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Shetler Studios & Theatre - 244 West 54 St between Broadway & 8th Ave, NY (Theatre 54 on the 12th floor)


Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 8:00pm
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 8:00pm
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 6:00pm
Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 2:00pm





5-Day Spring Festival Will Feature 1 World Premiere as well as 14 New York Choreographers and Visual Artists

NEW YORK, February 18, 2014 – Inception to Exhibition (ITE), NYC’s only interdisciplinary arts organization fostering artist incubation, announces it’s first annual dance festival. Over the five-day festival, March 12-14, 2014, ITE will bring together some of NYC’s most talented emerging and established choreographers for an immersive focus on contemporary concert dance. The festival will feature a World Premiere from Gina Graham as well as 3 solos, 7 duets, and 1 trio from Jonathan Campbell, Austin Diaz, Danielle Russo, Loni Landon, Sidra Bell, Joe Celej, Francesca Harper, Loni Landon, David Norsworthy, Nicole Philippidis, Sydney Schiff, Take Ueyama, Nelly Van Bommel, and Andre Zachery.

ITE’s 4th annual Gala on Saturday, March 15, will feature an original Shantell Martin projection created for ITE in 2012. A rising artist with work appearing internationally, she uses a language of characters, creatures and messages that invite her viewers to share a role in her creative process. The gala also features work by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Steve Cossman, and a performance by #TweetDance, where dancers transform tweets and prompts into minute-long dances on the spot. All proceeds go toward the ITE Artist Fund.

To close out the week, Nicole Philppidis, ITE’s fan choice contest winner, will hold a solo show on March 16. As a part of ITE’s commitment to supporting groundbreaking emerging artists and helping them gain traction for their work, the organization kicked off 2014 with their first ever Fan Choice contest. Three artists from the festival lineup were chosen to post videos of their upcoming works for fan votes. The contest drew almost 2000 votes over the 16-day contest, with more than 900 votes going to winner 277 Dance Project, who will receive a solo show on March 16, a stipend from ITE, a photoshoot with Jennifer Klein, and more.



Festival Tickets are $15, Gala Tickets are $50, and will be available as of February 10. Tickets can be purchased online at the ITE homepage www.iteny.org



Shetler Studios and Theatre is located at 244 West 54th Streets between Broadway & 8th Avenue, New York. All ITE Spring Festival performances will take place in Theatre 54 on the 12th floor. It is accessible by Subway: 1, N, Q, R, B, D, E, C


Festival Line-up:

Wednesday, March 12, 8:00 p.m. – Joe Celej, Renegade Performance Group (Andre Zachery), Esse Aficionado (Gina Graham), 277 DanceProject (Nicole Philippidis)


Thursday, March 13, 8:00 p.m. – MADboots dance co. (Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz), David Norsworthy, Sydney Schiff Dance Project, Danielle Russo Dance Company


Friday, March 14, 8:00 p.m. – Sidra Bell Dance NY, Loni Landon Dance Projects, Take Dance, The Francesca Harper Project, Nøa Dance (Nelly van Bommel)


Saturday, March 15, 6:00 p.m. – ITE Gala 


Sunday, March 16, 2:00 p.m. – Solo show for Facebook Contest Winner, 277 DanceProject (Nicole Philippidis)




new demon excerpt (2013)

Choreographer: Sidra Bell

Music: Richard Skelton, KTL

Created over 5 days, this dance is a short exercise, focused on full-bodied emotion through movement, inspired by the idea of having access to complete abandon, and articulating it.


What More? (2005)

Choreographer: Joe Celej

Music: Sam Beam

Inspired by personal visions and observations of romantic relationships, the work is an exploration of sensuality and the inherent dynamics of a romantic relationship. Confined primarily to the floor, What More? creates an undeniably intimate mood that is amplified by moments of stillness, closeness, and sensitivity.


All Good Sons excerpt (2012)

Choreographer: Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz

ALL GOOD SONS is a dark and brooding romantic rebellion of one's self. An almost-hero faces the challenges of isolation and self-discovery. Set to an eclectic musical score, the work is full of athleticism, sarcasm and the raw need to be heard. The choreographers were inspired by the social expectations of men, and reflections on their own experiences.


Garments The Living Wear | World Premiere

Choreographer: Gina Graham

This dance was created in honor of the controversial American novelist, short-story writer, poet, and playwright, James Purdy after his death on March 13, 2009. The title inspiration came from his novel, Garments The Living Wear, and implies the perpetual event of transformation that defines our individual and unique existence.


Look at this Shirt excerpt

Choreographer: Francesca Harper

Music: Pixel

A sizzling contemporary ballet solo, Look at This Shirt embodies Francesca Harper’s resolve to transform grief into grace. Rehearsal Director Eriko Iisaku puts vigor, poise and release into a vivid performance. Look at This Shirt depicts the struggle to surpass limitation with the power of intention, and resolve.


don’t forget to go home

Choreographer: Loni Landon

This dance, a fusion of contemporary language, was inspired by the idea of avoidance and evasion in any relationship. The title phrase, seen first graphitized on a wall outside a vibrant dance club in Germany served as an inspiration point for a work that explores the emotional themes of avoidance in relationships.  


Springtime for Tolerance (2012)

Choreographer: David Norsworthy

Music: Vivaldi “Spring”

Costumes: Kim Glennon

Initially inspired by the 1977 incident when Anita Bryant was famously “pied” while at a press conference crusading against homosexuality, this work heralds the beginning of a new era when the global community can strive for equality in all aspects of our modern lifestyle.



Choreographer: Nicole Philippidis

Music: Burlap to Cashmere and The Visitation

Influenced by living in a post-9/11 NYC, choreographer Nicole Philippidis was inspired by her struggle as a new parent to raise a child who is capable of living in a world of vast ideological clashes. In part an exploration of the ideas of freedom and escapism, the dance deconstructs the constant struggle we are placed in each day when the bases for our deepest sense of self, our ideologies, are tested by the pressure of constant underlying fear.


Since thou wast precious in my sight (2011)

Choreographer: Danielle Russo

The title is taken from Isaiah 43:4 – “Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” It emerged from collaboration with James Morrow, and was a candid exploration of struggle and fluidity as a working couple.


Dry Bones: Resurrection of the Living

Choreographer: Sydney Schiff

Music: Antonín DvoAA™ák "New World Symphony," Arr. Cheryl Krugel-Lee

Costumes: Anya Klepikov

This work in progress follows the personal journeys of three 31st century women striving to take ownership of inherited traditions. The title references the biblical Prophecy of the Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:5-6) and the movement, music and costumes evolved using Jewish text study and storytelling traditions.


Whispering Wall excerpt (2011)

Choreographer: Take Ueyama

An excerpt from the full length work Salaryman that depicts the life of the Japanese businessman. This piece blends reality and fantasy, juxtaposing the frenetic, high-octane will to succeed with the daydreams of a sweeter past, where remembrances, hopes, desires and fantasies are brought to life. 


Point par Point

Choreographer: Nelly Van Bommel

Music: La Plus Belle Pour Aller Danser, written by Charles Aznavour and Georges Garvarentz. Arranged by Keren Ann Zeidel, performed by Chris Garneau

This introspective, work-in-progress solo teeters between tragedy and comedy, serenity and wildness. The title - literally "stitch by stitch" - refers to many ‘points’: fixed points, focal points, good points, making a point, getting to the point, beside the point, and breaking points.


Letter Racing excerpt

Choreographer: André M. Zachery

Music: Thundercat, Flying Lotus

Inspired by the graffiti practice created by multi-disciplinary artist Rammellzee called Gothic Futurism, this work-in-progress is part of the process of building a full-length work about graffiti as part of Zachery’s Afro-Futurism series. It investigates the idea that graffiti was and continues to be a source of un-regulated communication, with artists consciously speaking out and expressing themselves powerfully yet ironically.




About Inception to Exhibition

Founded in 2009 it is the mission of ITE to provide a space where artists of diverse disciplines can interact freely and conceive, rehearse, and perform their work, providing a holistic arts experience from inception to exhibition. It is the vision of Inception to Exhibition to grow into a high impact arts organization built around the creation of an environment where the unbridled sense of collaboration, which defines the conservatory experience, is, once again, available to those entering the professional performing arts community in New York City. To learn more about ITE and supporting it’s programming please visit www.iteny.or

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