IN REAL LIFE- Dancing duo with Live Musical Accompanist
BLOOD will take place in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, with seven performances from
September 24-27 (6PM and 8PM from Thursday-Saturday and 6PM only on Sunday). This
production, a premiere for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2020, is a co-creation of female
dance artists, Evalina “Wally” Carbonell and Weiwei Ma. The two women will be joined on
stage by musician and composer, Ajibola Jeremy Rivers.
BLOOD will be a sublime contemplation of the very blood that fuels our humanity. “The fragile scarlet
tree we carry within us,” (Osbert Sitwell), blood itself and its flowing viscosity, alternately violent and
beautiful, is the inspiration behind this work. A Philadelphia Fringe Festival premiere, “Blood,” revels in
the drama of the female body, painting the space with curving mystery and heated fluidity. Wally and
Weiwei have worked together under the umbrella of the internationally renowned and Philadelphia based Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers (KYL/D) since 2013. After years of sharing the stage together in works by
their Artistic Director, Kun-Yang Lin, five Fringe Festival installments by Evalina “Wally” Carbonell, and
finally in the fall of 2018, having their choreographic works on the same bill at KYL/D’s fall home season,
these two fresh but experienced female dance-makers were eager to make a work together. With their
origins and training beginning on opposite ends of the globe (Weiwei was born in China and Wally in
Washington, DC), they have matured into dynamic, fearless creative forces in their own rights alongside
one another. BLOOD began boiling in their creative minds in fall 2019 and the production will mark their
first equally-handed independent choreographic collaboration with one another.
BLOOD is driven by the sounds of the heart strings from both within and without. During the process of
creation, both choreographers agreed that there should be real instrumental sound and artistic life in
the space fueling the soundscape of the dance. Philadelphia-based and Nigerian-born, Ajibola Jeremy
Rivers, who originally collaborated with Wally at an Artsi event (check out artsiphilly for more on this hip
non-profit brainchild of KYL/D artist Keila Perez-Vega and husband Pradhan Sharma), agreed to join their
artistic process in summer 2020, and making this vision a reality. Bringing his compositional and
performative talent into the mix on the cello, Ajibola will contribute a combination of original music and
interpretations of already existing works, overlaid independently of, on top of, and in addition to a prerecorded soundscape by various additional composers.
The space where BLOOD will come to life, a turn-of-the century garage, that has recently been
converted into a studio space is typically a home for movement artists, practicing spirals and spinal
undulations in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM under the guidance of Evalina Carbonell, as well as
nurturing their dance practices atop the newly sprung floor, bounding up toward the rustic vaulted
ceiling. For BLOOD, the artists will inhabit the indoor space, while the audience looks in from their
socially distanced seating arrangements outside in the open air. Stage Manager and Lighting Designer,
Francis Markocki, who also happens to be a fellow Dance Artist at KYL/D with Weiwei and Wally, is the
artful eye and hand behind the personalized lighting which will be installed in the space specifically for
these performances. Other specially designed surprises in the space designed by Wally’s husband,
restauranteur, Alejandro Carbonell and costumes by Weiwei’s mother, Baozhen Chai, will surely delight
audiences and complete the ambience.
Evalina “Wally” Carbonell is an independent creator and Dance Artist with Philadelphia’s own, Kun-Yang
Lin/ Dancers (KYL/D). Originally from Maryland, she received her early training at the National Ballet
School in the Cechetti method and went on to earn a BFA in Dance from Florida State University. Upon
graduation, Evalina joined Roxey Ballet Company where she danced as a principal artist for six years.
Since joining KYL/D in 2012, Evalina has become an increasingly prolific new choreographic voice,
performing and presenting her own work throughout the East Coast. In 2018, she was honored to be
able to create a new work on the dancers of KYL/D for their home season and in 2019 became the
Curator of the company’s Inhale Performance Series. Also an avid teacher and artist in the GYROTONIC
EXPANSION SYSTEM and a mother of two, this fall marks her 7th year of presenting new work in the
Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Weiwei Ma is a Chinese dancer, teacher, and choreographer who started professional Chinese dance
training at eleven. She studied choreography at The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Academy of
Arts where she graduated with a BFA degree. Before coming to Philadelphia, Weiwei taught Chinese
classical dance and choreography at Beijing Contemporary Music Academy. Weiwei graduated with her
MFA degree from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2016. One of her works was selected in 2015 for
performances at Boyer College, which she represented at the 2016 ACDFA conference in Brockport, NY.
Weiwei has been a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers since 2013 and is the lead Chinese dancer for
KYL/D’s cultural programs.
Ajibola Jeremy Rivers, is a Nigerian-Cherokee performing artist of many talents. He has received
classical training as a cellist and is a self-taught bass guitarist and composer. He has a number of works
in development, and between works he performs professionally in collaboration with various artists all
along the East Coast of the United States.
As an, “In Real Life,” (IRL) performance and a part of FRINGEARTS’ 2020 Philadelphia Fringe Festival,
BLOOD promises to be an intense, sensual, moving and safely accessible evening of live dance and
music. Come for BLOOD and leave inspired.
Ticket Information: http://www.fringearts.com
Price: $20 General Admission
September 24,25,26 @ 6pm and 8pm
September 27 @ 6pm
118 W Phil Ellena Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119