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"The Body Becomes The Messenger" by Kelley Donovan & Dancers

"The Body Becomes The Messenger" by Kelley Donovan & Dancers


Kelley Donovan & Dancers


University Settlement
184 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002


Friday, January 8, 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 8:00pm



Kelley Donovan & Dancers

Through, gesture, body language, projection of energy, breath and muscular effort, The Body Becomes the Messenger, an evening-length work exploring how the body informs our emotional, physical and spiritual lives, plots the cause and effect of small changes of consciousness and energy, exploring patterns of movement that lead from trauma to transformation. 

In 2008 Donovan began to split her time between New York City and Boston.  After a prolonged personal illness and the death of her parents, she recounts, in this latest work, how health and well-being have informed her creative process, giving the viewer an abstract portrait of the body as an expression of transformation.

The New York Times wrote “gorgeously fluid movement….vibrant, imaginative...with a rare feeling for stage space.” 

The Boston Globe wrote ''She is like a double helix in motion, constantly flipping perspective. She seems to reach out and coil inward at the same time, her body twisting and spiraling, arms curving forward and back with quick shifts of dynamics.  

Dance Magazine said "Tempering strength with vulnerability, she can turn sharp edges into soft corners with sensuous fluidity."  Marcia Seigel said " The piece transcended the ordinary … Donovan's movement, … is lush and lyrical. Few choreographers today have such a clear sense of space and continuity. 

The company’s work has been chosen among the best of the year by The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Boston Phoenix among others. The New Yorker said, " The Eastern-tinged movement is serpentine, always twisting back on itself in the solos for Donovan herself—a beautiful mover…comes into sharp focus."

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