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Movers & Shapers: Christine Jowers

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Podcast No.30 – Christine Jowers

Release Date: August 30, 2016

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ABOUT CHRISTINE JOWERS:

Christine Jowers is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Dance Enthusiast an extension of the non-profit company, Moving Arts Projects www.movingartsprojects.org. Prior to devoting her efforts to The Dance EnthusiastJowers worked as professional dancer, teacher, and producer. She performed solo works and principal roles by the early masters of modern dance: Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, Eleanor King, Jean Erdman, Anna Sokolow, Paul Sansardo and Murray Louis, as well as dancing in work created by contemporary choreographers and performance artists such as: Larry Keigwin, Rebecca Rice, Kun Yang Lin, Charles Moulton, Jerry Pearson, Ann Carlson, Janis Brenner, BJ Sullivan, and Margie Gillis.

In 1997 she began creating solo performance projects, dancing and producing evenings that celebrated the voice of women in dance history.  Her first productionThe Singular Voice of Woman at The Place in London, was noted for “exceptional solos” and Judith Mackrell, dance critic for The Guardian UK, hailed Jowers as “not only a remarkable performer but an important dance historian…” Other original productions, Revealing Isadora and The Dance Goddesses of NYC were performed in New York City, staged as full concert evenings and excerpted at such venues as:The World Financial Center, The New Jersey Center for Performing Arts, The Joyce Soho, Joes Pub, OK Harris Dance Gallery, DanceNowNYC, The Henry Street Settlement, The University Settlement, The Culture Project, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and The 14th Street Y. Jowers‘ revival of The Singular Voice of Woman was performed in 13 concerts during the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was particularly noted for her interpretation of Isadora Duncan “She brings just as much emotion, albeit a very different kind, to Isadora Duncan’s Revolutionary. Although this short piece consists of a small set of repeated movements, those movements are passionate, powerful, dramatic and despairing — thanks to both Duncan and Jowers — making this piece one of the highlights of the programme.”- Amanda Grimm, TheSkinny.co.uk

Christine started writing about dance at Sarah Lawrence College, later graduating from Goucher College with honors in Dance History/Criticism and Communications. In addition to her writing and videography for The Dance Enthusiast, she has been published by Dance/USA’s e-journal, From The Green RoomThe Dance Insider, The Johns Hopkins University’s Literary Journal :The Hopkins Review, and The Huffington Post. Her writing has been highlighted by Thomas Cott, in his respected newsletter for arts administrators: You’ve Cott Mail.

As the editor of The Dance Enthusiast, Christine has been priviledged to lead talk backs on performance and writing, and coach interested groups of young writers from the Pentacle Internship Program, Arts Connection/High 5 Tickets to the Arts Program, and Columbia University. She has been delighted to work with interns from Florida State University, Hofstra, Pace, and Trinity/LaMaMa. Concerned with bridging the gap between audiences and performance, she designed The Dance Enthusiast’s Dance Up Close Series, a journalistic video program, to bring web audiences intimately into the working processes of New York City artists. Dance Up Close was awarded an Engaging Dance Audiences grant administered by Dance/USA through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 2013. In 2014, Christine developed the offline audience engagement program Enthusiastic Events!, a project designed to address the problem of shifting attention spans, differing knowledge bases, and available free time in dance audiences. This program is supported by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Christine created a place for Audience Reviews on The Dance Enthusiast to encourage new voices in writing, and to develop dance literacy and advocacy. Read more about this in Lynne Conners, We The Audience on ArtsJournal.

As an artist, Jowers has been on the faculty of the Jose Limon Institute in New York City,  The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance Studies, and Danceworks in the UK, a guest teacher at the Islington Arts Factory, The Liverpool School of Performing Arts, and Roehampton College in the UK, as well as Goucher College, Kean College and various educational institutions in the USA.

Her particular interest in introducing young audiences to the beauty and inspiration of dance led her to foster outreach programs in communities throughout the east coast and Virgin Islands. She gave dance workshops, taught choreography, and performed for children and teenagers under the auspices of Artists in The Schools programs, Teen Arts, Young Audiences, and Very Special Arts programs. In 1991, Christine created a dance program for children and adults at the YWCA in Summit, NJ, directing the program from 1991-1996, and founding the highly regarded Free Community Dance Series there. Christine’s work in community dance was funded and commended by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and the New Jersey State Arts Council. In 1999, established cj/MOVING ARTS PROJECTS’ MOVING KIDS SALON to sponsor workshops for kids and “their grownups” in New York City.

Originally from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where she grew up in a West-Indian family dedicated to the arts, community, and service, Christine caught the journalism bug as a college intern for New York Public Television’s MacNeil/ Leher Report. Christinelives in NYC with her extremely supportive husband, two enthusiastic sons, and a delightful, but skittish cat, named Gracie.

MORE ON CHRISTINE

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Sarah Lawrence College

Maryland Dance Theater and Larry Warren

Pittsburgh Dance Alloy

Diane Jacobowitz

Goucher College

Dance Critics Association

Robert Johnson

Doris Humphrey/José Limón

Eleanor King

Janet Eilber

University Settlement

Ann Carlson

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Crystal Michelle Perkins

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Podcast No.29 – Crystal Michelle Perkins

Release Date: August 2, 2016

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ABOUT CRYSTAL MICHELLE PERKINS:

Crystal Michelle is a choreographer, dancer, and intermedia artist. She was named Associate Artistic Director of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) in 2014. Previous to her appointment, she was a dance artist with DCDC’s professional company for nine seasons, became Resident Choreographer, and appointed Arts Curriculum Coordinator in 2010 for DCDC’s education programs.

As coordinator, Ms. Michelle became integral to the design of Dancing to the Curriculum, a highly recognized arts-integration dance residency for elementary and middle grade students in Dayton Public Schools. Over the years, she has taught dance master classes and was teaching artist for the company’s outreach services.

As a choreographer, performer, and researcher she has traveled nationally and internationally, including Ougadougou, Burkina Faso and Port of Spain, Trinidad where she researched African Diaspora movement styles and began her newest venture: The Beautiful Archive Project. Ms. Michelle collaborated with Dayton’s Blackbird String Quartet, The University of Dayton’s Department of Music, the Khalid Moss Jazz Trio for the creation of Unrested and Unfaithful.

The creation of her site specific work The Descent of this Water: Rain (2014) was commissioned by the Dublin Arts Council and performed in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio. Her evening length contemporary work for DCDC, The Littlest Angel, premiered in December 2014. She set choreography to The King of the Magi and Martin Luther King from Duke Ellington’s, Three Black Kings performed by DCDC and accompanied by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s production of American Mosaic in 2015.

Ms. Michelle has created dance works for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Cutno Dance, SMAG Dance Collective, and Stivers School for the Arts Dance Ensemble. She has been a guest artist for the New Orleans Ballet Association/NOLA, the Augusta Ballet Company, Compton Dance Theatre, The Moving Architects, and SMAG Dance Collective.

In 2014, she received the Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and was honored with the Josie Award, which recognizes individual excellence in the art of dance for performers in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Michelle holds a MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Inaugural Class of Leadership Fellows.

MORE ON CRYSTAL:

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Augusta Mini Theater

Southern Methodist University, Dance

Augusta Ballet

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Denise Vale

Dance Spirit Magazine

Sheri “Sparkle” Williams

DeShona Pepper Robinson

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

The Ohio State University – Department of Dance

Julius Brewster Cotton

Ulysses Dove “Vespers”

Bebe Miller

Norah Zuniga Shaw

“Boxing Up Beautiful”

Camille A. Brown

“The Littlest Angel” 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Mitchell Rose

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Podcast No.28 – MITCHELL ROSE12 Mitchell Rose Portrait

Release Date: July 19, 2016

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ABOUT MITCHELL ROSE:  PROFESSOR AND DANCE-FILMMAKER

Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Mitchell Rose was a New York-based choreographer. His company toured internationally for 15 years. Eventually he was drawn more to visual media and chose to become a filmmaker, entering The American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow. Since A.F.I., his films have won 78 festival awards and are screened around the world.The New York Times called him: “A rare and wonderful talent.” The Washington Post wrote that his work was “in the tradition of Chaplin, Keaton, and Tati—funny and sad and more than the sum of both.”Mr. Rose tours a program called The Mitch Show, an evening of his short films together with audience-participation performance pieces. He toured The Mitch Show in Kosovo as a U.S. State Dept. Cultural Envoy.Mr. Rose is currently a professor of dance-filmmaking at Ohio State University.

MORE ON MITCHELL ROSE

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Tufts University: Department of Drama and Dance

Alwin Nikolais

Merce Cunninghum 

David White 

CETA

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Trisha Brown “Water Motor”

American Film Institute

UCLA National Dance/Media Project

“Deere John” (and other films)

Pew Charitable Trust

Ashley Roland

Jamey Hampton

BodyVox

CalArts, Dance

Department of Dance – The Ohio State University

David Hinton “Birds”

Bebe Miller

Exquisite Corps 

Ellen Maynard

Robbie Shaw

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Amy Miller

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

Podcast No.27 – Amy Miller

Release Date: July 5, 2016

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ABOUT AMY MILLER: ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND COMPANY CO-DIRECTOR GIBNEY DANCE COMPANY

AMY MILLER is a dancer, choreographer, educator and advocate. A former principal with the Ohio Ballet, Miller spent a decade performing masterworks by such choreographers as Anthony Tudor, José Limon, Kurt Jooss, and Paul Taylor, as well as Lucinda Childs, Laura Dean, and Alonzo King among many others.  She was a founding member of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater, where she collaborated on new work with such dance-makers as David Shimotakahara, Dianne McIntyre, Alex Ketley, Keely Garfield, David Parker and Gina Gibney.   As Artistic Associate of GroundWorks, Miller choreographed seven works on the company and remains a guest artist.  Such composers as the genre-defying Ryan Lott (aka Son Lux), and Oberlin Conservatory of Music professor and composer Peter Swendsen have worked with Miller on a wide range of musical scoring for dance.  Miller and Swendsen’s ongoing collaboration has produced numerous projects for GroundWorks, as well as solo works, and a recent premiere with Gibney Dance Company. Her solo work has been seen in New York City at Judson Church, Mark Morris Dance Center, and Scandinavia House and has been produced at Spoke the Hub, West Fest Dance Festival, the West End Theater’s Soaking WET series. Prioritizing esthetic versatility, Miller teaches both Professional Level Ballet and Contemporary Forms classes at Gibney Dance Center and has fosterednumerous collegiate teaching residencies including Cleveland State University, Oberlin College and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Interested in finding ways to foster both artistic excellence and social engagement in all of her work, Miller strives to prioritize both components in equal measure.  As Associate Artistic Director, Miller focuses on Gibney Dance’s Community Action program through facilitating movement workshops with survivors of trauma, conducting both local and international trainings for artists interested in engaging in social action, developing healthy relationship workshops for young people, and raising awareness about the role of the arts in violence prevention.  Miller has conducted Gibney Dance Global Community Action Residencies at Mimar Sinan University and Koc University (Istanbul), University of Cape Town (South Africa), DOCH: School of Dance and Circus (Stockholm) and MUDA Africa (Tanzania.) In addition to her artistic and community action work with the Company, Amy is Co-Directing the Discover Dance New York City program, which offers comprehensive, customized residency opportunities for university students from all over the world.  Last spring, Miller was honored to receive a Arts & Artists in Progress “Pay it Forward” Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

MORE ON AMY MILLER

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

Ohio Ballet and Heinz Poll

Thomas Skelton 

David Shimotakahara

GroundWorks DanceTheater

University of Akron – School of Dance

Gibney Dance

Incarcerated Voices – The If Project

Rolfing

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

Movers & Shapers: Tiffany Rea-Fisher

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Podcast No.26 – Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Release Date: June 21, 2016

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ABOUT TIFFANY REA-FISHER: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

TIFFANY REA-FISHER is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance.  Tiffany joined Elisa Monte dance in 2004 where she was principal dancer until 2010, performing lead roles in classic works such as Treading, Pigs and Fishes, Shattered, and Volkmann Suite. She was named Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” person for their 2007 August issue based on her performance during the company’s 2006 season at the Joyce Theater and since then has been featured in nation and international publications for both her dancing and choreography. As a choreographer Tiffany has had the pleasure of creating numerous pieces for the company most notably meeting and having her work performed for the Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg.

Tiffany’s work extends well beyond the stage creating work for the film, fashion and the music industry. In 2012 Tiffany was chosen to create a new work for the Louis Vuitton / Reconstruction 3.0 Life is a Journey project. In 2015 Tiffany choreographed Transcendence a dance film for fashion designer Paola Hernández 2015 fashion week runway show. Paola and Tiffany are currently collaborating on a live fashion, dance film event for Paola’s line for the winter of 2016.

Teaching is a big part of Tiffany’s position and she has since taught master classes and workshops at The Ailey School, City Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Dickinson State University, George Mason University, Juilliard, NYU Tisch, Peridance, SUNY Purchase, and Wells College . Currently she is on faculty at the Joffrey School of Ballet and a substitute teacher at Steps on Broadway.

In 2009 Tiffany and her husband started the non-profit Inception to Exhibition (ITE) which supports NYC-based artists in the fields of Dance, Theater, Music and Film through monetary grants and performance/exhibition opportunities. Tiffany’s current affiliations include Women of Color in the Arts Member, Dance/USA Member, Steps on Broadway (substitute teacher) and Purchase College (substitute teacher).

Tiffany Rea-Fisher received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College SUNY.  While at Purchase she co-founded ForArts, the school’s first interdisciplinary presenting organization, which provided opportunities for students from different conservatories to create collaborative works. In 2004 Tiffany created, directed, and curated Dance at the Tank. She left the Tank in 2007 and currently serves on their advisory board.

MORE ON TIFFANY REA-FISHER

PODCAST INTERVIEW LINKS

SUNY Purchase College – Dance

Elisa Monte

Kevin Wynn

Kyle Abraham

The Tank

Inception to Exhibition

Paola Hernandez 

Classical Theatre of Harlem present Macbeth

Ty Jones

Royal Swedish Ballet

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

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