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Movers & Shapers: JoAnna Mendl Shaw

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PODCAST No.127 – JoAnna Mendl Shaw


Release Date: 1.9.22

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ABOUT JOANNA

Veteran choreographer and dance educator, JoAnna Mendl Shaw has been devising performance works for stage, rural and urban landscapes since the 1980’s. Her body of interspecies work initiates visceral engagement with the natural and cultural environment. Redefining the possibilities for dance-making, Shaw’s research into the human-equine dialogue began in 1998. Her company, The Equus Projects, tours throughout the States and Europe creating site-specific works through immersive collaboration with local equine and arts communities. An internationally recognized dance educator, Shaw has taught on faculty at NYU, The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey, Princeton, Mount Holyoke and Montclair State. Shaw is the recipient of NEA Choreographic Fellowships and multiple NEA grants for Interdisciplinary Performance. She has brought her somatic practice of Physical Listening into elementary schools and academic think tanks, into the Strategic Studies group at the Naval War College and NYU Medical school. She is a certified Laban Movement Analyst. She is the author of the 2021 book, Physical Listening, A Dancer’s Interspecies Journey.

 

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PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Susan Klein

Marnie Thomas

David Wood

Sally Stackhouse

Helen Priest Rogers

Mount Holyoke College Dance

American Dance Festival

“There is a Time” Jose Limon

Paul Sanasardo

Don Farnworth

Talley Beatty

Eleo Pomare

Joyce Trisler

Bill Evans

Cornish College for the Arts – Dance

Pat Graney

Wade Madsen

Susan Marshall

Margie Jenkins

Ann Carlson

Montclair State University Dance

NYU Tisch School of the Arts

DTW

Kay Cummings

The Julliard School

Ailey/Fordham BFA Program

Denise Jefferson

Judith Kestenberg

Swiss Gymnastics Federation (STV)

Five College Dance

Gus Solomons Jr.

NPN 

David Lichman

VCU Dance

William Forsythe Technologies

Jill Johnson 

Bates Dance Festival

Equus International Film Festival

National Arts Club

Janis Brenner

Christine Jowers

Carl Flink

Dance Rising

Melissa Riker

NYCDA

Daniel Gwirtzman

 

 

 

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: Loni Landon

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PODCAST No.125 – Loni Landon


Release Date: 12.12.21

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ABOUT LONI

Loni Landon is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Movement Consultant based in New York City. In addition to creating dances for her own collective Loni Landon Dance Project, her work is commissioned by Dance Companies and Film Director’s across the country. Born and raised in New York City, Landon received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. While a student at the NYC High School of Performing Arts, Landon was a NFAA YoungArts Modern Dance Winner. After Juilliard, Landon performed with Aszure Barton and Artists, Ballet Theater Munich, Tanz Munich Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera.

Landon is a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Winner. As a sought after choreographer, her work has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater, Keigwin and Company, BODYTRAFFIC, James Sewell Ballet, Whim Whim, LEVY DANCE, The Juilliard School, American Dance Institute, Northwest Dance Project, Groundworks Dance Company, Hubbard Street II, BalletX, Ballet Austin, SUNY Purchase, NYU, Boston Conservatory, and Marymount Manhattan College. Her company has performed at The Joyce Theater, Pulse Art Fair, Jacob’s Pillow, Insitu Dance Festival, Bryant Park, Beach Sessions in Rockaway Beach and Guggenheim Works and Process Series.

Landon has won numerous awards including 1st Prize Winner of Ballet Austin’s New American Talent Competition, Northwest Dance Project’s “Pretty Creatives’” Choreographic Competition, Next Commission from CityDance Ensemble, Finalist in the International Solo Tanz Theater Competition in Stuttgart, Germany, Finalist in the Hannover International Choreography Competition and an Emerging Choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal. Landon choreographed the feature film “Saturday Church,” Directed by Damon Cardasis, which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival.

Landon was a participant in the New Movement Residency at USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Other residencies include ITE, NYU, CUNY Dance Initiative, Kaatsbaan, and Stephen Petronio’s new residency center, Crow’s Nest, in collaboration with Dance Lab NY and Dancers Responding to Aids. She has been adjunct faculty at NYU, Barnard, SUNY Purchase and Princeton University. Landon is passionate about Entrepreneurship in the Arts and has co-founded THE PLAYGROUND, an initiative designed to give emerging choreographers a place to experiment, while allowing professional dancers to participate affordably. The Playground was recognized by Dance Magazine as a 25 To Watch. As well as four/four presents, a platform that commissions and presents collaborations betweens dancers and musicians.

 

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PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Julliard School

“Fame”

Metropolitan Opera

Greg Dolbashian

The Playground

Gibney

Four/Four Presents

Public Records

Beach Sessions

 

 

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: Margaret Jenkins

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PODCAST No.124 – Margaret Jenkins


Release Date: 11.14.21

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ABOUT MARGARET

Margaret Jenkins, founder and artistic director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC) is a choreographer and mentor to many artists as well as a designer of unique community-based dance projects. Jenkins began her early training in San Francisco at the Peters Wright School of Dance (modern). In the sixties, she moved to New York to study at Juilliard, continued her training at UCLA and returned to New York to dance in the companies of Jack Moore, Viola Farber, Judy Dunn, James Cunningham, Gus Solomons, Jr. and Twyla Tharp’s original company with Sara Rudner. In addition, Jenkins was a member of the faculty of the Merce Cunningham Studio and restaged his works for companies in Europe and the United States for over 12 years.

 

In 1970, Jenkins returned to San Francisco, and in 1973, formed the MJDC. She opened one of the West Coast’s first studio-performing spaces and a school for the training of professional modern dancers. This venue quickly became the center for local and traveling companies to show their work. Viola Farber and Merce Cunningham and June Finch were frequent guests, and dozens of young choreographers had the chance to experiment and take risks. This San Francisco rehearsal and performance space also became the “stage” for Jenkins and her Company. Jenkins takes great pride in being one part of the revitalization of the West Coast as a major center for dance activity. In 2022, Jenkins celebrates the 50th Anniversary of her Company.

 

In the last five decades, she has created an impressive body of work, with over 85 works created on her Company, as well as resident companies in the United States, Asia and Europe. Jenkins has received commissions from renowned national and international arts presenters and cultural institutions, including the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago, National Dance Project (NDP), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, New Dance Ensemble in Minneapolis, Repertory Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, Oakland Ballet, Cullberg Ballet of Sweden, and Ginko, a modern dance company in Tokyo, Japan. In 2008, Jenkins was commissioned to create a new work for the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Ballet. In addition, she has set work on dancers within various college and university dance departments.

 

Beginning in 2003, Ms. Jenkins’ choreographic attention was, in part, focused on cross-cultural collaborations between her Company and international artists, including the Tanusree Shankar Dance Company of India, and the Guangzhou Modern Dance Company of China, and the Kolben Dance Company of Jerusalem, Israel.

 

All three of these companies, will join her in 2022 for the premiere of Global Moves in San Francisco.

 

 She has also developed ambitious multi-disciplinary works such as Light Moves, an evening-length dance created in collaboration with media artist Naomie Kremer, Times Bones, Site Series (Inside Outside), and Skies Calling Skies Falling which toured extensively and to Sweden in 2016 and 2018.

 

A proponent of a fully realized collaborative art, Jenkins has worked with dance, music, literary (poets and writers) and visual arts luminaries, including Terry Allen, Alvin Curran, Paul Dresher, Rinde Eckert, David Lang, Bruce Nauman, Alexander V. Nichols, Michael Palmer and Yoko Ono, among others.

 

As an organizer and enthusiast for dance, Jenkins served as Artistic Consultant to Dance About, a dance facility at the UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco; sat on the steering committee for the 2002 International Women’s Day Conference in San Francisco; and facilitated a showcase for presenters to be introduced to the work of Swedish choreographers in Stockholm. She was a founding member of the Bay Area Dance Coalition and of Dance/USA, serving on its first Board of Directors as well as 6 years on the YBCA board. She remains an active participant on panels across the United States.

 

Jenkins is committed to advancing the health and future of the field of dance through a variety of projects. In 2004, she and her Company launched CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange). CHIME is a unique mentorship program that fosters creative exchange and long-term relationships between emerging and established choreographers, creating an arena for the critical analysis of choreography outside of the academic environment. In 2019 she launched Encounters over 60, a program to provide new opportunities for these over-60 artists, often soloists, whose work needs to be experienced by our dance community again or for the first time, Ms. Jenkins has curated and will continue to do so – 2 week-long series of workshops and performances and outreach activities.

 

Coinciding with the commencement of CHIME, she opened her new studio, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab, in the South of Market area of San Francisco, her seventh working space in San Francisco, since 1970. (This Lab has since closed – a casualty of Covid -19).

 

In the last 17 years, CHIME has had many iterations:  including CHIME in Southern California, which engaged artists in Los Angeles County, and CHIME Across Borders, which brought internationally renowned masters of dance, in a position titled as Chair, to San Francisco to work with locally established choreographers. CHIME Across Borders Chairs have included choreographers David Gordon, Ralph Lemon, Elizabeth Streb, Tere O’Connor and Dana Reitz. CHIME’s latest iteration has Ms. Jenkins as a mentor to 3 emerging artists each year.

 

In addition, Jenkins conceived The National Dance Lab (NDL) a “product-driven,” as opposed to “market-driven,” model for creativity in the performing arts. Jenkins has also helped to structure and implement Choreographers in Action (CIA), a unique gathering of Bay Area choreographers who, in combination and collaboration, posit solutions to the myriad of issues that surround the working artist.

 

Similarly, Jenkins was one of the founding members of the Center for Creative Research (CCR) based in New York, which was a collection of eleven senior choreographers who came together under the leadership of Sam Miller and Dana Whitco to create artistic research residencies within universities.

 

For her unique artistic vision, Jenkins has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Irvine Fellowship in Dance, the San Francisco Arts Commission Award of Honor, three Isadora Duncan Awards (Izzies), and the Bernard Osher Cultural Award for her outstanding contributions to the arts community in San Francisco and the Bay Area.  April 24, 2003 was declared “Margaret Jenkins Day” by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. On that day, she also received a Governor’s Commendation from Governor Gray Davis. In 2013, she was awarded a residency at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy.

 

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Instagram: @margaretjenkinsdanceco

Website: Margaret Jenkins Dance Company

 

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Charles Weidman

May O’Donnell

Virginia Tanner

Harriet Ann Gray 

Lola Huth 

Anna Halprin

Connecticut College ADF

Sharon Kinney

UCLA Dance

Carol Scothorn

Robert Ellis Dunn and Judith Dunn’s Composition Class

Gus Solomons Jr.

Twyla Tharp

Sara Rudner

Paul Sanasardo

Labanotation

Viola Farber

ODC

Michael Palmer

Rina Schenfeld

Kolben Dance Company

Rinde Eckert

 

 

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: Rosie Herrera

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PODCAST No.123 – Rosie Herrera


Release Date: 10.3.21

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ABOUT ROSIE

Rosie Herrera is a Cuban-American dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater in Miami. She is a graduate from New World School with a BFA in Dance Performance. She has been commissioned by The Miami Light Project, The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ballet Hispanico, Jose Limon Dance Company, New Dialect, Moving Ground Dance Theater, Houston Met Dance, New World Symphony and the American Dance Festival (ADF) in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018.  Her company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, has been presented by the Northrop Dance Series, New World Symphony, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Light Project, Baryshnicov Arts Center, Texas A & M University, Duncan Theater, The Annenburg Center, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Dance Place, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, The Yard at Marthas Vineyard, Alys Stephens Center, Wilson Center at Cape Fear University, The Rialto Center, Diana Worthan Theater, Gotham Dance at Skirball and Focus Dance at The Joyce as well as by The American Dance Festival at the Joyce NYC in 2016 and 2018.

Rosie is also a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano and performs with the Performers Music Institute Opera Ensemble as well as works as an independent director and creative consultant throughout Miami. With over a decade of experience in both dance and cabaret, she has collaborated on productions with Walter Mercado, Carlota Guerrero, Pig Iron Theater, The South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, New World School of the Arts, The University of Central Florida, Six Floor Ensemble, Zoetic Stage and the New World Symphony as well as with the interdisciplinary performance ensemble/avant- garde cabaret Circ X. She has also collaborated with filmmakers Adam Reign, Lucas Leyva, Jonathon David Kane, George Echevarria, Randy Valdez and Clyde Scott to create original short films and music videos.

Rosie is a 2016 USArtist Sarah Arison Choreographic Fellow, a 2010 and 2018 MANCC choreographic fellow, a 2014 Bates Dance Festival Artist in residence, a 2016 Bessie Schoenberg Fellow and a 2011 and 2016 Miami Dance Fellow. She was awarded a Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship for her work with Ballet Hispanico in 2013.

 

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Instagram: @rosieherreradancetheatre

Website: rosieherrera.dance

 

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Joan Frosch

Leah Verier-Dunn

Pina Bausch

Charles Reinhart

American Dance Festival

Michael Foley

Gerri Houlihan

CircX

“Make Believe”

Wilson Center

“Mucho Mucho Amor”

The Choreographers’ Scores

 

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.

Ali Kenner Brodksy

Movers & Shapers: Ali Kenner Brodsky

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PODCAST No.122 – Ali Kenner Brodsky

Ali Kenner Brodksy
Release Date: 10.3.21

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ABOUT ALI

Ali Kenner Brodsky makes gesturally rich and emotionally driven dance-theater works that ask the viewer to indulge in a world of reflection, remembering, and connection. Her choreography is largely autobiographical and deals with life cycle, remembering, stages of grief, and the process of dying. Her dance company, ali kenner brodsky & co., produces, presents, and tours original works of choreography and dance films. Ali was recently accepted into NEFA’S New england Regional Dance Development Initiative, was a 2019 artist-in-residence at the Croft: Ground for Art, a 2018-19 Catalysts artist at the Dance Complex, 2016 Emerging Choreographer in Residence at Bates Dance Festival, and 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship. In 2003–04, she was an artist-in-residence at Joyce SoHo in NYC. She has received support from NEFA’s New England States Touring and Dance Fund and from the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County. Kenner Brodsky’s work has been performed at Joyce SoHo, Puffin Room, DanceNow Festivals, Dance Space, WAX, Dixon Place, Judson Church, Dumbo Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Wilbury Theater Group, Dance Complex, AS220, Jamestown Arts Center, Great Friends Festival, Provincetown Dance Festival, Massachusetts Dance Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival and Dance for Peace.

Alongside David Henry, Lila Hurwitz and Andy Russ, Ali co-founded Motion State Arts which presents innovative dance-films and live performances from local, national and international artists. She is a new Board member for New England Presenters, a consortium providing leadership and support for the presentation and development of the performing arts in New England. She also works as a dance advisor and curator to the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, MA. Ali has designed award-winning choreography for The Wilbury Theater Group (Providence), and worked as a rehearsal director and dancer with the national touring company Lostwax Multimedia Dance from 2012–15. She has also performed with Andy Russ, Betsy Miller Dance Projects, Jessica Howard, Rose Pasquarello-Beauchamp, Emma Hogarth and 83 paperbirds-moving lab. She has been on the adjunct dance faculty at Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University and Dean College, and has been a guest choreographer at Skidmore, Dean, Salve, and Providence Colleges. She graduated with honors in dance from Skidmore College. A Rhode Island native, Ali Kenner Brodsky makes home in Dartmouth, Massachusetts with her husband, two children and five chickens.

 

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PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Caroline Dutra

Debra Fernandez

Diane McCarthy

Joyce Theater

NYSCA

Lisa Hoffmaster

Martin Wechsler

Phyllis Lamhut

Salve Regina University

Lostwax – Jamie Jewett

Betsy Miller

Andy Russ

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

David Henry

Lila Hurwitz

Rich Ferri

 

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: Colleen Thomas

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PODCAST No.121 – Colleen Thomas


Release Date: 9.18.21

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ABOUT COLLEEN

Colleen Thomas is a New Yorkbased choreographer, scholar, teacher, and performing artist. She is the director of Colleen Thomas Dance, co-director of Bill Young/Colleen Thomas Co., and co-curator for LIT (loft into theater). She began her professional career with the Miami Ballet and went on to work with renowned contemporary choreographers such as The Kevin Wynn Collection, Nina Wiener Dance Company, Donald Byrd/ The Group, Bebe Miller Dance Company, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, among others. Her work has been seen throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America and has been presented in NYC at Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Dance Theatre Workshop/New York Live Arts, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Triskelion Arts Center, Governor’s Island, and the 92nd Street Y, to name just a few. In 2019, her work with artists from Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and the USA premiered at La MaMa MOVES! Dance Festival. Thomas is a co-author (with A. Goldman and P. Sajda) of a 2019 scientific study Contact improvisation dance practice predicts greater mu rhythm desynchronization during action observation, published in the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts journal. Thomas received her BA in Psychology from SUNY Empire State College and her MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, The New School, Barnard College, Skidmore College, and Bates College. She is currently a Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College of Columbia University.

 

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PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Miami City Ballet

Thomas Armour

SUNY Purchase Dance

Kevin Wynn

Neil Greenberg

Battery Dance Company

Nina Wiener

Donald Byrd

Michael Blake

Bebe Miller

Bill T. Jones

Still/Here

Bill Young

New York Live Arts “Light and Desire”

When I Was a German, 1934-1945: An Englishwoman in Nazi Germany”

Cast of “Light and Desire”

Janessa Clark “Communion”

 

 

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: Daniel Gwirtzman

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PODCAST No.120 – Daniel Gwirtzman


Release Date: 8.22.21

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ABOUT DANIEL

Daniel Gwirtzman started folk dancing in elementary school and hasn’t stopped dancing since. This communal dance form has informed a practice and pedagogy that seeks to reveal humanity and celebrate human achievement. A producer, educator, filmmaker, and performer, he celebrates twenty-six years as a New York choreographer and company director. His diverse repertory of over a hundred dances has earned praise for its playfulness and invention. “Mr. Gwirtzman does know that in dance less can be more. And that’s a good thing for any choreographer to know” writes The New York Times. The New Yorker describes him as a choreographer of “high spirits and skill.”

Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company was founded as a teaching and performing organization in 1998 and incorporated as a non-profit in 1999. Celebrating its 23rd Anniversary, the Company has gained acclaim for its virtuosity, musicality, accessibility and charisma. “A troupe I’d follow anywhere” (The Village Voice), a “troupe of fabulous dancers” (Backstage) that “can’t help but smile” (The New Yorker). Performance highlights include Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Studios at Key West, Whitney Center for the Arts (Wyoming), The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard), and, in New York, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Queens Museum of Art, La MaMa, Joyce SoHo, The Flea Theater, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Fire Island Dance Festival, Battery Dance Festival, Bryant Park Presents, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Fisher.

Dance critic Deborah Jowitt has summarized Daniel’s style as “blending casualness with precision.” The intersection of people is at the repertory’s heart, challenging risk-taking, speed, and trust as physical exemplars of the possible. For Daniel, dance is inherently optimistic and aspirational. His exuberant performing and teaching style seeks to communicate a zest for life through dance. Since its inception, the nonprofit has focused on education through inclusive, multigenerational programming that is interactive and accessible, through a range of partnerships. Programs have encouraged communities to be actively integrated into the dance-making and performing processes, striving to teach how dance can play a meaningful part of one’s life. The Company believes that everyone can dance.

Daniel has been creating dance films over the past decade. No Trespassing screened at the American Dance Festival, and was included in an anthology of screendance. The joyful Brazil series – Pier, Rock The Boat, Crab World, and Into The Streets – has screened in numerous festivals. Sisyphus, forever pushing a wheeled piece of farm machinery, is metaphorically resonant now. Stranded and Street, filmed in Key West, show off a quirky, humorous side. Terrain, the most screened, was filmed in Spain, and last shown in April 2021 in Nepal. May 2021 he will premiere Charged for the Texas-based Flatlands Dance Theater and Dandelion for Long Island City’s Green Space season. In June, he premieres Willow and Dollhouse.

Daniel has been awarded residencies by the Joyce Theater Foundation (NYC), The Yard (MA) Raumars (Finland), Sacatar (Brazil), Djerassi (California), Skafiotes (Greece), Maison Dora Maar, (France), Aktuelle Architektur der Kultur (Spain), Gdański Festiwal Tańca (Poland), and The Studios of Key West (FL), and, in New York, CUNY Dance Initiative, DanceBreak Foundation, Inception to Exhibition, La MaMa, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, and the Queens Museum of Art. The Company premiered The Oracle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Fisher for its fifteenth anniversary. Arts/ATL described its “mathematical elegance” and “joyful physicality…a vision that vibrated on a frequency of harmony and brilliance.”

The Company’s dance film The Fantasyland Project, which Time Out New York selected as among “the best live theater to stream online” was one of the first new dance films to emerge from the pandemic, premiering July 2020. A year later, June 2021, Dance With Us, an educational digital platform launches. This multi-faceted project, with leadership support from The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, explains ways to view and speak about dance. Utilizing performance and studio footage, the resource demystifies concert dance by teaching fundamental concepts of the art form. This digital resource will be distributed widely and freely, contributing to the Open Educational Resources movement, part of the Company’s continued commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

A member of Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company for the past twenty-two years, Gwirtzman was a member of Garth Fagan Dance and toured internationally as a guest artist for multiple years with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He has been described as “a willowy John Travolta, sensual, playful, a rag doll, unusually supple, and one who moves like the wind.” He received his BFA from The University of Michigan and his MFA from The University of Wisconsin. In 1995 he co-founded Artichoke Dance Company, for which he choreographed and danced.

Daniel has been on faculty at SUNY Buffalo State, Kennesaw State University, The University of Michigan, The University of the Arts, and Ithaca College, where he is an Assistant Professor of Dance (2019-). He has been a guest at numerous schools including The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The University of Florida, The University of Tulsa, The University of the South, The University of Wisconsin, Winthrop University, Princeton University, New York University, Duke University, Rutgers University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Georgian Court University, Middle Tennessee State University, Oakland University, Troy University, Fordham University/The Ailey School, Barnard College, Kenyan College, Beloit College, Nazareth College, Joffrey Ballet School, American Dance Festival Studios, the LaGuardia H.S. for the Performing Arts, among many other schools and institutions.

ABOUT DANIEL GWIRTZMAN DANCE COMPANY

“Founded upon a philosophy that dance should celebrate human achievement through a combination of discipline and unbound optimism.” The New York Sun

“Provocative, whimsical, and ethereal, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company defies expectations of postmodern dance and soars, unafraid to take risks and dazzle with unflinching honesty. What is remarkable about the company is the ability to breathe and connect with each other in simple gestures as much as grand displays of technical prowess. In a few of the opening dances, intersections amongst couples prevailed thematically, but there was no cliché in sight. The company shoots energy through every limb and glance the entire evening, and Gwirtzman’s choreography shines through in every piece as an ultimate force of nature.” OnStageBlog.com

 

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PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Molly Shafer Ritzen

Garth Fagan

Chautauqua Institution

University of Michigan – Dance

Spoleto Festival

Mark Morris Dance Group

Artichoke Dance Company

Lynn Neuman

The Yard

Gay Delanghe

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Christian Von Howard

University of the Arts – Dance

Zvi Gotheiner

“Encore”

Green Space

Dance With Us

Sean Curran

 

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: Tina Fehlandt

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PODCAST No.119 – Tina Fehlandt

Release Date: 8.8.21

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ABOUT TINA

Tina Fehlandt was a founding member and integral part of the Mark Morris Dance Group for twenty years, performing in over 50 works choreographed by Mark Morris.  With the Group she toured the world and appeared in several television specials, most notably as “Louise” in Mr. Morris’ production of The Hard Nut. She has been the subject of feature articles in Self-Magazine, Dance Magazine, and Dance Teacher.  In Ballet Review, Ms. Fehlandt was hailed as “one of the most beautiful dancers anywhere.”

Ms. Fehlandt has staged Mark Morris’ work at San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal New Zealand Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Houston Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf, and at Princeton University, Indiana University, New York University, Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College, Barnard College, Juilliard, Long Island University, and the White Oak Dance Project.

Ms. Fehlandt is a full time Lecturer in Dance at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts where she teaches all levels of Ballet and Modern Dance.  She continues her association with MMDG as an instructor in the Summer Intensives and as Faculty at The School teaching Professional/Advanced Ballet.

 

 

 

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Hazel Patterson

Toast of the Town – The Ed Sullivan Show

James Jamieson

Mark Morris

Penny Hutchinson

Marjorie Mussman

Lar Lubovitch

Christine Wright

Ruth Currier

Ernie Pagnano

Lynn Simonson

Barry Alterman

Hannah Kahn

Holly Williams

Laura Dean

DTW

Twyla Tharp

“Out Loud” by Mark Morris

Peter Sellars

Mikhail Baryshnikov

White Oak Dance Project

Katie Glasner

Rebecca Lazier

Theresa Ruth Howard

Phil Chan

Clarice Marshall

Susan Marshall

Judith Hamera

Aynsley Vandenbroucke

Diane Harvey-Salaam

 

 

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: Melanie George

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PODCAST No.118 – Melanie George

photo: JD Urban

Release Date: 7.25.21

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ABOUT MELANIE

Melanie George is a dance educator, choreographer, scholar, and dramaturg. She is the founder and director of Jazz Is… Dance Project and an Associate Curator and Scholar-In-Residence at Jacob’s Pillow. As a dramaturg, she has contributed to projects by David Neumann & Marcella Murray (on the Obie Award winning Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed), Raja Feather Kelly, Ephrat Asherie, Susan Marshall & Company, Machine Dazzle, Kimberly Bartosik/daela, and Urban Bush Women among others. A highly sought after teacher and choreographer of the neo-jazz aesthetic, Melanie is featured in the documentary UpRooted: The Journey of Jazz, Dance. Melanie has presented her research on jazz improvisation and pedagogy throughout the U.S., in Canada and Scotland, and founded the global advocacy website jazzdancedirect.com. Publications include “Jazz Dance, Pop Culture, and the Music Video Era” in Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches (University Press of Florida) and “Imbed/In Bed: Two Perspectives on Dance and Collaboration” for Working Together in Qualitative Research (Sense Publishers). She is the former Dance Program Director at American University, and has guest lectured at Harvard University, the Yale School of Drama, and The Juilliard School, among others.

 

 

CONNECT:

WEBSITE: jazzdancedirect.com

 

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Western Michigan University Dance

The Roeper School

American University – Performing Arts

Kent State University – Dance

Lumberyard

Susan Marshall

Jacob’s Pillow

LIMBS

Margaret H’Doubler

Frankie Manning

Norma Miller

JoJo Smith

Frank Hatchett

Paula Kelly

Karen Hubbard 

Camille Brown

Urban Bush Women

Cornish College of the Arts

“Fame”

 

 

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: Duke Dang

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PODCAST No.117 – Duke Dang

Release Date: 7.10.21

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ABOUT DUKE

Born at a UN refugee camp in the Philippines to parents seeking political asylum from the communist Vietnamese government, Duke Dang immigrated to California growing up with the assistance of Section 8 vouchers, food stamps, welfare, and attending Head Start and public schools. An inaugural Gates Millennium Scholar, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Art History at Boston University where he studied abroad in Australia, Brazil, England, India, and South Africa. At New York University he earned his master’s degree in Performing Arts Administration. Since 2006 he has served as the General Manager of Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, where he oversees nonprofit administration and manages the logistics of the artistic programming. He and Producer Caroline Cronson collectively curate the organization’s programs and commissions that traditionally take place in the theater of the Guggenheim, but in recent years have expanded to include works commissioned and made in and for the Guggenheim rotunda. Works & Process programs have been regularly selected by The New York Times as “Best of” and in 2019 More Forever by Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao, commissioned by Works & Process, was awarded a Bessie Award. In response to the pandemic, since April 2020 Works & Process has virtually commissioned 85 new works and supported over 300 artists. Under Duke’s leadership Works & Process has led the way in producing bubble residencies as a means for artists to safely gather, create, perform and work. The model created by Works & Process has since been duplicated by peer organizations including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow, and the New York Choreographic Institute.  These bubble residencies have helped pave the pathway to the reopening the first live in person indoor performances permitted by the New York State Department of Health, which took place in the rotunda of the Guggenheim on March 20, 2021. Prior to Works & Process, his previous professional experience includes work at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Glimmerglass Festival, Symphony Space, Sydney Theatre Company, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Dang with his husband Charles Rosen, co-founded and continue to serve on the steering committee of the Hudson Valley Dance Festival, benefitting Dancers Responding to AIDS. Now in its 9th year, the event has raised over  $1 million dollar to support social service organizations in the Hudson Valley and nationally. They live in both New York City and the Hudson Valley.

 

 

CONNECT:

WEBSITE: guggenheim.org

 

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Michelle Dorrance

Nicholas Van Young

Omari Wiles

Courtney ToPanga Washington

Passion Fruit Dance Company

 

 

 

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.