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but, love


but, love

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but, love


but, love

May 11-13, 2017 | 60 Minutes

Music
Aeric Meredith-Goujon (Composer/Bass/Drum Loops), ChristinaNoel Reaves (Voice), Cameron Mizell (Guitar), and Live Vocalization by Dancers

Venue
The Irondale Center (NYC)

6 Dancers
Tyler Curry, Madeline Irmen, Holly Ledbetter, Michele Lee, Jonathan Matthews, and Audrey Rachelle

Lighting
Abigail Hoke-Brady



The Creature’s fifth season opens with an exciting new dance theater piece titled but, love, the latest collaboration between ChristinaNoel Reaves, Aeric Meredith-Goujon, Cameron Mizell, and The Creature cast, utilizing the unique blend of dance and voice performance Reaves has developed as a signature of her company. This work explores individuality in a time of ever-increasing polarization. What is our place in this society? Can we influence change, or is the inertia of divide simply too much? The Creature performers dance, act, and sing through confrontations with each other and their own psyche, sometimes with dramatic tension, sometimes with comic relief, always with breathtaking artistry.

What exists that “deserves to be pursued with that passionate ardor which drives us to violate the rules or to corrupt the future tranquility of our minds, either by shame from the remembrance of our own folly, or by remorse from the horror of our own injustice.” – Adam Smith

“News guy wept and told us,
Earth was really dying
Cried so much his face was wet,
Then I knew he was not lying...
...and all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people
And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people
I never thought I'd need so many people” – David Bowie


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Belly


Belly

Belly


Belly

2016 | 60 Minutes

Music
Aeric Meredith-Goujon (Composer/Bass/Drum Loops), ChristinaNoel Reaves (Voice), Cameron Mizell (Guitar), and Live Vocalization by Dancers

Venue
Flamboyán Theater at The Clemente (NYC)

5 Dancers
MK Hartung, Madeline Irmen, Jonathan Matthews, Jasmin Simmons, and Amadi Washington

Lighting
Adam Greene



A semi-theatrical dance piece, Belly makes a panoptic review of our treatment of others. Through forced interactions around a dinner table, The Creature’s fluctuating proximity juxtaposes closeness and camaraderie with the inability to fully realize empathy for other human beings. Through both comedic and tragic lenses, Belly scopes the depths of white privilege and institutional racism. In the end the question becomes; how can we continue to reorganize our perceptions and differences to reach mutual understanding?


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Ash & Honey


Ash & Honey

Ash & Honey


Ash & Honey


May 20-22, 2015  | 60 minutes

Music
Aeric Meredith-Goujon

Venue
Flamboyán Theater at The Clemente (NYC)

 

7 dancers
Courtney Baron, Mary-Kate Hartung, Jonathan Matthews, Jeremy "Jae" Neal, ChristinaNoel Reaves, Jasmin Simmons, Mark Willis

Lighting
Adam Greene
 



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'Murica


'MURICA

'Murica


'MURICA

May 21-23, 2014 | 60 minutes

Music
 

Venue
The Irondale Theater - Fort Greene, Brooklyn NY

 

8 dancers 
Liz Beres, Yeman Brown, Joanna Futral, Jeremy "Jae" Neal, Tara Nicolas, Gautam Nima, Rami Shafi, and a role shared by Sean Hatch & ChristinaNoel Reaves

Lighting
Adam Greene


There are rules to this game. All rules must be obeyed at all times.

When molecules collide, worlds are created. Ensembles form and break down; dissimilar bodies, cultures, and human opinions crash, spinning off into glimpses of community and the play of power amongst such diversity. Scenes jump from humor to confusion, violence to serenity. What happens to such communities, as leaders emerge?

Decision becomes the ultimate power.

Press
Theo Boguszewski


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Creature Improvs


Creature Improvs

Creature Improvs


Creature Improvs

2013 | 18 Minutes

Music
Live Vocalization

Venue
Jan Hus Church (NYC)

Full Company

Elizabeth Beres, Yeman Brown, Joanna Futral, Sean Hatch, Jeremy “Jae” Neal, Tara Nicolas, ChristinaNoel Reaves, Rami Shafi, Dana Thomas


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Rapture of the Heroine (guurrrl)


RAPTURE OF THE HEROINE (GUURRRL)

Rapture of the Heroine (guurrrl)


RAPTURE OF THE HEROINE (GUURRRL)

Rapture of The Heroine (guurrrl) is a five woman dance theater piece and an homage to female camaraderie and the power of an individualʼs resilience and determination; especially when feeling the support of friends. Rapture was originally choreographed on Zoetic Dance Ensemble of Atlanta and is loosely based on ChristinaNoelʼs personal experience with this dance company over the past 10 years. Using comedy and tragedy expressed through the body and the voice, the women reflect their personal relationship with identity and definitions of heroism.

Press
Quinn Batson
Theo Boguszewski


December, 2013 | 40 minutes

4 women
Elizabeth Beres, Joanna Futral, Tara Nicolas, ChristinaNoel Reaves

Venue
Jan Hus Church (NYC)


April, 2013 | 50 minutes

Zoetic Dance Ensemble collaboration with ChristinaNoel Reaves

5 women
Mallory Baxley, Joanna Futral, Ellen Tshudy-McCollister, ChristinaNoel Reaves, Amanda Thompson

Music
This Will Destroy You, Primus, Chopin, Queen, Jonsi, New Villager

Venue
Southwest Arts Center (Atlanta, GA)

May, 2013 | 50 minutes

5 women
Elizabeth Beres, Clare Cook, Joanna Futral, Casey Loomis, Tara Nicolas  

Music
This Will Destroy You, Primus, New Villager

Venue
Teatro La Tea (NYC)


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Ben's Song


Ben's Song

Ben's Song


Ben's Song

2013 | 18 Minutes

Music
Live Text and Vocalization

Venue
Jan Hus Church (NYC)

4 Men Dancers

Yeman Brown, Sean Hatch, Jeremy “Jae” Neal, and Rami Shafi


Benʼs Song is a menʼs quartet expressing the different colors of masculinity and the way in which “appropriate manly expression” has shifted or remained the same since the dawn of man. There is the possibility of joy, discomfort, competition, brotherhood, and romance in this trioʼs relationship.

Review from OffOffOff.com


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Death Throes of a Gorgeous Machine


Death Throes of a Gorgeous Machine

Death Throes of a Gorgeous Machine


Death Throes of a Gorgeous Machine

2012 | 15 Minutes

Sound-reactive performance piece conceived and developed by…

Choreography, Dance, & Live Vocals
ChristinaNoel Reaves

Production Design
Vita Tzkyun

Video Design, Music, & Projection
David Adam Moore

Death Throes of a Gorgeous Machine is a collaboration between Vita Tzkyun, David Adam Moore, and ChristinaNoel Reaves.


When the machine breathes her last…

Machines bring to mind coldness, efficiency — perhaps the opposite of humanity.  Yet, we’ve become inextricably linked to them. They keep us alive and help us fall in love. Are we an extension of the machines, or they an extension of us? Death Throes of a Gorgeous Machine explores that delicate membrane where the body ends and begins. Obedience, efficiency, vulnerability, and the discovery of its complete opposite realm of existence… seen through a real-time interplay of sculpted light, sound, voice, and flesh.  The human body deconstructs physically and emotionally as the other elements present in the piece — light and sound — become more complex and powerful.


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There’s A Beast In Me


There’s A Beast In Me

There’s A Beast In Me


There’s A Beast In Me

2011 | 20 Minutes

6 Dancers

Elizabeth Beres, Ben Wolk, Clare Cook, Lonnie Poupard, Jr., Casey Loomis, Jeremy “Jae” Neal

Music
Primus and Live Vocalization

Venue
Dixon Place (NYC)


There’s A Beast In Me creates a microcosm of heightened extremes, provoking the audience to contemplate the tension between the security of self-control and the enticement of chaos. The composition seen and heard challenges the viewer’s ideas about an unusual synthesis of movement and vocalization. Using choreography, song, and speech both formal and feral, the six dancers exhibit age-old tensions faced by individuals operating within a community. The performers traverse joys and frustrations experienced through interpersonal relationships; and they reflect and explore the function and merit of contrasting ideas within social behavior. In one moment appearing barbaric and crass, and in the next, calculated and controlled, the characters evolve and retrogress through expressions of femininity and masculinity. The result is a story that is both strained and playful.

Review from OffOffOff.com


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Passing Moment, Intimate Strangers


Passing Moment, Intimate Strangers

Passing Moment, Intimate Strangers


Passing Moment, Intimate Strangers

2010 | 30 Minutes

7 Dancers
Kimberly Bechtold, Elizabeth Beres, Emily Budd, Clare Cook, Krista Racho-Jansen, ChristinaNoel Reaves, Elliott Reiland, Stephen Joshua Thompson, and Mika Yanagihara

1 Guitarist
Cameron Mizell

Music
Guitar and Vocalization

Venue
The Tank (NYC)


Passing Moment, Intimate Strangers… expressing through voice and movement, the curious moments of unexpected intimacy both subtle and obtuse. The work is brought to life with the elegance and artistry of dancers that sing, singers that dance, and guitarist/composer Cameron Mizell.