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"Difficult Women" Promo Video

"Difficult Women" is a series of duets, solo’s and trios interpreting a selection of short stories by feminist writer Roxanne Gay in her book “Difficult Women”. Within Gay’s short stories she explores fictional female characters and their “difficult” imperfect lives and human flaws, their bizarre and visceral urges and behaviors produced by the situations they are faced with. Using dance to redefine the meaning of the relationships Gay presents to us, we can gain a new perspective and understanding of the intricate women within them. 

Director Choreographer: Katya Danko

Dancers: Megan Bowen, Bonnie Bushnell, Madeline Charles and Molly Gray

"Entrapment" A Short Dance Film

"Entrapment" is a short dance film set to music by the epically ethereal Florence and the Machine. A reinvention of an older piece originally made for the stage, it investigates the idea of being trapped in your own reality and whether or not you have the strength to move on. 

Producer and Choreographer: Katya Danko

Director: LeeAnn Hoover

Dancers: Madeline Charles, Megan Bowen and Bonnie Bushnell

Director of Photography: Toru Nishikobu

Production Assistant: Makoto Matsuo

"Enough": Created for a Featured Alumni Artist Position at Drew University

"Enough" premiered at the Drew University Spring Dance Concert in 2017. Hired as a Guest Artist, Katya created the piece as a commentary on the complexities of female insecurities and the subtle (and not so subtle) nature of societal pressure. 

Conceptualized and Choreographed by Katya Danko

Performed by Rein Short, Madeline Charles and Bonnie Bushnell 

Lighting Design: Zoe Camp 

Costume and Sound Design: Katya Danko 

Dance Show Director: Kimani Fowlin

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