Co-directed by Emilie Leriche and Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, On Mending is a live interdisciplinary dance production. It uses physical metaphor and imagery to explore three main tenets; the impermanent, the imperfect and the incomplete. Using these three ideas, specifically in relation to one’s concept of self/body, home, and community, On Mending negotiates with what it means to mend, to tend to, and to rebuild. The work contemplates the universal endeavor of processing one’s grief and reflects on how we tend to our trauma and loss - a process unique to each individual in its difficulties and challenges. At its root, On Mending is a contemplation on support, on community, on the action of releasing what we can no longer carry with us.
Choreography: Emilie Leriche & Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern
Performance: Miguel Duarte, Dario Rigaglia, Stephanie Amurao, Alex Clair, Emilie Leriche, Shawn Fitzgerald Aher
Dramaturgy: Jonathan Fredrickson
Lighting Design: Matt Miller
Sound Composition: Wolff Bergen
Costume Design: Veerle Van den Wouwer
Stage Management: Lucy Bonin & Alexis Hinman
This work-in-progress showing is presented with the generous support of Baryshnikov Arts Center, Princess Grace Foundation-USA Work in Progress Grant, Konstnärsnämnden, The Swedish Arts Grant Committee, Treacy & Darcy Beyer, Carine Magescas, Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts
On Mending was first developed as a film while in residence at Orsolina28 in Moncalvo, Italy
Emilie Leriche is a French-American freelance dancer and creator based in Berlin, Germany. Following two seasons in their second company, Leriche spent four seasons dancing with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago under the direction of Glenn Edgerton.
Since 2017 she has danced with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani under the direction of Katrín Hall. During her time in the company she has originated roles in new works by: Yoann Bourgeois, Paul and Christine Blackman, Sharon Eyal, Club Guy and Roni, Roy Assaf, Marina Mascarell, and Damien Jalet. She has created work on Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and Ishida Dance Company, as well as started producing her own work for film and stage. She is commissioned by NDT II to create a new work for the company in the summer of 2022. Emilie is proud to be a Princess Grace Foundation-USA award winner and grant recipient. In spring 2021 Leriche and Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern had their project ‘On Mending’ selected for a residency at Osrolina28. The project will continue its development in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center with the support of the Princess Grace Foundation.
Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern
Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern is a movement director and performer who emphasizes humanity in his work. Following seven years creating and performing full time with Pilobolus, he moved to Belgium where he spent four years as lead performer and choreographic assistant to choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Now based in Berlin, Shawn engages as a freelance performer, director and choreographer in diverse projects around the world. Fitzgerald has contributed to more than thirty major productions across a wide range of platforms including three Grammy Award nominated dance films and two Academy Award winning films. He has performed over one thousand live shows in theaters and opera houses worldwide and his work has been seen on live television, in cinemas, and on screen by millions. His latest live choreographic work, Elsewhere, was counted in the Irish Times’ “Best of 2021”, lauded by major print media as, “A radical and timely work”, “Fluidly physical”, and, “Beautifully choreographed”. His independent films have been featured and awarded in film festivals in North America, the UK, Europe and Asia and he is thrilled to be in NYC to develop the film On Mending (co-created with Leriche) into a live work at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.