//TECTONIC MARROW SOCIETY is the name of the vessel we create work through.
I am a piece within a vast moving landscape. Non-binary. I witness what trembles here at my feet and hear the stories of what quakes in the distance. It is from this tectonic place that I feel the echoes enter my body. This is a place of conception.
The mediums that have led me to this point, are dance and choreography. While I maintain a focal point of movement, I engage with all forms of media. My work is responsive to the ‘landscape’, it’s social climate, the quaking of the structures we live within, the echoes of past reality, the ancestors.
Occupying diverse spaces, I create highly designed structures for fleeting ideas, hope, and absurdity to exist.
With a lineage of queer artists, experimental artists, freethinkers, and radicals, my work instigates a returning to the body.
Abstraction, space, time, identity, and architecture are central to my process. While constantly engaging with identity, I find it to be the most ephemeral within my work.
Instilled with a fetish for physicality, I constantly push the boundaries of the moving body. This translates to creating complex body pathways and mapping spatial trajectories throughout a physical space. This method is my primary movement vocabulary used within creative process.
It is important to de-center myself within the vessel I create work, so that a choir of voices will be heard. //TMS is held as a web of people. I inhabit a ‘society’ and center diverse people through this vessel.
My work challenges the audience, NOT existing as propaganda, but creating a portal for artists and audiences to be disrupted, speak, listen, empathize, reflect, and transform.
My work aims to intuitively guide performers/collaborators towards their fullness, creating an environment of safety and risk-taking. I desire a non-hierarchical exchange that invites all parts of an individual into the room.
ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Coleman Pester is a Seattle-based choreographer and dancer. They earned a BFA from the LINES Ballet/Dominican University dance program in the San Francisco Bay Area. Further immersing themselves in rigorous choreographic research, Coleman acted as the assistant to internationally renowned Choreographer Anouk van Dijk, Artistic Director of Chunky Move in Melbourne, Australia. In 2012, Coleman founded //TECTONIC MARROW SOCIETY, a multi-media art platform that has premiered dance works in Seattle, Melbourne, and New York City. Coleman has explored dance for film and finds architecture, observation, space, and identity as the most influential elements of their art making. Coleman has been commissioned and presented by Seattle Art Museum, Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, 9e2, CORRIDOR and NEPO Arthouse. They have received awards, grants, and residencies from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Artist Trust, The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, Jack Straw Cultural Center, The University of Washington (bst Residency), and Cornish College of the Arts (Arts Incubator Residency). Read more
Sound// >> Monika Khot
Monika Khot is an experimental music composer and engineer. She is a multi-instrumentalist, specializing in guitar and various electronic sequencers/sound makers. Her approach to scoring film is to use her hand-built various electronic musical instruments and light effect-triggers in order to guide and dictate her composition process. She pairs this aleatoric approach with intense, attention-to-detail composition in order to create her sound environments, which carry themes of industrial, ambient, trance, and doom. Feelings of terror, emotional torment, and empathy pervade her works. www.zenmother.com
Visual// >> Alex Boeschenstein
Alex Boeschenstein is an interdisciplinary artist rooted in the traditions of drawing and printmaking, though his art practice has evolved to include video, digital collage, sculpture, 3D modeling, and installation. His process is characterized by an increasingly interwoven relationship between the tactile and forms of digital media. Alex gravitates towards information visualizations and technical visual languages, including exploded-view schematics, maps, floor plans, and 3D models. He utilizes these terminologies to navigate fields of intuitive abstraction as well as to subjoin personal narratives with philosophical and political frameworks. Occasionally, he makes retinal work that is intended to simply be beautiful, like dessert after the meal of his primary artistic goals. Behind it all is a love for geo-politics, sci-fi and horror fiction, overweight pugs, and most things visually intricate. www.alex-boeschenstein.com
Production Management//Dancer >> Marlys Yvonne
Marlys Yvonne is an artist performing, creating, producing, and supporting artwork of all disciplines. She has ongoing collaborations as a performer with Babette DeLafayette, John Marc Powell, The House of ia, and Liz Houlton. She is the co-founder of the local concert series VESPERS and teaches Pilates at her home studio STUDIO YVY. www.marlysyvonne.com
Dancer//Choreographer >> Cameo Lethem
Cameo Lethem is an emerging choreographer based in Seattle that utilizes her dance and neuroscience background to expose human situations through kinetic scenarios. Most recently, she was selected as an artist for The Breaking Glass Project- an organization founded by So You Think You Can Dance’s Ellenore Scott to advance opportunities for emerging female choreographers. Her current mentors through the program are Sidra Bell of Sidra Bell Dance NY and Nia-Amina Minor of No)One Art House. Cameo has presented work at Open Studio, part of On the Boards’ programming.
Dancer//Choreographer >> Jody Kuehner
Jody Kuehner is a Seattle-based dance artist, director, and drag queen Cherdonna Shinatra. She is the 2015 Stranger Genius Award winner, Velocity Dance Center's 2014 Artist in Residence, and the 2010 Spotlight Award winner. Her choreography has been presented by every major contemporary dance venue in Seattle. Jody received a National Dance Project Production Grant for a new work that will premiere in Seattle 2016/17 seasons at On the Boards and Velocity Dance Center and will tour the US. Jody has worked with Dayna Hanson as Production Coordinator and Assistant Director for various projects. She has been a company member of Mark Haim and Pat Graney since 2008 also assisting Graney’s KTF Prison Project in 2007. As Cherdonna, she currently performs regularly with drag-queen superstar BenDeLaCreme (RuPaul’s Drag Race); and the award-winning international sensations Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover. Kuehner teaches Professional Contemporary Dance at Velocity, has taught at summer intensives Strictly Seattle and Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. She is Resident Choreographer for the LGBTQ youth choir Diverse Harmony.
Dancer//Choreographer >> Jenna Eady
Jenna Eady began her training under the direction of Susan Thompson at Bainbridge Dance Center. She recently graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in dance. While studying at CalArts she had the opportunity to perform in works by Sidra Bell, Bessie Award winner Julie Bour, and was selected to work closely with Kate Weare during the Evelyn Sharp Choreographic Residency. After graduating she went on to perform with New York based company BODYART at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. Jenna has returned to Seattle as a freelance performance artist dancing with Anna Conner and Kate Wallich + The YC.
Architect//Set Design >> Cameron Irwin
Cameron Irwin is a staff designer at ZGF Architects and Resident Set Designer at the Washington Ensemble Theatre. He received a degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Washington.
Evan Anderson, Sara Torres
Craig Downing, Matthew Witschonke, Cullie Poseria
Ari Chivukula - Technical Design
Cheryl Delostrinos - Dancer
David Rue - Dancer
Lorraine Lau - Dancer
Randy Ford - Dancer
Rachael Mauney - Intern / Production Assistant
Patrick Kilbane - Dancer
Lucie Baker - Dancer
Ethan Folk - Director
Bret Gardin - Sound Composer
Erica Badgeley - Dancer
Markeith Wiley - Dancer
Fausto Rivera - Dancer
Owen David - Dancer
Shannon Stewart - Dancer
Victoria Jacobs - Dancer
Campbell Thibo - Performer
Jay Carlon - Dancer
Nico Tower - Sound Composer
Erin McCarthy - Dancer