People

Ms. Kim is a digital archivist, choreographer, producer and multimedia artist. Her academic research is in the field of digital dance preservation but her multiple presentations and publications also cover topics in history and racial diversity issues.  As a digital archivist/librarian, Ms. Kim has worked on various projects for Emerson College, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the Purdue University Libraries. As a choreographer, her work has been shown at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, and Steps on Broadway.  She is on the Board of Trustees for the Dance Heritage Coalition.

Eugenia Kim | Founder

Photograph courtesy of Winston Telesford


Penumbra:Movement Artists

Wisty Andres (2014 - present)
Dancer and Resident Choreographer

Wisty Andres, originally from Tokyo, Japan, started dancing in Columbus, OH at age 7. She has trained in classical ballet, modern, jazz, latin dancing, stilting, and tumbling. She is an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy where she performed Les Patineurs, Sleeping Beauty, Viva Vivaldi, Serenade, and other classical and contemporary works. Ms. Andres holds an AA in Dance from New World School of the Arts College in Miami, FL. In 2012, she was involved in a video project, Catching Seconds, and performed with Urbanity Dance Daytime Company in the summer. She moved to Boston in June 2013 and was happy to get involved in the Boston contemporary dance community. She performed a solo work (Satta under Vatten) at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival 2013 and has also been involved in several projects with 1000virtuesdance since July 2013. Ms. Andres previously worked with Penumbra:Movement as a guest choreographer at the 2014 Dance for World Community Festival and a guest artist in the 2014 Spring aMaSSit concert.

Amy Caine (2014 - present)
Dancer

 

 

Amy Caine is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston where she received her BA in English. Despite carrying a rigorous academic schedule, she devoted the remainder of her time in the studio under the direction of Liz Lapuh. Ms. Caine received her eclectic ballet training from the State Ballet of Rhode Island under the direction of Herci Marsden and Ana Marsden Fox, Festival Ballet Providence and Deborah Stanton-Bianca of Dance Theater of New England. Although a more recent pursuit, she found a passion for modern dance through the teachings of Marcus Schulkind and Nicole Pierce, both based in Cambridge, and Dudley Williams of Alvin Ailey in New York City. Ms. Caine is currently dancing with Cambridge-based companies Contrapose Dance, Quicksilver Dance and now Penumbra:Movement! Yay!

Olivia Coombs (2014 - present)
Dancer

Olivia Coombs, a native of lincoln MA, trained in ballet mainly under the direction of Jessica Wilson. After high school she attended the Alonzo King Lines Ballet training program where she performed works by Alonzo king, Maurya Kerr, Iratxe Ansa, Sidra Bell, and Gregory Dawson to name a few. In 2014, Ms. Coombs had the honor of being a part of the group called Biblioteca do Corpo led by Ismael Ivo where she performed his work in Vienna and São Paulo. In Boston, she has also started dancing for Grant Jacoby and Dancers, and dSundanceX.

Samantha Govoni (2014 - present)
Dancer

Ms. Govoni is a native of Kingston, Massachusetts and received her training from the Boston Ballet School and Boston Youth Moves. She also attended summer sessions at North Carolina Dance Theatre, Boston Ballet, and Providence Ballet. Ms. Govoni graduated in 2013 with a B.F.A. in Performing Arts from The Boston Conservatory, where she performed works by Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais, Paul Taylor, Doug Varone, Larry Keigwin, and Peter Dimuro. Her international training includes company class with the Macedonian National Ballet (Skopje, Macedonia) and Impuls Tanz (Vienna, Austria). Ms. Govoni has performed with CONNetic Dance, Hyperbole Dance, and is a current member of dSundanceX and the 2014 Urban Nutcracker.  She was a guest artist with Penumbra:Movement for the 2014 Dance for World Community Festival.

Vicki Kickham (2013 - present)
Dancer

Victoria Kickham grew up dancing at her local dance studio in Massachusetts and went on to study dance at the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She has studied and performed throughout the Northeast and has a long affiliation with Boston’s Jeannette Neill Dance Studio (JNDS), where she teaches in the children’s program and is a member of the Board of Directors for Boston Youth Moves, the studio’s non-profit, pre-professional teen dance program. Ms. Kickham also is a freelance writer and editor and received her master’s degree in English from Northeastern University. She is a founding member of Penumbra:Movement.

Katie Suyematsu (2014 - present)
Dancer

Katie Suyematsu grew up in Wellesley, MA where she trained at Kathy McCrohon Dance Center and Miss Michelle's Center for the Performing Arts in the following styles of dance: ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, and acrobatics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Roger Williams University (RWU) in 2014 where she earned her BA in dance. During her time at RWU, Ms. Suyematsu had the opportunity to study abroad in London on the Dance and Theatre Program in the fall of 2012. She has also worked with choreographers such as Christina Robson, France Hunter, Gary Shore, Cathy Nicoli, Melody Ruffin-Ward, Hilary Easton, Jenny Rocha, Jorge Crecis, and Takehiro Ueyama. Katie currently teaches dance at Miss Michelle's Center for the Performing Arts in Wellesley, MA and KC Dance Expressions in Raynham, MA, as well as dancing with Penumbra:Movement, Grant Jacoby and Dancers, and Rainbow Tribe, Inc. in Boston.

Mai Telesford (2013 - present)
Dancer and Resident Choreographer

Mai Telesford started studying Nihon-buyo (Japanese traditional dance) when she was 2 years old. At age 4, she decided to learn jazz dance after watching her mother in class. From there, Ms. Telesford continued to train in jazz and tap dance while working as an assistant instructor, then added ballet and rhythmic gymnastics training when she was 13 years old. After graduating from high school, Ms. Telesford moved to Tokyo where she began learning hip hop. A few years later, she moved to New York to study at the Broadway Dance Center (BDC) under renowned teachers such as Rhapsody, Jermaine, Brian Green, Sheryl Murakami, and Luam, amongst others. After completing BDC's prestigious international program, Ms. Telesford returned to Tokyo as a professional dancer and choreographer for concerts, music videos, and other events. Her clients have included Japanese pop stars. During this time, Ms. Telesford also taught classes for Tokyo Disneyland/sea dancers. In 2008 she moved to Boston where she continues to teach dance. Ms. Telesford is a founding member of Penumbra:Movement.

Amane Takaishi (2013 - present)
Dancer

Amane Takaishi was one of the founding members of Penumbra:Movement. She created roles in Leshii and Aurai and performed at NACHMO, Mayfair, and Dance for World Community Festival. From 2014-2016, Ms. Takaishi was an apprentice with the Eugene Ballet. She re-joined Penumbra:Movement for their June 2016 performance and continues to participate on a project-by-project basis.

 

Previous Guest Artists

Naoko Brown - 2014 DWC Festival
Stephanie Heroux - 2014 DWC Festival

Sasha M. Krumholz Lynn - 2015 Summer Cosplay Celebration
Chun-jou "Dream" Tsai - 2014 aMaSSiT Performance
Amanda Walker - 2014 aMaSSiT