Past Choreography and Dance Performances
Vimoksha/Chavi Bansal PDF Print E-mail

May 22–June 19, 2017

From India, Chavi Bansal’s early dance training was in Bharatnatyam, Bollywood, Martial Arts and Indian Contemporary dance. She danced with Danceworx, a Bollywood and Indian Contemporary company, from 2003 until 2007. Craving a broader dance vocabulary, Chavi moved to the Netherlands to study at Fontys Hogescholen voor de Kunsten, where she earned her B.A. in Dance with a specialization in Choreography. In 2010, Chavi founded her company, Vimoksha, or “Liberation” in Sanskrit. Using a base of Indian classical movement and western modern technique, Chavi’s work is developed largely through improvisation. She worked for the production house Dansateliers in Rotterdam, was a guest choreographer at the University of Stavanger in Norway, and has presented work at festivals throughout the Netherlands, Norway and India. Since moving to Boston in 2015, Vimoksha has founded a company of Boston-based dancers. Chavi’s work is supported by the Lab Grant (Boston Foundation), New England Dance Fund (NEFA) and by the Cambridge Arts Council and Somerville Arts Council Grants (Massachusetts Cultural Council).

During their residency, Vimoksha will develop a multimedia piece that explores concepts of everyday rituals and the comfort or restraint they provide. This premiere work will ask: Does ritual provide the confidence to face the unknown? Does repetition form our identity? Is our true identity revealed when breaking the chains of ritual? Audience and performers will be taken on an uncomfortable journey through chaos in order to explore the sense of safety ritual provides.

Ritual in Movement: A Composition and Repertory Class with Vimoksha

Saturday, May 27 | 10 am–12 pm
Martin Hall in Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA South End Campus
Free Public Program

Discover the role ritual plays and explore the relationship between ritual movement and dance with Resident Choreographer Chavi Bansal and her company Vimoksha. Create movement that incorporates text and gesture and experiment with different spatial structures to change the experience of the phrase in a process that focuses on communicating with an audience by placing readable codes or moments into an abstract work.

Then learn, analyze and dance a short movement phrase from Vimoksha’s new work, Rituals, a piece that examines the role of rituals in our lives—why rituals exist and why people are drawn to the safety of rituals.

Movement artists of all levels of experience are welcome. The workshop is open to artists from high school students to practicing professionals.


Boston Center for the Arts Choreographer Residency Showcase
Volatile Structures with Vimoksha/Chavi Bansal

Friday, June 9 | 8:00pm
Saturday, June 10 | 8:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA | 527 Tremont Street, Boston 02116
Tickets | $20 General Admission |$18 Boston Dance Alliance members

Does ritual provide the confidence to face the unknown? Does repetition form our identity? Is our true identity revealed when breaking the chains of ritual? Vimoksha’s Volatile Structures explores everyday rituals utilizing rhythmic structures from Classical Indian dance and the physically active meditation of Sufi spiritual dance forms. With influences of Bharatnatyam, Bollywood, martial arts and contemporary dance, this premiere work by choreographer Chavi Bansal pilots a journey through chaos in order to investigate rituals and the sense of safety they provide.

The evening will also include a collection of company repertoire focused on human emotions and mind activity, originally created in Netherlands, India and Norway.

Continuum Dance Project PDF Print E-mail

January 9–February 13, 2017

Continuum Dance Project is a choreographic laboratory for Boston Arts Academy dance alumni to work collaboratively and explore new choreography in their post secondary or post college dance-making journey. It is a forum for these young artists to develop their own voices. Continuum Dance Project grew out of collaboration between founding artistic dean and dance chair of Boston Arts Academy Fernadina Chan, and dancers Adriane Brayton, Mayra Hernandez, and Mary Ellen Liacos. Since its inception in 2013, Continuum Dance Project has challenged the convention of viewing dance by creating interactive immersive performances.

During their residency, Continuum Dance Project will develop a dance installation in collaboration with visual artist/writer Soyoung L Kim. Through a combination of visual elements, miniature paper-mache bird sculptures, narrative written by Kim, and dance vignettes by Chan and Brayton, audience and performers will be immersed in a lush and active environment.

Choreographer Residency Showcase

February 10 at 8 pm
February 11 at 4 & 8 pm

Immerse yourself in the world of Continuum Dance Project, where dance, sculpture and projection come crashing together with dynamic results. Audience and performers will meander through this premiere performance installation created at Boston Center for the Arts in collaboration with artist / writer Soyoung L. Kim.

Read the review in The Daily Free Press.

Massage for BCA Choreographer Residency dancers is provided by Tom Church at Physiotivity.


james morrow/The Movement PDF Print E-mail

October 17–November 14, 2016

james morrow/The Movement creates powerful yet accessible mediums to communicate to multiple generations, multiple ethnicities, and to illuminate alternatives for an urban audience disenfranchised by the commodification of mainstream media and entertainment.

A native of Chicago, IL, James Morrow yearns to see the classical vocabulary prevalent in concert dance integrated into the hip-hop culture with which he is submerged. His choreography can be seen at companies throughout the U.S. and internationally, working in Utrecht, Vienna, Mumbai, Krasnoyarsk, and New Brighton. He is currently living in Salem, MA and working as an assistant professor of dance at Salem State University.

During his residency, Morrow will develop a new work entitled A Quarter Past Midnight. Through a fusion of modern, contemporary and urban dance styles, Morrow reimagines Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun in a modern day house club setting. james morrow/The Movement will navigate queer spaces within the communal world of House while superimposing the original narrative of Nijinsky’s masterpiece over this premiere work.

Boston Center for the Arts Choreographer Residency Showcase
A Quarter Past Midnight with james morrow/The Movement

Friday, November 11 | 8:00pm
Saturday, November 12 | 8:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA | 527 Tremont Street, Boston 02116
Tickets | $20 General Admission |$18 Boston Dance Alliance members

House Dance Jam with james morrow/The Movement

Saturday, April 8 | 6–8 pm
Martin Hall in Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA South End Campus
Free Public Program

Join Boston Center for the Arts Resident Choreographer, james morrow/The Movement for a close encounter of House Dance culture. Morrow will guide an exploration throughout this talk/show/learn/jam event. Get the basics down with an introduction to house and hip hop and see a short section of Morrow’s new work Quarter Past Midnight. Then, we’ll open the dance floor for a basic movement class and dance jam.

Cash Bar & snacks available throughout the event.

James Morrow has been described as…
“His work has a hypnotic focus awash in clashing impulses—a defiant shot to the future.” Helen Coburn Meier

James Morrow is the 2015 Honoree for the Helen Coburn Meier & Tim Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts

Zoé Dance PDF Print E-mail

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May 23 – June 19, 2016

Zoé Dance nurtures the art of dance, dance theatre and performance through accessible performance venues, educates the public, and creates social awareness through themes explored in repertory. Founded in 2002, Zoé Dance has presented works by Callie Chapman Korn, Ivan Korn, Emily Beattie and Meghan Ballog. Zoé Dance continues to perform in publicly accessible venues to make the art of dance an approachable art form for all, and to heighten the awareness of dance in the Boston area and beyond.

During their residency, Zoé Dance will further develop Becoming Undone. An interdisciplinary, site-specific work that explores the themes of introspection and letting go of the superficial, the complexity of loosening hard-and-fast beliefs, and a general sense of redefining, deepening, and transformation. This concept utilizes dance as a catalyst in conjunction with projection design, visual art installations, and theatrical lighting to support this vision.

Viewers have described Becoming Undone as…
"…visually and viscerally breathtaking, edgy yet hospitable, music we wish we owned, unpredictable and unexpected, whimsy, humor, contemplative, emotionally disturbing and thought provoking. Beautiful dancing and emotional narrative left us with much to talk about on the ride home. We were both moved, delighted and impressed by the work.” –Joanie Block, Audience Member

"A great evening—Full of things to watch (and do), often fun, wonderful dancing, technology as smooth as could be (not to mention imaginative and fascinating), moving—and on and on. Thank you so much for it."
–Eleanor Duckworth, Audience Member


Boston Center for the Arts Choreographers’ Residency Showcase
Becoming Undone with Zoé Dance

Boston Center for the Arts and Zoé Dance invite you to let go of the superficial, loosen your hard-and-fast beliefs, and experience a sense of redefining in an evening where the cinematic and performative entwine in Becoming Undone.

Friday, June 17 | 8pm
Saturday, June 18 | 8pm
Plaza Black Box Theatre at the BCA | 539 Tremont Street, Boston 02116

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Kat Nasti Dance PDF Print E-mail

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January 11 – February 14, 2016

Kat Nasti Dance is an ensemble of artists currently based in the Boston metropolitan area. The group is a pick-up organization, utilizing the constantly changing and diverse artistic pool available in Boston.

During her residency, choreographer Kat Nasti will develop her new work, The Glorious Mediocre which reflects on the arc of life and just how much it takes to meet the level of mediocrity in today’s society. Through a mash-up of Broadway and Modern dance, The Glorious Mediocre! serves as a memoir of the mundane. Reflecting on her own life as the eighth of ten kids growing up in a relatively unspectacular town, Kat, explores the fruitless pursuits of mortals, with song, dance and a healthy serving of sarcasm.

Kat will also host The Missing Rung: Conversations of the Aging Artist, an artist talk that will touch upon topics such as loss of mobility as a dancer, artistic parenthood, the artist’s career ladder and moving through life transitions.

Kast Nasti has been described as…
“…a beautiful dancer and stunning performer…a gifted choreographer who creates original works requiring super human strength.”
–Karen Dearborn, Director of Dance, Muhlenberg College

Boston Center for the Arts Choreographers’ Residency Showcase
The Glorious Mediocre with Kat Nasti Dance

Friday, February 12 | 8:00pm
Saturday, February 13 | 8:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA | 527 Tremont Street, Boston 02116

Tickets | $20 General Admission | $18 Boston Dance Alliance members
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2-Day Intensive with April Sellers
Content Driven Choreography: Layering Dance Technique within Everyday Gestures and Text-Based Narratives

As part of her residency, Kat will host a 2-Day Intensive for the dance community with guest artist April Sellers (McKnight Fellow and Director of April Sellers Dance Collective in Minneapolis).

Choreographer April Sellers, whose collective was named “Best Dance Performance” by Minneapolis City Pages in 2015, has earned a reputation for being “sublimely idiosyncratic” with her “abundance of vaudevillian chutzpah”, according to critics. Offering a workshop in Boston for the first time, Sellers will guide participants through her process of layering modern-dance technique within everyday gestures and text-based narratives.

Saturday, January 23, 2016| 1:00-5:00pm
Sunday, January 24, 2016 | 1:00-5:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion and the BCA | 527 Tremont Street, Boston 02116

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The Missing Rung: Conversations of the Aging Artist

Join panelists Kat Nasti (Boston: Kat Nasti Dance), Lisa Giobbi (NYC: Lisa Giobbi Movement Theatre, Momix, Martha Clarke) and April Sellers (Minneapolis: April Sellers Dance Collective, McNight Fellow), and Lara Tinari (Boston: Twyla Tharp and River North Dance Co) in conversation that will touch upon shared experiences of loss of mobility as a dancer, artistic parenthood, navigating the artist’s career ladder and moving through life transitions.

Monday, January 25 | 6:00-8:00pm
FREE and open to the public
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA | 527 Tremont Street, Boston 02116


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