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April 2016

Movers & Shapers: Wendy Osserman

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Release Date: April 19, 2016

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Wendy Osserman has always taken the politically personally with humor that is the flip side of anxiety. Her work reflects the inner worlds of the dancers and herself as well as the larger world. She has been performing and choreographing since the early 1960s. She formed Wendy Osserman Dance Company in 1976 after appearing as a soloist with Kei Takei, Frances Alenikoff and Valerie Bettis. For four decades, the company has toured and performed in New York City in varied venues including the Delacorte Theater with the New York Dance Festival in 1979, Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, Joyce Soho and Theater for the New City. Her many works include thirteen evening-length pieces, over fifteen commissioned works and two dance festivals produced on the island of Paros, Greece. Osserman was featured in Dancing Divas at La MaMa and in Women in Dance at 92Y: History in the Making Anniversary Special.

Wendy Osserman Dance Company (WODC) has toured nationally and internationally. The company’s mission is to collaborate with artists in all media on the creation of performances and workshops with and for all ages. It seeks to develop new vocabularies and to utilize alternative spaces for performance. WODC has collaborated with celebrated Czech singer, musician and composer Iva Bittova; composer/musician Skip La Plante; Jordan McLean, Victor Lewis, and David Simons, among many others and visual artists including Sanya Kantarovsky, Annie Sailer, Sarah Olson, Ken Laser and Charles Hinman. Site specific work has been commissioned by The Chelsea Art Museum 2006-‘11, Friends of the Hudson River Park and Community Environmental Center, Solar One. The company has been presented throughout NYC by the Vision Festival at Symphony Space, the 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, Theatre Within at the Beacon Theater for 10th Anniversary of John Lennon Tribute, Luminatra at Baryshnikov Art Center, Joyce Soho, Dancenow/NYC/DancemOpolitan at Joe’s Pub, and Dancenow/NYC/TheFestival.



92nd Street YMCA

Ballet Russes

Bonnie Bird

West Side Story

Martha Graham School

Noguchi “Embattled Garden” Sets

Limon Technique

Betty Jones

Daniel Nagrin and Helen Tamiris

Valerie Bettis

Eliot Feld

Donald McKayle

Smith College

Martha Myers


Alice Condadina


Robert Ellis Dunn

The Yard

Kei Takei

NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Iva Bittova

Chelsea Art Museum

Theater for the New City

Helen Simoneau

Authentic Movement, Nancy Zendora

Mark Morris – Dance for Parkinson’s Disease

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

The Moving Architects at Montclair Art Museum

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 / 5-9pm event / 6.15pm performance
Montclair Art Museum, Free First Thursday Nights
3 South Mountain Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042
More info:

Join Montclair Art Museum for a Free First Thursday Nights, offered every month from October through June,  5–9 p.m., and enjoy an evening of free art and dynamic programming.  In June 2016, The Moving Architects performs excerpts of “Americana.”

Championship Round: XYZ NYC at The Tank

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Thursday, April 21, 2016 / 7.00pm
Championship Round: XYZ NYC
The Tank
151 W. 46th St. 8th Floor
New York, NY 10036
More info: HERE
Tickets: $10, buy here

xyz nyc is a new approach to modern dance-making in New York City. Bringing the choreographic process to a reality-TV-inspired format, modern dance-makers are invited to meet for the first time and create an entirely new performance-ready piece in a single week.  A guest judge gives feedback to each of the choreographers, and the audience votes on their favorite dance. A winner is crowned at the end of the show, winning fame and glory and the chance of developing their new dance into a 2 night run at The Tank.

This is the The Championship Round!  The three winners from this season’s xyz nyc will all compete in this ultimate choreographic battle to win a full run of their own show at The Tank!

Theme: Second Avenue Subway
Twist: Must swap music with a fellow choreographer
Choreographers: Vanessa Long (July winner), Erin Carlisle Norton (October winner), Brandon Powers (March winner)
Guest Judge: Alexandra Beller

Movers & Shapers Podcast: Samuel Pott

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Samuel Pott portrait Tracey LuzPodcast No.21 – Samuel Pott

“Starring New Jersey” Special Podcast Series

Release Date: April 5, 2016

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Samuel Pott founded Nimbus Dance Works in 2005 drawing on a deeply held personal belief in the value that the arts can play in bringing people and communities together. Under his direction the company has grown each year adding performances, new repertory, and new community initiatives and projects. Known for creating structured and musical dances that evoke deep-rooted emotional connection, Mr. Pott’s choreography has been shown in New York City and throughout New Jersey, New England and California at venues including the Joyce Theater and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He has collaborated with many esteemed contemporary artists including composers Daniel Bernard Roumain, Samson Young, Judd Greenstein, Aaron Parks and visual artists Nicola Lopez and Trudy Miller.

A member of the New Jersey State Arts Council’s Arts in Education roster of artists, he has taught dance at the elementary, high school, college, and professional levels and has served on the faculty of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. In 2012 he founded the School of Nimbus Dance Works, grounded in the belief that dance can serve as a meeting point for diverse communities for growth towards common values and goals. The School makes high quality dance training available to youth throughout Jersey City regardless of financial background. Mr. Pott founded and direets NimbusPresents, a Jersey City performance series featuring local and national perfomers. In 2008 Mr. Pott received a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was named a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the council in 2012. Mr. Pott was one of 25 arts leaders nationally selected for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ (APAP) inaugural Leadership Fellows Program. He serves on the board of directors of Dance New Jersey and on the Arts Advisory Council for the Jersey City Board of Education.

Mr. Pott began his dance training at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999. As a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, his repertoire included such iconic roles as the Husbandman in Appalachian Spring, Agamemnon in Clyemnestra, and Adam in Embattled Garden. In addition to working with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Mr. Pott has performed as a lead dancer with many ballet and contemporary companies including American Repertory Ballet, the Oakland Ballet, the Savage Jazz Dance Company. Featured roles are from a wide range of dance styles and choreographers including works by Marius Petipa, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Isadora Duncan, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, and theater directors Robert Wilson and Ann Bogart among many others.




Blood Memory: An Autobiography: Martha Graham

UC Berkley

Cunningham Dance Technique

Marnie Thomas

David Wood

Christopher Dolder

Savage Dance Company

Richard Gibson

Martha Graham Center – legal battles

Oakland Ballet

Feldenkrais Method

American Repertory Ballet

Denise Vale

Martha Graham Dance Company

“Dance to Learn”

This special podcast series “Starring NJ” was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.  Special thanks to Charmaine Warren for serving as the Humanities Scholar for this series.

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