A dance, live music + video hybrid series
FRIDAY, OCtober 13
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
627 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
"One of the best bars in the country" (Brokelyn)
of "metaphysical quality" (NY Times)
w/ a $10 suggested donation
The performance space is intimate so please RSVP and arrive early!
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Join us Friday, October 13th for an evening of
improvisation, performance and video featuring:
Dalit Agronin + Nicole Cameli | dance
Sarah Chien + Leah King | dance + music
Ainesh Madan | dance
Julie Magneville | film
Kodi Milburn + Makayla Benedict | music\
AJ Sharp | dance
ARTIST BIOS // october 13
DALIT AGRONIN graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2016 with a BA in Dance & Psychology. While in College, she studied abroad at the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, performed in works by both student and guest choreographers and attended American Dance Festival. Since moving to New York, Dalit has performed with Kelley Donovan & Dancers, Regina Nejman & Company, InstaDance Collective. Her choreography has been showcased in the Lehigh Valley and in NYC at Mark Morris Dance Center, The Tank and The Actors Fund.
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.
NICOLE CAMELI graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2016 where she studied and performed with notable choreographers including Doug Elkins, Kyle Abraham, Nick Bruder, and Larry Keigwin. Since graduating, Nicole attended the American Dance Festival as a student, where she performed with both faculty and student choreographers. Recently she has been choreographing and performing in the New York City and greater New Jersey area.
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
LEAH KING is a music producer and vocalist. She has performed in Paris, Prague, Rome, Vienna, New York, Rio, and Berlin and is a member of female:pressure international DJ collective. Get Leah's first EP, 'There Comes a Time' featuring a deep house remix by the uber-talented Michael Lovatt at leahking.bandcamp.com
AINESH MADAN is a New York based artist, native of India. He began dancing at the age of 14 at the Shiamak Davar’s Institute for the Performing Arts. At the age 18, Ainesh moved to Singapore to study theatre. He then arrived in the United States to study at Bard College on a full-tuition scholarship, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Economics.
Ainesh’s choreographic work has previously been presented globally, by venues such as The Judson Memorial Church, Dixon Place, Center for Performance Research, Triskelion Arts, Actor’s Fund Arts Center, Arts On Site, and The Tank in New York City (USA), the Leopold Museum in Vienna (Austria), and Alliance Française in Bangalore (India).
Ainesh is currently dancing with Hanna Q Dance Company, Bryce Dance Company and Dierdre Towers. He is working as an intern at Dance/NYC.
Ainesh is a recipient of the 2016 DanceWEB Award.
JULIE MAGNEVILLE is a french choreographer, director, performer, and wellness writer living between Paris and NYC. Julie studied at ESDC Rosella Hightower, the Lyon Conservatory, and The Ailey School. She has collaborated at Springboard Montreal and participated in the Gaga Intensive with Ohad Naharin in Israel. She has choreographed for SYTYCD and So We Dance and has been nominated best choreographer of the month by choreographer Mia Michaels.
Julie is the creator of "The sensitive and Breathing Motion" a therapeutic method for dancers of all styles, a certified Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga teacher, and is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of her own company, sponsored by the Paris Opera Star Monique Loudières. She has collaborated with artists from different fields including Taiwanese visual/media artist Ivan Liu, French interdisciplinary artist Laurent Barnavon, Canadian Jeremy Bailey, and director Pierre Nogueras.
er first short-film "In Memorium" has been selected in festivals in USA.
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.
AJ SHARP, originally from Garden City, Michigan, is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher in NYC. She is a graduate of Oakland University with a BFA in dance. AJ has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Alexandra Beller, The Creators Collective, Cora Dance, The Equus Projects, Doug Varone and Dancers, Tamika Daniels, Take Root Dance, and The Median Movement. She was chosen for Doug Varone’s Choreography Intensive in 2015, where she was mentored by Varone and presented a new work at 92 Y. AJ is excited to continue teaching, performing, and creating in NYC.
CHECK OUT SOME FOOTAGE FROM OUR
INAUGURAL READY FREDDY'S?! BACK IN JANUARY 2017
VIDEO: bUGSY GABRIEL
~ PAST dates ~
Wednesday, November 9
Doron Perk (dance)
Erica Lindegren (film)
Jenny Efremova (dance)
Jonathan Doherty (film)
Kimberly Murry (dance)
Mary Grace McNally (dance)
Nia & Ness (dance + spoken word)
Talia Koylass (dance + film)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25
Alex Bittner (video)
Brad Landers and Danielle Alexis Thompson (dance + music)
Caylee Shimizu (dance)
Georgia Gavran and Jonathan Doherty (dance)
Kareem Woods (dance)
Marissa Brown (dance)
The Ugly Architect (music)
The C5 Theater Company*
*The C5 Theater Company joined us for a three month residency from June-August,
exploring some multidisciplinary collaborative work in this unique setting.
THURSDAY, JULY 28
Alexis Robbins (dance)
Band of Others (music)
Javier Padilla (dance)
KaKe Dance (video)
The C5 Theater Company
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
Adam Sahilu (video)
John Botterio (poetry)
The C5 Theater Company
THURSDAY, MAY 26
Sarah Deaver (music)
Eoin Robinson (dance)
Anna Vomacka (dance video)
A special live art/sculpture performance from:
Ilaria Bochicchio w/ Ken Peyser and Anna Maria Sandegren
(together with Ashni's live music set!)
THURSDAY, APRIL 28
CEMA Dance (dance)
Juliana Garber (dance)
Stephanie Singer (music)
Members of Bodega Bay (music)
Julia Smith-Eppsteiner (dance + video)
THURSDAY, MARCH 24
Blaise Siwula (music)
Felicia Rose (Poetry)
Grain and Salt (Dance)
Kareem Woods (Dance + Video)
Scarlett Wilson + Bugsy (Video)
Shauna Sorensen (Dance)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
French choreographer Pia Vinson
Americana musician, Gary Keenan
Modern dance company KaKe Dance
Muscle Shoals veteran Russell Gulley
Contemporary dance artist Gina Ricker
Instrumental surf rock band Band of Others
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28
Filmmaker, Malik Isasis
Choreographer Brandon Powers
Experimental space pop duo Innera
Contemporary dancer Haley Robinson
Experimental musician Frederick Gubitosi
Contemporary dance duos, Suku Dance Lab and Meat & Co.
THE C5 THEATER COMPANY / SUMMER 2016
THE C5 THEATER COMPANY is a newly established group of actors who have spent the past two years studying Practical Aesthetics with the Atlantic Theatre Company's Professional Training program. We are a group of 18 who came from all around the globe, unified by our overwhelming curiosity and desire to investigate the human condition. “Ready Freddy's?!” will be the first project our company is presented to the public! We are are absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to collaborate with THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE for a summer residency that will certainly be an exciting, thought provoking, and fun adventure!
ALEX BITTNER / 8.25.16
ALEX BITTNER was raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she danced in the Mark Morris Student Company for many years. She attended LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, spending her summers doing Paul Taylor Dance intensives. Alex just graduated with a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase, where she performed in works by Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Alexandra Beller, MADBoots Dance, and many more. She created many of her own works at SUNY Purchase, and also directed and starred in various dance films.
BRAD LANDERS / 8.25.16
BRAD LANDERS is a New York City based dancer/choreographer who holds a BA in musical theater/speech from Wagner College. Performance credits include: CATS (nat'l tour dance cpt./swing) A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, and Chicago (regional). Dance companies: STREB, Grounded Aerial, Kinetic Dance Co. As a choreographer Brad has had the fortune of working both theatrically and commercially. Most known for his "Let's Have a Kiki" choreography for the internationally acclaimed group the Scissor Sisters/GLEE (FOX). He has also worked with other musicians on numerous videos-Chrissi Poland (Bette Midler "It's the Girls" tour) Caleb Hawley (American Idol-numerous tv spots). Brad is also a choreographer for NYC based project called GIG which seeks to provide a blend of fresh, original music and dance by inviting collaboration between the two fields (GIGtheshow.com). Musical theater credits include: 50 Shades! The musical (pre offbway), Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar(off bway) Return...Forbidden Planet. All Shook Up. Theater: Wandering Bark Theatre Co, Keen Co, The New Collectives.
CALYLEE SHIMIZU / 8.25.16
CAYLEE SHIMIZU is a California native and a recent resident of Brooklyn. She graduated from the University of the Arts in 2015 where she danced and photographed her way to a BFA. She has studied in programs abroad such as The Place in England, Centre National De La Danse in France, and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. She has performed works by noted artists such as Sidra Bell, Sharon Eyal, Iris Bouche, Roni Koresh, and Helen Simoneau. She recently founded she mee zoo where she is happily creating dance things.
DANIELLE ALEXIS THOMPSON / 8.25.16
DANIELLE ALEXIS THOMPSON is a multi-faceted artist hailing from the Lower east side of Manhattan. As a vocal/cabaret artist Dani has graced many a stage, including but not limited to; Mercury Lounge, Littlefield, House of Yes, and Gramercy Theater. She has also been featured in various events and performances at the McKitrrick Hotel for Punchdrunk-the producers of “Sleep No More.” When Dani is not lending her talents as a musician, she is hard at work as a comedienne/actress. As a comedienne- Dani has performed at Gotham Comedy Club and The Producers’ Club. Acting credits include; The Flea Theater Co., Looking Glass Theater Co, and Messenger Theater Co., “The Outs” (webseries). Also an accomplished Hula Hooper and fire spinner, Dani’s artistry tends to cross artistic borders and blend genres. For bookings contact: Daniellealexis02@gmail.com
georgia gavran + jonathan doherty / 8.25.16
GEORGIA GAVRAN, a Wisconsin native, and JONATHAN DOHERTY, a Western Massachusetts native, graduated from The University of the Arts receiving their BFA in Dance Performance under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. Former comrades in school, the two found each other in Brooklyn, New York, where the friendship blossomed into collaborators. Georgia, animated and sarcastic, while Jonathan, quirky and out going, found themselves producing complex and interwoven conversations through movement. Utilizing the abstract pairing, they formulate a comical and erratic environment throughout their creations. Conceiving their first child, Single, Double, the two have presented work at venues such as Triskelion Arts, JACK, and The Tank. Georgia and Jonathan are currently creating a new full lengths work premiering in January 2017.
MARISSA BROWN 8.25.16
MARISSA BROWN is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California Irvine with a BFA in Dance Performance and BFA in Dance Choreography. Her work has been shown at Claire Trevor Theatre and the Contemporary Arts Center xMPL Theatre in Irvine, CA. In San Francisco, She has shown work at the Garage, the Marine Memorial Theatre and as part of the Levy Dance Salon. She made her New York premiere in the fall as part of the CURRENT SESSIONS along with showing more work with Movement Research and at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY. For 2016, Brown was selected as a choreographer for the Mare Nostrum Elements Emerging Choreographer Series along with presenting work in the Brooklyn Arts Exchange Upstart Festival and the IDACO festival. This year her work has been commissioned for The Assembly, a contemporary dance company located in Orange County, CA. She works in the contemporary field of dance performance and creation, exploring movement as a physical language creating work driven by honesty to find human connection. As a performer she has had the pleasure to work with choreographers and companies such as Donald Mckayle, Benjamin Levy, Brice Mousset, Randy James, Sharp&Fine, The People Movers, and The Park Avenue Armory.
PETRICHOR DANCE / 8.25.16
PETRICHOR DANCE is a Brooklyn based company committed to creating art that explores and reveals the unexpected in movement as well as contemplates timeless themes that connect us all. Choreographer Dexter Carlson graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance, and founded PETRICHOR in 2015. Along with her trusted collaborator and fellow dancer, Jessica McCarthy, the two have performed duets and created site specific work all over New York City. Credits include the Identically Different Dance Festival, the Jack Crystal Theater at New York University, The Simone Subal Gallery, the Loretta Howard Gallery, and SIGNAL Gallery. PETRICHOR dance is so excited to work with The Creators Collective! For more information about the company visit dexter-carlson.com/petrichor/
THE UGLY ARCHITECT / 8.25.16
THE UGLY ARCHITECT is the recording moniker of William S. Knudsen and a rotating cast of musicians. Based in Colorado, Knudsen extensively toured venues, festivals, and universities in North America as a performance poet before The Ugly Architect's formation in 2015. Combining a singer-songwriter aesthetic with an indie-rock ensemble, The Ugly Architect brings a lively sound to their debut EP, released in June of 2016. Look for the Ugly Architect in your city Summer 2016.
ALEXIS ROBBINS / 7.28.16
ALEXIS ROBBINS, a native of Wakefield, RI, is a graduate of Hofstra University with a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Exercise Science. Her choreography credits include: “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”, a self-choreographed tap solo that was chosen for the Gala Concert at the American College Dance Festival Association Northeast regional conference in 2013, “A Separate Connection”, which was chosen as the first alternate to represent the Northeast region at the National College Dance Festival in 2014, “But It Did Shine”, which was filmed for and shown in the 12th Annual Max Kolb Telethon at Hofstra University, and kamrDANCE, a seamless, hour long concert of seven different works that premiered in The Student Rep: A Festival of Student Works at Hofstra University. Her emerging tap and modern dance company, kamrDANCE, has performed at Near and Far Collaborative Art Project in Cape Cod , ASBC’s 4th and 5th Choreographer Showcase in NYC, the 4th Biomorphic Dance Festival in NYC, Marie-Christine Giordano Dance’s November 2015 salon in Brooklyn, Sans Limites Dance Winter Season 2015 and Spring Season 2016 in NYC, Peridance’s Student and Faculty Showcase 2016 in NYC, and the 3rd Annual Astoria Dance Festival in Queens. Robbins has performed in works by Rachel List, Anita Feldman, David Parker, Sean Curran, Heather Waldon, Amy Marshall, Sean Fielder, Hillary-Marie Michael, and has performed on Good Day New York with Aaron Tolson. Robbins was awarded the Sosonoff Outstanding Junior Dance Major scholarship in 2014, the Citation of Merit Award in 2015, and was the president and co-founder of the tap club RHYTHMiX at Hofstra University. Robbins is a rising choreographer who enjoys fusing tap and modern dance with humor and intricacy to create unique voices and investigate the necessity of supportive relationships, laughter, and absurdity. Alongside choreographing, Robbins works as a personal trainer at New York Health and Racquet Club and teaches tap at Downstage Dance in Seaford, NY and other studios.
JAVIER PADILLA / 7.28.16
JAVIER PADILLA is a choreographer based in New Brunswick, NJ (for now!). His choreographic endeavor, The Movement Playground, has had the opportunity to perform at venues such as Triskelion Arts, The Secret Theater, Dixon Place and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Javier's choreography will also be showcased at Jacob's Pillow in the fall. He is pursuing his dance studies at Mason Gross School for the Arts at Rutgers University.
ADAM SAHILU / 6.23.16
ADAM SAHILU is a Digitial Fillmmaker + Afro-enthusiast. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Adam’s love for visual communication comes from a childhood of watching American film and television with friends and family.
His narrative projects often feature protagonists who are afraid or otherwise have some kind of disconnect with reality and being present, and the plots are often times their struggles of succeeding or failing to be in the moment.
Adam’s visual and thematic inspirations come from real-life experiences, other movies, and dad jokes.
He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY
JOHN BOTTERIO / 6.23.16
JOHN BOTTERIO is a 24 year old Brooklyn native establishing himself as a performer and poet. He's been published in small press compilations and performed at famous poet cafés including Bowery and Nuyorican. He's excited to come to Ready Freddy's?! with THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE and be part of a community of incredibly talented people.
ASHNI / 5.26.16
ASHNI is a singer songwriter. She sings mostly about pain as a precipitant. When we are hurt, how do we respond? How do we learn about ourselves and those we surround ourselves with? How sweet is the joy of those lessons in healing. She is inspired by how individuals learn to build relationships to the self, to others, and to communities. Her songs are about those trials, and errors. With soulful melodies, powerful lyrics and rhythmic current, heavy with jazz and R&B influence, she pulls listeners into a reflective, cathartic dimension.
She is currently teaching, creating and performing regularly at venues around New York City, such as Rockwood Music Hall, The Bowery Electric, C'mon Everybody, Pianos and more. You can hear Ashni's first EP on Spotify or iTunes, and follow her work at ashnimusic.com.
ILARIA BOCHICCHIO / 5.26.16
ILARIA BOCHICCHIO, a graduate of the European Institute of Design, is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer and writer. She has worked with Hestetika and Aware magazines and was selected for the Young Artists Biennale, Mediterranea 17 at Milan’s Fabbrica del Vapore, where she partnered with American artist Jay C Lohmann to produce the traveling exhibit, “No.Body.” As a visual artist, she focuses on the body, particularly the idea of being stimulating by senses: from visual to mental triggers with the goal of taking visitors on a multi-sensory journey where they react and confront the work.
SARAH DEAVER / 5.26.16
SARAH DEAVER, originally from Los Angeles, is a recent graduate from the Mason Gross School of the Arts theater department at Rutgers University. During her time at Rutgers Sarah had the opportunity to perform various roles and studied at Shakespeare's Globe in London, England. When she is not acting Sarah enjoys writing and playing music. Sarah is represented by Abrams and Untitled Entertainment and is currently auditioning.
MOONHEART / 5.26.16
MOONHEART is a future-folk duo made up of singer/guitarist Kim Mayo and producer/keyboardist Michael Sachs. Together, they create a sound at once surreal and deeply personal; Mayo’s intimate storytelling and warm, eclectic vocals blended with Sachs’s lush, driving production bend and weave to create a sound at once deeply familiar and refreshingly new. Based in Brooklyn, the duo crystallized in the Winter of 2015, and are set to release their first EP in the Summer of 2016.
EOIN ROBINSON / 5.26.16
EOIN ROBINSON began his dance training in Massachusetts at The Gold School. At the age of 14, Eoin entered Interlochen Arts Academy where he graduated in 2013, a year early, with academic and artistic honors. In 2013, Eoin competed in the Youth America Grand Prix Chicago Semi-Finals and received a gold medal in the classical category and a silver medal in the contemporary category. He was a Finalist in New York City and spent the 2013-2014 school year training at the American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School on scholarship. In the fall of 2014, Eoin began his freshman year at The Juilliard School studying under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes in pursuit of a career in contemporary ballet and modern dance. Eoin will return to Juilliard as a Junior for the 2016-2017 academic year where he will further his training and aspirations as an artist.
ANNA VOMACKA / 5.26.16
ANNA VOMACKA is currently a dance major at The Ohio State University. Prior to attending OSU Anna studied dance at Adelphi University and at The Duncan Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic. She has also recently performed in Gerard & Kelly's "Timelining," at the Guggenheim as part of the STORYLINES exhibition.
CEMA dance / 4.28.16
RACHEL HAGAN (CEMA dance) is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer originally from Louisiana. As a recent graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Rachel has had the opportunity to perform works by Mark Morris, Deborah Jowitt, James Sutton, Alonzo King, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Amaury Lebrun. Tisch offered Rachel the invaluable experience of exploring her own movement and composition ideas while studying choreography, composition, and improvisation with Gus Solomans Jr., Sean Curran, Deborah Jowitt, Pamela Pietro, and Rosalind Newman. Prior to her time at NYU, Rachel graduated from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's High School Division where she had the privilege of training with Alan Obuzor, Dennis Marshall, Marjorie Grundvig, and Janet Popeleski. Rachel has additionally trained at programs with BalletX, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and most recently with choreographers Amaury Lebrun and Iratxe Ansa while studying abroad in Paris, France.
Rachel's choreography has been featured in New York at Dance NOW NYC's Raw Festival, NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Judson Memorial Church, Gowanus Loft, the Center for Performance Research, Gowanus Art + Production, Ailey Citigroup, Triskelion Arts, and at Tisch's Fifth Floor Theater. CEMA dance completed their first tour in October of 2015 in New Orleans, LA where their newest work was shown at Venusian Gardens. Rachel and company members additionally taught master classes at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts). Rachel is excited to share CEMA dance and continue to grow as an artist alongside her collaborators. cema-dance.com
Julia Smith-Eppsteiner / 4.28.16
JULIA SMITH-EPPSEINER has West Coast roots and talks with aeronautical hands. She's been collaborating with cakeface/Amanda Szeglowski and developing her own work in NY for about three years. Her choreography was most recently presented at Cinedans Dance on Screen Festival at EYE Film Institute Netherlands. She'd love to hear from you (especially if you're sassy with a heart of gold)! www.juliasmitheppsteiner.me
Juliana Garber / 4.28.16
JULIANA GARBER is a dancer, choreographer and video artist from Yorktown Heights, NY. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in dance, earning the Helen M. Ward Memorial Award for Excellence in Dance. While at Oberlin, she had the pleasure of dancing in works by Amy Miller and Robert Wesner, as well as in several student pieces. Her experience also includes collaboration with numerous composers, dancers and technical artists. She is currently dancing and making work in New York City. Her work has been shown at Livestream Public, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research, the Hudson Guild Theatre, South 4th Bar, Green Space and the Secret Theatre. julianagarber.com
Stephanie Singer / 4.28.16
STEPHANIE SINGER is a composer / installation artist, running her own company BitterSuite who produce large scale one-to-one multi-sensory concerts. BitterSuite full-length concerts combine live music and choreographed sensory stimulations in smell / movement / taste to shift and affect the way people engage and listen to music. She is also a composer on the BMI musical theatre workshop developing an original adaptation of Delicatessen into a stage production. bittersuite.org.uk
Wolkoff / 4.28.16
WOLKOFF compensates for not knowing how to drive a car by spending all her free time riding those 25¢ mechanical safari animals you see in front of bodegas while they gently move up and down. She's also a Canadian musician performing her dazzling new LP "Without Shame" (produced by Icarus Moth) with renaissance man John Cleary (composer, producer, engineer, New Yorker). soundcloud.com/wolkoffofficial
pia vinson / 2.25.16
PIA VINSON was born and raised in France where she began her studies in tap dance and ballet at the age of 4 years old. While attending the National School of Tarn, she studied with Dominique Thouroude and other renowned teachers from Paris Opera Ballet, William Forsythe Company. By the age of 18, she was working for the National Opera of Montpellier as a dancer and mime. In January of 2012, Pia received a scholarship for the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, with focus on establishing herself as a choreographer.
On July 20th 2013, she shared the stage with the Joffrey Ballet and Ballet Jazz Montréal at the Festival "Danses en Place" in France to present her choreography "The Edge" interpreted by Lorenzo Pagano (Martha Graham Dance Company). Since, her work has been performed at Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, the Martha Graham Studio Theater, New York Transit Museum, West Fest Dance among other venues in New York and France.
Pia is currently a Program Intern at the Mark Morris Dance Center for the Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Program.
RUSSELL GULLEY / 2.25.16
With the release of his CD, "Back to the Swamp", Muscle Shoals music veteran, Russell Gulley re-vitalized his recording career after over two decades of silence. His last commercial recording had been released in 1980 with the MSS/ Capitol recording act, Jackson Highway, a southern rock group nurtured by Jimmy Johnson and David Hood of the Muscle Shoals Sound Recording Studios, the home of the Swampers, the group immortalized by Lynyrd Skynrd in the southern classic, "Sweet Home Alabama". Russell’s return to recording focused on the roots of the music that first influenced him, a mix of Americana that blends blues, soul, gospel, country, and rock and roll. Gulley is now back at Johnny Neel’s (Allman Brothers Band) Straight Up Sound in Nashville recording his second solo CD, produced by his brother and co- founder of Jackson Highway, Dennis. Russell continues to perform around the South appearing at festivals such as the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, the Eutaw Alabama Black Belt Folk Roots Festival, and venues that support roots, traditional, and original music. He also serves as a DANA trained teaching artist-in-residence for the Fort Payne City School System in his hometown, and travels to schools around the state of Alabama presenting his arts- in-education program, ““Intro: FROM TRADI- TIONAL MUSIC TO AMERICAN POP” as part of the 2016 ATAP (Alabama Touring Artist Program) and CAP (Collaborating Artist Pro- gram) for the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
GINA RICKER / 2.25.16
GINA RICKER is a contemporary dance artist currently based in New York City. She graduated with a 1st Class Honours BA in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK. Originally from Arizona, Gina has performed and presented work in the US, UK, and Europe. Valuing authentic and genuine movement, her creative work and movement practice often look into abstracting human relationships and social interaction from various perspectives. Gina is co-director of the collaborative dance company, Grain and Salt, with fellow dance artist Julie Miller, with whom she is also co-founder of the nonprofit organization, Art Codex, Ltd., a platform for artists working under a variety of disciplines to collaborate and produce interesting and innovative work.
BAND OF OTHERS / 2.25.16
BAND OF OTHERS was founded in 2013 when two lifelong musicians, a guitarist and drummer, met on the R train while taking their daughters to school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. They discovered a mutual affinity for the reverb drenched surf sounds and spaghetti western soundtracks of the early 60’s, outlaw country and obscure garage bands. Not satisfied with the sounds of the local music scene, they decided to start their own project and become the kind of band they had always wanted to see. They soon had their first gig, at a PTA meeting. Since then, Band of Others has become a regular on the club circuit in Brooklyn and Manhattan, playing at Freddy’s, Hank’s, The Cobra Club, Black Bear and the Way Station in Brooklyn, Desmond’s Tavern, Otto’s Shrunken Head, Pianos, The Shrine and Leftfield Bar in Manhattan, performing both as a band and as sidemen in various projects.
Band of Others is a power trio with Bobby Other on guitar and lead vocals, Danny Other on drums and vocals and Chico Otro on bass and vocals. “All of our originals are either biographical or carry a social message,” said Bobby Other. “We’re too old to sing love songs to teenage girls, and we don’t hear a lot of politically conscious songs, or songs with grown up subject matter these days, so we decided to fill that gap ourselves.”
KAKE DANCE / 2.25.16
KAKE DANCE founded by Katherine Mayo is a dance company indulging in both the artistic and expressive world of modern dance as well as the "dessert" dance of their YouTube series ...With Words. he mission of the company is to showcase its creative style of commonly grounded legs and fluid arms with its poignant messages. Mayo finds inspiration by watching interactions between different types of people as well as certain music that allows her to immerse herself in improvisations. As a form of communication, dance can be used for many purposes such as release, escapism, showcase of thought or ideas and a means to express commonalities between humans as well as other aspects of the world.
GARY KEENAN / 2.25.16
GARY KEENAN is a musician and poet. He founded the performing ensemble American String Conspiracy in 2003 with guitarist Shu Nakamura. They released their first cd Good Day to Die in 2008. A second album, Help the Poor, was released in 2012 on Avenue A Records. Keenan has also composed and arranged music for theater and dance companies; his score for Johnna Adams' play Angel Eaters, produced by Flux Theater in 2009, was nominated for Best Original Score by the New York Innovative Theater Awards. His poems and essays have been published in literary journals in the US, England, Ireland and Australia since 1979, and he is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and CUNY/Brooklyn.
INNERA / 1.28.16
INNERA is self-described sentient experimental fancy space pop duo, the musical collaboration between formally trained viola player Jessica Kepler, and once-upon-a-time Beirut member Perrin Cloutier. Together, the pair creates lush textural music that feels cinematic in scope and experimentally ambitious. Featuring drummer Mike Ciardi.
SUKU DANCE LAB / 1.28.16
SUKU DANCE LAB is a New York based contemporary dance company which primarily features works choreographed by Talia Moreta and Belinda Adam. They are interested in creating accessible, relatable work rooted in dance, exploring various concepts including culture, humor, theatre and more. Their work aims to create juxtaposition between flaws in the daily human experience and the serious nature of dance as an art form. Their works have been featured in THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE showcase, The Intimate Beauty Series in Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center and Dixon Place.
MEAT & CO. / 1.28.16
MEAT & CO. was founded in 2014 by long-time collaborators Rachel Slaughter and Julia Vickers. Originally from Oregon, Julia and Rachel moved to NYC in 2012 to choreograph and perform. Meat & Co. is committed to the development of juicy, drip-down-your-chin, stick-to-your-ribs performance works. We wanna be your danceburger.
VISAGER / 1.28.16
VISAGER is an award-nominated composer for film, theater, dance, and video games. With a base in experimental electronic music, Visager's music incorporates field recordings, samples of forgotten lectures, dollar-bin vinyls, and other recovered sounds to bend organic pop into different worlds. His last release was an album of open-source video game music, called Songs from an Unmade World.
HALEY ROBINSON / 1.28.16
HALEY ROBINSON is a recent graduate from Sarah Lawrence College concentrating in dance and social sciences. In the 2013-2014 academic year, she studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for dance in London, England. There she was able to hone in on her interests in community-based dance education and arts administration. Currently, she is working at Columbia University as the Administrative Coordinator in the Psychology Department.
Malik Isasis / 1.28.16
MALIK ISASIS is a storyteller.
FREDERICK GUBITOSI / 1.28.16
FREDERICK GUBITOSI was born Gravesend Brooklyn, where he currently lives. From a musical family he’s been playing music since he was 8 years old. At that age he would accompany his father on guitar as his father played mandolin. In 1995 he was a part of the Eternalists, a multi-media performance art group that incorporated their own improvised music along with spoken word and other disciplines such as pantomime. The Eternalists did live music several times for Yoko Yamanaka’s Touch Contact Dance Company playing venues such as Context Studio, Judson Church and the Knitting Factory. Currently he is a singer songwriter for his band The Brownstone Rodeo, an indie hybrid of country music with a punk rock and garage flavor. In the Rodeo he plays mandolin, banjo, guitar and other instruments on different occasions. He also is a freelance music journalist for the web publications Shutter 16 Magazine and Miami Underground Scene.
BRANDON POWERS / 1.28.16
BRANDON POWERS is a director + choreographer from New York City committed to new experiences blurring the lines between theatre, dance, and technology. In June, Brandon premiered his new immersive dance theatre experience, AND IT FELT LIKE A KISS, which explores how our on online lives fracture our offline identities (Dixon Place). Brandon is currently developing RIOT ANTIGONE, a new musical colliding the worlds of ancient Thebes and the Riot Grrrl Movement, with collaborators Jae Kim, Maggie-Kate Coleman, and Erato Kremmyda. Next up, he is is co-directing and choreographing THE ESSENTIAL ELLA MAYTHORNE, a new play about a student’s experience with sexual violence infused with Britney Spears music, at Dixon Place on February 19th. He received a B.S. in Theatre from Northwestern University with a focus in directing and musical theatre choreography. BrandonRPowers.com