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Movers & Shapers: Dorian Wallace

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Podcast No.25 – Dorian Wallace

Release Date: June 7, 2016

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Dorian Wallace is a composer, improviser and pianist of contemporary classical music, new music, radical avant-garde, spontaneous improvisation and free jazz. His works encompass chamber ensembles, orchestral, opera, classical dance, vocal, percussion, electronic, improvisation, large jazz ensemble, and film. He is an activist for secularism, human rights, and homelessness.

He is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Tenth Intervention, a contemporary classical presenter in New York City.  Tenth Intervention includes The Tenth Intervention Ensemble, a contemporary classical chamber ensemble with a flexible roster, The Free Sound Ahn-somble, an inventive and improvisational septendectet, and Trystero, a surreal night-club act that constructs theatrical performances and electronic music.

Notable work includes We Are Legion, an immersive chamber work inspired by the hacktivist collective, Anonymous, The Rest !s Sh!t: Stories from the Microchasm, an opera-for-television, and his performance of Buddy, “The World’s Greatest Piano Player” in Robert Ashley’s opera-for-television Perfect Lives.

He has received commissions, performed and recorded with artists such as Robert Ashley, John Sanborn, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, Frank London, Dave Liebman, Seneca Black, The Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, Experiments In Opera, Composers Concordance, 42nd Parallel, Paperwing Ensemble, New Vintage Baroque, 1685, LottDance, The Shekinah Big Band, RIOULT Dance NY, 10 Hairy Legs, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, The Gwen Rakotovao Company, Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, The Median Movement and TRIODance. His music has been performed in New York City, Bangkok, Cleveland, Paris, Mexico City, Chicago, Canton, and Los Angeles. He composed the score to Hernando Bensuelo’s award winning film ”Last Look”, Tiger Chengliang Cai’s “Six Dreams about A City”, and the upcoming documentary “Requiem For A Bird” by Cylixe.  Wallace is a staff musician and composer for dance at Barnard College of Columbia University, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The Juilliard School, Ballet Hispanico, Kat Wildish and Doug Varone and Dancers.

He studied Music Composition with Sebastian Birch, Pat Pace, Tom Janson, Frank Wiley and Chas Baker at Kent State University. He has served 7 years in the US Army National Guard and is a member of the 63rd Army Band. Dorian currently resides in Harlem, New York City with his partner, violinist Hajnal Pivnick.



Ashland Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaninoff in C# Minor

The Rite of Spring


Dr. Sebastion Birch

Chas Baker

John Cage

John Cage, Rules of Being a Student

John Philip Sousa

Arnold Schoenberg

Steve Coleman


Kronos Quartet

Alison Cook Beatty 

Amy Miller

Jennifer McQuiston Lott

Anonymous Work – “We are Legion”

Ryan Lot/Son Lux

“The Art of Peace”

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

Movers & Shapers: Kat Wildish

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Podcast No.24 – Kat Wildish

Release Date: May 17, 2016

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Kat Wildish is one of those rare ballerinas who appeared with both New York City Ballet (under founder George Balanchine) and American Ballet Theatre (under artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov), as well as with such companies as Zurich Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and The Eglevsky Ballet (under Edward Villella). A teacher with 40 years’ experience, she is an expert in ballet’s great pedagogical traditions: Balanchine technique, Vaganova, and Cechetti. She is also an ABT® Certified Teacher, in Primary through Level 7/Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has mentored teachers for the Dance Educators of America and as a member of the U.S. Faculty of Education of the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Dance. She is currently on the faculty of The Joffrey School and leads open classes at Peridance Capezio Center, Ballet Arts, Gibney Dance, and Ripley-Grier. She has been a guest teacher both internationally (Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and, most recently, Italy) and in states ranging from Florida to Alaska. She also teaches privately and coaches dancers for competitions like the Youth America Grand Prix. In February 2014 Wildish was on the cover of Dance Teacher magazine. Under the rubric “Kat Wildish Presents,” she masterminded the Performing in NY Showcases (three times a year, six performances) for passionate students and larger companies (six dancers and up) eager for stage experience and exposure. Just recently she introduced the Performing in NY Spotlight Series (twice a year, four performances) for soloists and smaller groups.  She also produces the Festival of Dance Schools.  To study with Kat is to be the beneficiary of superlative technical training, a lifetime of accumulated ballet lore, and a generous, elegant spirit. She prepares her students not only to dance beautifully, but to live with grace.



Louisville Ballet

Pace School of the Performing Arts

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

Melissa Hayden

New York City Ballet

George Balanchine

Peter Martins

American Ballet Theater

Lincoln Kirstein

Eglevsky Ballet 

Metropolitan Opera 

Maurice Béjart

William Forsythe

Zurich Ballet

Mikhail Baryshnikov 

Broadway Dance Center

The Ailey Extension


Gibney Dance

Harlem School of the Arts

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

Movers & Shapers: Tiffany Mills

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Tiffany Mills dance Workshop at Tisch, NYU, 2015

Photo: Julie Lemberg

Podcast No.23 – Tiffany Mills

Release Date: May 3, 2016

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Tiffany Mills moved to NYC in 1995, and formed the Brooklyn-based Tiffany Mills Company in 2000. Her work centers on human relationships, is grounded in partnering and improvisation, and is fueled by collaboration across mediums. The company will be presented by La MaMa in their La MaMa Moves! Festival May 12-15, 2016. In 2012-13, the company was selected to participate in the inaugural session of BAM’s Professional Development Program, which culminated in a NYC Season at BAM Fisher. The company’s collaborative work has been performed in NYC and nationally: PICA’s TBA Festival (OR), Wexner Center (OH), Contemporary Dance Theater/NPN (OH), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Residency (MA), Dance Place (DC), Guggenheim Museum Works & Process, Duke on 42 Street, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Dancing in the Streets, Joyce SoHo, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project’s City/Dans Series, DTW, PS 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, HERE, and in Russia, Italy, Mexico and Canada. Awards and residencies: NYU’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival Residency (15), CUNY Dance Initiative Residencies (14-15), BAM/PDP (12-13), Joyce’s Mellon Anchor Tenant Program (11-present), Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency (10), Dance New Amsterdam Residency (10), Joyce Residency (07-08), Field Residency (08), LMCC Swing Space Residency (08-09, 12), Bogliasco/Jerome Robbins Foundation Fellowships (Italy 07), Help Desk (05-06), HERE’s Artist Residency (02-03), Dance/NYC Artistic Advisory Board (02-03), ACDFA Adjudicator (04, 07, 16), TPAC/LMCC Space Grant (05-06), University of Oregon Alumni Award & Boekhelheide Creativity Award (05 & 06), Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Award (98). Funding includes: Asian Cultural Council, Evelyn Sharp Foundation, Harkness Foundation (via HERE), Mertz Gilmore Foundation (via La MaMa), Fund for Creative Communities, DCA, BAC/JPMC, BAC/DCA, BAC/NYSCA, BAC/Destination Brooklyn, Bossak/Heilbron, Sorin Charitable Trust, Puffin Foundation, MCAF, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, and New Music USA. Current and past teaching: Tisch Summer Festival Residency, Gibney Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Trisha Brown Studio, The Playground, Earthdance (MA), Velocity (WA), Conduit (OR), plus festivals and universities nationally/internationally. Additionally, the Tiffany Mills Company holds an annual Summer Partnering Intensive, now in its 11th year. Mills hails from Oregon (BA in Dance from University of Oregon, MFA in Choreography from Ohio State University).



University of Oregon – Dance

Ohio State University – Dance

Vickie Blaine

Trisha Brown

Larry Keigwin

Miguel Gutierrez


Bessie Schonberg

Ursula Payne 

Susan Van Pelt Petry

David Parsons

Guggenheim Museum Performance

John Zorn

Wexner Center for the Arts

TBA Festival at PICA

Bebe Miller

Doug Varone

Klein Technique/Barbara Mahler

“Tomorrow’s Legs”

Danspace Project

“Berries and Bulls”

BAC Residency Program

BAM professional development program

“After the Feast” Collaborators

Gibney Dance


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

Movers & Shapers: Wendy Osserman

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Release Date: April 19, 2016

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Wendy Osserman has always taken the politically personally with humor that is the flip side of anxiety. Her work reflects the inner worlds of the dancers and herself as well as the larger world. She has been performing and choreographing since the early 1960s. She formed Wendy Osserman Dance Company in 1976 after appearing as a soloist with Kei Takei, Frances Alenikoff and Valerie Bettis. For four decades, the company has toured and performed in New York City in varied venues including the Delacorte Theater with the New York Dance Festival in 1979, Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, Joyce Soho and Theater for the New City. Her many works include thirteen evening-length pieces, over fifteen commissioned works and two dance festivals produced on the island of Paros, Greece. Osserman was featured in Dancing Divas at La MaMa and in Women in Dance at 92Y: History in the Making Anniversary Special.

Wendy Osserman Dance Company (WODC) has toured nationally and internationally. The company’s mission is to collaborate with artists in all media on the creation of performances and workshops with and for all ages. It seeks to develop new vocabularies and to utilize alternative spaces for performance. WODC has collaborated with celebrated Czech singer, musician and composer Iva Bittova; composer/musician Skip La Plante; Jordan McLean, Victor Lewis, and David Simons, among many others and visual artists including Sanya Kantarovsky, Annie Sailer, Sarah Olson, Ken Laser and Charles Hinman. Site specific work has been commissioned by The Chelsea Art Museum 2006-‘11, Friends of the Hudson River Park and Community Environmental Center, Solar One. The company has been presented throughout NYC by the Vision Festival at Symphony Space, the 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, Theatre Within at the Beacon Theater for 10th Anniversary of John Lennon Tribute, Luminatra at Baryshnikov Art Center, Joyce Soho, Dancenow/NYC/DancemOpolitan at Joe’s Pub, and Dancenow/NYC/TheFestival.



92nd Street YMCA

Ballet Russes

Bonnie Bird

West Side Story

Martha Graham School

Noguchi “Embattled Garden” Sets

Limon Technique

Betty Jones

Daniel Nagrin and Helen Tamiris

Valerie Bettis

Eliot Feld

Donald McKayle

Smith College

Martha Myers


Alice Condadina


Robert Ellis Dunn

The Yard

Kei Takei

NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Iva Bittova

Chelsea Art Museum

Theater for the New City

Helen Simoneau

Authentic Movement, Nancy Zendora

Mark Morris – Dance for Parkinson’s Disease

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

Movers & Shapers Podcast: Samuel Pott

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Samuel Pott portrait Tracey LuzPodcast No.21 – Samuel Pott

“Starring New Jersey” Special Podcast Series

Release Date: April 5, 2016

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Samuel Pott founded Nimbus Dance Works in 2005 drawing on a deeply held personal belief in the value that the arts can play in bringing people and communities together. Under his direction the company has grown each year adding performances, new repertory, and new community initiatives and projects. Known for creating structured and musical dances that evoke deep-rooted emotional connection, Mr. Pott’s choreography has been shown in New York City and throughout New Jersey, New England and California at venues including the Joyce Theater and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He has collaborated with many esteemed contemporary artists including composers Daniel Bernard Roumain, Samson Young, Judd Greenstein, Aaron Parks and visual artists Nicola Lopez and Trudy Miller.

A member of the New Jersey State Arts Council’s Arts in Education roster of artists, he has taught dance at the elementary, high school, college, and professional levels and has served on the faculty of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. In 2012 he founded the School of Nimbus Dance Works, grounded in the belief that dance can serve as a meeting point for diverse communities for growth towards common values and goals. The School makes high quality dance training available to youth throughout Jersey City regardless of financial background. Mr. Pott founded and direets NimbusPresents, a Jersey City performance series featuring local and national perfomers. In 2008 Mr. Pott received a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was named a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the council in 2012. Mr. Pott was one of 25 arts leaders nationally selected for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ (APAP) inaugural Leadership Fellows Program. He serves on the board of directors of Dance New Jersey and on the Arts Advisory Council for the Jersey City Board of Education.

Mr. Pott began his dance training at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999. As a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, his repertoire included such iconic roles as the Husbandman in Appalachian Spring, Agamemnon in Clyemnestra, and Adam in Embattled Garden. In addition to working with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Mr. Pott has performed as a lead dancer with many ballet and contemporary companies including American Repertory Ballet, the Oakland Ballet, the Savage Jazz Dance Company. Featured roles are from a wide range of dance styles and choreographers including works by Marius Petipa, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Isadora Duncan, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, and theater directors Robert Wilson and Ann Bogart among many others.




Blood Memory: An Autobiography: Martha Graham

UC Berkley

Cunningham Dance Technique

Marnie Thomas

David Wood

Christopher Dolder

Savage Dance Company

Richard Gibson

Martha Graham Center – legal battles

Oakland Ballet

Feldenkrais Method

American Repertory Ballet

Denise Vale

Martha Graham Dance Company

“Dance to Learn”

This special podcast series “Starring NJ” was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.  Special thanks to Charmaine Warren for serving as the Humanities Scholar for this series.

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

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