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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

Movers & Shapers: Kathryn Alter

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PODCAST No.116 – Kathryn Alter

Release Date: 6.20.21

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ABOUT KATHRYN

KATHRYN ALTER attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Purchase College, and obtained her MFA from Hunter College, receiving the Chairman’s Award for artistic excellence in 2020.  Her choreographic work has been shown across the United States and abroad. In 2011, Kathryn Alter and Dancers began with the presentation of three solos as a part of the Soliloquios y Diálogos Festival at Los Talleres de Coyoacán in Mexico City.  Her most recent choreographic commissions were created in Kansas at Friends University, in Arizona for Instinct Dance Corps, and in Reunion Island at the Conservatorie A Rayonnement Regional. Around NYC, her work has been presented as part of MAD Weekend at Nazareth College, Dance at Socrates in Queens, Spring Movement and PSOH at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, and the American Dance Guild Festival. Ms. Alter is a part of the N.A.D.I.N.E. Projectand helps to organize the Choreographers’ Collective concerts in New York City.  She was a 2014 recipient of a CUNY Dance Initiative residency, and a 2018 Dance at Socrates Artist.  In 2018, Mrs. Alter was named the Associate Program Director for the Limon Professional Studies Program. She teaches the Limón Company and students of the Limón Institute, has reconstructed the works of José Limón for the Ballet Nacional de México in México City in 2018 and Ballet am Rhein en Düsseldorf in 2020, and leads Limón workshops nationally and internationally. It has been her great pleasure to be a part of the implementation of Limón4Kids in México City as a part of Saludarte. Mrs. Alter was a member of the Limón Dance Company for fifteen years, earning accolades such as: “Watching Ms. Alter devour space…I suddenly remembered how amazing José Limón was.” (Juan Michael Porter II, Dance Enthusiast) and “Exuded a joy that made you want to get onstage and breathe the same air.” (Susan L. Pena, Reading Eagle)  Alter was also a founding member of Riedel Dance Theater, danced with Alan Danielson, and Kazuko Hirabayashi. (photo credit: Reiko Yanagi)

 

 

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WEBSITE: kathrynalter.com

 

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Juneau Dance Theatre

SUNY Purchase Dance

Limón Dance Company

Summer Dance Lab

Paul Sanasardo

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Kazuko Hirabayashi

Jonathan Riedel

Brenna Monroe-Cook

 

 

 

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.

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