Shannon Murphy and Katherine Kiefer Stark share a perspective: part of nourishing ourselves our movement-art practices includes supporting other artists and working together, connecting with others generating ideas around movement-art. We are excited to be collaborating on this Spring 2019 Series and greatly appreciate Vox Populi hosting the events.
The curation for the series is fueled by Shannon’s interest in gathering feminist-minded dance and performance makers together. Affording time for artists and witnesses to interact, we will look at intersections of ideas and experiences shared in common. And of course, Katherine will bake something chocolate!
Shannon Murphy (curator) is a dance artist and educator living in Philadelphia. Working to complete her MFA, she is focused on her use of biomimicry researching how learning about bodily systems teaches her potential ways of being, alone and en masse. She is both an independent dance maker and a co-director of idiosynCrazy productions alongside founder, Jumatatu Poe. Shannon’s work has been presented nationally and throughout Philadelphia. She is currently an artist in residence at the Whole Shebang where she teaches and is developing new work. Shannon has worked with many dance artists/companies, including Peggy Baker, Group Motion Dance Co, Jaamil Kosoko, Jumatatu Poe, The Naked Stark, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, SCRAP Performance Group, and Kate Watson-Wallace. Shannon has studied the Franklin Method with Eric Franklin for over 10 years and is one of his first US/English speaking faculty members, specializing in Franklin Method for dancers. As the Curricular Head of Body Pathways at the University of the Arts, she integrates Franklin Method into her teaching of dance, somatic practice, and injury prevention as well and as an adjunct professor at Bryn Mawr College, and Drexel University and was the Assistant Director of Drexel Dance Ensemble from 2015-2017.
Olive Prince Dance (OPD) creates compelling, physically stimulating and thematically suggestive dances. Prince weaves the choreographic process with a visual artist and creative arts therapist, Carrie Powell. They create productions that capture striking images while celebrating dancers’ movement histories.
OPD has been presented at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Triskelion Arts, the International Contemporary Dance Conference, and throughout Philadelphia/New York. Prince is a veteran Philadelphia performer working with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and Merian Soto for over a decade. She has also created dance for Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Group Motion, William Smith College, Drexel University, and Bryn Mawr College. Most recently, she was featured on WHYY’s The Articulate with Jim Cotter, where she spoke about her creative process and inspiration for making art. Prince teaches improvisation, composition, and technique at Drexel University and Temple University.
Meghan Frederick is a dance artist based between New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA. Her choreography has been presented and supported by creative residencies throughout New York City and the Northeastern United States; most recently by Movement Research Fall Festival (NYC), Brooklyn Studios for Dance (NYC), Arts on Site (NYC), Center for Performance Research (NYC), STUFFED Dinner and Dance (NYC), The Living Room (ME) and Lamoine Community Arts (ME). Meghan teaches dance to children and adults at institutions throughout the Northeast, and is currently adjunct faculty at Temple University. Meghan was a member of the Brian Brooks Moving Company from 2008-2014 and has recently performed with Liz Lerman, Carlye Eckert, Maya Orchin, Catherine Galasso, and Kendra Portier, and as a guest with SUBCIRCLE Dance Company. Meghan is a graduate of Hampshire College and an active pilates instructor.
Kate Seethaler is an improviser, choreographer, educator, and performer. Her work moves from a multitude of questions about the audience/performer relationship. Kate has most recently collaborated with choreographers Paige Phillips, Michael Figueroa, Steph Turner, Barbie Diewald, and Deborah Goffe. She has served as a movement educator on the faculties of Springfield College, School for Contemporary Dance & Thought, Aldrich Pilates, The Taft School, and Smith College. Kate earned an MFA from Smith College in 2016, and a BA from Springfield College in 2008. She has performed in dance works by such choreographers as Jennifer Nugent, Joy Davis, Kellie Ann Lynch, and Stephanie Maher. Kate teaches weekly at Mascher Space Cooperative, where she is also an administrative coordinator and artist-in-residence.
Meg Foley is a Philadelphia-based performer and choreographer. Her work has been presented locally by Thirdbird, FringeArts Festival, Bowerbird, Vox Populi gallery, Little Berlin Gallery, Icebox Project Space, and outside Philadelphia in NYC, Canada, and Poland. An improviser and a queer person, Foley is interested in the embodied potential for a more pliable sense of self and of relationship. Her dances explore the 24hr body, tracking our identities and emotional experiences to a physical core, placing the experiential act at the center. Working from physical actualities and body‐based research, since 2010 she has developed an improvisational practice, action is primary, where all aspects of the body become material: movement, voice, location, emotion, relationship, attention, herstory, and representation. This research informs tiny daily dances (she has performed a dance everyday at 3:15pm since October 20, 2012) as well as an exhibition of the research in Spring 2016, that will feature self-determined, improvisational solos created collectively by the collaborating performers. Foley is a 2012 Pew Fellow in the Arts and 2012 Independence Foundation Fellow and the first dance artist to be a member of Vox Populi Gallery. She teaches dance improvisation, composition, performance practice, and critical theory at University of the Arts. Foley received a BA in Dance from Scripps College in California in 2004 and a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from Laban Centre London in 2003. www.movingpartsdance.org