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Modern Connections Mini Documentary Screening
Sunday, November 26th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
This event will be livestreamed on our Givebutter page: https://givebutter.com/modern_connections
Join us on November 26th from 2:00-3:00 pm EST for a screening of the new Modern Connections mini documentary. In addition to watching the doc, you'll also get a sneak peek of what's to come for Modern Connections in 2024. If you want to chime in, you can hop into the Zoom here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85658071261. See you soon!
Modern Connections, founded and directed by Jenny Oliver, creates access to Modern dance and cultivates belonging for people who may, or may not, consider themselves to be dancers.
Photo credit: Stefanie Belnavis of The Diahann Project
Throughout Jenny's 18-year career as an artist and educator, she has cultivated a trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, kinetic storytelling practice. She believes in the power of dance to catalyze meaningful and effective change in the lives of others and works at the intersection of dance, education, and collective collaboration to elevate systemic issues affecting Black and Indigenous people.
Photo credits (left to right, top to bottom): 1. JHsumedia 2. RBelleau Photography 3. Jenny Oliver 4. Sarah Takash
Modern Connections is a multifaceted organization that:
Secure your ticket for the mini documentary screening by clicking the "Support Dance" button in the upper righthand corner of the screen. Then, tune in to this page on November 26th from 2:00-3:00 pm EST. In addition to watching the doc, you'll also get a sneak peek at what's to come for Modern Connections in 2024.
As you await November 26th, we invite you to learn more about our work below, follow Modern Connections on Instagram @modern_connections, sign up for our monthly newsletter, and donate to our 2023 fundraising campaign by selecting "Support Dance" in the upper righthand corner of the screen.
If you’re interested in mobilizing your circle to support Modern Connections, you can become a member of one of our four fundraising teams by selecting the “Join a Team” button in the Teams section above.
Photo credits (left to right, top to bottom): 1. Trisha French 2 & 3. Stefanie Belnavis of The Diahann Project 4. Jessie Jeanne Stinnett
Classes are the heart of Modern Connections. ❤️ When Modern Connections classes launched in 2014, its singular weekly class saw just a few attendees. Over the past nine years, hundreds of people have joined the Modern Connections community. Now classes are offered 3-4 times a week at three studios in Greater Boston.
What Your Support Means for Classes:
Testimonial: “I am grateful deeply for the sacred and safe space that is Modern Connections, a healing space of mind, body and soul.” - Charles Murrell @theblackcomposerspeaks
Photo credits (left to right, top to bottom): 1 & 2. Stefanie Belnavis of The Diahann Project 3. Alexander Sargent 4. Unknown
As a Black Native woman, Jenny’s work expresses her experiences of the world and the sociopolitical realities of race, equality, inclusion, and hierarchy. Below are a few descriptions of Modern Connections performances.
Ansel Adams In Our Time: In 2019, Jenny served as the first choreographer-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts creating an interactive gallery in conversation with “Ansel Adams in Our Time.” The residency allowed Jenny to view her choreography from the vantage point of mapping and landscaping. Fusing the environmental motifs of Adams’ work with her company’s choreographic language sparked inspiration for viewers to generate their own narrative from these themes.
Hot Water Over Raised Fists: In 2019, sparked by the struggles of indigenous people at Standing Rock and the fight for clean water in Flint, Michigan, I developed an evening-length immersive choreographic work, “Hot Water Over Raised Fists” that illustrated the necessity of engaging in protest. In addition to representing these social issues through dance, we also called for national and local action: We raised $2,275 for the children impacted in Flint; collected signatures to lobby for Massachusetts Indigenous Legislative Agenda; and raised awareness about the movement to privatize water in the northeast.
Belonging: Since January 2021, Jenny has produced a series of dances inspired by her lived experiences - and those of her community - in response to isolation, grief, and loss. Through film and movement, Belonging performances and events have prompted audiences to reflect on the questions that fueled the creation of this work: What does it mean to belong to a person, to a place, to yourself? In a time where many people are navigating place, space and increased screen time, audiences are invited to experience the joy of dance as a way to be closer to ourselves and others.
What Your Support Means for Performances:
Testimonial: “Thank YOU for a fabulous weekend and for bringing mindfulness to movement for our museum guests! People absolutely loved you all." - Museum Presenter