On April 19 and 20, local choreographers Ali Kenner Brodsky and Betsy Miller will present “a + b”: a shared evening of contemporary dance. From intimate solos, to vaudevillian duets and athletic ensemble pieces, the performances will feature a mixture of new premieres and reconstructed repertory hits by both artists. The performances will be held in the John Bowab Studio Theatre at Providence College’s Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and will be followed by a peer-moderated post-performance Q&A. Prior to the performances, the choreographers will hold a technique and repertory masterclass open to intermediate-advanced level dancers and professionals.
“a + b” is the first joint venture between Miller and Kenner Brodsky, and was conceived of as an opportunity to employ local artists in the creation of high-caliber dance works. Aptly timed, this collaboration comes at a time of robust growth of independently-produced dance in Providence, a city already well-known for its other indie art scenes. Artists involved in the performance include dancers Jamie Arnold, Shura Baryshnikov, Jessika Davis, Amanda DelPrete, Jessica Howard, Kim Johnson, Audrey Maclean, Amanda Narciso, Emily Sulock, and Stephanie Turner, music by local band Brown Bird and lighting design by Stephen Petrilli.
The performance will include seven works. Kenner Brodsky’s trio Hidden (premiered at Salve Regina University in 2012) is a reflection on the artist’s emotional process in dealing with her mother’s battle with lung cancer. Set to music by Michael Wall, Miller’s solo, Just Me, Circe (premiered at the Provincetown Dance Festival, 2011) investigates the mythological demigoddess most famous for her appearance in Homer’s Odyssey. Miller re-imagines the sorceress through a personalist lens, offering audiences a new view at a complex character. Additional works include new group works by both artists, a solo by Kenner Brodsky, and two whimsical duets.
a + b is supported in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. The project is also supported by the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film at Providence College.
Friday, April 19 at 8pm with Q&A to follow
Saturday, April 20 at 8pm
John Bowab Studio Theatre
Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Providence College, Providence, RI
Tickets: $15, door sales only
Wednesday, April 17 1:30-3:15pm
Dance Studio, Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Providence College, Providence, RI
Class Fee: $15; free for Providence College students
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Ali Kenner Brodsky Ms. Kenner Brodsky draws on everyday life scenarios as a jumping off point for her dance pieces, delving deeper into the emotionality and theatricality of human interactions. Hailed by the New Jersey Star Ledger for her “gentle and sensuous movement style,” Ms. Kenner Brodsky, originally from Rhode Island, moved to New York City after receiving a BA in Dance and Psychology from Skidmore College. She began her choreographic studies under Debra Fernandez and Martha Myers and had the great fortune of being mentored by Phyllis Lamhut, while an Artist-in-Resident at Joyce SoHo (2003-2004). While in the Big Apple, her work was shown at Joyce SoHo, Movement Research at Judson Church, Skidmore College, SWEAT (NJ), OK Harris Art Gallery, WAX, University Settlement, Dixon Place, dancenow downtown arts festival, the Dumbo Dance Festival, the former DanceSpace Center, Dance New Amsterdam, as well as The Carriage House (RI) and in Cambridge, NY. She had her inaugural season in her hometown Providence, RI in 2001 and has since self-produced two evening-length performances at the Joyce SoHo and has been produced by the Puffin Room, NYC. Since her return to Rhode Island, Ms. Kenner Brodsky has had the pleasure of being a guest choreographer at Salve Regina University and Providence College. Currently, Ms. Kenner Brodsky is on the adjunct dance faculty at Salve Regina and Dean College in Franklin, MA. She dances with and serves as rehearsal director for LostWax Multimedia Dance.
Hailing from Wooster, Ohio, Betsy Miller is a dance artist and educator currently based in Pawtucket, RI. In her choreography, Miller delves into issues of gender and power, transforming both personal memory and cultural reference into dance work that is both viscerally-motivated and delicately nuanced. She is a freelance choreographer and co-director of Propel-her Dance Collective (www.propelherdance.com), and is a Special Lecturer in Dance at Providence College. She currently performs with Fusionworks Dance Company, and has danced in works by Terry Creach, Pascal Rioult, Deb Meunier, Doug Varone, Michael Kelly Bruce, Ming Shen Ku, Kristin O’Neal, Shawn Hove, and Marden Ramos, and in collaborations with Matthew Cumbie, Maggie Bennett and Erik Abbott-Main. Her choreography has been presented in various venues in New York City, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas. She holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College. Brown Bird Brown Bird is the Rhode Island based musical duo of David Lamb and MorganEve Swain. Utilizing the compelling combination of cello, violin, bouzouki, electric guitar, percussion and wordless vocalization they have incorporated a cross-section of their various international influences to create the score for Kenner Brodsky’s ‘Magnification Observation.’ In Brown Bird’s 10 years of existence they have released 6 full length albums, toured extensively including an opening tour for Low