Bone Hooks was inspired by a myth. I know of the myth as Skeleton Woman, written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Women Who Run with the Wolves. I first read the story over ten years ago. However, the image (and kinesthetic memory) of the skeleton woman rolling, both bony and buoyant in an underwater purgatory has stayed with me for all these years. While I do not know the peoples or cultures from whence this story arises, similar stories exists in many cultures and most certainly resonates with me in this current time and place. While the piece is an abstract response to this story and our relationships to it, I hope many of the themes feel relevant and familiar to you, the audience! Read the story here:
When: The very beginning
Where: The long hallway
Who: Duets + Audience
Score: Drape, Drip, Drop
Who: All of us
Music: Max Richter From Sleep
Who: Toby MacNutt
Sound: Arranged by Toby MacNutt sourcing sounds from freesound.org
What: A solo co-choreographed by Nicole and Toby for another project. Toby and Nicole have many inspirational overlaps, and this one was connected through a poem of Toby’s, Burials at Sea, another imagination of a body foregone to the sea and to the sky.
Who: Laila and Jen
Why: What moves us, what ensnares us?
Who: Nicole, Jessie, Jen, Mireya
What: Tugged by the bones of her own ribs, she was dragged up from the sea.
When: In a dream
Why: It is our favorite
How: Climbing and Descending
Who: All, including you
Why: Unexpected tenderness, the recognition of body, untangling the toes,
Who: Nicole and Jessie
What: The love story. Singing back the flesh. Beating back the heart.
Our deepest gratitude to Core Studio and Kathy Brunnette for inviting us into her studio home! You can experience aerial slings through aerial barre classes, try pilates or barre classes. Find out more and see the schedule at http://corestudioburlington.com/
Choreographer and dancer Hanna Satterlee grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont and has spent many years traveling through dance, both nationally and internationally. Hanna holds a Masters in Fine Arts/Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (VT/WA) and has produced her own choreographic and dance installation work, and has performed with professional companies in Vienna Austria, Stolzenhagen Germany, Baltimore, Manhattan, Brooklyn, San Francisco and throughout the state of Vermont.
Now based in Burlington Vermont, Hanna is the current director of the Vermont Dance Alliance (vermontdance.org), with a strong belief that the culture of dance will continue to flourish and expand throughout the edges of our beautiful state. In addition, Hanna teaches, choreographs and performs on freelance basis. Find out more at hannasatt.wordpress.com.
Jessie Owens is the founder of Ergo Movement, a collaborative performance project based in Burlington, Vermont. She holds a BA in Dance from Smith College, where she attended as an Ada Comstock, or non-traditional scholar.
She is the current Vice President of the Vermont Dance Alliance, where she is working to support dance in all of its forms. Find out more about Jessie and her work at jessieowens.com
I'm interested in: what defines a body? How do our bodies relate us - to each other, the world?
My training and experience includes a wide breadth of contemporary, improvisational, and adaptive styles, with a childhood foundation in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. I have studied with integrated companies such as AXIS Dance, Stopgap, Candoco, as well as individual teachers, choreographers, and experienced performance mentors. My performance history ranges from yoga studios in small Vermont towns to Danspace St Mark's in New York City to festivals in the UK and Germany.
I am available to teach - dance topics, adaptive strategies, and more; to perform; or to engage in the creation of new work.
Mireya finds a great source of gratification in the ever-evolving process of investigation in contemporary dance. That’s why it is still her favorite modality of self-discovery and expression. She has experienced dance in various dance communities in Ecuador and the US, where she has collaborated in many projects with talented artists and friends as a performer and choreographer.
Mireya was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador.
Returning to dance after a long hiatus, Jen has thrown herself into the deep end and is reveling in the magic of moving.
Laila grew up dancing in Central Vermont, discovering her commitment to movement at an early age. Her childhood was rich in diverse examples of artists, teachers, and learners who taught her that creative work can have endless forms.
Having always felt pulled in multiple directions, Laila studied dance and movement integration in early education at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, in efforts to align her passions for dance and working with young children. At Hampshire College Laila performed works by Katie Martin and Deborah Goffe, and studied with Angie Hauser, Stephen Petronio, Constance Vallis-Hill, and Cynthia McLaughlin, among others. She now works as a preschool teacher at a therapeutic early education center, working to integrate creative movement into her classroom. Laila is thrilled for the myriad of possibilities that the Vermont Dance Alliance brings forth, and is very grateful to connect with other artists.
Melinda Kinzie has been a student of energy medicine and spirituality her whole life. She grew up in the mountains of Vermont and later lived in NYC for 20 years working as a recording and performance artist. With over 25 years of training in transformational work, she has most recently completed a rigorous 3 year study of Sound Healing & Shamanism with Zacciah Blackburn at the Center of Light, 2 years of Aura Soma Color Therapy training & is currently training with Anaiya Sophia in the Sacred Temple Arts of the Holy Sophia. She is delighted to be working as a Sound
Healer, Frequency Channel & Energy Medicine Practitioner in pure service to all of creation and facilitates workshops, classes, group & private sound healing sessions, childrens programs & all manner of sacred business.
Nada Brahma~All Is Sound.
Nicole Colella studied fine arts at the Art Institute of Boston. She has worked on numerous collaborations with artists, dancers and musicians in the Boston area. Currently Nicole is a Preschool teacher, where she uses her passion for the arts and her love of collaboration to inspire young children.
Nicole Dagesse, Artistic Director of Murmurations Dance is a Vermont native whose rural upbringing in the forests and fields is a direct inspiration for her movement style and choreographic desires. Combining her training in Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Aerial Dance, Nicole approaches each new site with inquisitive play and rigorous movement research. Nicole earned her BFA in Dance and BS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she was immersed in the creativity of the local dance scene. After several years dancing in the Boston area, Nicole felt it was time to continue her dance education as an artist and teacher, and moved to Boulder, Co. to pursue an MFA in Site Dance and Somatic Practices. The rugged terrain and the endless blue skies provided the perfect opportunity to hone her voice as a site artist. The grounding and balancing study of the Alexander Technique was a necessary complement to her physically demanding work, and Nicole was increasingly interested in the parallels between body and earth. After earning her Masters of Fine Arts, Nicole moved to North Carolina where she was the director of the dance department at Longleaf School of the Arts. It is also in NC where Nicole began Murmurations Dance with the first work, Birthing Bodies. Nicole lives in Vermont once again with her incredible husband, son, and daughter. Murmurations continues in Vermont with a vibrant group of dancers and collaborators. Nicole is also a Yoga Teacher specializing in Vinyasa Flow, Aerial Yoga and Pre/Postnatal Yoga. Nicole’s aerial dance program has grown into a thriving network of passionate students of all ages, learn more about her teaching at worldtreeyoga.org.
Thank you so much for joining us in our process of exploration and discovery! As we continue to work with these themes and build the work in a new site, we would love your feedback! Please share your thoughts with us in person, or as a comment below!
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