we are: anna, Kimiko, s., Symara, Tara, Taylor, Ogemdi and marion
We are anna, Kimiko, s., Symara, Tara, taylor, Ogemdi and marion. We collectively make work that pushes the limits of time, space and understanding through movement, sound, light and voice using both improvised and choreographic structures. Through this collective structure, marion facilitates how we come together-
marion is a dance artist living on the land of the Munsee Lenape and Canarsie peoples, known today as Brooklyn. She dances and make dances to receive and offer source points for transformation—cellularly, individually, sociopolitically and societally. Collaging movement, sound and light, her practice calls upon intuition, imagination and our very real world to shape a collective environment for her collaborators and audiences to live in, dream in, journey through and be altered by. Her work has recently been presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater (creative residency), Danspace Project (DraftWork), Gibney (Work Up), Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Center for Performance Research (Fall Movement), Movement Research at Judson Church, the Domestic Performance Agency and Dance HOLO, among others. She has held residencies at The Chocolate Factory Theater, Mana Contemporary, Gibney (Solo for Solo) and Amherst College, among others. She has shared her work and teaching practice nationally to Seattle WA, Amherst MA, and her former home of New Orleans LA. As a collaborator, she has recently had the pleasure of working with BAND|portier, Laura Peterson, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Michelle Boulé, Athena Kokoronis, Tyler Rai, Whitney Browne, Shandoah Goldman and Melissa Riker.
to love the rise/pt 2
to love the rise/pt 2 is an ongoing multimedia dance project including performers Ogemdi Ude, Symara Johnson, Kimiko Tanabe, Tara Sheena, s. lumbert, slowdanger, and marion. Taking lessons from liminality, abolition, and Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto,” the collective offers visions of a world built from the detritus of our current one—collectively moving and grooving, sensing and sounding, finding and losing order to arrive together in a transformed state of sensing, imagination, and action. Marion Spencer is a 2020–21 NDA LiftOff Resident Artist.
Thank you thank you and thank you to everyone who made this residency (Black Artist Space to Create) possible. These past two weeks have been a blessing! Not only have I been able to deepen my own personal/artistic practices, I was given the space to connect with people that I love! I was given space to reflect on love, and to prepare for what this next year (2021) will bring! Shout out to New Dance Alliance, Modern Accord Depot and Angie Pittman for the time, the space, and opportunity! I am forever grateful! It felt like a good meal, with dessert!
– Johnnie Cruise Mercer
New Dance Alliance
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