[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] split bill at Icebox Project Space

Matteson, Paul pmatteson at uarts.edu
Tue Mar 10 05:20:04 EDT 2020

*Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Elena Demyanenko, & Paul Matteson*

*mother tongue / welter / one more story *

*Icebox Project Space*

*Friday & Saturday, March 20-21 at 8pm*

$15 General Admission, $10 Students


*mother tongue* is a solo meditation on mothering and darkness, born out of
an improvisational conjuring of *Shayla-Vie Jenkins*’ matriline. It
continues a love and study of M. NourbeSe Philips’ epic collection of
poems, *She tries her tongue; Her silence softly breaks. *

In *welter*, conceived and directed by *Elena Demyanenko*, simultaneous
solos emerge out of prolonged work with color. Infected by color virus and
noise making, they evoke an invocation, resulting in a non-symbolic account
of desire and its power.  Made with and performed by *Elena Demyanenko,
Chloë Engel and Laurel Jenkins*. Sound/Creative advising by *Jon Kinzel.*

*one more story*, a new quartet by dancer-choreographer *Paul Matteson*,
draws from children’s books of courage and Early Buddhist chants to create
an intertwining world of dance and story exploring the fragility of birth
and becoming.  Performed by *Sydney Donovan, Brandon Graf, Paul Matteson
and Andrew Smith*.

*Lighting Design by Joe Levasseur*

*Shayla-Vie Jenkins* is a performer, teacher, and maker whose current
research explores the potentiality of the dancing body to engage discourse
on race, sexuality, memory and history. She received her BFA from the
Fordham/Ailey program and an M.F.A. from Smith College.  Shayla-Vie spent a
decade performing with the internationally touring Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane
Company. She has taught numerous masterclasses and workshops for the
company and also serves as a répétiteur, restaging some of Bill T. Jones’
most notable works. Shayla-Vie has performed and collaborated with numerous
artists most recently including Susan Marshall, Yara Travieso, Ni'Ja
Whitson, the Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration (Night of 100 Solos),
Yvonne Rainer, Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born. She has presented her own
work in New York City at Harlem Stage, Joe’s Pub, Judson Church and New
York University. Shayla-Vie is an Assistant Professor in the School of
Dance at the University of the Arts, and regularly teaches at The American
Dance Festival and NYU’s Summer Dance Intensive.


Russian-born *Elena Demyanenko* is a former member of both the Stephen
Petronio Company (2003-2008) and the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2009-2012)
and has been performing, teaching and choreographing in NYC since 2001. Her
most recent multi-media project, *echo/archive, *premiered at EMPAC
(Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, NY) in the spring of
2018. *Blue Room*, made in collaboration with Dai Jian, and commissioned by
New York Live Arts, was described in *The New York Times* as “luxurious”
and “eloquently meticulous” (Kourlas). Demyanenko was a recipient of a
Jerome Robbins Fellowship for the creation of *Disparate Bodies* with
Joseph Poulson, which was choreographed at and subsequently premiered at
the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Elena’s other works have been shown at many
prestigious venues including Danspace Project (New York), Garage (Moscow),
Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, and
at the Architecture of Movement Festival, Yaroslavl, Russia, among others.
Also a maker of dance films, Demyanenko was the recipient of a Dance Movies
Commission by EMPAC and was nominated for the Dance on Camera Jury Prize
for her collaboration on *Kino Eye*. Demyanenko is a member of the dance
faculty at Bennington College and is currently developing a new work titled
*welter* (https://vimeo.com/385064897) - which will premiere at Roulette in
June 2020. www.elenademyanenko.com

*Paul Matteson* is an assistant professor in the School of Dance at
University of the Arts. His current choreography explores the imaginative
intertwining of text and movement. Paul was a member of the Bill T.
Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 2008 to 2013. He has also worked with David
Dorfman Dance, Lisa Race, Terry Creach, Peter Schmitz, Keith Johnson, Neta
Pulvermacher and others.  Matteson received a New York Dance and
Performance Award (BESSIE) for his “Body of Work” as a performer.  *another
piece apart*, his duet with longtime collaborator Jennifer Nugent,
premiered at New York Live Arts and the Boston Dance Complex in 2018 and
will be performed at The Bates Dance Festival in the summer of 2020.



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