Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio


Harpers in Residence at the Egg


The Harpers is a group of socially conscious play makers creating work at the intersection of fine and folk art.

The Girl From Bare Cove is an original folk opera written for an ensemble of actor-musicians that follows a family in crisis as they face the revelation of one daughter’s decade-long history of sexual abuse and the present-day consequences of her traumatic past. With songs inspired by the folk sounds of New England, this modern-day fable invites us to explore the communities we share and the worlds we build for ourselves. 


Dragon’s Egg at Triskelion


Dragon’s Egg Presents featured performances by past Artists in Residence at the Egg, and this year’s program presented dance, theatre, music, film, monologue!  Here are photos from work by Ceci Fontanesi, Marly Schneider, Shelley Fort, Jason Rabin,  



and a fllm shot from Kristin Hatleberg’s film.



To apply for a residency, check the website for directions, and be in touch with Marya at mybeasts@aol.com.   Blessings on all!  xox

Dragon’s Egg at Triskelion Arts!!



Dragon’s Egg Presents featured performances by past Artists in Residence at the Egg, and this year’s program was sublime!  Here are photos of Meldoy, Ara, Trina.  Look for more performances locally and out and about by the Dragon’s Egg and its wonderful artists who come for a stay.  Blessings on all!  xox



Dragon’s Egg Presents at Triskelion has happened!

Dragon’s Egg Presents, at Triskelion Arts, was this afternoon. What a wonderful programme, truly remarkable and varied, beautifully performed,


smoothly presented with lights and care taken by Andy and Sabrina, in a great space. Brilliant wit and grace abounded! Fortunate were those who were there, in the audience, to enjoy. xo namaste, blessings, marya


Dragon’s Egg Presents

Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Every year, the Dragon’s Egg presents a few of the dancers/actors/musicians who have been in residence at the Egg during the past couple of years.   We host around 40 residencies a year, and this year, we shall present 8 artists on September 24th at 2 pm, at Triskelion Arts, in Brooklyn, NYC.  For reservations, please contact Marya at mybeasts@aol.com. Tickets are a mere $15.  If you cannot come, you are welcome to donate anyway! This is how we are able to continue to do this, year after year. I look forward to seeing you!
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The List of Artists

Ara Fitzgerald
Cecilia Fontanesi
Shelley Fort and Caitlin Ryan O’Connell
Kristin Hatleberg
Trina Mannino
Jason Rabin
Marly Schneider
Melody Ward

filmed by Dan Potter
assembled/produced by Marya Ursin, director of the Dragon’s Egg



Dragon’s Egg Presents: Marly Spieser-Schneider

Dragon’s Egg Presents, at Triskelion Arts  in Brooklyn, is an annual event in which Marya selects eight artists who have been in residence at the Dragon’s Egg, probably in the past year or two.  The event is on September 24 at 2 pm.  Reservations are via Marya:  mybeasts@aol.com.  Tickets are a mere $15.

One of the artists (groups) we are happy to present is Marly Spieser-Schneider


Marly Spieser-Schneider graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a BFA in dance.  Since graduating she has taught, performed, and choreographed work in various parts of the country and beyond.  In Vermont she has been lucky enough to collaborate with many talented artists and has begun to present work under the name “Marly S. Danceworks.”  As she prepares to relocate to New York City she finds herself in a beautiful and fertile place of uncertainty when it comes to her creation of dance work.  The only thing she knows for sure is that the human form and its boundless possibility continues to awe and inspire her. And so she creates, knowing that not ever work is a masterpiece but every work is a piece of a masterful puzzle. 




This quote sums up the basic impulse for all of our explorations in the work”3 to infinity, part 1″: “ Mathematicians say that numbers progress from one to two to three to many.  It is the number three that unlocks the possibility of infinite diversity. Infinite, unmanifested origin is one.  Duality is two.  Duality is the idea or concept of separation, of division, but alone it cannot manifest in phenomena.  Three is a wave, a sine curve, a vibration like light or sound.  When two waves collide a new phenomena is created.  That is the creativity inherent in nature.  Even at the subtlest level, that of vibration and infra-atomic particles, natures built-in wobble sets it on an endless cycle of creation, destruction, and recreation.  From three comes many”


Dragon’s Egg Presents: Melody Ruffin Ward

Every fall, Marya produces a concert in NYC that showcases a number of the artists who have been in residence at the Egg in the past year or so.  The concert this year will be on September 24th at 2 pm at Triskelion Arts.  Reservations are via Marya at her email: mybeasts@aol.com, and tickets are a mere $15.  Do join us!!


One of the artists we present this year is Melody Ruffin Ward.


Title: “Distilled Verse Viii


Choreographer and Performer: Melody Ruffin Ward

Music: “Sons & Daughters” by Allman Brown and Liz Lawrence


Melody Ruffin Ward’s choreography and dancing have been described by poet Tim Seibles as having “the physical capacity to articulate the delights and lyrical mysteries of being human…her work bears witness that we live in bodies, and that it is only through our vulnerable flesh that we enter and come to know the world.”   A graduate of Spelman College with a B.A. in English and Education, she graduated cum laude and went on to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she received her M.F.A. in choreography and performance, studying both the Cunningham and Limon techniques.  Ward’s work is focused on movement that is gestural and based in a love for spacious phrases that are rooted in the earth. She is interested in developing work that has an internal and personal dialogue.  She creates atmospheres where both the specialist and the non-specialist have the opportunity to experience the impact that dance and movement have on humans.  


Ward was a Professor of Dance for two decades and most recently completed her Masters of Divinity at Andover Newton Graduate Theological School with a focus on Pastoral Theology.  As a choreographer, she seeks spaces to bring movement as a way of integrative healing through her ongoing work with ‘The Turning House Project,’ a collective where her interest in gathering artists of different genres together feeds the artist in her and others she meets.


Dragon’s Egg Presents: Shelley Fort


This photo is of Shelley Fort, actress and singer, who will be directed by Caitlin O’Connell.  Both are, by the way, also National Theatre Institute alum, and both went to graduate school at Brown University.

Black Wings Bloom (On an Ivory Sky)
Directed by Caitlin O’Connell
Written and performed by Shelley Fort
Caitlin and Shelley met at the National Theater Institute during a summer of NPC. Shelley went on to study at Brown/Trinity Rep as an actor and a year later, Caitlin joined her in the program as a director. They’ve seen each other’s work and watched each other grow exponentially! This collaboration comes after Caitlin directed a short play by Shelley titled, “Runaway” as a part of the Boudica Series at Urban Stages August ’16. 
This is a segment of a recital Shelley wrote and performed at the end of her third year at Brown/Trinity Rep. The inspiration for this piece comes from growing up as a mixed-race baby (white mother, black father), the passing of her mother at age 12, and the pressure she felt as an artist to identify as one race in order to market herself as an actor. 

Dragon’s Egg Presents at Triskelion is an annual showcase event curated by Marya using performers who have been artists in residence at the Egg over the past year or two.   This year’s performance features 9 different pieces, each of which will be about 10 minutes long, and will include dance, theatre, monologue, music.  

For reservations, please contact Marya via email: my beasts@aol.com

The performance will be on September 24th at 2 pm at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY.  Tickets are a mere $15.

Dragon’s Egg Presents: Cecilia Fontanesi

As a part of the Dragon’s Egg Presents at Triskelion program, we bring you Cecilia Fontanesi and her explorations.  

The concert is at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY, on September 24th, at 2 pm, and features nine different actor/dancer groups who have been in residence at the Egg within the past year or two.  

Come join us!   Tickets are a mere $15.  Reservations:  contact Marya at mybeasts@aol.com.



Photo Credits: Marie Noyale

Title: Black | Card | Box | Board
Perfomers: Dean James Beckwith, Cecilia Fontanesi, Javaka Steptoe
Created by: Parcon NYC (Dean James Beckwith, Cecilia Fontanesi, Funda Gul, Richard Kim, Javaka Steptoe, Andrew Suseno)
PARCON emerges when we allow the environment to become a partner in our dance through contact. A mind/body movement and contact investigation form for all people to transform our relationships with the environment and others through using Parkour, Contact Improvisation, and Social Reflection.
For more info: 
Dean James Beckwith is a performance artist, playwright, and lyricist, interested in developing emergent complexity through ensemble improvisation.

Cecilia Fontanesi is a dancer and performer, but also neuroscientist, Laban movement analyst, and yoga teacher, combining her performative practice with research in dance/movement therapy.

Javaka Steptoe is an eclectic young artist, designer, and illustrator, building a national reputation as an outstanding contributor to the genre of children’s literature.

Dragon’s Egg Presents at Triskelion: Ara Fitzgerald

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