The Company @ MC3, led by Managing Director Mattie Fenton and Artistic Directors Jemma Lehner and Morgan Gingerich, is MC3’s acclaimed resident dance ensemble.
The Company @ MC3 is an ensemble of seven professional dancers, all of whom began training within the AACPS Honors Dance Program and went on to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance performance, dance education and arts administration. The Company works in collaboration with MC3 staff and board members to create stories through dynamic movement that align with the overall mission, values and goals of MC3.
“Anne Arundel County offers extensive dance education support to students, but after graduation from high school and even college, there are limited opportunities in our County to perform as a professional artist. We aim to inspire the next generation of young dancers and challenge them to think bigger about what is possible.” – Jemma Lehner, The Company @ MC3 Artistic Director
The Company @ MC3 aims to celebrate the diversity of its dancers, while erasing the barriers established by racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, gender bias, ableism, ageism, and xenophobia. Discrimination of any type impedes the progress of our community. We aim to create a place of inclusion, equity, and integrity that nurtures the new generation of dance professionals.
Broken Systems – Watch Performance
Inner Peace – choreographed by Morgan Gingerich, is a soothing movement meditation designed in harmony with the song Inner Peace by A Beautiful Chorus. The Company performed this piece in true flash mob fashion at City Dock in downtown Annapolis. Watch Performance
Repercussions – Watch Performance
Inspired by the art exhibit White Bubble created by Ernesto Neto, Repercussions is a work that explores the cause and effect relationship that is in everyone, everything and everywhere. “I saw this exhibit 4 years ago on a school trip. I was 16 years old, but I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. The exhibit was interactive and visitors entered through a small slit in the exhibit. Inside, the outside world disappeared. As I walked around the small space, the stretchy material shifted with every step I took. I saw dirt, leaves, and even a clothing tag from the people that were there before me. In the most literal way, it was changed by every person that entered. In the words of Ernesto Neto, ‘We are constantly receiving information, but I want this to be a place where we stop thinking.’ Every person, every place, everything changes us. Some on a greater scale than others. What do we do, where do we go, to whom do we go to to pause? To stop? To surrender? Is that even possible?” Cameron Gore, Repercussions Choreographer