Behind the Scenes with Katie Dean and Nadia Tykulsker
as the Choreographers Prepare for their Shared Evening Performances at Triskelion Arts
Here I Am Again Alone Again
Choreographers: Katie Dean and Heather Bregman
Sculptor and Set Designer: Mike Drake
Sheathings from a Steep Slope
Choreographer: Nadia Tykulsker/Spark(edit) Arts
Performers: Tara Sheena, Aya Wilson, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes
Designer: Hiroko Ishikawa
Composer: Guillermo E. Brown
February 20-22 at 8 p.m.
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In late February, Nadia Tykulsker and Katie Dean along with Dean's co-choreographer, Heather Bregman will present a split bill program at Williamsburg's Triskelion Arts. While Tykulsker and Dean create choreography that looks markedly different, both display collaborative tendencies. This impulse manifests itself in alliances with visual artists and composers. The two met while dancing with Red Hook based choreographer Shannon Hummel, and their common interests as twenty-something dance-makers seem the perfect launching point to produce a joint show.
Nadia Tykulsker, born and bred in Brooklyn, holds a degree from the University of Michigan. After graduation, she returned home and embarked upon her choreographic journey, which has encompassed acting as an artist in residence at Chez Bushwick. Tykulsker likens herself to a curator, carefully selecting elements that conspire to create her vision. Her current work, Sheathings from a Steep Slope, highlights a strong visual factor. She based the piece in the realm of memory, inspired by what we remember and forget.
Tykulsker brought in artist Hiroko Ishikawa to craft components such as a nest-like structure and hanging blinds. These elements, combining both form and function, act like characters. Dancer/collaborators Aya Wilson, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, and Tara Sheena will use these items to construct the set during the performance to a score by electronic and percussionist composer, Guillermo E. Brown.
Katie Dean and Heather Bregman met while students at Virginia Commonwealth University, studying dance and sculpture respectively. Bregman now lives and works in the British Virgin Islands on a charter boat, which forces the two to get creative with their communication. They correspond often, using a Google document to aggregate their comments and discoveries as they create their work, Here I Am Again Alone Again.
Collaborating with sculptor Mike Drake, Dean and Bregman envision a set — which will contain scaffolding and an infinity mirror box among other accouterments — that act less as props and more as artifacts from the unique world they have constructed. Bregman returned at the end of January, and the two are fitting together the pieces from their independent explorations.
Tykulsker and Dean effervesce about the opportunity to share this performing opportunity. They found the divvying up of duties — in one instance, Dean designed their promotional materials while Tykulsker distributed them — well suited to their personalities. While they acknowledge there is always the worry that presenting two disparate works can confuse the audience, both believe there is much more to be gained from sharing a program in the form of audience enrichment and personal fulfillment.
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