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Collaborating Artists - Choreographers  

Adam Barruch Adam Barruch began his career as a young actor, performing professionally on Broadway and in film and television, working with prominent figures such as Tony Bennett, Jerry Herman and Susan Stroman. He later received dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts. After three years, he graduated early and was accepted into the dance department at The Juilliard School. As a dancer he has performed the works of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Susan Marshall, Jose Limon, Daniele Dèsnoyers, and was a dancer with Sylvain Èmard Danse in Montreal. He has also worked with The Margie Gillis Dance Foundation, performing and researching Conflict Transformation as part of The Legacy Project. Based in Brooklyn, Adam currently creates and performs work under the epithet of his own company, Anatomiae Occultii.

As a choreographer, Adam’s work has been presented at venues such as The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, City Center, NYU/ Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Ailey-Citigroup Theater, The 92Y: Buttenweiser Hall, Jacob’s Pillow: Inside/Out, LaMaMa,The Cedar Lake Theater, Gina Gibney Dance Center, The Harris Theater, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Cowles Center, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, Bates Dance Festival and Theatre Usine C in Montreal. He has also taught technique and repertory at Princeton University, The Boston Conservatory, The Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, Marymount Manhattan College, The Martha Graham School, The Hartt School, The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, New York University, Hofstra University, West Virginia University and internationally at La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán (EPDM) and New Zealand School of Dance.


Al Blackstone Al Blackstone is a New York City based director, choreographer, and educator and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence. Dance Magazine has called his work "sweet, silly, sly... infectious." While working mostly in musical theatre, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enriches his unique approach to storytelling.  In June of 2016 he directed, choreographed, and wrote the original dance narrative Freddie Falls In Love at the Signature Theater (NYC). It was his second full-length work since Happy We'll Be premiered at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in July 2012. Al has created new work for; So You Think You Can Dance (Season 12), The Fire Island Dance Festival, Broadway Bares, Dancers Responding to Aids, BC BEAT, Pace University, University of the Arts, Juilliard, and Marymount Manhattan College.  Additional directing credits include Crazy In Love (an original musical by Kooman and Dimond) and the opening numbers for BCEFA's Easter Bonnet (2013/14) and Gypsy of the Year (2015). As an Associate Choreographer Al has worked alongside the great Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre, NYC), Head Over Heels (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and The Wild Party (City Center). He is the director of Marquee at Dancerpalooza and is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC. He tours with JUMP Dance Convention and loves coffee and old-fashioned jukeboxes.


Julie Bour Julie Bour is a native of France, Julie Bour attended Le Conservatoire National de Paris where she received her degree in Dance, Music, and History of Dance - and performed works of Maguy Marin, Carolyn Carlson, Jennifer Muller and Dominique Bagouet.

Her career as a performer brought her to work for a variety of choreographers including Inbal Pinto and Angelin Preljocaj. From 1994 to 2002, she toured internationally with Le Ballet Preljocaj, receiving in 1997 the Bessie Award for "Best Performer of the Year" in NYC for her role as the Virgin Mary in Preljocaj's "Annonciation" at the Joyce Theater. Bour later served as choreographer assistant to Preljocaj at the New York City Ballet, also re-staging his works for companies such as Cedar Lake, Teatro del Maggio or Les Grands Ballets de Bordeaux, from 2007 to 2013.

A born traveler, Julie has lived in Paris, Marseille, Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Las Vegas, New York City and Los Angeles. Youring around the world for 9 years, she eventually settled in the United States in 2002, where she began exploring the theatrical aspect of Dance through works such as Julie Taymor's "Grendel" for the L.A. Opera.

In 2006, Julie Bour co-founds The Flying Mammoth with her husband and artistic partner Loic Noisette, as a bridge between the various arts, cultures and countries they have encountered over the course of their dance careers. The unorthodoxy and internationality of both her professional and personal paths are strongly present in her choreographic process.

In New York City from 2008 to 2012, Compagnie Julie Bour presented several original works in various venues across the city : Dance New Amsterdam, LaGuardia Performance Arts, The Skirball Theater, The Miller Theater, as well as in other theaters and arts spaces thought the United States and France.

Her work is essentially drawn from human relationships and interactions, from the ever-changing alchemy of the exposure of the Self to Others. And while deeply conscious of her experiences and influences, she doesn't feel bound by a style, a history or a technique. Creating work that resonate the cultural moment, the key to Bour's creative process is to work with an ever-expanding pool of dancers, actors, musicians, acrobats - artists from all horizons, styles and cultures.

Los Angeles is Julie's new home as she continues to create work independently. Most recently she has completed commissioned works for prestigious companies including Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, 10HL and the Joffrey Concert Group. Additionally, since 2013, she has been a faculty member and teacher of Choreography, Dance and Improvisation at CalArts University.

It is in Los Angeles that, after developing exciting and creative collaboration with artists in the music and film industries, she is now creating AGILE, and instrument to expand her choreographic endeavors to film, music videos, commercials and other on-camera works.


Seán Curran Seán Curran was a leading dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and an original member of the New York cast of "STOMP!" He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Dance at Tisch School of the Arts/New York University. The Seán Curran Company has appeared at such venues as the Duke on 42nd St, the Joyce Theatre, Jacob's Pillow, and Dance Theatre Workshop. Curran has choreographed and/or directed for Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and on Broadway. In 2012, Seán Curran Company was chosen by DanceMotion USA (produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music) to perform and teach throughout Central Asia as cultural ambassadors of the US State Department. Seán was awarded a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award as a performer, and was recently nominated as a choreographer.


David Dorfman David Dorfman, artistic director of David Dorfman Dance since 1987, has been Professor of Dance and now Chair at Connecticut College since 2004. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2005 to continue his research and choreography in the topics of power and powerlessness, including activism, dissidence, and underground movements, culminating in DDD's, underground, which toured for four years engaging community dance casts in each venue. DD has also been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer's Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, and a New York Dance & Performance Award ("Bessie") for DDD's community-based project Familiar Movements (The Family Project). His work has been commissioned widely in the U.S. and in Europe, most recently by AXIS Dance Company (Oakland), Bosoma Dance Company (Boston), Bedlam Dance Company (London), d9 Dance Collective (Seattle), Eisenhower Dance Theatre (Detroit), and the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia for the musical Green Violin, for which he won a 2003 Barrymore Award for best choreography. 2012 found DD appearing on several episodes of A Chance to Dance, a reality show on OvationTV starring his friends the Ballet Boyz. The Ballet Boyz also invited DDD to make a short video for BBC Channel 4 Random Acts. We Don't Own a Dog can be seen at http://www.balletboyz.com/videos/we-dont-own-a-dog-c4-random-act/. Dorfman tours an evening of solos and duets, Live Sax Acts, with dear friend/collaborator Dan Froot, most recently in New York City and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe.  As a performer, he toured internationally with Kei Takei's Moving Earth and Susan Marshall & Co. Dorfman hails from Chicago and holds a BS in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis (1977), and an MFA in dance from Connecticut College (1981).


Doug Elkins Doug Elkins, is a two-time New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award-winning choreographer who began his career as a B-Boy, touring the world with break dance groups New York Dance Express and Magnificent Force, among others. In 1988, he officially founded the Doug Elkins Dance Company with Lisa Nicks, Jane Weiner, and Ben Munisteri, which performed nationally and internationally for fifteen years before disbanding in 2003. Doug is a recipient of significant choreographic commissions and awards from the NEA, National Performance Network, Jerome Foundation, Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation, Dance Magazine Foundation, Metropolitan Life/American Dance Festival, Hartford Foundation, Arts International, The Greenwall Foundation, and The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. In 1994, he was honored with a Brandeis University Creative Arts Medal, sharing the stage with author Philip Roth and photographer Nan Goldin. In 2006, he was honored in New York City by the Martha Hill Award for Career Achievement; last month in Boston, he received an Elliot Norton Award for Best Choreography (for Fraulein Maria).

Doug has taught and choreographed extensively in the US and Europe and has created original work for Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, Flying Karamazov Brothers, MaggioDanza, Pennsylvania Ballet, Union Dance and CanDoCo of London, as well as a number of university dance companies and the renowned Mini & Maxi of Holland. His theater work includes collaborations with Joanne Akalaitis and Philip Glass, Robert Woodruff, Pavel Dubrusky, Annie Hamburger, Molly Smith, Craig Lucas, David Henry Hwang, Michael Preston and Barbara Karger, and Arin Arbus. A graduate of SUNY/Purchase, he received his MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ADF in 2007. Until January 2011, he taught at The Beacon School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where his tenure was the subject of Where the Dance Is, a short film by Marta Renzi. Most recently he concluded a creative residency in Santa Barbara sponsored by DANCEworks for the creation of Mo(or)town/Redux, and now, with funding from The Joyce Theater Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund, he and theater director Anne Kauffman are in residence at Joyce Soho for the creation of another new work.


Dan Froot Dan Froot, is a producer, composer, writer, saxophonist, and dancer.  He has performed throughout the U.S. and overseas since 1983 with such artists as Yoshiko Chuma, Ping Chong, David Dorfman, Mabou Mines, Dan Hurlin, Ralph Lemon, Guy Klucevsek and Victoria Marks. He received a Bessie (New York Dance & Performance Award) for his music/theater piece, “Seventeen Kilos of Garlic,” and a City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship and a playwriting commission from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture for his gangster-vaudeville, “Shlammer.” "Who's Hungry" (2012), an adult puppet play in collaboration with Dan Hurlin, will tour throughout New England in 2013-14. Dan teaches at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.


Larry Keigwin Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to Broadway and back. He founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and as artistic director, he has led the company as it has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, The Guggenheim, and New York City Center, among many other venues. Keigwin has created dozens of dances for his company as well as for Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, Royal New Zealand Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Juilliard School, and the Vail International Dance Festival. His work in musical theater includes Tales of the City in San Francisco, the off-Broadway production of Rent, and the Broadway musical If/Then. Larry is the co-founder of the Green Box Arts Festival, the dance editor of ArtDesk Magazine and a proud board member of DANCEWorks Santa Barbara.


Raja Feather Kelly Recipient of the 2016 Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography and a 2016 fellow in Choreography from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Raja Feather Kelly
is the first and only choreographer to dedicate the entirety of his company's work to Andy Warhol. He is a two-time recipient of Jerome Foundation commissioning funds for emerging artists, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant recipient, 2016 Dancemapolitan Commissioned Choreographer, 2015 Dixon Place Dance Artist in Residence, LMCC Workspace Resident Recipient, and an Emerging Choreographer residency at Bates Dance Festival. He has been the Guest Choreographer in Residence at Princeton University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Florida, University of Utah, and Middlebury College; the Harkness Choreographer in Residence at Hunter College; 2009 and 2011 Dance Web Scholar. He received his BA in both Dance (with honors in Choreography and English (with honors in Poetry) from Connecticut College.


Oren Laor Oren Laor studied theatre and performance at the Tel Aviv University between 1993-1997. During that time he worked with highly praised theatre directors such as Yvgeny Arye, Edna Shavit, Nola Chilton and others. From 2004 he's been creating contemporary dance works together with Niv Sheinfeld. Since 2009 Laor is a member of the artistic committee of Tmuna Theatre in Tel Aviv. In addition, he gives workshops for professional practitioners, combining different methods and techniques of performance and movement exploration.


Tiffany Mills Heidi Latsky first received recognition as a principal dancer for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1987-1993). She has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe with her own company and as part of Goldhuber & Latsky. The Cannes International Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Whitney Museum of Art, and Joyce Theater are among those who have commissioned her choreography.  Latsky developed her teaching practice as head of the Movement Department at The School for Film and Television (1998-2005). She currently teaches performance skills workshops at STEPS. The GIMP Project, begun in 2006, is a body of work featuring disabled and nondisabled dancers. The critically acclaimed GIMP (2008) was the first evening length work of this series. Highlights include Abrons Arts Center (NYC), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), The Kennedy Center (DC), CAP Awards (The Netherlands), The Reelabilities Film Festival (NYC), Dublin Dance Festival, DaDaFest in Liverpool, Chicago Humanities Festival, CREA Conference in Kathmandu, and Crossing Borders Festival in Dusseldorf. GIMP is the subject of Richard Move's documentary which premiered at Lincoln Center Febuary, 2014, AP and NY Times multi-media pieces, and features on CNN, NET and NPR. A profile on GIMP was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010. As part of the 2013/14 New York State Presenters Network tour, HLD was presented at Rochester University and the Orpheum Theater in Tannersville. She was recently selected as the first participant to create a film for the Mellon Dance Film Project at Montclair State University. Upcoming venues include Columbia College (Chicago), Syracuse University, Peak Performances at Montclair University and the American Dance Festival. A new site specific work will be presented at The Atrium at Lincoln Center June of 2015.


Cleo Mack Cleo Mack, was selected by Dance Magazine as one of the "25 to Watch in 2002."  She began her dance training at the Purpich School of the Arts and earned her BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of ACDFA/Dance Magazine Award for Outstanding Student Choreography. Ms. Mack has received grants and fellowships from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, The Gerladine R. Dodge Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in honor of her high artistic merit. Her work has been performed extensively through out New York and New Jersey for the past ten years, including performances at Steel Stacks, Kennedy Center, DTW, Joyce Soho, Triskelion Arts, George Street Playhouse, and P.S.1. She has been commissioned to create new work for Purpich School of the Arts, Quad Cities Ballet and DeSales University. Ms. Mack has been a teaching artist for the American Repertory Ballet Institute, Rutgers University, DeSale University, Muhlenberg University and the University of Iowa. She is currently Director of Dance at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School of the Performing Arts and the Artistic Director of Washington Rock Ballet and Modern Companies.


Tiffany Mills 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. Recent highlights include the company's 15th Anniversary Season at La MaMa, as part of their La MaMa Moves! Festival (2016), and a NYC Season at BAM Fisher (BAM PDP 2013). 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 (14-16), 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. Recent teaching: Tisch Summer Festival Residency, Gibney Dance Center, the company's Annual Summer Partnering Intensive, plus festivals and universities nationally/internationally. Mills hails from Oregon (BA in Dance from University of Oregon, MFA in Choreography from Ohio State University). www.tiffanymillscompany.org


David Parker DAVID PARKER is a 2013 Guggenheim fellow for choreography. In 1995 Parker founded The Bang Group, a company devoted to his love of rhythmic form and the humor and connection it brings to artists and audiences alike. TBG has toured extensively though the U.S. and Europe. In addition to his work with The Bang Group, he has created over 30 commissioned works for dance companies, universities, festivals and soloists both here and abroad. He has won awards for his work in The Netherlands, Germany and Monaco and has won community awards from Dancers Responding to AIDS, Dance Theater Workshop and The Gibney Dance Center. His notorious Velcro duet was given a New York Dance and Performance Award for Design in 2002. Mr. Parker teaches dance composition at The Juilliard School, Barnard College, Hunter College and The Alvin Ailey School and was visiting professor at Princeton University and SUNY Purchase. He writes regularly about dance for Dance Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail and has served as an artist/curator for Danspace Project's Platform Series (Rhythm and Humor), Gotham Arts Focus Dance, 92nd Street Y's Fridays at Noon and, for the past three seasons, at The Yard's annual Tap the Yard Festival on Martha's Vineyard. www.thebanggroup.com.


Stephen Petronio Stephen Petronio, was born in Newark, New Jersey, and received a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he began dancing in 1974. Initially inspired by the dancing of Rudolf Nureyev and Steve Paxton, Petronio was the first male dancer of the Trisha Brown Company (1979 to 1986). For 30 years, he has honed a unique language of movement that speaks to the intuitive and complex possibilities of the body within the shifting sphere of our current time. Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed throughout the world, including 20 seasons at The Joyce Theater in New York City. Petronio has created over 35 works for his company, and has been commissioned by some of the world's most prestigious modern and ballet companies. He has received numerous accolades, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, an American Choreographer Award, and a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award. In 2012, Petronio was named the first Artist-in-Residence at The Joyce Theater, for a residency continuing through 2014. Petronio has recently published a memoir, Confessions of a Motion Addict.


Claire Porter Claire Porter, choreographer/performer/ writer, known for her comedic text & movement work and her skilled teaching, has performed her work, Claire Porter / PORTABLES, in Scotland, India, Germany, Holland, England, Latvia and Korea and in the New York City area at DTW, Danspace St. Mark's Church, PS 122, Joe's Pub, The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater, Joyce SOHO, 92nd St. Y, Town Hall, The Bottom Line, The NY Horticulture Society, NJPAC and Liberty Science Center. PORTABLES has also showcased at the American Dance Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, Bates Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow, Florida Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theater DC, Tampa Bay Off Center Theater, Duncan Theater Palm Beach FL, Center Stage Raleigh NC, The Southern Theater Minneapolis MN and at The Yard on Martha's Vineyard. Porter appears at fundraisers and special events and created and performed Namely, Muscles, recipient of the NYC Fringe Festival 2010's Overall Excellence Award, at festivals, conferences, theaters, medical schools and universities. Intrigued by syntax Claire created Sen-tence performed at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater produced by DanceNow that included Falling for Prepositions, Witnessing Adverbs and Pronoun Emergency. At Montclair State University she created Sentenced to Sentences, at NYU, Having Conjunctions and at Purchase College, Out of The Question.

Porter is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013), several National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, New Jersey State Council for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Awards, a Live Music for Dance Award and Commissions from Dance Theater Workshop's First Light Project, The 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Festival, Art Matters, Meet The Composer, VOGUE Magazine, University Dance Companies, and Domino's Pizza Company. Porter has an MA in Dance from Ohio State, a BA in Mathematics from The College of New Rochelle, is on the Advisory Board of DanceNJ, and is a Laban Movement Analyst. Claire is represented by Jodi Kaplan and Associates.

Niv Sheinfeld Niv Sheinfeld danced for 5 years in the Liat Dror & Nir Ben-Gal Dance Company, and for the last 13 years creates as an independent choreographer. Sheinfeld had been creating works for the Kibbutz Dance Company, Bat Sheva ensemble and others, and received 2 major awards for his work: the choreography award from the Israeli Minister of Arts, and the prestigious "Rosenblum award" for performing arts. Sheinfeld also teaches dance and creation in the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem, Suzanne Dellal center in Tel Aviv and others.  

Doug Varone Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone works in dance, theatre, opera, film, and fashion. He is a passionate educator and articulate advocate for dance. By any measure, his work is extraordinary for its emotional range, kinetic breadth and the many arenas in which he works. His New York City-based Doug Varone and Dancers has been commissioned and presented to critical acclaim by leading international venues for close to three decades.

In the concert dance world, Varone has created a body of works globally. Commissions include the Limón Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rambert Dance Company (London), Martha Graham Dance Company, Dancemakers (Canada), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Bern Ballet (Switzerland) and An Creative (Japan), among others.  In addition, his dances have been staged on more than 75 college and university programs around the country.

In opera, Doug Varone is in demand as both a director and choreographer.  Among his four productions at The Metropolitan Opera are Salome with its Dance of the Seven Veils for Karita Mattila, the world premiere of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy, and Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps, designed by David Hockney. His Met Opera production of Hector Berloiz's Les Troyens was recently broadcast worldwide in HD. He has directed multiple premiers and new productions for Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera, among others. His numerous theatre credits include choreography for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatres across the country.  His choreography for last season's musical Murder Ballad at Manhattan Theatre Club earned him a Lortel Award nomination. Film credits include choreography for the Patrick Swayze film, One Last Dance. In 2008, Varone's Bottomland, set in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky, was the subject of the PBS Dance in America: Wolf Trap's Face of America.

Varone received his BFA from Purchase College where he was awarded the President's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Numerous honors and awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE Award (for Lincoln Center's Orpheus and Euridice), the Jerome Robbins Fellowship at the Boglaisco Institute in Italy, two individual Bessie Awards, two American Dance Festival Doris Duke Awards for New Work, and four National Dance Project Awards. In 2015, Varone was awarded a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

As an educator, Varone teaches workshops and master classes around the world for dancers, musicians and actors. He is currently on the faculty at Purchase College, teaching composition and choreography.


Manuel VignoulleManuel Vignoulle is a French choreographer based in New York, who studied at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and went on to work with different French contemporary companies including Claude Brumachon, Corinne Lanselle and Bernardo Montet. He was a dance artist with both Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland), and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) where he collaborated with inspiring choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Andonis Foniadalkis, Hofesh Shechter, Cisco Aznar, Carolyn Carlson, Benjamin Millepied and Ohad Naharin to name a few.

Manuel appeared as a guest for La La La Human Steps (Canada), Het Nationale Ballet (Netherland), State Theatre (South Africa) and The Forsythe Company (Germany). He has also been an assistant to modern-jazz choreographer, Redha, on various productions for concert dance, television, film, fashion, musical theater, and operas, performing in many. Manuel has been commissioned by Ailey II, Whim W'him, Satellite Collective, 10 Hairy Legs, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Steps Repertoire Ensemble , The Ailey School , Rutgers University, Springboard and Antigel Festival. He has performed his work with Manuel Vignoulle - M/motions at Jacob's Pillow, Fire Island Festival, Bryant Park and in France, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil and USA.


Christopher Williams Christopher Williams, dubbed "the downtown prodigy" (The New Yorker) and "one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there" (The New York Times), is a choreographer, dancer, and puppeteer devoted to performing and creating new movement-based works in New York City and abroad since 1999.  His work has toured in France, England, Italy, Spain, Holland, Colombia, and Russia, as well as nationally in Philadelphia, Princeton, and Kalamazoo, and has been presented in many New York City venues including City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, P.S. 122, the 92nd Street Y, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, and La Mama. His recent collaborators include renowned opera directors Peter Sellars and Michel Fau, costume designers Andrew Jordan, Ciera Wells, and Carol Binion, and composer Gregory Spears. He has been commissioned by New York Live Arts. the Martha Graham Dance Company, 10 Hairy Legs, the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Teatro Real, the Perm Opera & Ballet Theater, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, Dickinson College, Sarah Lawrence College, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Harkness Dance Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Philadelphia Dance Projects, American Opera Projects, OPERA America, and through HERE Arts Center's Dream Music Puppetry Program. His awards include a 2005 New York Dance & Performance "Bessie" Award for his work Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins, as well as fellowships from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He has also been awarded residencies on Captiva Island via the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, the Harkness Dance Center, the Liguria Study Center for Arts & Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy, Movement Research, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, Djerassi, Yaddo, and The Yard. He holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, and since moving to New York has performed for Tere O'Connor Dance, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks, John Kelly, Basil Twist, Dan Hurlin, Sally Silvers, Michou Szabo, Mina Nishimura, and Rebecca Lazier, among others.


Megan Williams 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 Dancenow NYC at Joe's Pub and Dance Theater Workshop, and by the Rivertown Artist's Workshop, Barnspace, MIXT Co., Purchase College and Marymount Manhattan College. In addition to performing her own work, she can be seen in two installments of Richard Daniels' Dances for an iPhone and is currently working with choreographer Rebecca Stenn. She has performed and toured internationally with the companies of Laura Glenn, Ohad Naharin, and Mark Haim, among many others.

In 1988, she joined the Mark Morris Dance Group, with whom she danced for 10 years, toured worldwide, taught, and appeared in several films, including Falling Down Stairs, 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), and guest teacher 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, and Les Etes de la Danse, and Interlochen Arts Academy, among others. In 2012, Ms. Williams was Morris' assistant in the creation of a new work for the San Francisco Ballet. From 2000-2013 she was on the modern dance faculty of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY. She was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine in 2010 and 2014, and is a certified vinyasa yoga instructor. She teaches Dance for Parkinson's Disease in Rye, NY, and is on the Dance for PD flagship teaching team.

She teaches an ongoing Professional Level Ballet class every Friday at the Gibney Dance Center in NYC and will be joining the dance faculty at Connecticut College in fall 2016. 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. Thanks always to Andy, Bram, and Griffin whose love and support make it all happen.


Yin Yue Yin Yue, Artistic Director of YYDC is internationally recognized as a versatile performer and choreographer. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she trained rigorously in technically-demanding and highly-structured Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as classical ballet technique. After pursuing her MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin quickly gained recognition as a unique and exceptional talent among her peers. Yin created an innovative contemporary dance technique FoCo Technique that soon caught the attention of the dance world. She was the winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2015 International Commissioning Project, winner of the 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and winner of Northwest Dance Project’s 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in 2013. Through these high-profile successes, Yin was commissioned by all three widely-recognized companies as well as other companies and platforms namely Limon Dance Company, Bruce Wood Dance, New Dialect, Balletto Teatro di Torino in Italy, Backhausdance and George Mason University. She was also selected as First Place in Choreography at National Professional Dance Competition in Shanghai, China, 92Y Harkness Dance 2016-2017 Artist In Residence, Emerging Choreographer of 2015 at Springboard Danse Montreal, as well as a finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation.

Collaborating Artists - Designers  
Oana Botez (Costume Designer) a native of Romania, has designed for major theater, opera and dance companies including The National Theater of Bucharest and was involved in different international theater festivals such as the Quadrennial Scenography Show in Prague. Oana is part of the first Romanian theater design catalogue, Scenografica. Since 1999, when she moved to New York, her collaborations in theater, opera, film and dance include Robert Woodruff, Richard Foreman, Maya Beiser, Richard Schechner, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Andrei Serban, Blanka Zizka, Brian Kulick, Zelda Fichlander, Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar , Doug Elkins, Rebecca Taichman, Eric Ting, Razvan Dinca, Karin Coonrod, Jay Scheib, Kristin Marting, Evan Ziporyn, Eduardo Machado, Gus Solomon Jr. & Paradigm, Carmen De Lavallade, Daniel Alexander Jones, Jackson Gay, Dusan Tynek, Rania Ajami, Gisela Cardenas, Tony Speciale, Pavol Liska & Kelly Copper, Matthew Neenan, Molissa Fenley, Zishan Ugurlu, Michael Sexton, Michael Barakiva, Pig Iron Company, Play Company, Charles Moulton, Ripe Time, among others. MFA in Design from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. Princess Grace Recipient, NEA/TCG Career Development Program. Barrymore Award.  
Cindy Capraro Cindy Capraro (Costume Designer) is currently the tailor at the Michael J. Fox show. She spent the last 5 years as the tailor at Law and Order: SVU.  She has designed costumes for Two River Theater Company, The Bickford Theater, Penguin Rep, and has built thousands of costumes for Broadway and Dance. Cindy received her MFA in costume design from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and has been designing costumes for Randy James and his dancers for 16 years.  
Abraham Cruz Abraham Cruz (Costume Designer) has spent the last decade designing dresses and sportswear for major fashion houses, where he learned the business of fashion and the mindset of women who find their own self-expression through dress. He was formally trained as an artist at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In the summer of 2012, Abraham launched Isaac Cruz, a New York-based womenswear label. Abraham has also worked on short films, including designing costumes for the Sundance-nominated film “Babyland,” and designing dance costumes for a variety of performance pieces by Randy James Dance Works.  
Sarah Marie Dixey (Costume Designer) Sarah Marie is a New York City based free lance costume designer and seamstress who has worked on multiple Off-Broadway and Broadway productions. Ms. Dixey is a designer, seamstress, on-site tailor, and stylist for a wide range of companies ranging from fashion to dance. She is currently the full time wardrobe supervisor at Stage 42’s Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish as well as the costume designer and coordinator for Hunter College’s BA and MFA programs.  
Jason M. Flamos (Production Manager/Lighting Designer) Design credits for 10HL include: So It Goes, 172, Brian,Quadrivium, Moonlight. Select Theatrical Credits: I and You, Betrayal, The 39 Steps (Mile Square Theatre), Henry V, The School for Scandal, Love and Intrigue, Julius Caesar, You Can't Take It With You,(Rutgers TheaterCompany), The Pillowman, Cabaret, The Little Mermaid, A Few Good Men (Thingamajig Theatre Company), The Little Prince$$ (InViolet Theater), Honour (NYC Fringe Fest.) Ballet Design: Trois Voix, Don Quixote (American Rep Ballet). He will be designing for Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey's outdoor stage this summer. He also works as an associate and assistant lighting designer regionally and Off-Broadway and is the Lighting Director for American Repertory Ballet.  
Benjamin Heller Benjamin Heller (Set Designer) is a cross disciplinary artist, blurring the traditional boundaries of medium in order to uncover newfound vitality in their intersections. Drawing from a diverse background and training in visual arts, photography, dance, and physical improvisation, his works are rooted in the movement of the body and the creation of intimate environments that can be entered, opening a space for discovery via the body, senses, and the imagination.

His photography, video and sculptural performance works have been shown at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Museum, International Center of Photography (ICP), Robin Rice Gallery, Eyebeam, New York Foundation for the Arts, Dance New Amsterdam and Honey Space Gallery in New York. 

This is his second sculptural set collaboration with choreographer Julie Bour. 
John Lasiter, (Set and Lighting Designer) has created numerous scenic and lighting designs for Randy James, most notably the critically acclaimed sets and lighting for "View from the Hudson" and "Looking East". He has worked with choreographers such as Randy James, Licia Perea, Lee Connor, Irene Hultman, Nora Reynolds, Jennifer Linnell, Stephen Petronio, Oleg Briansky, Shapiro & Smith and others. Other lighting and scenic design credits include: Actors Theater of Louisville, Ballet Memphis, Centerstage Baltimore, Cincinnati Playhouse, Curtis Institute of Music, Dallas Theater Center, Danzantes Los Angeles, Eos Orchestra, George Street Playhouse, Geva Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Glimmerglass Opera, Gotham Opera, Hartford Stage Company, Irene Hultman Dance, Manhattan School of Music, Milwaukee Repertory, New Mexico Repertory, Nora Reynolds Dance, Opera Delaware, Opera North Carolina, Skylight Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater, South Coast Repertory, St, Louis Rep., Syracuse Stage, Theaterworks Hartford, and Virginia Stage. On Broadway he designed: High, starring Kathleen Turner. Mr. Lasiter is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University. His portfolio can be viewed online at www.johnlasiter.com  
Naomi Luppescu (Costume Design) received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2004 after which she danced professionally while studying fashion design at FIT and at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen. She always felt a great need for costumes that were better suited for the moving body, hence started NaLu Designs, a company specializing in costumes for dance. Naomi has worked with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Parsons Dance, Kegwin + Company, Alvin Ailey II, LeeSaar the Company, Kate Skarpetowska, Loni Landon Dance Projects, Emery LeCrone, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Houston METdance, among others.  
Mary Kokie McNaugher Mary Kokie McNaugher, (Costume Design) Mary is thrilled to return this season designing the costumes for Tiffany Mills' "Shall We Go" and Doug Varone's "mark". Mary recently premiered Tiffany Mills Company's "After the Feast" at the La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival and "Mirage" by Katy Orthwein, presented at the Soaking WET series. Also, this year Mary returned for her eighth season designing for The Juilliard School Dance Division. Other credits include THE RIDE, Tiffany Mills, eighth blackbird, and Susan Marshall & Company. Mary graduated from Bucknell University and is proud member of IATSE.   
Lauren Parrish, (Lighting Designer) holds a B.A. in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been touring domestically and internationally with dance companies since 2008. She has been the production stage manager for Battleworks Dance Company, Keigwin + Company, Susan Marshall & Company, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, BODYTRAFFIC, Youth America Grand Prix at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center and many others. She recently lit the Vail International Dance Festival Premiere of Larry Keigwin's Canvas, Loni Landon's Building Sandcastles at The Joyce Theater, The Yellow Wallpaper at The Workshop Theater and American Repertory Ballet's Firebird at McCarter Theater Center. Lauren is the Production Manager/Lighting Designer for DanceNOW NYC and the Production Manager/Resident Lighting Designer for American Repertory Ballet.  
Jacqueline Reid, (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer and stage manager currently teaching at Rutgers University.  New York – Resident Lighting Designer for Retro Productions including the acclaimed off-Broadway run of “The Runner Stumbles,” and two national tours as Lighting Director for Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana.  Production Stage Manager for Brian Brooks Moving Company, with appearances at the Joyce Theater and American Dance Festival.  Los Angeles - Resident Lighting Assistant for the Los Angeles Opera as well as Resident Lighting Designer for The Actor’s Gang.  In L.A. she also worked with Ebony Repertory Theatre, AMDA, Pasadena Playhouse, Princess Cruises and CalArts.  Other lighting design credits include Trying and Cradle of Man for Victory Gardens Chicago; Rembrandt’s Gift for Madison Repertory Theatre, The Young Playwright’s Festival and Tick, Tick…Boom for Pegasus Players, Antigone, House of Bernarda Alba, and The Oresteia (Joseph Jefferson Citation Nomination) for Greasy Joan & Company, also in Chicago.  
Amanda K. Ringger (Lighting Designer) has lived in New York City since 1997, designing locally, nationally and internationally with artists such as Faye Driscoll, Doug Elkins, Cynthia Oliver, Deborah Lohse, Nora Chipaumire, Julian Barnett, Alexandra Beller, Laura Peterson, Kota Yamazaki, Katie Workum, Doorknob Company, Shannon Gillen, Darrah Carr, cakeface, and Mark Jarecke, among others.  She received a BA from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD and an MFA in lighting design from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.  She is the recipient of a 2009 Bessie award for her collaboration on Faye Driscoll's 837 Venice Boulevard at HERE Arts Center.  
Mark Eric Rodriguez is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and now resides in New York City, where he designs and constructs costumes. He trained as a fashion designer at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where he was recognized as the Critics’ Choice among his graduating class. After interning with Marchesa, he started designing eveningwear for several brands including Monique Lhuillier and Adrianna Papell before discovering his passion for costume design. Mark Eric has designed costumes for a diverse roster of choreographers including: Robert Battle, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Rennie Harris, Stefanie Batten Bland, Andrew McNicol, and Marguerite Donlon to name a few. He has costumed works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, BalletX, Nimbus Dance Works to name a few and is currently working on his second commission for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and an act for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Broadway Bares.  
Amanda Shafran (Costume Designer) is a freelance theatrical designer, illustrator, and mixed media artist based in New York City. Other projects for Sean Curran include: 'Oh Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave me? (Second Ave dance Co) Acteon (The Kennedy Center), Nocturnes for Ancestors (The Joyce Theater, Jose Limon Dance Co.) Even Here (Alvin Ailey Theater) Dream'd In A Dream ( Upcoming BAM Next Wave Festival 2015). Originally from suburban New York, Amanda grew up with a curiosity for all stories waiting to be told, hidden away in the pockets of our routine realities. After receiving an M.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in Design for Stage and Film, Amanda has worked as a costume designer in opera, theater, film, & dance, as well as a freelance illustrator and a corporate design consultant for Tiffany & Company. Amanda will be exhibiting a collection of paintings titled FasciaFigures this November.  Please visit www.amandashafran.com for more information.  
Collaborating Artists - Composers/Musicians  
Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., Canada, Holland, and Switzerland. She has premiered solo/chamber works by composers Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, Alvin Lucier, and Morton Subotnick. As a member of groups including Zentripetal, EVOC, SEM, and the NY Symphonic Ensemble, she has performed around the world, and been broadcast on various TV and radio. Other programs: Absolute Ensemble, Catalyst Dance, DJ Spooky, North/South Consonance, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, VisionIntoArt, Pablo Ziegler and entertainers Boyz II Men, Willie Colon, Sheryl Crow, Escort, Roberta Flack, Left Banke, Smokey Robinson, SMAP, and Donna Summer at venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, LPR and Joe’s Pub. Lynn has degrees from Tufts University, New England Conservatory, and Mannes College of Music, where she was a student of noted violinist Felix Galimir.  
Sarah Biber graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Classics. Sarah has attended such festivals as Tanglewood and the Mannes Beethoven Institute.  She co-founded Till by Turning, an ensemble devoted to new works. Sarah is passionate about her role as an educator and owes gratitude to her own teachers Peter Rejto and Catharina Meints.  Sarah is the cellist of Kentucky's premiere period ensemble, and collaborated in a performance of a Vivaldi Concerto, called "…passionate and insightful" which aired on NPR's Performance Today. Sarah completed a doctorate at Stonybrook and was immediately appointed professor of cello at Montana State University.  
Jane Chung performs as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has collaborated extensively with dance for the past decade, including as resident musician and composer for Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.  In 2009, Ms. Chung premiered and managed Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet's first project with live music--a collaboration for which her playing was praised as "excellent" and "sweet-voiced"--and continues performing with the company in ongoing projects.  With the aid of a Yale AlumniVentures grant, she has developed and premiered numerous dance repertoire across the Northeast.  Ms. Chung performs on a 1782 Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin.  
Lachlan Glen 23-year-old Australian artist Lachlan Glen has garnered awards for piano performance and composition in competitions around the world and performed in Australia, Europe and the U.S.A., including numerous engagements at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall. Recently, he has worked with Lorin Maazel, Richard Bonynge, Rufus Wainwright and Roger Bart and has served as pianist and coach on the faculties of the Castleton Festival (VA), the Chautauqua Institution (NY) and the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie (Neumarkt, Germany). Mr. Glen, a recent graduate of The Juilliard School (M.M., '13), will be joining the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera for the 2013-’14 season. Mr. Glen recently recorded a CD of American art songs for Delos Productions with tenor Kyle Bielfield, to be released Fall 2013. He is pursuing a multi-faceted career as a solo pianist, accompanist, chamber musician, vocal coach and conductor.  
Levy Lorenzo is an electronics engineer and percussionist. He performs and composes live-electronic music using new, custom electronic musical instruments that he invents.   He is an active freelance performer of modern classical music for percussion, and has performed at the Yellowbarn, Darmstadt and Ensemble Moderne Academy festivals.   He earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University.  He also holds a Master of Music degree from Stony Brook University in Percussion Performance, where he is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate.  He is cofounder of the theater/electronics/percussion duo Radical 2.  
Robert Maggio Robert Maggio has composed music for choreographers Matthew Neenan: “Le Travail” (Pennsylvania Ballet), “Vibrate” and “Jackson Sounds” (Ballet X), Randy James: “Vol d’Oiseau,” Leah Stein: “From Earth to the Moon,” and Stephen Pelton: “Barcarole,” “Waltzes for the Dayroom,” and “America Songbook.” He has composed music for Yale Repertory Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company, Peoples Light and Theater, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. For his concert music, Robert has received a Pew Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fellowship, grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Meet the Composer. Robert teaches at West Chester University.  
Vancouver-born, New York City-based artist and musician Roarke Menzies incorporates his voice, mouth and body with audio tools and toys to craft deeply human electronic music (or deeply electronic human music). His work has been described by The New Yorker as “a layered electronic throb, coming and going, always enhancing but never overpowering.”

Menzies has performed at the Material Art Fair in Mexico City, the Spring Break Art Show in New York City, the Untitled Art Fair in Miami, VOLUME in Los Angeles, Quiet City in Vancouver, CHANNEL in Toronto, and many other venues. His music has also been presented on KCHUNG Radio, KFFP Freeform Portland, WNYU's Bentwave FM, and on BBC Radio 3 as part of the series “New Year New Music: exploring iconic masterpieces, avant-garde experiments and the next generation of talent.”
Kyle Olson Growing up in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, drummer and composer Kyle Olson was exposed to the “Mini-Apple’s” tightly knit experimental music scene. Minneapolis encouraged his exploration of jazz, improvised, electronic, and minimalist music; a mix that formed the basis for his aesthetic in dance accompaniment and composition. Aside from accompanying classes at NYU Tisch, he has composed music for such companies as Adele Myers and Dancers, Gerald Casel Dance Company, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Julie Bour, Tiffany Rea-Fischer and Elisa Monte Dance, Summation Dance, and Cedar Lake Dance. Kyle also plays in local NYC bands, The Dough Rollers and Friend Roulette.  
Mike Wall Mike Wall is a sought after composer of music for dance, video, instillation, jazz, and multimedia collaborations. He has been praised by The New York Times for his "haunting piano score". His works are performed widely in the U.S. and abroad. Michael has collaborated with Bebe Miller, David Dorfman, Ailey II/Jennifer Archibald and many other choreographers. He has scored, along with Oscar Award Winning composer Darren Morze, "Bel Borba Aqui" and "Neurotypical" which aired on PBS. He is in demand as a educator and performer. Michael has worked for NYU, Princeton University, Rutgers University, The Ohio State University, The American Dance Festival, Bates Dance festival and is currently faculty at The University of Utah. He received a degree in Jazz Piano from Rutgers University, where he studied with Kenny Barron. Michael performed on Kenny Barron's Grammy Nominated recording, "Spirit Song", which also received a special award from Verve Records. He is the founder of soundFORMovement.com, a website dedicated to music for dance with over 300 tracks released in the last year.  
Dorian Wallace is a composer, improviser, pianist, synthesist, writer, teacher and dance musician.  His career has experienced a diverse musical palette including contemporary classical, avant-garde, spontaneous improvisation, jazz ensemble, orchestral, classical dance, electro acoustic, film, and opera.  His music has been performed in New York City, NY, Bangkok, Thailand, Cleveland, OH, Paris, France, Mexico City, Mexico, Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA. He is Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Tenth Intervention, a consortium of ensembles in New York City, including The Free Sound Ahn-somble and Trystero. Wallace is a member of improvisation trio, AmmoCake. He has collaborated with commissions and performed with such artists as The Cleveland Orchestra, Dave Liebman, Robert Ashley, Aleksandra Vrebalov, David T Little, Son Lux, Composers Concordance, Frank London, Jonathan Finlayson, Pauline Kim Harris, Brad Whiteley, Hajnal Pivnick, Bobby Selvaggio, and Eric Lyon. He is a musician for dance at The Juilliard School, New York University, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, Barnard College, Columbia University and Ballet Hispanico. He is a member of the faculty at Metropolitan Music School and a Mentor at UnCollege where he maintains a studio teaching Contemporary Composition, Music Theory, and Spontaneous Improvisation.  

Peter Whitehead is a composer, performer, songwriter, instrument builder and multi-instrumentalist who works with both acoustic and electronics sounds. The instruments he builds are often based on folk instruments from around the world, and feature unusual or found materials in place of traditional ones, (e.g. a banjo made from a metal pan). His instruments have appeared in exhibitions at The Oakland Museum ('97), The L.A. Municipal Museum of Art ('97) the Vancouver Museum ('98), The Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, S. F. ('99), the ODC Theater Gallery S.F.('00), Gallery 60Six San Francisco ('12), The Center for New Music S.F. ( '13). He creates scores for film and dance and performs solo work using a variety of homemade sound sources, plus an array of more conventional instruments alongside electronic keyboards and sampling.

He is also a member of Closer To Carbon, a trio featuring bass, cello, spike fiddles, sampler, percussion, toys and an array of conventional, invented & found instruments. He was a founder-member of San Francisco's critically acclaimed Mobius Operandi performance group, known for its spectacular, large-scale, multi-media events. In this ensemble he functioned as musician, actor and musical director. (Exit Vacaville '95/96, Xibalba, '97). He is also an original member of the Conspiracy of Beards, a 30-member, all-male, acapella choir which performs exclusively the songs of Leonard Cohen.

For dance he has composed several full length scores, including Giselle (Underbelly Dance Theater '94), Come Live With Me and You'll Know Me (Rachel Kaplan '97), The Tree of Life ( Michelle Stortz '97), dear (Maxine Moerman '96), Red Tuba (Charles Moulton '98). Anna Halprin Turns 80 ('00), Monk at the Met/Feast of Souls (Sarah Shelton Mann '00 – '03), Bonobo (Sarah Shelton Mann '05), Just Dancing ( Jess Curtis & Gravity '06), Frame Dances (Susan Marshall & Company '08), Adamantine (Susan Marshall & Company '09), Quiet to Departure ( Leigh Evans '10), Angles of Enchantment (Garrett/Moulton '12), Botany's Breath (Epifany Productions '13)

In 2010 he composed music for a solo by Mikhail Baryshnikov, "For You", choreographed by Susan Marshall and performed at the Baryshnikov Arts Center NY.

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