/wē/ is a collective study on gender identity through a femme 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
/wē/ premiered April 25-28, 2019 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y. /wē/ was co-presented by The Theater at the 14th Street Y as part of their 2018-2019 LABA Season.
Dance Artists: Belinda Adam, Breeanah Breeden, Stephanie Carlos, Núria Martin Fandos, Hannah Seiden, Alexandra Wood, Alex Bittner, Aleixa Freire, Alex Schmidt
Live Sound: slowdanger
Lighting Design: Alejandro Fajardo
Projection Design: Jess Medenbach with Media Associate, Char Stiles
/wē/ was 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.
Photos by Alice Chacon, Jeremiah Cumberbatch, and SJR Photography
fôr is a bi-city multidisciplinary collaborative exchange between Pittsburgh based movement-sound duo slowdanger and MICHIYAYA Dance. The piece explored perspective and identity as a constantly shifting state of defining and destroying boundaries in space. This initiative examined how bridges can be built between national artistic communities through collaboration.
fôr premiered December 2 & 3, 2017 at CPR-Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY and December 15 & 16, 2017 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater's Alloy Studios in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dance Artists: Anya Clarke, Taylor Knight, Anna Thompson, Mitsuko Verdery
Lighting Design: Alejandro Fajardo
fôr was made possible with support from the Opportunity Fund (PGH) and fiscal sponsor Unique Projects, Inc.
Photos by Caylee Shimizu
Spline explores various physical and psychological boundaries that are created within ourselves and by outside forces. MICHIYAYA Dance unfolds how these systems shape and form a person’s life. The life and voice of Co-Artistic Director Mitsuko Verdery's grandfather ‘Pampa’ serves as a vessel to dive deeper into boundaries connected to mental health and relationship navigation. The word spline is defined as a key fitting into the grooves of a wheel, integrally with the shaft to allow movement of the wheel. Spline maps out the turning and cyclical nature of these discoveries.
Spline premiered March 25 and 26, 2017 at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center.
Dance Artists: Belinda Adam, Stephanie Carlos, Núria Martin Fandos, Aliza Russell, Hannah Seiden, Alexandra Wood
Musician/Composer: Jordan Chiolis
Sculptures: Saar Shemesh
Lighting Design: Barbara Samuels
Spline was made possible with support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant; Triskelion Arts Space Subsidy Program made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and the Heath Gallery.
Photos by Umi Akiyoshi Photography
MICHIYAYA Dance x THINX
MICHIYAYA Dance partnered with THINX on their first activewear collection: Period-Proof Dancewear. MICHIYAYA Dance choreographed THINX's first dance video on the four phases of the menstrual cycle, along with a performance for their launch of the collection.
Project V (5)
Project V (5) focuses on five different states of being: neglect, manipulation, emulation, repercussion, and rehabilitation. These states reveal examinations of qualities such as contact, impact, perception, and communication. MICHIYAYA Dance explores the different forms that these states and qualities take in oneself and with others.
Project V (5) premiered March 5 and 6, 2016 at CPR-Center for Performance Research.
Dance Artists: Belinda Adam, Natsumi Sophia Bellali, Julia Discenza, Jacqueline Dugal, Núria Martin Fandos, Alana Ortiz, Marion Spencer, Blair Reavis-Tyler, Takako Yamanishi, Leal Zielińska
Musician/Composer: Florent Ghys
Photos by Michael Discenza