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.
Harlee Trautman is a movement artist and sculptor currently residing in Philadelphia, PA, after time spent in Southern Louisiana where she received her BFA in Sculpture. Since arriving to Philadelphia, Harlee has had the opportunity to work professionally with The Naked Stark, Asya Zlatina & Dancers, Opera Philadelphia, and Archedream for Humankind. Harlee's most recent creations have been showcased at the Iron Factory(Philadelphia), Tattooed Mom's(Philadelphia), Grounds for Sculpture(Hamilton, NJ), as well as on display at the Philadelphia International Airport's D terminal.
Mary-Carmen Webb moved to Philadelphia after graduating with honors at Hollins University, where she received her BA in Dance in 2015. She has continued her education through the Marianne Wells School 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, and The Bar Method teachers certification, where she currently teaches in the Philadelphia area.
She has previously performed works by PIDGIN, Paige Phillips, Hyunju Lee Dance Company, Femme Collective, Group Motion, and Lyons and Tigers, among others. Recently she has collaborated and co-written fashion films R27 and The Visitation with Boston-based director Georden West. Currently, Mary-Carmen is focused on exploring the intersection of strength training and dance.
Chelsea Murphy graduated from Goucher College in 2012 with a degree in dance and psychology. She wanted to find a community that supported a conversation between dance and theater, which led her to Philadelphia. She attended the Headlong Performance Institute where she met Magdalene San Millan. For the next 5 years they worked together creating feminist, pleasure/shame driven work including "The Vulgar Early Works" (presented by JACK & FringeArts in 2014) and "The Shame Symposium" (presented by FringeArts in 2016) as well as pieces performed at Joe's Pub in NYC presented by DanceNOW. Currently, she works with Lily Kind as a member of the Wolfthicket, choreographs various projects around town and likes to play with photography and performance. You can check it out at: chewiemurph.wixsite.com/chewie. You can see her next in Pig Iron's Superterranean in the upcoming Fringe Festival!
Photo: Johanna Kasimow
Photo: Katherine Kiefer Stark Features: Marisa Illingworth, Sean Thomas Boyt and Ajibola Rivers
The Naked Stark is a Philadelphia-based dance company that supports the development and presentation of socially conscious, socially critical, and socially engaged work by Artistic Director, Katherine Kiefer Stark. This work is not limited to the final product; it is embedded in the collaborative creative process, the programming we offer, and the relationships we build. Through performances, movement practice, workshops, shared showings, and community events, The Naked Stark works to make dance-making, dancing, and dance-viewing sustainable, approachable and accessible.
Katherine Kiefer Stark is a Philadelphia-based movement-artist, educator, and the artistic director of The Naked Stark. Rooted in the philosophy that the world is socially constructed, Katherine's work aims to examine her conscious and unconscious contributions to the status-quo and spark thought and conversation amongst the audience. She develops work in an inclusive collaborative process in which the artists can safely explore complex power structures and intense physicality. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Ajibola Rivers, Chloe Marie Newton, Marisa Illingworth, and Sean Thomas Boyt on The Naked Stark’s current project Actor and The Leading Lady / Falling Up.
Katherine’s work with The Naked Stark is currently supported by The Philadelphia Cultural Fund and has been presented along the East Coast and in Chicago by organizations including First Person Arts Festival (2013), Capital Fringe (2016), and FringeArts (2012). Katherine also enjoys improvising movement and life with her partner, Ben, and their two children.
Kate Seethaler and Meghan Fredrick