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RIPE [raw + intimate performance experiments]

FRESH Festival
Jan 7, 2019 thru Jan 24, 2019

Em Papineau + Sofia Engelman | Laurel Snyder
Facilitated by Hannah Wasielewski

Presenting new work by Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman. “Our work together creates and requires a particular state of togetherness. We create an intimate, unknown place through re-orientation and disorientation of the body, images, words, and objects. We love serious messes and treat every object we introduce into process and performance as an essential, integrated, autonomous entity. We make space for effort and oddities. We are interested in humor, but not in making a joke of ourselves. We create structures and systems and then deconstruct them; we engage in a practice of world making and world reinvention.”


Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman are dance artists based in New England. At the heart of their work is their queer relationship which they negotiate not so much as a narrative, but as a feeling, a state, a world, and a logic. Their first collaborative work, “Where the air is light and clear,” was presented at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Em and Sofia are both editorial interns at Contact Quarterly, went to the Bates Dance Festival as teenagers, and have co-taught at Moving Target Portland. The pair began developing their current project, “Things That Are: for two,” through residencies at The Living Room and Ponderosa and performed an early iteration at Movement Research at the Judson Church in October 2018.


Bones, Bodies & Demons - Created and performed by Laurel Snyder


Bones, Bodies & Demons is an honest, visceral expression of self through movement, melody and language. It is a highly scored, full-bodied improvisation that awakens the fire in my belly, the cycles in my brain and the strength at my fingertips.  This intimate solo-work asks whether our boundaries confine or liberate. Does isolation breed self-actualization or self-loathing? Do we create parameters to hold us in or keep others out? Perhaps we’re all just looking for something solid to push against.


Laurel Snyder is a dance artist, educator and musician based in NYC. Laurel has performed with artists such as Faye Driscoll, Tere O’Connor, Tatyana Tenenbaum and Kendra Portier, and her choreography has been presented by numerous NYC venues. Laurel is currently a part-time lecturer of contemporary dance at Rutgers University

Earlier Event: January 7
FRESH Special Event: SACRED
Later Event: January 9