The first live performance installment of the Aldrich Box, a year-long traveling exhibition, is moments, a dance-theatre work created over five years by dancer and choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky that bridges choreographed movement, composed sound, and art direction.
moments is a multifaceted performance piece of dance, music, and art that has been in development for the past five years. An evening-length dance-theatre work, moments, explores memory, loss, and love. Unfolding through subtle gestural movement and emotionally evocative music moments evokes memories of past relationships, the longing for a closeness once felt, and the challenge of how to move forward through grief. Through a collection of embodied vignettes, moments breaks the stigma around grief by giving audiences a moment to be present to their individual experiences of loss.
Performed by Ali Kenner Brodsky, Scott McPheeters, Jessi Stegall, and Ilya Vidrin with costume design by Hertling and fiber artist Alex Davis, live and recorded music by MorganEve Swain, graphics by Cyrus Highsmith, and set design by Keri King, moments surveys themes of devotion, remembrance, passing, and grief.
The performance will take place inside a gallery on the Museum’s second floor on Saturday, January 21 at 7 pm, weather date on Sunday, January 22 at the same time.
Ali Kenner Brodsky is a dancer and choreographer based in Dartmouth, Massachusetts included in the Aldrich Box, who makes gesturally rich and emotionally driven dance-theatre works and dance films that ask the viewer to indulge in a world of reflection, remembering, and connection.
The Aldrich Box is organized by Chief Curator Amy Smith-Stewart and Education Director Namulen Bayarsaihan. Kenner Brodsky’s Aldrich Box: creating moments is on view and available for loan from the Museum’s Front Desk through December 31, 2023. More information here.
The performance, moments, is presented in partnership with The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.
Ali Kenner Brodsky (she/her) makes gesturally rich and emotionally driven dance-theatre works and dance films that ask the viewer to indulge in a world of reflection, remembering, and connection. Ali recently received Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreography Fellowship and was thrilled to be included in NEFA’s New England Regional Dance Development Initiative. She was a 2019 artist-in-residence (Croft: Ground for Art), 2018/19 Catalysts artist (Dance Complex), 2016 Emerging Choreographer in Residence (Bates Dance Festival), 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship, and a 2003/04 artist-in-residence (Joyce SoHo). She has received support from NEFA’s New England States Touring and Dance Fund, and from the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County. With David Henry, Lila Hurwitz, and Andy Russ, Ali co-founded Motion State Arts, which presents innovative dance-films and live performances from local, national and international artists. She is on the Board of New England Presenters, works as a dance advisor/curator to the Zeiterion Theater (New Bedford), and choreographs for The Wilbury Theater Group (Providence). She graduated with honors in dance from Skidmore College. A Rhode Island native, Ali Kenner Brodsky makes home in Dartmouth, MA with her husband, two children, and five chickens.
Justin Christensen / Hertling (he/him) In 1925, Hertling Industries was founded in Brooklyn, New York. Today, we pursue the same quality we have since the beginning, but seek new ways to innovate and provide the most value for our customers. Our vision is to elevate style through beautifully handcrafted products.
Alexander Davis (he/him) (@SayAnythingAlex) is a homosexual, maker, performer, and fiber artist (@KnitDaddy) currently based in Northampton Massachusetts where he is working towards his MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College. It is going well. Alex and his primary collaborator Joy Davis create and perform together as The Davis Sisters (@SistersDavisThe). Most recently Alex has been working on a durational performance art piece where he tries to get his boyfriend Marc to propose to him. It is going ok. Learn more at www.alexanderdavis.dance or www.thedavissisters.com.
Cyrus Highsmith (he/him) is a letter drawer, teacher, author, and graphic artist. He teaches type design at Rhode Island School of Design. He wrote and illustrated the acclaimed primer Inside Paragraphs: Typographic Fundamentals. In 2015, he received the Gerrit Noordzij Prize for extraordinary contributions to the fields of type design, typography, and type education. In 2017, he became Creative Director for Latin Type Development at Morisawa USA.
Keri King (she/her) is a cross-disciplinary artist, whose practice spans the worlds of public art, illustration, and theater. Based in Providence, RI, King has worked with organizations including the Steel Yard, Dirt Palace, AS220, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and the Wilbury Theatre Group, to produce narrative murals, interactive installations, and immersive scenic design. @kerikingstudio
Scott McPheeters (he/him) is a queer, interdisciplinary dance artist and educator currently based in Maine. He co-directs dance and video installation company, Subcircle, and is a co-founder of Subcircle Residency (@subcircleresidency) located on a farm in Biddeford, ME. He worked as a professional dancer in Philadelphia for fifteen years where he performed regularly with companies including Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Kun-Yang Lin / Dancers, Enchantment Theatre Company, and Subcircle. He is committed to an artistic practice that is constantly evolving to accommodate, reflect, and comment on site, situation, and collaborative influences. McPheeters holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Sierra Nevada University.
Andy Russ (he/him) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and active generalist. He currently lives in Providence, RI, where he is the Artistic Director of Passive Aggressive Novelty Company. @rivalgeometries
Jessi Stegall (she/her) is a Boston-based dance-theatre artist, applied ethicist, and educator. She has performed works by Jill Johnson, Ilya Vidrin, Ali Kenner Brodsky, LROD, and Jamila Glass. She was recently featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2022) alongside her close collaborator, Ilya Vidrin. She is currently the resident artist for the Boston Dancemakers Residency at Boston Center for the Arts (2022-23). In addition to her work in dance, Jessi holds an M.S. in Bioethics from Harvard University and a B.S. in Expressive Art Therapy from Lesley University.
MorganEve Swain (she/her) is an independent musician living in a barn in the woods of New England. A violinist since the age of three, she uses strings primarily to compose original music for dance, story, film, and her band The Huntress and Holder of Hands. When she’s not playing them, MorganEve repairs violins and bows at her home-shop and teaches violin to children using the Suzuki methodology. MorganEve also works as a freelance studio and touring musician and manages the affairs of her late-band Brown Bird. She can be found on Instagram @swain.morganeve
Dr. Ilya Vidrin (he/they) is a performer, educator, and researcher at the intersection of performing arts, philosophy, and interactive media. Born into a refugee family, Dr. Vidrin’s research and artistic practice engages with the complex ethics of human interaction, including the embodiment of care, cultural competence, and social responsibility. Ilya has been featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2022), and has been an artist-in-residence at L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, North Atlantic Ballet, Ballet Des Moines, Jacob’s Pillow, AREA Gallery, National Parks Service, Harvard ArtLab, The Walnut Hill School, Interlochen Arts Academy, MIT Media Lab, Boston Center for the Arts, Le Laboratoire, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and New Museum (NYC).