Christian Allen grew up in Cambridge, MA where he began dancing at the age of five with JAM’NASTICS INC., a local hip-hop company. His formal dance training began in high school where he studied ballet, modern and improvisational dance. In the course of receiving his BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY, and since graduation, he has performed repertory from NØA Dance, GREYZONE NYC, Gregory Dolbashian, Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb, Shannon Gillen, Roy Assaf, Aszure Barton, Kyle Abraham, Brian Brooks, Emily Molnar, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown and Bill T. Jones.
Gelsey Bell is a singer, songwriter, and scholar. She has released multiple albums and her work has been presented internationally. Her song cycle Our Defensive Measurements (2013) with commissioned by the Jerome Foundation and Roulette. She is a core member of thingNY and Varispeed, and has worked with numerous artists in the creation of new work, including Robert Ashley, Matthew Barney, Jonathan Bepler, Yasuko Yokoshi, Dave Malloy, John King, and Kate Soper, among others. She is also an ABD doctoral candidate in Performance Studies at NYU and the Critical Acts co-editor for TDR/The Drama Review. www.gelseybell.com.
Dylan Crossman grew up in France and graduated from Trinity/Laban, in London. He was an understudy for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company 2007-2009 and joined the main company in 2009. Since, Dylan has worked with Kimberly Bartosik, Wally Cardona, Ryan McNamara, Pam Tanowitz and Sally Silvers, among others. A two-time Bessie recipient, Dylan has taught at Barnard, SUNY Purchase, Rutgers, Sarah Lawrence and ADF. His choreographic work has been called “compellingly poetic” by the New York Times. www.dylancrossman.org
Lance Gries was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1985-1992. His work with that company has been honored with a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award and a Princess Grace Foundation Award. Since 1990, he has created and presented solo and group choreography in various venues in New York City such as The Kitchen, Danspace, La MaMa Experimental Theater and The State Theater; as well as cities throughout Europe. His solo evening, “Etudes for an Astronaut” was nominated for a 2011 New York and Performance “Bessie” award for best dance production. He is the recipient of a 2014 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship in support of, “IF Immanent Field” and was a 2017 resident of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Mr. Gries is a renowned teacher, having taught workshops and master classes throughout the world. In 1994 he was a “founding teacher” of PARTS in Brussels, Belgium and continues there as a visiting teacher. Lance’s pedagogical approach is featured in a book on methodology published by Tanzplan Deutschland under the title of “Aspects of Release and Alignment Oriented Techniques.”
Sivan Jacobovitz is a producer/musician living in New York City. As frontman of electronic/post-punk act Glass Gang, Sivan's work has been featured by The New Yorker, BBC Radio 1, Nowness, Dazed & Confused, i-D, FACT and more. Modern Dance active collaborations: Kimberly Bartosik's I Hunger For You (BAM Next Wave, Lumberyard, NYLA), Shamel Pitts' Black Hole (Dock 11 - Berlin, National Palace of Culture - Sofia, Bulgaria, Israel Museum - Jerusalem). BFA in Music Composition & Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance. THFC. www.glassgang.us
Aaron Burr Johnson has danced for John Jasperse Projects, Helen Simoneau Danse, Kimberly Bartosik/daela, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. He has also worked for Marina Abramović/Givenchy, Walter Dundervill, Ryan McNamara, Yozmit, Mark Fell, Boris Charmatz, Brittany Bailey, Isabel Lewis, Nick Mauss, Peter Sellars, Jack Ferver, and Bill Young. His choreography has been presented through Movement Research, Abrons Art Center, Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, GIBNEY, and W+P at the Guggenheim with Reid and Harriet Design.
Lindsey Jones is a Brooklyn-based freelance dance artist. She is originally from St. Louis, MO and studied dance at COCA. She received her BFA from SUNY Purchase and studied abroad at London Contemporary Dance School. Lindsey has performed with GREYZONE, Jonathan Allen, Ian Spencer Bell, June Finch, Adriane Lee, and Jordana Toback. She was featured in Isaac Mizrahi’s ‘Peter & the Wolf’ at The Guggenheim Museum and ‘The Magic Flute’ at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Lindsey has collaborated and performed with the musical artists; Blood Orange, kuxxan SUUM, Loving You, and Stone Cold Fox. She is currently performing with Dance Heginbotham, Pam Tanowitz Dance, Bill Young, Caleb Teicher & Company, Kimberly Bartosik/daela, and Sally Silvers & Dancers and The Merce Cunningham Trust.
Harriet Jung is a New York based artist working in costume and fashion design. She was born in South Korea, and immigrated to California when she was three months old. After completing degrees in Molecular Cell Biology and Fashion Design, she worked as a womenswear designer for Jill Stuart. She then went on to found Reid & Harriet in the Fall of 2011. Through this collaboration, she has designed productions for New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Ballet amongst many other companies around the world.
Joanna Kotze is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She was awarded the 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and has received support from the Jerome Foundation, New Music USA, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD, Brooklyn Arts Council, Yellowhouse, and two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants. Her choreography has been presented at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Velocity Dance Center, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, The Yard, Bates Dance Festival, Opera House Arts, New York Live Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, American Dance Institute (ADI), Bard College’s Fisher Center, Danspace Project, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research at Judson Church, Roulette, Dixon Place, 92nd Street Y, and other venues and galleries. Joanna has had commissions to create new works on Gibney Dance Company (NYC), Toronto Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury (Salt Lake City), Zenon Dance (Minneapolis), and the James Sewell Ballet (Minneapolis). She has also created original works on students at Barnard College, The New School, Purchase College, Long Island University, Ohio University, Southern Utah University and Miami University (OH). She is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture. www.joannakotze.com
Marc Mann received his training from S.U.N.Y. Purchase, graduating Magna Cum Lauda and with the Presidential Award for Exceptional Achievement in Dance. During his final year, Marc joined the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he performed many Principle and soloist roles, notably,“The Preacher” in “Appalachain Spring”. Other professional credits include; Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Co., Toronto Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Lar Lubavitch Dance and others. He also made his debut joining both casts of Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’Out” on Broadway and 1st National Tour. Marc thanks Kimberly for the opportunity to work so closely in their deep and explorative process. This marks their 5th collaborative creation since 2006.
Roderick Murray (Lighting Designer) is a Bessie-Award winning artist who has been designing lighting and installations for performance both nationally and internationally since 1989. The majority of his work has been with dance and music , both experimental and traditional, and experimental operas. Murray has been designing the lighting and environments in all of Kimberly Bartosik's choreographic works since 2000 in NYC and abroad. Murray has designed the lighting for Ralph Lemon’s performance works since 2004 including major touring works in the US, including at BAM, and in France for the Lyon Opéra Ballet. Murray’s designs for Benjamin Millepied, and Los Angeles Dance Project, include many world premieres at venues in Europe and the U.S. and he has designed Millepied’s commissioned works for NYCB, ABT, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Lyon Opèra Ballet, Ballet di Roma, Ballett Dortmund and others. In 2006 he designed the lighting for Sekou Sundiata's epic 51st Dream State at BAM. In 2008 he was invited to design the lighting for Paul Simon's Songs from the Capeman, at BAM. He designed a premiere for Hot Mouth at the Peacock Theater at the West End in London in 1996. He collaborates regularly with Dusan Tynek, and he has also designed the lighting for Roseanne Spradlin, Kathy Westwaster, Yanira Castro, Yasuko Yokoshi, Tim Fain, Ethel, Luca Veggetti, Wally Cardona, Morphoses, Donna Uchizono, Paradigm, Scotty Heron, Melinda Ring, Pepatian, Risa Jaroslow and Dancers, Bill Young and Dancers, Ricochet Dance, and many others. Upcoming projects include new work by Philly based choreographer Raphael Xavier, and a new Romeo and Juliet for LADP.
Dave Ruder is a Brooklyn-based vocalist, clarinetist, guitarist, composer, songwriter, writer/librettist, interdisciplinary collaborator, etc. Dave’s work can be heard in the band Why Lie?, the storytelling project Dave & Woody’s Chicken Slaughtering LLC, the ensembles Varispeed, Sweat Lodge, and thingNY. He has regularly worked with Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Aaron Siegel, Abigail Levine, Joanna Kotze, Dušan Týnek, and Panoply Performance Laboratory. Since 2013, Dave has been the driving force behind Gold Bolus Recordings. As a composer, his work has been featured in Experiments in Opera and his WHY LIE? project, 100+ open scores, is available online at www.daveruder.com
Jamie Scott is from Great Falls, Virginia and began her professional training at the Washington School of Ballet. She attended Barnard College and graduated Cum laude in 2005. Jamie worked with Merce Cunningham as a member of the Repertory Understudy Group beginning in 2007 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009. In 2012, Jamie began dancing with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. She has also worked with Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Ana Isabel Keilson, the Merce Cunningham Trust and Silas Riener. Jamie teaches technique and master classes for both the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Merce Cunningham Trust. She was the recipient of a 2014-2015 Princess Grace award and a 2014 Merce Cunningham Fellow.
Melissa Toogood is a native of Sydney, Australia. She was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; her tenure included the highly acclaimed Legacy Tour. She has performed with Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Reiner, Kimberly Bartosik, Stephen Petronio Company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Michael Uthoff Dance Theater, Robert Wood Dance, Miro Dance Theater and Pam Tanowitz Dance for which she also serves as Rehearsal Director. She is currently working with Sally Silvers, The Bang Group, Bartosik, Mitchell and Tanowitz. A faculty member at the Merce Cunningham Studio since 2007, she teaches master classes and workshops internationally. Melissa is a 2013 Merce Cunningham Fellow and was a 2013 New York Dance and Performance Award nominee for her performance in Mitchell’s Interface and Tanowitz’s The Spectators. Toogood earned a BFA in Dance Performance from New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL under Dean Daniel Lewis.