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Movers & Shapers: Margie Gillis

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.52 – Margie Gillis

 

Release Date: 11.14.17

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ABOUT MARGIE GILLIS

Internationally acclaimed solo modern choreographer/ dancer, Margie Gillis has been creating original works for over forty years. Her repertoire is more than one hundred dances, including her signature solos, as well as duets and group pieces. She also lectures on dance and the role of art in society. With her unique approach of “Dancing from the Inside Out”, she teaches her art form to professionals and to those seeking experiential wisdom as a way of problem solving. She has worked on Conflict Transformation as well as issues of fairness for financial governance. Her “Legacy Project” allows her to continue to share her work as well as mentor young artists of excellence. Her numerous awards and distinctions include the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Foundation and the Stella Adler Studio of New York first MAD Spirit Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Actions by an Artist. She is Knight of L’Ordre National du Québec and Officer of the Order of Canada. Margie Gillis’ masterful interpretation of the different facets of the human soul has won her loyal audiences over the years. Unwaveringly, she continues to develop her craft through experimenting, teaching, creation innovation and performance.

MORE ON MARGIE

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Christopher Gillis

May O’Donnell

Pearson College

Leonard Cohen

La La La Human Steps

Jessye Norman

Adam Barruch

 

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

What is America Dawn?

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What is America Dawn?
Erin Carlisle Norton, choreographer/Artistic Director, The Moving Architects, Fall 2017

The Moving Architects current work, “America Dawn”, will premiere at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY from November 30-Dec 2. The work draws inspiration from a poem written by my late grandfather Thomas John Carlisle “America Dawn” from 1976, inspired by a Louise Nevelson sculpture of the same name from 1959/67. A dance inspired by a poem, inspired by a sculpture. Collaborating with multidisciplinary artist gwen charles on video and design with our shared aesthetic of layering multi-sensorial elements, together we are able to transgress borders between dance, art, and cinematography. Intergenerational collaboration with family extends even further in “America Dawn” through the use of sound with composer, collaborator, and my second-cousin Ralph Lewis (great-nephew of Thomas John Carlisle).

This not the first time I have drawn inspiration from the visual arts or continued my grandfather’s legacy by using his poetry. My previous collaboration with filmmakers Alicia Chester and Andrea Slavik on a reinterpretation of Vito Acconci’s “Pryings” (2012) and site-specific choreographic projects within Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center (2011) and Church of the Epiphany (2008) allowed me to explore my visual sensibilities and bring attention to filmic-qualities in my dance works. In 2015 I premiered the evening-length work “Demure as Dynamite” which looked to two books of poetry by my grandfather and his portrayal of women of the Bible.

In “America Dawn” we are lifting and bringing to the stage the original sculpture’s textures and proportions, the poems’ optimism and cyclicity, and the beauty and architectural cityscapes of both, intertwining dance, original music, and designed prop and costume elements, all fully realized through the physically strong, exacting, and emotive six female dancers/performers of The Moving Architects (Caitlin Bailey, Maggie Beutner, Rachel Gill, Jenny Gram, Léla Groom, and Ashley Peters). Two other shorter works will also be featured in the evening-length concert. “Yellow Capes” (working title), a dance film by gwen charles in collaboration with The Moving Architects that reveals a secret society of women who gather yearly for their ceremony in the location of their sacred land, a project which we filmed during our yearly residency at Wilson College, and “Canon,” an escalating dance work that displays and promotes political activism and civic engagement through the dancing body and blank protest signs.

Collaboration is at the heart of this project, allowing many artistic minds and experienced artists to join and layer together elements of movement, visual art, sound, props, costume design, lighting, and live music, to truly bring to life the poem and original sculptural art impetus behind “America Dawn”.

Movers & Shapers: gwen charles

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.51 –

gwen charles

 

Release Date: October 31, 2017

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ABOUT GWEN CHARLES

Multi-disciplinary artist gwen charles creates site-specific, collaborative live performances and choreographed actions for and with the camera using handcrafted wearable props & sculptures. Performances and interventions are created for non-proscenium formats, inspired by the trivial moments of daily life & everyday objects.

Born in NYC, artist gwen charles completed her MFA with Transart Institute in Berlin, Germany & NYC. Her undergraduate studies were fulfilled at Parsons School of Design & The New School for Public Engagement. Her video works have been viewed in international venues and video festivals in the USA, Germany, Slovenia and Croatia. She has participated in artist residencies in Mexico, India, Slovenia & in the United States. Collaboration is an integral part of her studio & curatorial practice. Her studio is based in Montclair, NJ.

MORE ON GWEN

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

David Bowie with La La La Human Steps

Fine Young Cannibals with Philippe Decouflé

MoMA

Yves Saint Laurent

Costume Institute – The Met

Parsons School of Design

Bank Street College of Education

Transart Institute

Joan Jonas

Movement Research

 

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

Movers & Shapers: Sarah Weber-Gallo

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:


PODCAST No.50 – Sarah Weber-Gallo

 

Release Date: October 17, 2017

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ABOUT SARAH WEBER GALLO

Sarah Weber Gallo is a dancer, dance maker, and educator residing in Hoboken, NJ, where she is Dance Director for Mile Square Theatre.  She is a senior member with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, where she has been featured in the works of Doug Varone, Mark Dendy, Sean Curran, Benjamin Millepied, Julie Taymor, Graciella Daniele, Andre Serban, Robert Lepage, and Mary Zimmerman, among others.  At Mile Square Theatre, Sarah is resident choreographer, as well as director of the small-but-growing MST Dance Academy and coordinator of after school enrichment dance classes in Hoboken public schools.  Her recent evening-length dance The Magic Hour was lauded as “Stunning” and “Better than Charlie Brown” (by Dance Enthusiast and seven-year-old Jake), respectively.  Her choreography has been presented at Mile Square Theatre, Roulette Intermedium, The Ohio Theatre, Center for Performance Research, Greenspace, La Mama, Indy Convergence, and Art House Productions.  Sarah was the recipient of the 2015 New Work Award at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and her collaborative dance Pigeon Congress represented UWM at the 2014 American College Dance Festival.  She holds an M.F.A. in Dance from UWM and a B.A. in Psychology from Goucher College.  Her daughter, Olivia, is eight-years-old, entering third grade, and just learned how to ride a bike.  Parenthood informs Sarah’s art making; and her current project, Fun Head, is an exploration into the subjective nature of fun and its intersection with youth. The work celebrates effort, excess, risk, messiness, and the courtship dances of birds.

MORE ON Sarah

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Jordan College Academy of Dance at Butler University

Goucher College Dance

Dance Place

Shapiro and Smith Dance

Mark Dendy

The Rockettes

Metropolitan Opera | Ballet

Ron Howell

Mile Square Theatre

Your Move Dance Festival

GRUNT

Indy Convergence

Passport to Learning

 

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

Movers & Shapers: Diane Jacobowitz

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.49 – Diane Jacobowitz

 

Release Date: September 26, 2017

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ABOUT DIANE JACOBOWITZ:

Diane Jacobowitz (BFA, Ohio State University; MFA, Connecticut College) has a distinguished career in performing, choreography and arts administration. She has taught dance to youth and adults of all ages and backgrounds for 26 years at numerous institutions. She has directed and taught at several programs including the Dance Department at Westchester Music and Arts Camp and Hunter College Dance Department. She was instrumental in establishing the Dance Major at Long Island University, where she was a professor for 9 years teaching ballet, modern, choreography, aerobics and speech. She taught and directed the middle school dance program and afterschool dance elective at the Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope for 6 years. Diane choreographed and directed her own company, the Diane Jacobowitz Dance Theater for 15 years, during which time, the company toured, performed and engaged in residencies throughout the Northeast. Her company, DJDT performed at BAM in 1992. Diane has also performed with several prominent choreographers including Kenneth King, Marta Renzi, Grethe Holby, Kathy Duncan and Annabelle Gamson. She founded Dancewave in 1995 with the mission of  bringing dance to a broad spectrum of the city youth population, particularly to those talented dancers who lacked the means to afford pre-professional training. Her main focus has been working with young people as artists in the making and connecting them early to the rigor of high level performance and exposure to world renowned dance artists. As Executive/Artistic Director of Dancewave for the past 20 years, she has developed innovative programming to capture the talents and imagination of young dancers. Some of the programs she has developed, in addition to the Dancewave Company model, include Dancing Through College and Beyond, the Dance Career Symposium and the Kids Cafe Festival. Under her leadership, Dancewave currently reaches over 3,000 young people citywide through programs both at the Dancewave School and in partnership with over ten New York City public schools. She is currently leading the campaign for Dancewave’s capital project – the opening/launch of a brand new dance center in downtown Brooklyn in 2017.

MORE ON DIANE:

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Henry Street Settlement

Donal McKayle

Percival Borde

Annabelle Gamson

Grand Union

Viola Farber

Max’s Kansas City

Kenneth King

“Making Dances”

Mark Morris

Dancewave Company

Wendy Evans Joseph

 

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

Movers & Shapers: Laurie Berg

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.48 – Laurie Berg

 

Release Date: September 12, 2017

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ABOUT LAURIE BERG:

Co-organizer of AUNTS since 2009, Laurie Berg makes work in a variety of forms including dance and performance, collage and jewelry. In addition to her choreographic work, she engages with the dance community as a producer, curator and event organizer. She recently co-curated the Movement Research Spring Festival 2017, is the 2016 recipient of “The Tommy” Award and a 2016-17 LMCC Workspace Artist-In-Residence.

MORE ON LAURIE BERG

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Wade Robson

Robert Reed

Liliana Dirks-Goodman

University of Arizona – Dance

Dr. John Wilson

Movement Research

Juliette Mapp

Rebecca Brooks

Arts@Renaissance

Lucy Sexton

 

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

Triskelion Arts presents “America Dawn”

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Thursday, November 30 – December 2, 2017 / 8pm

Triskelion Arts presents The Moving Architects “America Dawn”
The Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts
106 Calyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Tickets: $18 purchased in advance, $22 at the door
Purchase Tickets:  triskelionarts.org

Choreography: Erin Carlisle Norton
Multi-disciplinary Collaborator: gwen charles
Composer: Ralph Lewis
Performers:  Caitlin Bailey, Maggie Beutner, Léla Groom, Rachel Gill, Jenny Gram, Ashley Peters

Erin Carlisle Norton, director of the female-centric dance company The Moving Architects, will debut a new work “American Dawn” at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY from November 30-Dec 2. The work draws inspiration from a poem written by her grandfather Thomas John Carlisle “America Dawn” from 1976 inspired by a Louise Nevelson sculpture of the same name from 1959/69. A dance inspired by a poem, inspired by a sculpture. Collaborating with multidisciplinary artist gwen charles on video and design with their shared aesthetic of layering multi-sensorial elements, together Norton and charles are able to transgress borders between dance, art, and cinematography. Intergenerational collaboration with family extends even further in “America Dawn” through the use of sound with composer and second cousin Ralph Lewis and his added vision of sound painting and temporal landscapes with live musicians performing the score.  “America Dawn” lifts and brings to the stage the original sculpture’s textures and proportions, the poems’ optimism and cyclicity, and the beauty and architectural cityscapes of both, intertwining dance, original music, and multi-media projections, fully realized through the physically strong, exacting, and emotive six female dancers/performers of The Moving Architects.

Pentacle presents Fall Further VI (NYC)

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Sunday, October 22, 2017 / 7pm
Pentacle presents Fall Further V
Dixon Place
161 Chrystie St
New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $15 advance, $18 door, $12 senior citizen
more info:  dixonplace.org

Now in its sixth year, Fall Further is a celebrated performance event, showcasing the works of Pentacle’s Gallery artists. The Gallery Artists are an eclectic group of vibrant and talented dance makers. From solo performance to multi-disciplinary and traditional modern dance companies, The Gallery encompasses a diverse range of engaging dance artists. This year Fall Further VI will feature works from CoreDance Contemporary, danceTactics performance group, Hanna Q Dance Company, The Moving Architects and SYREN Modern Dance.

Movers & Shapers: Ariel Grossman

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.47 – Ariel Grossman

 

Release Date: August 29, 2017

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ABOUT ARIEL GROSSMAN AND ARIEL RIVKA DANCE (ARD):

Ariel Rivka Dance (ARD) is a critically acclaimed all-female contemporary dance company led by a married choreographer/composer team, Ariel Grossman (Artistic Director/Choreographer) and David Homan (Executive Director/Composer). Based in New York/New Jersey, ARD is committed to creating work with new music that explores emotionally driven movement with underlying currents of technique and structure. Collaboration and accessibility are the heart of ARD. It produces shows that incorporate various styles of dance and music, exposing our audiences to quality artistry in an inviting way.In 2016 Ariel was named one of Jersey (New) Moves Emerging Choreographers and was invited back to the 2017 festival as a standout past grant recipient. The company recently toured to Houston, TX, for Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre and to the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Baltimore, MD, and is looking forward to an upcoming choreographic & performance residency in Vero Beach, FL. ARD has also been presented at NJPAC, Rutgers University, the Gershman Y (Philadelphia, PA), Saratoga Dance Museum, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Dixon Place, White Wave’s Wave Rising Series and Inaugural Solo/Duo Festival, and REVERBDance. Past performances include collaborations with RIOULT Dance NY, Heidi Latsky, Elisa King, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, Paul Dennis and Sean Curran. ARD has also held choreographic residencies at LaGuardia Performing Arts High School (NY) and Moving Youth Ballet Company (NJ) and was the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant and a Nathan Cummings Foundation grant.

With a Masters in Early Childhood Education, Grossman has a passion for introducing dance to young learners offering family, community, and early childhood programming. Ariel Rivka Dance’s most recent family program is the touring work, “The Book of Esther: The Journey of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther,” which explores Ariel’s Jewish roots through a feminist lens. Traveling to Philadelphia, Ocean County, NJ, and various locations in New York City, “The Book of Esther” has provoked riveting conversations about artistic interpretation, biblical text, and the art of collaboration with adults and children alike.

 

MORE ON ARIEL RIVKA DANCE

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Edward Morgan

Joffrey Ballet School

Laguardia High School

UMass Amherst, Music and Dance

Skidmore College, Dance

NJPAC

RoxPAC

Riverside Theater, Florida

Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

“Lean In”

 

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