Chantal Doucett

If you ever have the pleasure of viewing Chantal Doucett’s work, it will leave a lasting impression. Trust me.

This young choreographers movement is what one would call: mature. It is clear age does not matter. Containing very quirky and sharp ticks, her choreography is very visual, pattern based with many rhythm changes. And get this: she will be presenting not just one, but TWO pieces in the Boston Showcase at 12pm.
One piece will be performed by the Urbanity Dance Summer intensive, while her other piece to the classic song, “Ave Maria,” will be represented by Urbanity Dance, whom she is a choreographer & dancer for. She explains how her piece with Urbanity is pushing & moving her into to push outside her comfort zone in the world of choreography,

 

“I tend to work with Dj beats, so the work I’m presenting for the festival is my usual choreography with a musical twist. I also strayed away from creating a comical work which is normally an unintentional outcome.  I worked hard to have zero comical moments!”

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Michael Seamans Photography, BCDF 2013


 
Doucett has had the opportunity to present work in the first inaugural and second Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.  This choreographer refers to the festival a “community of creators under one roof.” She explains what she has discovered in years past & what should hopes for this year’s festival,

 

“After participating in this festival for the past 2 years I have discovered so many new companies to connect with.  Every year I anticipate discovering new talent that inspires me. This year I hope to gain even more connections among my fellow participants. “

 

Besides BCDF, her work has also been shown at Boston GreenFest, Dance for Life, Urbanity’s NEXT, & Outside the Box Festival at the Boston Commons. You do not want to miss out on a chance to see her work.

 

Buy your tickets HERE to see Chantel Doucetts work!

 

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Michael Seamans Photography BCDF 2013
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Brian Washburn

BCDF welcomes Urbanity dancer, Brian Washburn, as a choreographer to the Boston Showcase.

Born in Providence RI, Brian Washburn is somewhat new to the city of Boston. Inspired by the moves of Michael Jackson & introduced to classical dance by the Urban Nutcracker at a young age, this choreographer & dancer knew he wanted to pursue dance. 

Moving to Charlotte, NC, he enrolled in Northwest School of Arts as a dance major all for the remainder of his high school years. From there,  he returned to New England so he could be a teaching apprentice at Tony Williams Dance Center, eventually taking on roles, such as, Rat King, Russian male lead, Soldier Doll, and even Mini Meyer, a role usually performed by Tony award winning dancer, Yo-el Cassell.

Now, a current dancer with Urbanity Dance, Washburn explains why Urbanity is where he belongs,

“It isn’t just somewhere I dance. It has been a safe place. Somewhere where I could grow and find myself through movement, innovative and incredible in many ways.”

Brian had the opportunity to perform in the festival last year, however BCDF is excited to present Washburn in another light: a choreographer.  He explains,

“I’m hoping to come away from this experience with a new light so to speak. I have choreographed but never had it showcased on such a large scale. I hope to get feed back from everyone that I can and learn and grow more and more as a dancer and choreographer.”

So, the question is: what will this choreographer be bringing to this large scale festival? Well, get ready because this piece utilizes elements most do not typically see in contemporary dance: martial arts & park out.

Make sure to grab your tickets for BCDF now, so you can see Brian Washburn present his piece in the 12pm Boston Showcase!

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Katie Paquin

Katie Paquin is a young choreographer hoping to burst her way onto the dance scene, & what better way then presenting her work at BCDF?

In 2013, Paquin graduated college with a B.A. in dance & has been choreographing work ever since. She has the passion & determination, to one day build her own company, but until then she has a small group of dancers who will come together for her to set choreography on. Oh, the power dance has.
A  Rhode Island native, Boston is the closest big city to the choreographer. Question is, what does Paquin hope to gain from BCDF? She explains,

“As a relatively young freelance choreographer, I am hoping to gain lost of knowledge and exposure from this experience. I am trilled to have been chosen to perform my work and share the stage with so many talented companies. I hope to learn and grow as a choreographer.”

So, what work is Katie Paquin presenting at the 3pm National Showcase on August 16th? Well, this is a piece she holds close to her heart, as it will be performed in her honor her grandmother at the festival, who passed away after this piece was choreographed. She drew inspiration from her grandmother being such an incredibly strong women who overcame every obstacle that she was faced with in life.
Make sure to buy your tickets fast because you do not want to miss out on an opportunity to view this piece. 
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Laurie Sefton & Clairobscur Dance Company

Clairobscur Dance Company is all the way from one of the most iconic dance cities, Los Angeles. We are honored that BCDF with be the first time this company will get a glimpse of what  performing on the East Coast is like.

 

Founded by Artistic Director and resident choreographer, Laurie Sefton, she is committed to creating works that are emotional, unique and technical.Her work is grounded in versatile athletic prowess, yet topical and timely.

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So, what will the company be presenting at our 7:30 pm National Showcase? Well, Sefton’s piece “More, Please” brings to life the constant inundation that women often experience in their struggle to have it all- relationships, work, art, sex, a full and fulfilling life. The choreographer explains,

“More Please” delves into our desire to do and be everything at once, to ourselves, and to others. Life is a constant juggle full of balance and shifting relationships, values and priorities- constant questioning and pushing. Time moves so quickly and as a woman in today’s society expectations are high. We must fulfill many roles and strive to have everything at once, to achieve our personal and professional goals and often be relied upon to be the emotional rock for many others. What about our desires, needs, disappointments?

So, the question is why “Clairobscur?” Well, its name is the French translation of chiaroscuro, a 17th century painterly term which means an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly an object. How intriguing is that? 

 

Make sure to follow Clairobscur on Facebook, Twitter, and their blog! 

 

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“More Please,” Denise Leitner

 

Emilio Colalillo & emiMOTION

BCDF welcomes back choreographer Emilio Colalillo & his company emiMOTION back to the 7:30 pm National Showcase!

Emilio Colalillo is the founder & Artistic Director of emiMOTION. A company that focuses on putting works that are avant grade. They like to think and create differently with a high level of physical technique.

A Toronto based choreographer and dancer, his work has been presented around the US and has also toured the world in places like India! As a performer, he travelled to Dubai dancing in ‘The Jungle Book” and also travelled with Corpus Dance Projects to Japan, Denmark and SwedenHis resume could go on & on.

He actively has ideas and allows for his feelings, thoughts, and emotions to come about in his dances and his teaching methods. He wants to be aware of various cultural movement and educate himself in all dance genres to produce avant-garde dance works.

Question is, why come back to Boston? Well, Colalillo explains,

“Boston is a great city with amazing artists. Performing last year at BCDF was such a wonderful and welcoming experience. My company had a fantastic time and the talent from all over was incredible.  Boston is a phenomenal city to network and gain inspiration from artists and the city. “

You do not want to miss out because this will not only be a brand new piece for emiMotion, but also one of the fasted & sharpest pieces he has ever created.  

Make sure to buy your tickets here, so you can see emiMOTION!

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Company Four

BCDF welcomes Boston Company, Company Four, to the Boston Showcase!

Formed in 2012, Company Four strives to extend the life of the adult dancer by providing opportunities for community performance activities, engagement in technical dance training, & continued expression of self through dance. They are extremely passionate about telling stories through dance, making dance accessible to self-proclaimed “non-dancers” and providing opportunities for artists to create and share work.

Consisting of four members (obviously), Boston is consisted home for the company, since they rehearse out of Reading, MA. Company Four explains,

“The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival is a catalyst for putting Boston on the map for contemporary dance. New York and LA are the first cities that come to mind when thinking of dance as an industry. Let’s get Boston on that list.”

Company Four will be performing their piece, “Everything Happens in Threes,” in the Boston Showcase at BCDF! So, what should you expect from their piece? First, it is the first work they have purposefully set as a trio. But, wait isn’t it company “four”? Well, their fourth company member is due to give birth to twins at the end of July. How exciting! Should they change their name to company six now?!

 

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Suzanne Beahrs Dance

Suzanne Beahrs has been called a “rising name” by the New York Times.

Well, on August 16th you will have the chance to view this rising name’s piece of work. So, what is Suzanne Beahrs Dance all about? This company is all about  investigating & celebrating the impermanent human experience through kinetically driven modern dance. This means teasing out every ounce of juice in the present moment, being connected to one another and ourselves.
Excerpts of Suzanne Beahrs work ,”Amid,” a celebration of the exquisite power in our broken, impermanent selves, have been presented at Judson Church, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Gibney Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Cora Dance, and in outdoor parks around NYC.
However, you will have a chance to view this full piece at the 7:30 PM BCDF National Showcase. Siobhan Burke of The New York Times explains what is so appealing about the work, 
“The most appealing aspect of Amid was the internal rhythm and grounded, silken quality shared by the [dancers]… Observing their connectedness, the kinesthetic equivalent of friends who can finish each other’s sentences, you got the sense that they had been dancing together for a very long time.”
Beahrs  explains what an opportunity BCDF is for her & the company, “For us BCDF is a tremendous opportunity to take a first tour to a cool city that is relatively close to our home in NYC. It’s also working so well because of all of the other dancing happening nearby. I’ll be teaching at Green Street Studios on August 16 1-3 pm and we’re performing at Built on Stilts in Martha’s Vineyard on August 17 and in Easton on August 14. None of this would have happened for us if we weren’t first accepted to this festival.” Well, here at BCDF we are excited Suzanne Beahrs Dance was accepted to present work at the National Showcase! 
Make sure to like Suzanne Beahrs Dance on Facebook!

 

 

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Robert Mark Burke

Robert Mark Burke currently finds himself as a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist throughout New York &  New Jersey.  He graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts.  Robert is currently a company member with Randy James’s 10 Hairy Legs.

Robert’s work has also been shown at numerous events, and he even recently received the Dance Express Choreography Award, an award given to a BFA Senior choreographer in recognition of their body of choreographic work over four years. And, get this. Burke is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer.

As an artist,  Burke is interested in the interpersonal and interpersonal relationships that can occur between dancers and the environment around them. He explains,

“I attempt to research and answer questions such as: what does the audience see? What is important for the audience know? How can I challenge the audiences understanding of my work, and in this challenge, how can I further develop my understanding of my own work? I am interested in creating dances that spark an emotional and physical reaction from both the audience as well as the dancers and in recent months have found myself exploring not only the art of movement but also the art of theatricality.”

As this young choreographer continues on his artistic journey, he hopes to expand his body of work by exploring different processes to create each work. Burke explains what makes himself as a choreographer unique,

“As a choreographer, I am interested in creating a body of work that covers a vast array of aesthetics and topics. No two pieces are alike.  From contemporary ballet to dance theatre, the company continually challenges me to create new and exciting work.”

His work will be presented t the 3pm National Showcase, and in fact is the first time Robert Mark Dance will be represented outside the NYC-Metro area. So, what should you expect from his piece? Well,”one crude son” is based of off the work of photographer Gregory Crewdson.  The work is influenced by his use of juxtaposition & light.

Make sure to purchase your tickets HERE, so you will be able to view Robert Mark Burke’s work. 

 

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Colleen Edwards & Dragonfly Ballet Theater

 Dragonfly Ballet Theater has one goal: to bring back the story to ballet.

 

Colleen Edwards, Artistic Director of DBT, believes contemporary ballet is a great tool to do that. The company wants to bring people into the theater to connect with dance in an accessible way so they become new fans of dance.

Before residing in Portland, ME, Edwards explains why it is so important to have a festival in the city she once lived in,

“It is important for Boston to have this festival because of the diversity not only of the people in this city but the dancers and choreographers that accumulate in Boston.  I lived in Boston for six years and always felt that for the amount of dancers the studios and schools turn out there wasn’t an equal amount of performance opportunities to offer them. Boston has been waiting a long time for this festival!”

So, what exactly should you expect from DBT at  the BCDF National Showcase? Well, Their piece “Cumulus” is actually about the evolution of a thunder storm and the use of space really tells the story, the dancers slowly make their way toward the audience through the choreography, much like one would experience a storm moving your way!

Make sure to “like”their Facebook page! 

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