kelly and mel real

Artist in Residence: Kelly Bond & Melissa Krodman

Kelly Bond is a choreographer and performer whose most recent works include Colony (2012) in collaboration with Melissa Krodman, Elephant (2010), and Splitting the Difference (2009). She holds an MA in European dance-theatre practice from Laban which she attended as a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar. She also holds a BFA in dance performance and choreography and a BA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. Kelly is a 2014-2015 Artist Fellow with the Tennessee Arts Commission and was an artist with Dance/Metro DC’s 2010 pilot program, Forward Five; a 2009 Young Emerging Artist of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities; and a participant in ex.e.r.ce08 at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. She has served as an adjunct professor of dance at The George Washington University and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She lives with her partner and daughter in Nashville, TN.

Melissa Krodman is a Philadelphia-based deviser, choreographer and performer of original, experimental theatre and dance. Current and recent projects include The Sincerity Project with Team Sunshine Performance Corporation (premier: December 2014), Imagining O with Richard Schechner and Benjamin Mosse, and Colony (2012) and Elephant (2010) with Kelly Bond. Melissa is a graduate of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training in Philadelphia where she studied ensemble devising, movement, primitive voice, and improvisation. She holds a BS in Film and Television Production from Boston University. In 2013 she co-founded the Sawyer Farm Artistic Residency in Worthington, MA, which focuses on part-time farm work and laboratory-like research and development in the experimental performing arts.

Kelly and Melissa began working together in 2010 on Kelly’s experimental dance trio Elephant, which was also the piece that began their relationship with thefidget space. Their 2012 duet Colony, which they co-choreographed and continue to perform, has been presented in Philadelphia (thefidget space, Thirdbird, Philly Fringe), Washington D.C. (Capital Fringe, FallFringe), New Orleans (NOLA Fringe), Atlanta (The Lucky Penny/Theatre Emory), and Sweden (Abundance International Dance Festival). They were 2014 resident artists of The Breaking Ground Series at Theatre Emory in Atlanta, GA, and are excited to be 2014-2015 artists-in-residence with thefidget space. They are using this residency to develop their new piece, Jean and Terry: Your Guides Through Dark, Light, and Nebulous, delving into phenomena of Universal Consciousness. They are working with Philly-based theatre artists Mark McCloughan and Jaime Maseda of No Face Performance Group and expect to premiere the work in Fall 2015.