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Opening remarks with Co-founders and Artistic Directors Lisa Giancola & Nicole Zizzi

 

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Music: Tema Celeste by Roberto Cacciapaglia

Dancers: Anna Alden, Avi Simcha Binder, Sarah Canny, Haylee Denham, Hayley Forrest, Lisa Giancola, Jessie Hogestyn, Caitlin Peeler, Sarah Ready, Sophia Sabaten, Ava Untermyer, Nicole Zizzi

seaglass eyes *text version

Written and recorded by: Scilla Bennett

Music: You Signed Up For This by Maisie Peters

Soundtrack edited by: Evan Baumeister

Dancers: Anna Alden, Alexa Courtepatte, Haylee Denham, Caitlin Peeler, Sarah Ready

To Touch

Accompanied by: Edwin Munera

"To G" composed by Edwin Munera

A journey through different pathways aiming to arrive to the desire place. Exploring the G major key in all its possibilities, influenced by the rhythms and musical elements of various cultures and a harmonic context around consonance and dissonance interacting through the piece as a metaphor for the human experience.

Dancers: Avi Simcha Binder, Hayley Forrest, Jessie Hogestyn, Sophia Sabaten, Ava Untermyer, Nicole Zizzi

Boyz 

Music: Beggin' by Macdon

Dancers: Jayme Giancola & Travis Swain

enclosed lines

Music: Life Story by Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm

Dancers: Anna Alden, Avi Simcha Binder, Sarah Canny, Alexa Courtepatte, Haylee Denham, Hayley Forrest, Lisa Giancola, Jessie Hogestyn, Caitlin Peeler, Sarah Ready, Sophia Sabaten, Ava Untermyer, Nicole Zizzi

ACT I

INTERMISSION

ACT II

inter/intra [2018]

Music: Innerbloom by Rufus Du Sol

Choreographed by: Nicole Zizzi

Dancers: Anna Alden, Avi Simcha Binder, Sarah Canny, Haylee Denham, Hayley Forrest Lisa Giancola, Jessie Hogestyn, Sarah Ready, Sophia Sabaten, Ava Untermyer

it was never fine *text version

Written and recorded by Nicole Zizzi

Music: 20:16 by Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm

Soundtrack edited by: Nicole Zizzi

Dancers: Anna Alden, Avi Simcha Binder, Alexa Courtepatte, Haylee Denham, Hayley Forrest, Caitlin Peeler, Sarah Ready, Sophia Sabaten, Ava Unterm, 

mobilize

Music: March 4, 1831 by Balmhorea & Wading in Waist High Waters by Fleet Foxes

Soundtrack editted by: Lisa Giancola

Dancers: Lisa Giancola & Nicole Zizzi

dancing queen

Music: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Leo Sawyer, September by Earth, Wind and Fire, Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees, Walkin' On Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves, Uptown Girl by Billy Joel, ABC by Jackson 5, Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations, Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston, Dancing Queen by Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski

Soundtrack edited by Lisa Giancola

Dancers: Anna Alden, Avi Simcha Binder, Sarah Canny, Alexa Courtepatte, Haylee Denham, Hayley Forrest, Lisa Giancola, Jessie Hogestyn, Caitlin Peeler, Sarah Ready, Sophia Sabaten, Ava Untermyer, Nicole Zizzi

The Dancers

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Lisa Giancola

Co-Artistic Director

Lisa hails from small town, Boylston, MA and began dancing at the age of 3 at Karen Jean White School of Dance. She continued her love and passion for dance at Dean College, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2014. She has had the pleasure to work and perform with New England companies, Ballet Art’s Worcester, Boylston’s Calliope, Stylized Movement, Kinetic Synergy Dance Company, the Ipswich Moving Company, United Tek’Nekz and OnStage Dance Company. Lisa is the Director of Early Childhood Programs at Joanne Langione Dance Center and is also Co-Artistic Director of Boston Based dance company, Evolve Dynamicz. Founded in 2015, Evolve has had the privilege to present works all over New England, including NACHMO NYC and Boston, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Boston Dance Theater’s trainee showcase of BTDx, and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. Evolve has produced three full length shows, SPACES: an Evolve Dynamicz Production (2017), circumnavigation (2018), and LUCIDITY (2019). Lisa hopes to carry her love of dancing, teaching and choreographing onto her JLDC students and company dancers each and every day!

Nicole Zizzi

Co-Artistic Director

Nicole was born and raised in Buffalo, New York where she started dancing at the age of 2 at Eugenia’s Dance Studio. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, and Polish Heritage dancing. At the age of 18, Nicole started school at the University of Rochester where she studied Physics and Dance. At Rochester, she trained in contemporary with mentor Missy Pfohl Smith—artistic director of BIODANCE and director of Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester. After graduating college, Nicole moved to the Boston area where she quickly found herself immersed in the rich and vibrant Boston dance community.  In October 2015 Nicole and her dance partner, Lisa Giancola, founded their own company; Evolve Dynamicz. Nicole teaches various workshops and classes in the Boston area for both adults and primary school-aged children. Her pedagogical approach focuses on building confidence and agency in movers through tools such as strength training and improvisation technique. Her most recent project with Evolve Dynamicz explores how dance can be used as an educational tool when learning abstract mathematical concepts at the collegiate level. Nicole has just finished her Master's of Architecture at Northeastern University where she will be continuing her research with the Center for Design investigating how dance may be used as a tool for creating data curiosity and literacy.

 

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Anna Alden

Dancer

Anna is from Rochester, NY where she began dancing at the age of three at Fitzsimmons Dance Factory. She went on to attend the University of Rochester where she received her B.A. in British and American English Literature. During her time at Rochester, Anna was a member and choreographer for Louvre Performance Ensemble, a small group of technically trained dancers. Anna went on to pursue her Masters of Education in higher education administration while working as a writing program assistant academic advisor at the University of Rochester. Anna also pursued her love of dance during this time as a dance teacher to children ages three to teen for over four years. Anna now lives and works in Boston, serving as an academic advisor in the college of computer science at Northeastern University. She began dancing with Evolve Dynamicz in 2021.

Avi Simcha Binder

Dancer

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Anna Alden

Dancer

Anna is from Rochester, NY where she began dancing at the age of three at Fitzsimmons Dance Factory. She went on to attend the University of Rochester where she received her B.A. in British and American English Literature. During her time at Rochester, Anna was a member and choreographer for Louvre Performance Ensemble, a small group of technically trained dancers. Anna went on to pursue her Masters of Education in higher education administration while working as a writing program assistant academic advisor at the University of Rochester. Anna also pursued her love of dance during this time as a dance teacher to children ages three to teen for over four years. Anna now lives and works in Boston, serving as an academic advisor in the college of computer science at Northeastern University. She began dancing with Evolve Dynamicz in 2021.

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Sarah Canny

Dancer

Sarah grew up in Binghamton, New York. She began dancing at the age of three at Southern Tier Academy of Dance, where she trained in tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. As a member of the United State Dance Team for five years prior to college, she performed in Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Walt Disney World, and Universal Studios. Sarah then attended the University of Rochester, where she studied International Relations and Spanish. At the UR, Sarah joined Louvre Performance Ensemble, a student-run contemporary dance group, as a member and choreographer for four years. She served as Louvre's Production Manager for one year and President for two years. She also studied abroad in Granada, Spain, where she studied Flamenco dance technique and history. In 2015, Sarah began dancing with BIODANCE, a dance company based in Rochester, NY, which explores social, political, and environmental issues through its artistic works. She moved to Boston in July 2016 to begin a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. She graduated in 2018, and is now working as a policy advisor to Congressman Joe Kennedy III. Sarah began dancing with Evolve Dynamicz in the summer of 2016, and became an official member in October 2016.

Alexa Courtepatte

Improv Dynamicz Dancer

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Haylee Denham

Dancer

Haylee Denham is a recent dual-degree graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a neuroscience concentration. Haylee also received two letters of specialization in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services (DDHS) as well as Civic Engagement and Public Service (CEPS). Throughout college, Haylee was an active member of the Boltwood Project where she cultivated relationships and engaged in activities with individuals of various developmental and intellectual differences; this program emphasized dance as a tool for interpersonal connection. She was also the co-president of UMass student dance groups including UMass Dance Company and Alive with Dance where she choreographed, held open classes, and took on administrative roles. Haylee believes that dance can be used to create positive change in the world and promote overall wellness for all individuals. She lives by the motto that dance is for everyone.

Hayley Forrest

Dancer

Hayley grew up in Rochester, NY where she began dancing at the age of 3 at Dance Dimensions by Susan. While there, she trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and modern. She then attended the University of Rochester where she graduated in with B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2016 and an M.S. in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management in 2017. While a student, she was a member and choreographer of Louvre Performance Ensemble, a student-run contemporary group. Hayley moved to the Boston area in November 2017 after accepting a position as an R&D Engineer at a medical device company. She began dancing with Evolve Dynamicz in January 2018 and first performed with Evolve at NACHMO 2018 in the piece “Latent Vitality.” Hayley became an official member of Evolve Dynamicz in February 2018.

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Jessie Hogestyn

Dancer

A native of Rochester, NY, Jessie began dancing at A Touch of Dance Performing Arts Studio at age four where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. She went on to dance with Louvre Performance Ensemble while she earned her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. Jessie continued her education at the U of R, obtaining a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2020. During her graduate training she revisited her love of hip hop, choreographing and competing for five years with Indulgence Dance Crew, a student-run group under the U of R Black Student’s Union. Jessie moved to the Boston area for a postdoctoral fellowship in biopharma research and joined Evolve Dynamicz in February 2020.

Caitlin Peeler

Improv Dynamicz Dancer

Caitlin started dancing in Western MA when she was 13 years old, finding her love for movement connected closely to her love for music after being a percussionist for 6+ years. She began performing in the Boston area starting in 2016 with Unityd Stylz and Evolve Dynamicz while she was attending Dean College. Throughout her years of dancing, she expanded her experience through different technical styles, such as ballet, hip hop, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, and improvisation. After graduating with her Bachelor of the Arts in Dance Studies with a concentration in Technical Theater, she moved to Boston to continue her dance career. She stepped out of Evolve to travel and perform for a season with The Expressive Movement. She then joined N/A Dance where she trained and performed until the pandemic began. Throughout COVID she continued training, taking a 3 month dance intensive online under Bo Park. She continued taking classes throughout Boston and Rhode Island once regulations had lifted. Her favorite form of movement shifted to improvisation in 2019 and continues to inspire her every day. She was asked back to perform in Revive under Improv Dynamicz and she's elated to be able to wiggle with some of her favorite movers again!

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Sarah Ready

Dancer

Sarah Ready began her dance training at the age of three in her neighboring town, Attleboro, Massachusetts. Alongside her studio training, she has trained with Boston Ballet for five years and was a member of the Newport Rhode Island Moving Company’s rendition of the Nutcracker, performing the solo of the soldier doll for two years. Ready graduated from The University of California, Riverside in three years where she received her B.A. in dance and B.B A. While in her dance studies at UCR, she received the Chancellor’s Performance Award, was invited to the American College Dance Festival Association and was a member of the 2016-2017 UCR Gluck Touring Dance Ensemble. After college, Ready became a member of Ballet Carreras under the direction of Jose Gonzalez Pilar formerly of Ballet de Santiago, Kelly Lamoureux formerly of National Ballet of Canada and Sofia Carreras, former student of George Balanchine and Patricia Neary, who performed alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov. Ready also became a featured dancer in Avocado Dance Theater under the direction of Lori Craig Torok, former Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Upon returning to the east coast she joined Project 31 Dance Company (2018-2021) under the direction of Kenzie Finn. As of 2021, Ready is a company member with Evolve Dynamicz under the direction of Lisa Giancola and Nicole Zizzi, Fox Ballroom under the direction of Douglas Dombrowki and Madison Plummer and Nozama Dance Collective under the direction of Dana Alsamam.

Sophia Sabaten

Dancer

Sophia Sabaten is from East Haven, CT. She began her dance career with ballroom dance at the age of 11 at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Hamden, CT. She continued her dance education at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT, where she was introduced to modern dance. There, she became a member of ECA’s Repertory Dance Company under the direction of Nazorine Ulysse. She then attended Roger Williams University, earning a B.S. in Architecture and minors in Dance and Business. Being passionate in ballroom dance, she continued competing at the collegiate level, becoming a top finalist under RWU Ballroom. Currently, she is working towards her Master’s of Architecture degree at Northeastern and hopes to continue her love of movement and design together post graduation.

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Ava Untermyer

Dancer

Ava Louise Untermyer dances to encourage a sense of connection amongst others. Ava danced professionally with New York City based dance companies, including Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (Bessie-winner), the Lori Belilove & Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Estado Flotante and NOT for reTAIL. Ava then worked in Dance Education and Early Childhood Education in Doylestown, PA. Ava currently teaches dance full time at the Curley K-8 Boston Public School and performs with local contemporary artists. Ava holds a Master’s in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M.). Ava holds Bachelor’s in Dance (honors) and English (honors) from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, where she was awarded the Virginia Princehouse Allen Prize for Outstanding Performance in Dance. Ava joined Evolve Dynamicz in January 2019.

Edwin Munera

Musician

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Edwin Munera has a Masters in Contemporary Composition from Tufts University, where he studied with composers John McDonald and Kareem Roustom. Edwin began his composition formation under Mauricio Lozano at Centro de Orientacion Musical Francisco Cristancho in Colombia. Then, in France, he studied with guitarist and composer Arnaud Dumond at Ecole Nationale du Musique d’Evreux and classical guitarist Gerard Verba at Conservatoire Darius Milhaud. Edwin has also composed, arranged, and recorded for popular and latinoamerican music ensembles, performing his music and others’ in Colombia, France, Belgium, Italy, and the United States. Edwin was a Graduate Student Research Award recipient from Tufts University to study Colombian traditional music in 2018. He is a long-standing member of ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. 

SPECIAL THANKS:

We couldn’t have put on this show without the help of our community partners. The Dance Complex, Boston Dance Alliance, This is My Brave, Girl Fit Physical Therapy, Monkeyhouse, and Our photographer: Olivia Blaisdell.

THANK YOU!


This program has been made possible in part through the fiscal sponsorship of the Boston Dance Alliance.

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seaglass eyes

written by Scilla Bennett

and the sun rises again
again
again
again
again


these days it feels like i'm walking on the moon
everything's new in one fell swoop
my words these days they're falling loose
and i can't stop breathing the blues
looking out at the water's edge


with a thousand dreams beneath my bed
the sound of every door being closed


is life or death really a choice?


so I cut and snip to make everything less
a risk to take in every breath
i was always the first to say yes
now all i do is wait


and i kicked my legs
through the dog-eared days
wrapped up tight in frozen waves
seaglass eyes and birds fly away
can't find the reason


maybe i'm thinking about stepping off the edge
maybe i don't know if i still have friends
maybe i'm finding i'm way too obsessed with death


i lie dormant
under stepping stones
they all rise from their graves
searching for the life they'd made
not me.
grief takes time is what they said
but how do you grieve if you don't know what you've lost yet?


on the letters to me that i know you'll write
mark the address to "hold on tight"
it's getting too hard for me to decide
i just wonder if the sun will ever rise
again


loneliness is an ever growing hill
and some days all i want is to being still
there is something new that i've built here


i had this dream
the sun set again
watching this worn out weather
once or never
holding the earth and the sky together


i had this feeling
it's not forever

 
 

it was never fine

written by Nicole Zizzi

1-1-8 

Systems challenging systems

giving in by stepping up

On top of stigmas

that come back to bite

Why I do this, I don’t know

It always ends the same

 

1-1-5

He is not here, he won’t come back

the rest left us estranged

once again we pick up the pieces 

From cracks that never healed

More procedures more tests

The number keeps on dripping

The number won’t stop dropping

 

1-1-3

spring break in sterile rooms

1 last event until they all went flat

Then we all being to dance

Circles with our hands

 

1-1-0

Acquaintance of grains and details

paneled walls of wood

The forced descent has begun

But always the winds are dancing.

The heart directs the movement 

movement guides the heart

Making music and keeping beat

Beating beating

Is it still beating?

 

1-1-0

Nothing to distract me

I dive headfirst

Through clouds and trees and winds

 

Water meshes with my skin

An embrace of the soul

I reconnect broken wires

I remember where they go

 

1-1-5

Some improve some decline

My heart beating way too fast

Looking for blood it will never find

 

1-2-1

Bored, restless, agitated,

dancing will always do.

Until one day the wind stopped…


 

The pain we thought was gone

comes creeping in again.

Returning to that incessant voice

the pains just in your head

 

1-2-5

Finally back, yet still remote

homework a welcome refuge.

Just as the light came pouring in, 

another recurring nightmare comes true.

 

We rush back, we clean up

Piles of unwelcome refuse. 

Piles of trash produced by traumas

My own traumas must be moved

 

But then there’s that socket

too small for its contents

over the edges, it spills.

 

Falling, falling forgetting how to fly.

at least there’s still an anchor.

My mind opens up to let a line out 

Recharging reviving revitalizing.

Learning from her fractal grace

With passionate tendrils, they dance

in the darkness of the moon

 

1-2-0

Losing fuel for backup engines

There is nothing I can do

Go left, go up

go right, go down

Go straight to sterile rooms.

I already know what they will say,

so the number drops by 5.

 

I can’t eat I can’t sleep.

I finally make landfall.

Is the pain in my head?

Is it my fault after all?

 

1-1-2

I'm not sure where i am,

Gravity out of phase.

I can’t eat, I can't sleep.

I can only imagine a grave,

where I place the contents of my grace.

I can’t feel anything at all

 

The number begins to scream.

You’re making this up,

She just wants attention.

We don't deserve anything at all.

 

All she wants to do is dance,

The winds are missing her call.

When the time stops, you look around

I find nothing at all

 

1-0-8

Trapped inside out and outside in.

Lines like lasers fire. 

Running down, exploding up.

This body is not mine

 

Out of phase. Out of focus.

Idly steeping in passion. 

I think we’re feeling dissonance.

Your body is not yours

 

laser precision does not extend

to the filters of your thoughts

Isn't there a reverse solution

to boiling up over inside?

Lasers fire like streams of water

Our body is not our own

 

They look, You sit, I wonder.

How do they focus all those lasers,

Without burning through their skin?

Their laser fire was not lost,

Their bodies are not their own.

 

I can’t eat, I can’t sleep

I unthink association 


 

1-0-5

Feel it growing 

inside again

I’m fine, you’re fine, we’re fine.

The pain is in their head.

 

But you shouldn't ignore it.

But she can't ignore it.

But the ignorance is theirs.

 

No visitors could come help 

Me remember how to speak

Silently wading through salty waters.

You're fine, she’s fine it’s fine.

 

Even with hip surgery

Open on both sides,

cysts doubled over

Doubled over ease.

 

But oh that’s right, 

they’re meaningless

all ovaries, they cry. 


 

100

Waking up to bright lights

this pain drenched in heaviness

not the same as before

not the same not same all shame

 

Eyes are failing me

So I must to listen,

to the sound that fills the room.

You’re fine, 

you’re fine. 

Honey, you’re fine.

 

9-5

We do not recognize the reflection

What happened to the winds?

Frozen blood that will not heat

blankets stack up on the water

reverse solutions gone too far

The numbers shedding digits

 

salty waters have dried up

Leaving reflected skies 

A place where someone once belonged

a person I once knew

 

Am I worthy of this space?

Only the body gets to choose 

on inspection of the wires

A circuit blew a fuse

 

A person who once was me

is standing in my place.

She’s not sure where she is.

confused confused confused.

 

I can’t eat, I can sleep

Some things must improve.

Effort effort effort effort 

engines must be fueled

 

Will they ever move again? 

doubt creeping over sorrow

Will the body dance again?

Will it remember how?

 

the question’s answer will someday change

But one thing is still true.

For resolution, the numbers remind us

It was never fine at all.