Movers & Shapers: Dunya Dianne McPherson

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.78 –


Dunya Dianne McPherson

 

Release Date: 2.6.19

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ABOUT DUNYA DIANNE MCPHERSON

Dunya Dianne McPherson is a dancer, choreographer, author, and Shattari Sufi Master Teacher. As Founder and Principal Teacher of Dancemeditation™ she specializes in techniques that open the wonderment of deep, subtle, peaceful self-perception.

She holds a BFA in dance from the Juilliard School, MA in Writing from Lesley University, was an Artist Scholar at Columbia University, and trained extensively in yoga with Shri Dharma Mittra. Significant study with Master Dance Teachers whose work has influenced hers includes: Elena Lentini, Anahid Sofian, Janet Panetta and Alfredo Corvino. After 1001 days training in Sufism with Sufi Master Adnan Sarhan, Dunya received teaching permission. Her new memoirSkin of GlassFinding Spirit in the Flesh, chronicles her journey of dance & mysticsim.

Dunya’s extensive teaching credits include:
Department Chair
: Victorian College of the Arts, Australia * Faculty: Kripalu Center * Master Classes & Residencies: Princeton University, Swarthmore College, Amherst College, Oberlin College, Mt. Holyoke College, University of TexasNew York University, Hunter College , Barnard College, Montclair State College, Mark Morris Dance Center, New York Open Center * Shattari Sufi Master: Mystic Festival in Netherlands, and SAT Conferences in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, France  * Director & Spiritual Guide: Dervish Society of Americ

Dunya’s teachers include:

Juillard School:
Modern Dance: Hanya Holm, Helen McGeehee, Ethel Winter, Daniel Lewis, Libby Nye, Jennifer Scanlon. Kazuko Hirabayshi
Ballet: Alfredo Corvina, Hector Zaraspe, Genia Melikova
Later, in Middle Eastern dance:
Anahid Sofian, Elena Lentini

A National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellow, her choreographic commissions include Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Dance Uptown, High School of Performing Arts, Barnard College, Victorian College of the Arts, Santa Fe Performing Arts. She is the recipient of Massachusettes Arts Council grants, CETA Artists Grant, Texas Arts Council grants.

She has performed widely as both concert dancer and as a Middle Eastern dancer. Her whirling veil dance is featured in the film Dances of Ecstasy. She directed the film/dance work, Shafi, for NOLA’s 2007 Dramarama Festival.

Dunya and her Dancemeditation work are widely referenced and profiled in books and journalism including: Your Body Mandala, Mary Bond 2018; Bellydance Soul, Alia Thabit, 2018; Reckoning with Spirit in the Paradigm of Performance, Donnalee Dox, PhD, 2017; Conscious Dancer Magazine, Dancer Magazine, Contact Quarterly Magazine, Attitude Magazine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Innerchange Magazine, Spirit of Change Magazine, NYSpirit Magazine, XS Magazine Miami, Cape Cod Times, Whole Life Times LA, Body & Soul, and many others.

 

Press Quotes

“…a modern day Isadora Duncan…approached Ruth St. Denis as she slithered through an impudently sensuous belly dance…a vibrant performer…an unusual and talented choreographer.”
Jennifer Dunning, New York Times

“She knows how to put movement together…ingenious…adds up to good dancing and an original statement.”
New York Times

“…killer creative choreographer…the best belly dancer in the world…
Carman Moore, Village Voice

“I liked Dunya Dianne McPherson’s ‘Clan’ a lot. It was jaunty and it was breezy, but in very solid, unpretentious ways. Tidily structured but not tight-lipped.”
Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

“Her pure, solid dancing has never seemed so welcome to me…I think I held my breath in delight through the entire dance…The works soundly structured, with all the details meticulously etched, revealed the full extent of McPherson’s talent.”
Dance Magazine

“…elegant, confident, sensual…”
Kerri Hikida, Whole Life Times, LA

“…she evoked something essentially female, essentially powerful…”
Elizabeth Zimmer, Dance Magazine

“She has the lithe and leggy body of a ballerina and the articulate arm and leg movement of a butoh performer.”
Marene Gustin, Austin-American Statesman

“I see Dunya’s dances floating like feather down to the center of her big, elaborately patterned carpet…They merge with her body, she processes them, and they dance themselves right back out…Dunya’s [performance] is a very clean space on a psychic/spiritual level, a natural resting spot for dances.”
Stephanie Beauchamp, Austin Chronicle

Choreographic Vitae

AWARDS
• National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship (1995)
• Massachusetts Arts Council/LCC Grant (2000)
• City of Austin Grant (1996, 1997) under Texas Arts Council
• Cultural Council Foundation’s CETA Artist’s Project (1978-79)

ORIGINAL WORKS  (edited list)
• “Shafi”, collaborative film ‘wallpaper’ for dervish whirling; Drama-Rama, New Orleans, LA funded by NEA, LA State Arts Council, City of New Orleans (2007)
• Works funded by NEA, Texas State Arts Council & City of Austin Arts Council: “Turkish Songs” (1995-98); Palimpsest (1997); “Intimate/ Dances from Inside a Marriage” (1997); “Engaged: Dances Between Friends” (1998)
• Works Commissioned by Lincoln Center Outdoors:  “Secret/Bangalore” (1996)
• Works commissioned by Montclair State College, NJ: “The Visitation” (1986), “Rosedust and Wind” (1984),  “Her Heart Riding an Ocean Wave” (1983), “Divorce” (1981)
• Work commissioned by High School of Performing Arts, NYC: “The Journey of Jamila and the Seer” (1985)
• Work presented by Barnard Dance Ensemble: “Nocturne” (1985); “Nocturne with a Fan” (1985); “Danse Orientale” (1985); “Winter’s End” (1985) Premiered on Dance Uptown; “Remembrance” (1984); “Mideastern Descent” (1984); “Phantom” (1983) – solo works to the music of David Feinberg.  “Phantom”, “Remembrance” and “Mideastern Descent”
• Works commissioned by Grand Valley State Colleges, MI: Rapid Valley Dance” (1982), “Cross America” (1982).
• Works presented by Dianne McPherson & Dancers: “Sanctus, Benedictus” (1985, premiered on Dance Uptown, NYC); “Journal: August, September, October, November” (1981); “I was troubled with no correspondence” (1981); “Leaf” (1979); “Drift and Pierce” (1979, premiered on Dance Uptown); “Clan” (1979, presented on Dance Uptown); “Haunt” (1978, premiered on Dance Uptown. presented at Dance Theatre Workshop’s Choreographer’s Showcase); “The Vagabond” (1977); “Twone Verse” (1976, premiered on Dance Uptown. restaged for Dance Gallery, Northampton, MA); “Street Scene” (1975, restaged for Rondo Dance Theatre); “Sea Songs” (1975, premiered by the Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre restaged for the Juilliard Dance Ensemble Workshop, and for the Barnard Dance Ensemble)
• Works commissioned by the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia: “Flotsam” (1980), “Blues” (1980), “Summer House” (1980)
• Works commissioned by the Barnard Dance Ensemble and premiered on Dance Uptown: “Night Sail” (1980), “Miniatures” (1979)
• Work commissioned by Rondo Dance Theatre, presented by Barnard Dance Ensemble:  “Bach Suite #1 for Solo Viola” (1978)
• Work commissioned by Colgate University, NY: “Reticences” (1978)

PROFESSIONAL CHOREOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE
• Renaissance Institute of Colgate University, Hamilton, NY (1978) – Choreographer for “La Pelligrina”, a 15th century celebration of the Medici wedding.
• Oberlin Music Theatre, Oberlin, Ohio (1973-74) – Choreographer for “Four Saints in Three Acts” and “The Gondaliers”
• Equity Library Theatre, New York, NY (1972) – Choreographic staging for Equity showcase production of “Oedipus at Colonus”
• College Light Opera Company, Cape Cod, MA (1971) – Resident Choreographer:  “The Merry Widow”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Finian’s Rainbow”, “Carousel”, “Babes in Arms”, “The Pajama Game”, “Can- Can”, “Desert Song”, “Weiner Blutt”, “The Pirates of Penzance”, “Iolanthe” and “HMS Pinafore”

COMPANY DIRECTION
• Dunyati Alembic, NY, NY (2004-2013) Director/Principal Choreographer
• Dianne McPherson & Dancers, NY, NY (1978-82) Director/Principal Choreographer
• Workwith Dancers Company, NY, NY (1975-78)  Co-founder /Co-director

 

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Laban

Kurt Yooss

North Carolina School of the Arts

Bennington College Dance

“With My Red Fires” by Doris Humphrey

The Julliard School

Jose Limon

Kazuko Hirabayshi

Anna Sokolow

Hannah Kahn

Victorian College of the Arts

Montclair State University – Dance

Kazuo Ohno

Adnan Sarhan

Sufism

Leslie University – Writing

“This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland” by Gretel Ehrlich

 

 

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: Eduardo Vilaro

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.77 –


Eduardo Vilaro

 

Release Date: 1.23.19

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ABOUT EDUARDO VILARO

EDUARDO VILARO joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since 1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education.

Mr. Vilaro’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual and historical essence of Latino cultures. He created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and has received commissions from the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Festival, the Lexington Ballet and the Chicago Symphony. In 2001, he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award for choreography, and in 2003, he was honored for his choreographic work at Panama’s II International Festival of Ballet. Mr. Vilaro was also inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine’s 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year.

MORE ON EDUARDO:

Website: Ballet Hispanico

 

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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: Jody Oberfelder

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.76 –


Jody Oberfelder

 

Release Date: 1.9.19

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ABOUT JODY OBERFELDER (photo: Heather Sven)

Jody Oberfelder is a director, choreographer, and filmmaker. Her most recent work, Zaubernacht, is a fairy tale, a commission by the Kurt Weill Foundation.  Upcoming are two ‘conversation’ pieces: On the Move Shortly,to be performed at St. Pancras Staion July 29, 2018 in London. Together with dramaturg Katalin Trencsényi, this devised piece gathers material from conversations that feed directly to the dance.  Things,(August 2018)is acollaboration with the Brisbane, Australian quintet Topology, who specialize in creating music from speech patterns and melody. Other immersive work: 4Chambers, (2013-14) a piece about the heart, was performed in an historic home on Governors Island and in a former hospital and The Brain Piece(2015-18)achoreographed experience: a union of movement, film, neuroscience and sound, giving audiences an interactive opportunity to engage with their minds in motion. The third of this trilogy: Madame Ovary, tackles the body as a site of intuition, agency, and birth?  Castle Walk, a danced-through tour of a Baroque Palace in Portugal (Fall 2017) was created in collaboration with Arte Total in Braga, Portual.

Oberfelder has been a guest teacher at Bryn Mawr University, Temple University, University of Hawaii, New York University, Middlebury College, Wayne State University, Moravian College, and Alfred University.  She has been awarded a Joyce Theater Residency, a New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD Grant, and funding from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her company, Jody Oberfelder Projects (JOP), has performed internationallyMuseu dos Biskeínhos (Braga, Portugal), NoD (Prague), Gallus Theater Guelph Dance Festival, Centre National de la Danse in Paris, Die Werkstatt in Dusseldorf, The Pusan National Theater in Korea, The 20th Annual International Festival of Modern Dance in Seoul, and The Belgrade Dance Festival (with performances at The Belgrade State Theater in Serbia and the State Theater of Montenegro in Podorica) to Jacob’s Pillow, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, MASS MoCA, Washington College, and The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard. As dance filmmaker, Oberfelder has created nine films: Dance of the Neurons, Come Sit Stay, Head First, Duet, Chance Encounters, LineAge, Rapt, Dizzy Memoir and Snew.These films have been shown at Short to the Point Festival, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Dance Camera West, Cannes Short Film Festival, The Fargo Film Festival,The Dance on Camera Festival, Cinedans (Amsterdam and the London Dance Film Festival FRAME  Oberfelder also has choreographed/ movement directed with photographer Steven Meisel for Versace, Chloé, Prada, in addition to commercials for Guerlian Perfume (with Hillary Swank), and Danskin.

Oberfelder’s honors include two The Starry Night Foundation (spanning 1999-2018), Two New Music USA grants (2015, 2011), funding from Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (spanning 2008-2018), CEC Artslink (2007, 2016), a Joyce SoHo Residency (2008), a NYFA BUILD Grant (2009), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (2007-2013), and being voted “Outstanding Choreographer” in the FringeNYC Festival (2009.)

MORE ON JODY:

 

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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: Dr. Hannah Kosstrin

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.75 –


Dr. Hannah Kosstrin

 

Release Date: 11.28.18

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ABOUT DR. HANNAH KOSSTRIN

Dr. Hannah Kosstrin is a dance historian whose work engages dance, Jewish, and gender studies, modes of movement analysis, and digital projects. She is on the faculty of the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University and is affiliated with the Melton Center for Jewish Studies and Center for Slavic and East European Studies. She is author of Honest Bodies: Revolutionary Modernism in the Dances of Anna Sokolow(Oxford University Press, 2017), which was awarded Finalist (second place) for the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association for Jewish Studies in the category of Jews and the Arts. Her work also appears in Dance Research Journal, Dance Chronicle, The International Journal of Screendance, Dance on Its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies(ed. Bales and Eliot), Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings(ed. Croft), and The Futures of Dance Studies(ed. Manning, Ross, and Schneider). She is Faculty Lead for the HoloLens augmented reality dance scoring application LabanLens supported by Ohio State, and Project Director for the dance scoring iPad app KineScribe supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Reed College, and Ohio State. Kosstrin has served the boards of the Society of Dance History Scholars, Congress on Research in Dance, and Dance Studies Association. She previously taught at Reed College, Wittenberg University, and Ohio University Pickerington Center, and worked with Columbus Movement Movement (cm2), which was named one ofDance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2007.

 

Digital Project: LabanLens

Digital Project: KineScribe

 

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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: Young Soon Kim

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.74 –

Young Soon Kim

 

Release Date: 11.14.18

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ABOUT YOUNG SOON KIM

A pioneer of “Hallyu: Korean Wave”, Young Soon Kim, an internationally acclaimed choreographer whose work has been hailed for its exhilarating, visually stunning, and emotionally rich phrases and textures.

Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (New York) strives to inspire audiences through multi- dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. For nearly three decades, Ms. Kim and WHITE WAVE have appeared globally on principal stages including Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, National Theater of Seoul (Korea), National Theater of Taipei (Taiwan), Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, as well as Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Maison de la Culture in Le Havre, France; Teatro Nazionale in Milan, Teatro Tendu Striscie in Rome, Italy;

Schauspielhaus in Cologne, Germany; as well as the Festival d’Avignon in Avignon, France, among others. In 2003 Ms. Kim was featured in the documentary film Arirang: The Korean American Journey, which was premiered at the Smithsonian Institute and broadcasted nationwide by PBS. In 2013 and 2014, Ms. Kim was nominated twice for the Annual KBS Global Korean Award.

In addition, Ms. Kim has been one of the most recognized producers/curators in New York City through WHITEWAVE’s three Annual Dance Festivals: DUMBO Dance Festival, Wave Rising Series and CoolNY Dance Festival. Kim also served as a juror for New York City Department of City Affairs in 2006 and for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2014. Currently, Mr. Kim serves as a member of The Bessie Presenter League for the past three years.

Over the years, WHITE WAVE DANCE’s wide press coverage, both here and abroad, has included features for WWOR-TV Channel 9’s 10 o’clock News and Fox 5 TV’s Good Day New York, PBS Channel 13’s NYC-ARTS. During its 60-day tour of the Far East in 1996, Ms. Kim was interviewed by CNN’s Inside Asia, which aired internationally. In 2012, WHITE WAVE’s 16-member ensemble toured Korea performing “Here Now So Long” and “SSOOT,”featuring live music and video art, in Seoul, Gwangju, and Sungnam. KBS-TV captured our performance, airing in August 2012, in Korea’s version of PBS “Great Performances.”

After featured at the 2017 La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, WHITE WAVE Dance’s Canadian Première of “iyouuswe” at the 2018 Vancouver International Dance Festival was a resounding success!

The Georgia Straight’s Gail Johnson raved that “This beautifully crafted piece…present[s] moments of subtle tension, but it pulses most profoundly with harmony.” “In duets, trios, and other ever-shifting configurations, things unfurl organically; there’s a natural, poetic rhythm here that hums beneath, as if to imply things are unfolding as they should—whether it’s within a couple or the universe itself.”

 

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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.