after the credits (work-in-progress)
after the credits questions how human existence itself is inherently subject to high levels of visibility. We are often exposed, but seldom seen. In the realm of this dance work, being seen can be defined as being acknowledged, accepted, listened to, understood, held, loved, and supported in the most genuine ways. It is the connection to other people, from strangers to kin alike, that when missing, can have detrimental effects on a person mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Featuring three men of color, we explore the intersections between trauma, identity, and personal histories as recorded in the physical archive that is the human form.
Directed and facilitated by Janeill Cooper in collaboration with Eric Parra & Wendell Gray II.
Janeill Cooper is a native of Queens, NY where she began her dance training locally at the Edge School of the Arts. She continued to receive training from Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts, The Ailey School, and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. In 2017, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with Honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. Over the course of her training, Cooper performed works by William Forsythe, Rennie Harris, Earl Mosley, Sidra Bell, Gary Jeter, Dinita and Kyle Clark, and Jillian Peña to name a few. She spent a season dancing with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company, and is currently dancing with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT. As a dance maker, Cooper has presented works at the Sans Limites Dans Festival in Manhattan and at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn.
Eric Parra began his dance training at Montclair State University (MSU) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. While at MSU, he had the opportunity to perform in works by Larry Keigwin, José Limón, Sean Curran and Camille A. Brown. Now in his first season with Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Parra has danced for Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Maxine Steinman & Dancers, Pajarillo Pinta’o, and Doug Elkins Choreography. Parra has staged works at Union City High School, Montclair High School and Montclair State University. He is the recipient of the 2016 Martha Hill Dance Fund Young Professional Award and the 2017 Linda Roberts Outstanding Senior Dance Award.
Wendell Gray II is a dance artist and choreographer based in Brooklyn and from Atlanta, GA. He received his early training at DanceMakers of Atlanta under the direction of Lynise Heard and Denise Latimer. He attended Dekalb School of the Arts where he studied dance, music, drama, and media. He received his BFA in Dance from University of the Arts in 2015 under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. He has performed in works choreographed by Netta Yerushalmy, Sharon Eyal, Doug Varone, Mark Casetra, Sidra Bell, and Helen Simoneau. He is the recipient of the 2015 Pennsylvania Ballet Choreography Award. He was an Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick in the summer of 2017 and has choreographed works for Pennsylvania Ballet II, Philadanco II, and Periapsis Music and Dance. Wendell is currently a dancer and collaborating artist with Christal Brown, Jonah Bokaer, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, J. Bouey, and Phoebe Berglund.