Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 11am-6pm
National Academy Museum
1083 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), NYC
Norte Maar and Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) continue their exhaustive Cage Transmitted Series celebrating the centennial of John Cage, this time in collaboration with the National Academy Museum and with a durational dance performance titled Cage on Vinyl on Marley.
This historic event features a number of New York City’s great dancers and choreographers performing to vinyl recordings of John Cage’s music. The performance will be held in the National Academy Museum’s main gallery on the second floor, which currently showcases John Cage: The Sight of Silence.
The durational event will begin when the museum opens (11am) and will end when the museum closes (6pm) on Saturday, Oct 27. The performance is free with admission to the museum. Throughout the day dance luminaries will, in the spirit of Cage’s time-keeping, take 15-minute turns randomly selecting a vinyl record of Cage’s music and then performing to it.
Dancers/Choreographers include: Douglas Dunn, Julia K. Gleich/Gleich Dances, Molissa Fenley, Sara Rudner, Take Dance, Gus Solomons Jr., Pat Catterson, Daniel Madoff, Jin Ju Song-Begin, Janet Charleston, Paul Singh, Sally Silvers, Gabriella Hiatt, Julie Fotheringham, Ara Fitzgerald, DELIRIOUS Dances/Edisa Weeks, Liz Santoro, Lynn Parkerson, and others to be announced.
Cage on Vinyl on Marley is part of the National Academy Museum’s Chance Encounters Series: a series of public programs, presented in conjunction with the exhibition John Cage: The Sight of Silence. The series, ongoing through January 11, 2013, includes readings, dance and musical performances by artists and critics, many of whom knew Cage.
|Cage Transmitted at National Academy Museum Saturday October 27|
|12:00||Gus Solomons Jr.||jojoSOUL|
|12:15||Lynn Parkerson – Brooklyn Ballet||jojoSOUL|
|12:30||Jin-Ju Song Begin||jojoSOUL|
|13:15||Sara Rudner – group||jojoSOUL|
|14:30||Douglas Dunn and Dancers||jojoSOUL|
|15:00||Daniel Madoff||Maria Chavez|
|15:30||Ara Fitzgerald||Maria Chavez|
|15:45||Molissa Fenley||Maria Chavez|
|16:00||Paul Singh||Maria Chavez|
|16:15||Sara Rudner||Maria Chavez|
|16:30||Sally Silvers||Maria Chavez|
|16:45||Liz Santoro||Maria Chavez|
|17:00||Sara Rudner – group||Maria Chavez|
|17:15||Gleich Dances with Brooklyn Ballet Youth Ensemble||Maria Chavez|
|17:30||Douglas Dunn/ Julia K. Gleich||Maria Chavez|
Douglas Dunn is a dancer and chorographer working in and out of New York City since 1968. With his company he presents dancing in theaters, on the street, and in unique and unlikely places. In 1980 he set Stravinsky’s Pulcinella on the Paris Opera Ballet. He has made video dances with Rudy Burckhardt and Charles Atlas. He hosts Salons of music, dance, poetry and visual art at his studio. He collaborates with artists, musicians, lighting designers, poets and playwrights to offer multifaceted fabrications. He has received grants, NEA, NYSCA, Guggenheim, etc., and awards, Bessie, Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, etc. His next street dance, Skirmish, is scheduled for spring 2013. With design by Mimi Gross and lighting by Carol Mullins, Cassations, a new work for seven women and five men recently premiered at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. DouglasDunnDance.com
Julia K. Gleich is on faculty at Trinity LABAN Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London,UK) and is Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre. Her company, Gleich Dances has performed throughout the UK and US with seasons at NYC’s Joyce SoHo (’01, ’03) and Centre for Performance Research (’11, ‘12) receiving critical notice in The New York Times, Village Voice, The New Criterion and Brooklyn Rail. She exhibited two new video works in 20012 at NYCAMS and 1285 Gallery. Her choreography bridges gaps between traditional ballet form and the conceptuality of post-modern dance. Ms. Gleich is the co-founder and President of Norte Maar. www.gleichdances.org
Based in New York City for over 20 years, Janet Charleston danced in the companies of Lucinda Childs and Douglas Dunn, and has enjoyed working with an array of other artists including Christopher Williams (soloist in Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins), Kota Yamazaki, David Parker, RoseAnne Spradlin, and Robert Wilson and Philip Glass in the 1992 world tour of Einstein on the Beach. Her choreography has been presented in New York City, Kansas, Illinois, Arizona and South America. A faculty member of the Merce Cunningham Studio from 2001 till its closing in 2012, Janet has also taught in university dance programs, most recently as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Kansas from 2011-2012. She was also a Visiting Lecturer for two years at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she earned her MFA in Dance. Other university work includes master classes and guest teaching at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Barnard College, SUNY-Purchase, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Franklin & Marshall College. Abroad, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Chile, and has taught and performed with the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (Salzburg) and Palindrome (Germany). Janet also enjoys teaching yoga, movement for seniors and creative dance for children.
Jules Bakshi is a Brooklyn based choreographer, dancer, and freelance writer. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in May 2009 and has since had her choreography featured in music videos for recording artists Mac Miller, The Suzan, and Theo Martins. Her work has also been performed in NYC at the Minor Latham Theater, The Clemente Soto Velez Center, the Summit! Dance Conference at the Hilton Hotel, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Picasso Machinery, the Dumbo Dance Festival, and at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, Mass. She is the manager of the acclaimed Douglas Dunn & Dancers, and she currently dances with the company, along with Emily Faulkner’s Wind Up Circus, and Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company. She has been selected as an artist in residence for the Montclair High School Dance Company in Montclair, NJ for the past three years. http://juicemakesmoves.tumblr.com/
Kira Blazek (dancer) has been dancing with Douglas Dunn & Dancers since 2008. She also currently dances for Christopher Williams and Shen Wei Dance Arts. This summer, she traveled to Amsterdam to study Countertechnique with Anouk van Dijk, whom she has danced for since 2005. Blazek will be one of the few Countertechnique teachers in the U.S., and she hopes to continue teaching and making her own work for years to come. Find her work at www.vimeo.com/stingrae
Grazia Della-Terza (dancer) was a member of Douglas Dunn & Dancers from 1980 to 2000. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase and worked with a variety of New York choreographers. Presently teaches Shiatsu in The Swedish Institute Massage Therapy Program. She also maintains a private practice in Shiatsu, massage therapy and Reiki. In July she performed with DibbleDance at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Liz Filbrun (dancer) Liz Filbrun has been performing with Douglas Dunn & Dancers since 2006. She has had the pleasure of working with Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Sally Silvers, Sara Rudner, and Risa Jaroslow, among others. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work at New York University and is a social work intern at AMICO Senior Citizens Center in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Her interests in the field range from gerontology and palliative care to working with immigrants/refugees. Her long term goal is to combine her passion for dance and the arts with the field of social work. In the meantime, she remains humbled by other people’s stories and is thankful for any and every opportunity to dance. Should you be interested in following her experience as she transitions from dance to social work, please feel free to visit her blog:readyforbliss.blogspot.com
Gabriella Hiatt began dancing at an early age, under the instruction of Jean Isaacs and William Conrow in San Diego. She moved to New York to pursue dance and art history at SUNY Purchase, and later at The New School for Social Research, where she received her BA in 2003. Gabriella has danced for Elaine Summers, Isabel Gotzkowsky, and Douglas Dunn. Gabriella received her MA in Visual Arts Management and Curatorial Studies at New York University in 2008. In addition to her work in dance and the visual arts, Gabriella launched a footwear line in 2010, Nina Payne, inspired by dance shoes from the past and present that are adapted for active pedestrian use.
Emily Pope-Blackman (dancer) is a performer, choreographer, and videographer working in NYC. She is an alum of both OSU and NYU. She has performed and toured world wide with johannes wieland, White Wave Dance Co., Tiffany Mills Dance Co., Tamar Rogoff Performance Productions, Hilary Easton + Co., and Douglas Dunn and Dancers. She also has her own
company called HoverBound which she created in 2006. She is incredibly honored to be performing with Douglas Dunn and Dancers.
Christopher Williams (dancer) is a choreographer, dancer, and puppeteer devoted to crafting and performing choreographic works in New York City and abroad since 1999. His works have been presented in many local venues including City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, and Dance New Amsterdam, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and internationally in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2005, he received a New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award for his work Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins. He has also received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The Bogliasco Foundation, and has held creative residencies at the Watermill Center, Movement Research, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, White Oak Plantation, Yaddo, The Yard, and the Liguria Study Center for Arts & Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy. He is an alumnus of Sarah Lawrence College and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and has since performed for Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Tere O’Connor Dance, Yoshiko Chuma & the School of Hard Knocks, Rebecca Lazier’s TERRAIN, John Kelly, Sally Silvers, Risa Jaroslow, David Neumann, Basil Twist, and Dan Hurlin, among others.
Timothy Emmett Lee Ward (dancer) was born in Louisiana and raised in Abita Springs. He holds a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. He was a member of the final Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group for 2 and a 1/2 years. Now he is a member of the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. He has performed dances by Pat Catterson, Young Soon Kim, Cori Kresge, Mary Seidman, Lucie Baker, Carlye Eckert, Kira Blazek, Tze Chun, John Zurek, Igal Perry, Andrea Miller, and Sidra Bell. He has danced with Douglas Dunn in half a dozen different works and is perpetually happy that he gets to continue doing so with this piece. Hare Krsna.
Jake Szczypek (dancer) is originally from New Haven, CT. He began his movement career studying gymnastics and springboard diving for the majority of his childhood and adolescence. Discovering dance in his teens, he went on to receive a BA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007. Working as a freelance dancer in NYC, Jake has worked with many wonderful artists over the years, and has had the privilege of performing in the works of Neil Greenberg, David Dorfman, Ezra Caldwell, Doug Varone, Jeanine Durning, and several others. He can currently be seen dancing for Alison Chase/Performance, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, White Wave/Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Mary Seidman & Dancers, and choreographing his own work on high schoolers in Westchester.
Choreographer Edisa Weeks formed DELIRIOUS Dances to empower people through the immediacy of dance. Weeks creates intimate environments that merge theater with dance, to deliriously explore our deepest desires, darkest fears and dearest dreams. Described by the New York Times as having, “A gift for simple but striking visual effects,” her work has been performed in a variety of venues including swimming pools, storefront windows, senior centers, sidewalks and living rooms, as well as at chashama theater, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Emory University, Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, Harlem Stage, The Kennedy Center, The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The Mermaid Parade, The National Black Arts Festival, and Summerstages Dance Festival. Most recently DELIRIOUS performed in living rooms in Berlin, Germany, as part of Haus der Kulturen der Welts 50th anniversary celebration. www.deliriousdances.com
Angel Chinn (Dancer) studied dance at Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she received a BA in dance and performance. Angel lives in New York where she is the director of dance at Brooklyn School for Music and Theatre. In May 2011, Angel Chinn founded NonaLee Dance Theatre. She has also choreographed and presented work at the Alvin Ailey American dance theatre, The Secret Theatre, and for the Off Broadway play, “IKIS”. She has performed with Shange Dance Productions, Baltimore Dance Project, Jazz Ain’t Dead, and ModArts Dance Collective. This is Angel’s first season with Delirious Dances.
Victor Gonzalez (Dancer), is originally from Mexico, graduated from The Professional School of Dance from Mazatlan directed by Delfos Dance Company. Parallel to his studies he has taken Release, Contact Improvisation and flat field workshops with Andrew Harwood, Ray Schwartz, Michael Foley, Vladimir Ilich Rodriguez, Jeremy Nelson, Andee Scott, Kathleen Hermesdorf and others. Since 2011, he has been studying and specializing in the Limón dance technique taking classes with Carla Maxwell, Risa Steinberg, Alan Danielson, Betty Jones, Sue Bernhard, Maxine Steinman and others. He has worked and performed with the Limón Dance Company, Danza Joven de Sinaloa Company by Georgina Gutierrez, A poc A poc by Jaime Camarena and also Delfos Dance Company by Claudia Lavista and Victor Ruiz. He also has worked with Clay Taliaferro, Jim May, Carmen Werner, Omar Carrum, Mauricio Nava, Alonso Alarcón, Xitlali Piña, Omar Carrum, Lourdes Luna and others. He has taught and choreographed in several dance schools, gyms and dance studios from Guanajuato, Sinaloa and Zacatecas, Mexico.
Devin Oshiro (Dancer) was born and raised in the Los Angeles, CA region. In 2012, she graduated from California State University of Fullerton with a B.A. in Dance and had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Center for ACDFA Nationals. Growing up she trained with Dellos Dance and Performing Arts and Just Plain Dancin’ winning numerous titles and awards. Commercially she can be seen in commercials and the TV shows, America’s Most Talented Kids and So You Think You Can Dance. Devin was a member of Entity Ultra Contemporary Company and Mosaic’s Urban Poets, which has given her the opportunity to choreograph and perform around the world in Scotland, Germany, Japan and Singapore. As a new resident of NYC, Devin is honored and blessed to work with Delirious Dances and Mike Esperanza’s Bare NYC.
Gus Solomons jr is an inveterate performer, having danced with Martha Graham, Donald McKayle, Merce Cunningham, Martha Clarke, and many others. From 1072-94, he directed The Solomons Company/Dance and from 1996-2010, PARADIGM. He is an Arts Professor at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, and is pursuing an acting career.
Sally Silvers has been choreographing, performing, teaching (improvisation,composition, repertory), writing (poetry, essays, scores), filmmaking (2 dance films), dancing in the recent works of Yvonne Rainer (from 2006-2011), and receiving awards (6 NEA’s, 2 NYFA’s, Meet the Composer with John Zorn and Bruce Andrews, a “Bessie”, and a Guggenheim Fellowship among others) for almost 30 years. Her next group piece, Bonobo Milkshake, with 12 dancers will premiere at Roulette on November 28 to Dec. 1. www.roulette.org
Rebekah Windmiller (dancer) is a dancer and choreographer who has been making solo work since 1982. Her dances have been presented throughout NYC at many venues including the Kitchen, Dixon Place, The Knitting Factory and The Construction Company, among others, and the Ohio Dance Festival, Cleveland Performance Art Festival and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She has received awards and support from the American College Dance Festival, the Joyce-Mertz Gilmore Foundation, an Emerging Choreographers Space Grant with The Field, and Spoke-the-Hub’s Winter Follies Series. In addition to stage performance, Ms. Windmiller has created works in parks, on piers and in her bedroom. She has worked with Sally Silvers on several projects and is currently creating a new solo to be presented in her Redhook, Brooklyn neighborhood.
JinJu Song-Begin is the artistic director of Da-On Dance. She is a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher from Seoul, Korea, whose work has been presented internationally in Korea, Japan and the U.S. JinJu holds a Masters Degree in Choreography from Kookmin University and an Undergraduate Degree from Chung Ang University in Seoul, Korea, where she achieved numerous awards and scholarships. Her training also includes two full scholarships to the American Dance Festival (2003 & 2005), where she also performed and choreographed her own work. JinJu has worked with prominent choreographers both in the U.S. as well as in and outside of Korea, and was an original member of the Seoul based Dance Company ‘The Body’ from 2003-2006. In 2004 and 2006 she was invited to showcase her work in the Dance Biennale in Tokyo and was twice commissioned by the Choi Seung Hee Dance Festival in Korea (2006 & 2008). Recent performances of her work include several venues in New York City, as well as performances in Seoul. Her work has involved solos, ensemble works and experimental works relying on “found movement” and chance operations. She frequently collaborates with composers and live music performances. Jin Ju currently dances with Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Sean Curran Dance Company, and DanceTactics.
Julie Fotheringham has been creating and performing movement based works in NY since 2006. Venues include Movement Research at Judson Church, Dixon Place, and the Center for Performance Research. She also makes guerrilla appearances in pubic spaces. In 2009, Julie was named one of L Magazine’s “Ten Names You Need to Know in NYC Arts”. www.juliefotheringham.org
TAKE Dance: Takehiro Ueyama (Artistic Director/Choreographer) was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and moved to the United States in 1991 to study at the Juilliard School in New York. Upon graduation, Take was invited to join the Paul Taylor Dance Company. In 2003, he made his choreographic debut “Tsubasa” which he performed with fellow Taylor dancers – Amy Young, Julie Tice, Orion Duckstein and James Samson at the McKenna Theatre at SUNY New Paltz in New York. In 2005, after eight years with the Taylor Company, Takehiro Ueyama founded TAKE Dance. Take finds inspiration in the beauty of nature, duality in life and the exploration of darkness and light in relation to the human condition. His vast repertory of work features powerful athletic movement contrasted with delicate gesture and sensitivity. Take’s choreography has been performed for audiences worldwide. His SAKURA SAKURA was a prize-winner at the 2005 International Modern Dance Choreographic Competition in Spain.
Takehiro Ueyama is the first choreographer to win the S & R Foundation’s prestigious Washington Award, which was presented to him in the spring of 2010 at the Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, Maryland.
Brynt Beitman, (dancer) a native of Dallas, Texas, earned his BFA from The Juilliard School. He has worked with Metropolitan Classical Ballet, New York Baroque Dance Company, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, and Bruce Wood Dance Project. Brynt was recently featured in a workshop showing of “49th Street and Other Stories” by Bronwen Carson at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. His own work has been shown in New York City, Montreal, Dallas, and Varna, Bulgaria. Brynt recently premiered his newest work as a part of “With or Without Me”, curated by Jack Ferver at Dance New Amsterdam.
John Eirich (dancer) was raised in Orlando, Florida where he studied ballet and jazz at Southern Ballet Theatre. He earned his BFA in Dance from New World School of the Arts in 2005 where he performed works by Donald McKayle, Jose Limon and Michael Uthoff, and was a student at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions Program in 2005. John has performed with the Freddick Bratcher Company, Miami Contemporary Dance Company and the Florida Grand Opera. He has also worked with the Amy Marshall Dance Company, was a member of Taylor 2 from 2006- 2010 and he joined Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre in 2010. He has performed L’Allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Group and appeared with John Heginbotham at Jacob’s Pillow and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. John joined TAKE Dance in 2007.
Kile Hotchkiss (dancer) was born in Half Moon Bay, California and trained with Bruce Alan Ewing as a member of Repertory Dance Theater in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He studied at the Joffrey Ballet School on scholarship, at The Ailey School in the Fellowship Program and at LINES Ballet School under the direction of Alonzo King. Kile graduated from the Ailey/ Fordham BFA Program in 2010. He is also a member of Keigwin + Company and Skybet- ter and Associates. Kile joined TAKE Dance in 2007. He has choreographed two pieces for TAKE Dance, most recently The Substance of Things Unseen for FIVE POINTS in 2011.
Lynn Parkerson, Founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn Ballet, began her career as a choreographer while living in Germany. Her choreography has been presented at many prominent international events and venues, including the Munich Theater Festival, Frankfurt’s Theatre am Turm, the Florence International Festival of Dance, Moers New Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival Baden-Baden and An Appalachian Summer Arts Festival in Boone, NC, among others. In New York City, she presented annual dance programs—notably the popular ballet series To the Pointe—as Director of Dance at Holy Trinity from 1991-2001. Her work has been supported by grants from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and Con Edison. She also served as the Assistant Director of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center from 1996-1999. Ms. Parkerson has taught dance to children and adults in New York and abroad. In recognition of her exceptional leadership contributions to Brooklyn’s cultural community, Ms. Parkerson received the Betty Smith Arts Award in 2007 as part of the Women’s “Herstory” Induction Ceremony.
Brooklyn Ballet dancers:
Kerry Shea and Duane Gosa
Paul Singh earned his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, USA. He has danced for a number of New York based artists and had his work presented at numerous venues as well. Most recently he has danced for Gerald Casel, Erica Essner, Risa Jaroslow, Douglas Dunn, Christopher Williams and was featured in the inaugural cast of Punchdrunk theater company’s American debut of “Sleep No More”. He has had his work presented at the Judson Church, New York Live Arts, Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, La Mama E.T.C, and in 2004 his solo piece “Stutter” was presented at the Kennedy Center. While in NYC, Paul hopes to continue dancing and choreographing for his little company, Singh & Dance, until his feet fall off. http://paulsinghdance.com/
Laurel Snyder (dancer) is a daydream believer. Originally from rural Virginia, she moved to New York in 2006 and has since been lucky enough collaborate with beautiful dancers and choreographers such as Kendra Portier, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Kirstin Kapustik, David Dorfman, Faye Driscoll and Risa Jaroslow. She also enjoys singing and has recently begun writing her own tunes. A big thank you smooch to Paul inviting her to be a part of this lovely project!
Ara Fitzgerald has had original work produced by Dance Theatre Workshop, The Field, The Production Company, Riverside Dance Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Choreographic fellowships include a CAPS Grant, The Yard and the American Dance Festival Music and Dance Project. She was a member of Daniel Nagrin’s improvisational company, THE WORKGROUP, and THE ENTOURAGE MUSIC AND THEATRE ENSEMBLE, as well as touring as a soloist with her own company. Her work has been seen on and off-Broadway and in regional theatres including Trinity Square Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Hartman Theatre and the O’Neill Theatre Center. Prior to joining the Manhattanville faculty, she taught at Connecticut College, the National Theatre Institute, Trinity Square Conservatory, and Rockland Community College. Professor Fitzgerald is a graduate of Connecticut College and has a Master’s Degree from Wesleyan University.
Pat Catterson has created 104 works. The recipient of a Guggenheim Award for choreography and a Fulbright Fellowship, she also has been awarded multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the CAPS Program, the Harkness Foundation, and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. Commissions have included those from the Seattle Dance Project; Repertory Dance Theatre Salt Lake; Dance Theatre of Oregon, Creach/Koester Company, The Eglevsky Ballet Company, and NYC LaGuardia High School. Catterson has been on the faculties of Sarah Lawrence College, UCLA, the Juilliard School. Princeton University. Barnard College, the Merce Cunningham Studio, and Marymount Manhattan College. Her writing has been published in Attitude Magazine, Ballet Review, Dance Research Journal and Dance Magazine Online. She earned a BA in psychology and philosophy from Northwestern University and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She first performed Yvonne Rainer’s work in 1969 and, since 1999, has been a member of The Raindears, as well as Rainer’s Rehearsal Assistant and a Custodian of her early dances, which she has taught and staged and/or performed in Greece, Finland, Norway, Denmark, England, Scotland, Brazil and the USA.
Alexandra Berger (dancer) received her B.F.A. in Dance from the Joffrey Ballet School/New School University in 2003. She has since danced for, among others, Pat Catterson, Merce Cunningham, Matthew Mohr, and Dusan Tynek. She has danced in Catterson’s There Is No Conclusion (2010) and To Lie In the Sky(2912) and is pleased to be embarking on this new project.
Maia Ramnath is the co-founder/director of Constellation Moving Company, a project-based collaborative performance group specializing in collages of dance, aerial acrobatics, text and video imagery. Besides creating work for CMC, she has performed as a freelance dancer and aerialist with choreographers including Pat Catterson, Elaine Shipman, Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, Kevin O’Connor, Lisa Natoli, Sarah Wollschlager, and Nadia Lesy. She has taught aerial rope and silk at Circus Warehouse and The Sky Box, and history at NYU.
Molissa Fenley has choreographed over 70 works in her 34-year career in dance. With her company, Molissa Fenley and Dancers (founded in 1977), and as a soloist working in collaboration with visual artists and composers, Molissa has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Her work has been commissioned by the American Dance Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, the Dia Art Foundation, Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center, the New National Theater of Tokyo, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, and many others. Both Cenotaph and State of Darkness were awarded a Bessie for Choreography in 1985 and 1988 respectively. Molissa has also created many works on other ballet and contemporary dance companies, most recently for the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Dance Project. She is an Associate Professor of Dance at Mills College, in residence in the spring semesters, and often teaches choreography for the Experimental Theater Wing of New York University. She is a Guggenheim Fellow (2008), a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, (Rome Prize, 2008) and a Master Artist of the Atlantic Center of the Arts, (1996 and 2009). Recent awards include the American Masterpieces Initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2010.
Liz Santoro is a New York and Paris-based choreographer and performer. Her choreographic work has been presented in New York at Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, Chez Bushwick, Dixon Place, PERFORMA 09, AUNTS, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Field, and Dance Theater Workshop. Her work has also been shown in Belgium at The Forum and in France at Théâtre de Vanves and the festival “Il Faut Brûler Pour Briller”. Her first evening-length piece, We Do Our Best, received a FUSED grant and was nominated for a Bessie Award. She began her dance training at Boston Ballet School then attended Harvard University where she completed at Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. Performing contemporary dance work since 2003, both in New York and internationally, she has worked with Jack Ferver, Trajal Harrell, Sam Kim, Heather Kravas, Jillian Peña, Eszter Salamon & Christine de Smedt, Emily Wexler, David Wampach, and Ann Liv Young. She has also performed in the theater work of John Jahnke/Hotel Savant, Charles Chemin, and Pierre Godard and collaborated with visual artist Ryan McNamara. Her next project, Watch it, will premier this November at the Museum of Arts and Design.
Sara Rudner BA Barnard College, MFA Bennington College, participated in the development and performance of Twyla Tharp’s modern dance repertory; was a founder and director of the Sara Rudner Performance Ensemble; and has produced marathon dances as well as short forms. Her collaborators have included Mikhail Baryshnikov Dana Reitz and Christopher Janney; she has participated in theater and opera productions at the Public Theater, the Salzburg Festival, and the Paris Opera. Awards include a Bessie a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial fellowship, a Dance Magazine award, and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts. Sara is the Director of Dance at Sarah Lawrence College
Hadar Ahuvia (dancer) was born in Argentina and raised in Israel and Florida. She trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Hadar was a recipient of a 2011-2012 Fresh Track Artist Residency at NYLA. She has shown her work at EMPAC, DNA, ADF, and NYLA.
Laurel Atwell (dancer) makes dance. She is a student of collage with the Queens Correspondance School; qi gong with Melanie Maar; poetry with Cynthia Cruz. Atwell is currently working on a duet with Aya Sato where they are themselves, each other and one. If pressed, Atwell will admit being influenced by the film “Celine and Julie Go Boating”.
Ashley Byler (dancer) was born in Rocket City, U.S.A. She received a BA in Music and Psychology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been seen as part of Dance Theatre Workshop’s Studio Series, The Field’s Uptown/Downtown, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and as commissioned by Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. She is a full-time arts educator at The Eliza Frost School and dances with Sara Rudner. Her recent concerns as an artist hover around reclaiming the term pedestrian from the post-modern dance tradition, redefining it through popular social dance movement and applying rigorous compositional techniques associated with some heroes of the Judson Church in the 1960’s.
Chia Ying Kao, (dancer) native of Taiwan, earned in 2012 an MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. Chia Ying is an emerging choreographer who fuses her Chinese dance roots in Taiwan with western styles. Her work has been presented at Queens Public Library Auditorium, Tribeca Film Festival, New York Union Square (dance and installation art), and New York Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. She is the recipient of the 2012 Topaz Arts’ Space Exploration Dance Residency and was invited to take part in the 2012 International Choreographers Residency at the American Dance Festival-Henan.
Lynne Schlesinger (dancer) is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She has danced with Sara Rudner since 2007. Lynne’s choreography has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Philadelphia Fringe Festival; Riverside Church, NYC; and Hatch Presents Series, NYC. In 2010, she performed in artist Robert Kushner’s revival of his 1972 performance piece Robert Kushner and Friends Eat Their Clothes, and with Anneke Hansen Dance at the Chocolate Factory in look at them long and long. Lynne is a committed educator. Since 2007 she has taught dance and creative movement for the NYC Department of Education, and currently teaches at the Tompkins Square Middle School. Lynne holds an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.S. in Dance Education from NYU.
Jules Skloot (dancer) is a performer and teacher based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jules received a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to working with Sara Rudner, Jules collaborates with and performs in the works of Katy Pyle. Jules teaches creative movement and choreography at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) and at the Brooklyn Friends School, and is assistant director of an arts and social justice focused summer camp for young people in Northern Virginia every summer.
Maggie Thom (dancer) grew up in New York City and received her B.A. from Wesleyan University. She has been working with Sara Rudner since 2007 and appeared in Dancing On View at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and at The ICA in Boston. She has recently performed with Juliana F. May/MAYDANCE, Vicky Shick, mute/Megan Boyd and Luka Kito, Stacy Grossfield and in Sara Maxfield’s MAD Relay at the Museum of Art and Design. She wrote a “Why I Dance” column for the May 2012 issue of Dance Magazine.
Izabela Szylinska (dancer) is a member of the Polish National Ballet and is currently absorbing the New York approach to ballet.
New York City native Morgan Claire McEwen (dancer) began her career as a professional ballerina at only 17 with the Richmond Ballet. Ms McEwen then continued on to BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. During her time at BalletMet she had the opportunity to dance many soloist roles and was also co-recipient of the Violetta Boft award. Her repertoire there was extensive ranging from classic Balanchine to works by Stanton Welch. In 2009 after three seasons with BalletMet Morgan moved back to New York to dance with the Metropolitan Opera. Here she has had the opportunity to dance in the several Metropolitan Opera premiers including Rossini’s Armida and Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann; as well as the world premier of Enchanted Island. Morgan began working with Julia Gleich in the Spring of 2011 where she has had the privilege to have many original works set on her. In addition to this Morgan has done extensive freelance work performing with Neglia Ballet, Neos Dance Theatre, and Syracuse City Ballet. She has also guested with Ballet Yuma, PA Classical Ballet, and Albany Berkshire Ballet. Additionally, Ms. McEwen performed on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in Brigadoon. Morgan feels so furtunate to be a part of Gleich Dances and grateful for the artistic experiences and development that Julia Gleich has given her.
Katrina Juliette Muffley was born in Imperial Beach, California. She received her classical ballet training at the Ballet Conservatory of Chula Vista under the direction of Paz Soriano. Originally trained under the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D) Syllabus as well as the Imperial Society of Dance Teachers (I.S.D.T) from London, England, Katrina has completed all R.A.D and I.S.T.D exams with high distinction. In 2012, Katrina graduated from the University of California, Irvine with her BFA in Dance, specializing in Performance, and her BA in Psychology and Social Behavior. Over the past four years, she has had the opportunity to study under Lisa Naugle, Molly Lynch, Jodie Gates, Diana Diefenderfer, Tong Wang, Sheron Wray, and Loretta Livingston.
Members of Brooklyn Ballet Youth Ensemble: