MBDance/Maria BaumanMBDance/Maria Bauman

Contemporary dance company MBDance will be in residence at Brooklyn College to explore their latest project Attend Me, inspired by feminist writer Audre Lorde’s blessing: “Black mother goddess, salt dragon of / chaos Seboulisa, Mawu. Attend me, / hold me in your muscular flowering / arms, protect me from throwing any / part of myself away.” The piece is a visual storytelling of radical self-acceptance and self-love, of romantic love, and of defiant queerness. Read More

The Company’s lecture demonstration will look into MBDance’s creative process, including a preview of movement phrases that will be part of the finished piece, followed by a Q&A. Maria Bauman will also facilitate what she dubs a “Radical Love Fest.” This participatory session is open to all and will include movement, discussion, free-writing, aromatherapy, and other rejuvenating practices.

Maria Bauman founded MBDance in 2007, creating from a sense of physical and emotional power, a desire for equity and a fascination with intimacy. Bauman’s choreography is influenced by her extensive study of capoeira and her eight years with Urban Bush Women (UBW), where she is now Associate Artistic Director. Bauman is also a faculty member for the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive and the UBW Summer Leadership Institute and a past adjunct professor of dance at Hunter College. MBDance has been showcased at Harlem Stage in E-Moves, 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, Kumble Theater, SummerStage NYC, BAAD!, WOW Café Theater, BRIC, and New York Live Arts.

Renegade DanceRenegade Dance

Renegade Performance Group (RPG) will be in residence at Brooklyn College to continue developing The Inscription Project, an evening-length multidisciplinary work of dance, sound, and media, scheduled to premiere in 2015. Conceived by RPG, it explores graffiti and street art as tenants of AFROFUTURISM, a series RPG created to focus on how African-American culture is using digital technology to define a new perspective for a younger generation. Zachery will work with collaborators to film movement sequences, develop costume ideas, and construct the scenic elements to integrate with the performers and video projection. Read More

The contemporary techniqueclass is based in “flying low” work (created by David Zambrano), engaging the cranial-sacral connection for seamless floor vocabulary, intelligent shifts of body weight, and fierce aerial movement. The artist/scholar forum will address AFROFUTURISM in social and artistic thought, especially its role in the sphere of dance, performance, and the body and its relevance to the current state of street art and technology in defining Black identity.

Renegade Performance Group is a Brooklyn-based company exploring urban artistic aesthetics and expressions through dance theatre, site-specific performances, and interactive media. RPG was started in 2007 by André M. Zachery and has received support from the Harlem Stage Funds for New Work (2008) and the Brooklyn Arts Council (2013). RPG has been presented in New York City at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Museum, White Wave Dance Festival, and nationally at the Ruth Page Theater and Dusable Museum (Chicago); as well as internationally in the Cistermúsica Festival (Portugal). Zachery recently completed an MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts at Brooklyn College.

Elisa Monte DanceElisa Monte Dance Terra Firma by Matthew Murphy

Elisa Monte Dance will remount and perform Feu Follet, a modern dance set to Cajun music, at City College Center for the Arts. Choreographers Elisa Monte and David Brown framed Feu Follet around the history and culture of the Acadian people in their travels from France to Canada to Louisiana. The title means “crazy fire,” referring to the strange marsh lights seen on the Louisiana bayous. In addition to the performance, which will feature Feu Follet and other repertory, Elisa Monte Dance will offer master classes to CCNY students and open rehearsals to the college community while on campus. Read More

Elisa Monte Dance, founded in 1981, bridges cultural barriers through the universal language of dance. The company has performed in over 40 countries on 5 continents and appeared in major dance festivals including the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Spoleto Festival (U.S. and Italy), Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Steps ’98 Switzerland, and Weimar, Germany’s 1999 Cultural Capital activities. The company has been featured on television networks throughout Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, and was highlighted on Metro Arts on PBS Channel 13 as part of the station’s Dance Month celebrating New York City-based choreographers.

Robin Becker Dance by Whitney BrowneRobin Becker Dance

During its fall residency, Robin Becker Dance will develop a new evening-length work, Sharing the Breath (working title), as a companion piece to Into Sunlight. An inquiry into the roots of violence in modern time, Sharing the Breath signifies our common humanity and will explore our need for community by experimenting with human interactions, ranging from playfulness to conflict, fear to contentment, and kindness to indifference. Robin Becker Dance will engage the CCNY community through open rehearsals and a free informal showing, along with a master class for CCNY Students. Read More

Robin Becker Dance creates, performs, and explores movement as a means to foster dialogue and understanding in our time. Robin Becker Dance was founded in 1987 and has performed at the Joyce Theater’s Altogether Different Series, the 92nd Street Y, Harkness Playhouse 91 Series, Florence Gould Hall, St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, Fiorello Festival, Cunningham Studio Theater, and The Joyce SoHo. Into Sunlight premiered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has since been performed at Hofstra University, 92nd Street Y, Georgetown, Stony Brook University, Florence Gould Hall, and Holy Trinity Diocesan High School.

Dance to the PeopleDance To The People

Under the leadership of Geneva Manley and Maira Duarte, Dance to the People is designing a program that bridges two facets of the dance world: education and performance. While in residence at the College of Staten Island, the collective will experiment with themes, composition, and the thinking body within the context of a laboratory for movement research. They will present a work-in-progress showing at the conclusion of the semester. Free dance classes are held in Studio 220, Building 1P, Center for The Arts, College of Staten Island. Read More

The director of Dance To the People, Maira Duarte, is a Mexican dancer, choreographer, and dance educator who relocated to New York in 2008. She holds a B.A. in Social Communication from the Metropolitan Autonomous University of Mexico and a M.A. in Dance Education from NYU/ Steinhardt. Her choreography has been presented in Barcelona, Uganda, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Puebla, New York, and New Jersey, and she has taught extensively in schools in NYC and New Jersey via the non-profits Education in Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and New Victory Theatre. Most recently, she was a visiting professor in dance at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico. She is also an independent filmmaker, currently working on a documentary about dancers in New York.

Malcolm Low Formal StructureMalcolm Low/Formal Structure

In The Thrust Towards The Future…I Want To Leave Something Of Use is a multidisciplinary work inspired by the Great Migration of African Americans in the United States (1916-1970), drawing on insights from writer James Baldwin and Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth Of Other Suns. This abstract, non-linear work brings together seven dancers, along with text, video, and an original score. The free masterclass, held in collaboration with the Bronx Dance Coalition, is open to professional dancers and students interested in experiencing Malcolm Low’s movement vocabulary, as well as to an audience for observation.

Malcolm Low, from Chicago, performed with Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Co., Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Ballet British Columbia, Ronald K. Brown, Stephen Petronio, Complexions, Zvi Gotheiner and Dancers, Margo Sappington, Reggie Wilson, Crystal Pite/Kidd Pivot, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Malcolm currently works with Ralph Lemon and David Thomson. His own work has been shown at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Summer Stage at Red Hook Park, Main Stage and Dixon Place. Malcolm was awarded a Fund for New Work/Harlem Stage Gatehouse Grant (2009), a BAX Passing It Down Award (2011), a Choreographic Fellowship in Robert Battle’s New Directions Choreography Lab at Alvin Ailey (2011), MCAF from LMCC (2012), and a MCAF and LMCC Space Residency Grant (2014). Malcolm is a 2014 Artist in Residence at Queensborough Community College and was awarded a 2014 MAP Fund grant for his work In The Thrust....

Full Circle -KWIKSTEP AND ROKAFELLAFull Circle Productions

Full Circle Productions will expand their short piece, Kickin’ it to the Classix, into a full evening piece titled Outside the Bachx. Set to a Bach concerto played by renowned concert pianist Cristina Altamura with beat boxing by vocal percussionist Baba Israel, it will feature choreography by Bessie Award winner Gabriel Kwikstep Dionisio. Full Circle Productions will present a free open lecture/demonstration of Outside the Bachx for the community during the residency.

Full Circle Productions (FCP), a Hip-Hop/Dance/Theater/Company, presents exhilarating performances and engages in educational programming. Founded in 1997 by veteran Hip-hop performers Rokafella (A. Garcia) and Kwikstep (G.Dionisio), Full Circle’s students and members have been featured in music videos, tours, commercials, and films.

Nia LoveNia Love

Nia Love’s residency at Hunter College will focus on her newest work, which investigates the intersections of agriculture and dance. It is part of a four-phase project based on the premise that societies are a complex of actions, tensions, and interchanging systems that permit “sister systems,” like dance and agriculture, to use similar methods for productivity. Love’s process will draw upon documentary footage from her work in Africa and the New Directions Choreography Laboratory, and interviews with farmers via Skype to examine agricultural practices that take into account economic, social and environmental sustainability. This research will be shared with the audience during the public presentation. Read More

Nia Love, co-Founder/co-Artistic Director of Love|Forté a Collective, is the recipient of multiple Suitcase Fund awards (an initiative of New York Live Arts), a Fulbright Fellow, and a Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist-in-Residence. She was selected for a 2013-14 New Directions Choreographic Laboratory via the Ailey/BFA Fordham Program. Nia has performed her work internationally and at various NYC venues, including Lincoln Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, Dance Theater Workshop, Harlem Stage, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, Aaron Davis Hall, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Arts, Judson Church, BAAD!, BAX, and the Alvin Ailey Theater. She has taught at American Dance Festival, Ailey/Fordham BFA program, Smith College, Williams College, Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College, University of Colorado, Movement Research, and Bates Dance Festival.

DecadancetheatreDecadancetheatre

During its residency, Decadancetheatre is developing the Hip Hop Nutcracker, which will premiere in December 2014 at the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights. They are re-imagining the Tchaikovsky score and classic holiday narrative through an old school hip-hop dance vocabulary to create a new holiday tradition for a contemporary, urban audience. Decadancetheatre will share an informal workshop/lecture-demonstration about their creative process with the Hunter College community, including their collaboration with an MC, DJ, and violinist. Read More

Decadancetheatre has been redefining the image of women in hip-hop since 2004, taking female dancers out of the background of music videos and into the forefront of theatrical performance. Through performances, workshops and creative commissions, the company represents a global vision of hip-hop with a roster of dancers from the U.S., France, Germany, Norway, Nigeria, and Japan. Led by 2012 “Outstanding Emerging Choreographer” New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) nominee, Jennifer Weber, Decadancetheatre has performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, B Supreme Festival of Women in Hip Hop at London’s Southbank Center, LEAP Festival in Liverpool, New York City Center, San Francisco Hip-Hop Dance Festival, and Bumbershoot in Seattle.

Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated LadiesChloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies

This fall, the all-female tap dance crew The Syncopated Ladies will develop an evening length, narrative-driven piece with live music. They’ll teach a master class for John Jay College students, open to all levels of dancers, and tap shoes are not required.

Chloé Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies is the first female tap dance band. They more than hold their own in this male-dominated art form and are a fierce crew of dancers who have appeared on the television shows So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, GLEE, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Toyota national commercials, the films Idlewild and GI Joe, as well as stages in over 25 countries. Their latest music video, “Beyoncé Tap Salute,” went viral in less than 36 hours with the endorsement of Beyoncé herself.

Ephrat Asherie Dance by Ian DouglasEphrat Asherie Dance

During its residency, Ephrat Asherie Dance will be expanding and redrafting its evening length show, A Single Ride, as well as creating new material. They will offer a free master class to John Jay College students and the community.

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie trained extensively in ballet and modern dance but found her artistic home in breaking, hip hop, and house. Ephrat has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as in Peru, South Africa, and Israel. She has appeared on NBC, MTV, Comedy Central and at City Center, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. She has worked with Rennie Harris Puremovement, Doug Elkins, Bill Irwin, Cori Olinghouse, Gus Solomons Jr., and Buddha Stretch, among others. Ephrat is a NYFA artist and has received a Mondo Cane! commission from Dixon Place, a Swing Space Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and a Travel and Study grant from the Jerome Foundation. She was a 2012-2013 Fresh Tracks Residency choreographer at New York Live Arts and a 2014 Workspace Artist-in-Residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

BARE Dance CompanyBARE Dance Company

BARE choreographer Mike Esperanza will develop a new work, titled Venemous, while in residence at LPAC. The piece dives into the edge of a person’s darkest being, the moment that triggers the impulse to attack or defend against a predator, and the consequences of that choice.

Born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in Southern California, Mike Esperanza has established himself as a sought-after teacher and choreographer. Read More

With a BFA in graphic design from California State University, Fullerton, Mike’s approach to visual construction influences a unique movement orchestration. His works have been commissioned by Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, UNLV, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Utah Valley University, Shenandoah University, and Grand Valley State University. In 2005, Mike was awarded the “Dance: Creation for Performance” grant presented by Dance/USA and the Irvine Foundation. Mike received the Steps Repertory Ensemble Commission award at the 2014 Reverb Dance Festival.

Loni Landon Dance ProjectsLoni Landon Dance Projects

While in residence at LaGuardia, Loni Landon Dance Projects will focus on completing a new work commissioned for American Dance Institute’s 2015 season. This work asks the question: “What is a role?”. This encompasses gender roles and relationships, as well as the trope of wearing “different hats.” This idea of one person with many heads translates literally and figuratively into the movement of the piece. Read More

Loni Landon was born and raised in New York City. Upon receiving her BFA in Dance from the Juilliard School in 2005, Landon joined Ballet Theater Munich (2005-2007) and Tanz Munich Theater (2007-2009). Her work has been commissioned by Northwest Dance Project, CityDance Ensemble, Ballet X, Marymount Manhattan College, SUNY Purchase, BYU, and the New American Talent Commission from Ballet Austin. Loni is the recipient of the 2013 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship, BodyTraffic Commission. Awards include: 2013 National Choreographic Competition for Hubbard Street 2, 1st Prize at Ballet Austin’s New American Talent Competition, and Winner of Northwest Dance Project’s “Pretty Creatives’” Choreography Competition.

ELSCO DanceELSCO Dance

ELSCO Dance is rehearsing at Lehman College for the company’s upcoming fall season at Spoke the Hub in Brooklyn. They will live-stream their rehearsals. ELSCO will offer a lecture-demonstration that includes a showing of selections of their new piece, followed by a conversation about using technology in dance.

ELSCO Dance was established by Ellenore Scott in 2012 to redefine the dialogue of dance. Ellenore was a finalist and All-Star on So You Think You Can Dance and has been a featured dancer on Smash, GLEE, and Dancing With the Stars. Read More

Combining the ideals of commercial and concert dance, ELSCO takes pride in not only performing in live shows but also in live-streaming rehearsals, producing dances for films and engaging with audiences outside of the standard concert performance. ELSCO has performed in numerous New York City festivals and toured in Boston, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. ELSCO also produces The Breaking Glass Project, an emerging female choreographers project, and Dance Roulette, an interactive improv dance event.

Les Ballets Trockaderos by Lois GreenfieldLes Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will be rehearsing for their upcoming winter performance season at The Joyce Theater. The company will give a master class for Lehman students comparing the way other companies perform classic ballets with the way that Ballet Trockadero performs them. Observers can drop in anytime during the open rehearsal on August 14.

The original concept of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has not changed since its founding in 1974. It is a Company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles. The fact that men dance all the parts–heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, angst-ridden Victorian ladies–enhances rather than mocks the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as novices, in the audiences.

Kawamura the 3rd/Mana KawamuraKawamura the 3rd/Mana Kawamura

Kawamura the 3rd will create a piece about a quiet room, combining dance and human generated sound to explore what is inside of the quiet. Inspired by an article about how people left alone in a room that blocked outside sounds started hallucinating within 45 minutes, Ms. Kawamura will explore fear, anxiety, dream states, and the strangeness of confronting oneself. Kawamura will teach a master class for Queensborough Community College dance majors and present an informal showing of the work developed during the residency. Read More

Mana Kawamura established ‘Kawamura the 3rd’ in 2008 in New York. Her work focuses on creating original movement language and exploring the limits of the abilities of the body when manipulated and affected by the imagination. She also creates the music for her work. Mana began her training at the Izumi Kawamura Dance Studio in her native Japan and studied at the Folkwang Hochschule in Germany from 2001-2003. Since coming to New York in 2006, she has been selected Artist-in-Residence at Dance New Amsterdam (2010-2011), STREB’s Emerging Artist Commissioning Program (2011), and was commissioned by FLICfest (2012). Her work has also been supported by Triskelion Arts and Chen Dance Center’s Ear to the Ground program.

Tiffany Mills CompanyTiffany Mills Company

Tiffany Mills Company will focus its residency on the final stages of creating The Feast, an evening-length project that will premiere in 2015 to celebrate the Company’s 15th anniversary. With the Company of six, Mills is developing a sensorial work that capitalizes on the feeling of urgency, a dire situation, a looming seismic shift. It features music by Jonathan Pratt and visual design by Ian Trask. Tiffany Mills will teach a master class to Queensborough Community College dance majors and offer an open rehearsal to the Queensborough campus. Read More

Mills formed the Tiffany Mills Company in 1995 and has created over 20 works, which have been presented nationally and internationally. Mills collaborates with contemporary composers, writers, theater directors, designers and filmmakers, not only to blur lines between mediums, but also to find innovative ways to push form and content. Her process of creation is collaborative and ensemble-based.

Keigwin + CompanyKeigwin + Company

While in residence at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Larry Keigwin will begin developing a new evening-length work that examines the quest for identity amid the density and diversity of the metropolis. This work will be created in collaboration with the company’s six dancers, a singer, and a musician. In addition, Keigwin will investigate movement vocabulary for his first solo in a decade, titled Panic, which will explore fear and anxiety with Keigwin’s signature wit and theatricality. Read More

Keigwin + Company will share their creative process with the Queens College community during the open rehearsal. The hour-long performance on November 24 will feature current repertory.

Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and back. He founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and has led the company as it has presented his electrifying brand of dance on stages nationwide, including The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim. Since K+C premiered in 2003, Keigwin has created dances for his company, as well as for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Martha Graham Dance Company, and others. His work in musical theater includes choreography for the 2011 “Tales of the City” at ACT, and the off-Broadway production of “Rent.” Keigwin recently choreographed the new Broadway musical “If/Then,” starring Idina Menzel. Keigwin has created Keigwin Kabaret, a fusion of dance, vaudeville, and burlesque presented by Joe’s Pub and Symphony Space.

Kathryn Alter by Roberto AguilarKathryn Alter & Dancers

Kathryn Alter & Dancers will be in residence at Queens College to finish Cantata and develop a new work. Cantata, a quintet Alter started in 2013, uses the entirety of an apocryphal Cantata to explore the qualities of women through stories of female saints. The new work, conceived as a companion piece to Cantata, will be a collaboration with composer/percussionist John Hadfield, who will play with tonalities and textures in his music to evoke the concept of a journey. Alter will teach a master class for Queens College dance students and conclude her residency with an informal showing.

Kathryn Alter has been a member of the Limón Dance Company since 2003. She aims to bring new music to life through creative collaborations, and cultivating her choreography has been a combination of project-based work in New York City and commissions at schools and companies outside of the metropolitan area. She has presented works in Boston, Mexico City, Arizona, and Missouri, working with Nemian Dance Company, Instinct Dance Corps, students at Escuela Nacional de Danza Gloria y Nelli Campobello, and Stephens College. She is part of the N.A.D.I.N.E. Project, is on faculty at the Limón Institute, and teaches internationally.