Stone Depot is a collaboration between Ellie Goudie-Averill and Beau Hancock, who have been making dance together for 20 years. The company’s name comes from the Brooklyn loft (located above a stone factory) where they lived, rehearsed, and presented their first shared concerts. Now based in Philadelphia and Western MA, Stone Depot is a container for their shared work and their personal choreographic projects.
Casual Friday, an evening length piece that took a lighthearted look at office culture and the embodiment of “work,” which premiered at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts and was supported by the Lawrence Arts Center.
In the wings, a collaboration with book artist Anna Mavromatis and visual artist Nicole Donnelly presented as part of the Bodies of Text Festival, sponsored by the Philadelphia Center for the Book.
The Blue Road is a multi-year project that drew inspiration from William Least Heat Moon's Blue Highways: A Journey into America. The project began as an improvisational practice using 45 body landmarks to guide new movement pathways. Support from a 2018 Stockton University Research Grant allowed Stone Depot to work with noted dance filmmaker Tori Lawrence on video and film studies. Stone Depot continued their Blue Road investigations as artists-in-residence at The Farm, a dance residency space in Biddeford, Maine in summer 2019. They will premiere a live version of this research at the Performance Garage in Philadelphia, May 2020.