Dance at Socrates 2017 Programs

DAS Week 1 Program

Brandon Collwes with Chris Blacker (resident choreographer)
Young Choreographers – Bianca Berman
Tiffany Mills Company
XAOC Contemporary Ballet (resident choreographer)
Kathryn Alter
Young Choreographers – Bianca and Allegra Berman
XAOC Contemporary Ballet (resident choreographer)


Brandon Collwes with Chris Blacker
Brandon and Chris will be presenting work around their new and developing collaborative work with Chris’s songs and Brandon’s choreography. 

Young Choreographers 1
Students of Ellen Robbins Dance
Bianca Berman 13, goes to Salk Middle School. Her solo is titled “Same Time Tomorrow”

Tiffany Mills Co
This new evening-length project for six dancers will premiere in 2018.
Untitled (Excerpt-in-process)
Choreographer: Tiffany Mills*, with creative input from the company
Dancers: Nikolas Owens, Mei Yamanaka (Dancers in evening-length-work, but not performing this afternoon include: Tiffany Mills, Jordan Morley, Kenneth Olguin, Emily Pope)
Dramaturge: Kay Cummings
Music: Daniel Wohl, Corps Exquis “Corpus”
This work is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and a CUNY Dance Initiative Residency at Queensborough Community College.

Young Choreographers 2
Allegra Berman is 18 and will be a freshman at McAllister University.  Allegra and Bianca have been studying with Ellen Robbins Dance and choreographing since they were 5 years old. They made a very short duet – about sisters entitled “Sorelle” which means sisters in Italian.

XAOC Contemporary Ballet
This piece was created last summer, but has never been performed in full on a stage. This piece is called Six Memos and is inspired by the writings of Italo Calvino. The opening duet and closing solo have been performed in excerpt, but the central section we are working to restage this week at Socrates as well. The full ballet is 12 minutes (the excerpts total 6 minutes).

Six Memos 
Choreography: Eryn Renee Young
Music: Raymond Enoksen
Dancers: Jacline Henrichs, Danielle Rutherford, Michelle Thompson Ulerich, Fernanda Yamaguchi

Kathryn Alter*
a new solo
Choreography and performance: Kathryn Alter
Music: Concerto #2 a Quattro en Ut Mineur, 1. Adagio, 2. Allegro  by Pietro Antonio Locatelli.

XAOC Contemporary Ballet
We will be showing an untitled work-in-progress to music by Bela Bartok. I was inspired first by the sheer diversity of energies and styles in the music, and when we brought the music to the park, it was great fun to feel that music against all the juxtapositions that the park provided – nature vs urban space, land vs water vs air vs metal, art vs industry, and to create movement that reflected a bit of everything. -Eryn Renee Young

Untitled New Work
Choreography: Eryn Renee Young
Music: Dance Suite, Sz. 77: II & III by Bela Bartok
Dancers: Katie Eshbach, Jacline Henrichs, Danielle Rutherford, Michelle Thompson Ulerich, Fernanda Yamaguchi

*KATHRYN ALTER attended Interlochen Arts Academy, and graduated from Purchase Conservatory of Dance with the highest honors in 2001.  Ms. Alter has been a member of the Limón Dance Company (2002-2017), a founding member of Riedel Dance Theater, and worked with Alan Danielson and Kazuko Hirabayashi. She is on faculty at the Limon Institute, and teaches internationally. In 2011, Kathryn Alter and Dancers began with the presentation of three solos as a part of the Soliloquios y Dialogos Festival at Los Talleres de Coyoacan in Mexico City.  In addition to working with her pick-up group, Alter is also a part of the N.A.D.I.N.E. Project ( and helps to organize the Limón Company Choreographer showcases.  Her most recent choreographic commissions were created in Michigan at Grand Valley State University, and in New York at Iona College.  Her work has also been shown in Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, and Mexico.  She has been presented as part of the American Dance Guild’s Bare Bones, Spring Movement, and Performance Studio Open House at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn.  Alter was a 2014 recipient of a CUNY Dance Initiative residency.

*TIFFANY MILLS is a choreographer and artistic director of the NYC-based Tiffany Mills Company. Mills moved to NYC in 1995, and formed Tiffany Mills Company in 2000, earning praise from The New York Times: “Mills is making a name for herself as a young modern-dance innovator.” Recent highlights: The company celebrated its 15th Anniversary Season at LaMama in their La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival (2016). Prior, the company was selected by BAM, in collaboration with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management (DVIAM) at the Kennedy Center, to participate in the inaugural session of BAM’s Professional Development Program, which culminated in a NYC Season at the BAM Fisher (2013). The Company’s past collaborative work has been presented at: PICA’s TBA Festival (OR), Wexner Center (OH), Contemporary Dance Theater/NPN (OH), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Residency (MA), Dance Place (DC), Guggenheim Museum Works & Process Series, Duke on 42 Street, Symphony Space Dance Sampler, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Dancing in the Streets, Joyce SoHo, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project’s City/Dans Series, Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks, PS 122 Avant Garde Arama, Movement Research at Judson Church, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, HERE, and in Russia, Italy, Mexico and Canada.

Mills’ guest teaching includes: Trisha Brown Studios, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, The Playground, Earthdance (MA), Velocity (WA), Conduit (OR), ACDA, universities nationally, and festivals internationally. Mills has received awards, and residencies: NYU’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival (15), CUNY Dance Initiative Residencies (14-15, 17), BAM/DVIAM PDP (12-13), Joyce’s Mellon Anchor Tenant Program (11-present), Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency (10), Dance New Amsterdam Residency (10), Joyce Residency (07-08), Field Residency (08), LMCC Swing Space Residency (08-09, 12), Bogliasco/Jerome Robbins Foundation Fellowships (Italy 07), Help Desk (05-06), HERE’s Artist Residency (02-03), Dance/NYC Artistic Advisory Board (02-03), ACDFA Adjudicator (04, 07, 16), Tribeca Performing Arts Center/LMCC Space Grant (05-06), University of Oregon Alumni Award & Boekhelheide Creativity Award (05 & 06), Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Award (98).

Funding includes: Asian Cultural Council, Mertz Gilmore (via La MaMa), Evelyn Sharp, Harkness (via HERE), LMCC/FFCC, DCA, BAC/JPMC, BAC/DCA, BAC/NYSCA, BAC/Destination Brooklyn, Bossak/Heilbron, Sorin Charitable Trust, Puffin, MCAF, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, and New Music USA.

Mills hails from Eugene, Oregon (BA University of Oregon, MFA Ohio State University).

DAS Week 2 Program

Mazarte Mexican Dance Company
Liam Francis (resident choreographer)
Janice Rosario
Young Choreographer – Lucy Sydel
Liam Francis  (resident choreographer)
konverjdans  (resident choreographer)


Inspired by traditional Mexican dances, Mazarte Dance Compay brings folklore back to life, creating a fusion of Mexico’s old and new as part of its mission to preserve these dances for the community and generations to come.

Liam Francis “Annie”
A new work performed by Hannah Rudd

Janice Rosario “Landscape” and is an excerpt of a larger work that will premier on September 19th at Dixon Place. The piece dives into a metropolis where how you connect with others is dictated by your drive and theirs. How by quieting that aspect and going inward leads to connection on a different plane. It also brings to light the danger of losing oneself in the human need for spirituality.

Lucy Sydel “Morning”

Liam Francis “Bambi has principles”
New work in progress performed by Liam with Hannah Rudd

konverjdans “SHINE”
Featuring an original composition by konverjdans resident musician, Max Kanowitz, and accompanied by the whimsical Coreisa Lee and her flute, ‘SHINE’ is a celebration of the joy and light of life.

DAS Week 3 Program

Rachel Cohen / Racoco (site-specific)
Benjamin Briones Ballet
Mara Driscoll and Rebecca Walden
Gleich Dances (resident choreographer)
Cirio Collective
Nico Brown (resident choreographer)
Krista Jansen
Gleich Dances (resident choreographer)


Rachel Cohen / Racoco “Recidivistas”
with Janet Aisawa, Jessica Burstein, Destiny Cabrales, Marianne Camarda, Maryanne Chaney, Rachel Cohen, Megan Curet, Rina Espiritu, Bianca Falco, Nicole Fuentes, Julia Gleich, Jenny Gram, Eva Hansson, Holly Heidt, Delsa Heredia, Masumi Kishimoto, Nicole Lee, Mengying Lin, Kymberly Nolden, Zoe Padden, Dalma Sacasa, Meghan Schardt, Irene Siegel, Despina Stamos, Mary Staub, Emily Winkler-Morey, and Rose Zingale
Music by Chris Becker, Costumes by Claire Mallardi

Benjamin Briones / Benjamin Briones Ballet “In Between” (Work in progress)
Music: The London Baroque
Costumes: Dancer own, Dancer: Ursula Verduzco
Established in New York City in 2012, Benjamin Briones Ballet provides a supportive forum for choreographers and performers of all cultural and stylistic backgrounds to explore the endlessly diverse concepts and feelings that symbolic movement can convey. Founder/Director Benjamin Briones envisions his company as “an engine of creativity” that uses dance and the arts to engage minds, ignite hearts, and shape social consciousness. He and his fellow artists have made a commitment to honor their kinetic art form beyond expectations and preconceptions.

Mara Driscoll and Rebecca Walden “Virago” (Work in progress)
This excerpt is from the beginning of a new section of a larger piece entitled ‘Virago,’ which translates to ‘heroine’ in Latin. The piece explores elements of feminine experience.
Danced by Jordan Miller
Live music by Carrie Davids on Viola
Mara Driscoll and Rebecca Walden began their choreographic collaborations in the spring of 2017. Their theatrical, image-based work is a reflection of the duo’s restless artistic and intellectual curiosity.  Mara trained at  the North Carolina School of the Arts and has performed with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, the Richmond Ballet, FJK Dance and Ian Spencer Bell Dance. She is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Rebecca trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Training Program.  She has danced with Columbia Classical Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, and Ballet Inc., among others. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of General Studies. The duo’s next piece, set on the New Chamber Ballet, is scheduled to premiere this fall.

Gleich Dances “Solo with Step Ladder”
Music Direction by Matthew Richmond
Trumpet performance by Henry Westmoreland
Danced by Amy Saunder 

Cirio Collective Excerpts from “In The Mind: The Other Room”
Choreography by Jeffrey Cirio
Dancers: Isaac Akiba, Lia Cirio, Paul Craig
Commissioning support provided by The Joyce Theater Foundation in New York City with major funding from the Rudolph Nureyev Dance Foundation
Cirio Collective, founded by American Ballet Theatre principal Jeffrey Cirio and his sister, Boston Ballet Principal Lia Cirio, was created in the summer of 2015 to explore and develop new choreography. Cirio Collective comes to Dance at Socrates straight from their recent participation in the Ballet Festival at the Joyce. The company has a vision to bring dancers, choreographers, and other artists together to explore and develop new works without boundaries and without fear.

Nico Brown Untitled (work in progress)

Krista Jansen “Anecdote”
Music by Gershwin, performed by Larry Adler
Krista Jansen is a dancer and choreographer born, raised and based in New York City. Her choreography has been performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New York Live Arts, STUFFED at Judson Church, The FAB! Festival, The DancenOw RAW festival, the Harkness Dance Festival and Dance Theater Workshop. Krista is one-half of the dance company Jansen & Holm, and a teaching assistant to Ellen Robbins, whose modern dance classes for children ages 5-15 were Krista’s first experience in dance, choreography, and improvisation. is a great place to sign her mailing list, look at dance-y pictures, and stay updated on her performances.

Gleich Dances Excerpts from “Martha (The Searchers)” a full-length ballet to premiere October 26, 2017 at Mark Morris Dance Center.
Danced by Cassidy Hall, Jordan Miller, Tiffany Mangulabnan, Amy Saunder

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