Classes & Workshops
luciana achugar is a Brooklyn-based choreographer from Uruguay who grew as an artist in close dialogue with the NY and Montevideo contemporary dance communities. She began making work collaboratively with Levi Gonzalez in 1999, and in 2002 she started working independently. Her work is concerned with the post-colonial world, searching for an undoing of current power structures from the inside out. She is a two-time "Bessie" recipient, a Guggenheim Fellow and Creative Capital Grantee.
Chris Aiken has been a leader in the fields of dance improvisation and contact improvisation for over two decades. He tours internationally and has collaborated with many gifted improvisers, including Angie Hauser, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simson, Andrew Harwood, Peter Bingham and Ray Chung. His work has been presented by venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival and The Walker Art Center. He recently received a commission from the National Performance Network to create a work entitled Utopia Parkway with Angie Hauser which toured in 2012-13. Chris has received numerous awards for his work including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bush Foundation. He is an Assistant Professor and the MFA Director at Smith College and the Five College Dance Department.
Karl Anderson has been making performance events in NYC for 25 years. Check out his stuff at slamfest.org. He has degrees in dance (CalArts) and architecture (Pratt). Drawing from myriad interests and desires, his performances range from raw and jarring to subtle and beautiful. Sincere explorations are at the core of his creative expressions.
Since 2008, Laurel Atwell has pursued surviving//making//performing in NYC by collaborating with Aya Sato, Gordon Landenberger, Kirstan Clifford, and Tess Dworman, and working with Melanie Maar, luciana achugar, Laura Bartczak, and Ursula Eagly. Laurel is inspired by natural light, extra sensory perception, and all spaces we inhabit and destroy. Laurel is a student of Qi Gong with Maar, practicing the balance of light, reverberation, humor, strength, and softness in one's self.
WellMan is Laurel Atwell and Tess Dworman. This friendship-cum-institution blends the teaching practices of both artists, who study wellness and well-being in tandem with the creation of their artistic works.
Anna Azrieli is a Soviet born, NYC bred dance artist. Her work has been shown at venues including Gibney Dance, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Roulette, and Movement Research at the Judson Church. She is making a show at Chocolate Factory next year. Her teaching is influenced by yoga, Body-Mind Centering™, and the many artists she's danced with.
Rachel Bernsen, M.AmSAT, maintains a private practice in the Alexander Technique and has taught at many schools and universities, including Yale, Wesleyan, and the Moscow Dance Agency Tsekh. She is also a dancer/choreographer and founder of The BIG ROOM, a New Haven performance space. Collaborators include choreographer Melanie Maar, musicians Taylor Ho Bynum and Abraham Gomez-Delgado, visual artist Megan Craig, and composer Anthony Braxton. www.rachelbernsen.com
Michelle Boulé is a dance artist and BodyTalk Practitioner whose work involves a constant dialogue between the body, presence, and the physical expression of consciousness. Her choreography has been presented in NY at Danspace Project, River To River, American Realness, Come Together: Surviving Sandy, ISSUE Project Room, Movement Research at Judson Church, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, and The Kitchen. She is a "Bessie" Award winning performer, most noted for her work with Miguel Gutierrez, Deborah Hay and John Jasperse. She is currently an artist-in-residence with LMCC's Extended Life Program (NYC) and with collective address (Brooklyn). She has taught at universities and dance institutions in N. America, Europe, Australia and Asia. www.michelleboule.com
Kim Brandt has presented her work in New York City at The Kitchen, Danspace Project at St. Marks, Movement Research, P.S. 122, AUNTS at the New Museum and Abrons Arts Center, La Mama ETC, Roulette, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Jack, Dixon Place and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and at galleries including Elizabeth Dee, Josee Bienvenue, Industry City, Pierogi, Airplane, Five Myles and The Laundromat. She is a 2015 resident artist at Issue Project Room.
Wally Cardona began his studies in Klein Technique, with Barbara Mahler and Susan Klein, in 1989. As a choreographer, his current cycle of work cultivates a practice of undoing, within conditions that are both intimate and crowded. Since 2012, he has been involved in The Set Up, a 7-part series of dances made with choreographer Jennifer Lacey and 7 master dance artists from India, Myanmar, Bali, Java, France, Cambodia and Okinawa.
chameckilerner is a 22-year collaboration between Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner. From 1993 to 2007, chameckilerner created more than 17 works for the stage. Their piece EXIT at The Kitchen was an investigation into the possibility of extinction, and reinvention. Supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, they began exploring their interest in video. They have since produced many videos and installations, participating in festivals, winning awards and grants. In February 2016, they will show in NY at Pierogi Gallery. For more info, see www.chameckilerner.com.
Hilary Clark dances with luciana achugar, Jen Rosenblit, Young Jean Lee Theater Company, Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People (2010-2014), and Tere O'Connor (2004-2011). In 2008, she received a "Bessie." Clark is a 2015 resident artist at collective address (NYC), to explore dancer to dancer exchanges and develop a new work. She has taught at Chunky Move, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Pacific NorthWest College of Art, and Dancespace Center.
Elizabeth Corbett danced with the Joffrey Ballet under Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, and with the Milwaukee Ballet before she moved to Europe. There, she became a soloist with William Forsythe's Frankfurt Ballet and danced for over a decade in works including Love Songs, Artifact, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Enemy in the Figure, Steptext, Behind the China Dogs, Loss of Small Detail and many other Forsythe works. Ms. Corbett now teaches ballet, improvisation technologies, and Forsythe repertory internationally. She was Dance Coordinator for Anne Teresa DeKeersmaeker's school of contemporary dance, PARTS, in Brussels from 1999 - 2005 and danced in a work created for her by Ms. DeKeersmaeker in a Rosas coproduction called With/For/By. She has also been choreographic assistant to William Forsythe, Ms. De Keersmaeker and for Robert Wilson in productions for the Paris Opera and Rosas. Ms. Corbett has been teaching workshops and master classes for dance companies, festivals and schools around the world for many years including; PARTS/Rosas, Impulstanz Vienna, Cullberg Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, University of the Arts Philadelphia, Movement Research/International Dance Dialogues through Janet Panetta, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and Beijing Dance Academy where she received an honorary professorship. Elizabeth contributes Forsythe classes to outreach programs in Memphis and was recently awarded a Chairman's Award locally for her fund raising work providing meals for school aged children in Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently working with Towson University under a Rosenberg Distinguished Artist grant in collaboration with Forsythe Productions. Ms. Corbett has been an American Dance Festival faculty member since 2006 and returns to the ADF again in June 2016.
Claire Croizé (Fr) graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 2000 and has been active since as a choreographer and dancer, developing an artistic practice strongly based on the relationship between movement and music. Her solo, The Farewell, was awarded the Prix Jardin d'Europe. Her last production Primitive is an open air creation made with three young talented dancers, that premièred in June 2014 in Paris at the Atelier de Paris/Carolyn Carlson during the June Events Festival and toured extensively in Europe.
Étienne Guilloteau (Fr) graduated from P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) in 2002. His choreographic work focuses on the dramaturgical relationship between dance, music, poetry and light. His work was presented in many theaters and international festivals in Europe. In 2013, he was invited by C.House/Toronto Dance Theatre to create a work for the company, as well as premiered Synopsis of a Battle in Kaaitheater in the context of La Biennale of Charleroi Danses. Together with Nada Gambier, Claire and Etienne created the company Action Scénique in 2008. www.actionscenique.be
Rebecca Serrell Cyr is a dance maker, educator, and performer. Her work has been shown in various series at Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, Dixon Place, Catch, and Aunts and was most recently produced by JACK. She teaches inquiry dance to people of all ages and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Dance Education. A regular performer in the works of many artists including Jeremy Nelson, Amanda Loulaki, and Anna Sperber, Rebecca is a recipient of a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award for her work with Donna Uchizono and nominated for her work with RoseAnne Spradlin.
Rebecca Davis has been active in NYC's dance community since 2000 as a choreographer, performer, curator, and Feldenkrais practitioner. Rebecca was a 2012-2015 Resident Artist at HERE and a 2010 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She has worked extensively with Marina Abramovic and visual artists Allora & Calzadilla. Her work has been presented by Fondation Beyeler, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Old American Can Factory, PS122, and Performance Works Northwest. www.rdavisprojects.com
DD Dorvillier: Choreographer, dancer, teacher, New York City since 1989. Movement Research Artist in Residence, curator of the MR Festival (2005), and co-editor the MR Performance Journal "Release" Issue. Jennifer Monson, Zeena Parkins, Jennifer Lacey, Yvonne Meier, and Sarah Michelson, among others. In 1991 with Jennifer Monson: the Matzoh Factory, low-tech/low-cost shows, rehearsals, parties, and readings. "Bessies": choreography (Dressed for Floating, 2003) and performance (Parades & Changes, replays, 2010). NYFA Choreography Fellowship (2000), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2007), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2011), Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2013).
Irene Dowd is currently on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School and the Hollins University MFA program in dance. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she is also choreographer, director and editor of a video-film series produced by Canada's National Ballet School entitled Spirals, Volutes, Warming Up the Hip Joints: Turnout Dance & Orbits, Preparation for Jumping, Preparation for Performance. Irene has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 40 years in NYC, and has choreographed for Peggy Baker, Margie Gillis and other solo dancers. Her work has been taught in schools and dance companies across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Jeanine Durning is a dance artist from NYC working broadly through choreography and performance. Jeanine is a 2013-2015 Movement Research AIR. Her solo performance, inging, has been performed in Berlin, Amsterdam, Leuven, Chambersburg, Minneapolis, NYC, Toronto, Milwaukee and Williamstown with upcoming performances in Zagreb and San Francisco. She is currently working on a companion performance practice to inging called nonstopping. Jeanine has worked with choreographers Deborah Hay, Susan Rethorst, David Dorfman, Lance Gries, Chris Yon, among others. She teaches and advises regularly throughout Europe, NYC and the US.
Kyle deCamp is a "Bessie" winning artist whose cross-media performance work is an ongoing investigation of the intersections of art, history, and individual lives from multiple perspectives. Upcoming projects include a new work on the life, death, and legacy of the progressive-era Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, designed by her grandfather, and now under demolition. She has taught dance, theater, and media practitioners at P.A.R.T.S. Brussels, Sarah Lawrence, Princeton, Barnard/Columbia, and Movement Research. More info at www.kyledecamp.com.
Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD teaches body-mind approaches to dance at major festivals and universities around the world. Dr. Eddy created BodyMind Dancing™ in 1986 and www.DynamicEmbodiment.org in 1990 combining knowledge from her studies with Irmgard Bartenieff (Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies) and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body-Mind Centering®). She's been on the dance faculty at Princeton, Columbia, Hope, Hampshire, and offers teacher certification in BodyMind Dancing teacher through Montclair State University - NJ (MFA 2017) UNC - Greensboro (Dance Ed - June 2016), St Mary's in Bay area, and SUNY-ESC. She has developed curricula and assessment strategies for children, youth and adults integrating somatic awareness, dance and neuro-motor developmental research that are used internationally and has been teaching Conflict Resolution & Violence Prevention through Movement and Dance at the Dance Education Laboratory since 9/11. She also developed Moving For Life DanceExercise for Health® featured by CNN, NY1, CBS, WNPR, NBC Today for its tremendous benefit to people with life-threatening illnesses. She sees dance as an opportunity for healing, fun and deepening friendships.
Bradley Teal Ellis is a Brooklyn based improviser. Bradley has practiced Contact Improvisation for 15 years. He has performed improvisation at MoMA PS1, Joyce Soho, 92nd Street Y, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Performa and other institutions. Bradley currently teaches improvisation through Movement Research, NYU/Tisch Experimental Theatre Wing, the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, 100 Grand Studio and has guest taught at Gibney Dance, Dance New Amsterdam & The New School.
An Israeli Dance performer/creator and a certified Pilates Teacher. Adi received her certification from Teri Steele Pilates and had further education with teachers such as Tracy Ryan and Johanna S. Meyer. She has been teaching Pilates classes and workshops throughout Israel and NYC, inspired by ideas from Yoga, Gaga and Somatic practices. Adi has been performing internationally with companies such as Kolben Dance Company, Stuffed Animals Dance Collective, Natalie Johnson Dance Company, and is currently working with the choreographer Thea Little among other freelance choreographers. Adi's works have been presented at venues including Kolben Dance Studio Theater, Brick Theater, Salvator Capezio Theater, Green Space Studios and Hudson Guild Theater.
Born in the South of France, Daria Faïn has lived in Brooklyn since 1996. Faïn has developed C O R E M O T I O N, a unique movement and performance methodology based on 35 years of studies and research on Asian philosophy of the body. She is a certified Qigong teacher from Mantak Chia's Universal Healing Tao since 2001 and a certified Alexander Technique teacher since 1990. She has intensively studied Tai Chi, Martial Arts, Internal Energy Activation, Mental Energetics and the 5 Element Theory with master teachers Karfung Wu, Fransicco Albuquerque, Dr. Jan, Frank Allen and Laura Bernard. She co-founded a performing group called The Commons Choir, with poet Robert Kocik in 2009. Her work has been presented and commissioned by New York Live Arts, Gibney Dance, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop among others. In the U.S. Faïn has taught at New York University, Sarah Lawrence, Trisha Brown Studio, Rutgers University, Harvard University, Tulane University and Cooper Union. www.dariafain.net.
Emily Faulkner: dancer, improviser, choreographer and teacher for over twenty years; trained at ACAT and AmSAT certified Alexander teacher since 1999. She is the movement coach for Steady Buckets, a youth basketball league, and has taught at ACAT, Balance Arts Center, and Wesleyan University. Her choreography has been shown both nationally and internationally. Faulkner founded, hosts and co-curates Tea Dances. Additionally, she collaborated on a film entitled Why We Dance which received awards from Indiefest and New Filmmakers NY. www.emilyfaulkner.com
Ori Flomin's choreography has been seen in NYC at DTW, Movement Research and PS122 and internationally in Austria, Japan and Israel. He teaches at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), Sasha Waltz Company (Berlin), ImpulsTanz (Vienna), The Place (London), SUNY Purchase (NY) to name a few and is currently a part time faculty member at NYU. Ori performed with Stephen Petronio Company, Neil Greenberg, Molissa Fenley, Maria Hassabi, Helena Franzen and Michael Clark, among others. www.oriflomin.com
Marjani Forté-Saunders traveled as a performer with UBW and is now an independent artist and co-founder with Nia Love, of LOVE|FORTÉ. She is a former Movement Research AIR (2011-13), an LMCC Extended Life Residency participant and a 2014 Princess Grace Awardee. Fortè-Saunders’ research and practice includes community organizing/partnership, choreography, contemporary technique and improvisation.
Nia Love is an artist, activist, choreographer, educator, installation artist, and co-founder with Marjani Forté-Saunders of LOVE|FORTÉ. Love apprenticed with Havana's world renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba as a Fulbright Fellow from 2001-2003. Worked and danced with Butoh master, Min Tanaka, in his Poe Project at Jacob's Pillow written by Susan Sontag. She is currently a 2016 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, and an Assistant Professor at Queens College and Hunter College dance department. www.nia-love.com
Beth Gill is a choreographer who has been making contemporary dance and performance in New York City since 2005. This year she received a Doris Duke Impact Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts' Hodder Fellowship. Gill is a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship recipient, a New York City Center Choreography Fellow for 2012-2013, a winner of two "Bessie" Awards, and a member of the inaugural cohort The Hatchery Project.
Cori Olinghouse is choreographer, archivist, educator, and curator working in the realms of performance and film. This year, Olinghouse is the recipient of The Award, a mentorship program conceived by Dean Moss (2015), a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2016-2017), and a panelist in MoMA's "Storytelling in the Archives" forum. Additionally, she has performed in the works of Trisha Brown and Bill Irwin. Olinghouse is an inaugural MA candidate of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University and the Archive Director for the Trisha Brown Dance Company.
Levi Gonzalez is a dance artist whose work has been presented in NYC and beyond for the past 15 years. He has performed with Donna Uchizono, John Jasperse, Juliette Mapp, Daria Faïn, ChameckiLerner, and Michael Laub, and has collaborated extensively with luciana achugar. He was a 2010-12 BAX Artist-in-Residence.
Fara Greenbaum is a Dancer and Comedian in New York City. She has been studying Klein Technique with Barbara Mahler since 2002, becoming part of a teachers-in-training group from 2004-2007. She began teaching as a sub for Barbara in 2006. Fara is the co-creator/co-artistic director of 'The Grass Is Always Greener Dance Project,' a Miami based dance and multi-media performance group. Her work has been presented by The Miami International Ballet Festival and at Art Basel. She has lifelong dance training, performance and choreographic experience in modern, ballet and jazz. She performs stand-up comedy at clubs all over NYC and has two one-woman shows, How I Became An Astronaut and My New Weird Show that have been presented by numerous theater festivals. Subs for Barbara Mahler.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company 1979-86; Dance By Neil Greenberg 1986 - present; Dance faculty - Eugene Lang College, The New School (currently), UC Riverside, SUNY Purchase and Sarah Lawrence (previously); Dance Curator, The Kitchen 1995-99; Fellowships: Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, NYFA, FCA, among other awards; "Bessie" Awards for Not-About-AIDS-Dance (1994) and Partial View (2005); recent projects: Really Queer Dance With Harps (2008), (like a vase) (2010), and This (2014); influenced by somatic approaches such as Klein Technique™ (studied with Barbara Mahler and Susan Klein) and Body-Mind Centering® (studied with RoseAnne Spradlin). www.neilgreenberg.org
Miguel Gutierrez lives in Brooklyn and makes performances. His most recent show - Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/ - premiered in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. His work is presented frequently in NYC and internationally, and he has received support from a variety of foundations. He's sung with Antony, Justin Vivian Bond and Nick Hallett. His book WHEN YOU RISE UP is available from 53rd State Press, and he maintains a blog at Stargayze.com. He invented DEEP AEROBICS, and he is training to become a Feldenkrais Method® practitioner. www.miguelgutierrez.org
Hristoula Harakas is a contemporary dance artist based in New York. She is a 2006 "Bessie" performance award recipient who has had the pleasure of working with such inspiring artists as: Maria Hassabi, Donna Uchizono, Jodi Melnick, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith Sánchez Ruíz, ChameckiLerner, Levi Gonzalez, Amanda Loulaki, Jeremy Nelson and Luis Lara Malvacías. Hristoula is a Senior Pilates Instructor at BodyTonic and was a regular faculty member of the Merce Cunningham Studio (2002-12).
Hay dances, coaches, directs, and writes. Figure a Sea, a work for the Cullberg Ballet, with original music by Laurie Anderson, will be performed October 2016 at Montclair State University. Her 4th book, Using the Sky, and film, Turn Your F*^king Head, about Hay’s final Solo Performance Commissioning Project, are available from Routledge Books. www.deborahhay.com
K.J. Holmes, Is - a Brooklyn based independent dance artist, actor, singer exploring improvisation and theater as process and performance; a graduate of the School for Body Mind Centering®, William Esper Studio studying with Terry Knickerbocker, and Satya Yoga; teaches/performs throughout the world; adjunct faculty at NYU/Experimental Theater Wing; has collaborated with Simone Forti, Image Lab and Steve Paxton; has a private practice in Dynamic Alignment/Re-integration; currently creating HIC SVNT DRACONES.
Karinne Keithley Syers works across forms of dance, writing, sound, film, and essay, in an ongoing project to articulate creative process as a form of life. Her teaching is informed equally by her studies in movement, poetics, and philosophy. She has been on the faculty of NYU's Experimental Theater Wing, American Dance Festival, Hollins University, and Amherst College, and has a PhD from CUNY Graduate Center.
Ishmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher, curator, and arts advocate known for his improvisational dance and language work. This work has been performed in New York City, across the United States, in Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America. Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a 1984 New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award for their work Cowboys, Dreams, and Ladders and he shared another "Bessie" Award in 2011 with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane for the 2010 revival of their 1985 collaboration, THEM. He is a 2015 Doris Duke Performing Arts Impact Award recipient.
Eleanor Hullihan grew up in the south and credits humidity, lightning bugs and bourbon as big sources of imagination, emotional sludge and inspiration. Eleanor has been dancing and performing in NYC for what seems like a long time. She is committed to technical strength, precision and prowess as well as the freedom to throw it all away. Past projects include Beth Gill, Jennifer Monson, asubtout, Sarah Michelson, Andrew Ondrejcak, John Jasperse and others. Currently working with Tere O'Connor. She teaches pilates at ABT's JKO school for young dancers and co-owns The Swan.
John Jasperse is a dance artist living and working in New York City since 1985. His work has been presented by festivals and presenting organizations throughout the US and Europe, as well as in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan, and Russia. Recent awards include a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award as well as a 2014 "Bessie" award for his recent project, Within between.
Ted Johnson is a dancer who acts, sings and improvises and was recently seen in Punchdrunk's Sleep No More. Beginning in 1989, he began exploring Contact Improvisation with Andrew Marcus, and has continued that exploration with several major artists in the field, K.J. Holmes, Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung and Kirstie Simson. This practice has been an invaluable aid in developing work in the companies of Ralph Lemon, Bebe Miller and Liz Lerman, with whom he will premiere a new work, Healing Wars, in 2014. He has performed improvisational dances with Kirstie Simson and Gabriel Forestieri/ProjectLimb, and has been a longtime student of Klein TechniqueTM with Barbara Mahler and Susan Klein.
Darrell Jones has performed with a variety of choreographers and companies such as Urban Bush Women, Ralph Lemon, Min Tanaka and Bebe Miller. Along with his own work and research in (e)feminized ritual performance, he has formed alliances with artists whose work gather inspiration and influence from the various ecologies with which they come into contact. Darrell is presently a full-time faculty member at the Columbia College Chicago Dance Center.
Sam Kim is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer who has been making work since the mid ' 90s. Sam considers herself an outsider working in an outsider's formher choreographic practice is a means of deeply engaging in a personal game of brinkmanship. Her work has been presented and commissioned by The Kitchen, NYLA, Barnard College, DTW, Danspace Project, PS122 and Gibney Dance, among many other venues. She looks forward to an upcoming commission for Zenon Dance in Minneapolis and to the premiere of her newest work in development, Fear in Porcelain, at The Chocolate Factory in November 2016.
Jon Kinzel is a choreographer and visual artist whose work has been presented in a variety of national and international venues since 1988. His recent show at The Chocolate Factory, Someone Once Called Me A Sound Man (2013), received Best of 2013 in Artforum. He co-curated the Movement Research Festival Fall 2010 and has taught at Barnard College, NYU, Lincoln Center Education, Yale, GWU, Gibney Dance Center, Dance House, TsEKh, and the Merce Cunningham Trust.
Kai Kleinbard is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique Teacher and the director of bodyLITERATE (thebodyliterate.com), a center that engages young learners through embodied learning. He draws inspiration from his practice of tai chi, aikido and urban dance styles (including popping, house and bruk-up). As an improviser, he invokes the fantastical, including cartoons, robots, machines and monsters. Kleinbard has presented work at Movement Research, Roulette, FringeArts, Dixon Place, and the NY Transit Museum. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Jadin Wong award, recognizing emerging Asian American artists.thebodyliterate.com
Elise Knudson is a New York based dancer/dance-maker. She has created about thirty long and short works, which have been presented around New York City, in Canada and Mexico. She holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University and has worked with Koosil-ja/DanceKumiko, Risa Jaroslow, Luke Gutgsell and other wonderful people. Elise recently set a dance on Manhattanville College students and taught Theory and Practice of Improvisation at Yale University.
Sarah Konner is a dance artist, improviser and functional movement educator—interested in the interplay between ecology and somatic arts. Sarah makes and presents her own work (improvisation, set composition, and dance for the camera) and also dances and performs with others including ChavasseDance&Performance, Shura Baryshnikov, Elise Knudsen, Aaron Brandes, Megan Kendzior, Alex| Xan: The Median Movement, Headlong Dance Theater, and a continuing, hopefully lifelong, collaboration with Austin Selden. Her original choreography has been presented by various venues including Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts, Berkshire Fringe Festival, A.W.A.R.D. Show! Philadelphia, Urban Research Theater Symposium on Masculinity, and an upcoming site specific performance at the Detroit Institute of Art. Sarah got wrapped up in the practice, beauty, and community of contact improvisation and it continues to feed her (to seemingly-no-end) as a dancer, an artist, and a human being. Sarah is currently working with a Contact Improvisation performance group and has been part of the Ground Research working group of teachers and performers of Contact Improvisation since 2012. Sarah received a BFA in Dance and a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan, and has training in Yoga, Pilates, Structural Integration, and Body-Mind Centering®
Joanna Kotze's work has been presented at Danspace Project, Bard College, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, NYLA Studio Series, DNA and other venues. She received the 2013 "Bessie" for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer; is a 2013-2015 Movement Research AIR and a 2014 LMCC Process Space resident; and has had recent residencies at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Djerassi and Bogliasco. Joanna danced with Wally Cardona for ten years and currently dances for Sam Kim. She has studied Klein Technique with Barbara Mahler since 2003 and has a BA in Architecture.
Courtney Krantz is a cross-disciplinary artist based in Brooklyn who makes work in dance, film and video. Her work has recently been presented at The Kitchen (NY), Roulette (NY), Movement Research at Judson Church (NY), The Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI), Center for Performance Research (NY), Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (IA), Milwaukee Underground Film Festival (WI), Anthology Film Archives (NY), Millennium Film Workshop (NY) and Festival Novog Filma i Videa (Serbia). She holds an MA in Media Studies from The New School and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Recent artist residencies include Dance & Process at The Kitchen (NY, 2015) and Movement Research (NY, 2012-2014). She is a 2015-2016 participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program. LMCC.net. For further info please visit: courtneykrantz.com
Tara O’Con graduated with honors from Roger Williams University in 2003, and has been making and performing work in NYC ever since. Her own work has been commissioned and presented at Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks Residency 2007), The Chocolate Factory Theater (2008 and 2010), Danspace Project (2009), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's River To River Festival (2012), and New York Live Arts (Studio Series 2013). She was a 2012-2014 Movement Research Artist in Residence. She has been a collaborating artist with Third Rail Projects since 2007, most recently originating the role of Alice in the immersive theater experience, Then She Fell, and is currently developing a new immersive show with TRP, The Grand Paradise, slated to open in fall 2015. Tara is also a freelance user experience design strategist- taraoconexperiencedesign.com
Claudia La Rocco is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), selected poetry, performance texts and criticism. She edited I Don't Poem: An Anthology of Painters and Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, the catalogue for Danspace Project's PLATFORM 2015, which she curated. Her work has been presented by The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, Kiria Koula, Tokyo's Dance New Air Festival, et al. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts' graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing, contributes to The New York Times and Artforum.com and runs ThePerformanceClub.org. The Chocolate Factory Theater has commissioned her first novel.
Born in Korea, NY based choreographer and theatre artist, founder of Limbo, part of the first generation of independent arts movements in Korea, performance: BAM Fisher, DUMBO Dance Festival, DTW, NYLA, Kitchen, La MaMa, Dixon Place, LMCC's Siteline2010, Watermill Center, and Judson Church etc. residencies: 2009-10 Cave Share Residency, The Field's Emerging AIR, 13' Spring Residency, '09 Watermill international program, 2011-12 Fresh Tracks Artist (New York Live Arts), Skidmore College guest artist (SITI Company), recipient of the Arts Council Korea Fellowship (Korea,'11-12), current: associated artist of Theatre C Company, Movement Research Artist-in-Residence (2014-2016). www.yangheelee.org
Molly Lieber recently performed in works by luciana achugar, Keely Garfield, Neil Greenberg, Maria Hassabi, Melinda Ring, Brian Rogers, and Donna Uchizono. She makes dances in collaboration with Eleanor Smith.
Melanie Maar is a dance artist and teacher. Gertraud Maar, Daria Faïn, Master Li Junfeng and Janet Panetta have deeply influenced her teaching, which is based on her artistic practice. Maar recently taught for Laboratorio Somático Escénico Mexico, The Danish National Dance School, Pieter L.A. and Tanzstudio Maar Vienna. She was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and is currently working on Dämmerung with Kenta Nagai. She has performed with choreographers luciana achugar, RoseAnne Spradlin and Luis Lara Malvacías.
Barbara Mahler is a widely respected choreographer, movement educator, bodyworker and a recipient of a 2013 BAX Arts Educator Award. She travels extensively in all of these capacities, a certified teacher and major contributor in the outreach of Klein Technique™. Her choreographic vision and passion is the small and intimate dance. An alumni of Hunter College, NYC, she holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Barbara has been a recipient of many grants and residencies to support her teaching and choreographic research and has been a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Upcoming include a LIFT OFF residency, and workshops in Berlin, London and Israel. She is a teacher and certified practitioner of ZeroBalancing. www.barbaramahler.net
Luis Lara Malvacías (Venezuela) has presented work in NY at DTW, PS122, Danspace Project and The Kitchen among other venues in the city. He has taught and created work at several institutions in the U.S. and regularly teaches and presents work in Europe, South America and Asia. He has been a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and is the recipient of a 2006 NYFA Fellowship for Choreography.
Juliette Mapp is a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in NYC. Juliette has taught and performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. She has been on the faculty of The George Washington University, Hunter College and Fordham University and currently teaches at The New School. Juliette is a 2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She received a "Bessie" in 2002 for her dancing and one in 2008 for choreography.
Susan Mar Landau is a New York City based dramaturg and interdisciplinary artist. As a dramaturg she has collaborated with choreographers Vanessa Anspaugh, Aretha Aoki, Maximilian Balduzzi, Daria Faïn, Levi Gonzalez, Emily Johnson and Carlos Maria Romero. Landau holds a BA from Hampshire College, a MA in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of London, and a Graduate Certificate in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from CUNY.
Clare Maxwell leads workshops in the Alexander Technique for performers, somatic practitioners, Alexander teachers, and therapists. The Technique became her root practice after she discovered it with Eva Karczag. Clare maintains a private practice in NYC and is inspired by the Dart Procedures, a form of developmental movement historically linked with the Alexander Technique. Clare is dedicated to helping her students leave injury and burnout behind and have long, sustainable careers doing what they love.
Yvonne Meier has been exploring improvisation in performance and teaching Releasing Technique, Authentic Movement and her own improvisational technique, "Scores," throughout the U.S. and Europe for the past 32 years. She has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival for the past 5 years. She has taught dance companies such as Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker's Rosas and Meg Stuart's Damaged Goods Company, among others. For her choreography, Yvonne Meier has received three "Bessies" as well as an "American Masterpiece Award" from the NEA.
Johanna S. Meyer is a teacher and choreographer. She has made work since the 1990s in New York City and recently graduated with an MFA in Dance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Johanna's Pilates teaching incorporates dance, somatic practices, and strength training. She uses these approaches as tools to work with a wide range of bodies from dancers to people recovering from injuries.
Sarah Michelson is a choreographer living and working in NYC. She has been a guest curator at The Kitchen since 2003 which has included a deep ongoing commitment to the DAP program. She is basically a horrible teacher / not a teacher.
Jennifer Monson (Artistic director, choreographer and performer, iLAND-interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance) uses choreographic practice as a means to discover connections between environmental, philosophical and aesthetic approaches to knowledge and understandings of our surroundings. She creates large scale dance projects informed and inspired by phenomena of the natural and the built environment. Her recent projects include BIRD BRAIN (2000-05), iMAP/Ridgewood Reservoir (2007) in NYC, Mahomet Aquifer Project (2009) in Illinois, and SIP(sustained immersive process)/watershed (2010) in NYC. Her current project is Live Dancing Archive. Monson is on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Dance Department.
Charles Mosey has been practicing, researching, facilitating, and teaching Contact Improvisation for over 20 years. In that time, he has had the opportunity to work in depth with Daniel Lepkoff and Nancy Stark Smith.
Jeremy Nelson was a member of the Stephen Petronio Dance Company and has also danced in the work of David Zambrano, Susan Rethorst, Luis Lara Malvacías, in his own work, and with improviser Kirstie Simson. He is the recipient of a "Bessie" for performance and a Guggenheim Fellowship for choreography. In the last 30 years, he has taught classes/workshops in over 30 countries at venues including ADF, ImPulsTanz, and P.A.R.T.S. He was Head of the Dance Department at the Danish National School of Performing Arts from 2009-15 and is now Associate Professor at Tisch School of the Arts.
Adele is a NYC-based dancer and Alexander Technique teacher. She received her 1600-hour training at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT), where she continues to serve as assistant faculty and anatomy teacher, and she maintains a private teaching practice in Manhattan. As a dancer, Adele most recently worked with Annie-B Parson and rock musician St. Vincent in performance at the Hollywood Bowl, and as a member of the Liz Gerring Dance Company (2007-2015) when she was featured in Glacier, and nominated for a 2013 "Bessie". Adele is passionate about the thinking, moving body and seeks to help her students find freedom and balance in every aspect of their lives.
Jennifer Nugent danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2009-2014 and David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007, receiving a “Bessie” for her work with the company. She has worked intensively with Daniel Lepkoff, Lisa Race, Paul Matteson, Martha Clarke, Gerri Houlihan, and Dale Andre, among many others. Jennifer enjoys creating her own work and collaborating. She is currently working with Wendy Woodson and studying with Patty Townsend.
Tere O’Connor has been making dances since 1982. He has created over thirty works for his company and performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe, South America and Canada. O’Connor has also created numerous commissioned works for dance companies around the world. Among these have been solo work for Mikhail Baryshnikov and works for the Lyons Opera Ballet. He is an active participant in the New York dance community, mentoring young artists, teaching, writing, curating and volunteering in various capacities. He is a Center for Advanced Studies professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he resides for the spring semester each year.
Tim O'Donnell has been studying, teaching and performing CI for over 15 years throughout Europe and the USA. His exploration in the form is strongly rooted in a deep physical listening and a sense of adventure. His classes range from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic. He holds an MFA in Dance and has been a somatic bodyworker since 1991. He has been a returning guest artist at ASU for the past five years and is currently teaching and performing in NYC, where he resides.
Jaime Ortega is a movement artist, therapist and educator. For over 35 years, he has studied a wide variety of movement practices and body technologies, with an emphasis in somatic approaches to embodiment. He is interested in the powers of the body for expression, healing and awareness. He is a certified practitioner of the Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy®, a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, and studies and teaches yoga in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar tradition. Co-Teaching with Nina Martin, RoseAnne Spradlin, and Sarah White-Ayón.
Margaret Paek is dedicated to collaboration and sees dance as a life practice. She is a Lower Left collective artist (www.lowerleft.org ) and is deeply influenced by her relationships with Contact Improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, Barbara Dilley, Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Dahlia Nayar, Loren Kiyoshi Dempster and their daughter. Margaret also teaches regularly at Marymount Manhattan and Manhattanville Colleges. www.margaretpaek.com
iele paloumpis comes from a long line of self-identified witches who have passed down generations of family folklore. As a life-long dance artist, iele feels that engaging in a movement practice can be deeply restorative. Their healing work is rooted in kinesthetic awareness, Tarot, herbal medicine, and some astrological know-how – all within a framework that centers on social justice. They have practiced Tarot for 19 years, most recently under the mentorship of Eva Yaa Asantewaa. iele received their BA from Hollins University in 2006 and is currently studying under the guidance of Deanna Cochran to become an end of life doula.
As a veteran of the American Ballet Theatre, Janet Panetta also has a broad experience of contemporary dance forms. She has trained dancers in many of the major American companies such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, as well as many European companies such as ROSAS and Pina Bausch. Ms. Panetta is also available for private classes and coaching.
Chrysa Parkinson is a dancer living in Brussels, Belgium and Berkeley, California. She lived in New York for many years and performed with Tere O'Connor Dance, Irene Hultman, Mia Lawrence, Jennifer Monson and Mark Dendy, among others. She began traveling to Belgium in 2000 to work on improvisational performance with Zoo/Thomas Hauert and David Zambrano. Since then she has also performed with: Veli Lehtovaara, Remy Heritier, Boris Charmatz, Andros Zins-Browne, Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jonathan Burrows, Mette Ingvartsen, Philip Gehmacher, Eszter Salomon, John Jasperse, Deborah Hay, Alix Euynadi, Meg Stuart and Joaquim Koester. She has taught in the US, Europe and Australia, and yearly at P.A.R.T.S. (be) since 1998. Chrysa's writing and films have been published and distributed internationally. Her most recent documentation is available at Oralsite.be The Dancer as Agent Collection. She is the Director of the New Performative Practices MFA program at DOCH in Stockholm.
Jimena Paz was born in Buenos Aires. She has had the pleasure of working with Lance Gries, Vicky Shick, Susan Rethorst, the Stephen Petronio Company ('99-'06), Martha Clarke, Ralph Lemon, Constanza Macras (Germany), Iris Scaccheri (Argentina), Liz Gerring, Burt Barr, Virginie Yassef (France) and Antonio Ramos, among others. She is currently on faculty at Movement Research and Eugene Lang College at The New School and teaches internationally. A Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Jimena works on somatic approaches to dance at the Feldenkrais Institute in New York and in her private practice.
Anthony Phillips works with Contact Improvisation as a physical practice and creative process to explore the dynamic possibilities of relationship through movement. Integration of sensation and action is his primary interest as a performer, teacher, and massage therapist. He works with touch as a tool to cultivate awareness and support the free flow of energy through the body. Anthony has worked extensively in the companies of Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Bebe Miller, Yoshiko Chuma, and Robin Becker.
California-born/bred, Philadelphia-based choreographer and performer Jumatatu Poe grew up dancing around the living room and at parties with his siblings and cousins. His style continues to be influenced by various sources, including his foundational training in those living rooms and parties, his early technical training in contemporary African dance, his rigorous studio practices of American and European modern/contemporary/improvisation techniques, and his recent sociological research of and technical training in J-setting. Poe frequently produces dance and performance works with idiosynCrazy productions, a company he founded in 2008 and now co-directs with Shannon Murphy. Since 2012, he has been engaged in a shared, multi-tiered performance practice with NYC-based dance artist Jesse Zaritt. Since 2011, he has been training under and performing with J-Sette artist Jermone Donte Beacham. Previously, Poe has danced with Marianela Boán, Silvana Cardell, Tania Isaac, Charles. O. Anderson/Dance Theatre X, Marissa Perel, Leah Stein, Keith Thompson, Kate Watson-Wallace, and Kariamu Welsh (as a member of Kariamu & Company). As a performer, he also collaborates with Merián Soto. Poe is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Swarthmore College.
Kayvon Pourazar is of Persian origin and was raised in Iran, Turkey and England. He has performed in the works of Beth Gill, Levi Gonzalez, K.J. Holmes, John Jasperse, Juliana May, Jodi Melnick, Jennifer Monson, Donna Uchizono, Doug Varone, Gwen Welliver and Yasuko Yokoshi. He received a 2010 "Bessie" for Performance. He has been a guest artist teacher at TsEKh Moscow, Bennington College, University of Nebraska and Sacramento State University. He currently performs with Juliana May.
Katy Pyle is the creator of the Ballez. The Firebird, a Ballez was presented at Danspace Project in Spring and Fall 2013, and has been in residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange since 2013, performing throughout the city, and presented Variations on Virtuosity at American Realness this past January. Pyle has performed with Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, John Jasperse, Xavier Le Roy, Karinne Keithley Syers, Young Jean Lee, Jennifer Monson, and Katie Workum, among others.
Otto Ramstad is a certified teacher of Body-Mind Centering® who has been teaching BMC®, dance, and improvisation internationally for almost twenty years in contexts such as Impulstanz, Vienna, Movement Research, NYC, Ponderosa, Germany, TanzLaboratorium, Kiev and for dance companies such as Axis Dance Company (California), Lyon Opera Ballet (Lyon), and Young Dance (Minneapolis). BodyCartography Project, which he co-directs with Olive Bieringa, was named Dance Company of the Year 2013 and Artists of the Year 2008 by the Twin Cities City Pages. Recent performance works have been commissioned by the Walker Art Center, PS122, American Realness, Dance Place in DC, among others. bodycartography.org
Will Rawls is a choreographer, performer and writer exploring the instability of identity and form through live performance. Curious about the ambiguous nature of dance as a medium, his choreographic practice employs movement, often in conjunction with text, objects and other media, to reconsider how personal and cultural histories are embodied, resisted and reconstructed.
Since 1975, Susan Rethorst has created dances out of New York City. Rethorst's work has been presented by The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, The Downtown Whitney Museum, among others, as well as at various dance theaters, universities, and festivals throughout the U.S. Internationally her work has been produced by The Holland Festival, Spazio Zero Rome, The Kunsthalle Basel, The Aix-en-Provence Festival, among others.
Melinda Ring, choreographer, born in Los Angeles, CA, has lived and worked in New York since 2001. She creates dances, performance pieces, videos and installations. Forgetful Snow (2014), her last project, was commissioned and presented by The Kitchen, NY and The Box, Los Angeles, and documented by Contact Quarterly in Chapbook 6, "Forgetful Snow". Current work in-progress has been supported by Yaddo, Headlands Center for the Arts, Whitman College and Movement Research (AIR 2014-2016). She has developed programing as an artist-curator for Danspace Project. Educated Bennington College (MFA) and University of California, Los Angeles (BA); Critic in sculpture, Yale School of Art, 2014 - present; full-time visiting instructor in Dance, UCLA, Spring 2016 (Movement Research exchange program).
Tamar Rogoff is a choreographer and filmmaker who explores the outer limits of how people negotiate extreme circumstances. Her work has been presented at numerous venues, both nationally and internationally, including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, PS122, La MaMa Theater, and the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn. Rogoff was movement coach to Emmy award-winning Claire Danes for HBO's "Temple Grandin," and also coached the lead actor in Stephen Daldry's film "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." Her choreographic work "Diagnosis of a Faun," which became the subject matter for her and Daisy Wright's documentary "Enter the Faun," premiered at La MaMa in 2009 and subsequently toured. Rogoff's work is featured in the book "Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces." She is an adjunct faculty member at the Experimental Theater Wing at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and has been teaching and developing her unique brand of bodywork classes for over twenty-five years.
Gregg Mozgala is the Artistic Director of The Apothetae, a theater company dedicated to the production of works that explore and illuminate the "Disabled Experience." A critically acclaimed actor and playwright, Gregg has been in various New York productions Off and Off-Off Broadway. Along with choreographer, Tamar Rogoff, he has been invited to speak about the effects of cerebral palsy at the Wyss Institute For Biological Engineering at Harvard University, La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago, Eastern Carolina University Medical School, Columbia University Medical School and the Kennedy-Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. He now teaches and works with adults and young people with CP and he helped to start the first "Cerebral Posse" in New York City.
Jen Rosenblit has been making dances in NYC since 2005. Rosenblit has taught for CLASSCLASSCLASS, Bowdoin College and Hollins University. In NYC, her work has premiered at New York Live Arts, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church and Issue Project Room. Rosenblit is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Art 2012 Grant for Artists. She was a 2013 Fellow at Insel Hombroich, and her newest work, a Natural dance, premieres at The Kitchen May 29-31.
Judith Sánchez Ruíz is a Cuban born choreographer, improviser and teacher based in New York since 1999 and relocated to Berlin in 2011. She has worked with Trisha Brown Dance Company, David Zambrano, DD Dorvillier, Jeremy Nelson & Luis Lara Malvacías, Deborah Hay, Sasha Waltz & Guests among others. Her works have been presented internationally in theaters, festivals, museums and galleries. In 2010 she founded JSR Company in New York City, focusing in multidisciplinary and site-specific performances. Sánchez has created works at different companies and dance institutions, and has taught workshops and master classes throughout the world.
Eva Schmidt is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her creative practice spans the visual, performing and culinary arts. She enjoys eating outdoors and cooking for artists. Please contact Eva if you need a hot meal. Schmidt is currently training as a Life Chef. www.evakschmidt.tumblr.com
Peter Sciscioli is an interdisciplinary performer, creator, educator and producer, whose work encompasses dance, music, theater and film. He has worked extensively with Meredith Monk, Jane Comfort and Daria Faïn, and performed in work by Jonathan Bepler/Matthew Barney, Ping Chong, DD Dorvillier, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Fiona Templeton and Philip Glass/Mary Zimmerman, among others. Since 1997 he has been creating work with a wide variety of collaborators for performance, site-specific and gallery venues throughout the world. He has taught and facilitated labs in countries from Mexico to Macedonia and coached several dance companies in voice work, most recently Milka Djordjevich and Yackez. www.petersciscioli.com
Shelley Senter is an independent and collaborative performer, choreographer and teacher whose work has been presented worldwide. She has been investigating the application of the principles of the Alexander Technique for thirty years, a certified teacher for more than twenty. Her interest is rooted in the ephemerality and materiality of bodies; their design, biologies, biographies, and relationships, as well as the un/sub/consciousness of kinesthetic experience that underlies the possibility for shared narratives and collective choreographic maps.
Vicky Shick has been involved in the NYC dance community for three decades. She worked with many choreographers, is a former member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company and received "Bessies" for performance and choreography. In addition to showing work at Danspace, DTW, The Kitchen, PS122, Movement Research at Judson Church and WET, she has made dances for Arizona State University, Barnard College, Bryn Mawr and George Washington University. Shick was a 2006 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant recipient, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, and is a 2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.
Paul Singh earned his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois. Paul 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 was also in the creation cast for the opera The Indian Queen under the direction of Peter Sellars. His work has been 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. Paul has taught Contact Improvisation around the world during CI training festivals in Israel, Spain, Germany, France and India. While in NYC, Paul hopes to continue dancing and choreographing for his little company, Singh & Dance, until his feet fall off. www.paulsinghdance.com
Samita Sinha is a composer and vocal artist who combines tradition with experiment to create new forms, combining raw energy with a deep grounding in North Indian classical music, embodied practices, and folk and ritual music in several languages. www.samitasinha.com
Jules Skloot is a dancer, performance maker, and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. Jules received a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to collaborating with and performing in the works of Katy Pyle, Jules has performed in New York with Sara Rudner, Peggy Gould, niv Acosta, devynn emory, Margot Bassett, and Will Davis. Jules teaches dance at the Brooklyn Friends School, and is assistant director of an arts and social justice focused summer camp for young people in Northern Virginia.
Stephanie Skura, "major American experimentalist" & "Bessie" award-winner, has researched, performed & taught movement & performance for three decades in fourteen countries and 30 U.S. states. She investigates boundaries & intersections of dance, poetry and performance, with a deep respect for individual diversity & subconscious realms. She has a passion for collaboration, as political act as well as artistic choice, and for sustainability both in nature & performance. A former New Yorker directing a touring dance company, she now lives near Seattle & travels frequently. More info at www.stephanieskura.com.
Mårten Spångberg is a choreographer living and working in Stockholm and Brussels. His interest concerns choreography in the expanded field, something he has approached through experimental practices and creative processes in a multiplicity of formats and expressions. He has created more than 20 stage works, and has also been active in visual art, architecture and has a close relationship to theory. He has thorough experience in teaching both theory and practice, and has published extensively. In 2011 his first book Spangbergianism was published.
Anna Sperber's work has been presented by The Kitchen, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Gibney Dance, American Dance Festival (ADF) among many other venues. Anna has an been an Artist in Residence at BAX, Gibney Dance Center (DiP), LMCC Process Space, Movement Research, and Sugar Salon at Barnard College. As a performer she has worked with luciana achugar and Juliette Mapp. She co-founded classclassclass, and has taught at Movement Research, DNA, Gibney Dance, ADF, and George Washington University
RoseAnne Spradlin, NYC-based choreographer, is interested in body consciousness and presence of the performer. She has taught in England, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Greece, Amherst, Berkeley, etc. Spradlin has received a "Bessie," Guggenheim, Lambent and FCA Award, among others. She is the winner of a 2014 US Artist Ford Fellowship in Dance and is the Director of a new low-residency MFA in Choreography and Visual Arts at Wilson College in PA.
Tasha Taylor, a Feldenkrais® practitioner since 2006, maintains a vibrant practice on the upper west side, primarily working with performing artists interested in improving their self-use. As a dancer, Tasha performed extensively with many innovative choreographers including Pat Cremins, Steve Gross, Dean Moss, Lynn Shapiro and RoseAnne Spradlin. She received a "Bessie" Award for her performance in Spradlin's Underworld. Tasha delights in improvisation and poetry and is curious about the relationship between movement, feeling and learning.
Leyya Mona Tawil is a conceptual artist working with dance and music practices. Her performance scores have been presented in 16 countries internationally, including ongoing collaborations in Berlin, Detroit, and Saint Petersburg, Russia. She is known for her location-based work; a prominent example is Destroy// All Places, which began in 2012 and has since taken residence in 19 cities including Rome, Cairo and Athens. She is the director of DANCE ELIXIR and TAC: Temescal Art Center.
Tatyana Tenenbaum is a choreographer and composer whose work explores the phenomenal singing body. From 2007-2009 she curated a monthly improvisational forum for musicians and dancers called "The Raw and the Cooked Show." This research evolved into a personal practice seeking to bring sensational practices of music and movement into the same thinking body. Her original work has been presented by the Chocolate Factory Theater, Dance Theater Workshop"s FRESH TRACKS, Temple University, and Pieter PASD (LA). She has performed and collaborated with artists Yoshiko Chuma, Daria Faïn, Jennifer Monson, and Levi Gonzalez, among others.
Donna Uchizono is a dance artist based in New York City and Artistic Director of Donna Uchizono Company, which has toured throughout the U.S, Europe and South America. A "Bessie" recipient, Uchizono has been recognized by numerous awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Alpert Award, Rockefeller Map Fund, National Endowment for the Arts grants, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, Jerome Foundation, National Dance Project, and NPN among others. She has been commissioned to create work for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Paula Vogel, and most recently for the Live Ideas Festival celebrating Oliver Sacks in honor of his 80th birthday. www.donnauchizono.org
Larissa Velez-Jackson is a NYC-based choreographer/multi-platform artist. She was a Movement Research Artist in Residence 2012-13, a boo-koo artist resident 2014 at Gibney Dance Center, and an El Museo del Barrio AIR 2014. Her last evening-length work, "Star Crap Method" premiered at Chocolate Factory Theater in 2014. She is now creating an evening-length work of her outlandish song and dance collaboration with husband Jon Velez-Jackson called YACKEZ at New York Live Arts in 2016/17.
Gwen Welliver is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She performed with Doug Varone and Dancers (1990-00), was a recipient of a "Bessie" for Sustained Achievement (2000), and served as Rehearsal Director for the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2000-07). Welliver's work has been presented on the stage and in gallery settings. Recent support for her process has come from NYFA, NYLA, LMCC, New Music USA, and CPR. Welliver has been a Movement Research faculty member since 1997 and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a 2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.
Sarah White-Ayón received her BFA in Dance from the University of Missouri, KC in 1999, and her Alexander Technique Teaching Certificate from the Balance Arts Center, NYC in 2007. In addition to maintaining a private practice in the Alexander Technique, she has taught at various schools in New York City including Balance Arts Center, Movement Research, Class Class Class, and Parson's School of Design. Additionally, she holds an MFA in video art from the School of Visual Arts Photo, Video & Related Media Program, 2011.
Abby Zbikowski is a choreographer, an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is on faculty at the American Dance Festival. Her choreographic work with her company, Abby Z and the New Utility, has been presented by Gibney Dance Center in NYC and Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, among other venues. She has been an artist in residence as part of the nEW Festival in Philadelphia and at the Bates Dance Festival. Abby has studied intensively at Germaine Acogny's L'École de Sables in Senegal, holds a BFA in dance from Temple University and an MFA in dance from Ohio State University, where she worked closely with mentor Bebe Miller.
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Ilona Bito holds a BA and MS Ed. from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently teaches with Movement Research Dancemakers in the Schools, Abrons Arts Center, WMAAC, and Common Ground Summer Camp. She has performed with Kathy Westwater, The Commons Choir, the A.O.M.C, and as an organizer of Occupy Dance. Bito's current solo process investigates improvisation in public spaces to uncover the radical social context of the dancing body. Her group process is practicing play.
Jordan Chlapeka received his master's degree in Performance Studies from New York University's Tisch School and earned bachelor's degrees in Advertising and Anthropology from Southern Methodist University. He has performed dance and theatrical works from Mexico to Yale School of Drama and worked with notable artists including Richard Move, Rev. Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping, Jesusa Rodriguez and Anna Deavere Smith. He also was movement director of Romeo/Juliet, an innovative take on the classic, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He regularly performs with LINKED Dance-theatre and has been working on immersive performances that dialogue with the public sphere. His love of contact improv started at NYU in 2011 when he was encouraged to visit a jam after a visiting artist and has since called contact improv dance his home in movement moving from jams to classes and classes to underscore.
Chisa Hidaka, MD, directs the Dolphin Dance Project (www.dolphin-dance.org) in which, together with partner Ben Harley, she brings together wild dolphins and trained human dancers to co-create underwater dances in the open ocean, and to present the dances on film. Her approach to improvising with wild dolphins stems from her 25+ practice of Contact Improvisation (CI), which she has studied with many wonderful teachers, including Nancy Stark Smith. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors and the CI Committee of Earthdance, where she has curated and co-facilitated several CI Jam events. A graduate of Barnard College and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, she currently teaches anatomy in the Barnard Dance Department through a course developed based on her training in dance improvisation and experience in orthopedics research. In Dolphin Dance Project and in practicing the Underscore, Chisa is interested in exploring how our understanding and experience of being in community is expressed and informed by the compositional elements that arise as dancers improvise together.
Tamar Kipnis, MS, NCPsyA, BC-DMT is a Licensed Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist and a Licensed Psychoanalyst in Private Practice, NYC. Tamar has been studying Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Tai Chi, Anatomical Dance and Yoga. Tamar performed with Dean Street FOO Butoh dance group in NYC 2007-2012 and has been facilitating Authentic Movement workshops in various venues nationally and internationally.
Sarah Konner is a dancer/choreographer and teaches Contact Improvisation, Yoga, and Pilates. She has been practicing and studying Contact Improvisation since 2005 and has teaching experience in New York and elsewhere. Sarah spent most of the past year living, working, performing, studying, teaching, and regularly practicing Contact Improvisation at Earthdance Creative Living. She has studied at length with Nancy Stark Smith, Christian Burns, and David Brick, and also with Tim O'Donnell, Alicia Grayson, Kirstie Simpson, Neige Christenson, and Aaron Brandes. Sarah is currently working with a Contact Improvisation Performance Group, Improv InSight, with Shura Baryshnikov and others, supported by the RISD Museum of Art and Brown University. She has also been part of the Ground Research working group of teachers and performers of Contact Improvisation since 2012. She has a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Performance experience includes ChavasseDance&Performance, Headlong Dance Theater, Megan Kendzior, the Median Movement, and continuing a hopefully lifelong collaboration with Austin Selden to continue to create new performance work.
Lucy Mahler, LMT, BFA , is certified in Skinner Releasing Technique, Kripalu yoga, Dreambody Worldwork, and Authentic movement. Dancer/muralist/body-centered therapist, Lucy established Creative Healing Alternatives in 1994 as a vehicle for bringing together all the Healing Arts. She teaches workshops in creative arts fusion, has a private healing practice and has performed her work and created many mural installations around NYC and abroad. She is author and illustrator of the children's book "Lucy Be".
Charles Mosey has been practicing, researching, facilitating, and teaching Contact Improvisation for over 20 years. In that time, he has had the opportunity to work in depth with Daniel Lepkoff and Nancy Stark Smith.
Brandin Steffensen makes dances that engage the dance artist's choreographed and spontaneous bodies. He is concerned with layering practices to create compelling ensemble and framing the work so its qualities are legible in a performance environment. His Pentamodes are dances based on archetypical modes of relationship and have been presented at the New Museum, Dance Theater Workshop, La MaMa, and The Tank, among others. His work with Deborah Hay and the lovely Keely Garfield plays in his head as he collaborates with Nancy Stark Smith to present her Underscore. He dances with Liz Gerring and reads about n-dimensional space and the properties of the physical universe that allow us to communicate using subatomic particles.