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The design lab is waiting for you... #spectrum #embodied #openmic #workinprogress #genderidentity
Some highlights from last night’s walking performance tour. Join us today for: a ballez class taught by Katy Pyle at 2pm, an open mic, guided tour of the gallery exhibition, work in progress showing at Design Lab & we’ll be closing the night with performance by billy dean thomas
Meet the Curator - SPECTRUM: embodied - Bryanna Bradley! 
Bryanna is a Queens native and a body-based broad. In July 2016, Bradley participated in the Improv Traditions & Innovations Program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow under the tutelage of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Urban Bush Women). That same summer she was a Black Girl Spectrum (BGS) on Tour participant with award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown. In May 2017, Bradley premiered her dance work buck:an exploration of black masculinity in Nick Cave’s exhibition “Until” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S. Bradley made her theatrical debut in October 2017 as a guest actor and choreographer at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts(MCLA) Theatre production of Passing Strange. She has performed for other artists like choreographer Mersiha Mesihoivc/Circuit Debris, dream-pop band Arc Iris, and Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges. Bradley was a 2018 LANDING program participant at Gibney led by Miguel Gutierrez and spends her days laughing at her own sense of humor.
Meet the Artists of SPECTRUM: embodied - Amanda Romanelli

Amanda is a mixed media artist. She uses mediums such as: drawing, painting, dance, and letterpress printing to communicate her beliefs about human emotion and existence. She explores themes of irony, humanity, and minimalism in her work. Romanelli served as an assistant letterpress artist Melanie Mowinski and went on to create a local letterpress stationery business of her own. She has also worked with the internationally known publishing
company The Artist Book Foundation creating bookplates for extremely limited edition artist books. Amanda majors in Arts
Management and minors in Visual Art at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and expects to graduate in Spring of
2019 with a BA.

performing: untitled (dance)
Meet the artists of SPECTRUM: embodied - Don’Jea Smith 
Don'Jea is a poet, student, thinker, lover.
performing: poetry
Malcolm Peacock was raised in Baltimore,
Maryland lives and works in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth
University’s School of the Arts and will receive an MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2019. He’s a former nominee for the Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant and a recipient of a fellowship from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His works have been shown to and experienced by others in Madison, Maine, Richmond, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland, Monticello, New York, and Los Angeles, CA.
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teaching: Of what had I ever been afraid? - utilizing the texts of Malcolm X and Audre Lorde to have participants consider how and reflect upon the ways in which speech/movement play potentially active roles in their lives.
Meet the artists of SPECTRUM: embodied - Heath Upton.
Heath is a Boston based dancer, growing up on the North Shore, they trained at North Shore Dance Academy in Danvers, MA from the ages of 3 to 18, regularly
working on styles such as Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Pointe, Hip Hop and more. They spent most of their high school career on the road, traveling to dance in regional competitions and conventions almost every week
end, traveling as far as Las Vegas to compete and win awards on a national level and working with organizations such as New York City Dance Alliance and West Coast Dance Explosion. Since coming to Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts, they have spent all of their time there in the Dance Company, working prominently with contemporary choreography showcasing strong undertones from their classical training in ballet. They recently choreographed for the show She Kills Monsters put on by MCLA’s FPA department and currently serves as the Vice President of MCLA’s Dance Company. Heath places a hearty amount of energy in working towards equality and acceptance of diversity in the dance world and has a passion for movement that only grows more and more each day.

Billy De
Meet the Artists of SPECTRUM:embodied - Billy Dean Thomas AKA “The Queer B.I.G” is a Hip-hop lyricist and musician
born and raised in Harlem, but currently residing in Boston. Billy challenges
the hip-hop game with
polyrhythmic flows that align with #blacklivesmatter, intersectional feminism and the difficulties of growing up in NYC. After completing the Outhood Residency at The Theatre Offensive they created their first visual EP titled “Rocky Barboa” which has been performed and featured on WBUR, DigBoston, The Isabella Stewart Gardner and the MFA.
Meet the Artists of SPECTRUM: embodied
Rina Espiritu is an
independent multidisciplinary
artist based in Queens Village, NYC. The artist was born and raised in Metro Manila, Philippines and moved to NYC in 2005 with the family for better economic opportunity as their mother, a licensed math teacher was contracted by DepEd during a teacher shortage in inner city public schools. Much to her family’s chagrin, Rina pursued the arts and have been generating work after institution’s schooling since spring of 2016. His works has been shown in various NYC venues such as
Panoply Performance Lab, theglovebk, Judson Church, Danspace Project, Kaye Playhouse Theater, Jack Crystal Theater, The Dixon Place, La MaMa ETC, Socrates Sculpture Park, Smush Gallery, HECK Brooklyn and Center for
Performance Research. She is part of UNDOING AND
DOING COLLECTIVE, and Performancy Forum: Civic
Reflex/Reflejo Civico. They were a fellow at EMERGENYC by Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and at
Gibney’s LANDING 2.0. Past residencies were at Denniston Hill Respite: Xaviera Simmons and Cucalorus Dancemakers.
rinaespiritu.com
Meet the artists of SPECTRUM: embodied
Alyssa St. Franc is a student, poet,
writer, blossoming school social worker, activist, and reader. Alyssa writes about
experiences such as the interstionality
of race, gender, and mental illness,
relationships, family, and a bunch of
other things. Alyssa really cares about
human connections and healing and cares a lot about
pronouns. Alyssa ingests information at an alarming rate and writes about feelings. Alyssa loves black people and art and
television and music and movies and sunshine and baked goods and Baltimore and fashion and queer folks and social media and documentaries and best friend and partner and family and all things that can be loved can be questioned.
Alyssa grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and lives with mom and two cats.
performing:
“Water House” and “gay in space” poetry
SPECTRUM: embodied is coming - Nov. 16-17. Details at mcla.edu/gallery51
Image: Parker Bright, ‘Confronting My Own Possible Death,’ 2018. Tonight at @mcla_edu Design Lab (49 Main). Aruna D’Souza gives a public talk - What We Ask of Institutions #art #race #protest #institutionallistening #museumsarenotneutral