The Ballad of Winnie the Pooh & Friends

I am choreographing a piece inspired by Winnie the Pooh and friends and their undiagnosed disabilities. This idea has been tossing around in my head the for last couple years. Grateful to my funders for this year of study which include my cousin Christopher Mitchell. I am glad to be a member of the ICONS 2020 Cohort and attendee of Dance Loft on14. I am working to create a children’s piece of an adult nature. With my cast: Rachael Alexandra, Covenant Babatunde, Grace Cannon, May Kesler, Kate Kight, Rachel Lawal, Turner Hitt, Leila Stehlik-Barry, and Taariq Muhammad to discuss mental health as it relates to The Hundred Acre Wood and it’s inhabitants. Resources include The Te of Piglet, The Tao of Pooh and other Pooh Classics and Disney machinations.

About a month into the rehearsal process, I can say that taking this deep dive is one the best things for my work I’ve done in a long time. Feeling pumped about my cast.

Dance ICONS Cohort will present two evening concerts for the public. Aiming to design a matinee tailored to families with young children and invite fellow theater buffs, dance nerds to participate in the process, completion and evaluation of this Pooh work currently titled ‘Out to Lunch’ or ‘Rebound’.

Inside the cohort we try to inspire dialogue and provocation. We nourish our curiosity about the field and put into practice new methods as authored by ‘The Greats’ and ‘The Next Gen’.


How to maintain a level of play and wonder in work.

Consider this a time to write and document process of living.

Knowing we will have lots of young movers and shakers in the audience, what kind of impression do we want to leave about these furry friends.

How do we acknowledge how precious animals are to our existence?

Published by sylvanachristopher

Sylvana Christopher is performer choreographer and teaching artist native to DC. She is mom to Jasper Lee Christopher and wife of guitarist John Lee. She has danced for Rincones & Company Dance Theater, Bowen McCauley Dance Company, Arts United of Washington, Mason/Rhynes Performance Projects, BosmaDance, Kate Jordan Dance, Sarah J. Ewing & Dancers, Word Dance Theater & Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group. In 2009, Christopher sparked the formation of Glade Dance Collective which continues to thrive today. Sylvana has taught for several DMV schools and arts organizations including Holton-Arms School, Wolf Trap, Sitar Arts Center, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Washington Performing Arts and currently Inner City, Inner Child. Sylvana loves swimming, travel, potlucks, movies and soaking up live music! She hopes to travel to Brazil, Thailand, Ireland and Russia one day. Sylvana has been fortunate to study in Senegal and France as well as perform in Germany and Mexico.

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