Unfortunately, finding "community" in the dance world is something I find rare. The bubble we exist inside of is so competitive -- there are not many opportunities for artists to come together, be vulnerable, share, support each other, help each other, invest in each other's work. The women working on ...that's what she said were not just talented, powerful and articulate, but open, genuine, and thoughtful. They offered a sense of honesty and community I was desperately needing."
- DeAnna Pellecchia | TWSS 2018 Guest Artist, TWSS 2020 Cohort Artist
Each season, Lady BOS Productions invites a select cohort of femme choreographers to create or reimagine works over a period of 5 months. These works are presented in the culminating ...that's what she said performance after a series of peer-mentored critical response workshops. Peer mentorship is central to the curatorial philosophy of Lady BOS Productions. We believe that greater artistry is gained by creating environments where artists exchange on multiple levels in mutually supportive ways. In curating people, rather than product, we collectively build a safe and supportive space that allows for thoughtful exploration of dance making and respectful critique and dialogue. These sessions encourage curiosity, inquiry, and experimentation while building relationships between the presenting artists. The resulting art is robust and intimate, creating an atmosphere that engages and touches audience on a deeply personal level.
The support and feedback I received while working with this cohort of artists has been one that I have not experienced before. Kristin did an excellent job of curating the space and performance in a way where all of the artists were able to take the next steps in their choreographic processes.
- Jenny Oliver | TWSS 2018 Cohort Artist
I often don't feel comfortable sharing what I have to say, and don't often feel listened to in the times I do share... TWSS changed the game for me in so many ways. Not only was I invited into a space to share my movement, I was invited, encouraged, expected -- in the most welcoming and warm way possible -- to share my ideas about my own work, and, in return, to support and provide ideas for others' work... The collaboration and sharing was deep, meaningful, thoughtful and safe. There's nothing like being a part of a group of women and knowing every time you spend time together, you will grow, learn something, and feel heard, valued and validated.
- Sarah Thorne | TWSS 2018 Cohort Artist
My experience was amazing. I loved meeting all the women. Everyone was so polite and respectful. I thought each piece was unique and beautiful!
- Reina Gold | TWSS 2019 Guest Artist
It was a worthy cause and everyone represented the power of the arts on so many different levels... For me, it was an intimate experience that allowed for many voices to be spoken that is so needed in Boston.
- Nailah Randall-Bellinger | TWSS 2019 Cohort Artist
You are so kind for building all of this for us... There aren't many spaces for a dancer like me, and I appreciate your sentiments.
- Andrew Genova/GeeGee Louise | TWSS 2019 Cohort Artist
Lady BOS Productions has made ambitious but concrete strides in supporting women from a wide spectrum of experiences, aesthetics, and points of view. A lot of people in Boston talk a big game with large visions and progressive agendas - Kristin is one of those gems that I can confidently report also follows through in practice.
- Jenna Pollack | TWSS 2019 Cohort Artist
Lady BOS Productions has received support for the ...that's what she said peer mentorship showings from The Dance Complex (2018 and 2020), Green Street Studios (2019) and Urbanity Dance (2020).
Top cover photo and scrolling photos by Timothy Avery Photography