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Show Up & Dance: Celebrating the Dances of 2020 (virtual event)

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January 21, 2021 @ 8pm on YouTube

Dance New Jersey presents Show Up & Dance: Celebrating the Dances of 2020

TICKETS: Suggested Donation: $10
Purchase Tickets: dancenj.org

The Moving Architects joins Dance New Jersey for an evening of virtual dance performances.  Showcasing an array of dance works made across the state in 2020, The Moving Architects shows an excerpted dance film version of “Event of a Thread”, presented by Imlay Gallery and 21C Museum Hotel in Lexington, KY in January 2020.  Work was a collaboration between Imlay Gallery, sculptor Crystal Gregory, visual artist gwen charles, and The Moving Architects with dancers Ashley Peters and Caitlin Bailey.

Movers & Shapers: Alana Marie Urda

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.109- Alana Marie Urda

 

Release Date: 12.20.20

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ABOUT ALANA

Alana Marie Urda is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Amalgamate, where she pursues using dance for a purpose through her choreographic works, documentaries and company events. Urda has envisioned and produced a range of distinguished dance events, charity projects, and educational workshops with Amalgamate. Her repertoire has been celebrated in renowned NYC venues and tours both nationally and internationally. Commissioned for numerous projects, she has set choreography on dancers across the states and presented work at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series, Boston University, BBKings, Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy, Brunei, Asia, The Times Center, Ailey Citigroup, and Merce Cunningham Studio. With a BFA in dance from FSU, she is Assistant Director of The Trinity School After School Program, a Teaching Artist at New York City Center and The Events in Orlando, FL. Her extensive freelance highlights include choreographing for Lily Chiam’s debut album concert in Brunei, Asia and Off-Broadway productions, Angels, the Musical / Duke Theatre, Dear Mr. Rosan / 777 Theatres, and Into the Woods Jr./ The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater. She has worked with artists such as Peter Kalivas, Ronnie Demarco, Suzanne Farrell, Dan Wagoner, and Jawole Zollar. As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, she continues to create dance events that involve community engagement and provide more job opportunities for dancers. On days off, Alana can be found at the nearby park playing baseball with her husband and two energetic boys.

 

 

 

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

Movers & Shapers: Diane Coburn Bruning

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Rehearsing “Exit Wounds” photo: Emmanuel Williams

PODCAST No.108- Diane Coburn Bruning

 

Release Date: 12.6.20

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ABOUT DIANE

Diane Coburn Bruning is an award-winning choreographer who has worked with dance, theatre and opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad and is the Artistic Director of the acclaimed Chamber Dance Project in Washington, D.C.

Diane’s many fellowships, grants and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, two fellowships New York Foundation for the Arts, the McKnight National Fellowship, Sundance Film Institute Fellowship, grants from Meet the Composer, Harkness Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, The Carlisle Project, Strauss Fellowship Virginia Arts Commission and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography. Diane has worked with Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, American Repertory Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey II, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet Memphis, Daghdha Dance (Ireland), Magdeburg Ballett (Germany), Minnesota Ballet, St. Paul Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet among many others.  She has worked in theatre and opera with Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Washington National Opera and Glimmerglass Opera among others. She collaborated with theatre director Matt Torney on a work with T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” to great acclaim and  they are working on a new project for 2022.

Diane founded Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians in New York in 2000.  She re-established it in Washington, D.C. with the first season at the Kennedy Center in 2014 to critical and audience acclaim. Committed to contemporary ballet with live music, the company comprises outstanding professional ballet dancers and a resident string quartet and commissions works from major choreographers and composers.  A Resident Company at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Chamber Dance Project is in its seventh season in Washington having received major foundation and corporate grants including recently, the D.C. Arts Commission and Bloomberg Philanthropies.  National touring is planned to begin in 2021.

Diane pivoted Chamber Dance Project in summer 2020 to the creation of five new dance films created and screened throughout the country.  She created her own film, A Single Light with film director David Hamilin with all the company dancers working in their own homes.  These and other new films by Chamber Dance Project are to have their premiere live screenings at Kennedy Center in Fall 2021.

Diane graduated with honors from Butler University’s Jordan College of Arts and with a graduate degree from New York University. She received a post-graduate fellowship from Yale University where she studied with acclaimed lighting and scenic designers, Jennifer Tipton and Ming Cho Lee. She has served on many dance panels, advises pre-professional dancers and has been a guest artist at over thirty university dance departments.  She has taught choreography for dance majors at George Mason University. Diane and Chamber Dance Project has received grants in 2018-2020 in support of new work.

 

 

 

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

Movers & Shapers: From the Field no.3

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PODCAST No.107 – 

From the Field no. 3

Release Date: 11.14.20

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On this special episode of Movers & Shapers you will hear from an array of artists working in the dance field, each uniquely navigating  what COVID-19 means to them and the work they do.  On this episode, hear from 4 artists that launched new programs or initiatives during this era, despite of and in response to the challenges of our time.

Inspiring, honest, hopeful, hear from Melissa Riker (Dance Rising, NYC), Crystal Michelle Perkins (Landingplace Project, Ohio), Shana Simmons (Shana Simmons Dance, Pittsburgh), and Erin Carlisle Norton (The Moving Architects, NJ/NYC).

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

Movers & Shapers: Denise Saunders Thompson

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PODCAST No.106 – Denise Saunders Thompson

 

Release Date: 10.16.20

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ABOUT DENISE

Denise Saunders Thompson has extensive experience in non-profit and for-profit, established or start-up organizations. She has advised organizations on administrative, programmatic and fundraising issues including strategic plans, policy and procedures, communications programs, budgeting and contracts. Currently, Denise is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the International Association of Blacks in Dance, a non-profit service organization and D.d.Saunders & Associates, Inc., a comprehensive fine arts advisory firm offering artist management/ representation, arts producing, consulting, and production services. She recently held the position of Professorial Lecturer at American University in the Graduate Arts Management Degree Program. In April 2015, Denise completed 17 years of service at Howard University in the capacities of Professor, Theatre Manager/ Producing Artistic Director for the Department of Theatre Arts and Manager of Cramton Auditorium. She is Co-Founder of PlayRight Performing Arts Center, Inc., a non-profit arts organization in Atlanta, Georgia, and former Business Manager for The Malone Group, Inc. a non-profit arts organization in Washington, D.C. that co-produced Black Nativity at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for six years. Denise currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Dance/USA, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Friends of Theatre and Dance at Howard University, is a Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA).

Freelancing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and across the nation in production and arts management, Mrs. Thompson has held positions at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Alliance Theatre Company, National Black Arts Festival, 1996 Olympic Arts Festival, 1996 Olympics, Lincoln Theatre, Several Dancers Core, the Atlanta Dance Initiative, the Mark Taper Forum, the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, Harrah’s Marina Hotel Casino as well as other numerous positions. In addition, she is a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the St. Paul Companies. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in Arts Producing and Management, and a B.F.A. from Howard University in Theatre Arts Administration. Denise is the proud mother of Kellen, stepmom to Darrin, Jr., and happily married to Darrin, Sr.

 

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

CANCELED – An Afternoon with The Moving Architects: Jubilee & Knell (Montclair, NJ)

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Due to the Governor’s recent announcement that nonessential travel across NJ, NY, and CT state lines be avoided, The Moving Architects will be canceling our Saturday performance of An Afternoon with The Moving Architects: Jubilee & Knell at Van Vleck House & Gardens in Montclair, NJ. While the timing is disheartening, we want to abide by these requests and keep everyone healthy and safe. We look forward to bringing you more virtual and in-person performances in 2021.

October 24, 2020 @ 2pm, Live Music Begins at 1:45pm
(Rain Date, October 25 @ 2pm)

An Afternoon with The Moving Architects: Jubilee & Knell

Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street
Montclair, New Jersey
Small Parking Lot and Free Street Parking Available

TICKETS:
General Admission: $20
Student (Under 18): $10
Child (under 5): Free

Note: Tickets must be purchased online, no tickets sold at the door. Chairs will be provided and tickets bought together will be placed together and socially distanced.  Masks are required. The grounds are available for all to peruse and enjoy.
Purchase Tickets: themovingarchitects.ticketleap.com

Celebrating The Year of the Woman in 2020 was overshadowed by the economic and social upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, Anti-Racism Movements, and political discord.  Instead of celebrating female achievements, 2020 has brought us face-to-face with deep emotions and great disappointments. The Moving Architects have chosen to channel these emotions into a narrative of empowerment, resiliency, grieving, and of finding meaning in the dissonance through the new collaborative work Jubilee & Knell. In the words of poet Emily Dickinson, both Jubilee (happiness) and Knell (sorrow) can be felt at the same time, as we do in this moment.

Join The Moving Architects for a live outdoor performance on October 24, 2020 at the beautiful grounds of Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair, NJ as we celebrate bringing the female representation to the forefront of dance for nearly 14 years. This event supports TMA’s mission of producing new works, offering community classes, and providing platforms for dialogue and collaboration. The company will perform new work created virtually during the pandemic, alongside adjusted repertory work that removes partnering and keeps the dancers socially distanced.

The Moving Architects

Artistic Director: Erin Carlisle Norton

Dancers: Caitlin Bailey, Maggie Beutner, Ashley Peters, Aria Roach

Visual Artist Collaborator: gwen charles

Live Trumpet and Electronic Music: Steven-Jon Billings and Tyler Gilmore of BlankFor.ms

 

An Afternoon with The Moving Architects: Jubilee & Knell / Work Descriptions

The Moving Architects, with Artistic Director Erin Carlislen Norton, visual artist collaborator gwen charles, and dancers Caitlin Bailey, Maggie Beutner, Ashley Peters, and Aria Roach, will perform three rigorous and powerful female-focused works.

Jubilee & Knell is a duet that pulls from the two memory states jubilee (happiness) and knell (sorrow) taken from the poet Emily Dickinson.  Exploring how these two memory states can be experienced simultaneously, Norton explores the exaggerated realities of the pandemic including isolation, social distancing, perceptions of time, connection, and forced self-reflection. Audience members will view performers dancing inside and outside giant milky blurred bubbles in moments of extreme physical exertion side-by-side with moments of intimacy and fragility, the bubbles visually representing how memory is accessed and experienced.  A work truly of our time, Jubilee & Knell has been created almost entirely in the virtual space.

Performed by 3 women, Walled is an aggressively physicalized, fervent, and intricate trio dance work that examines through risky movement, intense partnering, 10-feet of stretchy white fabric, and a driving sound score the societal and psychological barriers found in the company’s political and personal lives today.

The closing piece Together is an improvisationally-based dance work performed by the company with live music by Steven-Jon Billings and Tyler Gilmore of BlankFor.ms.  All of the performed works reveal Norton’s choreographic interests of transgressing borders between dance, art, sound, and design.

Movers & Shapers: Staycee Pearl

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PODCAST No.105 – Staycee Pearl

 

Release Date: 9.19.20

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ABOUT STAYCEE

Staycee Pearl is the co-artistic director of PearlArts Studios and STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos (SPdp&SS), where she creates artful experiences through dance-centered multimedia works in collaboration with her husband and artistic collaborator, Herman “Soy Sos” Pearl. In 2010, SPdp&SS debuted at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, and served as the theater’s resident dance company for three years. The Pearls proudly opened their dance/art/sound space, PearlArts Studios, in April of 2012. Since, the duo has produced several works including ..on being…, OCTAVIA, and FLOWERZ. They are both passionate about sharing resources and creating opportunities for the arts community and has initiated project-generating programs including the Charrette Series, the In The Studio Series, and the PearlDiving Movement Residency. Staycee has exhibited visual art works in exhibitions curated for SPACE Gallery, Fe Gallery, and The August Wilson Center and is responsible for the choreography of many musicals and operas presented throughout Pittsburgh between 2004 and 2018 including In “The Heights” for the University of Pittsburgh, Drama Department, Nathan Davis’ “Just Above My Head”, and the Alumni Theater Company in “Rent”. SPdp&SS recently toured Italy and New York with their work-in-progress showing of CIRCLES: Black-Grrlness on repeat in early 2020, and in the Summer of 2019, premiered both “sym” and “sol.” at their very first pearlPRESENTS Dance Festival. The festival featured works in collaboration with Island Moving Company (IMC) of Newport R.I., and Sidra Bell Dance New York (SBDNY)

 

MORE INFO:

www.pearlartsstudios.com

 

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

Leaning into the Unknown (Livestream Event with Ramapo College’s Berrie Center)

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September 26, 2020 at 8pm
Leaning into the Unknown, Act II Livestream Event
presented by Ramapo College, Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts

Event Features: The Moving Architects, Dimitri Reyes, and Mignola Dance
Post Show Live Talk with the Artist, led by Lisa Campbell, Berrie Center Director

Direct Broadcast Link: YouTube.com

Support the Event:
Audiences can view the broadcasts on the You-Tube channel Ramapo College Berrie Center. While events are free, viewers are encouraged to consider making a gift to the Contemporary Arts Fund or the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund through the Ramapo Foundation at www.ramapo.edu/give

For more information and to access the broadcasts, go to:  www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

The Moving Architects with “Jubilee & Knell”

choreography: Erin Carlisle Norton in collaboration with the dancers
dancers: Caitlin Bailey & Maggie Beutner
visual artist collaborator: gwen charles
Music: “Wings 3” by Michael Wall, “Wings 4” by Michael Wall, “Clap 05 – Original” by Komet, “Corpo” by Divan Gattamorta

The Moving Architects will perform choreographer Erin Carlisle Norton’s work “Jubilee & Knell” that pulls from the two memory states jubilee (happiness) and knell (sorrow) taken from the poet Emily Dickinson.  Exploring how these two memory states can be experienced simultaneously, Norton explores the exaggerated realities of the pandemic including isolation, social distancing, perceptions of time, connection, and forced self-reflection. Audience members will view performers dancing inside and outside giant milky blurred bubbles in moments of extreme physical exertion side-by-side with moments of intimacy and fragility, the bubbles visually representing how memory is accessed and experienced.  A work truly of our time, Jubilee & Knell has been created almost entirely in the virtual space.

About LEANING INTO THE UNKNOWN

MAHWAH, N.J. — The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus is pleased to announce the winners of its Leaning into the Unknown competition who will be featured during two livestream broadcasts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 and Saturday, September 26. The livestreams will be available through YouTube and are free.

Leaning into the Unknown was a call to N.J.-based artists in the performing arts to share work they were creating in response to the COVID-19 global health pandemic. The six artists chosen for the performances of new works in progress were selected by a panel of judges representing a diversity of disciplines and backgrounds. The artists chosen include Mignolo Dance of Metuchen; performance artist Christy E. O’Connor of Middletown; poet and spoken word artist Dimitri Reyes of Kearny; The Moving Architects of Montclair; Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company of Fort Lee; and poet Marina Carreira of Union.

The livestream broadcasts have been divided into two evenings. Act I will air on September 19 with performances by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Marina Carreira and Christy E. O’Connor. Act II will air on September 26 with performances by Mignolo Dance, The Moving Architects and Dimitri Reyes. After each broadcast, audiences will be able to join Lisa Campbell, Berrie Center Director, and the artists for that evening in a live chat where they can ask questions of the artists.

Movers & Shapers: Robin Staff

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PODCAST No.104 – Robin Staff

 

Release Date: 9.6.20

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ABOUT ROBIN

Artistic Statement, Executive Artistic Director and Producer of DanceNOW[NYC]

My vision is to incite awareness of dance through non-traditional means that join artist and audience in an inspirational experience for both.

The daughter of a painter, I went to Goucher College to study visual and creative arts and graduated as the first dance major, charting the development of one of today’s most vital college dance programs across the country.  Paving my own way, I continued my career as a dancer at what was then considered ‘too late’, creating a small repertory company to sustain both my love of neo-classical ballet that I had studied at a very young age and my eagerness to explore new and contemporary movement styles.  My visual arts background and interest in design, have always led me into unusual urban spaces, inspiring my first gallery performance on Wooster Street in Soho in 1993.  The intimacy and enormous enthusiasm between the artists and audience members at this performance predicted my current artistic direction. I have worked over the past two decades to refine ways to make dance accessible and welcoming, bending the rules to offer audiences and artists a new way to experience dance that is relevant and fun.  As I move DanceNOW[NYC] into the next decade, my vision continues to encompass the untraditional, the unconventional and the unknown that has been the foundation of my personal goals and this organization for more than two decades.

As a dancer, I am aware of the enormous challenges that face performers, choreographers and companies.  As an administrator, my vision is guided by concern for the survival of today’s dance makers, particularly young artists.  I am steadfast in my commitment to provide opportunities that present new choices, stimulate creativity, advance careers, and encourage today’s dance makers to explore the untried, defy the archetypical and carve a path to uncover new means of expression.

 

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

Movers & Shapers: Erin Pride

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PODCAST No.103 – Erin Pride

 

Release Date: 8.20.20

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ABOUT ERIN

Erin is an online business coach for dance educators and host of the Dance Boss Podcast. She is a Jersey girl all the way, graduated from Montclair State University with a B.F.A. in Dance and received her Masters in Dance Education from New York University. Erin helps dance educators niche down, build an online business, and bring in additional revenue for them and their families. Erin began her coaching journey as a dance education coach, providing resources and training to help dance educators run more successful classrooms. Now Erin helps her fellow dance educators pursue their dreams and start an online business that impacts the masses.  To learn more about Erin visit erinpride.com, and you can hang out with Erin on Instagram and Facebook.

 

MORE INFO:

Website: erinpride.com

Podcast: Dance Boss Podcast

Instagram: @erinpride

Facebook: @erindpride

 

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.