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The Living Gallery

Monday, June 14th 5-7pm

35 Meadow St. Suite 103

Brooklyn, NY 11206

OVERTURE

Performance/Movement by Yu Fujiwara

Projection/Design by Cameron Surh

SLIPPAGE

Performance/Movement by Nadia Khayrallah

Projection/Design by Cameron Surh

RUSH- A Film

Performance/Movement by Kelsee Jordan

Film/Editing by Elizabeth Burr

Music Composed and Performed by Nick Saia and Ledah Finck

BODY OF WORDS

A Dance Film Premiere

Body of Words is an exploration of the intricacies of our bodies and what we inherently do to care for ourselves. Each of us requires moments of self care throughout our days whether that be a deep breath or a clench of the fist in an effort to release internalized tension. Body of Words challenges you to acknowledge and thank yourselves for all the ways you take care of you.

Direction/Choreography/Film/Editing by Lydia Soueidan

Performance by Qiana McDonald, John Trunfio, and Elizabeth Burr

Music: "Circular as Our Way" by Hammock

The Living Gallery is brought to you by EBDance, directed and produced by Elizabeth Burr.

Catering from Van Leeuwen's Ice Cream.

Space provided by Seven House New York.

Special thanks to our audience and donors.

Nadia Khayrallah

Dance Performer and Movement Creator

Nadia Khayrallah (she/they) is a dance artist, writer, and discontent creator rooted equally in history and fantasy, form and groove, esoterica and common sense. A graduate of Columbia University, she currently works with Jonah Bokaer Choreography, Gotham Dance Theater, eSKay Arts Collective, and EBDance, and is an Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick. She has co-directed music videos for the artists Zahed Sultan and Alethea as well as creating her own work for stage and screen. She has written for the Dance Enthusiast, Huffington Post, Reductress and Sukoon Magazine, and is a staff writer for ThinkingDance.

www.nadiakhayrallah.com

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Yu Fujiwara

Dance Performer and Movement Creator

Yu Fujiwara Originally from Kanagawa, Japan. She trained as a dancer in Japan Women’s College of Physical Education and Ailey School. Her previous experience includes performing for Drye/Marinaro Dance Company, Balasole Dance Company, Brooklyn Royals Dance team, Belly Trans Entertainment, and Fish Leong’s 2016 U.S. tour. In addition to performing, her original choreography has been performed at KoDaFe, Queens Dance Festival, MODArts Dance Company’s Collective Thread, Camden's Festival of Dance, and Fertile Ground. Outside of performance work, she also enjoys teaching dance and sports at Japanese Children's Academy, assisting children's classes at Mark Morris Dance Center and binbin Factory Kids Ballet.

@yu_moderndy12

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Kelsee Jordan

Dance Performer and Movement Creator

Kelsee Jordan (she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, and U.S. Army officer  based in New York City.  She  grew up dancing in Columbus, Ohio and continued her education at Ohio University where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography, and a minor in Military Science. It is here she received the Betty Mihendler and Hazel/Carr Liggett Dance Scholarship. Currently, she is attending Liberty University to pursue a Master of Divinity focusing in Chaplaincy. She has worked with dance artists such as David Dorfman, Kendra Porter, Jazmine Hern, SpaceJunk Dance, Jere Hunt, and Vanessa Long. Most recently she choreographed and performed in a music video for the Marty Ray project, and plans to release more work this coming year. She is currently a company member with Exit 12 Dance Company, as well as EBDance. 

www.kelseebooker.com

Photo by Russel James

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Elizabeth Burr

Director, Producer, and Videographer

Elizabeth Burr (she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, and director based in NYC. She received her BFA in Contemporary Dance from Indiana University in 2017. Elizabeth spent a semester studying in Israel at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where she studied with Batsheva Dance Company members and Vertigo Dance. Elizabeth has been a member of Company Danzante, S. J. Ewing & Dancers, Bryce Dance Company, and Shift Dance. She has been commissioned to present work at Eisenhower Dance's New Dance Fest, SMUSH Moves, WAXworks, and Fertile Grounds. She has done choreographic residencies with Company Danzante, Adagio Ballet, and Annapolis High School. She founded EBDance in 2019 and this is her first time producing a professional show.

www.elizabethburrdance.com

@lizz_burr

Photo by Robert Altman

Cameron Glyndon Surh

Multi-Media Designer

 

Cameron Glyndon Surh (he/they) is a dancer, digital artist and musician. They grew up guest dancing ballets around the Bay Area, California. Cameron graduated from New York University for Dance and the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology. It was at Tisch School of the Arts that choreographers such as Shamel Pitts and UNA Productions set work on him. He is continuing to pursue real-time design code at NYU through a Masters in

Interactive Media Arts.

www.camerongsurh.com

@cam_surh

Photo by Christopher Woodyard

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Ledah Finck

Live Musician and Composer

Ledah Finck is a violinist, violist, improviser, and composer who currently resides in NYC. A passionate creator, performer, and curator of contemporary classical music, she is a member of the string quartet Bergamot Quartet, currently the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Mannes School of Music, and the NC-based Earspace Ensemble. She released her first solo album, Mayfly, in 2020 and is at work on her second.

She has completed studies at the Banff Centre, the Lucerne Festival, Ensemble Moderne’s Klangspuren Academy in Austria, the Aspen Music Festival, and Bang on a Can among others. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in violin performance and composition from the Peabody Conservatory.

www.ledahfinck.com

@ledahfinck

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Nick Saia

Musician and Composer

Nicholas Saia is a New York based guitarist, composer and teacher. An active performer  throughout the United States, he has led and participated in a multitude of varied and genre- defying ensembles. His main project is UHHM, an improvising trio with Christopher Frick on  keyboards as well as Jack Naden on drums. UHHM has released two albums described as “a  dizzying, heavily improvisational mix of satisfying songs… a worthwhile listen for fans of  free jazz and progressive rock.” (All About Jazz©), and have just recorded their third. He also  performs a set of solo guitar material that includes original compositions, improvisation, and  contemporary compositions by artists including Füting, Finck and Berio. Nick released a solo  album entitled "Bog Songs I" that includes his own writing as well as improvisation  highlighting concepts of prepared guitar and his search for unexplored sonic territory on the  instrument.

nicksaiaguitar.blogspot.com

@nick.saia

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Lydia Soueidan

Director, Choreographer, & Videographer

Lydia is from Williamsburg, Virginia. They trained in a multitude of styles at Virginia Regional Ballet and at 15 moved to New York City to train in The Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary program where they were trained by dance educators such as Michael Blake, Bradley Shelver, Adrienne Hurd, Lauren Cox and Daniel Madoff. They performed in works choreographed by Rena Butler, Manuel Vignoulle, Sekou McMiller and Tyler Gilstrap. Since graduating, they have been freelance performing and choreographing for companies such as EBDance and Open Dance Ensemble.

@lydiasoueidan