Abilities Dance is taking over the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) to create commissioned pieces inspired by different art found throughout the museum in addition to our own repertoire. Featuring dancers with and without disabilities, the company celebrates diverse bodies through compelling choreography and powerful storytelling. Audio descriptions add another layer to the works to make dance less visual and more accessible to all.
Saturday, June 29
7:30 pm | Atrium
$10 members and college students with ID, $15 nonmembers
Director Ellice will represent Abilities Dance in NYC as part of Marked Dance Project’s broken/open 10th anniversary evening-length performance. We’re presenting a rework of the piece Trimodal/Bimodal. The event will take place March 23rd - 25th at 8:30 pm at Gibney.
Choreographed by Mark Travis Rivera, broken/open will explore the human experience of being broken and how one heals and becomes open to the possibilities of their lives.
Director Ellice will represent Abilities in Chicago as a member of GRUNT (Grassroots US National Tour). We are ecstatic to be a part of this network and showcase a rework of one of our pieces, Trimodal/Bimodal. We will be part of a two weekend festival event that features five visiting artists engaging in the national exchange program, GRUNT. GRUNT seeks to support underrepresented emerging and mid-career artists to build opportunities and resources to tour across the country. The festival is part of Links Hall’s 40th anniversary season.
We are excited to offer a workshop with the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA for their Brownie (2nd-3rd grade) Girl Scout members! Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on registering as a member and for the event. See below event description.
Take a dance class with a professional dancer and founder of Abilities Dance. Learn basic dance terminology and movements, watch a performance of the Abilities Dance company, and see how inclusion gives everyone the chance to dance. No experience required! Volunteer* supervision required. Badge included.
See Director Ellice Patterson speak on her experience creating Abilities as well as the company perform an excerpt from our upcoming annual production, Audacity, at the BU IDEA 2019 Conference. Stick around to see Ellice speak on a panel in “The Artist as Entrepreneur” workshop.
Watch Director Ellice give a lecture about the nature of the inclusive mission of ADB as well as excerpts from their upcoming season live.
Chroma is inspired by the symbolism of different themes and moods evoked by the colors green, blue, red, purple, and white, and tells stories through the movements of disabled and non-disabled dancers. The performance will include a virtual program guiding you throughout the entire performance on a mobile site that can be adaptable for screen readers. Vivid audio description created in collaboration with dance critic Kathryn Boland will be available to make the dance a more inclusive experience.
Abilities Dance is celebrating their mission of increasing inclusion in dance through their second annual performance at Hibernian Hall. The show is called "Next Level" inspired by the major growth the company has undergone since their first show last year. They hope to showcase their compelling choreography and breathtaking musical compositions as they tell powerful stories to inspire and entertain.
Abiltiies Dance is excited to announce our first master class with Paige Fraser! Paige Fraser is in town to perform in our show Next Level and we are excited to have her lead a master class! This class will be centered in contemporary that will explore improv and some her own phrase material that she will perform in Next Level on June 2nd! Abilities Dance Director of Music Andrew Choe will be performing live music that accomodates the movement style and flow of the class.
Sasso & Company will present Deeply Rooted this February at the Dance Complex, Julie Ince Thompson Theatre! Deeply Rooted will showcase a brand new world premiere piece exploring the psychological theory of attachment as well as fan favorite company repertory. As part of the company’s mission to create a greater sense of connectivity in the Boston dance community, Sasso & Company is excited to be presenting the work of local artists and companies.
A kick off to Ballet Inc.'s 5th Anniversary Season, The Series, Ballet Inc.'s annual contemporary dance festival, is proud to present The Series: Vol.IV. The
Series offers performance opportunities annually to 25 emerging dance companies and choreographers to share their work, each choreographer will present a work on this eclectic presentation of different dance voices and styles.
Abilities Dance will be hosting our first performance at the Multicutlural Arts Center! Our first show deals with the experiences of a physically challenged person and how their challenges can affect familial and romantic relationships, as told through the lens of the founder Ellice Patterson.
Abilities Dance is hosting a fundraiser at Loretta's Last Call Friday, January 27th. Entry tickets are $10, which comes with raffle tickets. We will be raffling off prizes (gift cards, Abilities Dance tickets, and more) and kicking off Abilities in time for our show the following week, February 3rd at the Multicultural Arts Center