Check out Josh Pacheco! Choreographing for the December 1st HATCH showing.

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Check out Josh Pacheco’s thoughts on his upcoming showing!

Why is it helpful to present a work in progress?

Seeing a work in progress on stage can tell a choreographer a lot about where the piece is and where it needs to go. The feedback from a work in progress showing is crucial to the development of the work. I’ve been in similar settings, showing a work in progress for feedback, and received a few words to a couple paragraphs, and some of the most important feedback comes from audience members with a limited background in arts exposure. I know I’m on the right track when I’ve captivated an audience member and moved them to approach me, or write about the work they saw.

Who are the most rewarding dancers for you to work with and why?

The most rewarding dancers for me to work with are the ones that are fearless in rehearsal. I love to work with movers who are unafraid to collaborate and throw themselves into the work, whether it be their own wild interpretation of my movement, or studying their movements, asking for clarity and intention. I work extremely collaboratively, so trust and communication is key. Those who think critically and act passionately are often the ones most vital to the process and help the vision shift and grow. It’s also those dancers that help me grow as a result. We discover more about ourselves and each other. I’m extremely lucky to work with these amazingly different, yet like minded people.

Why is it important to present this piece of choreography to audiences in NYC?

As I work towards my first full length work and establishing my company in it’s first official season, I think it’s extremely important to show the process of my work to generate a lasting audience. Our connection to this city and each other are key elements to the construction of this piece. 

What should HATCH audiences look forward to in your work?

The audience should look forward to the first step of a much longer process. We are growing a garden which means constant care and pruning. This current work dabbles in creating a physical space and testing memory, then letting go of the structure when the construction of community in the space becomes the focus.

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Check out Melissa Reardon! Choreographing for the December 1st HATCH Showing

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Here are some of Melissa’s thoughts on the upcoming showing!
Why is it helpful to present a work in progress?
As a choreographer I am always striving to create quality work that truly conveys my
vision and intention in an appropriate way. Throughout my process I am constantly
adjusting choreography and seeking input from the dancers. For me, presenting a work
in progress allows me to sit back and experience the piece as an audience member. I
try to take myself outside of my “choreographer’s brain” and sit back and let the
performance speak to me. It also gives me a chance to feel the energy of the audience
and gage the reactions. I can then take what I have experienced, and the feedback from
others who have viewed the piece and go back to the studio and continue to develop
the work.
Who are the most rewarding dancers for you to work with and why?
Everyone loves a technically sound dancer (so do I!) but for me, a dancer that is able to
dance with intention, passion and contribute to the piece is gold. The dancers in this
piece were a prime example of the type of dancer I prefer to work with. Not only are
they extremely well trained and experienced, but they cared about the story. They
wanted to know specifics about my fathers illness and my mothers experiences (Roles
were reversed for the piece). They had input and contributed to the choreography. They
were also able to take the material given and make it personal. It is also vital to me that
my dancers can relate to and connect to each other. Without that, there is just no way
the message will be relayed to the audience.
Why is it important to present this piece of choreography to audiences in
NYC?
Coming from a small town in New Jersey, I am looking forward to the feedback from
audience members and other dance professionals. Its was always beneficial to present
work in different areas in order to know that you can reach people from different areas
and backgrounds.
What should HATCH audiences look forward to in your work?
In this work the audience should look forward to watching a relationship unfold through
movement. There are so many layers to this piece. Though I did reverse the roles for
partnering purposes you will experience what a person suffering from a physical and
mental illness experiences personally, what their loved one experiences and how the
relationship is affected. Having lived through this- I hope the audience will experience
the journey and the love that prevails. Our hope is that the audience will be truly drawn
in to the emotion and breath of the piece.

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Check out Erin Carlisle Norton: The Moving Architects December 1st at 8:00pm

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Photo by Gwen Charles

 

Check out some of Erin’s thoughts about the upcoming HATCH showing!

Why is it helpful to present a work in progress?

As a choreographer, I value sharing work in various stages of process.  This allows me to both see the work in a performative sense for my own analysis and shaping of the work, as well as to hear other’s perceptions and experiences.  This process informs and deepens future explorations and iterations, and is also helpful to the dancers as they continue to discover and uncover their roles and relationships in the work.

Who are the most rewarding dancers for you to work with and why?

Dancers who can personally and intimately dig into what I am looking to investigate (movement material, movement quality, relationship, etc.) by fully giving themselves over to the process are the type of dancers I relish working with.  This allows us to build something together that we couldn’t alone.

Why is it important to present this piece of choreography to audiences in NYC?

NYC dance events bring together people of such varied backgrounds and experiences that the range of feedback and conversations are always interesting, informative, and unexpected. There is no better place to get a broad range of interpretations and points of view to assist in the creative process than the NYC dance community.

What should HATCH audiences look forward to in your work?

This new trio demonstrates a few of my favorite elements to explore in choreography – quick and spinal-centric movement qualities, unique partnering, and integration of an outside element.  In this work the use of stretchy fabric has been a leading factor in developing the work by exploring weight, spatial pulls, and relationship in connection with the fabric, each other, and ideas of personal and societal boundaries.  These elements combine to give audience members a unique experience that is both visual and personal.

Abilities Dance Boston. Presenting work on November 10th, 8:00pm

 

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Abilities Dance Boston will be presenting work choreographed by Ellice Patterson

Ellice Patterson is the founder and director of Abilities Dance, a Boston- based dance company that welcomes dancers of with and without disabilities. Her work in Abilities is modern focused with an adaptive twist so that dance is accessible to all. Outside of exclusively Abilities Dance’s shows, her choreography has appeared in Third Life Choreographer Series, Green St. Studio’s SEEDS showcase and Garage Festival, Lacey Sasso & Company’s Deeply Rooted, Abilities Expo, Bill Evans Somatic Conference, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, and The Series: Vol IV at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre. She has appeared in the Dove Real Beauty and Slick Chicks campaigns. She has given lectures and workshops at universities and organizations across the country. She also earned her Bachelors of Arts in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College and her Masters of Science in Management Studies from Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Here are some of her thoughts on her upcoming presentation.

Why is it helpful to present a work in progress?

Presenting works in progress is helpful because it allows me to tailor feedback from the audience before presenting it in a more formal setting. I always value feedback in ascertaining if the audience is not only reading my intention clearly but seeing intentions that I might not have realized. The feedback adds layers to the work and allows it to mature. Plus, it is relieving to take a break from overthinking and throw work out there with the safety of the “in progress” label to allow for constructive criticism and support.

Who are the most rewarding dancers for you to work with and why?

All of the dancers in Abilities Dance Boston are rewarding to work with. Their vastly different personalities and experiences bring something new for me to learn as I develop further into a choreographer. 

Why is it important to present this piece of choreography to audiences in NYC?

It is nice to get an outside perspective from our home in Boston. It allows for diverse thought and new ideas that I might not have gotten at home. It also allows for new connections with other choreographers that might lend their voice to help the work take new shape.

What should HATCH audiences look forward to in your work?

HATCH audiences should look forward to original composition by our amazing director of music Andrew Choe, movements that celebrate diverse bodies and identities, and a bit of Boston dance in New York!

Choreographer, Annamaria Diamant Hatch Presenting Series, November 10th at 8:00pm!

 

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Originally from Florida, Annamaria Diamant has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of South Florida. She’s a former dance instructor and camp director with MA Dance Company and instructional staff member for ESP Productions’ Capital One Bowl Half Time Show. Following graduation from USF, she danced with Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company (formerly Fuzion Dance Artists). One of SCDC’s 2016 Emerging Choreographers and in January of 2018 returned as a SCDC Artist in Residence. She has performed in contemporary works by Julia Ehrstrand and Jennifer Archibald. Annamaria has presented her choreography for Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company’s 2018 Season Concert, CBGDance Empathy Series, Sans Limites Dance: Spring Season, Your Move: New Jersey Modern Dance Festival and JCHEN Project’s TRANSLATE. She is a dance educator with WRarts, Garden Street School of Performing Arts and Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center. Annamaria is currently a graduate student at Baruch College studying Arts Administration.

Here are some of her views on her work being presented on November 10th!

Why is it helpful to present a work in progress?
Presenting a work in progress allows for audience feedback and personal reflection. I believe it’s important to see how the audience is reacting to your work. A live performance creates an energy that can not be duplicated. Watching my work during a performance is different, I’m not as concerned with the technical aspects and intricacies that I would normally focus on during a closed rehearsal – I’m looking a the bigger picture. This let’s me and performers take a look at what’s working, what needs to be reorganized or where there’s potential for growth. It is so important to have outlets and safe spaces to create and show work.
Who are the most rewarding dancers for you to work with and why?
I’m so appreciative of dancers who are patient and willing to give their time to work with me to help make my vision come to light. I have been so fortunate that the dancers I have worked with in the past are my friends, we have a great working relationship and they believe in me and my work. 
Why is it important to present this piece of choreography to audiences in NYC? 
Living in the NYC area we are always on the go and dealing with the daily commute. We have to deal with strangers, delays, weather and any surprise factors that happen on a weekly basis. I think audiences, especially in NYC, will really relate to this piece. I would love to hear the audiences personal experiences following the performance, its always interesting to share and relate to others – we might be going different places but we’re in the daily commute and grind together! 
What should HATCH audiences look forward to in your work? 
Audiences should look for the forward to an abstract look at two commuters doing their best to get to their destination. As painful as commuting might be, there are definitely some humorous moments, Im trying to make light of it – I hopping audiences see the humor too.
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