VEERdance – From Their Bodies

Fri, Jun 25 7:30pm

Some say that Eve was fashioned from Adam’s rib. Some say that Athena was born from Zeus’ head. These stories set the stage for the present day condition (and conditioning) of women, planting the idea that women are but a fragment of a man’s imagination and desires, not a fully embodied human but a companion or made in the image of man. Here, we explore what it means (to us) to be a woman.

A revelation was the seed that started this project: it was always older men who let us know we were becoming women. With this piece, we come to terms with our origin stories of womanhood, we reject the control of men, we dissent, move on, and break through to something more wild and free. We created something from our bodies, we fashioned this dance from the contents enclosed within our own ribs.

We acknowledge that gender is a social construct and exists on an infinite spectrum. This work reflects our experiences and is not meant to depict the experiences of other womxn.

Choreography by Fern Katz and Taylor King, in collaboration with guest artist, Jeryl Palaña. Some material was created with the invaluable coaching and critique of Isadora Wolfe.

This performance is funded in part by the Montague Local Cultural Council

COVID-19 Guidelines: In order to offer our patrons the safest and most enjoyable experience possible, social distance policies will be in effect through the 2021 season. All guests must wear their masks for the duration of the event.

(All outdoor events are rain or shine; no refunds)


$20 – General Admission: Chairs socially distanced 6-feet from surrounding pods.


Fern Katz is a contemporary dancer living and working in Western MA and NYC. She is a certified Pilates instructor, with a BA in Dance and Birth Studies from Goddard College and a professional certification in contemporary dance from Gibney Dance Center. She has had the honor of dancing on various stages and landscapes, from Jacob’s Pillow and Lincoln Center, to Centenary University, the amphitheater at TurnPark Art Space, and more. Fern has studied extensively with VIM/VIGOR Dance Company, Compañia Sharon Fridman, GAGA instructors/Ohad Naharin and is currently creating work under the coaching of Isadora Wolfe. Fern is a co-founder, performer, and choreographer with VEER Company (MA), as well as manager and performer with OR Projects in NYC. Her most recent collaboration with OR Projects won the Director’s Choice Award from Spoke the Hub in Brooklyn. Most importantly, Fern’s curiosity about anatomy, physical expression, human interconnectedness, and stretching the limits of the body and spirit drive her work.

Taylor King is a classically trained dancer and graduate of Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina; a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance; and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography. She is certified to teach ballet from American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum and has completed courses from the National Dance Education Organization’s Online Professional Development Institute. Her training has taken her to Ghana, where she studied in the Ewe tradition of Gahu, a traditional dance style, and Tokoe, a modern local dance.  She currently is a dance artist and educator at Northfield Mount Hermon School (“NMH”), a boarding preparatory school in Massachusetts, and co-founder, choreographer, and performer with VEER.

Jeryl Palaña Pilapil graduated from Dean College earning her B.A. degree as a dance major. She co-directed and performed with The Expressive Movement, seasons 6 and 7. Jeryl has also performed with Boston-based companies such as Linx, an all female dance company under Rainbow Tribe Inc, We The Females, Spunk and Company, Anna Meyer and Dancers and Impact Dance Company. She has also performed repertory work with Gaspard&Dancers, based in North Carolina, as well as video work for Erika Van Pelt and has been featured on a segment of PBS Kids’ show “Pinkalicious & Peterrific”. She currently teaches at The Cambridge School of Weston, Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center, as well as many other dance schools throughout New England, where she constantly choreographs original pieces. Jeryl remains focused and driven to share her love and passion for art, movement and humanity through her training, choreographic process and works.