Teresa Fellion (Artistic Director & Choreographer)
Teresa Fellion founded BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance in late 2011, after working as an independent choreographer since 2004. She has shown work at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow, The Public Theater, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, University of Florida, ENTPE University (Lyon, France), NYU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Bryant Park Summer Stage, BDF Edinburgh at EICC, Dixon Place, UME, ICA Boston, 92nd St. Y, Naropa University, Franco-American Cultural Center, CPR-Center for Performance Research, Ashawagh Hall, Triskelion Arts, GAP, and in concerts with Phish, among others. Collaborations on original music under the direction of our Musical Director, John Yannelli, are vital factors in many of our works. Music collaborators include Yannelli, Trey Anastasio, Phish, Ryan Lott, Ryan Edwards, Kevin Keller, and Carver Audain.
Fellion’s work has been positively reviewed by The New York Times, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Scotsman, Oberon’s Grove, NYTheatre.com, The Skinny Magazine, World Dance Reviews, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, Edinburgh Spotlight, Southampton Press, Stage Buddy, East Hampton Press, The Sun Journal, and Earth Press, among others. She has received the Choreographic Fellowship from SummerStages Dance Festival and ICA Boston and the American Dance Guild Fellowship for Jacob’s Pillow’s Choreographers’ Lab. Teresa has received grants for her work from The National Endowment for the Arts Window Award, Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grant, and space grants from ITE-Inception to Exhibition, MANA Arts/Armitage Gone! Dance, Mount Tremper Arts, Field FAR Space, and at Triskelion Arts and Mark Morris Dance Center through the Mellon Foundation. Teresa’s choreography has also been commissioned by NYC Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets, Marigny Opera Ballet, Island Moving Company, chashama, and The Hudson River Museum via the Jordan Matter Dancers Among Us exhibit. She has led workshops and master classes, and been commissioned to set work at University of Florida, Gainesville, NYU, Pace University, Castleton State College, University of Maine, Farmington, Jacob’s Pillow, and at several NYC and national performing arts schools. She has taught regularly at The Ailey School, Sarah Lawrence College, DreamYard Project, and Marquis Studios, and she is a faculty member and director of the Summer Dance Program at The Ross School.
Teresa was named Artistic Liaison between Cameroon & U.S. by president Paul Biya, while performing with National Ballet du Cameroun and at the National Soccer Cup Finals. She has performed for Lucinda Childs, Sarah Skaggs, Kimberly Young, M’Bewe Escobar, Skip Costa, and Martha Bowers, and she has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Deganit Shemy, Liz Lerman, and Megan Boyd, among others. Teresa completed a Dance MFA from Sarah Lawrence under Bessie Schonberg Scholarship, Certificate from the Ailey School under scholarship, and BA in French & English Literature, with a minor in dance from NYU as a merit scholar.
John Yannelli (Musical Director)
John Yannelli, composer of chamber, choral, orchestral and electronic pieces, works in both traditional and experimental styles of music. His special interests are in the development of electronic music, improvisation and composing for dance, theater and film. He has written for and conducted soloists and ensembles ranging from solo oboe to full orchestra with jazz/rock band. Some of his more unusual combinations have been; StoneMusic, where the entire ensemble performed on stones of varying shapes and sizes; and WaterHarvest, for water percussion, winds and voices. His diverse catalog includes works for mixed ensemble, chorus, orchestra, and various mixed media productions. He often collaborates with dance, film and performance artists and has created many scores for modern dance as well as composed music and designed sound for theater productions ranging from Beckett to Shakespeare. He founded the Electronic Music Studio at Thomas Jefferson College and joined the music faculty there in 1976. Additionally, he developed a collaborative program for musicians, dancers and actors to create work through improvisation. It was there that he first introduced conducting with gestures, as a means of leading a group of performers to create work spontaneously. He toured nationally as composer/accompanist with the professional theater company, United Stage, and he conceived of and developed the use of live electronic music in the productions. He joined the music faculty at Sarah Lawrence College in 1983 where he currently holds the William Schumann Chair in Music. He is the Director of Electronic Music and Music Technology and teaches for the Music, Dance and Film Programs. He has directed the Sarah Lawrence College Chamber Improvisation Ensemble since 1993. Mr. Yannelli also rotates as conductor of the SLC Orchestra, in which he offers programs of experimental music including the works of Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, John Cage and others, and multi-media concerts that include experimental film and animation. Mr. Yannelli’s music has been performed in U.S., European and Russian cities, the Kennedy Center, and throughout NYC including a concert at Carnegie Recital Hall devoted entirely to his music, which received critical acclaim. His music is published by Soundspells Productions and John Yannelli Music (ASCAP). www.johnyannelli.com
Charly Wenzel (Rehearsal Director)
Charly is an award winning choreographer whose work has been presented in her native Germany, as well as at Dixon Place, Judson Church, the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Steps on Broadway, The Secret Theater, Connecticut College and many other venues in and around New York. She choreographed and danced for several recording artists and she is the choreographer of the music video “Over the Love”, which aired on BCNet Television Networks. Charly danced at the Bavarian State Opera in Germany and performed with Naganuma Dance, Keila Cordova Dances, Regina Nejman & Company, Earl Mosley/Diversity of Dance, Erick Montes (Bill T. Jones), Bodystories: Teresa Fellion Dance, LolaLola Dance Theater,Eddie Stockton, Morningside Opera, DexDance, Hydroflo Movement Company, Soul Movement and other companies and independent choreographers in and around New York City. Charly received an award for Best Dance Choreography for her work on the dance film “Global Tides”, which was screened at over twenty film festivals worldwide. She is the director, producer and choreographer of the award winning film “Licht”, which has also been presented at over ten international film festivals. Charly was the Rehearsal Director and Associate Artistic Director of Naganuma Dance and she worked as the Rehearsal Director for Shadow Box Theater. She is thrilled to be working with all the incredibly talented artists of Bodystories: Teresa Fellion Dance! www.charly-wenzel.com