RESIDENCE05.06 - 29.06, Ourique
FESTIVAL8th July | 22h00 | Ourique
TITLENever Free of It
AREADance / Theater
Katelyn Skelley is a native of Minneapolis and began her training at Minnesota Dance Theatre & School. Katelyn received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, in 2006. After graduation, she danced with Kyle Abraham, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Gallim Dance and Dre Dance in New York. She moved to Minneapolis in 2008 to join TU Dance, performing works by Uri Sands, Dwight Rhoden, Gregory Dolbashian, Alonzo King and Katrin Hall. In 2011, she became assistant to choreographer and co-artistic director Uri Sands, in addition to dancing full time with the company and serving as rehearsal director. Recently she danced as a guest artist at the Pflaztheater Kaiserslautern in Germany, where she performed soloist roles. Katelyn has presented her own work at The Southern Theater and Future Interstates in Minneapolis, Dock 11, in Berlin, and has also performed and collaborated with The Moving Company, BodyCartography Project, Theater Forever, Live Action Set, Nic Lincoln and Stephen Yoakam.
In Never free of it, Skelley creates a solo performance woven between dance, music and voice and the condition of her grandfather: a 93-years-old violinist that wants to play but whose body doesn't allow to hold the instrument. Working and influenced by many companies of theater, Skelley imports to her artistic proposal some characteristics of that genre such as pure representation, construction of characters or the presence of text. On the other hand, the dancer pretends to explore body's limits, tested by the discipline and repetition inherent to the labor, and its relation with mind. How does the vocal cords react? The organs? The blood vessels? The visceras? We are only when we fulfill ourselves, also physically. Working movements and workers bodies are the basis of Skelley's investigation. The dancer is interested in the physical transmutations caused by the passage of time, the residues. Thinking face movement, twitching, yearning to move or even a spasm, that's what remains in a body.