KD&D-TV, Weekly Video Archive!

Week 9                                                                                   (scroll down for previous weeks!)

Kelley Donovan & Dancers is proud to present KD&D-TV celebrating our 20 year archive of work online with curated weekly full performance videos highlighting our critically acclaimed repertory spanning 2002 to present!

This Weeks Video, Entwined, an evening-length work exploring connection and interdependence, had it’s world premiere at Green Street Studios and was performed at Gibney Dance Center on December, 2012.  As the dancers entwine with, about and around one another the work explores our mutual interdependence and a material coexistence where everyone’s contribution is essential.

The work echoes the company’s collaborative process in which each dancers’ individual contribution is valued.  The cause and effect of small changes of consciousness, energy, visualizations in our interactions with others has a ripple effect which is abstractly expressed through movement.  As the complexity of the dance unfolds, material appears and reappears, is altered and transformed as the context changes and evolves.

Dancers:  Samantha Carmean, Amy Campbell, Kristen Klein, Colleen Pictor, Gina Quinn, Amanda Tay, EunMi Yeo and Lauren Whitenmore.  Music: My Fun, John Cage, Hafler Trio, This work was created in part with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvYyLHyZr7E

Weeks 1-8 can be seen below

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Week 8   This video was part of the Dance Podcast Festival in 2009 and features some of the early Cast of Borrowed Bones in September of 2008 and was filmed by Pascal Roekert on 10th avenue in NYC after we got kicked off the front Steps of the 34th St. Post Office!

Danced by: Nancy Andrews, Anna Rondon, Kyoko Aoyama, Kelley Donovan, Adam Sonnenberg, Lucia Travaglino, Film by Pascal Roekert, Flexcurve Dance, NYC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0NEJZ4PFRg

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Week 7

Digging a little deeper it took me a week to find this video link from (2002)! Conversation Out of Silence, (2002) is inspired by images of the Quakers, in the most progressive sense as independent thinkers, conscientious objectors, and individuals who follow their inner voice.  With one figure in counterpoint to the group, seven dancers explore off-balance motion. Blended gestures combine to explore, the fragmentation of modern urban life, cause and effect movements in the dance suggest the interconnectedness of all life.

If 2020 is teaching us anything is that we are all connected and everything we do effects others.  Conversation Out of Silence premiered in October 2002 at Green St. Studios in Cambridge, and was shown all around Boston and in NYC at Waxworks  in Brooklyn, NY.  Performed and Collaboratively created by: Cara Alaimo, Andrea Blesso, Laurel Fahy, Laura Iverson, Mary McCarthy, Megan Przygoda, Jennifer Schoonover, and Anne Schwartz. Music by: Gregg Bendian Costumes by: Mary McCarthy

 

 

Week 6

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This week’s video is from “Polishing Stone (2013)“, an inter-generational dance work that investigated the cycle of life, creation, destruction and rebuilding through collaboration with performers ages 9-77.  Performances held June 27-29 in the Calderwood Pavilion as the Culmination of our Boston Center for the Arts Residency in 2013.
  

Performers: Jim Banta, Maia Drogin-Carter, Shirah Burgey, Eleanor Duckworth, Derek Fox, Audrey Hughes, Karen Klein, Rozann Kraus, Lauren Lenihan, Kary McCafferty, Darci Nelson,  Amy Pallant, Sarah Putnam, Brittany Rogers, Rowan Salem, Shira Kagan-Shafman

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Week 5

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This week’s video are two excerpts from “Fractured Realm (2011)” , a work exploring creation, destruction and connection.  Presented during the TedX Gramercy in March 2012 under the title “Motion of the Dancers” to live guitar music by Khaled Dajani.
Featuring Dancers:  Chizuru Tanaka, Jordan Gehley, Maya Kite, Grace Lerner, Kristen Klein and Sylvana Tapia
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Week 1                                                                                    (scroll down for previous weeks!)

cori-jump.jpg   This week’s first video is titled “Borrowed Bones” (2009).

Borrowed Bones was named as one of the Best Dances of the year in 2009 by The New York Times, The Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe!

Borrowed Bones is an evening length work exploring acceptance, impermanence and letting go. Borrowed Bones premiered at The Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City on Jan 16-17th 2009 and the Boston Premiere will be held at the Julie Thompson Theater on March 13-15, 2009 at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In January 2009 Roslyn Sulcas of the New York Times wrote, ”Developing a movement vocabulary isn’t much of a concern among contemporary choreographers right now, but Ms. Donovan bucks the trend by making work with a noticeably personal style…gorgeously fluid, strongly rooted movement. … Ms. Donovan felt like a force of nature.”

The complete review can be found here:   http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/arts/dance/20dono.html?_r=1

In January 2009 Dance Magazine said “Tempering strength with vulnerability, she can turn sharp edges into soft corners with sensuous fluidity.”

Please consider donating the cost of a ticket to support KD&D during this difficult time!

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Week 2

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This week’s video is titled “Changing Skin” (2002). This video was performed at the 92nd St. Y in 2017 as part of their Remembrance Festival which invited dancers who showed work there to perform at an anniversary event.  Changing Skin is  a solo performed by Kelley Donovan depicting internal transformation.

In January 2007 Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times wrote, ”…gorgeously fluid, strongly rooted movement. … Ms. Donovan felt like a force of nature.”

92y 2017 solo from Kelley Donovan on Vimeo.

 

KD&D is exploring the expressive qualities of simple body movement portraying images about strong women, strength and power.  With a collaborative spirit, and full, healthy, well-rounded bodies the company creates contemporary dance described by The Boston Herald as “lush weighted phrases, liquid in flow… muscular, yet lyrical.”

In January 2009 Dance Magazine said “Tempering strength with vulnerability, she can turn sharp edges into soft corners with sensuous fluidity.”

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Week 3

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Kelley Donovan & Dancers  premiered of Age of Unraveling, a work exploring cycle of creation, destruction and rebuilding in 2010.  The piece was commissioned by World Music in Boston premiered in Boston at the new ICA Theater on October 1st and 2nd.

The dancers physically explore the theme of impermanence by never letting their weight settle for two long in one shape and move with a restless urgency toward the next physical event.  The work premiered at informal showing at the Rover SOHO and Peridance Center in NYC.

Age of Unraveling investigates the internal world of transformation and expresses the intimate self through movement, ranging from soft fluidity to athletic physicality.  A sequential use of the torso with abrupt energy changes and weight shifts explore the initiation of movement from the core.  The dancers physically explore the theme of impermanence by never letting their weight settle for two long in one shape and move with an restless urgency toward the next physical event.

Features Dancers: Kristen Klein, Meagan Bruskewicz, Amy Campbell, Kelley Donovan, Anri Nakano, Kirsten Schnittker, Lucy York Struever, Sophie Torok,  Aya Wilson (now of Doug Varone & Dancers) .  Music composed by: My Fun, Punck, and QFWFQ DUO

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 contact kelleydonovandance@gmail.com

 

 

 

Thea Singer of the Boston Globe said, “Kelley Donovan’s “Age of Unraveling’’ (premiere) is just that, an organic unraveling — and re-raveling — of explosive yet serpentine movement phrases.

A dance for 10 set to music by Punck, and others, it’s characterized by physical oxymorons. The vocabulary is at once raw and ragged, fluid and circular. The dancers never let their weight rest in one position for more than a nanosecond, it seems, so each shape not so much shifts as catapults into the next. Dancers join, split, enter, and exit in dizzying permutations.

In this world of strings let loose, themes flit by. A hand pulls out from the head, as if yanking a string. Backs stretched out flat curve into an old woman’s hunch. Donovan herself startles with her dexterity. A spiral initiated in her wrist turns her entire body inside out. The dancers’ endurance astonishes.”

Iris Fanger of Dance Magazine said, ” Donovan moved with precision and elegance, turning and bending in an aureole of lyrical loveliness.”

 

Week 4

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This week’s video is titled Gaining Ground examines the idea of transformation. The lush exploration of serpentine movement suggests impulses that spring from the core rather than originating from an external source.  The dancers travel forward and back suggesting emphasis on the process of growth rather than arrival at a particular destination.  This dance performed by five women investigating healing and spirituality, premiered as part of the Choreographers Group, Directed by Perla Joy Furr at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center in May of 2004.

Dancers: Laura Blakley, Melissa Caddle, Felice Le, Mary S. McCarthy, Tracy Morse.
Music: James Johnson, Indian Soundscapes, and Legendary Pink Dots

 

 

 

 

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