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Triskelion Arts presents MMDC & BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance – A Shared Evening of New Work, March 11 & 12

by Michelle Tabnick
February 5, 2017
Triskelion Arts - Muriel Schulman Theater
106 Calyer Street

(Formerly at 118 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Brooklyn, NY 10016
Triskelion Arts presents MMDC & BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance – A Shared Evening of New Work at The Muriel Schulman Theatre at Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Entrance on Banker Street), on March 11 & 12, 2017 at 8pm with a Families Welcome Matinee on March 12 at 4pm. Tickets are $16 advance sales online ($20 at the door) and can be purchased at www.triskelionarts.org/mmdc-bodystories-tfd. For the Families Welcome Matinee Performance, one Child's ticket (under 12) is free with the purchase of one adult ticket and additional tickets for children are $5 each.


Artistic Director/Choreographer: Teresa Fellion in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Maria Gardner, Kimberly Murry, Svea Schneider, Jessica Stroh, and Ashley Zimmerman
Original Music composed and performed by John Yannelli and Trilogy: featuring Dominick Boyle and Emily Cardwell
Costume Design: Nina Katan
Lighting Design: David Glista
Projection Design: Charly Wenzel

Connectivity, fast footwork, and complex partnering examine sensibilities behind work ethic and familial bonds of post- depression-era, working-class families in "Agawam." Translation of some ethos, social practices, memories, and energetic currents into movement ask, “How do ‘borrowed’ threads of cultural crossover move us?”

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Mari Meade
Dancers: Allison Beler, Dia Dearstyne, Breanna Gribble, Misuzu Hara, Sean Hatch, Morgan Hurst, Isaac Owens, Or Reitman, Rachel Rizzuto
Art Director: Marc Witmer
Set: Morgan Hurst
Lighting Design: David Glista

"Thresholden" is an exploration of coexisting worlds: mysterious and inviting, uncanny and eerie. Its cast of characters—fantastical, hunched, textured, anthropomorphic—and their overlapping confrontations in an intricate web of existence are steadily revealed. Meade originally created this haunting work while in residence at Lake Studios Berlin.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance is a contemporary dance company that captures and communicates universal human encounters through dynamic, purposeful movement. We are a multifaceted, highly physical company laced with provocative, emotional, political and humorous edges. Our mission is to examine depths of society in their darkest and brightest moments and to inspire audiences to physically sense emotional and psychological aspects of the human condition on stage. Our work is intellectual and highly choreographed in every moment. It is intricately technical and controlled in every nuance, with a look that is not controlled. Live music is an important factor in many of our works. We also consistently work via in-depth collaborations in lighting, costume, video and set design. In addition to creating and performing innovative works, our company is committed to reaching diverse populations through outreach and education and maintaining a stable business model to sustain our work. Valuing international exchange, we collectively speak nine languages and research, perform, and collaborate with artists from five continents.

BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance has shown work at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow, The Public Theater, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, University of Florida, ENTPE University (Lyon, France), NYU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Bryant Park Summer Stage, BDF Edinburgh at EICC, Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at Gibney Dance Center, NY City Center, Dixon Place, UME, ICA Boston, 92nd St. Y, Naropa University, Franco-American Cultural Center, CPR-Center for Performance Research, 14th St. Y, Merce Cunningham Theatre, MMAC, Ashawagh Hall, Triskelion Arts, GAP, and in concerts with Phish, among others. Collaborations on original music under the direction of our Musical Director, John Yannelli, are vitally integrated into our productions. Music collaborators include Yannelli, Trey Anastasio, Phish, Ryan Lott, Ryan Edwards, Kevin Keller, and Carver Audain. We have also enjoyed in-depth collaborations with costume designers Nina Katan, Ljupka Arsovska, and Elena Comendador, set designer, Robert Gould, and video artists Nel Shelby, Jacob Hiss, and Charles Dennis.


Teresa Fellion founded BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance in late 2011, after working as an independent choreographer since 2004. Fellion’s work has been positively reviewed by The New York Times, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Scotsman, Oberon’s Grove, NYTheatre.com, The Skinny Magazine, World Dance Reviews, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, Edinburgh Spotlight, Southampton Press, Stage Buddy, East Hampton Press, The Sun Journal, Broadway Baby, and Earth Press, among others. She has received the Choreographic Fellowship from SummerStages Dance Festival and ICA Boston and the American Dance Guild Fellowship for Jacob’s Pillow’s Choreographers’ Lab. Teresa has received grants for her work from The National Endowment for the Arts Window Award, O'Donnell Green Foundation for Music and Dance, Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grant, and space grants from ITE-Inception to Exhibition, MANA Arts/Armitage Gone! Dance, Mount Tremper Arts, Field FAR Space, and at Triskelion Arts and Mark Morris Dance Center through the Mellon Foundation. Teresa’s choreography has been commissioned by NYC Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets, chashama, Marigny Opera Contemporary Ballet, and The Hudson River Museum via the Jordan Matter Dancers Among Us exhibit. She has led workshops and master classes, and been commissioned to set work at University of Florida, Gainesville, NYU, Pace University, Castleton State College, University of Maine, Farmington, Jacob’s Pillow, Wilson College, and at several NYC and national performing arts schools. She has taught regularly at The Ailey School, Sarah Lawrence College, DreamYard Project, and Marquis Studios, and she is a faculty member and director of the Summer Dance Program at The Ross School.

Teresa was named Artistic Liaison between Cameroon & U.S. by president Paul Biya, while performing with National Ballet du Cameroun and at the National Soccer Cup Finals. She has performed for Lucinda Childs, Sarah Skaggs, Kimberly Young, M’Bewe Escobar, Skip Costa, and Martha Bowers, and she has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Deganit Shemy, Liz Lerman, and Megan Boyd, among others. Teresa completed a Dance MFA from Sarah Lawrence under Bessie Schonberg Scholarship, Certificate from the Ailey School under scholarship, and BA in French & English Literature, with a minor in dance from NYU as a merit scholar.

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Link to Press Kit: bodystoriesfellion.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/EPK_02_01_2016-smallest.pdfhttp://
Link to Reviews: bodystoriesfellion.org/press-quotes


Founded in 2009 by artistic director Mari Meade, the Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC) is a multi-media contemporary dance company based in Brooklyn, NY. Often collaborating with costume designers, actors, writers, musicians, and scientists, MMDC aims to give audiences a uniquely well-rounded experience, speaking to their physical, emotional, and intellectual sensibilities. Drawing upon anthropological research, Meade uses repetition, rhythm, and character development to create sincere, atmospheric, occasionally irreverent work that is technically challenging.

Since its inception, MMDC has presented works through the Kenan Fellowship at Clark Theatre at Lincoln Center; Dance:Access at Danspace St. Mark’s Church; STUFFED at Judson Memorial Church; Battery Dance Festival; Chez Bushwick AIR’s at CPR; FLICfest; Westfest at Westbeth; Splitbill at Dixon Place; Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts; Wired Arts Fest; First Look at Brooklyn Ballet; Hatch Performance Series at The Works; and the CHIN Project at the 92nd Street Y. National and international performances include the New Orleans Fringe Festival (LA); Asheville Fringe Festival (NC); REVERBdance Festival (Boston, MA); Katlehong Arts Center (South Africa); and Lake Studios Berlin (Germany).


Mari Meade graduated from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2009, Meade relocated to NYC as a recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education and started Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC). Since that time, Meade has been an Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick and Lake Studios Berlin (Germany). Her work has been shown on countless stages locally, nationally, and internationally. Highlights include: the Kenan Fellowship at Clark Theatre at Lincoln Center, Dance:Access at Danspace St. Mark’s Church, STUFFED at Judson Memorial Church, FLICfest, Battery Dance Festival, New Orleans Fringe Festival (LA), Asheville Fringe Festival (NC), Katlehong Arts Center (South Africa), and Lake Studios Berlin (Germany). In New York, Meade has had the pleasure of dancing for Dana Salisbury and the no-see-ums, Amanda Hinchey & Dancers, Celia Rowlson-Hall, CJ Holm, touche pas, and Barbie Diewald. She is currently a teaching artist for New York City Ballet and Dancing Classrooms.

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