Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman are dance artists based in New England. Their first collaborative work, Where the air is light and clear, was presented at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Since then, they have held artistic residencies at The Living Room, Ponderosa (Germany), the Dance Complex, and School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. The pair have performed iterations of their current INSTANT SAVIORS series at Movement Research at the Judson Church, FRESH Festival, EstroGenius Festival at the Kraine Theater, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, the Dance Complex, Dancing Queerly Boston, and AS220's Providence Movement Festival.
And learn more about Sofia and Em below...
photo ©Alexander Engelman
Sofia Engelman grew up a poet, painter, and actress to an art therapist mom and wine buyer dad. As a 14 year old, Sofia's early choreography involved tasks such as eating a tomato like an apple and shaking to Kelis' Milkshake. Since then, Sofia has presented works, including ongoing High Maintenance studies, at venues such as Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, Denmark Arts Center, and Harvard University. She received a BA with highest honors in Dance and an award in Excellence in Dance Studies from Smith College. As an undergraduate, Sofia danced in choreography by David Dorfman, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Dante Brown, Xan Burley + Alex Springer, Jenna Riegel, and Bronwen MacArthur. Since graduating, Sofia has danced for Michael Figueroa, Tyler Rai, and Alice Gosti. She also teaches choreography, technique, and dance fitness classes regularly to children and adults at School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, The Center Dance, and Northampton Center for the Arts and works as an administrator at Contact Quarterly dance journal, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and The School of Classical Ballet, her childhood dance studio.
Em says: Sofia is also a damn good writer.
View Sofia's Little High Maintenance here.
photo ©Em Papineau
Em Papineau is a dance artist, musician, athlete, and nonpracticing barista who grew up dancing to music videos by blonde pop stars and memorizing and inventing television ad jingles. After moving to Portland, ME at age 8, Em danced at Casco Bay Movers under the direction of Kate Marchessault and performed in works by Dante Brown, Meredith Lyons, and Allie James through Portland Youth Dance. Em's solo, With Pulp, has been presented at Queerly Contemporary Festival at Manhattan's 14t Street Y, as well as Smith College. Em has performed in works by David Dorfman, Chris Aiken, Doug Varone, Xan Burley + Alex Springer, Toni Craige, Nikki Lee, and Dante Brown through the Five College Dance Department and was a recipient of the Five College Dance Department's Virginia J. Wagner Scholarship.
Sofia says: Em plays over a dozen instruments!
View Em's With Pulp here!
photo ©Chani Bockwinkel