Stellar is a dance film of speculative fiction inspired by afro-futures, the echoes of jazz, and the stars within us. Performers Bree Breeden, Kyle Marshall, and Ariana Speight gathered for virtual improvisation sessions during the second spring of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Online conversations led to in-studio embodiment, where they developed scores of improvisation and theatricality informed by gravity, ritual, and planets. The film features an original score inspired by the transcendent music of Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane, performed by Kwami Winfield.
Rise 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. This dance—performed live by four dancers—celebrates life in our flesh, makes space for the spirit, and honors the power of witnessing by reflecting on our time of pandemic isolation.
Rise performers: Bree Breeden, Kyle Marshall, Jose Lapaz-Rodriguez, and Ariana Speight
Health & Safety
Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.
Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.
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
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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.
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
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