Alex & Joy Davis - The Davis Sisters, Photo Peter Raper; Danza Orgánica, Photo Christopher Duggan Photography and Brooke Trisolini Photography

the schonberg fellows

The Bessie Schonberg Boston Choreography Residency

Alex & Joy Davis - The Davis Sisters Junk Drawer
Marsha Parilla Danza Orgánica Melaza II

Curated by Ari Kaufman

Saturday September 1st 7:00 pm
Location: The Yard Nanon Theater, Chilmark

$25 Adult
$15 Seniors, Students and Military
$5 Children under 12
Behind the Counter and Membership discounts apply

The Schonberg (Boston) Fellows are Yard Offshore Creation Residency Artists

The Yard’s Schonberg (Boston) Fellows initiative has been developed in partnership with the Arts and Culture Program of The Boston Foundation, which has generously funded both residency projects.  Special thanks go to Foundation Program Director (and choreographer) Allyson Esposito. 

Alex & Joy Davis - The Davis Sisters

Photo credit: TheFleetNYC

Photo credit: TheFleetNYC

Astrophysics. Judy Garland. Faux Fur Coats. Glitter. In Junk Drawer, new dance theater work,  Alex & Joy Davis - The Davis Sisters, along with composer Eric Mullis explore the intersection of things in their lives that don't quite have their own place, but are too essential to keep hidden from sight. Celebrated choreographers in their own right, The Davis Sisters represents the intersection of physical rigor, theatrical structure, dramaturgical research, and glamour that both artists respect in the other.

Marsha Parilla Danza Orgánica

Photo Matt Teuten

Photo Matt Teuten

MELAZA II is a dance theater piece based on the colonial relationship between the Caribbean and the United States of America. The impact of Hurricane Maria has revealed that the colonial model through which Puerto Rico has operated for over a century is obsolete. MELAZA II is a collaborative project between Puerto Rico-based artists, Boston-based Danza Orgánica, and other artists in the USA diaspora. Through residencies and virtual conversations, artists will create a narrative that tells this new historic moment for Puerto Rico, while reimagining a brighter future for this dystopian reality.

Alex & Joy Davis began working together on a project designed by Jen Polins in 2015 and have lovingly referred to each other as sisters since. In 2017, Joy created a new duet work, premiered at the American Dance Festival Faculty Concert, in which they humorously and poignantly contemplated presence and our place in the universe. Following that performance and with grant support from The Boston Foundation, Alex was able to facilitate the creation of Ethel, a dance/theater duet exploring the golden age of the American musical, artistic relevance, and online dating. The 2018 Offshore Residency at The Yard is the true premier of The Davis Sisters as a unified and collaborative team.

Alexander Davis is a Boston based dancer, choreographer, fiber artist, comedian, performer, and homosexual. For information on collaborations and upcoming performances please visit

Joy Davis is a dance maker, performer, and educator steeped in the practices of Countertechnique and improvisation. She is a Countertechnique Teacher, Associate Professor at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and aspiring interior designer. Upcoming classes, events, and performances can be found at

Award-winning choreographer Marsha Parrilla is the founding Artistic Director of Danza Orgánica. Born and raised in San Juan- Puerto Rico, she moved to NYC where she pursued a Master's degree in Dance Education from New York University. Parrilla is a proud recipient of several grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Boston Foundation- among others. She is currently a resident artist in the city of Boston, through their unique Boston AIR (Artist in Residence) program. Most recently, Parrilla was awarded a Creative Development Residency at Jacob's Pillow, and was recently featured at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Inside/Out Festival. Parrilla is a 2017 recipient of the Brother Thomas Fellowship Award by the Boston Foundation, and is the founding producer of the acclaimed annual festival: We Create! Celebrating Women in the Arts.

Danza Orgánica (DO) is a Boston-based Contemporary Dance Theater company founded in 2007 by Puerto Rican artist Marsha Parrilla. We transcend disciplines, combining different art forms, while still retaining a primacy for dance and movement.Through DO, we rewrite our stories via creative movement that de-colonizes the body and reinvents our way of experiencing the world.