SHE MOVES – Rescheduled and expanded!

Shura Baryshnikov
Shura Baryshnikov

Heading into last weekend, we were thrilled that She Movesour benefit concert scheduled for 2/15, was sold out! Then, of course, the third blizzard in as many weeks, shut the whole thing down.

But, not to be outdone, the She Moves choreographers came together and decided not only would we reschedule, we would add an additional performance to make this benefit bigger and better than before. Now, this weekend we have two performances: Feb. 21 at 6:00pm (the added performance), and Feb. 22 at 6:00pm (the official rescheduled performance).

So, with a brand-new wide-open performance just ahead of us, we thought it would be a great chance to open She Moves up to students in the area by discounting tickets for the 2/21 performance for students, making this event more accessible and affordable for some of our biggest fans. See the image below for details or visit our website.

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I am honored to be in the company of such talented and inspiring women, all of whom have worked tirelessly to make this event a success both on stage and at the box office, where all proceeds will go directly to the Women’s Center of Rhode Island.

Shura Baryshnikov
Shura Baryshnikov

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SHE MOVES: Heidi Henderson

Heidi Henderson
Heidi Henderson

The lost solo that I am performing will be made into a section of a dance called, Leslie, for four dancers which will be performed in Movement Research at the Judson in March.

When I make a dance, the movement always comes first. In Leslie, so far, the movement is about continually processing particular delicate actions. The actions are non-hierarchical; each movement feels as important as the next. There is a precision in the placement of each hand, each pause, in the tone of the body. The work is exact without being virtuosic. The work is quiet. The work is reductive. There is no grandness. There is no message.

Leslie feels just begun even though I have been working on her for two years. I like to take time to make a dance. I like to carve out each movement idea carefully, in sequence. I like to take time inside the work by placing pauses. The pauses are not marked or held tightly; the pauses are places of quiet where even less is happening. I wonder: where is the soft edge between engagement and boredom? When I work quietly, am I drawing folks in or losing them? When we apply a steady kind of performative attention do we hold the attention of someone watching?

The people in this dance are themselves but cautiously so. They are contained. Everything is predetermined and carefully placed, selected. The work is human, normal. As dancers, we are paying a kind of attention to the particular nature of the movements without any push of effort towards an overt presentation. The task is abstract but the attention to the task feels personal and tactile. We care.

Heidi Henderson
Heidi Henderson

She Moves: A dance concert to benefit the Women’s Center of Rhode Island is a collaborative effort bringing together eleven of the strongest female voices in the Rhode Island contemporary dance community. Feb. 15, 6:00pm.

Learn more and purchase tickets on our website.

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SHE MOVES: Betsy Miller

Betsy Miller
Betsy Miller

Just Me, Circe was first premiered at the Provincetown Dance Festival in 2011. It is a short solo set to a harmonica and piano score by Michael Wall. It’s about sex, power, and magic. It’s about being a woman.

I have always been interested in Greek mythology, particularly how the myths treat female characters. The Greek myths are told from a male perspective, and so many of them are riddled with misogyny: Pandora’s curiosity unleashes evil into the world, sirens tempt sailors to their watery deaths, the Trojan War stems from the quarreling of three goddesses and the irresistible beauty of one gal named Helen.

And then there’s Circe…..

Circe is a witch. Some say she’s a goddess. She’s known for her arts of seduction and enchantment, and she’s particularly famous for turning men into pigs. She’s knowledgeable, and so she is feared.

But who is Circe, really? What is she like? How does she feel when that shipload of dudes shows up on her doorstep demanding her hospitality? Or when Odysseus threatens to kill her? Or when after sleeping with her for a year, he just decides to sail off into the distance?

Am I like Circe? Could I be like her?

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Betsy Miller
Betsy Miller

Betsy Miller
Betsy Miller

She Moves: A dance concert to benefit the Women’s Center of Rhode Island is a collaborative effort bringing together eleven of the strongest female voices in the Rhode Island contemporary dance community. Feb. 15, 6:00pm.

Learn more and purchase tickets on our website.

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SHE MOVES: Ali Kenner Brodsky

Ali Kenner Brodsky
Ali Kenner Brodsky

paRt II is a solo…or is it? I am currently working on an evening length work and this solo is an excerpt of the larger PART. paRt II is a conversation between a woman and herself, a woman and another or perhaps it is all a figment of the imagination. The audience can decide. There is no right or wrong answer. When I develop a piece it unfolds without much conscious thought. It is often not until much later that I know what it is “about”. So I welcome you, the audience, to prescribe your own meaning to the piece.

paRt II, as with pArt I, is a slight departure for me as I have incorporated some text into the piece. I have always seen my work as mini dance theater pieces and I am excited to bring the “theater” to the forefront in this work.

The music for paRt II was composed by the amazing MorganEve Swain aka The Huntress (Brown Bird). She has incorporated the poem “Empty Branch in the Orchard” by Mary Oliver into the score.

VIDEO: Watch an excerpt from paRt II here.

Visit Ali Kenner Brodsky’s website.

Ali Kenner Brodsky

She Moves: A dance concert to benefit the Women’s Center of Rhode Island is a collaborative effort bringing together eleven of the strongest female voices in the Rhode Island contemporary dance community. Feb. 15, 6:00pm.

Learn more and purchase tickets on our website.

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SHE MOVES: Jessica Howard

Jessica Howard
Jessica Howard

Beneath the Surface (Glamour Girl) is a solo inspired by the fact there is no unchanging self. To investigate this further and bring the concept to life in the performance the process was about uncovering the conscious moving body in how movement creates an image world or how the external world invokes movement choices. It was a discovery on how certain movements inspire thoughts or emotions and then as the performer how to translate and project that internal dialogue to the audience. Even though the movement is choreographed the beauty in performing is that constant metamorphous of each moment in the performance in that a movement might trigger a different thought/feeling or visceral response and/or how a external sensations (i.e. the room, the audience, the smell… all these stimuli) change the dynamic of how the movement is executed in that moment.

Jessica Howard. Photo by Kiqe Bosch
Jessica Howard. Photo by Kiqe Bosch

She Moves: A dance concert to benefit the Women’s Center of Rhode Island is a collaborative effort bringing together eleven of the strongest female voices in the Rhode Island contemporary dance community. Feb. 15, 6:00pm.

Learn more and purchase tickets on our website.

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SHE MOVES: Andrea Dawn Shelley

Andrea Dawn Shelley
Andrea Dawn Shelley

After receiving an invitation to participate in She Moves, I wanted to seize this opportunity to create something new and use a piece of music that has been playing over and over on my playlist for about a year now. This new work, Deluge of Discontent is absolutely, 100%, musically driven. Inspiration is being drawn from the discord I continue to feel while listening to Philip Glass’, Etude No. 6. Being a long time disciple of Glass, I have always been seduced by his music because of the passion that his melodies ignite inside. His constant metronome, which is present in each and every score, never grows tiresome to my ear. It is this pulse which evokes excitement and always presents me with endless choreographic possibility. The music clearly tells a story and I’ve yet to decide what that story is; the story his music is prompting me to tell. However, the phrase “windows of appearances” keeps playing over and over in my head. Windows of appearances…

I am currently in the creation process and by choice, have yet to put the three dancers I’m using (including myself) in the same room. I’ve been working with each dancer separately to develop individual material and create a subconscious disconnect among the three. I anticipate that this disconnect will lend itself to the discord I’m seeking. This is also a new pairing of three very different dancers, with three very different voices; another source of endless inspiration. I will be as pleasantly surprised as the audience to see how this story unfolds. There will be an emotional journey of unrest, a discontented human affair constantly interrupted by a deluge of music and movement by an external party. I look forward to sharing this work in an intimate setting and look forward to how the environment will affect both the dancers and audience.

Photo by S.G.Hering
With Alan Alberto. Photo by S. G. Hering.

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She Moves: A dance concert to benefit the Women’s Center of Rhode Island is a collaborative effort bringing together eleven of the strongest female voices in the Rhode Island contemporary dance community. Feb. 15, 6:00pm.

Learn more and purchase tickets on our website.

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