What's On Their Mind | May 23 – June 6 | featuring Zoé Dance PDF Print E-mail

On May 23 Zoé Dance begins their 4 week stay at the BCA for the final Choreographer’s Residency of the season. Callie Chapman of Zoé Dance tells the BCA What’s On Her Mind. Want to see Zoé Dance in action? Join us for Becoming Undone, Boston Center for the Arts Choreographers’ Residency Showcase June 17 and 18 at 8:00pm | Purchase tickets here.

Zoe Dance, 'Esperanza por el Agua'

Zoé Dance performing Esperanza por el Agua

What can we expect to see during your residency?

I am planning on reworking Becoming Undone, a multi-media installation dance piece that has components of audience interaction and metaphors played out via movement and visual stimuli. All played out within an hour or so. This piece was originally performed last year at about this time at Green Street Studios. I plan on reworking by rethinking the movement specifically. How gesture, group work, and form can strengthen the piece to convey the theme. Becoming Undone, for me as a thematic undertone is the continual process of pealing away layers of ones self. It's really never ending.

How long have you been working as a professional dancer?

Ha! Funny question. I always like to get technical with this one. Since I was 11, I have been dancing professionally. Although starting dance basically when I could walk, then to dance class at 3, at 11 I had my first paying gig playing a Snow child in Carousel at the North Shore Music Theatre. Continually from 3 on, I kept training from former Boston Ballet dancers as my teachers, then on to the Boston Conservatory. And intermittently I would get paying gigs throughout those times.

In five words, describe your process.

  • Visual
  • Dream
  • Context
  • Metaphor
  • Movement

What does a typical workweek look like for you?

Right now it's a new thing...this workweek. In addition to having my own company, I also dance for Prometheus Dance, teach Ballet and modern, freelance graphic design/projection design, am a mother of two boys, and just opened my own artists exchange called Studio@550 (Central Square, Cambridge). So somehow all of those things fit into my week, in addition to making room for performances, and yes, down time.

What book, exhibition, music, play, etc would you recommend to a friend?

It depends on where the friend’s interests lie. For myself I find inspiration in things I've looked at before. It's on the nth time that I recognize another reason I love that thing. Beating around the question a bit because sometimes I find that what I would recommend is either old hat (I.e. the music of Chopin) or completely out of the loop (I.e. music artist Juana Molina). And it's very specific to where I am in my life right now. Unless I know where the other person is, I wouldn't know where to start.



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