Monday, September 13, 2010

Member Spotlight: Kelley Donovan, Summer Winds

Contact: Rani Welch,
The Rover SoHo presents
Summer Winds
a breath of fresh air with four on-the-verge female choreographers
Diane Tomasi, Kelley Donovan, Rani Welch and Jessica Taylor

September 25th  & 26th at 7:00pm

41 Wooster Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

$15 General Admission, tickets at the door, cash only
for reservations visit
Call (646) 808-9080 or for information.  

Photos Happily Provided Upon Request

At the end of a long hot season, we bring you Summer Winds, a dance event, curated and produced by Rani Welch, founder and Art Director of The Rover SoHo, a brand new gallery/performance venue with a vision to stretch your artistic arm, as well as your imagination. Outside out-of-the-box, rooftop ordinary to fantastical, lush, dynamic and polished indoors, highlighting the work of Diane Tomasi, Kelley Donovan, Rani Welch and Jessica Taylor, Summer Winds is a breath of fresh air with four on-the-verge female choreographers.

Summer Winds is the first event at The Rover to begin outside on the cobblestones of old Wooster Street with site specific work by Jessica Taylor accompanied by live Bass from Dane Markle-Klapp.  From there the show trickles inside and out onto The Rover rooftop for The World of Else with choreography and video installation created by Diane Tomasi. Premiering at the same venue, Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26, 7pm, at 41 Wooster Street, Floor 2, New York.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door (cash only) or for reservations visit

Culminating at the main stage, are Kelley Donovan and Dancers with Age of Unraveling, a new work exploring cycle of creation, destruction and rebuilding.  Jessica Taylor with Momentum, and Rani Welch/Tribe of Human with an excerpt from Light the Branches, a collaborative effort between Tribe of Human and The Batteries Duo ( to premiere September 18-19, 8pm at The Rover SoHo.  An excerpt from this work will be performed as a part of Summer Winds on September 25-26.

Jessica Taylor, originally hailing from St. Louis, received her BA in modern dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.  Choreography credits include the American College Dance Festival, the Amalgamate Artist Series, SUNY Purchase, Pittsburgh Playhouse Dance Company, and Squonk Opera, among others.  Currently she is a freelance choreographer and dances with Emily Faulkner and Dajhia Ingram Dance.

Diane Tomasi began Kusterflux, in 2008, and has shown work in various ‘underground’ venues in New York and Massachusetts.  Mainly places that weren’t dance spaces previously, such as The Brooklyn Barbell Club, Studio 43, and now The Rover Rooftop.  Kusterflux likes to play, the crazier the circumstances the better.       

Rani Welch
, founder and Art director of The Rover SoHo, studied with Joe Goode and Victoria Marks at The Harvard Dance Program, received her MFA from University of Iowa, studied at Jacob's Pillow with Bessie Schonberg, and improvisation at UCB Theater in NY.  She has performed in several independent films, and hosted Horror Conventions around the nation. Tribe Of Human is a dance theater experience that involves text, song, movement, intense costume and nudges to pop culture, stitching human moments and creating immediate environments, blasting it onstage to be tossed around and marinated.

Kelley Donovan has performed work by Ann Carlson and Liz Lerman and her work has been produced by World Music/Crasharts, MIT, Harvard and The Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research, The DUO Theater, The Lohan Gallery, The Cherry Lane Theater, Galaplogos and the 92nd St. Y in New York City.  Kelley studied choreography with Mark Morris and Bessie Schönberg. The company has a new blog delineating their creative process,

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