Dance Local

BodySonnet is a nomadic collective of dance artists who create work in order to unite communities with art inspired by the local essence. We animate unconventional spaces through movement and create work which exemplifies dance as an intellectual, empowering, and accessible pursuit. 

BodySonnet is supported by the inaugural Anthony Quinn Foundation Fellowship, and fiscally sponsored by Satellite Collective.

Recently we performed a site specific work in collaboration with the Harlow Chamber Players, in the Kilpatrick Athletic Center racquetball courts at Bard College at Simon's Rock. Video clips and photos, as well as details of our residency in the Berkshires at Berkshire Pulse can be found on our instagram page @body_sonnet.


Curious | Truthful | Patient

“I am dancing to share the stories and experience truth in ourselves. To embrace emotions generated in our human body and let those go through humanity. To find something new in ourselves. To acknowledge comfort, discomfort, power, fear, edge, beyond edge, pleasure, flow, doubt, trust, effort, openness, effort, pain, softness, acceptance and human connection.”

Mio Ishikawa is a dancer and choreographer based in New York City. She is native of Tokyo, Japan, where she began her training at the age of 6. Training in both classic and contemporary ballet forged her strong interest in the performing arts, which led her to study dance at The Juilliard School; graduating in 2019. She has performed the works of Iván Pérez, Alejandro Cerrudo, Roy Assaf, and Twyla Tharp among many others. She is an original member of H.I.V.E Dance Company in Santa Cruz, where she is sharing Inner Teacher Method with people in the local community alongside of a founder of the method, Nathan Hirschaut. She is currently working with Jesse Obremski Works and Ayalis In Motion. This will be her first collaboration with BodySonnet.


Striking I Generous I Spontaneous 

"At its most authentic, the danced expression can arrest me. Grab and twist me — wringing out my excess tensions and replacing them with a rich physical experience that I want the audience to feel."

Sean Lammer is from Lancaster, PA and studied at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He's trained at various programs including Springboard Danse Montréal, Nederlands Dans Theater, Arts Umbrella, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. He received his BFA from The Juilliard School where he performed works by Ohad Naharin, Roy Assaf, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Nacho Duato, José Limón, Helen Simoneau and Katarzyna Skarpetowska. Upon graduating in May 2019, Sean has performed with Gallim Dance and MADBOOTS. Apart from performing, Sean has explored his own choreographic work and has taught and volunteered at programs in Botswana, New Orleans and Orlando.


Fluid I Determined I Vibrant

Moscelyne graduated from The Juilliard School in 2019. She began her dance training in the thriving artistic atmosphere of the Berkshires. She attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts where she received a broad dance education, as well as the opportunity to choreograph works for the student choreography showcases. In her time at Juilliard she had the pleasure of performing new works by Helen Simoneau, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Roy Assaf, and Stefanie Batten Bland, as well as the repertoire of José Limón, Nacho Duato, Martha Graham, and Crystal Pite. During her summers she trained and performed with the Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Ensemble, as well as the composing principles of Iztok Kovac at Dock 11 in Berlin. She won “Best Choreography” in the NY Theater Summerfest 2018 for the play He & She. In addition to performing Moscelyne enjoys choreographing and collaborating with other artists. Four of her works have been selected for Juilliard Choreographic Honors. “Tour of a Reverie”, originally choreographed for Juilliard's ChoreoComp, was performed in the Triskelion Arts CollabFest in fall 2018. Her latest work “Room for Longing” was performed as a part of Senior Production in the Willson Theater at Juilliard. She recently performed an original solo by Johannes Wieland entitled “rule/breaker” for Juilliard’s Senior Showcase. She is currently a member of Post:Ballet in San Francisco, and HSpro lead by Alexandra Wells.

Moscelyne is the recipient of the Joseph W. Polisi Award for Artist as Citizen, and is Co-Founder of BodySonnet. 

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