VOLUME VI, ISSUE II. // ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Amanda Hunt is a Brooklyn-based performing artist, who has performed in works at Danspace Project, Judson Church, AUNTS, Glasshouse Gallery, Usagi NY, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Grace Exhibition Space, Segundo Piso (Puebla, MX), and Larkin Arts Gallery (VA), and was also commissioned to dance in a beauty salon storefront through SAW Bay Ridge. Amanda has choreographed for the late Liz Swados (Abu Dhabi, UAE), collaborates with Kira Alker and Elke Luyten, and is currently dancing for choreographer Kathy Westwater. She recently presented work at the Open Engagement Conference at the Oakland Museum. Amanda likes to build community around feminism and queerness.
Ben Hagari, born in Tel Aviv, lives and works in New York City. His film, video and installation works have been exhibited internationally at art institutions including The Rose Art Museum, MA (2016); The Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2016); SculptureCenter, NY (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow, Poland (2015); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2014); KIT Düsseldorf (2011); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2011) among others. He holds an MFA from Columbia University (2014).
BOBBI JENE SMITH
Bobbi Jene Smith was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin from 2005 to 2014. She is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Her work has been presented by The Batsheva Dance Company, The Israel Museum, Luminato Festival, Machol Shalem, Sacramento Ballet, The CCA, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and The Juilliard School. Bobbi is a certified GAGA teacher and has taught Ohad Naharin's repertory in schools and universities around the United States. In 2015, Bobbi relocated to New York City. She is currently working and researching her three works, "A Study on Effort", "Harrowing", and " Arrowed".
Brendan Drake is the recipient of a 2015 CUNY Dance initiative grant and residency through Baruch College. His work has been presented at HERE Arts Center, Gowanus Loft, Triskelion Arts, The Tank, the CURRENT SESSIONS, and additionally, was a fall 2015 guest artist at UMass Amherst. In addition, Brendan choreographed the fall 2014 “Equality = Love” campaign for Adidas Originals/Pharrell Williams, and served as movement coordinator for editorial shoots with Elle Magazine, Cate Blanchett, and singer Lorde.
Fana Fraser is a performer based in New York City, and is a 2016 artist-in-residence at the Dance & Performance Institute in Trinidad & Tobago, and a resident artist for Open Call 2016 - a project partnership between BAAD! and Pepatián. Her work has been presented at Emerging Artists Theatre's "Best of New Works Series", BAAD!ASS WOMEN Festival, The Field's 30th Anniversary at Dixon Place, and WestFest Dance. Fana has performed with Ailey II, Sidra Bell Dance NY, The Francesca Harper Project, The Metropolitan Opera, Andrea Miller for Hermès, and with Ryan McNamara for Performa 13, Art Basel Miami 2014, and Guggenheim Works & Process 2016. Currently, Fana works with Camille A. Brown & Dancers and Ryan McNamara, and in August 2016, will serve as rehearsal director for Ailey II. She holds a BFA in Dance with honors from Fordham University and The Ailey School.
Gregory Holt is a choreographer and community organizer currently residing in Philadelphia. His dances are refined, process-based works highlighting the social intelligence of choreography, within and among people. Gregory’s work has been shown across the US, in Canada, and in Europe. He was a 2011 LAB Fellow, and an artist-in-residence at Mascher Space Cooperative for 7 years.
Jasmine Hearn is a choreographer, dancer, and performer. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with a BA in Dance. Jasmine travels around the country to showcase her choreographic work and to participate in diverse dance projects. Currently, she is a collaborator and performer with slowdanger, Tara Willis, Marjani Forte-Saunders, and Lovie Olivia, and is a company member with Helen Simoneau Danse. She is currently an artist-in-residence as part of Open Call 2016 - a project partnership between BAAD! and Pepatián, and a 2016 Movement Research Van Lier Fellow.
Jessica Pretty holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a Queer Studies minor. Jessica has performed for Jennifer Monson, Niall Jones, Cynthia Oliver, Abby Zbikowski, among others. She has presented work at three ACDA conferences, the Emerging Artists Concert Series at Green Street Studios, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Jessica received the Wanda M. Nettle Prize for Student Choreography for her thesis “Part two: the spectacle of the us”.
Katrina Reid is a performing artist and writer. She currently has the great fortune to work with David Thomson, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Peter Born, and is a company member with Third Rail Projects. Her own work has been presented at Gibney Dance's DoublePlus series, Cocoon Theatre, Studio 26 Gallery, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Warefamos, Dance Chance Atlanta, and Florida A&M University.
TARA AISHA WILLIS
Tara Aisha Willis is a Summer 2016 Chez Bushwick Artist-in-Residence and has shown choreography at Movement Research at Judson Church, BAX, Roulette, THROW, Dixon Place, The Painting Center, and AUNTS. She recently danced for Kim Brandt, Megan Byrne, Sarah A.O. Rosner, and Anna Sperber. A Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at NYU, Tara’s writing appears in the Movement Research Performance Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, Women & Performance, TDR, and Magazin im August (forthcoming). Tara co-edited with Thomas F. DeFrantz a special issue of The Black Scholar entitled “Black Moves: New Research in Black Dance Studies.” She co-curated the Movement Research Festival Spring 2016 and is currently their Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives.