No Box Movement
Ceremony (A Work in Progress) is a performance presented by the newly formed New York City-based dance company No Box Movement. The piece is inspired by company leader J9’s experience with psychedelics and thirst to learn more about their healing properties. J9 describes the performance by saying she was “called to do a show about the shapes she sees, the sounds she hears, and the ideologies presented when you are allowed down a new path of consciousness”. No Box Movement dance company uses styles such as Animation, Waving, Tutting, House, and other Street Styles to express and describe J9’s personal narrative. Collaborators Lorena Cobos’ and Stephanie Lim’s strong background in Contemporary and Modern dance have also inspired J9 to create this performance.
About the Artists
No Box Movement is a new company formed by choreographer J9. She was directly inspired to name this company after one of her recent experiences with the sacred plant medicine Ayahuasca. The company aims to explore and express themes of healing through dance.
J9 is a lover of all dance. She was first drawn to dance with the commercial styles which led her to dig deeper into what the foundation of those movements are. J9 has delved into the street dance scene in NYC and studied hip-hop, popping, waacking, house, and jazz at length. J9 has danced for Madonna, Phish, Comedy Central, Spotify, and AGT. She is a collaborator with the group Mozaik Dance who has presented work at Jacob’s Pillow and New Victory Theater. She has been a teacher at Broadway Dance Center and PMT House of Dance for many years.
Stephanie Lim is a dancer originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She graduated from the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham school and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Stephanie has previously trained in classical dance forms such as Chinese, Indian, Malay at National Arts Academy in Malaysia. Stephanie is currently a member of Kalamandir Dance Company, LiNK! the movement under artistic director Ginger Cox and Shauna Sorensen. Stephanie has performed at Madison Square Garden, Dixon Place, Gibney Dance, Summer Stage Shakespeare in the Park, Wise Fruit NYC, KoDaFe, NACHMO!, Synthesis Dance & Friends, Bardos Ballet Theater’s Burrow, A Dance Can/Modern Tribute, In-Sight Suite Summer Festival, Leon Dance Arts Stage 6, just to name a few.
Lorena Cobos is a dancer, artist, educator, and choreographer. Her movement quality pulls from her training of various dance styles such as jazz, modern, contemporary, Latin, and hip-hop. She received a B.A. in Dance from Hofstra University. She has taught in studios such as Brickhouse NYC, Peridance, and PMT House of Dance. Some of her dance credits include Humans Collective, Rhapsody En Dance (Guest Artist), BeautyCon, Milford Literary Festival, Bronx Net TV, WiseFruit Series, Carnival, and Camille Trust’s “Lose You” and “Freak” music videos.
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