Project Awake cast in rehearsal at Dance East

Long-time Dream Comes to Life

Share this Post One of our very first program ideas was for a school show, which was birthed this year as Project Awake. The dream for this abrasiveMedia project began in 2005 but shortly after articulating the program and putting it on paper, we knew deep in our guts that we weren’t ready to do it—though we didn’t really know …

You are not alone. Chessmen in front of the mirror

Our Founding Values

Share this Post It’s easy to get too busy to take time to think about how you began. The project that began as a life-giving activity can become a mountain of heavy obligations. The inspiration that gave you joy at the start of your journey can fade to a distant memory as your calendar fills up and your network grows. …

Two Artists Talk Trauma and Truth

Share this Post Pictured: Left, Kristen Chapman Gibbons. Right, “Rise” artist Nina Covington. What follows is the documentation of a process so intimate, we rarely speak of it. The process of the recovery of voice. What you see in both of our stories is not our “damage” alone, it is the determined and intentional way we’ve displayed the pieces. I …

Making Something from Nothing (Much) pt 1

This is part of a new series we’re calling Show Your Work — personal stories about the messy parts of a creative life. Part 2 is Here That last one, though. I never made plans for needing mobility aids in my thirties. My past self — the dance-all-day and run-many-miles self — did not see this coming. Years of multiple …