bad woods by melissa west/mwestdances.
Cast: Kiera Bono, Melisande Enchanique, Laura Neese.
Music: Tom Bones + Sandra Bentsen.
Costume Designer: Vivian Vassar of Hey Viv ! Retro Clothing
Lighting: Erik Danielson

In bad woods, choreographer/director Melissa West explores the liminal emotive space that resides in the woods. Three dancers build on a soundscape that delves into dualities of light and dark, unearthing the enigmatic states of wildness that exist within the feminine constructs and unraveling of performativity.

Performance Dates

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Building C) at Snug Harbor
September 24, 2016
5PM Reception | 6PM Performance + Artist Talk | $10 Admission
PASS is a curated performance series that takes place on the last Saturday of every month at Snug Harbor. The salons focus is on original works in performing arts (music, dance, theater, and multimedia) in different stages of development. When possible, work is developed in residence at Snug Harbor, which serves as an incubation lab. Each PASS has a pre-performance reception and a post-performance artist talk moderated by an expert in the field.

This program is curated by Gabri Christa.

Williamson Theater at the College of Staten Island
Thursday November 3, 2:30-3:30PM (Open Rehearsal, Free Admission)
November 18, 7:30PM ($10 General Admission, $5 students)
A shared program by the College of Staten Island’s two CUNY Dance Initiative resident artists. Melissa West is a dancer/choreographer based in Staten Island whose work investigates the body’s relationship to spatial and sonic environments. luciana achugar is a Brooklyn-based choreographer from Uruguay whose work is concerned with the post-colonial world, searching for an undoing of current power structures from the inside out.


This piece is supported by the CUNY Dance Initiative and Snug Harbor’s PASS program.