Carbonell, Chisena, Gavino, McKenzie
Friday, September 16
CHI Movements Art CenterMap
Fore-ign/Fore-out: Four choreographers investigating the ins and outs of the human experience. Evalina Carbonell, Melissa Chisena, Annielille Gavino-Kollman, and Nikolai McKenzie explore themes ranging from immigration and gender definition to universality, rebirth, and cycles of humanity.
$20/ 90 minutes
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Evalina Carbonell (Wally) is a Philadelphia-based dance artist. A passionate performer, creator, and teacher, she is currently a member of the internationally active Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers. Additionally, she works as a free-lance artist, performing as a guest nationally and locally, teaching dance, Gyrotonic® & Gyrokinesis®, and creating her own work. Evalina is an innovator who creates sensual, inspired, highly physical dance that seeks to communicate, unearthing humanity, and framing it with clarity.
Melissa Chisena had the privilege of dancing and touring nationally with North Carolina Dance Theatre and The Richmond Ballet. In Philadelphia, she has danced with Jeanne Ruddy Dance and Tania Isaac Dance. Her choreography has been featured at numerous venues nationally. She is currently a member of the NADINE Project, a collaborative company in Connecticut, and runs her own company, Chisena Danza. She teaches at Philadelphia Dance Theatre, Ursinus College, Temple University, Dance Elite, and Janice’s Danceworks. She is the producer of An Evening of Duets, an annual professional show at the CEC and The Philadelphia Youth Dance Fest, an annual youth festival featuring pre-professional companies.
Annielille Gavino-Kollman, a native of the Philippines, dances with Kun Yang Lin & Dancers. She also danced with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (Denver,CO) and Dallas Black Dance Theater (Dallas, TX). She has worked with Katherine Dunham, Donald McKayle, Eleo Pomare, Diane McIntyre, Alonzo King, Ronald K. Brown, Chuck Davis and many others. As a choreographer, Annielille’s works have been commissioned by Dance Place (DC), Dance Canvas (Atlanta) Richmond Dance Festival (VA), Detroit Dance Race by ArtLabJ and Appomattox Governor’s School for the Arts (VA). She has presented works in Koresh Showcase and Inhale (Philadelphia), Dumbo Dance Festival (NY), and Velocity Dance Festival (DC). Annielille also taught and choreographed Philippine folk dances to the Richmond Filipino Club. She is a proud mother of Malaya Kollman, whom she named her project dance company after.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Nikolai McKenzie is a graduate of the BFA in Dance & Choreography Program at V.C.U. in Richmond, VA. Performance highlights include the works of Banning Bouldin, Aszure Barton, Robert Battle, Ohad Naharin, Kate Weare, Adam Barruch, Christian Von Howard and is a recent addition to Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. Nikolai has had the pleasure of working with such artists as Sidra Bell, Alexandra Wells, Adam Barruch, Ernesta Corvino, Antonio Brown, and Shannon Gillen through distinguished dance programs as the American Dance Festival, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School, the Movement Invention Project in NYC, and Springboard Danse Montreal. Nikolai’s choreography has been performed in Richmond,VA, Steamboat Springs, CO, Norfolk, VA, and Philadelphia, PA.