Co-Initiator, General Coordinator/Curator/Organizer, Steering Committee Member
Sofia Engelman is a dance maker-performer, writer-editor, administrator-advocate, and educator-facilitator who lives and works on Canarsie and Munsee Lenape land in Brooklyn, NY. Sofia's current focuses include advocating for young people, collective curation, and archiving/honoring. Sofia has presented solo works and collaborations with life and creative partner Em Papineau at festivals including FRESH Festival, EstroGenius Festival, AS220's Providence Movement Festival, Queer Spectra, and Dancing Queerly Boston; music/DIY venues such as 10 Forward and Flywheel; and other spaces Sofia loves dearly including Judson Church, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ponderosa, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, The Living Room, Green Street Studios, Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston, Harvard University, and Smith College. Sofia has had the honor of performing under the direction of Michael Figueroa, Alice Gosti, Kathleen Hermesdorf, and Tyler Rai. Among other administrative roles, Sofia is Communications Manager and Contributing Editor at Contact Quarterly. www.engelmanpapineaudance.com
Image description: Sofia wears maroon velvet pants, a maroon cape that reveals a bare belly, and blue/yellow/tan sneakers. Sofia is facing the camera with right leg plants and left extended forward and low, arms plastered to hips. Sofia is white with shoulder length brown wavy hair. Behind Sofia is a grey house and large green trees and bushes. Sofia stands on cement.
Class Monitor, Graphic Designer, Production and General Support
Lindsey Jennings is a Brooklyn based dancer and creative, originally from rural Illinois cornfields. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2020, where she was fortunate to perform in works by incredible artists such as Jennifer Monson, Kendra Portier/BANDPortier, Abby Zbikowski, and many more. Her collage practice is very central to her work as a dancer, dance-maker, arts administrator, and teacher.
More info at www.lindseyjennings.com
Image description: A full body image of a woman in motion wearing layered clothing. End description.
I am an interdisciplinary artist living in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, originally inhabited by the Sissipahaw Tribe. I am in the process of locating and learning about the histories of settlement, and relationships held by the people of my blood line dating back to the early 1800’s in what is known today as the Piedmont region. I am currently cultivating a new creative process for myself as something long term, patient, and concerning things that I can touch and that can touch me. I have been “a dancer” for as long as I can remember, and have recently rearranged my life and practice to incorporate studies and musings in painting, textiles, sewing, voice and photography. This, all since, participating in the initiation of freeskewl at the onset of COVID-19. I am excited and touched by the caretaking of the community through virtual teaching, performance and conversation, and hope that it will sustain us until we can be together again.
Image description: A profile view of Anna, placed in the center of the image standing in a field wearing a blue and white striped button down shirt with her hair in a low ponytail with a middle part. Golden sunlight is hitting her face, her arms are raised in front of her, bent at the elbows and fingers extended toward the sky. Behind her is a large Oak tree about 200 yards in the distance and the branches are framing Anna’s head. End description.
Pedagogy/Poetic Entry Series Initiator, Steering Committee Member
Jennifer's practices are profoundly inspired by Daniel Lepkoff, Wendell Beavers, Patty Townsend, Thomas F. DeFrantz, and Paul Matteson. Through performing and teaching she aims to nurture the proposition of physicality as a theoretical and complex language that resides inside a rejuvenating container of possibility; and continues to augment these practices through sharing and refining ideas in front of others—a transmission of spoken and gestural language.
Since living in NYC Jennifer has performed most notably with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (NYC 2009-2014), Paul Matteson (NYC 2002-2020), David Dorfman Dance from (NYC 1999-2007), and Martha Clarke (NYC 2007-2008). She is currently a teaching artist at Gibney Dance (NYC), Sarah Lawrence College, (NY), and the online space freeskewl where she hosts a monthly series called Pedagogy/Poetic Entry.
Image description: Jennifer is a white woman with a shaved head. She is visible within the frame from her hips to her head. Behind her is a solid black background and she is wearing a pale pink tank. She is looking toward the bottom right corner of the frame with her right arm reaching in that direction and left hand resting on her right shoulder.
Co-Initiator, Production Manager, Steering Committee Member
Em is a dance artist who lives and works on Canarsie and Munsee Lenape land in Brooklyn, NY. Em's solo, With Pulp, has been presented at Queerly Contemporary Festival, as well as Smith College. Em graduated with a BA in Dance and Religion from Smith College. Em has an ongoing collaborative practice with partner Sofia Engelman. Em and Sofia’s first collaborative work, Where the air is light and clear, was presented at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center. Together, they have held choreographic residencies at The Living Room, Ponderosa (Germany), the Dance Complex, and School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. In addition to presenting their work in these spaces, the pair have performed at festivals including FRESH Festival, EstroGenius Festival, AS220's Providence Movement Festival, and Dancing Queerly Boston; music/DIY venues such as 10 Forward and Flywheel; and other spaces they love dearly including Judson Church, Green Street Studios, and Smith College.
Image description: Em is a white, queer human of French Canadian descent. Standing in front of a completely black background, Em’s fuzzy red sweater clad torso and head fill the center third of the photograph. Four vibrant balloons frame Em’s face, accentuating the sloppily smeared blue, purple, and red makeup and lipstick they have on. Em’s deep brown eyes gaze slightly past the camera as their mouth is gapes open in an expression of wonderment and awe.
Reparations Initiative Facilitator
Ogemdi Ude is a Nigerian-American dance artist, educator, and doula based in Brooklyn. As an artist and educator, she supports others in investigating their cultural, familial, and personal histories - how they are embedded in their bodies and influence their everyday and performative movement. Her work has been presented at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, Lewis Center for the Arts, La Mama Courthouse, and for BAM's DanceAfrica festival. She currently serves as Head of Movement for Drama at Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan.
Image description: This image frames Ogemdi from right below her clavicle to an inch above her head. Behind her is a tan background. She is wearing a top with black straps and large, round gold earrings. Her earrings match the color of her hair and she is looking slightly to her right which is our left.