URBAN MOVEMENT ARTS Presents Lillian Ransijn, Winter Artist in Residence GOOD GRIEF!


January 25 & 26 | 8 pm

$10 | at the door

2100 Chestnut St. 2nd Floor. Philadelphia, PA 19121


Lilli Ransijn is curious about grief, loss, and the erotic. Her current work as the Winter Artist in Residence at Urban Movement Arts considers the erotic as the aliveness in the space between people. Lilli is thinking about how loss and eroticism can both be powerful, painful, or pleasurable all at once. Asked about her work, Lilli cites the writing of David Whyte and bell hooks who propose love that can carry grief; that the erotic can contain the celebration and the grief of life together as one.

“I’m starting to develop a new relationship to death, which I’ve had such a fear of since I was little.” Lilli explains. “I made my mom promise me she would never die. And then, as people do, she did end up dying.”

Lillian Ransijn is a Dutch/American raised in Wyomissing, PA. She followed her “Magnolia-mouthed mama’s” footsteps down to Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she earned her BA in Dance and Movement Studies. In 2007 her mother died of breast cancer. In 2008 she founded her own ensemble, Ground Delivery Dance Theater, as a vehicle to experiment with the dance theater form through ensemble-driven work. She is 2016 graduate of Uarts/Pig Iron’s MFA program in Devised Performance. In the past few years, she has been performed locally with Helen Hale Dance, Eva Steinmetz Projects, Fourth Quarter Ensemble and Lily Kind/ Wolfthicket.

Lilli is working with collaborators Maddie Hopefield, Eva Steinmetz, Dylan Smythe, and Amalia Colon Nava with directorial support from Francesca Montanile and Chelsea Murphy. Lilli has focused her residency time to test out impulse after impulse with her devising collaborators. One of Lilli’s goals for her residency was to end up with “a lot of seeds” some to plant now, others to save for later. Come to Good Grief!, and experience the complex, hilarious, and moving seeds Lilli is generously sharing.

About Urban Movement Arts

This is the cumulative presentation of UMA’s winter Artists in Residence season. Past artists include Sanchel Brown, Maddie & Kayla, Majestique, Pilar Yvonne, Sanchel Edwards, and Lauren Auyueng. UMA is proud to be sharing its resources by offering artist in residency opportunities three times a year, with an annual call in the spring. These residencies include free studio space, Afro-diasporic dance and yoga classes, artistic support, and a cumulative performance.  Urban Movement Arts (UMA) welcomes adults of all ages and experience levels to explore Hip Hop and Afro diasporic movement styles. Founded by Vince Johnson in 2017, UMA guides movers and dancers to develop true connection to community and style.

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