nina mcneely

refugee

a treasure | a heartache | a challenge | an inspiration : the definition of this piece and of the beauty of hysterica dance co.

i treasured the experience of creating this piece | it unearthed real heartache in all of us | it was a huge challenge for me, i nearly gave up | the music was an epic inspiration

given the subject matter, we were a bit ahead of our time - as usual. it resonated then, and it still resonates now.

"refugee" choreographed by Kitty McNamee | Hysterica Dance Co. Dancers: Nina McNeely, Tara Brook, Justine Clark, Lisa Lock, Dominic Chaiduang, Scott Hislop, Tara Nicole Hughes, Mecca Vazie Andrews -- beautiful costumes by the one and only Ryan Heffington -- big thanks to Yi-Chun Wu for the captivating in-performance photo

photo: yi-chun wu

photo: yi-chun wu

hysterica OG

ok...these beauties make me so happy. it may seem counter-intuitive but watching this madness makes me very calm. i knew my choreography was in such good hands with these fine folks (hunter hamilton, austin westbay, tara brook, andy acosta, lou becker, stephen hernandez and the remarkable nina mcneely) that i could try just about any crazy thing and it would be stunning on them.

ryan heffington and i created "crust" together for hysterica dance co. (the pieces in the link below were choreographed by me). he worked some incredible magic with the costumes and styling and was the ultimate collaborator.

i'll never regret the blood, sweat and drama that went into creating with hysterica...ultimate risk and ultimate fulfillment.

special thank you to baseck for the stellar track, eliot lee hazel for the remarkable images and edge performing arts center for years and years of free rehearsal space.

"crust" in performance @ Bootleg Theater

choreography-kitty mcnamee     design- ryan heffington     music- baseck

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hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancer: denna thomsen

hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancer: denna thomsen

hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancer: austin westbay

hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancer: austin westbay

hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee  hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancers: denna thomsen and austin westbay

hysterica dance co. | photo: eliot lee  hazel | styled by: ryan heffington | dancers: denna thomsen and austin westbay

take me back to the "funny"

a little throwback to a fun musical i choreographed for Ripfest.

i was lucky to be invited by artistic director david rodwin and teamed up with director sean mewshaw + composer deborah hurwitz for this silly musical "what were you thinking". 

artistic director: david rodwin | director : sean mewshaw | composer: deborah hurwitz | writer: matt prager | choreography: kitty mcnamee

featuring: nanci anderson, jimmy ray bennet, dana snyder

dancers: ryan heffington, nina mcneely, dominic chaiduang, kristen leahy, zac brazenas, chae amando