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“Our Wounds, Our Power” Work-in-Process Showing with Skyla Schreter Dance

June 30 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm



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Our Wounds, Our Power” Work-in-Process Showing with Skyla Schreter Dance
Date & Time: Sunday, June 30, 2024 3:30-4:30PM
Fee: FREE! Community Program

Join Skyla Schreter Dance at Bethany Arts Community for a presentation showcasing the creative process of their newest project “Our Wounds, Our Power.” Choreographer Skyla Schreter will lead the company dancers through a live demonstration of the various artistic influences that form the foundation of the project’s source inspiration. Showcasing excerpts of the new choreography created while in residence at BAC, the presentation will illustrate how the particular artistic inspirations for the project – encompassing poetry, painting, costuming and music – come to life in the creation of the choreography.

This residency is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Award – Choreography Commission.

This event is a Residency Community Program. As part of a residency at BAC, we ask each artist to build and facilitate a Community Program. Community Programs are a unique opportunity for both artists-in-residence and our local community to gather, engage, and be in conversation with one another through art. Community Programs are free engagements open to the public and/or in collaboration with a local community partner.

About “Our Wounds, Our Power
Pulling inspiration from feminist pioneers across artistic disciplines and scientific fields, “Our Wounds, Our Power’‘ examines healing as a continuum that is in constant flux, rather than an end result that can be achieved.

In their residency at BAC, Skyla Schreter Dance will experiment with forming a collective identity that traverses through various psychological, sensational and emotional stages of healing, particularly related to their experiences as womxn; investigating and interweaving the transitory nature of a cyclical process that is ever-evolving.

Choreography for “Our Wounds, Our Power” will be created by Skyla Schreter, in collaboration with the dancers of Skyla Schreter Dance. “Our Wounds, Our Power” references, quotes and integrates artistic work from Mira Calix, Adrienne Rich, Michelle Silver and Lauren Carmen.

About The Company
Skyla Schreter (choreographer & artistic director)
Skyla Schreter is a New-York based choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist, formerly a dancer with San Francisco Ballet for six seasons, where she created original roles in works by contemporary ballet choreographers including William Forsythe, Justin Peck, Cathy Marston and David Dawson, to name a few. Now recognized as a promising emerging choreographer with a distinctive voice, Skyla has created several original commissions including for the Fire Island Dance Festival and the Hudson Valley Dance Festival, as well an evening-length work for the Hudson Eye Festival, a contemporary art festival located in Hudson, NY.  Skyla has also been recognized nationally for her work in directing and choreographing dance films. Skyla’s choreographic style is rooted in the form of ballet, yet it synthesizes elements from various genres of dance, art and culture – often incorporating new media, visual art and soundscape. In 2023, Skyla founded Skyla Schreter Dance, a grassroots, genre-defying collective of movers and artists; using dance as an innovative platform to create socially relevant and emotionally resonant art. Skyla is a 2024 recipient of the New York Council on the Arts’ Individual Artist Grant Award for Choreography and has been selected for the 2024 New York State Choreographers Initiative Award from the NYS Danceforce. In addition to her choreography, Skyla is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Vassar College.

Hannah Straney (dancer)
Hannah Straney, born and raised in New York, started her training at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute and earned a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in 2017. Hannah has performed for the Merce Cunningham Trust, and has originated new works by Sidra Bell, Tom Weinberger, Shannon Gillen, Larry Keigwin, and Skyla Schreter. She has toured nationally with Dirty Dancing and spent four years at Company XIV as a singer, dancer, and actor. Currently Hannah is the choreographic assistant at The Stranger NYC, as well as an artistic associate with Spark Movement Collective. Hannah is a producer at Retrograde Studios, in Brooklyn, NY and is artistically sponsored by The Creative outpost in Little Falls, NY.

Piper Makenzie Dye (dancer)
Piper Makenzie Dye is originally from San Diego, CA, and holds a BFA in Dance from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. Previously a dancer/soloist with Eveoke Dance Theater, Ballet Nepantla, A-Y Dancers, TORRENT, and Hard/Femme Dances, Piper has been pursuing her freelance performance career in New York for the last 7 years, and will be dancing as a part of a new creation by Twyla Tharp in June 2024. She has performed works from choreographers including Crystal Pite, Doug Varone, Shannon Gillen, Kelly Ashton Todd, Mark Morris, Christopher Huggins, Jennifer Archibald, Jose Limon, and Donald McKayle, and is a certified Yoga Instructor. She was an original cast member for Skyla Schreter’s ‘for your consideration’ and is thrilled to be a part of the SSD creative cohort.

Cristina Moya-Palacios (dancer)
Cristina Moya-Palacios is a Venezuelan-born Miami-raised dancer with a BFA from New World School of the Arts College. During her time at New World, she performed works by Robert Battle, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Ohad Naharin, and others. Her most recent professional work includes performing and touring with Adele Myers and Dancers as well as performing in Skyla Schreter’s “for your consideration” at The Hudson Valley Dance Festival. Throughout her career, Cristina has had the pleasure of working with Peter London Global Dance Company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, and Jamar Roberts. Through her work in dance, Cristina aspires to shine a light on the immigrant experience as an artist in the United States and to make space for these often overlooked stories.

Mariah Anton-Arters (dancer)
Mariah Anton-Arters is a New York based freelance dance artist who graduated in 2019 from UNC School of the Arts with a BFA in contemporary dance. Prior to her attendance there, she trained in formal disciplines under Jo-Ann Hertzman. Mariah has been privileged to perform a wide range of works including pieces by Merce Cunningham, José Limón, Martha Graham, and more. Mariah frequently works with the Merce Cunningham Trust, while also working for Liz Gerring Dance, Cornfield Dance, Dance Heginbotham, Christopher Williams Dance, Helen Simoneau Danse, Daniel Gwirtzman, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects and The Moving Architects, among others.

Ashley Merker (dancer)
Ashley Merker (she/her) is a Brooklyn based dance artist, and GYROTONIC® and Pilates instructor. Originally from Denver, Colorado, she began her dance training at an early age. She earned her BFA from The Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase where she performed works by Kimberly Bartosik, Hannah Garner, Aszure Barton, Martha Graham, Trisha Brown, Adam Barruch and Doug Varone. She also studied at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Australia where she performed work by Rhianon Newton. Upon graduation, she was invited to join Buglisi Dance Theatre under the direction of Jacqulyn Buglisi, and has since performed with Doug Varone and Dancers, Emma Cianchi, CLaude Johnson, Nicole Fuentes, and Jody Oberfelder. Ashley is a current member of Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Learn more about Skyla Schreter Dance here!


June 30
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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