|Ashley Chavonne (Center) Under the Tangle, photo by Christopher Duggan|
|Under the Tangle, Photo Credit Christopher Duggan (Featured Ashley Chavonne & Trey Coates-Mitchell|
Tell us about yourself and how did you become a part of Treehouse Shakers? How long have you been with the company? What is your role(s) with the company?
I am a dancer turned actress with the company and have been a member for 7 years (I think…wow). I was introduced to the Treehouse Shakers by a former company member after a conversation we had at work. We both worked at a restaurant in the Meatpacking district. I was curious about a teaching residency she had and found out that it was through Treehouse Shakers, which led to a conversation about how they were looking for dancers. I attended an open rehearsal soon after and the rest is history.
What has been your favorite role to play?
Little Girl Lost, my character in Under The Tangle. It’s a challenging role because she evolves so much throughout the show. So much so, that I feel like three different girls in the show. There’s girl 1, who lives outside the labyrinth and is thrown into this strange place. Girl 2, who is trying to navigate this strange place with these other quite strange characters. And Girl 3, who has accepted her new surroundings and has learned to push through her fears to…well, you will just have to see the show.
Tell us about a special audience moment you’ve had as a performer.
My favorite off stage moment happened after a performance in Cincinnati. As a woman and her daughter were leaving the theater, the little girl ran up to me to say, “You were my favorite on stage!” She pointed to her hand, holding it next to mine and said, “You’re my same skin tone.” It was a really special moment for the three of us.
|Under the Tangle, photo credit Christopher Duggan|
What makes Treehouse Shakers work unique or different than other companies you have worked with?
What does it mean to celebrate 20 years with Treehouse Shakers?
|Post-Show Coyote's Dance at Ailey Citigroup Theater|