generations of dancers with and without disabilities debut Grey and Sshhh--all choreographed by Born Dancing's Founder and Executive Director, Melissa van Wijk.

The inspiration for Grey started with the piano and violin driven music of contemporary composer Ludovico Einaudi and evolved after the choreographer saw a video of dancer Ahmad Joudeh who stayed in Syria to teach dance to children who had lost their parents or families to the violence. Ahmad would also dance among the ruins in tribute to those who had lost their lives. That haunting video made its way into the heart of Grey along with other stories and images of refugees. 

The second new work Sshhh, as well as Silver Staircase and Stems, put women front and center. While in Grey the only color came from children, in Sshhh the only voices heard were from women.

DANCERS: Andrea Ansale, Samantha Barriento, Tim Canali, Samuel Caraballo, Madeline Charles, Lisa Clementi, Amber Davis, Madison Ferris, Juliana Garber, Dominique Lockett, Meagan Kolakowski, Chris Makens, Katie Mollison, Antoine Hunter, Stefanie Roper, Sara Schwabacher, Nicole Sclafani, Nicole Speletic, Kelly Vaghenas, Tina Wang.

COSTUME DESIGN: Stacy Jansen.

LIGHTING DESIGN: Michael Cole. 


Wasted Love | February 2017

  Xiang Xu, Katie Wilson. (Photo: E. M. Whiteley)

Xiang Xu, Katie Wilson. (Photo: E. M. Whiteley)

 
 

Born Dancing premiered Wasted Love on February 17, 18, 19, 2017 at New York Live Arts Theater. Wasted Love is a modern dance multimedia (Not So) Fairy Tale set to the music of singer/songwriter Misty Boyce and choreographed by Born Dancing's Founder and Executive Director, Melissa van Wijk.

The one-act explores the expected and unexpected meetings and partings of differently abled people as they move through a ‘New York City meets Hogwarts’ world where a Girl and a Boy wrestle through the thrills and trappings of romance.

Misty Boyce joined the Born Dancing cast of 16 dancers with and without disabilities for the performances. Live music was under Music Direction by Scott Sharrard and the production included photography by E.M. Whiteley as well as video by Cheyenne Picardo.

DANCERS: John Fiscian, Katie Wilson, Rebecca Bogue, Anne Carr, Samuel Caraballo, Madeline Charles, Sofiya Cheyenne, Juliana Garber,Laura Guarisco, Jake Haynie, Stephanie Infante, Katrina Leung, Elvig Michael, Jamie Petrone, Sara Schwabacher, Peter Trojic.

MUSICIANS: Brett Bass, Misty Boyce, Christina Courtin, Jason Darling, Sean Dixon, Eric Finland, Scott Sharrard.

COSTUME DESIGN: Stacy Jansen.

LIGHTING DESIGN: Michael Cole.


From Here To There | March 2016

  Thomas Sullivan, Sara Schwabacher  (Photo Nicole Bennett)

Thomas Sullivan, Sara Schwabacher  (Photo Nicole Bennett)

Born Dancing brought together multiple generations of professional dancers, musicians, performers with (physical) disabilities, and students with disabilities for highly successful performances at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. From Here To There was set to music by Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam under Music Direction by Scott Sharrard. 

DANCERS: Mary Theresa Archbold, Rebecca Bogue, Samuel Caraballo, Anne Carr, Madeline Charles, Eliana Dell’Anna, Juliana Garber, Meagan Kolakowski, Katrina Leung, Elvig Michael, Jamie Petrone, Julienne Rencher, Nicole Speletic, Ariel Tharpe, Sara Schwabacher, Thomas W. Sullivan, Peter Trojic, Kelly Vaghenas, Tina Wang, Katie Wilson.

MUSICIANS: Jason Darling, Eric Finland, Melanie Goerlitz, Jeff Hanley, Scott Sharrard, Diego Voglino.

COSTUME DESIGN: Stacy Jansen.

LIGHTING DESIGN: Marty Postma.


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