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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

波士頓藝術中心宣佈2名2021年度駐地舞者

 Pandemic Moves Boston Dancemakers to Create Anew

New works explore discrimination, and mental health; the mundane, and spectacle

Kimberleigh A. Holman
Boston, MA (August 18, 2021) – We are delighted to announce that Kimberleigh A. Holman and Laura Sánchez are the new 2021-2022 Boston Dancemakers Residents at Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) and the Boston Dance Alliance. Kimberleigh Holman, Luminarium Dance, and Laura Sánchez, LS Flamenco, will both develop work during their year-long residencies at BCA’s South End arts campus that are inspired by their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kimberleigh Holman’s piece, “Common Circus is a three-ring exploration of the mundane, in which common tasks and notions will be shown through a lens of performance and spectacle,” while Laura Sánchez’s work, “AFTER DARK is a multimodal live production that combines flamenco with poetry, visual art, drama and creative expression to create awareness about discrimination and mental health during COVID-19.”

Laura Sánchez
Quote from Andrea Blesso, BCA’s Director of Dance:

“After a year of surviving, and despite the pandemic’s resurgence today, it’s wonderful to support our new Dancemaker Residency. Out of such testing times, we welcome the deeply impactful work emerging from Kimberleigh and Laura.”

Debra Cash, Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance:

“Boston Dance Alliance’s decision to join forces with BCA to create the most comprehensive dance residency in Boston continues to bear fruit. We’re thrilled by the wonderful selection of Kimberleigh Holman and Laura Sánchez and can’t wait to see the work that emerges!”

About Kimberleigh A. Holman and project:

Kimberleigh A. Holman is an artist working interdisciplinarily in dance, theatre, and design, and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Luminarium Dance. Her work gravitates to the exploration of human social interaction and behavior, both real and fictitious, miniscule instances or broad patterns, through comedic, dark, sensory or abstract narrative. Common Circus is a three-ring exploration of the mundane, in which common tasks and notions will be shown through a lens of performance and spectacle.

About Laura Sánchez and project:

Laura Sánchez is an award-winning flamenco artist, creator, choreographer and educator originally from Cádiz, Spain. She has developed an emerging therapeutic dance practice, Expressive Flamenco© which she will further explore during her residency. AFTER DARK is a multimodal live production that combines flamenco with poetry, visual art, drama and creative expression to create awareness about discrimination and mental health during Covid-19.

At the very beginning of my career in Boston, I felt a lot of gratitude when the BCA took a risk on presenting my and my company’s work in the Mills Gallery. Over a decade later, as a mid-career artist, I’m feeling the exact same gratitude at having the support of the BCA and BDA and this substantial residency program. It’s rare to have the opportunity to get to immerse in your work without having to worry about space and funding, and I am thrilled to focus fully on my work. 

As an artist, it’s thrilling to see arts resource organizations taking action to make the community better for its members. To be able to say the Boston Dance Alliance and Boston Center for the Arts actively invest in Boston’s dance makers for the betterment of both the art itself and therefore the local arts ecosystem is incredibly motivating as someone that gets to participate in this program.”

About The Boston Dancemakers Residency:

The Boston Dancemakers Residency supports Boston-area dance artists who are striving to develop, adapt or reinvent their creative process. Produced through a partnership between Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) and Boston Dance Alliance (BDA), the residency serves as a laboratory for ideas that are in the exploratory phase and need dedicated time and space to be fully realized. 

Designed to promote artistic growth and the development of original ensemble work, dancemakers will be offered support for research, development, rehearsal, financial and production phases of their project. Resources include a regional three-day retreat, six weeks of intensive studio time, discounted rehearsal space, dancemaker and collaborator stipends, and rehearsal pay for up to six dancers.

The residency must be used to develop new work and the majority of rehearsal time should be dedicated to the proposed project. BCA and BDA encourage dancemakers to take risks, invest time and focus in working with their dancers, build the skills to develop and advance original ensemble work, and dive deeply into their creative process.

The Boston Dancemakers Residency is made possible with support in part from the Aliad Fund at The Boston Foundation.

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