Trans Body

An Exploration of Embodied History and Corporeality

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Performance will take place 2:00p, doors open 30 minutes before performance.

FREE to attend

United Church on the Green Parish House
323 Temple Street, New Haven


A special commission by the New Haven Pride Center in honor of Transgender Day of Visibility and in conjunction with the Nasty Women Connecticut exhibition Complicit: Erasure of the Body.

After a month-long collaboration, the Elm City Dance Collective and trans identified Karleigh Chardonnay Merlot present a special project that they created together while exploring the context of transgender identity, history and corporeality. The project asked the questions: How do we embody and perform our own history? How do we tell stories about ourselves through movement? How can we express trans identity through dance?



The New Haven Pride Center provides educational, cultural and social enrichment for the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, and members, to make a positive contribution to the entire community of Greater New Haven. This performance program was made possible by the Center’s Performance Art Commission budget, which is one of our Arts, Culture & Humanities programming.

About the Artists

Elm City Dance Collective was formed in 2008 by four dance artists with the intention of creating a stronger, more vibrant home for contemporary dance in the greater New Haven area. The founders envisioned a non-profit organization that would create unique contemporary dance experiences in New Haven such as classes, workshops and community performance projects for people of all ages an abilities; after school programs for middle school age children; open studio showings and improvisation jams; and unique dance productions that inhabit traditional to non-traditional spaces. ECDC is currently led by Artistic Director, Kellie Ann Lynch and Programming Director, Lindsey Bauer.

ECDC has extensively performed throughout Connecticut and New England – from parking garages to theaters – and has been presented by the Mystic Aquarium, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Frazier Festival (Providence), Creative Arts Alliance of Baltimore, Artspace New Haven, The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, and the Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking to name a few. ECDC has received state and local funding from The Connecticut Office of the Arts, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Arts Council of Greater New Haven and The City of New Haven’s Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism to support the creation of work and services the organization provides for the community.