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MM2 Modern Dance Opens 2014 Season with BREATH


MM2 Modern Dance Company opens its 2014 season, BREATH, with four new works by choreographers Jessica Bryan, Jennifer Laucella, Alison Liney and Brianne Scott. This spring preview is on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at 2:00pm at The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA  19130. Tickets are $10 and available online at DanceBoxOffice.com or cash at the door.

Our BREATH is the bridge which connects our consciousness to nature and life itself.  We are continually moving through air, much the same way a fish moves through water. By our breathing we are attuned to the world around us, sharing the air with nature and each other.  Our BREATH expresses our inner feelings, our state of well-being, our excitement and even our anxieties.  BREATH flows endlessly through all, sustaining us, and allowing us to express life’s nuances.

In ‘…And all good things are yours’, choreographer Brianne Scott examines positive and negative energies that are constantly around us and passing through our lives. She explores what we take in and how we react to it all, and the effect it has on the people we become.

Alison Liney, making her debut with MM2, will premiere ‘Expel’, drawing inspiration from how breath is used to create words. Pieces of text relating to breath and breathing were used to create movement and in so doing also become embedded within the movement.

With ‘Joyful Unfoldings’, Jessica Bryan shows what it means to dance in the moment. With a single breath, at that singular fleeting moment, one can capture a pure expression of joy.

Rounding out the program, Jennifer Laucella offers ‘ All The Animals’,  which looks at how day to day life piles on stress, worries, anxieties. So much so that it becomes hard to breathe. But when one takes a step back from it all, we can see just how small we are and our held breath can be released.

MM2 Modern Dance company members are Jessica Bryan, Jenna Faye Eugenides, Kaylee Goodwin, Jillian Ikeler, Jennifer Laucella, Alison Liney, and Brianne Scott.

MM2 Modern Dance Company
Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM
The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Tickets: $10 available on
DanceBoxOffice.com or cash at the door.
More information at www.mm2dance.org

MM2 Modern Dance Company provides support, space and opportunities for dance artists, who wish to explore the choreographic process, in order to cultivate and introduce new work to new audiences. MM2 recognizes the inherent value in nurturing developing artists as well as the collaborative spirit to foster creativity, while pushing boundaries and forward-thinking.  While MM2 is artist-driven, it is also community-centered, recognizing the need to educate, advocate, support and promote artistic vitality in the region. MM2 dancers are committed to creating and performing a new body of work each year. As a presenter, MM2 serves and fosters Philadelphia’s growing modern and contemporary dance audience.  MM2 is also committed to touring works created both nationally and internationally.  After a successful tour in Italy in 2013, MM2 will be touring in Toronto for the 2014 season.

- Steven Weisz

Founder & Editor
While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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