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My performances blend movement and memoir. Depicting a decidedly queer sensibility, they tend to weave back and forth between linear and nonlinear expression. The body of work presented here has been developed since 2016, each piece debuting where it incubated, at The Dance Complex in Cambridge. Although primarily solo performance, these dances were created in conversation with a host of fine artists, including several collaborators, credited below. While not overtly partisan, this work reflects the divisiveness of its time, and deals with with a variety of topics, including: coming of age, institutional injustice, and the politics of being oneself. 

"J Michael Winward’s Hail Mary, Cha cha cha! presented a funny and poignant look at being a queer Catholic teenager...Winward is a strong performer with terrific timing and considerable presence." -Jessica Lockhart, Artsfuse

The same procedure as last year...

"The same procedure as last year..." (run time: 5 minutes) 

Choreography and performance: J Michael Winward

Debut: Funny Uncle Cabaret, The Dance Complex, 2019 

Lighting: Jayne Murphy

Video projection: Lindsay Caddle Lapointe

Photo: Olivia Moon Photography, courtesy of Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion

Suite: Sweet Jane

"Suite: Sweet Jane" (run time: 9 minutes)

Text and choreography: J Michael Winward

Performance: Ann Fonte, Naoe Suzuki, J Michael Winward

Dress design: Heidi Henderson

Works cited: "Sweet Jane" by Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground; "Happy Days are Here Again" written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen, recording by Dan Sedgwick and Marji Gere; excerpt from Universal Declaration of Human Rights speech by Eleanor Roosevelt

Debut: Dancing Queerly, The Dance Complex, 2019 

Lighting: Paul Marr (June, 2019), Stephen Petrilli (September, 2019), Deb Sullivan (December, 2019) 

Photo: Olivia Moon Photography, courtesy of We Try To Live Together, Boston Center for the Arts, 2019

SPANGLED

"SPANGLED" (run time: 6 minutes) 

Choreography and performance: J Michael Winward

Works cited: “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, performed by the Ohio State Marching Band; “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key (excerpts); “Gonna Fly Now” composed by Bill Conti with lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, and performed by DeEtta West and Nelson Pigford

Debut: Tiny & Short: A Drop in The Bucket, The Dance Complex, 2018

Lighting: Elmer Martinez (2018), Jason Ries (2019), Stephen Petrilli (2019)

Photo: Olivia Moon Photography, courtesy of We Try To Live Together, Boston Center for the Arts, 2019

 

Hail Mary, Cha cha cha!

"Hail Mary, Cha cha cha!" (run time: 8 minutes)

Text, choreography and performance: J Michael Winward

Work Cited: Ulysses, James Joyce, 1922

Debut: Dancing Queerly, The Dance Complex, 2018

Lighting: Paul Marr (2018), Stephen Petrilli (2019), Jason Ries (2019)

Photo: Olivia Moon Photography, courtesy of We Try To Live Together, Boston Center for the Arts, 2019

You heard the man.

"You heard the man." (run time: 11 minutes)

Choreography and performance: J Michael Winward


Debut: New Faces, New Dances, Salzburg, Austria, 2008

Works cited: "Glen or Glenda"by Ed Wood, 1953; "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller, 1949; "Evita" by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice, 1978

 

Lighting: Matt Cost

Photo: Short Photo Co, courtesy of A Queer Time & Place, The Dance Complex, 2017

CONTACT ME

J Michael Winward

dance@jmichaelwinward.com

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