Perception: an invitation through the senses
October 13, 14 & 15, 2023, 8:00 PM
The B Complex Gallery
1272 Murphy Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Perception: an invitation through the senses
Choreographic Direction: D. Patton White
Composer: Peter 'Ptar' Flamming
Visual Artist/Costume Design: Phaemonae
Lighting Design: D. Patton White
Performed by: Kendall Alexander, Emily Allred, AK Bayer, Lashonda Johnson, Andre Lumpkin, Rose Shields/Lyra Lo, Carly Wynans
Special Guest Pre-show Performance by members of the Atlanta Contact Improvisation Community.
Special Thanks and Acknowledgement: We are grateful for the creative contributions to this work from our two cast members who are unable to perform with us this evening, Matt Smith and Alex Spitzer.
Stage Manager and Light Board Operator: D. Patton White
Kendall Alexander (Performer)
Kendall Alexander was born in New York, and graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2020 with degrees in dance and psychology. Before she moved to Atlanta, Kendall traveled to India, Malaysian, and Thailand to teach workshops and choreograph on local dancers. Kendall has also performed her choreographic work in numerous festivals including Koresh Dance Festival, ACDA Festival, MAD Festival 2020, Play, Risk, Research and so much more. Her time in Atlanta also allowed her to become a member of the Adkinra Dance Project until the company discontinued. While working with the company she was able to choreograph her first work in Atlanta titled “888: The Bacchanal”. This piece portrayed what it looks and feels like to accept your sexual self fully and wholly as you are without judgment, fear, or criticism. Kendall is currently working as an active dancer, while exploring other opportunities in modeling as well as writing.
Emily Allred (Performer)
Born and raised in Maryland, Emily Allred began her dance training at a very young age. Training in many styles, she soon realized she wanted to dedicate her life to dance. To continue her training and education she went to Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. During her time at VCU, she had the opportunity to perform in many works set by her peers/faculty for film as well as for the stage. In 2019 she had the opportunity to perform as a dance extra in Australian artist, Yanni Burtons, music video. Emily also decided to move to Georgia in 2020 to further explore her professional career as an artist both on and off the stage. Since moving, she has had the opportunity to perform in the 15th annual Dance Canvas showcase, the 2023 MAD festival hosted by Full Radius Dance Company, and soon, the 2023 Beacon Dance premier of Perception: An Invitation Through The Senses. While performing when she can, Emily also dedicates time to teaching and working with the next generation of artists.
AK Bayer (Performer)
AK Bayer is a professional dancer, interdisciplinary artist, and emerging choreographer from Atlanta, GA. After falling in love with creative expression and performance at a young age, AK began training at Atlanta Dance before continuing with Decatur School of Ballet and Decatur City Dance. Living with dysautonomia and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a systemic genetic disorder, AK navigates the intricacies of dancing with a dynamic disability. A visual artist as well, AK focuses on mixed media work and illustration. They have been creating art their entire life and love exploring identity through new mediums. AK is passionate about each of their creative pursuits but credits dance as their first love and the driving force behind their other crafts. AK is in their second season as company member with Full Radius Dance. In the last year, they have had the honor of performing freelance work from choreographers such as Patton White of Beacon Dance, Meaghan Novoa and Dani Tirrell through Velocity Dance’s Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation.
Lashonda Johnson (Performer)
Lashonda Johnson is a Performer and Choreographer who now resides in Atlanta, GA. She was born in Williamsport, PA and earned her BFA in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography from Slippery Rock University in 2019. During her time in Atlanta, Lashonda was a part of T Lang’s ‘Incubation Learning Laboratory Residency Program’ directly following graduation, eventually presenting her evening length work ‘Corners Kept At Bay’. Following this Lashonda has continued to teach weekly classes and present work with companies and organizations in the Atlanta community such as Dance Canvas and Full Radius Dance. Lashonda has also presented her choreography in festivals and shows in Atlanta such as, FemmeFest, Fall in the Fourth, and Play.Risk.Research. In the future, Lashonda plans to continue choreographing and presenting work around the Atlanta area.
Andre Lumpkin (Performer)
Andre Lumpkin is an artist, educator and entrepreneur from Athens GA. Although immersed in different cultural dance forms from a young age, he started his formal training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Under the guidance of the dance program, he worked with artists and companies such as Blake Beckham, Kyle Abraham, Jennifer Archibald, StaibDance and Catellier Dance projects. Majoring in Sociology and minoring in Dance and Theater Studies, Lumpkin’s focus and passion centers the integral nature of arts and creativity in community and everyday life. As an alumnus of Emory, Lumpkin continued on to earn his M.F.A in Choreography and Performance from The Florida State University School of Dance in 2017. During his graduate studies, He had the chance to work with renowned artists such as Jawole Zollar, Rodger Belman (R.I.P.), Jaamil Kosoko and Joya Powell, and hone his unique artistic voice. Post Graduate School Lumpkin continues to create, educate and perform nationally and internationally. As a professional, Lumpkin has dedicated himself to a holistic approach to choreography, teaching, performing, production design and community empowerment.
Rose Shields (Performer)
Rose Shields is a performing artist in Atlanta. She received a BFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and since then has expanded her dance career to include circus and theater. She loves weaving many of her movement skill sets into performance art. These include contemporary dance, ballet, break dancing, musical theatre, acrobatics, human pyramids, and aerial dance. Rose also loves sharing what she's learned with others through teaching. She is now a mother to Lyra and is learning how to share her world with this new tiny human alongside her loving husband Myron . Rose loves supporting the performing arts in Atlanta. She is enjoying being a part of this current project with Beacon Dance as she learns to be both an artist and mother.
Lyra Lo (Performer)
Lyra Lo is a whopping 4 months old and just getting her first taste in performance art. Lyra's newfound skills for the week include rolling, giggling, blowing spit bubbles, and staring deep into your soul with her big eyes while smiling. Lyra is enjoying playing and moving with all of these talented Beacon Dance artists and is learning so much from each of them.
Carly Wynans (Performer)
Carly Wynans is an Atlanta-based performer who had her choreographic debut in Beacon Dance's Moving Bodies/Moving Hearts/Moving Minds this past April. A graduate of Emory University with degrees in Dance and Movement Studies and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Carly has performed in works by Leo Briggs, Gregory Catellier, Sammy Spriggs, Jacque Pritz, and George Staib. Carly was honored to be Bates Dance Festival's 2023 Box Office Fellow, working alongside Kristin O'Neal and Betsy Miller. Currently a member of ALA Dance, Carly is looking forward to exploring the embodiment of sensory inputs in Beacon Dance's "Perception: an invitation through the senses".
Peter ‘Ptar’ Flamming (Composer)
Ptar is a producer, musician, and artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. His musical style has been described as “ethereal, dreamlike, or surreal”, and his music and is rooted in his naturalist ideals and lifestyle. Ptar has scored live works for Beacon Dance, Fly on a Wall, Kit Modus, and the Atlanta Ballet, in addition to several dance films and commercials. You can find bits of his music on music platforms under the alias Rogue Jury, and you can see current sculptural works of his art collective, Almost Gaia, at Underground Atlanta.
PhaeMonae (Costume Design Artist)
PhaeMonae she/her/they/them is a movement engineer, creative HMUA, and Designer. Originating from the chocolate city, Washington D.C. and P.G. County Maryland. The voyages to Atl in 2015 began to propel forward in following the creative itch to make and shake. PhaeMonae loves to explore multiple mediums that feel transcendent of their personal joys and creative layering. A human who shape shifts as a form of expression and protection with deep connections to her ancestral realms and future selves. Collaging and turning trash to treasure can be key describing words to PhaeMonae’s style and approach to art-making. Landscape research and jovial sparks of inspiration to encourage folks to be their most authentic selves. If I don't know anything about myself, one thing I know is “I will DIE FLY
D. Patton White (Choreographic Direction)
D. Patton White has worked as a dancer and choreographer since 1982, for the stage, site-specific work, and dance for the camera. As Artistic/Administrative Director of Beacon Dance since 1990, he has sought innovative ways to bring art to the public, including site works throughout DeKalb County parks and nature centers, the High Museum of Art, in the former Sears building in Atlanta, in Freedom Park, at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, the B Complex in southwest Atlanta, the Emory University Campus, and on the Atlanta Beltline. White was the Company Manager of Core Dance from 2008-2019, and currently teaches part time at Emory University. He has been an artist in residence at UNLV, Rice University, and Emory University, and has conducted numerous community residencies and his work has been funded by the NEA, South Arts, GCA, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, among others. He has been a member of Alternate ROOTS since 1997.
With Deepest Gratitude!
Many thanks to our individual contributors!
This program is supported in part by The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Fulton County Board of Commissioners and by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.