Movers & Shapers: Pavel Zuštiak

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PODCAST No.96 –

Pavel Zuštiak

 

Release Date: 2.20.20

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ABOUT PAVEL

Pavel Zuštiak (b. 1971) is a Slovak-American director, choreographer and designer living in NYC for the past twenty years. He is the 2015 Bessie Juried Award winner for his “poetic layering of movement and visual imagery, conceiving the stage as a decentralized world in which the corporeal body is the focus and canvas for a wide range of human expression.”

Zuštiak finds live performance and the corporeal body an ideal vehicle for ontological questions around perception and presence, fiction and utopia, physical and unseen. Often described as human and humane, his works merge the abstract aspects of dance with nonlinear qualities of “theatre of images” into interdisciplinary works both visually evocative and emotionally piercing.

Zuštiak has been presented in the US and Europe in venues such as the NYU Skirball, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, American Dance Institute, New York Live Arts, PS122, COIL Festival, Abrons Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, La MaMa, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Response Festival, Legion Arts, Archa Theatre, Bratislava in Movement, KIOSK Festival, Slovak National Theatre and State Theatre Kosice.  Zuštiak’s work was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, National Performance Network, Department of Cultural Affairs City of New York, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and New Music USA.

Zuštiak has received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, Princeton Arts Fellowship, Guggenheim Foundation, MANCC, multiple Princeton Grace Foundation-USA awards and LMCC President’s Award. He has been an artist in residence at Bogliasco Foundation, MIT, Movement Research, Baryshnikov Arts Center, GIBNEY, American Dance Institute, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Cowles Center, Vermont Performance Lab, LMCC, MANCC, Abrons Arts Center, Czech Center NY and Grotowski Institute.

Zuštiak is the director and founder of PalissimoCompany in NYC. He aspires to direct and choreograph large scale stage works in new music and contemporary theatre. His love of design led him also to interior design and real estate and directing transformations of houses and apartments. He is also a licensed real estate agent with Douglas Elliman.

www.palissimo.org

 

PRESS

Zuštiak creates no movement that looks like dancing for its own sake. It becomes a statement of identity, a task to be completed, an urge to be satisfied.
Deborah Jowitt, ARTSJOURNAL
 
A vivid, often anguished imagination shines through in Zuštiak’s work.
Brian Seibert, THE NEW YORKER
 
PRAISE FOR PALISSIMO COMPANY
Like many productions of Mr. Zustiak’s company, Palissimo, this one boasts compelling performers. The integration between the action, the imaginatively harsh lighting (by Joe Levasseur) and the ominous soundscape (by Christian Frederickson and Bobby McElver) is exceptionally tight.
Brian Seibert, THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
…in an age where many creators make cookie-cutting an art, this company deserves kudos for boldly (and refreshingly) reinventing its approach with each new piece. I look forward to seeing what they will cook up next.
Ivan Talijanćic, BACHTRACK

 

ABOUT: MFA IN DANCE at RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Guided by the belief that dance is a fundamental embodied practice for understanding the human condition in a globalized context, the MFA in Dance at Rutgers University establishes students as creatively literate world citizens who can develop interdisciplinary solutions to address complex contemporary issues. Our interdisciplinary approach is the hallmark of the MFA in Dance, offering working dance professionals the opportunity to study with award-winning dance artists, scholars, and educators.

Rutgers’ Dance Department Graduate Faculty, as well as guest artists and scholars such as Sondra Fraleigh and Pavel Zustiak, support the MFA in Dance degree’s goals of curricular integration of theory and practice towards developing each MFA students’ interdisciplinary praxis.

Applications are being accepted for the Summer 2020 cohort.
For more information: dance@mgsa.rutgers.edu or 848-932-1345.

 

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.

MSP 95: Sondra Fraleigh

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PODCAST No.95 –


Sondra Fraleigh

 

Release Date: 2.7.20

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ABOUT SONDRA

Sondra Fraleigh is professor emeritus of the State University of New York at Brockport, a Fulbright Scholar, SUNY Faculty Exchange Scholar, and an award winning author of nine books: Back to the Dance Itself: Phenomenologies of the Body in Performance (2018); Moving Consciously: Somatic Transformations through Dance, Yoga, and Touch (2015);BUTOH: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy (2010); Land to Water Yoga (2009); Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo (2006) on the founders of butoh; Dancing Identity: Metaphysics in Motion (2004); Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan (1999); Researching Dance(1998); and Dance and the Lived Body (1987). She has also published numerous articles and book chapters. Fraleigh was chair of the Department of Dance at SUNY Brockport for nine years and later head of graduate dance. Her innovative choreography has been seen in the USA, Germany, Japan, and India. Fraleigh is the founding director of Eastwest Somatics Institute.

ABOUT: MFA IN DANCE at RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Guided by the belief that dance is a fundamental embodied practice for understanding the human condition in a globalized context, the MFA in Dance at Rutgers University establishes students as creatively literate world citizens who can develop interdisciplinary solutions to address complex contemporary issues. Our interdisciplinary approach is the hallmark of the MFA in Dance, offering working dance professionals the opportunity to study with award-winning dance artists, scholars, and educators.

Rutgers’ Dance Department Graduate Faculty, as well as guest artists and scholars such as Sondra Fraleigh and Pavel Zustiak, support the MFA in Dance degree’s goals of curricular integration of theory and practice towards developing each MFA students’ interdisciplinary praxis.

Applications are being accepted for the Summer 2020 cohort.
For more information: dance@mgsa.rutgers.edu or 848-932-1345.

MSP 94: Christine Dakin

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PODCAST No.94 –


Christine Dakin

 

Release Date: 1.16.20

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ABOUT CHRISTINE

Dancer – teacher – director, a foremost exponent of the Martha Graham repertory andtechnique, Dakin is known for her performance of Ms. Graham’s roles and for those created for her by Martha Graham and artists such as Robert Wilson, Twyla Tharp and Martha Clarke.  She has performed recent work created for by Brice Mousset, Alejandro Chávez and Jaime Blanc in festivals in Mexico and the US and has been guest artist with the American Dance Guild, the Sokolow Theater/Dance Ensemble and since 2015 has produced and performed in programs at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater with guest musicians and choreographers.

Performing in the principal theaters of the world, partnered by renowned artists such as Rudolf Nureyev and filmed in the repertory, Dakin was chosen by Graham for the company in 1976.  She became Associate Artistic Director in 1997 and was named Artistic Director with Terese Capucilli in 2002.  Leading the company to its rebirth, they are credited with bringing the artistic excellence and repertory of the Company to a level not seen since Martha Graham’s death and were named Artistic Directors Laureate.

She was awarded the Evelyn Green Fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, developing her film project La Voz del Cuerpo(2007/08), was Visiting Lecturer for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (2006, 2009), offering the University’s first credit courses in dance, and was the “Learning from Performers” guest artist (2001).  Educated at the University of Michigan, Ms. Dakin is the recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Award (2001), an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Shenandoah University (2001), and an Honorary Doctorate from the Universidad de Colima, Mexico (2007).

Dakin has directed and written La Voz del Cuerpo / The Body Speaks; the personal poetics of a Martha Graham dancer. The film was created in collaboration with dancers and musicians from the United States and Mexico,  exploring the work and creative life of a dancer and was official selection in 2013 of New York City Independent Film Festival and Golden Door International Film Festivals, NewFilmmakers New York 2014, and has been shown at the 92Y in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca, Mexico and for International Day of Dance UNESCO in Barcelona.  Her filming, and commentary on fundamental sequences of Martha Graham’s technique, Terpsikon, Vol. 1, is available by subscription on Vimeo on Demand.

On the faculty of The Juilliard School, (1993 – 2003) , she is currently faculty at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and the Ailey School in New York, and is guest teacher for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She is known internationally as a teacher and guest artist from Russia to Latin America; since 1981 maintaining a special relationship with the Mexican dance community as teacher, choreographer, performer: guest performer with Compañía Ciudad Interior, Invernadero Danza Oaxaca , ‘choreographic guide’ at Encuentro de Creación Coreográfica EnTiempoReal2017,  teacher, choreographer with the Ballet Nacional de México, Universidad de Colima’s Ballet Folklórico (Dir. Rafael Zamarripa) and contemporary company Univerdanza,Universidad de Veracruz, Xalapa, Centro de las Artes in Sn. Luis Potosí and Querétaro, and Compañía de Danza Contemporánea de Yucatán. Her choreography in collaboration with Mexican composers and scenic designers premiered in Mexico City and the International Festival Sn. Luis Potosí.

Dakin was honored by the dance community with a “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance Award (2003) and the Dance Magazine Award (1994), and the 14thannual Labat Loano Grand Prix “Giuliana Penzi” 2015 Career Award. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar (1999), recipient of a grant from CEC ArtsLink for performance in Vladivostok, Russia (1996), the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (2000) and two Rockefeller-US-Mexico Fund for Culture grants (1998, 2001) for choreography, research and teaching.

On film Ms. Dakin represented contemporary dance in the WNET production “Young Artists in Performance at the White House”, was a featured performer in the 1993 French documentary Les Printemps du Sacre.  In Japan (NHK) she was filmed in “Night Journey” and “Rite of Spring” for release on Bravo, and at the Paris Opera in “Herodiade”.  Other film credits include “Clytemnestra” and “Acts of Light” (WNET).

She is collaborating with Francesca Schironi, classics scholar, on a book/website project: “Dancing Myth”,  studying Martha Graham’s ‘Greek’ works.   She is dancer and founding member of Buglisi Dance Theatre (1993), of danz.fest(Italy 2008), guest teacher for “Tecniche Di Danza Moderna”(Italy 2017) and is honored to serve as a Creative Advisor for Robert Battle’s New Directions Choreographic Lab ( 2015/16 and 2016/17).  At the Radcliffe Institute with colleague, physicist Jane Wang, Dakin has investigated with artists and scientists: “Locomotion/Emotion; perception of complex movement and the dynamics of beauty” (2009); and “The Dynamics of Beauty: Human Perception of Complex Movement” (2011)

 

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.

MSP 93: Jessica Chen

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PODCAST No.93 –


Jessica Chen

 

Release Date: 12.5.19

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ABOUT JESSICA

JESSICA CHEN is a freelance theater choreographer, Gyrotonic® instructor and Artistic Director of J CHEN PROJECT, a 501c3 non-profit modern dance company based in NYC.  She holds a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and continued her dance training at The Ailey School and Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts.  Her work has been supported by LMCC, Taiwan Ministry of Culture, Gibney Dance Center, and Jerome Foundation. 

In 2013, Jessica made a miraculous journey back to the stage after suffering a horrific car accident, which rendered her in a coma for 13 days after 8 hours of brain surgery. She shares her story and fight to live through her work as a choreographer, speaker, and Artistic Director of J CHEN PROJECT.

Her choreography credits include The Portal at Minetta Lane Theater (Off-Broadway), INTERSTATE at New York Musical Festival (Off-Broadway), Cliché at The Cutting Room (NYC), Fiddler on the Roof at Timberlake Playhouse (IL), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NYC), and Ai Weiwei: The Seed for Brooklyn Museum (NYC).

She has taught master classes, workshops and seminars at institutions such as Semester at Sea, Yale, Boston University, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Do-One (Japan), Jazz DU Funk (China), Mt. Holyoke, and Orange County School of the Arts, as well as her alma mater.

Cornell University honored Chen as Keynote Speaker of their 2011 Celebration of Asian American Women, for her work empowering female leadership within the community. She presented “If I Can Dance It, Then It’s Possible” at the 2014 TEDx organized by Semester at Sea. International and National credits include 2010 World Expo USA Pavilion in Shanghai, China, and the Amnesty International Arts Festival in Washington D.C. Chen includes her thoughts on “Identity and Marketing in the World of Social Media” as a featured chapter contributor to a new book called A Life In Dance: A Practical Guide.  Jessica trains people privately as well as teaching group classes in the Gyrotonic® Expansion Method at Body Evolutions West 72nd Street.  Jessica is a Proud Member of SDC. 

 

 

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.

MSP 92: Vangeline

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PODCAST No.92 –

Vangeline

 

Release Date: 11.21.19

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ABOUT VANGELINE

Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is the artistic director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century, and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute (as well as the New York Butoh Institute Festival)She is a 2018 NYFA/NYSCA Artist Fellow in Choreography.

Vangeline’s work has been heralded in publications such as the New York Times (“captivating”), Los Angeles Times, (“moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced Japanese Butoh artist”) and LA Weekly to name a few. Time OUT Chicago named Vangeline’s, “one of the best Dance Visits of 2011.”  More recently, her solo Hijikata Mon Amour received critical acclaim in New York Butoh Institute Festival 2019.

With her all-female dance company, Vangeline’s socially conscious performances tie together butoh and activism. Her performances have dealt with subjects as varied as feminism, climate change, war and perceptions of gender. Vangeline was the recipient of a six-month artist residency at PS122 Performance Space (“New, New Stuff”); since 2006 she has received 32 prestigious awards from Puffin Foundation, Japan Foundation, New York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Council on the Arts, Asian American Arts Alliance, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Robert Friedman Foundation.

She is the founder of the 12-year running, award-winning program “Dream a Dream Project”, which brings butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York State. Widely regarded as an expert in her field, Vangeline has lectured about butoh at Cornell University, New York University, Brooklyn College, CUNY and Princeton University (Princeton Atelier). She has taught and performed internationally  Chile, Hong Kong, Germany, Denmark, France, UK, and Taiwan.

Vangeline is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance’s Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award. Film projects include a starring role alongside actors James Franco and Winona Ryder in the feature film by director Jay Anania, ‘The Letter” (2012-Lionsgate). She has performed with/for Grammy Award Winning artists SKRILLEX and Esperanza Spalding, and her work is the subject of CNN’s Great Big Story – “Learning to Dance with your Demons”. She is the author of an upcoming book about butoh.

 

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.