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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.

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.

Movers & Shapers: Stefanie Batten Bland

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PODCAST No.115 – Stefanie Batten Bland

 

Release Date: 4.25.21

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ABOUT STEFANIE

Jerome Robbins awardee Stefanie Batten Bland, is an interdisciplinary global artist who interrogates contemporary and historical culture. She situates her work at the intersection of dance-theatre and installation. A 2021 commissioned artist by Baryshnikov Arts Center, Duke Performances, 2021 Toulmin Creator fellow Center for Ballet Arts at NYU, and 2019-2020 choreographer for American Ballet Theatre’s inaugural Women’s Movement Initiative. She created Company SBB in Paris in 2008 and established it in New York City in 2011, when she was in residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center and began her current residence at University Settlement. Regularly produced by LaMama Experimental Theater, she premiered her latest work “Look Who’s Coming To Dinner” at LaMama in fall 2019 for FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival.
COVID commissions include the digital performance of EU Day for the European Union at the United Nations, a distanced films for Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Works & Process at the Guggenheim and Duke Performances digital world premiere. Known for her unique visual and movement aesthetic, she served as movement director for “Eve’s Song” at the Public Theater (Forbes 2018 Best Theatre) and is currently Casting and Movement Director for the 2021 immersive production Life & Trust by Emursive. SBB directs dance cinema films that play worldwide. Recent live commissions include: Ailey II, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Gina Gibney Dance, The Juilliard School, Singapore Frontier Danceland, Spoleto Festival Italy, and The American Center for Art & Culture in Paris where she is a resident artist. Featured Publication: The New York Times, Dance Europe, Brooklyn Rail, Marie Claire, BOMB Magazine,Dance Data Project, TV 5 Monde and Dance Teacher Magazine among others, she will celebrate Company SBB’s 10th U.S. anniversary in the 2021-2022 season with her new work Embarqued. She received her MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College, is Assistant Professor at Montclair State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and lives in SoHo with her family.

 

 

CONNECT:

WEBSITE: companysbb.org

INSTAGRAM: @sbb_land

VIDEO: Vimeo

 

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

SUNY Purchase Dance

Don Hewitt

Megan Williams

Kevin Wynn

Kraig Patterson

White Oak Project

La MaMa

Ellen Stewart

The Wooster Group

Punchdrunk, Sleep No More

Bill T. Jones

Douglas Dunn

Pina Bausch

Pat Catterson

Lar Lubavitch

Josephine Baker musical

University Settlement

Goddard College

Jerome Robbins Award

Montclair State University – Dance

“Look Who’s Coming to Dinner”

The Yard

Ralph Lemon

BAC

 

 

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.

Megan Williams

Movers & Shapers: Megan Williams

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Megan Williams
PODCAST No.114 – Megan Williams

 

Release Date: 4.11.21

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ABOUT MEGAN

Megan Williams is an independent dance artist, choreographer, teacher and repetiteur, with a BFA from the Juilliard School, and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her choreography has been produced by 10 Hairy Legs, DanceNOW NYC at Joe’s Pub and Dance Theater Workshop, and by the Rivertown Artist’s Workshop, Barnspace, MIXT Co., Purchase College, Marymount Manhattan College, Connecticut College and Interlochen Arts Academy.  In addition to performing her own work, she can be seen dancing with choreographer Rebecca Stenn and in Netta Yurashalmy’s Paramodernities project. She performed and toured internationally in the 1980’s with the companies of Laura Glenn, Ohad Naharin, and Mark Haim, among many others. In 1988, she joined the Mark Morris Dance Group, dancing for 10 years, touring worldwide, teaching, and appearing in several films, including Falling Down Stairs (with YoYo Ma), The Hidden Soul of Harmony, The Hard Nut and Dido and Aeneas. Ms. Williams continues her affiliation with Morris as a guest performer , creating the role of Lady Capulet in Morris’ 2009 Romeo and Juliet: On Motifs of Shakespeare and dancing Bijoux at the 2014 Bessie Awards, guest rehearsal director, and guest faculty at the Mark Morris Dance Center. She has staged Morris’ work on the Purchase Dance Company, Vassar Repertory Company, Fieldston Dance Company, the Boston Ballet, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and on students at the Juilliard School, George Mason University, Les Etes de la Danse (Paris), and Interlochen Arts Academy, and Cal State Long Beach among others. Ms. Williams has been Morris’ assistant in a variety of settings including ballet(San Francisco Ballet), Broadway( Paul Simon’s The Capeman , which she directed in concert version at BAM’s Harvey Theater in 2009), and television( VH1 Fashion Awards). From 2000-2013 she served on the modern dance faculty of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, State University of New York. She was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine in 2010 and 2014 and has served on the faculties of Manhattanville College, Connecticut College, Hunter College and Marymount Manhattan College ( the last three teaching Anatomy for Dancers). She currently teaches Dance for Parkinson’s Disease in Rye, NY, and is on the renowned Dance for PD flagship teaching/lecturing team. She taught an ongoing Professional Level Ballet class at the Gibney Dance Center in New York City(now being taught via Zoom) and is on the faculty Sarah Lawrence College.  She has served on the board of directors of the Martha Hill Dance Fund since 2011 and is proud to have a producing credit on the documentary film Martha Hill: Making Dance Matter. She is in demand as a master class teacher and  guest lecturer. Williams founded Megan Williams Dance Projects in the summer of 2016 and was the DanceNOW Commissioned Artist in 2018 , premiering her  first full evening work, ‘One Woman Show’ to great acclaim at Joe’s Pub at the Public in NYC. Williams was an Artistic Partnership Initiative (API) Fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University in August/September 2019. MWDP was collaborating for over a year with composer Eve Beglarian on an evening length work with live music(supported by the O’Donnell -Green Foundation) that would have premiered at Danspace Project, NYC  in March 2020. Megan created two short dance films for the Katonah Museum of Art in October, 2020 and previewed a new work at Arts on Site, NYC in November. 

 

 

CONNECT:

Megan Williams Dance Project

Instagram: @meganwilliamsdance

 

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.

CALL – Movers & Shapers: From the Field

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Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast

Spring 2021 – “From the Field”

 

Call for Submissions

First Call: Friday, April 23, 12pm EST

Second Call: Sunday, May 23, 12pm EST

One year ago, the spread of COVID-19 caused dance spaces, classes, theaters, performances, rehearsals, and seasons to come to an abrupt halt. We asked you, how are we going to get through this?

Now, a year later, we want to hear from you again! What has changed for you in the last year? Or, how has the last year changed you? How have you navigated practical concerns – paying the bills, unknown timelines, continuing to move – and spiritual concerns – connection within community, intimate bonds, creative process? What are your thoughts, fears, resources, and hopes for moving forward?

Let us hear your voice! Anyone in the dance field can record these points of view – dancers, choreographers, collaborators, educators, writers, directors, scholars, administrators. We will put your responses together for a special upcoming Movers & Shapers episode. And if you have a lot to say, we will keep rolling them out.

How to Submit An Audio Clip to podcast@themovingarchitects.org

  1. Use your phone to record up to 10 minutes of your spoken thoughts.  Use the “Voice Memos” program that is automatically on your iPhone, or download “Smart Voice Recorder” if you have an Android (see further directions below). Make sure there is no background noise by recording in a quiet space.
  2. State your name and where you are calling from at the beginning of recording.
  3. Before you send, listen to it and make sure all words are audible (we will not be able to use bad audio).
  4. Name your audio clip “MSP LastName” (ex.  MSP CarlisleNorton)
  5. Email audio clip to podcast@themovingarchitects.org. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of sending.
  6. A variety of responses will be used in our upcoming podcast(s).  While we can’t guarantee all recordings will be used, we will do our best to feature a wide array of insights reflective of the responses.
  7. Thank you for sharing.

Directions for Recording Audio on an iPhone

  1. Open the “Voice Memos” program that comes installed on your phone.
  2. To begin, tap the red button. Voice recording will start. As you record, you will see the changing audio level meter and the working time counter.
  3. You can stop the recording by tapping the red button a second time. After you finish recording, you will be able to use the Trim function. It enables you to trim the unwanted fragments from the start and end of the recording.
  4. To save the audio file, tap the Done button in the new window, enter its name and tap Save (name it “MSP LastName”). The newly recorded file will appear in the voice memos list.
  5. Hit the 3 dots on the left side of screen, and “Share” through Mail and email.  If this does not work, you may need to “Airdrop” to your computer and send from there.

Directions for Recording Audio on an Android

  1. Find in the App Store Google Play app Smart Voice Recorder.  Download and install.
  2. To start recording, tap the red button or the Start Recording button. While you are recording, the big red button will show how much time has passed since you started recording. Above this button you will see the recording level indicator.
  3. To end the recording, tap the Finish button. A new window will open where the audio file can be saved. The default file name is automatically generated. Change the name to “MSP LastName”.
  4. The saved audio files list will open, containing the newly created audio file. The audio file entry contains the date it was created, its length, and size. The entry also contains a way to manage playback. You can listen to the recorded audio file.
  5. To select an option for sharing the file, tap and hold your finger on the audio file’s entry until a new window opens, showing a list of additional actions available for that audio file. Select “Share…”. A window will open, showing the available options for sending the desired file and email. If this does not work, you may also send to “Dropbox” if you have it installed and email from there.

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