March 28, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hosted by Fourth Arts Block and Movement Research
@Movement Research at Abrons Arts Center, Studio G05, 466 Grand St.
Feedback facilitated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) pairs up in a new and exciting partnership with Movement Research for its first Dance Block Salon of 2017! This salon will be facilitated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa in a generous extension of her Response series.

Response is a series focused on fostering a culture of support and care in our artist community by offering artists informal settings to show work and give feedback. With this Dance Block Salon we amplify that culture by teaming up with fellow arts organization Movement Research and inviting artists from our respective communities to show work.

Dance makers are welcomed into an environment of non-judgmental sharing, with audience as eager as performer to contribute to the conscious encouragement that good work needs to flourish. Eva Yaa Asantewaa will share with us this transformative intention, and guide us through to a new place of radical support. We are very excited to produce this event in partnership with Movement Research, in which we explore and enjoy performance as a form of research and ultimately community building!

After the performances, please stay and have a drink with the artists! RSVP is strongly encouraged; seats will be released on a first-come-first-serve basis.

This event is part of FAB’s year-long series, The Sustainable Artist Toolkit.

Featured Artists
Rina Espiritu
Jenny Boissiere
Cain Coleman of ColemanCollective
Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson

Tuesday March 28, 2017
7PM – 9PM (Doors open at 7PM, show at 7:30PM)
Movement Research at Abrons Arts Center, Studio G05, 466 Grand St.

About Eva Yaa Asantewaa
Eva Yaa Asantewaa_Photo by-Deborah FellerEva has a respected, four-decade career as a freelance arts writer, specializing in dance and performance. A 1974 graduate of Fordham University (Rose Hill), Ms. Yaa Asantewaa has contributed writing on dance to print and online publications such as Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News, The Dance Enthusiast and Time Out New York since 1976. She served as a member of the New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards committee for three years and as a consultant or panelist for numerous arts funding, awards or presenting organizations, including the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2007, Ms. Yaa Asantewaa founded her arts blog InfiniteBody, a resource for news, commentary and criticism especially trusted by the dance community. With students from the annual Writing on Dance workshop series she taught for several years at New York Live Arts, she created Dancer’s Turn, a blog devoted to longform profiles of dance artists. She has also interviewed dance artists and advocates as host of Body and Soulpodcast and will launch a new arts interview podcast this summer. As a WBAI radio broadcaster (1987-89), Ms. Yaa Asantewaa worked with the Women’s Radio Collective and the Gay and Lesbian Independent Broadcasters Collective (producers of OUTLOOKS) and co-hosted the Tuesday Afternoon Arts Magazine with Jennifer Bernet as well as producing her own specials. She is also a published poet and has read her work at numerous venues including the Brooklyn Museum, the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, A Different Light Bookstore, Bowery Poetry Club and Cornelia Street Cafe.

Beginning in the 1990s, Ms. Yaa Asantewaa created, produced and facilitated workshops and special events sponsored by over sixty arts, health and social service, spiritual, feminist, people of color, and GLBTQ organizations in the New York metropolitan area. Among these are Gibney Dance Center, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, New York University Tisch School of the Arts Dance Program, Hunter College Dance Program, Queensborough Community College, the New York Open Center’s Womanspirit Journey program, New York Theosophical Society, College of New Rochelle, Healing Works, New York State Conference on Women’s Health, Riverside Church Wellness Center, Women’s Health Education Project and the Women’s Rites Center. A native New Yorker of Afro-Caribbean heritage, Ms. Yaa Asantewaa lives in the East Village.


Rina Espiritu, leveling
Performed by Keiry Abril Amparo and Camilla Maria Davis                                                                                                                                          
A local of Metro Manila and NYC, Rina Espiritu is an independent movement artist based in Queens Village. She pursued a major in Dance and minor in Asian American Studies and Psychology at Hunter College (CUNY). At 13 yrs old she moved to NYC with her family for better economic opportunities. She hasn’t been back ever since. She is hoping to find community support throughout the process of creating her newest work “leveling”.


Jenny Boissiere, New Work-in-Progress, Currently Untitled
Performed by Jenny Boissiere, Sara Crayne-Dedrick, Rebecca Hutt
Music: Smile, written and recorded by Rhiannon McGavin
Jenny Boissiere is from the Big Easy. She moved to NYC after graduating from Washington University in St Louis. She has worked with Jessica Dasner/dansfolk, Banana Peel Dance, and INspirit, a dance company. Her work has been shown at Gibney Showdown, Movement Research’s Open Performance, ModArts Dance’s Collective Thread, and Brooklyn Ballet’s First Look


Cain Coleman of ColemanCollective, excerpt of “Retrograde”: ‘The American Story Through the eyes of…’
Performed by Cain A Coleman Jr and Chazz Bruce Giovanni
After training at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, Cain A. Coleman began his professional career dancing with Philadanco (the Philadelphia Dance Company). After touring with the company domestically and internationally he joined The Martha Graham Dance Company in 2014. He has performed works by Paul Taylor, George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Talley Beaty, George Fazon, Christopher Huggins, Ray Mercer, Bill T Jones and many more. Cain has been seen on Good Morning America, Good Morning New York and So You Think you Can Dance. As an emerging choreographer he has presented works at Regional Dance Association, The Girl Effect Project, Bare Bones Dance Project, and has produced a few of his own shows. Cain is the cofounder and artistic director of ColemanCollective.

ColemanCollective is a multidisciplinary performing arts company, founded by Cain A. Coleman and Matthew  Perez, which aims to bring together artists as equal collaborators to produce art in various forms. This group features choreographers, dancers, actors, writers, visual artists, directors, musicians, and other performers who seek to share and create with artist of diverse cultures and disciplines through PERFORMANCE, EDUCATION and COLLABORATION. The artistic direction is suggested by Coleman and Perez, and the collaborators they bring somehow bend that vision to create original work.

“RETROGRADE” reveals several perspectives on cultural appropriation, and is filled with emotionally opaque images and ironic commentary on the effect that slavery, segregation, and racism has had on the African American narrative.  This project hopes to inspire audiences to expand on the conversation on culture and ancestry, learning from the history within their surroundings. Appropriation commercializes culture, trivializes our struggles, and perpetuates stereotypes. By blurring the lines between past and present, “RETROGRADE” aims to lead the audience through an experience of black accomplishments, obstacles and contributions. The creative process for this particular piece has also served as a heritage study for each collaborator. We plan to bridge the gap between history and art by honoring and honing in on topics that have shaped us into individuals.

Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson, No. Bodies.
Performed by Liz McAuliffe, Samantha Lysaght, Renee Colbert, Madeline Wariner, and Shantelle Jackson
Sound Compilation: Loscil, The Diamond Sutra, slowdanger
Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson is a movement artist exploring duality and the dissolution of identity. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, this one was a 2016 Movement Research VanLier Fellow.  Illuminated by mentors Sidra Bell, Daria Fain, Jaamil Kosoko and the Unseen Hand, this one’s mode of inquiry is centered on the oneness of being.  Shantelle aka S+Vois has worked with the Alison Chase Project, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women, Luciana Achugar, Antonio Ramos and Mia Habib. Their works have been presented at Light Lab, The Space Upstairs, Dixon Place, the Cleveland Museum of Art, New Hazlett Theater, Bric, Movement Research at The Judson, Eden’s Expressway and Jack.


About Movement Research
Movement Research is one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and their vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.



Registration is closed for this event.