PODCAST 146: Elizabeth Yilmaz-Dobrow, Mara Driscoll, and César Abreu
Release Date: 12.12.22
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ABOUT Elizabeth Yilmaz-Dobrow
Elizabeth Yilmaz-Dobrow is a professional dancer, teacher and producer in New York City. She received her B.A in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College where she now serves on the Dance Advisory Board as the Nominating Chair. She is a former company member with Ballet Hispanico of New York. This is Elizabeth’s ninth season dancing with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Productions at the Metropolitan Opera include Bluebeard’s Castle, Eugene Onegin, Turandot, Le Nozze De Figaro, Meistersinger, Werther, Die Zauberflöte, Parsifal, Manon, La Traviata, Aida, The Magic Flute and Tannhäuser. The last five of which have been transmitted live in HD to over 70 countries across the globe. Elizabeth is a co-producer of the salon series Art Bath NYC. Art Bath is part art party part immersive concert, featuring world renowned artists in the historic Blue Building on East 46th St. Elizabeth toured internationally with “Angelina Ballerina, The Musical", danced at Walt Disney World, and is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artist Union. Elizabeth teaches dance throughout the United States and is on faculty with the 92nd Street Y and the Joffery Ballet Trainee Program in NYC. She has also taught ballet and musical theatre for Regional Dance America, Mile Square Theatre, Marymount Girls School, the Passport to learning project in New Jersey, the National Choreography Intensive and private lessons in Manhattan, Metro-Atlanta, and virtually.
ABOUT Mara Driscoll
Mara Driscoll is a creative producer, arts administrator, choreographer, and professional dancer. She is the Program and Advancement Lead at the International Society for the Performing Arts, a network of 500 leading arts professionals from 60 countries. In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, she founded and produced Boulder Arts Outdoors, a multi-disciplinary performance festival in Boulder, Colorado. In 2022, she co-founded Art Bath and has since presented major names in music, dance, opera, and visual art at Art Bath’s intimate, immersive salons in midtown Manhattan. As a dancer, Mara has worked with FJK Dance, Richmond Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, where she has danced for six consecutive seasons. Her choreography has been presented at The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, New York Theatre Workshop, New Chamber Ballet, and the Center at West Park.
ABOUT César Abreu
César Abreu, a native of Puerto Rico and former member of the Grammy-nominated international band sensation, Menudo, holds a BFA in dance education from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and an MFA in dance from New York University (Full Tuition Scholarship). Capitalizing on a 16-year career as a dancer for The Metropolitan Opera, Abreu has also danced for The Santa Fe Opera and the Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company, among others, as well as for national Broadway show tours. Having taught master classes, both nationally and internationally, César continues to choreograph and dance, but has built on his considerable professional performance experience, expanding his reach to produce, direct, and administer live performance, film and video.
Art and Community with Elizabeth Yilmaz-Dobrow, Mara Driscoll, and César Abreu
Episode 146: Show Notes
Performers are always looking for creative outlets and creative communities. In this episode, we hear from three incredible people, Elizabeth Yilmaz-Dobrow, Mara Driscoll, and César Abreu, who have come together to form an exciting new project with a shared vision for performance. Art Bath is an immersive performance salon series that fosters community, exploration, and exchange within the community. Our guests share how they met while dancing at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and why they decided to join forces to create Art Bath. We start by learning about each of their journeys to becoming the performers they are today, what they enjoy most about dance, and the unique way in which they have come together. Learn about the power of the Art Bath platform, how art can help people connect and understand one another, and how they found the formula that works. We also find out how the various ways they support the salon, the challenges of building a solid support base, the ultimate goal of Art Bath, and what the future holds for this exciting creative production. Tune in to hear more about the power of art and community with today’s inspirational guests, Elizabeth Yilmaz-Dobrow, Mara Driscoll, and César Abreu!
Key Points From This Episode:
- How each of our guests first became interested in dance.
- Find out what forms of dance our guests first practiced.
- What they pursued after graduating from high school.
- Hear how their experiences shaped them into becoming artists.
- The experience of performing on stage at the Met.
- Mara’s unconventional path to becoming a professional dancer.
- The sense of community amongst the dancers at the Met.
- Learn about Cesar’s background as a child actor.
- Why Cesar is passionate about performing and dancing.
- The people that were advocates for Cesar to pursue dance.
- How our guests first met and decided to start Art Bath.
- The performance that ignited the development of Art Bath.
- How they were able to find a location for their idea.
- Discover the inspiration for the name of the studio.
- Mara explains the concept and vision behind Art Bath.
- The artists who perform at Art Bath.
- How art can encourage open dialogue and conversation.
- Learn how they fundraise and support the project.
- Elizabeth outlines the type of audience who attend Art Bath shows.
- How Art Bath creates a sense of community for performers.
- What to expect from Art Bath and our guests in the future.
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Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton