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About the Show

Stellar is a dance film of speculative fiction inspired by afro-futures, the echoes of jazz, and the stars within us. Rise—performed live—is inspired by the shout traditions of the Black church, the transcendence of club music, and holds the joy that dancing brings to our lives.

Creative and Production Team

Choreographer: Kyle Marshall

Performers: Bree Breeden, Kyle Marshall, Ariana Speight, Jose Lapaz-Rodriguez  (additional names shortly)

Sound collaborators: Cal Fish and Kwami Winfield

Make up: Edo Tastic

Stellar – the film 

Choreography and Scores: Kyle Marshall

Performers: Bree Breeden, Kyle Marshall, and Ariana Speight

Sound: Kwami Winfield

Suits: Malcolm-x Betts

Lighting: Amanda K. Ringger 

Make up: Edo Tastic

Filmed and Edited by Tatyana Tenenbaum for Baryshnikov Arts Center

Film Location: BAC’s Jerome Robbins Theater


Choreography – Kyle Marshall 

Performers – Damani Alfreida, Miriam Gabriel, Kyle Marshall and Ariana Speight (original cast) 

(cast change tbd)

Sound Collaborator -Cal Fish

Make up- Edo Tastic

Clothing- Russell A. Peguero

Lighting Design Itohan Edoloyi

Photo by Maria Baranova

About the Artists

Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC) sees the dancing body as a container of history, an igniter of social reform and a site of celebration. KMC has performed at venues including: BAM Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Joe’s Pub, Roulette, and Actors Fund Arts Center. Commissions have included: Baryshnikov Arts Center, “Dance on the Lawn” Montclair Dance Festival, NJPAC and Harlem Stage. KMC is presently a part of the MANA Contemporary Performance Residency Program. KMC has also received residences from County Prep High School, 92nd st Y and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Director, Kyle Marshall is a graduate of Rutgers University, a Jersey City resident and a NJ State Arts Fellow. As an educator he has taught masterclasses and creative workshops at high schools and colleges including Bloomfield College, Trenton Central High School, Montclair University and the American Dance Festival. 

Additionally, Kyle has received a 2018 NY Dance and Performance “Bessie” Jury Award, a 2020 Dance Magazine Harkness Promise Award and was a 2020 Bessie Honoree for the revival of his 2017 dance, Colored.


Stellar was commissioned by the Baryshnikov Arts Center and filmed in their Jerome Robbins Theater in March 2021. Rise was commissioned by The Shed with residency support at MANA Contemporary, Nimbus Arts Center, and a grant from the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Original cast included Miriam Gabriel and Damani Alfrieda.

Festival Star Producer: Hank McNeil

Festival Executive Producers: Arthur Kaplan & Duane Perry

Festival Producers: Lynne & Bertram Strieb


Photo by Pauline St. Denis

About FringeArts

FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that expands the imagination and boldly defies expectation. Our programming exposes audiences to genre-defying dance, theater, and music performances by accomplished and emerging innovators who push the boundaries of art-making and redefine the artistic landscape worldwide. The lineup for our 2019 Fringe Festival this September is now on sale at

The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is a 4-week long, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny of Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts.

FringeArts Staff + Board


Nick Stuccio, President & Producing Director
Zach Blackwood, Artistic Producer
Zoe McNichols, Associate Producer
April Rose, Fringe Festival Coordinator

Carolyn Schlecker, Senior Adviser Operations
Melissa E. Bridge, Director of Finance
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Marissa Both, Box Office Manager
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Isabella Raposa, Marketing Manager
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Emma Noel
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Rachel Adler, Marketing
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Sarah Bhalla, Development
Maria Dragone, Photojournalism
Kaela Dudek, Marketing and Communications
Anna Fiscarelli-Mintz, Fringe Festival Guide
Courtney Giugliano, Guide Information Management
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Abi Sanie, Artistic Programming
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Richard Vague, Chair
Jennifer Bohnenberger, Vice Chair/Secretary
Lisa P. Young, Treasurer

Donald Baines
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Tony P. Forte
David Hoffman
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David Lipson
Tom Lussenhop
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Michael Solomonov
Stephen Starr
Nick Stuccio
Audrey Claire Taichman
Max Tuttleman
Paul Wright


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