WIP MARCH 26
4:30 PM- Flex space 33 Hawley, Northampton
Miranda Lawson • Katherine Kain and Evelyn Kirby • Emma Quan Dewey • Jimena Bermejo
Miranda Lawson is a performer, choreographer and teacher based in the Greater Boston area. Sherecently earned her BA in Dance and Psychology from Mount Holyoke College, where she wasrecognized with awards in choreographic excellence and leadership through social justice work.While at Mount Holyoke, Miranda performed in works by Shakia Barron, Barbie Diewald, Chloe London, Jenna Riegel and in TU Dance’s “One” restaged by Kaitlin Bell. Miranda has trained atBates Dance Festival, was the recipient of the Leadership Scholarship from American DanceFestival, interned for Boston University’s REACH Summer Dance program, as well as performed and presented her own work at the American College Dance Association Conference.Miranda was a choreographic resident through the Urbanity X Residency program for the 2022season and is now a company dancer with Urbanity. She also performs with Kia the Key &Company and Phunk Phenomenon Dance Company. She has performed at American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow.
Katherine Kain and Evelyn Kirby, located in western Massachusetts, are girlfriends and collaborators. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Portland, Maine, respectively, they met at Mount Holyoke College. They have been dancing together for six years, in love for three, and dueting for two. Their work investigates parties (both imagined and real), flirtation through play and physicality, and moving through structure and line. Rigorous and goofy rehearsals lead to intimate portrayals of their relationship.
Emma Quan Dewey (any pronouns) is a dancer and choreographer based in Ramaytush Ohlone lands (Bay Area, CA). Her practice weaves together dance, oral history, archival research, and poetry to build worlds where she can process how identity and power structures live in the body. Emma’s work explores the embodied legacies of US empire in their Chinese lineage, and how these legacies interface with whiteness, assimilation, and citizenship structures within their Chinese and white identity. Emma holds a BA in Dance and Anthropology from Bowdoin College and has danced with Dancing Earth Creations, Aretha Aoki, Adanna Jones, Gwyneth Jones, and Lucia Gagliardone. She is currently an Emerging Artist in Residence at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, CA. IG: @eqddances
Jimena Bermejo is a multidisciplinary artist and educator from Mexico City, whose practice oscillates between dance and performance art. Her practice is concerned with the examination of being an “other,” and various aspects of human relations. Jimena's performances range from abstract and sculptural to visceral and provocative. Being an educator comprises a significant and beloved aspect of her practice and various collaborative projects, often facilitating movement pieces and presentations for people with little to no previous experience or not on the path to becoming professional dancers.
Each season, WIP artists are selected by a rotating panel of peer artists. The panel selects a range of artists: established and emerging, local and visiting, who demonstrate a spirit of inquiry and experimentation. We have showcased artists ages 20-65, and focus on programming artists of color, and artists who identify as female, queer and non-binary.
What is WIP?
The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents WIP (works-in-progress), a performance series that showcases developing movement-based works on Sunday afternoons. WIP values sharing research and experimentation, rather than presenting finished works, and welcomes applications from emerging and established artists.
The curatorial team choosing WIP choreographers is composed of fellow dance artists located in the Pioneer Valley. We are looking to create performances showcasing a diverse range of established and emerging artists, as well as those local to the valley and beyond.
Students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to artists who are not currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. Preference will also be given to those who have not yet shown in the WIP series.
We ask that works presented in WIP do not exceed 15 minutes.
WIP is curated by a rotating team of working choreographers and movement artists.
BIG thanks to our past curators, Meredith Bove, Mary Beth Brooker, Dante Brown, Sofia Engelman, Lesley Farlow, Nikki Lee, Kate Martel, Katie Martin, Madison Palffy, Kate Seethaler, Cat Wagner, and Lailye Weidman!
Photos by Peter Raper from WIP XVIII (March 13, 2022)