BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance

Mission

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.

 

List of Actions for Accountability and Transparency in Anti-Racist Work

As a dance company that holds social justice as one of our core tenets, we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing protests. However, standing in solidarity, in this current moment and moving forward, is not enough. We must take a look at ourselves and what we are doing as a dance company to actively fight racism, and what we can do better. We have worked to promote social justice and anti-racism since 2004 but realize that we must do more. The following is a list of actions of accountability and transparency BodyStories implements and will implement to actively fight racism internally and externally. Some of these items we are able to do immediately and some will be ongoing as we rebuild. We hope this list will inspire anyone reading it to think critically about what actions they need to take to be actively anti-racist.

The racial and ethnic makeup of our artistic and administrative staff, and Board of Directors

Our educational offerings

Compensating our collaborators

Public advocacy

Continuous self-education