April 25 - 28, 2019
The Theater at the 14th Street Y
344 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003
Co-presented by The Theater at the 14th Street Y, MICHIYAYA Dance presents /wē/ — a collective study on gender identity through a femme-identifying lens that rids the binary, embraces the inner self and builds without walls. States of transcendence, embodiment, neutrality and autonomy are explored as MICHIYAYA Dance interweaves thoughts, memories, and dreams.
“/wē/ presents journeys through challenging binaries, as the dancers explore queer magic, sexuality, taboo, instinct, intuition and prejudice in the face of social norms.” Julieta Varela, Medium
Dance Artists Belinda Adam, Breeanah Breeden, Stephanie Carlos, Núria Martin Fandos, Hannah Seiden, Alexandra Wood, Alex Bittner, Aleixa Freire, Carly Johnson, Alex Schmidt
Live Sound slowdanger
Lighting Design Alejandro Fajardo
Projection Design Jess Medenbach with Media Associate, Char Stiles
SUPPORT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF /WĒ/
/wē/ is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC.
The development for /wē/ was supported by the PearlDiving Movement Residency at PearlArts Studios, and Gibney’s POP: Performance Opportunity Project.
anna thompson and taylor knight (Sound Design), are co-founders of the performance entity, slowdanger. slowdanger fuses sound and movement through improvised contemporary and postmodern dance frameworks using found material, electronic instrumentation, vocalization, and ontological examination to engage in collaborative work. Performers manifest as a non-binary entity that is one body amassed of multiple bodies in space. Within this system, they work with an engaged and deepened understanding of energy, synergy, action, gender, time, and storytelling. slowdanger has been featured at Springboard Danse Montreal, Dance Magazine’s ‘ 25 to Watch’, Links Hall Chicago, The Andy Warhol Museum, and The Carnegie Museum of Art.
Jess Medenbach (Projection Designer) is a video and media designer, filmmaker, editor and producer originally from The Hudson Valley in Upstate New York. Jess’s work ranges from media for theater, opera and live events to Augmented and Virtual Reality applications, short films, music videos and video installations. Jess has worked throughout the United States and Europe, had work displayed in Times Square and written about in The New York Times and The Creators Project. Jess holds an MFA in Video and Media Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a BFA in Film Production and Electronic Arts from Bard College.
Alejandro Fajardo (Lighting Design) is a Colombian Lighting Designer and Photographer based in New York City, with experience designing plays, musicals, operas, and events around the US. Most recently, Alejandro designed The Healing by Sam Hunter for Theatre Breaking Through Barriers. Other designs include shows at La MaMa, Clubbed Thumb/ Playwrights Horizon School, The Actor’s Studio, The Curtis Institute of Music, Pace University, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival (Free Theater). Additionally, Alejandro has assisted on off-Broadway and regional productions, including Fall For Dance Festival and Flamenco Festival at New York City Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, and New York Theatre Workshop.