Choreography

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I make performances to explore my own questions about the world.  In most processes, I begin by triangulating between my own feelings or hunches and other peoples ideas (writings, theories or works of art).  Collaborators bring their own questions, imaginations, and skills.  We put our embodied intelligence in the center of the questions and resources and start to make a pathway through. Sometimes we get swept up in beauty or athleticism and sometimes we diligently puzzle.  In the peak moments, we do it all.   Watching my own work, I am most often paying attention to the way energy moves: performance quality, physical tension, momentum, timing, spatial design, digital media, sound and light create metaphors and direct audience attention.   Recently, I’ve become more interested in crafting detailed movement, which I find very challenging.  I see performances as an opportunity to open this collaborative process to a bigger group. I hope that my work sparks audience members’ sense of their own embodied intelligence.  In this list you will see choreography, mediated choreography, videodance, and improvisation. I have separated professional work from work with students, although these two realms often cross and inform one another.

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Professional Choreography, Improvisation, and Videodance

SHAKE promo photo
Iddi Saaka and Rachel Boggia in a promo photo for SHAKE

“Shake.” Performer, Co-choreographer. Working title for an evening-length duet choreographed and performed in collaboration with Iddrisu Saaka (Ghana/Malawi/USA). We started working together because of our friendship and shared movement proclivities, but are aware of the influences of gender and culture on the work as it develops.

  • Upcoming Performances:
    •  Wesleyan University Fall Faculty Concert. October 30 and 31, 2015.
    • Bates College Fall Dance Concert (excerpt). November 2015.

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“We Build Excitement” at SPACE Gallery

We Build Excitement. Site-specific choreography for students and professionals for Jesse Sugarmann’s eponymous video installation at SPACE Gallery. Portland, Maine. October 3, 2015. Excerpt VIDEO

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Foreword/Afterword
Foreword/Afterword in Philadelphia, PA.

FOREWORD/AFTERWORD.” Performer, co-director. A piece in two parts and a structure for making a dance, FORWORD/AFTERWORD is a trio that foregrounds collaborative authorship and the blurred lines between choreography and improvisation. Annie Kloppenberg, Meredith Lyons and I perform it in dance showcases and teach workshops in the method.

Project website: http://www.forewordafterword.com/

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Her Story Repeats Itself
Boggia, Dilley and Reeves in “Her Story Repeats Itself”

“Her Story Repeats Itself.” Co-choreographer, Performer.

5 minute duet choreographed and performed with Carol Dilley. Live music by David Reeves.

  • Women at Work. Evening Length Showcase The Dance Complex. Boston, MA. May 16-17, 2014.
  • Bates College Variety Show. Schaeffer Theater, Lewiston, Maine. May 21, 2014. VIDEO
  • East West A Bicoastal Collaboration. Seattle, Washington. June 8, 2014.
  • Bowdoin Winter Concert. December 4&5, 2014.
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    Five on Family
    Five on Family

    “Five on Family.” Performer, Choreographer, Media Designer. (work in progress)

    Evening-length solo with video and text.

    Work in progress showings:

    East West A Bicoastal Collaboration. Seattle, WA. June 8, 2014.

    Dance Works In Process@95 Empire Blackbox. Providence, RI. October 20, 2013.

    Maine International Conference on the Arts. Orono, ME. Invited Performance. October 24 2013.

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Rachel Boggia in Shadow Game at TEDxDirigo:Villages
Shadow Game at TEDxDirigo:Villages

Shadow Game.” Choreographer, Performer, Media Designer.

 Solo with video. Ted X Dirigo. Lewiston, Maine. October 2012. Bates College Fall Dance Concert. Lewiston, Maine. November 2012. 10 minutes. VIDEO .

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Still- Ted X Intro Video. Performer: Basia Braboy Director: Dean Merrill
Still- Ted X Intro Video. Performer: Basia Braboy
Director: Dean Merrill

TEDX:Dirigo 2012 Intro Video.” Choreographer.

Promotional video with 3D animation directed by Dean Merill and featuring Bates dancers and local children. TEDX:Dirigo. October 19, 2012. 4 minutes. Link: https://vimeo.com/51782793

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Emily Herchenroether in “Medium, in 3 Parts” in Lancaster, PA

“Medium, in 3 Parts.” Solo commissioned by Emily Herchenroether.  Lancaster, Pennsylvania. January 2010. 12 minutes. video unavailable.

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Iddi Saaka and Shayna Keller in “Jovian Sweet” by Rachel Boggia

“Jovian Sweet.”

Duet with giant heads. Middletown, Connecticut. October 2009.  13 minutes. VIEW VIDEO EXCERPT

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Kim Root in “I don’t know what this box is for”

“I Don’t Know What this Box is For.” Performer, Media Designer.

Duet collaboration with Kim Root. Middletown, Connecticut. May 2009.  30 minutes. video unavailable.

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Pam Vail in “Grove” photo by Libby Parks

Grove.”

Multimedia performance. Collaboration with Marlon Barrios Solano, Emily Lawrence, Pamela Vail.  Carlisle, Pennsylvania. April 2007. 30 minutes. VIEW VIDEO  EXCERPT

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Rachel Boggia and Emily Lawrence in “Big Trisha”

Big Trisha” and “Big Trisha II.” Performer.

Duet collaboration with Emily Lawrence.  Carlisle, Pennsylvania. January 2007. VIEW VIDEO COMPILATION

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Still from Dancing DNA

Biology Dances.Choreographer, Videographer, Editor 2003-2005. Dancing DNA VIEW VIDEO

Videodance created in collaboration with Vita Berezin-Blackburn (Technologist , The Ohio State University Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design) and Dr. Susan Fisher (Professor, The Ohio State University Biology Department).

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Still from “The OSU Marching Band Presents the Krebs Cycle”

OSU Marching Band Presents The Krebs Cycle VIEW VIDEO

Videodance created in collaboration with Vita Berezin-Blackburn (Technologist , The Ohio State University Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design) and Dr. Susan Fisher (Professor, The Ohio State University Biology Department).

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“The Tale of a Murdered Man, as Told by a Medium.” Performer.

Solo. Columbus Dance Theater. Columbus, Ohio. April 2005.  Red Eye Theater.  Minneapolis, Minnesota. February 2005. 4 minutes.

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WORKS FOR AND WITH STUDENTS

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Choreography with Bates College Modern Dance Company:

“We Build Excitement” at SPACE Gallery

We Build Excitement. Site-specific choreography for students and professionals for Jesse Sugarmann’s eponymous video installation at SPACE Gallery. Portland, Maine. October 3, 2015.

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We Build Excitement ONSTAGE
Bates Students in We Build Excitement (onstage)

We Build Excitement (onstage). Adaptation of SPACE Gallery show for Schaeffer Stage. November 2014.

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Choreography with Bates College Department of Theater and Dance:

Students in Brook O'Hara's Enjoy
Interstitial dances for Brook O’Hara’s Bates production “Enjoy” by Toshiki Okada

Enjoy. Choreography for Toshiki Okada’s play directed by Brooke O’Harra. Schaeffer Theater. March, 2014.

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Choreography with Bates College Modern Dance Company:

vocabulair“Vocabulaire.” Duet for first year students. September 2013. 7 minutes.

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Direction with Bates College Modern Dance Company:

students improvise
students improvise “Yes, And!” in the fall dance concert

“Yes, And!” Improvisational Score performed by members of Dance 270I class. November 2013.

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Videodance with Bates College Modern Dance Company:

Screen shot 2013-10-22 at 9.19.01 PM“Out|In Space (the touch is light).” Videodance. November 2012. 8 minutes.

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Choreography with Bates College Department of Theater and Dance:

Ashley Booker in
Ashley Booker Bates ’12 in “Home..”

“Home, Among Other Transitional Places.”Choreographer and Video Designer. Experimental Theater Performance.  Directed by Katalin Vecsey.  Written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. April 2012.  40 minutes.

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Choreography with Bates College Modern Dance Company:

Holly Mclaughlin in Automatic Dancing

“Automatic Dancing.” Mediated Improvisational Score. Collaboration with William Seeley of Philosophy Department and Mattieu Duval of Imaging Center.  Quintet. November 2011. 6 minutes.

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Direction with Bates College Modern Dance Company:

Holly McLauglin, Travis Jones and others in “Yes, And!” Improvisational Score performed by members of Dance 270I class. November 2011.

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Choreography with Bates College Modern Dance Company:

“Planck’s Dream.” April 2011. 7 minutes. VIEW VIDEO

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Choreography with Bates College Modern Dance Company:

Incompatible Theories” photo by Ebbe Sweet

Incompatible Theories.” April 2011.4 minutes. VIDEO COMING SOON

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Choreography with Bates College Modern Dance Company:

Lindsay Reuter in “Somebody, Home”

“somebody, home.” Collaborative media-rich work. Original Music by Shamou. November 2010. 12 minutes. VIEW VIDEO

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Choreography with Wesleyan University students:

 

“h’Edge: within/without nature”

“H’Edge.” Collaborative media-rich repertory work  May 2010. 25 Minutes. VIEW VIDEO

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Choreography with Connecticut College Students:

“homebody/brick house”

“homebody/brickhouse.” Collaborative media-rich work. April 2010. 12 minutes. VIEW VIDEO

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Community Engagement at COSI, Columbus: The Superconductor Squaredance

Choreography with Dickinson College Dance Theater Group

“Superconductor Squaredance.” Choreography and audience participatory event for Dickinson College students and science museum Visitors.  COSI, Columbus. Columbus, Ohio. April 2008.  30 minutes. VIDEO COMING SOON

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At or Near Tc, Dickinson College

Choreography with Dickinson College Dance Theater Group

“At or Near Tc.” November 2007. 10 minutes.

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In A Grove, Dickinson College

Choreography with Dickinson College Dance Theater Group

“In a Grove.” Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  November 2006. 9 minutes. VIDEO COMING SOON

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