VOLUME VI, ISSUE II. // AUGUST 2016

Photo: Peter Espartero.

Photo: Peter Espartero.

JUSTIN CABRILLOS
Choreographer + Artist

Justin Cabrillos is a choreographer, artist, and writer based in Brooklyn. He is a 2016 danceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz, a recipient of a 2011 Greenhouse grant from the Chicago Dancemaker's Forum, a 2011 LinkUP Artist-in-Residence (Chicago), and a 2008 fellow at Ox-Bow School of Art. His work has been commissioned by the IN>TIME Series in Chicago, and his latest project, Holdings, has been commissioned by Danspace Project and is supported by a residency at Chez Bushwick. Cabrillos has shown work at the Cultural Center of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Aunts, Roulette, and Movement Research at Judson Church. He has performed with Every House has a Door, Ayako Kato, Marissa Perel, and Jen Rosenblit. 

Photo: Reid van Renesse.

Photo: Reid van Renesse.

SASHA OKSHTEYN
Dance/Visual Arts Curator + Producer

Born and raised in NYC, Sasha Okshteyn is Artistic Director of Beach Sessions Dance Series in Rockaway Beach, administrator for Stephen Petronio Company, and curator for Black & White Gallery/Project Space in Brooklyn. She has a BA in Dance and Art History from George Washington University, and a MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. Some notable artists Sasha has worked with are visual artists Ross Simonini, Rachel Stern, Nicole Reber, Anastasia Ax, Raul de Nieves, and choreographers Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Laurie Berg, Loni Landon, and Shannon Gillen. Her curatorial focus aims to explore and celebrate multi-sensory and multi-disciplinary environments. 

 

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ALI ROSA-SALAS
Independent Curator

Ali Rosa-Salas is an independent curator from Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of Barnard College with a BA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Ali has curated exhibitions and produced public programs for AFROPUNK, Barnard Center for Research on Women, Knockdown Center, Danspace Project, MoCADA, TOP RANK Magazine, and Weeksville Heritage Center. Her collaborations with Salome Asega, Chrybaby Cozie and Dyani Douze have been supported by AUNTS with residencies at the New Museum and Mount Tremper Arts. Her writing on dance and performance has been featured in The Brooklyn Rail, The Dance Enthusiast, New York Live Arts Context Notes, among others. Ali is currently an MA candidate at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University. 


VOLUME VI, ISSUE I. // MARCH 2016

Photo courtesy Fourth Arts Block.

Photo courtesy Fourth Arts Block.

RISA SHOUP
Executive Director // Fourth Arts Block

Risa is Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block and has worked as an administrator, curator and leader in the NYC arts community since 2005. In recent years, she has done extensive consulting work on the intrinsic and instrumental impact of the arts on community development. Most recently, she became a lead-facilitator of the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative. She has a masters in City & Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and is on the board of The Invisible Dog Art Center

Photo: Corey Melton from Volume V, Issue II.

Photo: Corey Melton from Volume V, Issue II.

NIALL JONES
Artist

Niall is a living artist in Brooklyn, NY. Niall (sometimes Niahl, other times Llain) composes systems and images of labor that function excessively and surreptitiously to dislocate the body (as object and subject) in performance. Niall has been presented at DanceRoulette, Movement Research, and Danspace Project's Parallels Series at St. Mark's Church, and most recently, with Gibney Dance's DoublePlus series curated by Tere O'Connor.

Photo: Steven Schreiber.

Photo: Steven Schreiber.

LYDIA MOKDESSI
Editor // Culturebot

Lydia is a Brooklyn-based dance artist and writer who graduated with honors from The George Washington University with a BA in Dance and English, receiving the Presidential Scholarship in the Arts and the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company Award for Innovation in Dance. She has presented work at The Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, The Living Gallery, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, The Secret Theater LIC, to name a few. Lydia is currently working with Emie Hughes, Stormy Budwig, and Buck Wanner, and is in perpetual interdisciplinary collaboration with performer/musician Benjamin Wagner.

Lydia is Editor of Culturebot and her writing has also appeared in American Realness Reading and Movement Research Critical Correspondence.
 


VOLUME V, ISSUE II. // AUGUST 2015

TYLER GILSTRAP
Performance Director // (un)SCENE ARTS SHOW

Tyler Gilstrap earned a BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University and was a founding member of Battleworks Dance Company (2001-2010), under the direction of Robert Battle. She was the associate choreographer for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, and was also the assistant choreographer for the film 'Love And Other Drugs' and for the Italian San Remo TV Award show for three years in a row. In 2012, she started her own performance group called TunanuT, creating events for the (un)SCENE ARTS SHOW (formerly UnFair Art Show), Ballroom Marfa, The Feast, and The Windmill Factory. She has been a guest artist with the Bavarian State Opera, Irish Modern Dance Theater, The Windmill Factory, Azure Barton, New York Theater Ballet, Corbin Dances, and Amy Marshall Dance Company.  She has taught improv, contemporary, and modern dance in Russia, Germany, Hungary, Italy and throughout the USA. 

Photo: Performance view of Living Room Index and Pool, Lauren Bakst and Yuri Masnyj, 2015.

Photo: Performance view of Living Room Index and PoolLauren Bakst and Yuri Masnyj, 2015.

LAUREN BAKST
Artist

Lauren Bakst is an artist whose work takes the forms of choreography, writing, video, and performance. A trained dancer, her work places the skilled body and choreographic form in conversation with questions around subjectivity, affect, memory, and history. Her latest project, Living Room Index and Pool, an exhibition of installation and performance with Yuri Masnyj, was presented at Pioneer Works in March and April, 2015, and will continue this summer at The Drawing Center. As a performer, Lauren has most recently worked with Gerard & Kelly, Michelle Boulé, and Mariana Valencia. Lauren was a 2014 danceWEB fellow at ImpulsTanz, the Fall 2014 Research & Development Fellow at the New Museum, and is a 2014-16 Open Sessions artist at The Drawing Center. She is also a Contributing Editor to BOMB Magazine and Managing Editor of the Movement Research Performance Journal.

Source: Whim Whim.

Source: Whim Whim.

KATE WALLICH
Director-Choreographer-Dancer // The YC

Kate Wallich is a Seattle-based choreographer, director and teacher and in 2010, she founded alongside Lavinia Vago, dance company The YC. Her work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally by On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, The Rauschenberg Foundation, MANA Contemporary, Springboard Danse Montréal, Northwest Dance Project, Cornish College of the Arts, Henry Art Gallery, Bumbershoot, Conduit, City Arts, The Frye Art Museum, Whim W’Him and Seattle Art Museum/Olympic Sculpture Park among others. Kate has created 2 evening-length works with The YC; Super Eagle commissioned through Velocity Dance Center’s Made In Seattle program and Splurge Land commissioned through On the Board’s Performance Production Program. She is among Seattle’s top contemporary dance teachers, leading packed classes through her own brand of movement. She is honored to be named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in January 2015.


VOLUME V, ISSUE I. // MARCH 2015

GRETA HARTENSTEIN
Curatorial Assistant for Performance // Whitney Museum

Born in Rochester, NY and living in Brooklyn, Greta Hartenstein received a BA in Art History and Dance from Wesleyan University. She is currently the Curatorial Assistant for performance at the Whitney Museum, and has previously worked on exhibitions including 2012 Biennial, 2014 Biennial, Rituals of Rented Island, and Stewart Uoo & Jana Euler: Outside Inside Sensibility. Dance is an essential part of her focus and over the past four years at the Whitney, she has worked on major projects with choreographers including Sarah Michelson, Michael Clark, taisha paggett, and Miguel Gutierrez. Greta has danced with Sophie Sotsky | TYKE DANCE since 2010, and continues to perform with the company and foster her collaborative spirit. Currently, she is guest curating an exhibition at Pratt entitled "The Artist as Provocateur: Pioneering Performance at Pratt Institute."

Credit: Taso Papadakis

Credit: Taso Papadakis

KEVIN WILLIAMSON
Interdisciplinary / Dance Artist, Choreographer

Kevin Williamson is an L.A. based artist whose interdisciplinary work explores aspects of the human condition. He received his BA and MFA in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. His works have been presented at Danspace Project, REDCAT, CounterPulse, LA Country Museum of Art, Beijing Dance Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and for LA Contemporary Dance Company, Loyola Marymount University, and American and Musical Dramatic Academy.  Kevin recently choreographed the operas L'enfant et les Sortileges (UCLA) and Cendrillon (the Juilliard School) with director Peter Kazaras. He is a Lestor Horton Award recipient for Outstanding Achievement in Performance and a Bates Dance Festival Educators Fellow.  Kevin teaches composition, dance technique, and improvisation at UCLA and LMU. This Spring he will choreograph I Due Figaro for UCLA Opera and co-choreograph Sheila Callagahan’s Elevada with Kyle Abraham for Yale Repertory Theater.

Credit: Franziska Strauss

Credit: Franziska Strauss

TROY OGILVIE 
Performer-at-Large


A native of New Jersey, Troy Ogilvie, was one of Dance Magazine's 2011 “Top 25 to Watch.” Currently, Troy is a member of Margie Gillis's Legacy Project (performing "Bloom"), a performer of Itzik Galili's solo "Little Tiny Bite," and a founding member of the theater/dance/film group crux. More recent performances include: solo work with Idan Sharabi & Dancers, group and solo work with Gabriel Forestieri, a collaboration with violinist Liv Heym, and Lady Macbeth in Punchdrunk NYC's Sleep No More (Aug 2013- Jan 2015).  In 2013, Troy toured the Gospel According to the Other Mary with the LA Philharmonic, directed by Peter Sellars.  In 2011 and 2012, Troy produced and performed her solo show, RESET, featuring choreography by Shannon Gillen, Margie Gillis, Austin McCormick, and Harumi Terayama.  Troy was a dancer with Gallim Dance from 2007-2013 as well as Rehearsal Director from 2011-2012. She freelanced extensively with Sidra Bell Dance New York immediately after graduating from The Juilliard School (B.F.A. Dance '07).


VOLUME IV, ISSUE II. // AUGUST 2014

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RABOERT DANIEL HOLMES MAYNARD
Performance Maker

Robert Daniel Holmes Maynard studied at the The University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Rock School, and The Boston Conservatory, among others, and places his classically trained body squarely in the center of a polarized dance world. His work merges rigorous dance technique with crafted theatricality and exemplifies the compilation and complication of the male/female, the crude/refined, the classical/contemporary, and houses contradiction after messy contradiction.

DAVID BERNABO
Composer-Filmmaker-Performance Artist

David Bernabo has been a fixture on the Pittsburgh music and art scenes for the past eleven years, actively participating in bands, dance ensembles, art initiatives, and film-making. David currently performs and composes for the band/art ensemble Host Skull, dances with Maree ReMalia | merrygogo and MODULES, and is preparing installation work for the Pittsburgh Biennial and a two-person show at SPACE Gallery in 2016. His work includes a feature-length documentary, Ongoing Box, which documents the role of process through various artistic forms and trades. The score for Mark C. Thompson's evening-length movement theater piece, finishing work on the third Host Skull LP and limited edition lathe cut records, is curating a listening room for the Pittsburgh Biennial, and is beginning work on a new documentary on the history of restaurants in Pittsburgh.

TYLER S. BUGG
Activist - Artist - Writer

Tyler S. Bugg is an artist, activist, and writer from central Georgia and based in New York.

He is currently a programs director with Fourth Arts Block, a downtown arts leadership and service organization, and he has produced, directed, and performed in theatre, dance, and performance art productions throughout the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, including Eve Ensler’s A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, & A Prayer; the self-written He Said, She Said, Zhe Said: Gender Stories; the original dance installation I break and I build; and his solo performance series, Paternalism in the living room of small town America.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Comparative Politics from the University of Georgia and a Master’s from the Center for Art and Public Policy at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


VOLUME IV, ISSUE I. (MARCH 2014)

JORDAN ISADORE
Creator/Editor // SARADUJOUR.COM

Jordan Isadore is a dancer/choreographer originally from Northern California with a B.F.A. in Dance from California State University Long Beach. Isadore has worked with Los Angeles company BodyTraffic, Christopher Williams, Gallim Dance, Skybetter and Associates, and Jennifer Edwards and is currently a member of Shen Wei Dance Arts. 

In addition to working with these choreographers, Isadore is one of the creators and editors of the blog, SARADUJOUR.COM.

Photo: Garret Jones.

Photo: Garret Jones.

MAREE REMALIA
Artistic Director // merrygogo

Born in South Korea and raised in Medina, OH, Maree is the artistic director of merrygogo, a platform for creating project-based performance works with communities of shifting collaborators. Currently based in Washington, DC, she is interested in using movement as a means of self-discovery and building community. Maree has an MFA in Choreography and Performance from The Ohio State University and is certified to teach the Gaga movement language. Maree also has a BA in Education for Social Change and Cultural Studies at Prescott College and has studied somatic and improvisational practices at Moving on Center School for Participatory Arts (CA).

SAM HART
Scientist + Editor-in Chief // avant.org

Sam Hart is a scientist, publisher, and artist based in New York. He currently works as a researcher at Sloan Kettering's Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Program. He is ½ of the multi-media collaboration A // V CLUB and a founding member of Boiler Room New York. Sam has assisted in the production of MoMA PS1's Warmup concert series, and is former Technical Director of the new media gallery 319 Scholes. His writing can also be found at Rhizome.org and Dazed & Confused.

Sam is also co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of AVANT.org, an online journal advancing critical, cross-disciplinary discourse.


VOLUME III, ISSUE II. (August 2013)

SHANDOAH GOLDMAN
Choreographer / Performance Artist

Shandoah Goldman was born in Sutton, Quebec with a B.A. from Bennington College and a M.A from London Contemporary Dance School. In NYC, Shandoah has presented works at: Pioneer Works, Ailey CitiGroup Theater, S.L.A.M warehouse, The World Financial Center, Anita’s Way, Spoke the Hub, Fourth Arts Block Festival, Wassaic Project, Joyce Soho, and Wild Project. She extends her choreographic palate to merge with brands, such has Hanky Panky who sponsored her large scale project, 23 Skidoo, at NYC’s Flatiron Building with a cast of 42 and an audience of over 500.

SAM SILVER
Editor // AVANT.org

Sam Silver works across media production and civic ecology in Brooklyn. As a sound designer and ½ of multimedia collaboration A // V CLUB, he has produced scores and ambience for dance, theater, and installations. He has previously performed research for a landfill-to-park project and taught a course in ecological landscape design. He can be seen connecting cables at Boiler Room New York and is an advocate for the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. He holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from Wesleyan University.

Sam is also an Editor at AVANT.org.

 

VOLUME III, ISSUE I. (March 2013)

Photo: Nir Arieli.

Photo: Nir Arieli.

JONATHAN ROYSE WINDHAM
Choreographer / Performer

Jonathan Royse Windham is a native of Vail, Colorado, attending SUNY Purchase concentrating in ballet. Performance experience includes:  Gallim Dance, Company XIV, Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Brian Brooks, Brice Mousset' OUI danse, Chris Masters, Terra Firma Dance Theater, Kevin Wynn Collective, Ramon Oller, Alexandre Proia, the DASH Ensemble, and American Repertory Ballet.

 

Jonathan's choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, Dancers Responding to AIDS, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Staller Center at Stonybrook, Center for Performance Research. Jonathan is a founding choreographer and former curator at the CURRENT SESSIONS. He was named one of Dance Magazines “25 to Watch” for 2013. 

Kyle Myer Photography.

Kyle Myer Photography.

GENNA BARONI
Performer / Pilates Instructor

Genna Baroni is a dancer, filmmaker, Brooklyn dweller and has been practicing Pilates since before she could even drive a car. As a student of movement, Genna was drawn to the rigors and exactitude of Pilates as a method of cross training to better perform the complexities that ballet class demanded. As a certified instructor, many years into her practice she continues to explore and rediscover the richness of the Pilates methodology. Genna finds deep satisfaction in helping others become empowered through Pilates rehabilitative properties.

Genna is a founding choreographer of the CURRENT SESSIONS.