This past year has been my busiest one yet! More performances than I can count along with numerous teaching gigs, residencies, and side projects have challenged me to use my time (and body) wisely. After the jump, I present to you a few highlights from this year – the shows, the fun, the photos – and hope you’ll continue to show your support. I love bringing you along for the ride!
with love, b
The year started with Sonia Plumb Dance Company’s “Water Wars”, a night bringing awareness to human’s relationship with water…
“Displaced”, a duet with fellow dancer Amy Nesbitt. SPDC has been invited to perform at multiple shows benefiting and bringing awareness to environemtal issues.
“Water Wars’, featuring the ensemble. We have also been able to go on a mini “tour” or sorts and performed the show throughout CT including here at Housatonic Community College.
Newspaper except from Italian Newspaper Roma. Then came “Broadway In Ravello”. Produced by West Hartford Community Theater, I was a featured dancer in this Broadway revue show that premiered at the Auditorium de Oscar Niemeyer in Ravello Italy.
Photo by Amanda Kohl. It was a fun show! I was able to dance to many or my favorite musical numbers including “All That Jazz” from Chicago and “Supercalifargilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins.
Photo by Amanda Kohl.
This opportunity was my first time to ever leave the country and I was so happy to get a chance to wake up to sights like this one of the Amalfi coast right outside my hotel room.
At the Piazza Duomo. The Amalfi coast is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen!
The cast of “Broadway in Ravello”. Photo by Amanda Kohl.
Photo by Ron Compton. After that wonderful experience was dancEnlight’s “Sacred Existence”. Another physically difficult show, it was inspired by the movie “Unmistaken Child”, directed by Nati Baratz. The evening length work was based on the real life experience of a Buddhist monk, Tenzin, on a quest to find the reincarnation of his Master in the body of a young child.
Photo by Zoe Macerollo. I was featured as Tenzin, the leader who endured the search for the reincarnated Lama. Two solos, one duet, and and ensemble piece delineated my involvement in the show.
Photo by Zoe Macerollo. My dance with artistic director Lorelei Chang was a highlight for me. With myself as Tenzin and Lorelei as the spirit of the deceased Master, our duet was a study on loss, grief, and guidance.
Photo by Sam Setzer. After such a taxing show, the ensemble let got with a moment of silliness.
In continuation of our year, dancEnlight was also hired and invited to perform in numerous shows and residencies across CT. This one was at a Graby elementary school, but we also performed for Kinsella Performing Arts Magnet School, South Windsor Senior Center, and the town of Killingworth.
Now that those shows are done and put away, focus turns to the upcoming season. SPDC has been working on new pieces. Our premiere of “Shadows and Light” will explore light, darkness, and the shadows in between.
It promises to be an thought-provoking evening of visual and fun work.
Phot by Jenni Wright, Big Shot Photography. This summer will be consumed with my involvement with HTE Dance, which I’ve mentioned multiple times. I promise not to leave you hanging though; keep checking back and lending your support, I appreciate it! 🙂