Wander is an afternoon of performance inspired by visual artist, Liinu Grönlund. Based in Helsinki, Finland, Grönlund works with video and film, with an interest in remoteness and extremes, collaborating with scientists, and wandering in disappearing worlds. We will present works from artists of different disciplines that connect with the themes in this exhibition, immersed in the exhibit itself.
5th Digit Dance (dance)
Caylee Shimizu (dance)
Joe Monteleone (dance)
Jonathan Doherty (video)
Marissa Hutton (dance)
Nia & Ness (dance + spoken word)
Omer Ephron & Tj Rocka JameZ(dance)
Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross (dance)
BREAKDOWN OF EACH SESSION
SESSION 1 | 2:00pm
5th Digit Dance
Nia & Ness
Omer Ephron & Tj Rocka JameZ
Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross
SESSION 2 | 3:30pm
5th Digit Dance
Nia & Ness
5TH DIGIT DANCE was created in December, 2015, under the direction of Cassandra Cotta. Since their founding, they have performed in many different venues around NYC, including Anita's Way in Times Square, the Producer's Club and Gibney Dance Center, most notably. They have also taken their work on tour to North Carolina and taught repertory to students in New Jersey. As a company, they look to bring pieces full of athleticism, honesty and questions to their audiences in the hopes that the material will feel relevant and stimulate purposeful discussions. Overall, they believe in a heavily collaborative process that is open to giving any and all ideas a fair chance.
she mee zoo is a one-woman show trying to make it in the big apple. That woman, Caylee Shimizu, is a San Diego native and a recent resident of Brooklyn; she danced and photographed her way to a BFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. She began this solo study after moving to New York with the intention to create whimsical works that incorporate highly physical and expressive movement. She focuses on designing the space and creating compositions that charm the eye, ear, and mind. she mee zoo has performed with B.U.M.P CPR-Center for Performance Research, TRANSLATE (voices of dance) Dixon Place, and THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE’s “Ready Freddy’s?!” @ Freddy’s Bar, “SHHHHH!” @ Rough Trade NYC & “The City is Our Playground” @ Open Source Gallery.
JOE MONTELEONE, the “dazzlingly oddball choreographer” and “Andy Warhol of modern dance” (Juan Michael Porter II, The Moving Beauty Series/Huffington Post) is a New York based solo dance artist and Artistic Director of Monteleone Dance. His work has been presented extensively in New York City (Inception to Exhibition Festival, APAP at Peridance, Center for Performance Research, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, the Dance Gallery Festival, Alpha & Omega Theater, The Current Sessions, Baruch Performing Arts Center, the Norwood Club, the Amalgamate Artist Series, Green Space, The Moving Beauty Split Bill series, Triskelion Arts’ Split Bill Series, Comedy in Dance Festival, Dumbo Dance Festival, the Norwood Club, the Chocolate Factory, and Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center, among various showcases). His work has been presented nationally at the Reverb Dance Echoes Tour (Boston University), Your Move Dance Festival (Jersey City, NJ), Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) and The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NJ). He recently premiered his solo work “Exposition” at the Breaking Ground Dance Festival (Tempe, AZ), where he was hailed as “far and away the most moving and meticulous dancer to take the stage during Breaking Ground 2017, Monteleone exudes remarkable energy that radiates even through his thumbs” (Phoenix New Times). International credits include a tour with International BPM to Spain on multiple residencies, including the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, and a performance in the Bailar al Sol Festival. Joe won the Audience Favorite Award at NYC10 in 2015 for his solo work “Defense Mechanism”, and was voted favorite choreographer at The Intimate Series. His live installation work has been presented at the Alpha Art Gallery (New Jersey) and the Infinito Gallery (NYC). Residencies include two Solo Commissions by The Moving Beauty Series (Brooklyn), the coLAB Arts residency, and Arts and Education (New Jersey). Joe has taught and lectured at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers), Raritan Valley Community College, PMT Dance Studio (NYC), Arizona State University, and DancePlus Little Silver.
He is the creator of “Apophenian Phrasing”, an intricate and unprecedented movement language that exploits the human tendency to decipher and superimpose patterns on visual data. His philosophy, “Liquid Fragile Perishable”, is a Zen inspired pedagogical practice and series of non-curated works that dissolve literal and figurative containers through various psychosomatic movement investigations. www.monteleonedance.com
JONATHAN DOHERTY resides in New York City after graduating from the University of the Arts (class of 2015) under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. He has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Jesse Zaritt, Katie Swords-Thurman, Tommie Waheed-Evans, Netta Yerushalmy, Douglas Becker, and was a apart of the original cast of Twyla Tharp’s “TreeFrog in StoneHenge” (2013) as a featured soloist. Since moving to New York, Jonathan has shown and been apart of work shown in venues such as The Tank, JACK, The New York City Transit Museum and Triskelion Arts. Currently, Jonathan is crafting a new evenings length work with collaborator Georgia Gavran to premier this January (2017) in 'Split The Bill' at Triskelion Arts.
MARISSA HUTTON, Amelia Tarpey and Claire Alrich are movement artists creating works that engage physical humor, distance and space, relationships, business casual, and shared body memory. They met in 2010 studying dance at Beloit College and have since collaborated on multiple projects. In 2016 they formed the dance collective CHARLOTTE. Their choreography has been performed in Open Performance by Movement Research, Performatica in Puebla, Mexico, NACHMO Washington D.C. at Dance Exchange, and 711 Irving in Washington D.C.- among other credits in Chicago, New Haven, and Milwaukee. CHARLOTTE also creates interdisciplinary projects including poetry and dance collaborations and dance for the camera.
NIA & NESS
Nia Shand and Ness White are a dancer/poet performance art duo based in the NYC Metropolitan area. They met in Philadelphia three years ago while attending Temple University and immediately began a collaborative art process, as well an intimate relationship. Along with the couple's work together, Nia is a proud BFA dance graduate from Temple. Immediately after graduation she began dancing in Germany and France with DAGADA dance company as part of her developing dance career; and Ness, a Journalism graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, freelances as a writer and editor for the Việt Tide as well as several other news outlets.
The couple’s work is informed by the complexities of their relationship, and aims at a deeper understanding of their co-reality through intense investigation of their individual identities.
OMER EPHRON is a professional contemporary dancer and choreographer. Graduated from Thelma-Yellin, and a certificate holder of Peridance Capezio Center. Omer is currently dancing for LEIMAY, Coopdanza Inc.,and Cullen & Them. Omer has presented her work in Tel-Aviv, NYC and Greece.
SARAH NAGLE & JUSTIN ROSS have been creating work and dancing together since 2013. Ross was hired by Jessica Taylor|DAMAGEDANCE as Nagle's partner in the company and the rest was history. They have performed together with DAMAGEDANCE and Kyle Rostan's UrbanHumans, and have taught various workshops to young pre-professionals and established artists in improvisation, composition, partnering, and finding the inner artist.
This evening of performances is part of the fifth phase of our Collective Storytelling Program: a series of performances based in storytelling and identity.