Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"(in)visible veins" - Who's Who in the Cast

My dancers are vital to this work.

I want you to know a bit about how incredible they are, before you see them on Friday. They're amazing women, artists, thinkers, feelers, dreamers, citizens, and inspirations for me. So, in alphabetical order and in motion, here are their "professional" bios. But, there's so much more to them then the pictures (although these are beautiful, thank you KChow Studios!) and the words. You'll just have to see them dance!


Belle Alvarez is originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She spent the first half of her childhood in Manila, Philippines before immigrating to the USA. Belle is a Dance Artist currently based in Philadelphia. She is a Teaching Artist with award-winning Pierre Dulaine's Dancing Classrooms and an Apprentice Instructor with Koresh Dance Company's School Outreach Program. In 2014, she earned her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Temple University. During her undergraduate years, she performed in work by Jillian Harris, Colleen Hooper Performance Projects, Dance Exchange, Charles O. Anderson/ Dance Theatre X, Larry Keigwin, and Beau Hancock. Belle's early training includes the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, where she studied under the direction of Kim Maniscalco, Amy Lawrence, and Jennifer Dite-Weaver. Belle has presented work since 2009 in venues located in Bethlehem, PA, Philadelphia, Quite, Ecuador, and Auckland, New Zealand. For more info on Belle, check out her website: Belle Alvarez




KC Chun-Manning received her MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, while simultaneously completing her certification at The Alexander Technique Center Urbana with master teachers, Joan and Alex Murray. Her Philly-based teaching has ranged from teaching Dance for Parkinson's Disease and for the Cancer Support Community Philadelphia, to coaching gymnastics at Philly InMovement. She has served on the Dance faculty at Temple and Drexel Universities and as an Alexander Teacher for the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. Beyond Philly, she has been a guest artist at West Chester University, Trinity College, Denver University, Bucknell University, and for breast-feeding moms at the North Suburban Hospital in Thorton, Colorado. KC is the Artistic Director of Fresh Blood, which has presented choreography regionally and in Colorado and NYC. She has also collaborated with Pasion y Arte Flamenco and Olive Prince Dance. KC has performed for many artists such as Susan Rethhorst, Guillermo Ortega Tanus, Carolyn Merritt, kim olson/ sweet edge, Maedee Dupres, Sara Hook, Jennifer Schmermund, and Cynthia Oliver. For more info on KC, check out her website: KC Chun-Manning



Katherine Kiefer Stark is a Philadelphia-based dance artist, teacher, and artistic director and founder of The Naked Stark. Katherine received her MFA in choreography from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and her BA in dance from Connecticut College. Her work has been presented in New York, North Carolina, West Virginia, and New Hampshire, as well as produced by a variety of presenters in Philadelphia including FringeArts, Mascher Space Cooperative, Hybridge Arts Collective, University City District's Programming at the Porch, and First Person Arts. In 2012, she received a FringeArts JumpStart grant and a Rocky Award, a peer-to-peer award for outstanding achievement in the Greater Philadelphia dance community. Katherine has also performed with Eleanor Goudie-Averill/Stone Depot Dance Lab, Colleen Hooper, Jodi Obeid, and Guillermo Ortega Tanus among others, as well as collaborating with Loren Groenendaal and Marion Ramirez. Katherine has taught as a guest artist at Muhlenberg College, University of Texas, El Paso, Widener University, and Enloe High School. She has also been adjunct faculty at Bryn Mawr College and Mascher Space Cooperative, where she is currently an Artist-in-Residence. For more info on Katherine, check out her website: The Naked Stark



Marcie Mamura is an artist, educator, and collaborator from Sioux City, Iowa. She earned a BA in Theatre with Dance emphasis from Kansas State University and a MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon where she held a Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Marcie's work as a teaching artist in Philadelphia communities includes Girard College-Dream Camp, Asian Arts Initiative, KYL/D's CHI Movement Arts Center, Montgomery County Community College, and Drexel University. As a freelance artist, she's performed works by artists Mina Estrada, Gabrielle Revlock, and Nicole Bindler. Her work has been presented in the InHale Performance Series, the Philly Fringe Festival, TRANSForm Dance Collective Concerts (Charlotte, Minneapolis/St. Paul), Dance Chance 2013, and Creative Nests: Welcome to Our World, Vol II (Chicago). She is a founding member of TRANSForm Dance Collective. Marcie is wildly curious about community practices and artful exchange. For more about Marcie's work  check out: TRANSForm Dance Collective




Jodi Obeid is a choreographer, performance artist, and dance educator. Jodi is obsessed with the study of movement of all kinds. Her work concentrates on the investigation of movement for movement itself and on the quirky pitfalls of human nature. Since her arrival in Philadelphia, Jodi has produced work at the Painted Bride Theater, for the Mascher Space IN FLUX Series, the CEC New Edge Mix, Glue Series and in collaboration with Stadium/ Praxis - a puppet theater. Jodi has guest choreographed in the area at West Chester and Rowan Universities and taught for the Mascher Space COSMOS master class series and KYL/D CHI Artists Summer Workshops. A serious globetrotter, her work was presented in Washington DC, Toronto, North Carolina, and in Belgium at various festivals. As a performing artist, Jodi has worked with Kosoko Performance Group, Ring Dance Theater, PDP Philadelphia Local Dance History Project., anonymous bodies, SCRAP Performance Group, and many other independent artists. She earned her MA in Dance Education from the American University and her BA in French and Dance from Goucher College and the Sorbonne University in Paris.


All photos are by Kaitlin Chow - KChow Studios - and are from rehearsal for (in)visible veins. 
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