Updated: Apr 22
Posted by Victoria L. Awkward
Last summer I received the Boston Dancemakers Residency presented by Boston Dance Alliance and Boston Center for the Arts. Through this residency I've been working on a new show, IN THE SPACE BETWEEN, that hopes to be a space for the dance artists involved to look at their own unique and diverse identities and seek a route from their current reality through the space between and into their dreams. Since January I've been hard at work with the dancers, and I'm very excited to introduce the other creatives behind the show IN THE SPACE BETWEEN.
IYUN ASHANI HARRISON - dramaturg
Iyun Ashani Harrison is the founder and director of Ballet Ashani (formerly Ashani Dances). Harrison is a graduate of The Juilliard School, received his MFA from Hollins University, and is a doctoral candidate at Marymount University. He has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Seattle Dance Project, and Ailey II.
Harrison’s choreography has been commissioned by the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Ailey School, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Collage Dance Collective, Men in Dance, American Dance Festival, Boost Dance Festival, University of Florida, Henderson State University, Pomona College, Jamaica School of Dance, and the University of the West Indies.
Harrison has held several academic positions, including professorships with Cornish College of the Arts, Goucher College, and Webster University. He has also taught on the faculties of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The Ailey School, Peabody Conservatory, and Maryland Youth Ballet. For more information, visit balletashani.org, @iyunashani on FaceBook & Instagram; @balletashani on FaceBook & Instagram.
CAPELLA AURIGA - musician
Capella Auriga, a multifaceted creative and motivational muse based out of Roxbury. Has shared her energy and light in places like the MFA, Black Market, Dorchester Art Project, Artz Underground, Middle East, and more. She’s known for connecting to her crowd and making them feel all she has to deliver. Her latest single out is Wrong Planet and can be found on most platforms. Follow Capella at @capauriga
AARON BROWN - musician
Aaron Brown is an audiovisual artist, working out of Jamaica Plain Massachusetts. Since graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2014, he has focused on his sound art project Baron, while releasing the work of his peers on his cassette label, Dead Pet Tapes. Any time not spent creating is usually consumed by record collecting, and houseplant maintenance, both of which he is very passionate about. Follow Aaron at @scapeshifter
MITZI EPPLEY - costume designer
Alongside her work as a freelancer and company dancer with VLA, Mitzi Eppley has been serving the arts community through costuming and wardrobe. Sewing began with her mother and continued into helping out at the BalletMet Costume Shop where she was training in the Dance Academy for 19 years. When she started school at The Boston Conservatory, Mitzi worked in the Costume Shop, was promoted to Dance Stock Manager in her sophomore year, and continued to work both positions through graduation. Then Mitzi worked as a freelance contractor in wardrobe, costuming, and consulting for Odyssey Opera, the ICA, Heather Stewart of Little House Dance Company, Cantankerous Creatures, Fukudance, Dance Currents Inc., and Boston Moving Arts Productions. She enjoys collaborating with artists to bring their vision to life through costuming and finds the communal knowledge and resources to be a great asset for innate creation. Follow Mitzi @tipsymitzi
NADAAA DESIGN FIRM - set design team
Arthur Chang, AIA is a Principal of NADAAA. He has been a key part of NADAAA and collaborator of Founding Principal, Nader Tehrani for over 16 years. Chang’s experience in planning and managing all aspects of design projects have led to his work receiving some of the most prestigious national and international awards. Chang has led a variety of institutional and public projects including the Melbourne School of Design, RISD’s Fleet Library, the Research + Design Center at Beaver Country Day School, a new MBTA Headhouse in Boston’s Seaport, and North Hall, a new hybrid CLT/Steel residence hall for the Rhode Island School of Design, and a public art installation on the MBTA Green Line Extension. Follow Arthur @ar.ch.an.g
Christian Borger is a designer and co-director of NADLAB at NADAAA. Christian's background in fabrication led to his involvement in various design, build, and fabrication projects at NADAAA, including large millwork installations in RISD's North Hall, a custom interior build-out for a residence in Connecticut, and full scale CLT mockups for the 2021 Venice Biennale. Follow Christian @see_borg
NADAAA is a Boston-based design firm that has evolved over three decades as a multi-disciplinary practice dedicated to bridging between design disciplines; from landscape to urbanism, architecture to interiors, and industrial design to furniture. The work of NADAAA demonstrates a commitment to new forms of knowledge through making. With an eye towards integrated thinking, NADAAA enters the discourse on technology, aesthetics, and building protocols as part of a holistic process. The firm has been able to build on a range of exemplary projects in collaboration with extraordinary clients, many of whom have the objective to maintain a standard of excellence that requires cross-disciplinary collaboration and flexibility for future modification. Learn more at www.nadaaa.com and follow @nadaaainc