BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance

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  • “BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance’s performance was unapologetic expression of emotion through both movement in space and the spaces in between movement. The dancers’ sensuality is tamed by a hyper-awareness of where each muscle and limb is positioned as they live in their performance, possessing a dynamic understanding of the subtle and nuanced language of modern dance as an expression of not only the body itself, but of stories untold of the mind and soul. (more…)
    Sarah Coursey, New World Arts Communication
  • “Interesting and culturally specific movement vocabulary informs the choreography and structured improvisation by Teresa Fellion and her company. Five different dance narratives or body stories are thematically connected through a physical response to human migration and its ensuing emotional resonance—dislocation, alienation, resident fear, a dialectic between insiders and outsiders, natives and foreigners; an invitation to belong; the hope, comedy, and tragedy of social isolation as part and parcel of the human condition. (more…)
    Nick Mwaluko, The New York Theatre Experience, Inc.
  • “The choreography unfolded persuasively, just as it had in the rehearsal. Ms. Fellion is most fortunate to have a committed troupe of dancers to work with, and they gave the piece their all. Several powerful vignettes ensued, and the overall effect was strikingly enhanced by the lighting."”
    Phillip Gardner, Oberon's Grove
  • “Teresa Fellion’s choreography is like a car engine of movement; transference of energy that is constantly remolded/shifted, and brings us to a beautiful place…”
    Celeste Miller, Jacob’s Pillow International Dance Festival
  • “Teresa Fellion shows how dance can offer an audience a raw view of personal stories, emotion, and a deep connection that cannot be captured through words.”
    Bethany Mathieu, Livermore Falls Advertiser
  • “Fabulous. Great choreography, lots of energy, great movements. Captivating. Anywhere from 1 to 8 dancers will keep you riveted. If you’re a fan of modern dance, a must see. If you’re not a fan of modern dance, this will change you.”
    Douglas Blondin, Boulder International Fringe Festival and Naropa University
  • “I discovered the light, fast, fluid work of the New York based Teresa Fellion Dance company, filled with wit and levity.”
    Bidisha, The Huffington Post
  • “BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance combines athletic & technical physicality, sculptural shapes and intense partnering with comedic timing and feats of tested balance. (They) explore complexities of human relationships and junior high angst with athleticism, grace and physical comedy.”
    Maine Sun Journal
  • “...5 performers tumbling & gyrating along to haunting, metallic percussion by a live on-stage drummer. A definite must see for fans of modern & contemporary dance.”
    Mumble Dance
  • “'Dance is not just movement, it is expression'. Lifelong dancer Teresa Fellion has taken this notion and put her own spin on it by creating beautiful works with BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance.”
    Heather Girgenti, East Hampton Press
  • The Mantises are Flipping W.3 starts from the moment you walk in the door. The fury does not decrease until it ends....It is absolutely fascinating....Teresa Fellion’s dancers have a strong idea of what captivates an audience. Their faces, so refreshingly animated, indicate a rich inner life. Their bodies become like a paint brush that uses our imaginations as a canvas, painting hundreds of interpretations of life.”
    Heather Chamberlain, Stage Buddy
  • “BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance gave a great introduction to dance theatre....Prepare to leave pleasantly full.”
    Kelly Apter, The Scotsman
  • “BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance…illustrated the strengths of group works…with a harmony and connection which brought a depth of feeling to the stage.”
    Danielle Farrow, Edinburgh Spotlight
  • “After seeing the third part of choreographer Teresa Fellion's The Mantises are Flipping series at Danspace Project, we couldn't wait to pick her brains about this fascinating work...Fellion was kind enough to find the time to answer a few of our questions about the inspiration for and evolution of the Mantises series, the challenges NYC choreographers face, and why she's glad she has an "overactive imagination.”
    Heather Chamberlain, Stage Buddy Interview
  • “The “W” in the title stands for “world,” and Ms. Fellion and her colleagues do succeed in creating one....John Yannelli and members of the SLC Experimental Music Ensemble contribute a richly textured, partly live score of drones, strings plucked and strummed, swelling distortion, and high hums. The choreography is action-packed with a strong flow, a current that is sometimes tidal, washing the dancers back and forth across St. Mark’s Church, turning the terrarium into an aquarium.”
    Brian Seibert, The New York Times
  • “Fresh and compelling. I go to dance to be transported as I was by this show. See for yourself! Strong solid dancers! WOW!”
    MJ Mc G, Boulder International Fringe Festival and Naropa University
  • “I have seen segments of this repertoire performed in the past, and the cast and choreography is absolutely gripping. Not to be missed. An arousal for the ears, eyes, minds & hearts. Exquisitely constructed and thoughtfully laid out.”
    Christopher Mailhot, Boulder International Fringe Festival and Naropa University
  • “BodyStories, under the careful artistic direction of Teresa Fellion, embody the raw experience of human encounters through the medium of dance. They offer an innovative expression of the difficult coming of age phase of adolescent life - exploring the mental and physical changes in this quirky routine....The effect was captured through the dancers exaggerated facial expressions and body language...there is no denying the physical ability and talent of all the performers.”
    Emma Steedman, Broadway Baby
  • “All together there are nine pieces, highlights of which were by Teresa Fellion Dance (New York City), whose ‘BodyStories’ is a chic piece of dance-theatre. Each piece is accompanied by sophisticated & enchanting soundscapes.”
    Mumble Dance
  • “Teresa Fellion explores borders that are invisible and political, and those people find when they cross them, such as "metaphorical borders" in language, culture, and class. Movement choices include several wonderful moments and wellcrafted phrasing. The work is conceptually brave.”
    Donald K Atwood MFA. Ph,D., World Dance Reviews
  • Fault Line managed to engage my friend and I (and the rest of the audience, judging by the applause)... It starts modestly, but the passionate and skillful partnering between the four women steadily draws the audience in, until, by the end, they are completely absorbed by the fluctuating relationships and emotions on stage.”
    Amanda Grimm, The Skinny Magazine
  • “The fourth piece, (Fault Line) however, was probably my favourite of the entire showcase. Four female dancers led a spellbound audience through a visual tale of romance, desire and the compromises we make for love. Bodystories/Teresa Fellion Dance have stepped bravely up to the mirror and refused to shy away from our most unpleasant characteristics, while unfailingly celebrating the potential for beauty within each of us. Through repeated movements, loving touches and some of the angriest dance I have ever seen women undertake on the stage, this group has created true magic.”
    Caroline Whitham, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
  • “"Fellion’s movement often takes on the quality of a surrealist painting: a striking juxtaposition of the pedestrian with the abstract....Movements that look simple at first often contain layers, and reveal themselves as both complex and deeply rooted in meaning over time. Fellion uses her dancers’ lines and strength to construct elaborate piles of bodies that range in tone from tender to almost sinister. Throughout, Fellion is incredible at illustrating the way that people fit together--or don’t--in different kinds of relationships."”
    Melanie Brown , Stage Buddy
  • “As a whole, the work is disarmingly, even challengingly human. There were moments, especially in watching 'The Mantises Are Flipping' up close, when I found myself inexplicably blushing, perhaps out of some fleeting recognition of the personal in this strangely beautiful dance.”
    Aniella Perold, Cretus Magazine
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