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

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

Movers & Shapers: The Moving Architects

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

L-R: Rachel Gill, Jenny Gram, Léla Groom, Ashley Peters, Maggie Beutner, Caitlin Bailey, photo: gwen charles

PODCAST No.46 – The Moving Architects

Release Date: August 15, 2017

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ABOUT THE MOVING ARCHITECTS

The Moving Architects, under Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton, is a female-centric dance company that channels the authentic complexity of both the current and historically lived female experience into dance works edged with charged movement and feminine strength. The resulting dance works reveal intense female performances that make connections between bodies in motion, location and space, as well as historical and physical experience. Formed in 2007 and based in NJ/NYC since 2013, TMA has performed and taught extensively in academic and community settings throughout the NYC-area, East Coast, Midwest, and internationally in Central Asia, Guatemala, and Morocco. TMA recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary Season, with full-evening length performances presented by The Tank (NYC), Jersey City Theater Center (NJ), and performances at Bryant Park Presents Contemporary Dance (NYC), The Dance Complex (Boston), Dixon Place (NYC), Featured Guest Artist at Your Move Dance Festival (NJ), APAP at City Center (NYC), Nimbus Choreographic Residency and Performance (NJ), and Wilson College Creative Residency (PA).  TMA hosts and produces the dance interview podcast Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast.

COMPANY MEMBERS

Caitlin Bailey is a dancer and visual artist who trained in dance at Marymount Manhattan College before receiving her BA in Dance from Hunter College where she studied under Alberto del Saz and Jana Fienman. Bailey has recently performed at The Sheen Center,  Dixon Place, and Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Italy with Amaris Dance; the Vision of Sound tour with Matthew Frazier-Smith; and Green Space with Danielle Nicolosi. As a choreographer and performing artist for Eden Productions and Love Creek Productions, Bailey’s work has been showcased at Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival, in IHI Therapy Center’s “LOVE, YOURSELF” Gala, The New School’s BFA production of “Polaroid Stories”, and the Producers Club Theatre. A Certified Personal Trainer and competitive Obstacle Course Racer, Bailey works with PhilanthroFIT Training while dancing for Amaris Dance and The Moving Architects.

Maggie Beutner is a performer from Denton, Texas. She attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a BFA in Dance, along with studying in the honors college. While in school, she performed in works by KihYoung Choi, Amiti Perry, Ana Sokolow, and taught and choreographed extensively across the state. Since relocating to Brooklyn, she has performed with Brandon Welch, Britta Peterson, and is a company member of kaycruddenco. Maggie joined The Moving Architects in 2015.

Rachel Gill is from Muncie, Indiana. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance where she performed in works by Martha Graham, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Kimberly Bartosik, and Shannon Gillen, and also spent a semester studying at Amsterdam School of the Arts. Upon graduation, Rachel attended Springboard Danse Montreal and moved to New York City. Since living in New York, she has performed and participated in multiple workshops with the Merce Cunningham Dance Trust, and has performed as a freelance dancer with artists such as Rosalind Newman, Elizabeth Dishman, Kathleen Helm, and Asako Miyahira. Rachel is currently a company member of GREYZONE Dance and The Moving Architects.

Jenny Gram, originally from Santa Clara, California, holds a BFA in dance and a BA in English from the University of Iowa. While a student, she performed the work of Carl Flink, Jennifer Kayle, and Chris Masters, in addition to choreographing her own work. Since she graduated, Jenny has performed with Jennifer Archibald, Armada Dance Company, and Mark Dendy in New York City and Shen Wei Dance Arts at the North Carolina Museum of Art during the American Dance Festival. She is a certified Pilates mat instructor through the Kane School of Pilates. Currently, Jenny is a freelance arts administrator, and makes her own choreography under The JGram Project. Jenny is thrilled to be dancing in her fourth season with The Moving Architects!

Seattle grown, Brooklyn based, Léla Groom received her early training from the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She holds a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University, where she performed extensively.  After graduating Summa Cum Laude, she relocated to New York City, where she is working as a freelance dancer and collaborator. She has performed with Treeline Dance Works, continues to work with long time collaborator Britta Joy Peterson, and is currently involved in projects with Inkyung Lee, and Falcon Dance. This is her second season with The Moving Architects.

Ashley Peters, originally from Utica, New York, holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in Psychology from University at Buffalo, where she was presented an Award of Distinction in Research for her thesis regarding the history and applications of jazz dance. As a freelance artist, Ashley has been a featured soloist with the Balasole Dance Company, toured Europe as a solo artist with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s International Ballet Ensemble, and performed at Jacob’s Pillow with Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance Company.  Ashley currently works at Gibney Dance Center and dances for Ballaro Dance, SoHa Dance and Treeline Dance Works.

MORE ON THE MOVING ARCHITECTS

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

University of Iowa – Department of Dance

Marymount Manhattan College – Department of Dance

Hunter College – Dance Department

University at Buffalo – Department of Theatre and Dance

University of North Texas – Department of Dance and Theatre

Arizona State University – School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Purchase College – Conservatory of Dance

Bates Dance Festival

DOVA (Doug Varone and Dancers)

American Dance Festival Winter Intensive

Gibney Dance Center

New Yorkers for Culture and Arts

Cornfield Dance

Trinity High School

Conductive Education

 

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

Movers & Shapers: Adam Barruch

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.45 –

Adam Barruch

Release Date: July 25, 2017

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ABOUT ADAM BARRUCH

Adam Barruch began his career as a young actor, performing professionally on Broadway and in film and television, working with prominent figures such as Tony Bennett, Jerry Herman and Susan Stroman. He later received dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts. After three years, he graduated early and was accepted into the dance department at The Juilliard School. As a dancer he has performed the works of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Susan Marshall, Jose Limon, Daniele Dèsnoyers, and was a dancer with Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal. He has also worked with The Margie Gillis Dance Foundation, performing and researching Conflict Transformation as part of The Legacy Project. Based in Brooklyn, Adam currently creates and performs work under the epithet of his own company, Anatomiae Occultii.

As a choreographer, Adam’s work has been presented at venues such as The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, City Center, NYU/ Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Ailey-Citigroup Theater, The 92Y: Buttenweiser Hall, Jacob’s Pillow: Inside/Out, LaMaMa,The Cedar Lake Theater, Gina Gibney Dance Center, The Harris Theater, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Cowles Center, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, Bates Dance Festival and Theatre Usine C in Montreal. He has also taught technique and repertory at Princeton University, The Boston Conservatory, The Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, Marymount Manhattan College, The Martha Graham School, The Hartt School, The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, New York University, Hofstra University, West Virginia University and La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán (EPDM).

Adam Barruch was selected as a participant in the 2011 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab made possible by generous support from the Ford Foundation. Adam Barruch’s short-film collaboration with filmmaker Nel Shelby, Folie a Deux, was screened at the Dance On Camera Festival in Lincoln Center in 2012. In June 2013, Adam performed a full-length evening solo work, My Name is Adam, at Joe’s Pub commissioned by DanceNOW NYC, and was a recipient of a Late Stage Production Stipend from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. In addition, he has also created works for companies such as Ailey II, Keigwin + Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago, BalletX, Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance, Graham II, GroundWorks Dance Theater and Minnesota Dance Theatre, as well as for dance icons Margie Gillis and Miki Orihara. Adam has also choreographed two music videos for Tokyo based musical act mishmash* and created movement for Variety Worldwide, whose projects combine non-traditional theater with nightlife and dining.

Adam was the recipient of a 2014 Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences, which recognizes institutions and individuals for distinguished accomplishments and exceptional talent in the arts and sciences. In September 2015, Adam Barruch was the choreographer-in-residence at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, California as part of the 2015 DANCEworks Residency. Adam Barruch was an artist-in-residence at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center in 2016-2017. He is currently working on a new physical theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

 

MORE ON ADAM BARRUCH

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

The Julliard School

APAP

Springboard Danse Montréal

Sylvain Émard

Pina Bausch

Chelsea Banosky

Sweeney Todd

Margie Gillis

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