Image credits: Phyllis Bretholtz; Annielly Camargo.

Fernadina Chan

2022-2023 Boston Dancemakers Resident
2017-2018 Choreographer in Residence

Artist Statement

Fernadina Chan was the founding artistic dean and chair of the dance department of Boston Arts Academy (BAA). She has taught at English High School and at the State University of New York in Binghamton. After retiring from Boston Public Schools, Ms. Chan founded Continuum Dance Project as a laboratory for choreography with BAA alumni in 2013. She was awarded the 2017 Boston Center for the Arts Choreographer Residency. In 2022, Fernadina Chan along with her collaborator Adriane Brayton were selected as Mass Cultural Council Choreography Fellowship Finalists and awarded the Somerville Arts Council AiR Residency at ArtAssembled. In 2020, Chan and Brayton received The Boston Foundation LAB grant and created the full-length work “Crossing: Stories of Immigration.”

Fernadina Chan received her B.A. in Physics from Southern Illinois University; M.A. in Dance from the University of Illinois; and M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Conant Fellow. She is a certified GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® teacher. Ms. Chan has received numerous awards: most notably “Distinguished Arts Educator in Dance” from Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education in 1999; Teacher of the Year from the International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education in 2005; Boston Educator of the Year in 2011, and 2013 Dance Champion from Boston Dance Alliance. She was also awarded a Surdna Arts Teacher Fellowship in 2001 and a Fund for Teachers grant in 2012. As an artist, Ms. Chan’s performance and choreographic credits include television, film and stage in Hong Kong, the US, and Canada. She founded and directed the East/West Dance Theater from 1977-1988. Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble and the MJT Dance Company have performed her works. Her significant works include the commission of Vision for New England College of Optometry, and Jia Zi created during her BAA Artist Teacher fellowship, which focused on experimentation with technology. Collaborating with composer Lisa Bielawa and Adriane Brayton, her project “Collective Melodies in Fragments” for BAA’s 2012 Benefit Gala blended virtual and live performance at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama.

Fernadina Chan works deeply with her collaborator and co-director Adriane Brayton. Both Chan and Brayton are the co-choreographers/co-directors of Continuum Dance Project (CDP).

Project Description

Not Eye, Us by Fernadina Chan, Continuum Dance Project
Boston Dancemakers Residency Showcase

Directed by Fernadina Chan in partnership with Continuum Dance Project (CDP) co-director, Adriane Brayton, Not Eye, Us is an immersive dance-theatre work exploring the intersection of gaze and power through a multi-layered connection to Michael Alfano’s sculpture ‘Cubed’. Through manipulation of the sculpture’s nine moveable pieces, each pigmented with a different skin tone, Not Eye, Us examines individual diversity within a united community; propelling the audience and performers on an interactive journey. This new cross-disciplinary dance challenges audiences to consider the impact of external perception on race and gender, while empowering them to interact with, touch, and take ownership of the work.

In-Person Performances
Limited number of tickets available | No late seating

This immersive show will be an interactive experience, so audience members should prepare to be mobile for part of the performance.

Thursday, June 22 | 7:30pm
Friday, June 23 | 8:00pm
Saturday, June 24 | 8:00pm
Tickets | $25 General Admission

Calderwood Pavilion at BCA | 527 Tremont Street, Boston 02116

Virtual Performance
Monday, June 26 | 20 day online access


Collaborative Team
Director & Choreographer | Fernadina Chan & Adriane Brayton
Performers & Contributors | Adriane Brayton, Mayra Hernandez, Sarah Pacheco, Lonnie Stanton; Alternate: Jennifer Roberts
Dramaturg | Jennine Willett, Third Rail Projects
Scenic Design | Sculpture by Michael Alfano
Technical Director & Light Designer | Anne Dresbach



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