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Spoke the Hub presents BAND with MMDC

Spoke the Hub presents BAND with MMDC


Spoke The Hub


Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street
Brooklyn, NY


Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:30pm daily through November 17, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 2:00pm daily through November 17, 2018



Spoke The Hub

Spoke the Hub presents


Old First Reformed Church
729 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY

November 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

November 17, 2018 at 2pm and 7:30 pm  

BAND with MMDC will be presented at Spoke the Hub for its inaugural run. MMDC will present a first look at new material as well as excerpts from dialogue, alongside four selected artists per show. Each curated artist, presenting work of 10 minutes or less, was selected through a diverse panel of judges including dancers and non-dancers of different ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. BAND hopes to bring together colleagues on a similar level who can connect to gain more exposure for their art. Instead of competing with one another, MMDC hopes to join these emerging and mid-career artists so that all can be seen my new audiences.


Presenting Artists: November 16, 7:30pm

Nattie Trogdon and Hollis Bartlett
Susie McHugh
Garrett Parker
Melissa Valente


Presenting Artists: November 17, 2pm

Mei Yamanka
Morgan Hurst
Sean Hatch
Gierre Godley/ Project 44


Presenting Artists: November 17, 7:30pm

Ainesh Madan
Ariel Rivka Dance
Gierre Godley/ Project 44
Mat Elder



Artistic Director/Choreographer: Mari Meade

Associate Artistic Director: Breanna Gribble

Dancers: Allison Beler, Dia Dearstyne, Mat Elder, Breanna Gribble, Misuzu Hara, Sean Hatch, Morgan Hurst, Isaac Owens, Or Reitman, Roza Savelyeva

Art Director: Marc Witmer



About MMDC

Formed in 2009, MMDC creates intricate, fully-formed worlds with epic, abstract narratives. Highly physical, quirky movement forms tight-knit communities of exaggerated characters who are bound to complex narrative arcs. The company is driven by Mari Meade’s choreographic inspiration but is shaped by interactions with and contributions from other visual art forms.

            In 2009, Meade relocated to NYC as a recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education and founded Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC). Meade has been awarded the 2017 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Choreographic Institute Development Residency; taken part in Doug Varone’s Devices: Choreographic Intensive and Mentorship; and been an Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick (Brooklyn), Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn), and Lake Studios Berlin (Germany). MMDC has also received the Brooklyn Arts Council Regrant and Andrew W. Mellon Rehearsal Subsidy at Triskelion Arts. MMDC’s newest work, dialogue; a trio, was the winner of Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies and was a finalist at McCallum Theatre’s Choreography Festival in 2017. MMDC has shown work nationally and internationally. Highlights include: the Clark Theatre at Lincoln Center; Dance:Access at Danspace/St. Mark’s Church (NYC); STUFFED at Judson Memorial Church (NYC); Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn); FLICfest (Brooklyn); Battery Dance Festival (NYC); New Orleans Fringe Festival (LA); Asheville Fringe Festival (NC); Baltimore Dance Invitational (MD); Katlehong Arts Center (South Africa); and Lake Studios Berlin (Germany).


About Mari Meade

Mari Meade is a Brooklyn-based artist born in California and raised just outside New Orleans. In 2009, she founded the Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC). Most recently, Meade was awarded the 2017 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Choreographic Institute Development Residency. She has taught intensives at Kas’Art Exhibition (South Africa) and Lelia Haller Ballet Classique (New Orleans) and master classes at University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, University of Southern Mississippi, and Asheville Fringe Festival, among others. She is currently a teaching artist for New York City Ballet and Dancing Classrooms. She graduated from UNC School of the Arts and was recently added to the board of advisors for The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 


About Spoke the Hub

Based in Brooklyn since 1979, Elise Long and Spoke the Hub Dancing have been hailed by the local press and public as “neighborhood treasures” and “cultural pioneers,” creating the Living Room Performance Space on 9th Street (1980 – 84); the Gowanus Arts Exchange on Douglass Street (founded in 1985, relocated and renamed the Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX, now active as a separate organization); and the Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center on Union Street (1995- present) featuring New Dance, Music, Theater, Writings, Circus Arts and Film.

Over the last two decades, Spoke the Hub has concurrently produced the work of thousands of fellow artists through the Choreographers’ Showcase Series, the Outback Performance Series, the Kids Outback Performance Series, Mentors Outback, the Groundhog Performance Series for Family Audiences, the Small Potatoes Performance Showcase, and currently, through the Local Produce For All Seasons Productions, the Gowanus Guest House, and the Gowanus Wildlife Preserve Concert Series. Spoke the Hub is currently presenting a new once a month comedy showcase featuring up and coming comics, Gilligan's Comedy @ Spoke the Hub with host Gabe Pacheco.

Spoke the Hub’s mission is to nurture both individual and community health and happiness through providing the general public with affordable creative arts study, contemplation, and practice opportunities of the highest caliber.

Visit spokethehub.org for more information


Pictured: MMDC

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