Photo by Cameron Kincheloe

BABYBABYBABY by Laila J. Franklin

Boston Dancemakers Residency Showcase


BABYBABYBABY is a dance about dances about love. Directed and choreographed by Laila J. Franklin, this evening-length work taps into feelings of budding romance, when falling in love is silly and fast and sexy and devastating and you are brilliant and stupid and spellbound.  Conceived as a meta-commentary on popular Contemporary dance aesthetics, obfuscated by post-modern and improvisatory movement practice, the piece sparks reflection about the human impulse for connection and versions of intimacy through the lens of love. 


In-Person Performances 

Thursday, May 16 | 7:30pm

Friday, May 17 | 8:00pm

Saturday, May 18 | 8:00pm

Sunday, May 19 | 2:00pm


Virtual Performance

May 20 — June 2 | Online Access | Free


Collaborative Team

Director & Choreographer |Laila J. Franklin

Performers & Movement Collaborators |Michael Figueroa, Alexander Davis, Laila J. Franklin, Jenna Gross, Andrea Muñiz, Marissa Molinar, Sarah Pacheco, Sasha Peterson

Dramaturgs |Kate Gow & Eliza Malecki

Rehearsal Director |Mira Gӧksel

Rehearsal Assistants |Abby Fuller & Justine Schmaltz

Music |“Call Me” (Aretha Franklin); “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” (Leonard Cohen; Roberta Flack); “All in Love Is Fair” (Barbra Streisand); “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” (Aretha Franklin); “Why Keep On Breaking My Heart” (Mae Arnette; Nina Simone); “Ida Lupino” (Paul Bley); “A Song For You” (Donny Hathaway); “My Way” (Nina Simone); “Maybe” (The Three Degrees)

Costume Sourcing and Design |Eliza Malecki & Laila J. Franklin, with support from the performers

Technical Director & Light Designer | Anne Dresbach