XX is a collaboration between four Front Range dance artists: Lauren Beale, Brooke McNamara, Ondine Geary, & Kate Speer. We met at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Dance MFA program, where we shared an interest in cultivating more open and supported spaces for art. XX gravitated together because we crave performative experiences that require the performer and the audience to keep asking, to keep learning, and to keep arriving fully. Based in the Boulder/Denver area, we move in and out of collaborative based projects and our own individual queries.
Lauren Beale is a performing artist, choreographer, improviser, contemplative teacher and yoga instructor. She holds an MFA in Dance from The University of Colorado Boulder with an emphasis in collaborative, interdisciplinary performance. Lauren has performed nationally and internationally with Colorado based companies Michelle Ellsworth Performance, Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Helander Dance Theater, 3rd Law Dance/Theatre, David Capps/Dances, Interweave Dance Theater, Kim Olson/Sweet Edge, New York City companies Curt Haworth and Dancers, Ellis Wood Dance and Peter Sciscioli, and Seattle based Wade Madsen. Lauren has co-created and collaborated on interdisciplinary performances with Brooke McNamara, Ondine Geary, Kate Speer, Mark McCoin, Jessica Hendricks, and Amanda Leise. Her creative work has been presented in Colorado, New York City and Costa Rica, and will be presented in Mexico and Hungary in 2018. She has been on faculty at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop for over ten years and facilitates dance and movement classes at Block 1750 and Running River School K-8. Lauren has also taught Performance Improvisation, Jazz Fusion technique, and Looking at Dance in the dance department of CU-Boulder. She has recently co-founded Eunice Embodiment, with Brooke McNamara, an umbrella organization engaging performance, movement education, and mentorship to unlock creative capacity and source our fundamental human aliveness.
Brooke McNamara is a poet, performing artist, mother, and monk. She holds a BA in Creative Writing (Poetry) and Dance, and an MFA in Dance, and is a lover of adventure, especially in the territories of creative process, collaborative performance, meditation and evolution of culture. Her life’s work centers around asking impossible questions and discovering alive answers through whatever magnifies beauty and catalyzes truth. Brooke has danced professionally for over a decade as a member of LEVYdance (San Francisco), Malashock and Dancers (San Diego), and Kim Olson/ Sweet Edge (Denver), as well as in the works of choreographers Dan Wagoner, David Dorfman, Eddie Taketa, Gail Gilbert, Heidi Latsky and Gesel Mason. She has written poems since a young age, and received the Charles B. Palmer Prize through the Academy of American Poets. Brooke teaches Yoga on faculty at Naropa University and is ordained as a monk and empowered as a Dharma Holder in the Zen Buddhist lineage of Diane Musho Hamilton, Sensei. She is the author of Feed Your Vow // poems for falling into fullness and co-director with Lauren Beale of Eunice Embodiment, an umbrella organization engaging performance, movement education, and mentorship to ignite creative intelligence and excavate our natural human vitality. Brooke lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, Rob, and their sons, Lundin and Orion. www.FeedYourVow.com
Originally from Memphis, TN, Ondine Geary is a Boulder-based, interdisciplinary performance artist, collaborator, and improviser. Her interests live at the intersection of art, the body and critical, social engagement. As a dancer, she has performed nationally and internationally. She has danced works by an array of notable artists, including Faye Driscoll, Raja Kelly, John Jasperse, Tere O’Connor and William Forsythe. She recently performed with Gesel Mason Performance Projects and with the Bessie-award winning Third Rail Projects. She is also a member of Playback Theatre West and is one of Michelle Ellsworth’s team of doctors.
A Maine girl at heart, Kate Speer is a dancer, choreographer, and writer based in Denver, CO. Often self-producing in DIY spaces, her own choreography has been supported by the Puffin Foundation and the Community Education Center’s New Edge Artist Mix Series (PA), and has been presented in Boulder International Fringe Festival (CO), Philly Fringe (PA), ETC Performance Series (PA), and FAB Dance Showcase (ME). Always seeking collaborative performance projects, she has had the pleasure to perform in work by Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Nathan Blackwell, Raja Feather Kelly, Tania Isaac, Patrick Mueller, and Willi Dorner. Her movement technique is an eclectic mix of athletic, momentum-based movement studied under Gesel Mason, David Dorfman, and Kathleen Hermesdorf, and most recently, Piso Móvil and Continuum techniques studied under Omar Carrum and Claudia Lavista. Currently a Resident Artist at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Speer has had residencies at PlatteForum (CO), Middlebury College (VT), Swarthmore College (PA), and Mascher Space Cooperative (PA), all of which emphasize community engagement that is inherent in her dancemaking. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder and a BA in Dance and Biology from Swarthmore College. www.katespeerdance.org