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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.

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