There is much more to Vernon J. than him being just a musician. His work can be heard on television, in theater productions, in dance studios and on the radio. Here are just a few examples of things Vernon J. has worked on in the past.
Allentown, Pa. (Oct 15, 2020) — The virtual IceHouse Tonight presents “Moving Spirit”, a DanceLink community collaboration with Moravian Seminary on Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm. “Moving Spirit” is an 11 minute screen dance that features original music by Vernon J. Mobley and original poetry by Jennika Borger and Sarah Carlson. The video premiere will be followed by a 45 min discussion panel on embodied spirituality.
Since 2013, Sarah Carlson, the Artistic Director of DanceLink, has been working with Marcella Kraybill-Greggo, a faculty member at Moravian Theological Seminary (MTS) to help infuse movement into the Spiritual Direction Training Program. Using a body-based modality called InterPlay, Ms. Carlson has nurtured a practice of embodied spirituality in the Spiritual Direction program at MTS that has been both transformative and healing. Ms. Carlson is a certified InterPlay leader and she has engaged InterPlay processes in her artistic work as well.
Here are a few past projects:
(Written and Produced by Emmanuel Todorov)
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The Island - Theatrical Presentation
The Island tells of two political prisoners on Robben Island. They labor by day, but at night, they rehearse for a prison performance of the Greek tragedy Antigone. In their portrayal of Antigone's courage, they give voice to their own dissent. Original rhythmic score by Vernon J.
What Lies Within: Dancing with Race and Identity
Samuels Theater, Cedar Crest College
Vernon J. performs original composition
Speigel to accompany the dance ensemble piece entitled "Blister" by
Choreographer Angela Sigley-Grossman
DeSales University Dance Ensemble Concert
Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University
Bethlehem Ice House, Bethlehem, PA
The Body Keeps the Score is a collaboration between choreographer, Sarah Carlson and composer, Vernon J. Mobley which will explore how trauma gets lodged in the body and prevents individual & communal well-being. This production will use movement, music and text to unpack how the trauma caused by historical & systemic oppression must be addressed on a body level first before greater communal (or “big body”) change can follow. This new show is scheduled for March 2018 at the Bethlehem Ice House.
Original Dance Compositions
Creativity is sparked from the soul and what we have inside of us. Our life experiences provide a foundation for the music we create. The right musical accompaniment can add colorful layers to any performance.
Here are a few examples of compositions that have been featured in plays and dance performances. If you are interested in hearing other pieces for potential purchase or considering having a piece written specifically for your needs please contact Vernon J. via the contact page.
Working to create an original piece of music to accompany choreography is not an easy task. Both choreographer and composer must have an understanding of each other and a good working relationship to be able to produce a presentation that is supportive of each part as well as pleasing to the eyes and ears. Here is what some choreographers have to say about their experiences working with Vernon J.
Sarah Calrson - Founder & Artistic Director of DanceLink
(Collaboration on 2 dance shows)
Soundtrack: The Body Keeps the Score
Vernon J. Mobley
The Body Keeps the Score explores the universal spectrum of trauma in a program inspired by Bessel Van Der Kolk’s well-known text of the same name. A choreographer/composer collaboration between Sarah Carlson and Vernon J. Mobley, the dance examines how trauma can get lodged in the body and interrupt both individual and communal well-being.