Project Trans(m)it: Phase Two
Project Trans(m)it is pleased to present to Coventry University "Phase Two"
Trans(m)it is a collaborative, transcontinental dance study led by choreographers Becca Weber (Coventry, UK), Lora Allen (Philadelphia, U.S.) and Megan Mizanty (Chambersburg, U.S.). Phase Two followed an eight month rehearsal process between co-directors Megan Mizanty, Lora Allen and Becca Weber, held entirely online and rehearsed thousands of miles apart from one another. They premiered this work in Philadelphia in August. Project Trans(m)it welcomes our two guest artists, Ella Tighe and Angelika Mizinska, performing the roles of Megan Mizanty and Lora Allen tonight. This is the first time they will be meeting and performing the work together, following rehearsals held online with Megan and Lora from their locations in the United States.
Moving into the 21st century, dance is encountering new territories of possibility. Project Trans(m)it is a collaborative, long-term research and performance project delving into tech-riddled space. It is led by choreographers Lora Allen (allendance), Becca Weber (Somanaut Dance) and Megan Mizanty (MizantyMoves Dance Works). Their points of inquiry include transmittance of dance/movement via technology, transference of choreographic ideas in different physical spaces (all choreographers are based in different cities), what is gained/lost in these transfers, and which technological platforms are best used for which types of physical information transmission.
Project Trans(m)it recently concluded "Phase Two," which involved eight months of rehearsals held entirely online. The work premiered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S) in August, and the collaborative is thrilled to show the work once again with guest artists Ella Tighe and Angelika Mizinska at Coventry University this November.
Lora Allen (Co-Director) is the artistic director of allendance. Her work has been performed at CPR (NYC), thefidget space (PHL), CHI Movement Center (PHL), The Iron Factory (PA), Touchstone Theater (PA), DeSales University (PA), Northwestern State University (LA), The Performance Garage (PHL), The Grande Theater (NJ) and The Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She was most recently a HATCH artist- in- residence in Philadelphia PA.Lora is the artistic director of The Iron Factory, and currently a dancer for FRED I Dance Co. and From The Earth. She was the managing director for The Leah Stein Dance Company for 4 years in Philadelphia PA. Lora has a BA in Dance from DeSales University.
Megan Mizanty (Co-Director) is the artistic director of MizantyMoves Dance Works. Her work bridges live sound with movement, entangling these disciplines with collaboration at its heart. She has danced professionally with companies in New York and Philadelphia, including Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre, Improbable Stage Productions, LINKED dancetheatre and toured with Matthew Frazier-Smith Dance, among others. She received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College, and an MFA in choreography and performance from Temple University. Megan served four semesters as an undergraduate instructor at Temple University, as well as a communications specialist with Koresh Dance Company. She was a Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellow at Mark Morris Dance Center, where she was certified as a Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Instructor. Megan is currently a Dance in Leadership Scholarship recipient from Dance/USA, awarded by the Andew Mellon Foundation. She had taught and served as a resident choreographer at Susquehanna University, Lycoming College and Marywood University, and she is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Wilson College
Becca Weber (RSME, MFA, MA) (Co-Director) is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Dance Research (Coventry University), whose interdisciplinary research on creativity in somatic-based choreographic practices combines cognitive psychology and dance studies, and is associated with the Leverhulme-Trust funded project "In the Dancer's Mind." Weber holds a Teaching in Higher Education certification and has lectured at various universities in the US and UK since 2009; she currently teaches at the University of East London. Additionally, she serves as Editorial Board Member, Editor, and Communications Director for thINKingDANCE.net; Associate Editor for the journal Dance, Movement, and Spiritualities; and Director of Somanaut Dance, whose choreographic work has been presented in the US, UK, and Canada. www.somanautdance.com
Ella Tighe (Performer) is an independent dance artist currently based in London. Ella graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Dance Making & Performance in 2015 and now works as a freelance performer, teacher and maker alongside her administrative work at Independent Dance, London. Ella works with Flux Dance, and has recently performed in a collaborative relationship between scientist researchers from the University of Oxford and the company. Ella is also an Ashtanga based yoga teacher.
Angelika Mizinska (Performer) was born in Poland and in 2013 she moved to England to continue her dance training and education. She has recently returned from study abroad program at University of Illinois, USA and is currently a final year Dance Making and Performance student at Coventry University. Angelika is ashtanga yoga teacher trainee and she works as an intern for Decoda- artist led organisation, based in West Midland.
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