1. November 2018 Newsletter

    Photo by Ballet Zaida

    Welcome to my seventh newsletter. I will be performing tonight and much much more!

    Come see me and Louisa Pancoast perform at Shape Shifter Lab tonight at 7pm in Brooklyn. The Dance Collective has selected my work, "The Dream", to be featured this evening amongst 7 other female choreographers. I am so honored to share this evening with them. Find tickets for tonight here!

    You do not want to miss this show! I will be performing with Spark Movement Collective in their production of "1984" based on the George Orwell novel. This has been a fascinating and exciting process, and I am looking forward to bringing the role of Julia to life on stage. I am so grateful for this incredible group of people, and I hope you will consider attending one of these evenings with us. The performances are November 8th, 9th, and 10th at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Purchase your tickets here! Can't come to the show, but would like to help?? Donate here!

    Join me on November 16th at 8pm at Factory ArtSpace as I present my second evening of the Movement of Intimacy Series. This evening will feature choreography by me and my long time friend Beth Terwilleger Hester. I will be restaging and presenting two duets, and premiering a piece called "20 Women". This piece will link 20 females in a series of solos where each woman will perform to her own pre-recorded voice. The words inform the tone of each piece, and each text takes the dancer to a personal space. The texts range from inspiring, vulnerable, empowering, blunt, introspective, conversational, sensual, and deeply intimate. I am excited to present Beth's work on the evening as well. Beth will be traveling from Seattle and presenting a solo creation, which is part of the evolution of a larger piece. Beth has recently launched The Gray Dance, and I am excited to support the growth of her company. We have curated work together in Austin, and it is an exciting thing to be nurturing this creative partnership again after many years.

    Doors will open at 7:30pm and show will start at 8pm. $15 at the door (Venmo, Cash, or Check). $10 with a valid student ID. $12 purchased from Brown Paper Tickets here.

    Factory ArtSpace is located at 16-30 Stephen St. Ridgewood, NY. It's a 2 minute walk from the Halsey Stop on the L line. The L train is running that Friday evening. The L train service changes at 10:45pm.

    Photo by Amitava Sarkar

    Louisa and I are also performing "The Dream" at Arts On Site on November 17th. I hope to see you there! This piece features music by Dana Falconberry and it has been an honor to work and collaborate with her.

    Come take ballet class with me too! I have been subbing at Ailey and Ballet Arts. I will be teaching ballet next Wednesday November 7th and next Friday November 9th at 10am at Ailey. I also teach with NYC Community Ballet and I will be teaching on November 21st (the day before Thanksgiving) at 11:30am at Battery Dance. Please check them out, because they bring in really awesome teachers and you can't beat a $5 ballet class!

  2. October 2018 Newsletter

    Photo by Quinn Wharton

    Welcome to my sixth newsletter. This October is filled with adventure, and this week is no exception. There are behind the scenes events, festivals, performances, and collaborations on the horizon. Happy October!

    Come to Gibney studios tomorrow Wednesday October 17th for a Behind the Scenes look at Spark Movement Collective's production of "1984". I will be dancing along side my Spark company members, and the choreographers and composer will be there to talk about process and give you an inside peek. Please RSVP for the Behind the Scenes event here. I am very excited to be dancing the role of Julia in this incredible story. If you haven't read 1984, I highly recommend it! Save the date for the Performances on November 8th, 9th, and 10th at the The Secret Theater. Purchase your tickets here! Photo by the talented founder and artistic director of Spark, Chelsea Koenig, who continues to inspire me with the way she leads and organizes.

    I am very excited to be traveling to Austin, TX this Thursday to perform in The Theorist Festival. Austin was my home for 14 years while I danced with Ballet Austin, so this is going to be a real treat to be back! Louisa Pancoast and I will be performing "The Dream", and for the first time we will be performing with Dana Falconberry. Her music is the driving force of this piece, and I can't wait to join together. Reserve your festival seat here. Also, please consider making a donation. Your donation keeps the festival free for all to see.

    Photo by Quinn Wharton

    I have deepened my collaboration with Dana Falconberry, and I am so thrilled to bring the expanded version of "The Dream" to Brooklyn at The Shape Shifter Lab on November 2nd. I am so grateful that The Dance Collective has brought me onto this evening bill alongside 7 talented female choreographers. Please get your tickets!

    My show on September 29th at Factory ArtSpace was an enormous success. The dancers, the musicians, and the audience were all fantastic. Thank you to everyone who helped make that evening happen. We were lucky enough to have wine donated to us by No Limit Wines too! I have a whole new evening in store for you, and I hope you will save the date for Friday November 16th 8pm. There will be an amazing evening of dance for you, including a new piece I am cooking up this month. The piece is called "20 Women", and guess what?? There are 20 women in the piece! Each woman will dance to her own voice in a series of solos. We just completed recording the 20th woman this past Saturday with Kevin of Blackler Mastering. Ticket link coming out soon!

    Photo by Farid Zarrinabadi

    Thank you for reading. I hope to see you at a show, in a class, or some where in between. I will leave you with a fun collaboration I have with a talented musician named Ego. We have been performing together in and around subways when we can. It is super enjoyable and helps quench my thirst for performing. I hope you enjoy The Theme from the Godfather.

  3. An Executor of Will

    This solo was created to music by Damien Simon. The music piece is called "Independence", and the solo deals with the remnants and lingering sensations after some one dies. This woman is entering different parts of a home, sitting in a chair, and reviewing what has been left behind. This solo premiered in September 2018 with live accompaniment by Damien Simon, and was also performed January 2019.

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson Ulerich
    • Music by Damien Simon
    • Danced by Kathleen Bollana
    • Video by Carley Santori

  4. Dual Space

    Dual Space is a female duet created in collaboration with composer Damien Simon. Michelle Thompson Ulerich worked with his guitar piece "Endura". The two females are in conversation with one another and/or possibly their own duality. This duet was created for the Movement of Intimacy Series at Factory ArtSpace in Queens and was performed with live guitar by Damien Simon.

  5. The Dream

    "The Dream" is a collaboration between singer/songwriter Dana Falconberry and Michelle Thompson Ulerich. In 2018 the piece appeared at Dixon Place (NYC), Factory ArtSpace (Queens), ShapeShifter Lab (Brooklyn), Theorist Fest (Austin, TX), and Arts On Site (NYC). Michelle partnered up with Quinn Wharton to create a film of the duet in Brooklyn. The music is from Dana's album "The Lowering Night", and the duet focuses on the ideas of dreams. One dancer is approaching and leading the other dancer into a dream state. She is taking her and allowing her to explore things she can't experience in reality. The "sleeping" dancer is grateful and indulges in the experiences. The duet is liquid and sensual, and experiments with the idea of conjuring up mirages and images for the dancers to witness and touch.

  6. September 2018 Newsletter

    Welcome to my fifth newsletter and happy September!

    There are lots of things shaking this fall, and one thing you don't want to miss! Get your tickets for the first Movement of Intimacy series performance on September 29th at Factory ArtSpace. Tickets online are only $10. The performance will feature live music by David Heckendorn and Damien Simon with my choreography. Mary Esther Carter will also be singing a special piece that evening. I have a wonderful cast of freelance dancers performing, and we are busy making new pieces for this performance. Please follow up on my Instagram for process videos and images of these talented dancers. I hope to see you there. An enormous thank you to Robert Mauriello for creating such a special venue and opportunity. Follow up on other cool happenings at Factory ArtSpace.

    Photo by Ballet Zaida

    Come join me for an open ballet class Monday September 3rd at 11:30am at Battery Dance. These classes are hosted by NYC Community Ballet. Only $5 cash!

    Photo by Melissa Wu

    My duet, "The Dream", has been selected to perform at Theorist Fest in Austin, Texas. Louisa Pancoast and I will be traveling to Austin to perform October 19th and 20th. We will be accompanied by Dana Falconberry as she sings her piece live at Zilker Park. We are very grateful and excited about this opportunity! Tickets are here!

    Photo by Ballet Zaida

    Thank you for reading and I hope to see you soon!

  7. Fourth Newsletter

    Happy August! This month I am excited to travel to Connecticut to create for Ballet Hartford (formerly Vivid Ballet). The artistic director, Elizabeth McMillan, has commissioned me to create a concert length piece for her company. I am honored to have this opportunity, and I am looking forward to getting into the studio and working with the dancers. I have been working with composer David Heckendorn, and I am thrilled to be working with his compositions.

    Photo by Farid Zarrinabadi from an intimate duet entitled "Ladder" (video)

    Save the date! I am excited to announce a series I will be launching at Factory ArtSpace in New York called Movement of Intimacy. My first evening will premiere on Saturday September 29th at 7pm. The show combines my choreography with live music in an intimate setting. The evening will include live, original compositions by David Heckendorn, Damien Simon, and other special guests. I hope you can join me. More details to come in my September Newsletter...

    Join me for some fun and challenging open ballet classes hosted by NYC $5 Community Ballet. I will be teaching this coming Monday August 13th, and I have a special musical surprise. I will also be teaching on Labor Day (September 3rd). Classes are held at Battery Dance from 11:30am-1:00pm. Stay up to date on their page for more $5 classes.

    Photo and photo at the top of the newsletter by Melissa Wu for TRANSLATE (Voices of Dance)

    "The Dream" premiered at TRANSLATE in June, and I am excited to bring this duet to other venues. It has been a pleasure to work with the very talented Louisa Pancoast and to move to the music of Dana Falconberry. We are looking forward to performing at Factory ArtSpace on September 29th. Stay tuned for more opportunities to see us partnered together.

    Exciting news for my friend and collaborator Catherine Davis! A piece of music composed by her for our Illusory Impressions immersive show (pictured here) was featured on Strangers. "The Balcony" is featured about 19 minutes into the episode, and it was incredible to hear her emotional music come to life in a different landscape. Congratulations Catherine!

    Thank you for reading! I hope to see you soon.

  8. Third Newsletter

    Welcome to my third newsletter and happy July!

    On Saturday June 30th I embarked on a flight to Los Angeles to join my uncle, Sam Aslanian, because we were going to have our long awaited gallery opening. It was a fantastic evening at Visual Artists Group filled with energy and interest for the work. Thank you to David Naylor, Bobby Woods, and others who helped bring the event to life. It was deeply enjoyable to hear how people connected to the work and I was so in love with the way Sam captured the dancers. Sam uses a collection of 1960's and 70's SLR's, and an assortment of long outdated 35mm film, which gives his photographs a uniqueness and vulnerability that is quite different than digital. Our next goal is to have a show in San Francisco and New York.

    Photo by Sam Aslanian

    People who could not attend the gallery opening have been asking me to see more images and more process. I have amazing news! During the collaboration each one of the couples performed multiple runs of the duet and it was during this time that Tom Andre captured my choreography on film. My cousin, Ellie Aslanian, then took the large amount of footage (much of which Sam was in), and created this incredible film of our Dark Waltz concept shot in Brooklyn. I was blown away when I saw what Ellie had created! The moments she chose for each couple, the connections and emotions she pulled out, and the seamlessness she created in the piece. Sam's photographs are a much fragmented and abstracted view of this dance, but we wanted to share this layer of the work to all you. The piece was created to "This is a Lie" by The Cure, which was a fun challenge to create with because it is so different from other musical selections I have used in past projects. I hope you enjoy this dance film!

    I teach yoga to clients either in home or at the park. I have some openings in July and August, and I am offering some sweet deals. Please email me if you would like to set up some sessions. I also specialize in Pre and Postnatal yoga. Here are some older videos I made with Farid Zarrinabadi in Austin, TX if you are interested in some home practice options: Standing Postures, Seated Flow, Twisting, Hip Opening, Core Flow, Table Top Warm Up

    I am teaching for NY Community Ballet, and classes are only $5 cash! I am teaching this Thursday July 12th 10:30am-12 noon at Battery Dance on the 5th Floor. Check out their Facebook page or Instagram for more $5 classes.

    Thank you for reading. In my next newsletter, I look forward to sharing more about my collaboration with Dana Falconberry and other upcoming commissions for 2018.

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