Open Practice with Eugenia Manwelyan

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Open Practice with Eugenia Manwelyan, featuring “live” drumming in real time by Misia Vessio.
At a moment when so much is unclear, uncertain, and uncomfortable, this Open Practice series is an opportunity to consider our current moment, ask the questions that naturally arise, and approach these questions with the body. Born out of concern and curiosity, this open practice will consist of a series of prompts and guided movement experiments, accompanied by live drumming. No dance or movement experience is necessary.


Eugenia Manwelyan is a New York based director / choreographer, educator, and urban planner. She is the co-founder of Eco Practicum desk-free school for arts and ecology, member of Best Praxis art collective, and a founding faculty of School of Apocalypse. She is currently working with the Sullivan County Land Bank to leverage the arts and housing toward regional economic development in the Catskills. Her work is rooted in radical self-determination, social choreography, and the connections between creative practice and survival. As a visiting faculty at Columbia University, Eugenia has worked on environmental planning and arts projects in the New York bioregion as well as India, Vietnam, and Jordan. Eugenia spearheaded a youth theater and peace-building project in Israel and Palestine that is now in its tenth year. She holds a BA in International Development from McGill University and her MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University.


24 year old drummer/percussionist and singer/songwriter Misia Vessio is a performer and artist from New York City. In her career thus far, she has worked on Off-Broadway, performed with Tony Bennett, has a VEVO special on Youtube, and has toured the world with various bands while in and after graduating from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. She is now performing in Holy Vulture, a rock band that is the brainchild of hers and brother Dante, the lead vocalist and guitarist. Holy Vulture’s debut EP is available on all streaming services and the band’s live performances showcase Misia’s musicianship and drumming power in a fresh and captivating new light.