Who We Are:
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance is a contemporary dance company of women that capture and communicate universal human encounters through dynamic, purposeful movement. We bring a wealth of cultural arts activism experience into each work we create with community partners. We focused on family heritage and personal obstacles in Agawam and Home, traveled abroad with our piece The Border Project about human migration and displacement, and collaborated with Trey Anastasio of Phish on a piece focused on addiction issues. Valuing international exchange, we collectively speak nine languages and research, perform, and collaborate with artists from five continents. We are a multifaceted, highly physical company laced with provocative, emotional, political, humorous edges.
BodyStories’ mission is to examine depths of society in their darkest and brightest moments, inspiring audiences to physically sense emotional and psychological aspects of the human condition through dance. We use immersive techniques to integrate and empower audiences by navigating them through public and theater spaces in innovative ways of engaging with performance. For Anita’s Way with chashama, Fellion developed the site-specific piece Control Dominion exploring power through physical relationality, where audience navigators instructed audience members to move into specific formations in relation to the dancers’ shifting positions in the outdoor space.
In addition to creating and performing original works, the company is committed to reaching diverse populations through community engagement and education, and maintaining a stable business model to sustain our work. BodyStories has put on free and ticketed public concerts throughout the United States and abroad, and held several workshops with integrated participant performances, such as the Patrick Dempsey Cancer Center, where participants contributed text/movement created in collaboration with BodyStories.