WHO WE ARE

The CURRENT SESSIONS is a performing arts organization that develops and presents the work of emerging artists. Through the production of curated performances, residencies, artist-led laboratory sessions, and open discussions, the CURRENT SESSIONS acts as a center for creative research on contemporary dance and performance art. Our programs encourage a performing arts community that is innovative in thought, diverse in approach, and experimental in form.

MISSION

Our mission is to cultivate high-caliber dance works by early to mid-career choreographers whose practice focuses on critical and aesthetic experimentation while demonstrating bold decision making and a honed sense of creative intuition. We aim to provide a place for movement-based practices to thrive in New York City, serving as a space for furthering contemporary choreographic and artistic expression.


ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

ALEXIS CONVENTO
Founder, Producer, Lead Curator

Alexis is a New York City-based, Filipino-American producer, administrator and manager working within contemporary dance and performance, and is founder and producer of the CURRENT SESSIONS. With an extensive background in artist development, programming, brand strategy, and performance curation, her creative direction has led to sold out houses, close artist relationships and the cultivation of new audiences with an enduring interest in the performing arts.

Additional production management and coordination positions have included Frieze New York, The Armory Show, and World Maker Faire. She has produced events at all scales at Gowanus Art + Production and currently, as Creative Producer at Imprint Projects. She was on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet's Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Program from 2012-2016, and was an Arts Manager Fellow with the Field Leadership Fund from 2015-17 .

Alexis' work seeks to activate new conversations between genres which strengthen the relationship between art production and community, doing so through her own practice as well as her commercial efforts. She welcomes inquiries from individuals and organizations whose work also seeks to connect art, culture and the public.

Alexis holds a BFA in Dance from Fordham University with the Ailey School. 

alexis@thecurrentsessions.com
alexisconvento.com // @alexisconvento

 
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ELISE RITZEL
Director of Programming

Elise Ritzel, from Landenberg, PA, is a performer, stylist assistant and arts administrator.  Elise holds a BFA in dance from Point Park University, with additional studies in photography and painting while living abroad in Paris, France. Elise then relocated to NYC, having the privilege of working with Bryan Arias, Roya Carreras, Chihiro Shimizu and Artists, and Nomad Contemporary Ballet. Elise joined as an intern with the CURRENT SESSIONS in June 2013 and soon after took position as Programming Director. Currently residing in Brooklyn, Elise continues to further her knowledge in arts administration while enriching her craft as an artist.

elise@thecurrentsessions.com
@eliseritzel

 

PAULETTE LEWIS
Director of Marketing + Communications

Paulette, a native Wisconsinite, holds a BA in Dance from Point Park University. Paulette is a performer, teacher, stage manager, and travel enthusiast. Administrative experience includes internships at Parsons Dance and Broadway Dance Center. Paulette is honored to work with the CURRENT SESSIONS team, and is excited to fulfill her early career as a working artist and as Director of Marketing + Communications.

paulette@thecurrentsessions.com
@tutelpea

 
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ALLISON JONES
Development Associate, Curator

Allison is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and arts administrator based in NYC. She holds a BFA Degree Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY, with a Certificate in Arts Management. Allison has worked administratively with Gallim Dance, Brooke Broussard/Infinite Light Arts and LA Contemporary Dance Company, and was a Founding Choreographer for the CURRENT SESSIONS in July 2011, becoming Co-Creative Director in 2012. Allison is passionate about bridging the gap between “emerging” and “established” artists while creating space for contemporary dance to thrive in New York City.

Additionally, Allison has been a dancer at the Metropolitan Opera for four seasons and presents solo, group and multimedia dance works as Allison Jones Dance.

allison@thecurrentsessions.com
allisonjonesdance.com // @ajdancingmuse

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NIKKI CELLA
Production Assistant

Nikki is a performer from Connecticut with a BA in dance from Trinity College. Since 2014, she has been performing and teaching dance in New York. She is also working in media at Movement Research. She is excited to join the CURRENT SESSIONS as a production assistant this spring 2017.


PRODUCTION TEAM

Mike Inwood, Lighting Design
Ido Levran, Technical Advisement, Sound/Visual Design
Corey Melton, Photography/Film


FOUNDER

Alexis Convento

FOUNDING CHOREOGRAPHERS


OTHER PERSONNEL

Artists / Choreographers / Companies (to come soon)
Talkback Facilitators
Guest Curators
Past Personnel (to come soon)