A multi-generational cast of women come together in HOMEbody

Jessica Warchal-King is excited to return to KYL/D’s CHI Movement Arts Center with an evening of her own work. A long time dance artist and administrator with Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers (KYL/D), the CHI Movement Arts Center holds a sense of home for Warchal-King.
The event includes Warchal-King’s “Shed,” a solo described as “absolutely mesmerizing… intense” by The Reading Eagle.
A multi-generational cast of women directed by Warchal-King will perform “HOMEbody,” a 35 minute contemporary dance with original music by Paul Fejko. In process, the artists investigated definitions of home as structure, home as physical body, home as geographical place from which we leave and return, and home as states of rejection and acceptance. Filmmaker Jake Buczewski’s mini-documentary about the creative research makes its Philadelphia premier. Performers include Laura Baehr, Erin Coffey, Sarena Kabakoff, Kyleigh Kover, and Warchal-King.
Described as “beautiful and thought provoking,” the evening invites audiences to find joy, acceptance, and connection to their own experiences of home.
JCWK Dance Lab is Warchal-King’s ongoing research project combining education, physical dance practice, and performance. Using dance as its medium, JCWK Dance Lab investigates the ways that dance can be a vehicle for non-violent, positive social change by creating Joy, Connection, and Wellness through Kinesthetic stories.
HOMEbody travels to Philadelphia with the support of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund through the PPA Project Stream Grant. HOMEbody is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Additional support has been provided by Widener University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department and Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Program, the Arts at Alvernia University, and individual donors.
About JCWK Dance Lab
JCWK Dance Lab is an ongoing research project combining education, physical dance practice, and performance. Using dance as its medium, JCWK Dance Lab investigates the ways that dance can be a vehicle for non-violent, positive social change by creating Joy, Connection, and Wellness through Kinesthetic stories.
Jessica C. Warchal-King described as a “post mod(ern) ballerina” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, is the Founder/ Director of the JCWK Dance Lab. Warchal-King is a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance at Drexel University. She is the Managing Director of Alvernia University’s Arts Series where she is also the Artist in Residence in Dance. Warchal-King led the dance program at Widener University from 2012-2019, where she received the “Part Time Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence”. Warchal-King performs for and collaborates with independent artists and organizations nationally and internationally; she was a senior dance artist with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers from 2010-2017 and a member of the Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet from 2009-2016. Jessica co-founded and curated KYL/D’s InHale Performance Series in Philadelphia for over 10 years. She earned her MFA in Dance from Temple University and her BA in Dance and Anthropology from Muhlenberg College. Jessica is also a Power Pilates Intermediate Certified Instructor, a Reiki practitioner, a writer, and a mother.

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