Evalina Carbonell’s Carry Me – A dance work for those we carry, those who carry us, and all that we carry inside, Sept 7-9

Carry Me will take place at the CHI Movement Arts Center in South Philadelphia on September 7th and 8th at 7:30 pm and on September 9th at 6 pm. This production is a part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2018. Carry Me is an evening-length dance performance for five women, created by choreographer, Evalina “Wally” Carbonell.

As a creator, Evalina has been consistently inspired by the human body’s ability to translate inner feelings into outward action, and alternately, to absorb outside influences into one’s own person. Since 2015, she has been exploring specifically, the themes of humanity, femininity, and motherhood, and how these ideas blend and affect the dancing artist. Personally, Evalina has experienced the transformation of creating life as well as art, as she became a mother to her first child in 2016.  Now pregnant again with her second child, due this November, she has quite literally been carrying another life besides her own for over two years. Evalina’s new work, “Carry Me,” is a reflection on the feeling of holding life inside, be it an artistic explosion, a sense of one’s past, or a human being. It is both the result of her desire to create something for those who have, and continue to carry her in her own journey, as well as a dedication to the earth that carries us, and a testament to our own ability to carry ourselves. Alternately light and weighted, indulgent and frenzied, unfolding and commanding, the dancers of “Carry Me,” embark on a journey to find the ground that carries us, and the strength to carry ourselves. Carry Me is supported in part by Small But Mighty Arts.

Evalina Carbonell known affectionately as “Wally,” is a Philadelphia-based dance artist. A passionate performer, creator, and teacher, she received her early training at the National Ballet School in Maryland. She went on to earn her BFA in Dance from Florida State University. Upon graduation, Evalina joined the Roxey Ballet Company, dancing as a principal artist from 2005-2011. In 2012, Evalina joined the internationally active, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. In addition to her work with KYL/D, she works nationally and locally, choreographing and presenting her own work, performing as a guest artist, and teaching dance, Gyrotonic, and Gyrokinesis. In Philadelphia, her work has been presented as Koresh Dance Company’s, “Come Together Festival,” KYL/D’s, “Inhale Performance Series,” and Chisena Danza’s, “Evening of Duets,” amongst other platforms. In 2017, Evalina was the recipient of the Ellen Forman Award, an honor given annually to a Philadelphia-based choreographer in conjunction with a commission to set her work on Drexel University’s Dance Ensemble. As a teaching artist, Evalina has shared her artistic stylings at University of the Arts, Swarthmore College, Temple University, Towson University, Bryn Mawr College, and Indiana University, along with many independent studios. Her relationship with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival has been an ongoing one, as she has co-produced three consecutive Fringe Festival dance productions, and is proud to be producing her own show as an independent choreographer in this year’s Festival. Evalina is an innovator who creates a sensual, inspired, highly physical dance that seeks to communicate, unearthing humanity and framing it with clarity.

Carry Me
September 7, 8 @ 7:30pm September 9 @ 6pm
CHI Movement Arts Center, 1316 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ticket Information: http://fringearts.com/event/carry-me/
Price: $20 General Admission