Dream Up Festival 2010

own, Owned title

– World Premiere


Choreographed by:Jesse Phillips-Fein.

Inspired by the uninspiring "Post-Hope" political landscape, "own,Owned" is an evening-length dance dissecting how our desires are constructed and controlled in the current absence of a mass political movement. Through choreographing daily moments of pleasure, we wonder about the significance of "feeling good" in the larger context of social despair. Do these mundane acts empower us, distract us, or both? We try to confront this despair head on with honesty and humor. Set to a seductive soundscore, the piece is simultaneously mean, tender, and oddly beautiful, as it exposes our collective failure of imagination in creating social change.



Wednesday - August 24 - 9pm
Thursday - August 25 - 7pm
Friday - August 26 - 7pm
Saturday - August 27 - 5pm
Sunday - August 28- 5pm

Running time: own, Owned is 40 Minutes $15.

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Jesse Phillips-Fein is a dancer, choreographer, dance educator and producer of multi-genre shows. She grew up in Brooklyn NY, where she studied dance at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and The Dalton School. She earned a B.A. in Dance & Cultural Anthropology from Smith College, and a Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre in London, England. Her work has been presented at BRICstudio, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Chashama, Connelly Theater, DNA/Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, GreenSpace, Movement Research at Judson Church, Williamsburg Arts Nexus, and White Wave. In addition, she has performed with Shannon Hummel/CORA Dance, Cassie Mey, Sarah Sibley, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, and Layard Thompson, and collaborated with Adam Matta, Box By Three Dance Co., Shana Bloomstein/State Eighteen on Women's Works in Central Maine. She is a co-founder of White Folks Soul: By Any Dance Necessary, using movement and language to unpack white privilege, and Square One Collective, creating performance meditations in unusual spaces.

She received the Outer/Space rehearsal space grant from Dance Theater Workshop in 2008, and was the 2007 Poretsky Artist-in-Residence at the Havurah Summer Institute. She was the Individual Artist grant recipient from the Brooklyn Arts Council in 2005, and was awarded the Community Arts Regrant in 2005 and 2006 for her projects Sea Stories, an inter-generational project about migration with Sheepshead Bay residents of different backgrounds, and Root & Branch, an exploration of identity with Arab & Jewish teenagers. She has also received funding from the Puffin Foundation, and a space grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has taught dance to all ages, pre-school to senior citizens, and currently teaches Middle & High School dance at the Brooklyn Friends School.



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