Past Dance Performances
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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ANIKAYA PDF Print E-mail

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October 19 – November 15, 2015

ANIKAYA Dance Theater weaves together music, dance and storytelling to create works that pull from the full range of the body’s communicative capabilities. They incorporate traditional forms, internalizing them and then allowing them to reemerge as part of a new movement vocabulary. The result is work that is resonant of deep-rooted traditions, without being bound to any particular genre, place or practice. They have traveled wide and studied deeply to bring you these, the gifts of the body.

During their residency, ANIKAYA will develop Entangling, a collaboration between US-based choreographer Wendy Jehlen and Lacina Coulibaly, a contemporary choreographer and dancer from Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Inspired by the phenomenon of Quantum Entanglement, in which two atoms become linked to each other, Entangling explores how we are inextricably and consequentially connected to each other. Entangling investigates the interlacing of the internal, physical energy between two human beings. As they move together, each individual becomes invested in the other, and there develops a sense of deep interdependence. Entangling has been developed in New York City, Boston and Bamako, Mali.


WorkshopAfrorhythm Movement Lab with Lacina Coulibaly
International choreographer, Lacina Coulibaly will lead a workshop in conjunction with Resident Choreographer, ANIKAYA, at Boston Center for the Arts. This workshop is for experienced movers and will focus on the musicality, kinetic form, gestures and movements of traditional West African dance and its modern/contemporary manifestations.
Don’t miss the chance to study with this artist while he’s in town!

$20 | $18 for BDA members
Saturday November 7th | 3:30–5:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA | 527 Tremont Street, Boston 02116

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More about Lacina:
Born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Lacina Coulibaly’s professional career is deeply rooted in traditional African dances, and later merged with contemporary influences to create a uniquely African choreographic expression. In 1995, Lacina created the Cie Kongo Bâ Teria with Souleymane Badolo and Ousseni Sako. Their creations, Frères sans stèles (1999), Vin Nem (2001) et Hydou Bye (2004) toured the world and won international awards, including the award of 3rd place at SANGA, les Rencontres Choréographiques for Vin Nem (2001) which toured more than 30 cities in Europe in 2002 and throughout the United States on the Movement (R)Evolution tour. Beyond his continuing work with his company Kongo Bâ Teria, he has danced and choreographed with other international dance companies, such as Salia ni Seydou, Faso Danse Theatre, and TchéTché, he has also collaborated artistically with individual artists, such as Emily Coates (USA), Catherine Young (Ireland), Amy Sullivan (USA), and Pipaluk Vibeke (Denmark).

Since 2007 he has conducted major residencies in American universities, including Yale, Brown, and the University of Florida: his unique blend of traditional and modern influences results in dynamic intellectual and artistic processes that intrigue and inspire young artists, and audiences. Lacina’s choreography often provokes questions of the (dis)integration of the traditional and the contemporary. His newest work, entitled Transcendence, is a solo that explores the place of faith in urban life. He and his company Kongo Bâ Teria were recently featured in the documentary film Movement (R)Evolution Africa (2007), available from Documentary Educational Resources (

Lacina works with Universities in USA (Brown University, Yale University, University of Florida, Cornell University, UCLA, Columbus University and so on) and dance school (ECA in New Haven) and EDIT (Burkina Faso) as Guest lecturer, Guest-teacher, artist-in-residence, and performer. He is currently Co-founder/director of the artistic company Siniyasigui association with Ousseni Sako.


PerformanceBoston Center for the Arts Choreographers' Residency Showcase
Entangling with ANIKAYA
Friday, November 13 | 8:00pm
Saturday, November 14 | 4:00pm
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA | 527 Tremont Street, Boston 02116
Tickets | $20 General Admission | $18 Boston Dance Alliance members
Box Office | 617-933-8600 or 

Viewers have described Entangling as...
"Sensual, organic, powerful, the creation of life. Energy flowing in and out of its self." – Naheem Garcia, Theater Artist, US

"O Poema de sentir, em seu Ser" (A poem of sensations, felt in your being itself) – Patricia Lima Prafula, Performing Artist, Brazil

"Sobre sentir e tocar" (On sensing and touching) – Evelin Bandeira, Dancer, Brazil

“Emotional and full of beauty and raw” – Rachel Eliza Hope, Dancer, US


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Past Dance Performances PDF Print E-mail

2014-2015 SEASON


November 10 - December 7, 2014
Jean Appolon Expressions
Exploring themes of political, social and economic injustice, Jean Appolon Expressions opens the studio for a sneak peek of their new work Angaje. A series of interconnected dances, set to live percussion and Haitian folkloric music, Anganje will react to the recent surge in violence against homosexual young men in the context of contemporary Haiti.

January 12 - February 15, 2015
Exploring concepts of interaction and communication in today’s expanding digital world, NY-based dance company, LaneCoArts will premiere The Space Between. The physical convergence of the performers, intertwine with a diverse audio landscape of morse code, radio transmissions, television, multimedia technologies and electromagnetic wave formations to explore contrasts in culture and conversation.

June 1 - 28, 2015
Anna Reyes Dance in collaboration with Tamara Al-Mashouk
The Good Parts of Being Alive explores how outside influences shift the behavior between two people in love. Video and live performance collide when two of Boston’s boldest emerging artists – Anna Reyes, dance & Tamara Al-Mashouk, video art come together. Despite outside factors shaping shared connections, each individual has his/her unique experience in a romantic relationship. During The Good Parts of Being Alive, life mirrors art, when the audience traverses its own unique relationship with the piece as they walk through the Mills Gallery and experience multiple layers of the visual, physical and emotional.

July 6 - August 2, 2015
Carey McKinley, dance theatre in collaboration with Carolyn Lewenberg, sculptor
Bittersweet is how life feels from one moment to the next. A shift in perspective, morphing sensations, bitter turned sweet or the other way around, and the all-confounding, both bitter and sweet at once. Choreographer Carey McKinley and sculptor Carolyn Lewenberg will create and ultimately destroy, an environment using bittersweet vines, bodies and moving images.


2013–2014 SEASON


October 21 – November 24, 2013
Exploring the tension between natural cycles and the artifice of the workplace, Weber Dance will perform excerpts of their developing work-in-progress in open conversation with the audience. The evening will evolve from process to polished company repertoire.

January 6 – February 2, 2014
The need for instant gratification appears everywhere: text messages, fast food, same-day delivery, the self-help movement, and instructions for building easy, mass-produced furniture. Explore this characteristic of our fast-paced, increasingly impatient society through a series of interactive events and performances with SPUNKandCOmpany contemporary dance.

May 19 – June 22, 2014
Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion
After 20 years of touring the world creating dances with multiple dance genres, Peter DiMuro returns to Boston to explore new ways of creating work through dialogue, workshops, open showings, and intensive rehearsals. Performances will showcase the results of DiMuro’s search.


December 6, 2013
Rocha Dance Theater
Critically acclaimed Rocha Dance Theater will premiere new company works with their edgy, bold sculptural costumes.

April 18, 2014
Jessie Jeanne & Dancers, Reject Dance Theatre
Movement at the Mills is a series of dance exhibitions showcasing fresh, edgy, interactive work. This session features local companies Jessie Jeanne & Dancers in a cross-disciplinary work inspired by Henri Matisse and Reject Dance Theatre exploring the territory of human psyche, gender and animal movement.

June 6, 2014
skybetter and associates
Critically-acclaimed, skybetter and associates, activates the Mills Gallery’s current exhibition Jordan Eagles: Blood Dust with the company’s abstract, elegantly formal repertory. Performance features a handful of Skybetter’s Kennedy Center-commissioned dance works, and an exclusive preview of new work.


2012–2013 SEASON


October 15 – November 18, 2012
Quicksilver Dance
Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency features Mariah Steele/Quicksilver Dance in “Epoch Tales”, a new work combining dance and science to explore the process of evolution. Echoing the movement of early life-forms, the piece will bring science to life by illuminating how the world may have moved in different evolutionary epochs. Other repertory featured will include a playful jaunt into the world of Frank Sinatra and an investigation into the cultural history of tea. Quicksilver will host a series of workshops that meld dance with disciplines of peace building, physics and writing on the BCA campus.

April 29 – June 2, 2013
Navarasa Dance Theater
Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency features Navarasa Dance Theater in “My Dear Muddu Palani” and other new works by Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda. “My Dear Muddu Palani” explores sensuality through literature and performance based on work written by Muddu Palani in the 18th century and challenges the way women’s bodies are viewed in modern societies both in the east and the west. Inspired by Indian classical and folk dance forms, Navarasa Dance Theater weaves together dance, singing, Kalari ppayattu (Indian martial art), and original music to create multilayered, multilingual performances.

June 3 – 30, 2013
Kelley Donovan & Dancers
Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency features Kelley Donovan & Dancers in “Polishing Stone”, a showcase of new company works. Premiered works include “In Reverse”, a company work that explores concepts of transformation, and “Polishing Stone”, an intergenerational dance work that investigates the cycle of creation, destruction and rebuilding through collaboration with performers ages 10-76. In addition to creating new works during their residency, Kelley Donovan & Dancers will host a series of open rehearsals and workshops on the BCA campus in partnership with local senior centers.


September 28, 2012
elephant JANE Dance, Annie Kloppenberg & Co.
Boston Center for the Arts hosts Rhode Island-based elephant JANE Dance, Heidi Henderson, and Boston-based Annie Kloppenberg & Co. for Movement at the Mills. These esteemed companies will connect pieces of choreography with site-specific improvisational episodes. Blending the line between audience and stage, pedestrian and performance, the dancers will explore the concept of ‘dancers at work’ in the nooks of the Mills Gallery space.

December 7, 2012
LaneCoArts, Basil el Halwagy & Wendy Jehlen
Boston Center for the Arts delves into the unconscious mind and Indo-Arabic Mysticism with NYC-based dance theater company LaneCoArts and multidisciplinary artist, Basil El Halwagy in collaboration with Wendy Jehlen of ANIKAI Dance.

May 20, 2013
The Bang Group with Lorraine Chapman, Contrapose Dance, Ryan Casey
Boston Center for the Arts hosts The Bang Group for our next installment of Movement at the Mills. Known for their joyful, smart, funny dances that resonate with the rich traditions of percussive dance, vaudeville, movie musicals and classical ballet, The Bang Group from NYC will blend company repertory with original Bang works on local artists Lorraine Chapman, Contrapose Dance, and Ryan Casey.


2011–2012 SEASON


November 21 – December 18, 2011
Caitlin Corbett Dance Company
Boston Center for the Arts’ Dance Residency features Caitlin Corbett Dance Company’s most recent work “I’m Like, No Way”, a work in progress that considers the trajectory of recklessness through three duets and an octet. Other works featured include “Without Word” (1998), a lush, lyrical duet for two women and “Duets” (2009), an eclectic collection of 15 one-minute duets performed by a truly dynamic assortment of unlikely couplings, most of whom are non-dancers.

January 16 – February 12, 2012
Contrapose Dance
Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency features Contrapose Dance in “groundwork”, a showcase of company repertory and commissioned works from 2010 through today. Works featured include the Boston premiere of “Potemkin Piece” by New York based choreographer Sydney Skybetter of skybetter and associates, a new work by Massachusetts-based choreographer Mariah Steele, and “Ground”, a work about frustration, repetitive efforts, and the resolution that comes from moving forward, by Contrapose Dance Artistic Director, Courtney Peix.

June 4 – July 1, 2012
Kairos Dance Theater
Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency features KAIROS Dance Theater in “That Girl and the Other One”, an experimental work-in-progress performance that explores the intense dynamics cultivated in relationships between women. Expanded from an existing series of seven duets to include a cast of 12 dancers, “That Girl and The Other One”, features choreography by DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz, lighting and set design by Lynda Reiman, and digital media by Alison Kotin.


November 18, 2011
The PGK Project
The Boston Center for the Arts hosts critically acclaimed contemporary repertory dance company, The PGK Project for Movement at the Mills. Based in San Diego with operations in New York City, this diverse company innovative, accessible performances that feature works from award-winning choreographers. Their inventive repertoire is casual, fun and engaging – a perfect match for Movement at the Mills!

April 20, 2012
Scapegoat Garden & EgoArt, Inc.
Boston Center for the Arts hosts Hartford-based dance theater company Scapegoat Garden and Somerville-based choreographer Nicole Pierce/EgoArt Inc for Movement at the Mills. These esteemed companies will partner to conjure a lush world where movement, music, sound, video, costume, set, and light design are brought together.

June 30, 2012
Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe, June-Takahashi Group, Lorraine Chapman the Company and Zoe Dance
Boston Center for the Arts hosts four local choreographers - Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe, June-Takahashi Group, Lorraine Chapman the Company and Zoe Dance as they share their take on the concept of small dances. Original works will feature contemporary pointe, a live electronic sound score, movement in a 6x6 square foot space and a real-time dance/video installation.


2010–2011 SEASON


November 22 – December 19th, 2010
Meghan McLyman of Accumulation Dance
Boston Center for the Arts’ Dance Residency Artist Meghan McLyman’s new work “Collections of Why”, will explore collections as representations of human identity and their power to communicate something deeply personal. In contrast, the work comments on overlying authoritative systems that are perpetuated beyond individual control. Collections of… memories, photos, shoes, clothing, letters, ideas, movement.

March 7 – April 3, 2011
Boston Somatic Dance Company
Boston Center for the Arts’ Dance Residency Artist Bosoma Dance Company premiers the final development of Katherine Hooper’s new work “Marionette”. The BCA Dance Residency brought together the BoSoma Dance Company and Unyted Stylz dancers and choreographers, Katherine Hooper, Irada Djelassi, and Ricardo Foster. “Marionette” features the fusion BoSoma’s visceral contemporary movement with puppeteer-style hip hop by Ricardo Foster, of Unyted Stylz Entertainment.  The 60 minute showcase will feature an Opening Act by teens from the pre-professional Performance Workshop held during the BCA Dance Residency.

May 9 – 22, 2011
Brian Crabtree & Dancers
Brian Crabtree’s project “new(F)angle” will feature three pieces from three perspectives – original company repertoire (from 1994-2000), new compositions by Crabtree, and new interpretations from guest choreographers using Crabtree’s movement. The audience will experience the way a piece of music can inform or inspire choreographic ideas by observing these three unique and unexpected responses to a set of challenging scores.

May 23 – June 5, 2011
Lorraine Chapman the Company
LCTC’s new work “Safe Space” is inspired by Stephen Wangh’s book An Acrobat of the Heart, a physical approach to acting inspired by the work of Jerzy Grotowski. This evening-length dance/theatre piece will implement techniques designed by Jerzy Grotowski that develop the connection between the performer’s inner being and expressive body. Performers will share with the audience a state that is not dancing or acting, but somewhere in between.


November 5, 2010
Marsha Parrilla y Danza Organica, Monkeyhouse, Wanda Strukus

March 4, 2011
In Noon, Luminarium Dance Company, Zoe Dance

May 6, 2011
Deadfall Dance, Lauren Simpson

2009-2010 SEASON


April 26 – May 9, 2010
In “Forest”, ANIKAI Dance invites you to leave behind the confines of our urban world that constrict the imagination, and to enter the ever-evolving, unpredictable world of the forest. “Forest” is a Contemporary Dance work informed by movement forms from Break Dance to Butoh, from Capoeira to Kalaripayattu. The nine ANIKAI dancers create a world unfamiliar and alluring, full of serenity and sensuality, conflict and metamorphosis.

June 14 - 26, 2010
Annie Kloppenberg
Kloppenberg's new work-in-progress, "Expert Witness," eclipses narrative but invites you into a world with a sense of intrigue, mystery, and memory. With movement structures borrowed from probability theories, social psychology, and the legal system, Kloppenberg plays with perception, revealing incomplete information, the act of bearing witness to and recreating events, and how unrelated occurrences becoming linked in the memory of an event. The act of decoding, or solving, is passed over to you, the audience.


October 29, 2009
Accumulation Dance, Urbanity Dance, Lizroncka/Real-Time Performance Project

January 8, 2010
Mariah Steele, Screech to a Stop, Michael Jahoda’s White Box Project

April 30, 2010
Kendra Heithoff, Sun Ho Kim & Dancers, Weber Dance



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