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MAYDANCE: New Works by Meredith Bove, Shaina Cantino and Lailye Weidman

Friday, May 5, 2017

SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA (across from Strong Avenue)

MAYDANCE is a three-week performance festival showcasing the dynamic local performance artists who energize The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT).

Meredith Bove's CATHEDRAL is a solo work that explores the relationship between space, resonance and corporality to investigate trust in the immaterial and the unseen. Traversing a spectrum of physical states, from the quotidian to the otherworldly, the work exposes the body as a container for transformation. Amidst constantly changing presents and unknowable futures, "CATHEDRAL" makes a case for how bodies can be sites of hope and ontological truth, guiding us through sensation, and offering courage to move toward unfamiliar territories.

Shaina Cantino's duet with dancer Leah Fournier whimsically skips from virtuosic improvisation to idiosyncratic unison and back again. The two dancers perform with grace and humor, their physicality resonating with a cascade of detailed 'right nows' as they fall through space with articulate abandon.

Lailye Weidman' says of her work: "An 'imprint' is a temporary or permanent mark left by a passing experience, an impression that forms a groove or ridge on the memory. "Imprinting" (verb) also speaks to the activity of bonding, forming (inter) dependencies and establishing trust. I am making a trio specifically for SCDT that exploits the capacity dance has layer multiple imprints onto a space and, in the process, transform the space of the body." The solo version of "Imprinting" was fed and developed through a residency at the SEEDS Festival at Earthdance (2016).

About the Artists:

MEREDITH BOVE is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and writer, originally hailing from Vermont. She approaches movement as a mode for understanding the body as a process-oriented, unfixed, and continuously evolving entity. She has created eight original solos that incorporate live, looped vocalizations as part of a series investigating the solo body as living archive, as the site of embodied memory, and as a microcosm for multiplicity. Her work has been seen at various venues and festivals across the US and in Berlin, Germany. As a performer, she has appeared in the work of Jérôme Bel, Luis Lara Malvacías, Sharon Mansur, Stephanie Miracle, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Jillian Peña, and Erica Rebollar among others. She has collaborated with dancers/choreographers Andrea Jenni and Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, conceptual artist Luke Munn, and improvising musician and sound artist Layne Garrett. Meredith has taught at Hollins University, Montgomery College, Springfield College, The Dance Exchange, and The Collective (Baltimore). She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an MFA from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. Currently, she makes her home in Northampton, MA where, in addition to making dances, she works for Contact Quarterly and writes for ThINKingDANCE (based in Philadelphia) from afar.

SHAINA CANTINO holds an MFA in dance from Smith College, and is a graduate of the National Theatre Institute and Kenyon College (BA, Distinction in Dance). Her creative and teaching work is grounded in twenty years of contemporary dance training as well as research in improvisation for performance, contact improvisation (CI), environmental studies and theater. Cantino is currently a Lecturer at Keene State College (KSC), and teaches intermediate/advanced contemporary dance at School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, MA. She has taught semester courses in contemporary technique and CI at Wesleyan University, as well as intensive CI workshops in Arezzo and Cagliari, Italy and Montreal, Canada. Cantinos performance is noted for its understated humor and off-balance physicality. Cantino has collaborated with and performed in works by Aretha Aoki, Angie Hauser, Paul Matteson, Chris Aiken, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Kate Seethaler, Joy Davis, Sara Coffin, Colleen Thomas, Karl Rogers, and Alexandra Beller. Intensive training includes Bebe Miller Company Summer Intensive, a week with Susan Rethorst, St. Petersburg State Theater Academy (2009), Kathleen Hermesdorf/Sara Shelton Mann/Keith Hennessy intensive (2009), American Conservatory Theater (2008), and Bates Dance Festival (2007).

LAILYE WEIDMAN is a choreographer, dancer, and writer currently based in Massachusetts. She is part of Femmelab, a femme-of center research and movement collective with Anna Hendricks and Julia Handshuch; and she collaborates with the Movement Party to produce Fleet Moves, an annual site-based dance festival on Cape Cod. Lailye received a BA in dance from UCLA and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Her work has been shown at the Domestic Performance Agency, Movement Research, and the New School in New York City, Anatomy Riot and Pieter PASD in Los Angeles, CounterPulse and Joe Goode Studios in San Francisco, Green Street Studios and the Aviary Gallery in Boston, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign, IL. She has been an artist-in-residence with the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance (iLAND), at Hothouse UCLA, and the SEEDS Festival at Earthdance. She teaches improvisation and dance studies in academic and community settings and is an assistant editor for Contact Quarterly.


STUDIO4 (View)
25 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance

Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought
On BPT Since: Apr 13, 2017
The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought

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