An Airbnb Experience from THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE
Join us this fall for three intimate evenings of performance and conversation with Brooklyn-based artists
OCTOBER 19 / NOVEMBER 16 / DECEMBER 7
Evenings will begin with an intimate presentation of work from 3-4 artists, including but not limited to: dance, live music, short films, spoken word, and theater. Following the presentation, a member of the collective will lead a discussion among the artists and follow with an opportunity for questions and conversation with the audience. Before and after the program, guests, artists, and members of the collective will have time to connect one on one at the interest of those in attendance. Events will take place at various locations across Brooklyn.
Note: There is a possibility that we can accommodate open mic performances from audience members. If you are interested, let us know when you arrive! Max five minutes long and subject to availability.
Thursday, October 19 | 8:00PM
506 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Gabbie Burgess / dance
Kodi Milburn + Makayla Benedict / music
Reanna Combstock, soloist for SHIFT Dance Collective / dance
Rourou Ye / dance theater
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 8:00PM
The New Work Project
97 North 10th Street 2A, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Sarah Chien / dance
Jonathan Doherty + Georgia Gavran / dance
Primitive Heart / music
Diane Skerbec / dance
Anna Vomacka & Madeleine Leonard-Rose / dance
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 | 8:00PM
406 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
ARTIST BIOS / OCTOBER 19
MAKAYLA BENEDICT is a singer, actor, and chinchilla enthusiast based in New York City. Makayla is an alum of the New York Film Academy's Musical Theatre Conservatory. Her New York credits include, The Twenty Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pump n Go, and she just wrapped set on the new movie musical Plus One directed by T.J Mannix.
GABRIELLA BRUNO is a dancer and choreographer from Northern California. Gabriella has studied all genres of dance, including tap, jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, world dance, and musical theater. In 2014, she received her BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University. Gabriella graduated Magna Cum Laude. In addition to running SHIFT and performing in other dance companies such as Suku Dance Lab, Tap Overload, Abundance with Keomi Tarver, and Psychosomatic Dance, Gabriella works as a Teaching Artist and Art Therapy Coordinator in Brooklyn.
GABRIELLE BURGESS, originally from Dracut, MA, holds a BA in Dance from Hofstra University. At Hofstra, Gabrielle was fortunate enough to perform works by Doug Varone, Adam Barruch, Igal Perry, Robin Becker, Karla Wolfangle, Rachel List, and Ellie Kusner. Gabrielle has studied outside of Hofstra with Doug Varone and Dancers, Keigwin + Company, the Pantos Project, and at the Bates Dance Festival. She has worked in New York with Kelley Donovan, kamrDANCE, and with other freelance artists. In addition to performing, she creates and shows her own work, most recently at CBGDance at the Access Theater, and upcoming at Sans Limites 2017 at the Hudson Guild Theater.
KODI LYNN MILBURN is a down to earth Nebraska native. She moved to the city for a two year conservatory program at the New York Film Academy. During her time studying musical theater at NYFA, she sang at 54 below in Ewalt and Walkers' “The Making of Madeleine Moore”, belted in NYFA’s production of “Chess”, and worked with Bobby Cronin and Crystal Skillman on a musical adaption of the claymation film “Mary and Max.” Before leaving school she wrote a dance on film script called “Could you Dance in my Shoes” that was brought to its feet and directed by Deidre Goodwin. After graduating the program Kodi pursued many different avenues of the art world. She has been the assistant director for two readings at the New York Film Academy and a short film entitled “Je l’aime a Mourir.” She is currently working costumes on a production of “Urinetown” and will be attending the Manhattan Film Festival to see a film she appeared in called “Seeking Alice.” Kodi is absolutely ecstatic about her show moving forward, and she hopes it is the first of many.
ROUROU YE is a Chinese dancer and a choreographer. She finished her BFA in dance in Shanghai Theatre Academy in 2012 and her MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College in New York in 2017. During 2012-2016, she worked in the Musical Theater Department in Shanghai Conservatory of Music as a musical theatre choreographer and a dance teacher.
Her artistic interests tend to explore and interpret human life through physical bodies. She says “ My dances are all about my fantasies — broken fantasies.” Her projects are about her life. She talks about her fantasies, her love, her fear, her desire, her frustration etc. She questions herself all the time and shows her attitudes to those questions when she create new pieces. Instead of making her pieces based on complex movements, she has strong preferences on making dances emotionally and theatrically. She always thinks about why she has certain feelings and where are those feelings come from. Feelings become her dances.
ARTIST BIOS / november 16
SARAH CHIEN is a dancer, improviser and world traveler. She spent the last 4 years as a performer with Andre Zachery/Renegade Performance Group and now creates her own improvised works with various collaborators. Among her influential training experiences she counts living in Ecuador, studying at Barnard College, working with Elia Mrak, and practicing qigong with Daria Fain. She has also been a company member of Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (founding collaborator of The Window Sex Project), and toured internationally with Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance. a In 2013 she founded Floor Friends, an organization through which she curates and produces classes and workshops. For the past two Septembers, Sarah has been the only American of a group of 40-60 international performers invited to work intensively with David Zambrano in Europe. facebook.com/floorfriends vimeo.com/sarahchien
GEORGIA GAVRAN, a Wisconsin native, and JONATHAN DOHERTY, a Western Massachusetts native, both graduated from The University of the Arts receiving their BFA in Dance Performance under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. Originally introduced at school, they later found each other in Brooklyn, NY, where the friendship blossomed into collaborators. Georgia, animated and sarcastic, and Jonathan, quirky and mercurial, found themselves generating complex and interwoven movements. Utilizing their abstract pairing, they exist in a whimsical and erratic realm. Georgia and Jonathan have shown work together around the New York area at venues such as Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Triskelion Arts, JACK, and The Tank.
MADDIE LEONARD-ROSE, a native of Brooklyn, NY, began dancing at Dancewave where she performed works by Andrea Miller, David Dorfman, Kyle Abraham and Twyla Tharp, among others. She received a BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University in 2017 where she performed in works by Bebe Miller, Stephan Koplowitz, Susan Rethorst, and other graduate and undergraduate student choreographers. Maddie’s current research focuses around creating consensual rehearsal practices and working sustainably within her own body.
DIANE LYNN SKERBEC (dancer), from Cleveland, Ohio, received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography Cum Laude from Kent State University in 2012. After graduating, she studied with Jennifer Muller as a scholarship student. Miss Skerbec is currently dancing with NYC-based companies Chris Ferris & Dancers (director Chris Ferris) and Sleepdance (director Stephanie Sleeper), along with project-based company Tenth Intervention (curators Dorian Wallace and Hajnal Pivnik). Previous company work included Kinetic Architecture Dance Theatre (director Arrie Davidson) and JT Lotus Dance Company (director Jessie Tomanek). Alongside performing, Miss Skerbec has taught dance in several public schools, non-profit community centers, and dance studios throughout the city. She is currently an Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Scholar in the Hunter College Dance Education Masters of Art program.
ANNA VOMACKA is a movement artist and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. She trained at The Ohio State University where she collaborated with Bebe Miller on two original works. In 2016-17 Anna worked cwith former Trisha Brown dancer Vicky Shick on a recreation of Glacial Decoy (1979). Her choreographies explore idiosyncratic-difference and intersect with her commitment to social justice. Anna was part of the Bessie Award winning performance Timelining (The Kitchen, 2014; Guggenheim Museum, 2015).