Movers & Shapers: Xan Burley

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.42 – Xan Burley

Release Date: June 6, 2017

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ABOUT XAN BURLEY: Performer, Teacher, Arts Administrator, Choreographer

Xan Burley works in New York City as a performer, teacher, arts administrator, and choreographer in collaboration with her partner Alex Springer and has been a member of Doug Varone and Dancers since 2012.

The work of dance artists Xan Burley and Alex Springer, as creative and life partners, is inherently and essentially collaborative. Since 2008, their cohesive efforts have taken shape as dance theatre for the stage and camera, interdisciplinary work, site-specific performance, durational exhibition, and community engagement. They strive to make work that inhabits spaces holistically, creating physical landscapes that harmonize with each individual project. With multidisciplinary collaborators, they collectively design comprehensive aural, visual, and contextual environments in which performance is experienced intimately.

Their work, under the moniker the Median Movement, has been presented in NYC by Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace Project’s DraftWork series, the 92Y, the TANK, Triskelion Arts, MATA Interval at the Museum of the Moving Image, and Gowanus Art & Production, among others. In May of 2016, they developed for North, an evening-length interdisciplinary project, as recipients of Center for Performance Research’s inaugural Tech and Production residency. With support from CPR’s Mertz Gilmore Late Stage Production grant, the project premiered there in December 2016. Their yearlong 2013-14 artist residency at University Settlement culminated in sold-out performances of JACK Rally featuring 26 performers, some of whom participated in their accompanying community engagement project. They were invited as resident artists to Cultivate New Hampshire in the summer of 2014 where they held workshops and developed and shared work in collaboration with sound/visual artist Will Owen. In 2011, they received BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s Fall Space Grant, premiering a new piece after three months in residence. Burley and Springer will perform their duet You being Me being You and the Eye as part of New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival in June 2017. In addition, this August they will be Research Fellows at Jacob’s Pillow, presenting a new site-specific work at Inside/Out, and will spend a month in residence at the Marble House in Vermont this September.

Burley and Springer were honored to receive the 2015 Emerging Artist Award in Dance from their alma mater, the University of Michigan. They were DANCENOW’s 2011 Joe’s Pub Festival Encore Challenge winners and received DFA’s 24-Hour Challenge Silver Award (2009) for their screendance daylighting.  An Ostrich Proudly was featured on Hulu in TenduTV’s Essential Dance Film and their choreography appears in the feature-length film Frances Ha (2013).

They have created work as guest artists at the University of Michigan, Skidmore College, Bates College, Colby College, Goucher College, James Madison University, Ball State University, Ohio University, Oakland University, the Harkness Repertory Ensemble, Harrison High School, Cora Youth Company, and The Collective. In April 2017, they will stage their work on Minnesota’s Zenon Dance Company.

Burley and Springer have offered master classes in technique, partnering, composition and improvisation at Hunter College, Muhlenberg College, DeSales University, the University of Maryland, Grand Valley State University, Albion College, and Ballet Western Reserve, among others. They teach regular classes in NYC at Mark Morris Dance Center and Gibney Dance Center and currently as guest faculty at Purchase College. As members of Doug Varone and Dancers, both have taught and performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including Korea, the Dominican Republic, Russia, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, and Hungary. In addition, they have performed for artists/companies such as Nancy Bannon, Alexandra Beller, Daniel Charon, Shannon Gillen, Heidi Henderson, Shannon Hummel, Tami Stronach, Donnell Oakley, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

Burley graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Dance and English.

MORE ON XAN BURLEY

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Doug Varone and Dancers

Pittsburgh Youth Ballet

Lake Erie Ballet

Ballet Western Reserve

Karen Westerfield

Faye Driscoll

Alexandra Beller

University of Michigan – Dance

Alex Springer

Stephanie Liapis

Shannon Hummel

Shannon Gillen

Meisner Technique

Bates Dance Festival

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

Movers & Shapers: Tami Stronach

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PODCAST No.41 – Tami StronachTS_Portraits-direct look copy

Release Date: May 23, 2017

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ABOUT TAMI STRONACH: CHOREOGRAPHER, ACTOR, TEACHER, PUBLIC SPEAKER

Tami Stronach creates imaginative, interdisciplinary works to uncover the many contradictions of the human condition. Heralded as a “choreographic doctor of the human condition” (Dance Insider) she creates “wickedly observant” (New York Times) dances about the search for connection, control, power, intimacy and meaning from a distinctly feminine perspective. Since the formation of her company in 2000, Tami Stronach Dance (TSD) has been commissioned and presented by more than 20 venues in NYC including Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce Soho, PS122, Here Art Center, Dance New Amsterdam, La MaMa Etc., The Flea, and Movement Research at Judson Church, among others. TSD has toured to venues throughout the US and internationally to England, Australia, and Mexico with an upcoming project slated for fall 2017 in the Czech Republic. She also choreographs for musical theater, plays, fight choreography and will venture into stop motion choreography for an upcoming music video next month. Stronach recently co-founded Paper Canoe Company to create family programming that utilizes movement, theater, puppetry, and object manipulation.

MORE ON TAMI STRONACH

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Neverending Story

Midge Kretchmer 

SUNY Purchase Dance

Neta Pulvermacher 

Bella Lewitsky

Williamsburg Art neXus

Hollins/ADF

Marymount Manhattan College Dance

New Victory Theater

Maxine Greene

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

Movers & Shapers: Hilary Easton

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PODCAST No.40 – Hilary Easton

Release Date: May 9, 2017

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ABOUT HILARY EASTON: CHOREOGRAPHER AND EDUCATOR

Hilary Easton established her company in 1992, which has since performed at venues including The Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church (6 seasons), American Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (4 seasons), Carnegie Hall, PS 122, The University of Texas/Austin, Central Park Summerstage, CCA-Santa Fe, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Roger Williams University, The Yard, Mount Tremper Arts, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Bennington College, and the 92Y Harkness Dance Festival. They have been honored with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, The Manhattan Community Arts Fund, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Bossak-Heilbron Foundation, Meet the Composer, and the Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, the Arts and Education. Upcoming performances include the premiere of “Radiator” at the Gibney Dance Center, May, 2017.

Hilary Easton has additionally choreographed for artists/companies including The Talking Band, Joffrey II, Headwaters Dance Company, and the Mettawee River Theater Company. She has choreographed for college and university students at Connecticut College, Princeton University, the University at Buffalo, Roger Williams University and the University of Montana/Missoula. Back in the day, she performed with companies including Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Company and Kinematic.

Ms. Easton is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, where she teaches dance composition, and is the director of global K-12 dance programs for Juilliard Global Ventures. She is the education consultant for New York Philharmonic Schools and also consults with cultural organizations including the Houston Symphony and the Austin Symphony, VSA arts, Lincoln Center Education, and Carnegie Hall.

MORE ON HILARY EASTON

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

92nd Street Y

NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Bertram Ross

Stuart Hodes

Lawrence Rhodes

Sean Curran

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

Lincoln Center Institute

Fresh Tracks

Danspace Project

Gibney Dance, Gina Gibney

Jennifer Dunning

Julliard Global

“Radiator”

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

Movers & Shapers: Teresa Fellion

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Teresa headshot by Jaqlin MedlockPodcast No.39 – Teresa Fellion

Release Date: February 28, 2017

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ABOUT BODYSTORIES: TERESA FELLION DANCE
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance is a contemporary dance company that captures and communicates universal human encounters through dynamic, purposeful movement. We are a multifaceted, highly physical company laced with provocative, emotional, political and humorous edges. Our mission is to examine depths of society in their darkest and brightest moments and to inspire audiences to physically sense emotional and psychological aspects of the human condition on stage. Our work is intellectual and highly choreographed in every moment. It is intricately technical and controlled in every nuance, with a look that is not controlled. Live music is an important factor in many of our works. We also consistently work via in-depth collaborations in lighting, costume, video and set design. In addition to creating and performing innovative works, our company is committed to reaching diverse populations through outreach and education and maintaining a stable business model to sustain our work. Valuing international exchange, we collectively speak nine languages and research, perform, and collaborate with artists from five continents.

BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance has shown work at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow, The Public Theater, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, University of Florida, ENTPE University (Lyon, France), NYU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Bryant Park Summer Stage, BDF Edinburgh at EICC, Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at Gibney Dance Center, NY City Center, Dixon Place, UME, ICA Boston, 92nd St. Y, Naropa University, Franco-American Cultural Center, CPR-Center for Performance Research, 14th St. Y, Merce Cunningham Theatre, MMAC, Ashawagh Hall, Triskelion Arts, GAP, and in concerts with Phish, among others. Collaborations on original music under the direction of our Musical Director, John Yannelli, are vitally integrated into our productions. Music collaborators include Yannelli, Trey Anastasio, Phish, Ryan Lott, Ryan Edwards, Kevin Keller, and Carver Audain. We have also enjoyed in-depth collaborations with costume designers Nina Katan, Ljupka Arsovska, and Elena Comendador, set designer, Robert Gould, and video artists Nel Shelby, Jacob Hiss, and Charles Dennis.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Teresa Fellion
 founded BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance in late 2011, after working as an independent choreographer since 2004. Fellion’s work has been positively reviewed by The New York Times, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Scotsman, Oberon’s Grove, NYTheatre.com, The Skinny Magazine, World Dance Reviews, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, Edinburgh Spotlight, Southampton Press, Stage Buddy, East Hampton Press, The Sun Journal, Broadway Baby, and Earth Press, among others. She has received the Choreographic Fellowship from SummerStages Dance Festival and ICA Boston and the American Dance Guild Fellowship for Jacob’s Pillow’s Choreographers’ Lab. Teresa has received grants for her work from The National Endowment for the Arts Window Award, O’Donnell Green Foundation for Music and Dance, Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grant, and space grants from ITE-Inception to Exhibition, MANA Arts/Armitage Gone! Dance, Mount Tremper Arts, Field FAR Space, and at Triskelion Arts and Mark Morris Dance Center through the Mellon Foundation. Teresa’s choreography has been commissioned by NYC Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets, chashama, Marigny Opera Contemporary Ballet, and The Hudson River Museum via the Jordan Matter Dancers Among Us exhibit. She has led workshops and master classes, and been commissioned to set work at University of Florida, Gainesville, NYU, Pace University, Castleton State College, University of Maine, Farmington, Jacob’s Pillow, Wilson College, and at several NYC and national performing arts schools. She has taught regularly at The Ailey School, Sarah Lawrence College, DreamYard Project, and Marquis Studios, and she is a faculty member and director of the Summer Dance Program at The Ross School.

Teresa was named Artistic Liaison between Cameroon & U.S. by president Paul Biya, while performing with National Ballet du Cameroun and at the National Soccer Cup Finals. She has performed for Lucinda Childs, Sarah Skaggs, Kimberly Young, M’Bewe Escobar, Skip Costa, and Martha Bowers, and she has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Deganit Shemy, Liz Lerman, and Megan Boyd, among others. Teresa completed a Dance MFA from Sarah Lawrence under Bessie Schonberg Scholarship, Certificate from the Ailey School under scholarship, and BA in French & English Literature, with a minor in dance from NYU as a merit scholar.

MORE ON TERESA:

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

National Ballet of Cameroon

Broadway Dance Center

Certificate Program, The Ailey School

Phish

Sara Rudner

Sarah Lawrence College

Dreamyard Project

ICA Boston

Summer Stages Dance at Concord

“Mantises are Flipping”

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Sara Wookey

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Podcast No.38 – Sara Wookey

Release Date:

February 14, 2017

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ABOUT SARA WOOKEY:

Sara Wookey is based in London as a dancer, choreographer and creative professional on a Tier 1 Visa endorsed by Arts Council England. She holds an MFA from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently researching the intersections of dance and visual arts institutions, developing her project reDANCE and lecturers at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has been a guest artist and researcher at, among others, TATE, Tanzfabriek Berlin, Cal Arts, and Yale-NUS. Sara is a certified transmitter of Yvonne Rainer’s iconic work “Trio A” and a square dance caller.

MORE ON SARA:

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Links Hall

Marjorie Jones School of Dance

BalletMet

University of Illinois Dance Program

Terry Creach

Renée Wadleigh

Bebe Miller

Lawrence Goldhuber

Ohio State University Dance Program

Vickie Blaine

School for New Dance Development

“Being Pedestrian”

Yvonne Rainer

Susan Foster

“Trio A”

“Open Letter to Artists” Blog Post

Sara at Tate

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron