WOMANHOOD – rituals, mythology and other stages

A Dance Performance and Discussion Event

A captivating, intimate and diverse Contemporary Dance Performance coupled with engaging discussions with the artists to offer you a deeper understanding of the creative process and delve into their personal artistic path.

WOMANHOOD – rituals, mythology and other stages is an invitation to an evening of exquisite movement artistry and profound storytelling.
Experience a captivating portrayal of fluidity, strength, vulnerability, and authenticity.
Embark on a journey to deeply comprehend the roles of choreographers and performers, exploring their unique artistic approaches through various generations. Enter a realm where the body’s language conveys profound messages, emotions are expressed through elegant movements, and the diverse aspects of femininity are joyously honored.

A production by choreographer, performer and educator Laura Armenta featuring choreography and performances by Currents Dance Theater, Archana Madhukar Sardar, and Laura Armenta Dance Company.

I’d love for the audience to dive into a mesmerizing journey through the unique artistic style of each one of the choreographers and performers from diverse generations and backgrounds.
Enter a realm where intricate stories are told through bodies, emotions gracefully performed, and the diverse beauty of femininity shines brightly!
” – Laura Armenta

Armentality Movement Arts Center
Thursday, March 28 | 7pm
$15 Online

$20 At the door
$10 College students w/ID


In this intimate setting, barriers are broken down, and connections are forged, as strangers become friends and allies in the journey of self-discovery. We hope that through the power of dance and conversation, “Womanhood” will leave a lasting impression to collectively celebrate the beauty of the human experience.

GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS


Kendra DeFazio (she/her) is a contemporary dance artist and choreographer based in Grand Rapids, MI. She began her training at South Coast Conservatory and Orange County School of the Arts in Southern California at age 13. Kendra then earned her Bachelors of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Hope College in 2018. While at Hope, she was a member of H2 Dance Company, performing in annual concerts, festivals around the midwest, in Chicago Tap Theatre’s annual concert, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She is the recipient of the Kurtze-Wickersheimer Dance Performance and DeLong Senior Dance Awards. After graduating, Kendra relocated to Chicago, IL where she performed and choreographed with Joel Hall Dancers, Inaside Chicago Dance, Lucid Banter Project, and Simantikos Dance Chicago. She has since moved back to West Michigan to create Currents Dance Theatre, and is excited to be bringing more dance to Grand Rapids.

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Kelsey Lee (she/they) began dancing at 8 years old at the Dance Factory in Delavan, Wisconsin where she studied ballet in the Cecchetti Method, modern, and jazz. She has a BFA in Contemporary Dance & Choreography with a double major in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There, she received two undergraduate research fellowships for somatic research under the mentorship of Maria Gillespie, and was the recipient of several dance scholarships, including the Ed Burgess Legacy Scholarship. After graduation, she completed a Meisner technique training program at The Acting Studio in NYC, New York. She is now based in West Michigan, and is a company member with Currents Dance Theatre. She has danced professionally with Hixon Dance, Hyperlocal MKE, Columbus Modern Dance Company, Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre, Gina Laurenzi Dance Project, and Peter Stathas Dance, to name a few. Her choreography has been presented at festivals and art galleries throughout the Midwest and Virginia, including Midwest RAD Fest, Milwaukee Fringe Festival, Cleveland Dance Festival, PrideFest Milwaukee, and the McGuffey Art Center. In 2020, she received an Artist Opportunity Grant from Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District that fully funded her residency at the Winter Artist Exchange at Ponderosa in Germany. In addition to teaching dance to all ages, she is also a registered yoga teacher.

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Archana Madhukar Sardar
She discovered her love for dance at a very young age. She has formal training in Bharatanatyam Classical Indian Dance.
Archana feeds her passion for dance by exploring and learning as many styles of dance as she can. Some of her explorations include the classical dance style of Kathak, Indian folk dances ranging from Bhangra to Raas, and Tap. She likes to incorporate elements and ideas of different styles into her Bharatanatyam and Bollywood choreography.
Archana enjoys sharing her love of dance through performances and teaching in the community.
She firmly believes in the power of dance and music to heal and enhance life. She is also an experienced Montessori educator and a certified yoga teacher and enjoys blending her learning of yoga with her practice of dance.

DANCE ARTISTS in alphabetical order


Laura Armenta
Jennifer Brown
Kendra DeFazio
Kaylee Koslowske
Kelsey Lee
Archana Madhukar Sardar
Emily Prymula
Cali Smith

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Armentality Movement Arts Center
Thursday, March 28 | 7pm
$15 Online

$20 at the door
$10 College Student w/ID