"the beautiful and the ominous mingle in thoughtfully poetic ways" - Village Voice
Marc Mann, originally from Georgetown, Guyana, lives between Berlin and New York City. After receiving a B.F.A. in Dance from S.U.N.Y Purchase, he joined the Martha Graham Dance Company. His other professional credits include: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theatre, Robert Wilson, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Bill Young, Lar Lubovitch, and Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out. He has taught throughout the U.S. and Europe and from 2002-2006 at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona, Spain. He is currently in his seventh season collaborating with Kimberly Bartosik’s Daela project.
Joanna Seitz is an artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. The primary focus being photography, her work has also included video, installation, set and costume design. Over the past few years, she has had the pleasure of collaborating with a number of choreographers including: Bill Young/Colleen Thomas, Amanda Loulaki, Curt Haworth and The Labor Union. Joanna is presently working on her MFA at Hunter College.
Jessica Stroh was born and raised in Ocala, Florida and is a current senior at the University of South Florida attaining a BFA in Dance along with a Minor in Psychology where she received the BRAVO! 2014-2015 Scholarship in Dance. Stroh has worked with Maurice Causey, Yaniv Abraham, Robert Moses, Jennifer Archibald, Sandrine Cassini, Sarah Gamblin, Bliss Kohlmyer, Paula Nunez, and Andrew Carroll. This past summer Stroh received a scholarship to go to Paris, France with the University of South Florida’s Dance in Paris Program under the direction of Michael Foley where she worked with Paula Suarez and Kevin Quinaou among many others. In Paris, Stroh met Colleen Thomas and was invited to join her in the creation of her beautiful work that is being presented tonight. Stroh is honored to work with such an innovative artist and cast. This is Stroh’s first time performing in New York.
Sam Allen is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. She's had the pleasure of working with talented artists in NYC and Chicago including Colleen Thomas, Katie Workum, Julie Mayo, Yanira Castro & Jeff Janisheski, Buck Wanner, Jessie Young and others. She is currently working on all things Institut IDGAF with her brilliant collaborators Devika Wickremesinghe and Chris Cascarano. Sam is a writer and editor and is in the midst of working on a documentary. Endless gratitude.
Julia Burrer, who hails from Austin, recently graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance. She studied abroad at Rotterdamse Dansacademie in the Netherlands, as well as participated in the International Dance Exchange in Essen, Germany. She has performed in works by Megan Williams, Daniel Charon, and Adriane Fang. She most recently performed with Chimaera Physical Theater under the direction of Mollye Maxner and Kathy Couch.
Adriane Fang received a BA with a double major in Dance and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point in 1994. Subsequently moving to New York City, she has worked with several choreographers including Wally Cardona and Penny Vercelline before joining Doug Varone and Dancers in 1996. She is currently on the faculty of George Mason University and has taught and staged the works of Doug Varone for various universities and companies, including North Carolina School of the Arts, CityDance Ensemble, BalletMet Columbus, George Mason University, Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota. She has taught at the ADF Winter Intensive and the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia and sporadically teaches in NYC at Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam and the 92nd Street Y. She has shown her work at Danspace Project in December 2005, in a program shared with Colleen Thomas.
Raja Feather Kelly
Raja Feather Kelly Is A Company Member Of David Dorfman Dance, Zoe | Juniper, Reggie Wilson/ Fist And Heel Performance Group, Racedance, Pearsonwidrig Dancetheater And Also Performs With Tzveta Kassabova And Paul Matteson. He Has Had The Pleasure Of Performing In The Work Of Christopher Williams, Colleen Thomas And Dancers, And Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion Through The Premiere Of The Radio Show, Which Received A New York Dance & Performance (Bessie) Award. Kelly Has Been A Guest Artist At New York University, The University Of Virginia, Memphis University, University Of Florida, Dance House In Melbourne, Au And Most Recently A Guest Lecturer At The University Of Maryland, College Park, And A Guest Choreographer At Princeton University. Kelly’s Work Has Been Shown At Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts, The Center For Performance Research, Velocity Dance Center And The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage .
Ted Johnson is a long distance adjunct artist of long standing with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange who lives in New York City. He was a member of Bebe Miller Company for 8 years and Ralph Lemon Company for 2, in addition to working with a marvelous number of other choreographers over the last 20 years. These include Amy Sue Rosen, David Alan Harris, Sarah Pogostin, Li Chiao-Ping, Eun Me Ahn, Stephan Koplowitz, Charles Wright and Cheng-Chieh Yu. Ted has a background in visual arts (drawing, painting and design), theater and voice. He has been a student of Klein Technique with Barbara Mahler and Susan Klein for over a decade, and continues to practice his love of contact/improvisation, in play and in performance, which are really one and the same. His experience with the transformational process of The Work of Byron Katie has become a radical catalyst in his life.
Keith Johnson is originally from Tempe, Arizona. He received his MFA from the University of Utah where he was awarded the Dee R. Winterton Award for Excellence in Dance. He has danced in the companies of Ririe-Woodbury, Creach/Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Doug Varone and Dancers. Keith Johnson/Dancers was premiered in 1998 to favorable reviews in Los Angeles. Keith has been awarded the Choo San Goh Award for emerging choreographers as well as funding and support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Keith is currently an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach. In 2005, he was awarded the Most Valuable Professor in The College of the Arts at CSULB. He continues to freelance as a choreographer and teacher both nationally and abroad.
Since receiving her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase (1994), Rosalynde LeBlanc (performer) has been dancing professionally in NY. She was a member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1993-1999) and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1999-2002). She has also worked with Lawrence Goldhuber, Trisha Brown, Liz Gerring, and Martha Clarke, among others. Currently Ms. LeBlanc is on faculty at Long Island University and is a contributing writer for Dance Magazine. She can be seen the Emmy-Award winning dance documentary, Free to Dance, in Burt Barr’s short film, Roz and John Turturro’s upcoming film Romance and Cigarettes.
Anthony Phillips has worked with Bebe Miller Company, Bill Young and Dancers, Robin Becker and Company, The Jacobs Pillow Men Dancers Project, Daghdha Dance Company(Ireland), and Flamencos-en-Route(Switzerland) among others. He has been an ongoing collaborator with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks since 1997. He has taught as guest artist at Mimar Sinaan University(Turkey), University of Georgia and Hofstra University. His solo choreography has been presented in New York venues and at the 2nd annual Modern Dance Festival in Turkey.
Joseph Poulson is from Philadelphia, PA. and graduated from The University of Iowa, where he studied with Alan Sener and David Berkey. Joe is currently working on new works with Susan Marshall, David Dorfman, Yanira Castro, Jeanine Durning and Bill and Colleen. He spent the fall teaching on faculty at the University of Maryland in College Park and his choreography has most recently been performed in Maryland and Washington D.C.
Nathan Trice is the Artistic Director/Founder of nathantrice/RITUALS based in New York City. The project-by-project company was founded in 1998 and consists of a nucleus of eclectic artists with diverse backgrounds of expression. The collaborative aim of the artists is to inform and produce a (VAST) Visual Audio Sensory Theater experience. Nathan began his training in 1989 under the strict direction of Aulani Chun in San Diego, Ca. Mesa College. While training, he simultaneously completed his remaining two years of a four and a half year contract with the U. S. Military Naval service. Upon completion of his Naval contract he was accepted into the Alvin Ailey certificate program. Since completing the certificate program Nathan has worked with MOMIX Dance Co., Complexions, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/The Group, danzaiza, Burnt Sugar Arkistra, Forces of Nature Dance Co., Hiedi Latsky Dance Theater and his own group, nathantrice/RITUALS. Nathan and his company has toured throughout the United States, Bermuda, Japan, Argentina and Aruba over the past 8 years while teaching locally, nationally and internationally conducting master classes, workshops and lecture demonstrations. For the past 4 years Nathan has served as professor of dance at Long Island University’s dance department in Brooklyn NY and 2 years at LaGuardia high school of performing arts dance department. This summer Nathan will inaugurate his annual two-week Summer Intensive dance program in New York.
Darrin M. Wright
Darrin M. Wright , University of Illinois 2002, is a native from Los Angeles, CA. He started his early training with Rudy Perez, Janet Roston, and Ian Gary. Darrin was one of the last members of The Bella Lewitzky Dance Company as part of its farewell tour in 1997. Currently he dances in New York City with Susan Marshall and Company, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas and Co., Terry Creach's Creach/Company, and Jane Comfort and Company. When not dancing, Darrin has the pleasure of working at a bank in the East Village and sparking up a few ideas of his own on a continuous collaborative project, 24 fools, encouraging artists to come together and share alike ideas.
John McGrew is a composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, performer, and teacher currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Over the past ten years, McGrew has worked as a composer in the dance and theatre world, creating and performing compositions for artists like Jack Ferver, Colleen Thomas & Bill Young, Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Tony Orrico, & Enrico Wey. In 2013, McGrew composed the theme music for the TED Talk conference, TED Talk: The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered. (with Graham Fisk, artist Oliver Jeffers, and videographer Mac Premo). McGrew currently performs across the country with his Brooklyn-based rock group Apollo Run, whose "talent for quickly jelling melodies" was recognized by NPR, among others, including HuffingtonPost, Time Out NY, Crawdaddy!, LAist.com, and FutureSounds.com. McGrew's original dark fairy tale storybook record, 'The Village of Vale' will premiere at The Invisible Dog in February, 2015. www.johnmcgrewmusic.com
Rebecca M. K. Makus
Rebecca M. K. Makus holds an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts, a B.A. from Smith College, and is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Kennesaw State University outside Atlanta, GA. Her lighting and visual design for dance and theatre includes custom designed and built interactive light objects, transforming alternative performance spaces, and creating site-responsive work as well as designing in traditional venues. She has worked internationally at Lyon Opera Ballet, Opera de Monte Carlo, Tramway, Nuffield Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Sibiu International Theatre Festival. Her international work includes over 15 years of collaboration with Manchester, UK based Proto-type Theatre (Bunny's Last Night in Limbo, Three Ring, Cheap Thrills, Whisper, Museum of Dreams, The Good, The God and The Guillotine, and Virtuoso). She is resident designer for NYC based Bill Young, Colleen Thomas and Dancers (A Place in France, Life In Progress, and For Want) and has also designed for Colleen Thomas Dance (Winning You with Words (this is how we fall)). Rebecca's Atlanta based work includes lighting and/or visual designs for Ivan Pulinkala (Pyromania, Rhizome, Road Kill, Rinpoche, and Cocoon), Lauri Stallings of gloATL (Hippodrome, Vanguard, and I May Just) and a new work with Atlanta Ballet’s Artistic Director John McFall (Three).
Katherine Bergstrom began her dance training at Summit School of Dance in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology, where she performed works by Susan Rethorst, Beth Gill, Faye Driscoll, and Twyla Tharp. With Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Ms. Bergstrom danced in works by Kimi Nikaidoh, Dan Pahl, and Caitlin Trainor. Her choreography has been presented in Paris and New York City. She is currently a member of Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and e r a Dance Collective. Katherine is also a freelance writer and administrator for dance companies and organizations, and has worked with James Sewell Ballet, Zenon Dance Company, and Dance/NYC. She writes regularly about dance in New York City on her website, ptofcontact.wordpress.com.
Chris Lancaster has been actively composing and performing music for dance and theater since 1997. His instrument is an electro-acoustic cello of his own design. By using pickups embedded in the instrument Chris is able to isolate and bring out many subtleties, nuances, and responses of the classical cello that are not present in it’s acoustic state. This creates a unique and idiosyncratic sound and is one of the defining concepts of his electro acoustic instrument. Another defining factor is the way he processes the sound captured by the pickup. Chris uses a variety of effect pedals he controls with his feet while performing. The most important component of the audio processing is the real-time sampler. Chris records and samples himself while playing live, creating loops and multiple layered textures, sounds and songs. This effect is used very prominent in his live performances. His style is a result of his classical training, a deeply felt love of progressive and experimental pop music, and his dislike of genre classification and stereotypes. You can download samples of his work at http://homepage.mac.com/chrislancaster.
Currently Chris is working on new music for Bill T. Jones, Colleen Thomas, Sean Curran, and Staccato Movimento.
Tamara Joy Clarke
Tamara Joy Clarke is a Brooklyn based singer and dancer. She studied at Barnard College and has had the privilege to perform at some of New York's premiere venues such as The Joyce Soho, Dance Theater Workshop, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Bowery Electric. She is currently working on her first EP.
Rachel Jones Bellas
Rachel Jones Bellas has costumed dance and theater in New York City since 2007. Credits include Bluemouth Inc.’s How Soon Is Now? and Death By Water. She has also worked with Othershorein its premier performance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas and Dancersin their LIT series, and Colleen Thomas Dancein Catching Her Tears. Film credits include the short Ana & Anthony in Love. She holds a BFA in fashion design from FIT and studied theater at Atlantic Acting School.
Ehizoje Azeke majored in dance at Columbia University where he had the privilege of performing the work of Colleen Thomas, Camille A. Brown, Nicholas Leichter, and Bill T. Jones. Currently, he is signed to MSA New York. He has worked with artist including Madonna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Natasha Bedingfield, Carrie Underwood, and Joss Stone. On television, he has appeared on MTV, ABC, NBC, CBS, and will be appearing on HBO and Netflix this spring. He has appeared in the features films Carry Me Home and Bolden. Currently, he is an original cast member of Queen of the Night at the Diamond Horseshoe, and is working with Beyonce a several live performances.
Orlando Hunter is a Choreographer/Dancer who researches, illustrates and creates from an African-American male perspective. In his work he tackles issues resulting from a white supremacist system. Hunter grew up dancing hip-hop and graduated with a BFA in Dance from Univ. of Minnesota, where he performed works by Donald Byrd, Bill T. Jones, Carl Flink, Louis Falco, Colleen Thomas, Uri Sands, Stephen Petronio and Nora Chipaumire. His solo “Mutiny” was selected to represent the University of Minnesota at the 2011 ACDFA gala in Madison, Wisconsin. Orlando studied GLBT activism and history in Amsterdam and Berlin. He has performed with Christal Brown/INspirit Dance Company, Contempo Physical Dance, Forces of Nature, Makeda Thomas, Threads Dance Project, TU Dance and Ananya Chatterjea, an all women’s company where he was the first male member and toured with them to Trinidad & Tobago and Zimbabwe. Hunter is a co-founder of the collective Brother(hood) Dance!