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September 8, 2013

Assembly: Story-lines

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Photography by Nikki Carrara

12 – 1 pm, Contemporary Art Gallery

Part of Locally Made’s One Room.

In Assembly, gather for casual meetings of the minds and unexpected happenings curated by local artists and designers. Congregate for poetry readings, sonic performances, movement, projection, and more.

Meg Sullivan curates Story-lines, from 9/3 - 9/8.
Story-lines: A series of performances by local women artists that push storytelling and narrative boundaries. The week’s performances include movement, music, and multi-media monologues.Meg Sullivan

9/8: Melody Ruffin Ward
A series of movement narratives focused on idenity. — Melody Ruffin Ward

Free with museum admission.

Meg Sullivan is proud to be the curator of Story-lines. Meg is the Artistic Director of The Manton Avenue Project, a program serving kids in Olneyville through playmaking, performance, and mentorship. As a company member of Rude Mechs in Austin, TX, Meg originated the role of Annabellee in the western operetta I’ve Never Been So Happy, winner of the NEA’s New Play Development Award, and co-directed Grrl Action, a solo performance project for teen girls. Meg’s other recent original works include July Fly, a piece about two-stepping away from Texas; MegAnneMaud, about life story maps, weather radars, and Anne of Green Gables; A Curious Seaside Feeling, about Virginia Woolf, the universe, and depression; and Chat Piles, about lead mines in Oklahoma, family memories, and fluvial processes.

Melody Ruffin Ward’s choreography and dancing have been described by poet Tim Seibles as having “the physical capacity to articulate the delights and lyrical mysteries of being human…her work bears witness that we live in bodies, and that it is only through our vulnerable flesh that we enter and come to know the world.” A native of Atlanta, Georgia, this dancer, educator, and choreographer currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and two daughters. A graduate of Spelman College with a B.A. in English and Education, she graduated cum laude and went on to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she received her M.F.A. in choreography and performance, studying both the Cunningham and Limon techniques. Currently an associate professor in the Dance and Performance Studies Program at Roger Williams University, Ward’s work is focused on movement that is gestural and based in a love for spacious phrases that are rooted in the earth. She is interested in developing work that has an internal and personal dialogue. She creates atmospheres where both the specialist and the non?specialist have the opportunity to experience the impact that dance and movement have on humans. Ward is the recipient of the 2008 Rhode Island State Council on The Arts Choreographers Fellowship. She most recently spent the last joyous 3 years working with and dancing for Daniel McCusker completing a shared concert of her work in Cambridge, Mass. at Green Street Studios and the Dance Complex May 2008. Melody presented work at the Construction Company in New York City this fall. Melody was a Green Street Emerging Artist in October 2009, where she presented work alongside 4 other female choreographers. Ward’s work was featured in June 2011 in Cambridge in the “Across the Ages Dance Project” Ward is the founder of “The Turning House Project” which began as a long process of thinking about her interactions in the world as an artist!