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BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance Open Rehearsal of reeling -> healing, Oct. 18

by Michelle Tabnick
October 11, 2018
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
405 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 405-9000
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance presents an Open Rehearsal previewing their exciting new works, reeling -> healing and The Warm-Up at The Ailey Studios, 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019, on October 18, 2018 at 7:30pm. Join BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance to take part in the creative process up close, offer feedback, and have fun during this special, intimate evening. Reception to follow performance including refreshments, conversation, and social dancing. Admission is free, donations encouraged.
The World Premiere of reeling -> healing will take place at Triskelion Arts' Muriel Schulman Theater,106 Calyer Street, (entrance on Banker St.) Brooklyn, NY 11222, from November 29 - December 1, 2018 at 8pm. Tickets are $18 in advance ($22 at the door) and are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/triskelion-arts-presents-bodystories-teresa-fellion-dance-tickets-48739662643.

reeling -> healingis an exploration of feelings of frustration and helplessness that can occur as a result of the constant barrage of bad news and hatred that reaches our country. This two-part work discusses how audiences deal with these emotions to find solace while taking action. Original music by Kevin Keller adds to a sense of urgency and the need for community, working in tandem with the choreography to immerse the audience in a fully formed world. Performers and audience connect via The Emotional Architecture of a Bridge, an original concept drawn and created by Teresa Fellion, that is uncovered in the piece via set elements and audience interaction with text. Furthering thoughts of togetherness, which has been an overarching theme in all past BodyStories pieces, reeling -> healing exposes the more vulnerable sides of ourselves through dance.

reeling -> healing
Choreographed by Teresa Fellion
Performed by Kate Bishop, Serena Chang, Erin Landers, and Xenia Mansour
Original Music by Kevin Keller
Costume Design by Nina Katan
Rehearsal Director and Creative Collaborator: Charly Wenzel
Set Design by Teresa Fellion
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Triskelion will also present Teresa Fellion's The Warm-Up on November 29 - December 1, 2018 at 8pm, which premiered in August 2018, presented by Southampton Arts Center and Southampton Cultural Center through a commission by NY Community Trust. The Warm-Up is an active, fun, and thought-provoking piece that investigates the intersection of dance and exercise, and uncovers some of the humor in the human body. bodystoriesfellion.org/repertory/warm-up.
The Warm-Up
Choreographed by Teresa Fellion
Performed by Kate Bishop, Serena Chang, Erin Landers, Tamara Leigh, and Xenia Mansour
Original Music by John Yannelli and Glenn Alexander
Costume Design by Nina Katan
Rehearsal Director and Creative Collaborator: Charly Wenzel
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance is a contemporary dance company of women that capture and communicate universal human encounters through dynamic, purposeful movement. BodyStories brings a wealth of cultural arts activism experience into each project they create with community partners. They make work that integrates and empowers audiences with shifts of thought patterns. They navigate audiences through and shift public and theater spaces in interactive performances to open different perspectives. They are a multifaceted, highly physical company laced with provocative, emotional, political, humorous edges. 
BodyStories' mission is to examine depths of society in their darkest and brightest moments, inspiring audiences to physically sense emotional and psychological aspects of the human condition on stage. Their 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 BodyStories' works. They also consistently work via in-depth lighting, costume, video and set design collaborations. In addition to creating and performing innovative works, the company is committed to reaching diverse populations through community engagement and education, and maintaining a stable business model to sustain their work. Valuing international exchange, they 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, The Dance Complex, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton Cultural Center, Triskelion Arts, and in concerts with Phish. BodyStories has put on free and ticketed public concerts throughout the United States and abroad, and held several workshops with integrated participant performances, such as the Patrick Dempsey Cancer Center, where participants contributed text/movement created in collaboration with BodyStories.

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, New York Community Trust, 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 at Anita's Way 4 Times Square, Island Moving Company, and The Hudson River Museum via the Jordan Matter Dancers Among Us exhibit. Her full-length choreography for Book of Saints, commissioned by Marigny Opera Contemporary Ballet won the Best of New Orleans 2018 Gambit Award for Best Dance Presentation (Full Length) for this original work.Teresa 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, and she is a faculty member and director of the Summer Dance Program at The Ross School. Teresa has worked in social justice and activism since 1990's, involved with community groups, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and protests. Since 2005, Fellion has employed dance, live music, and theater with social justice at scores of NYC schools, organizations and professional performances as director of InterCATaction/Children's Adaptive Theater and BodyStories: TFD, as Teaching Artist for DreamYard, Marquis, Women's Project, CWP. 
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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