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Jessica Gaynor Dance


Triskelion Arts Theater


Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 8:00pm
Friday, November 18, 2011 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 8:00pm
Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 8:00pm

Jessica Gaynor Dance

Press information:


Jessica Gaynor





For Immediate Release


Triskelion Arts presents


in the premiere of


November 17-20, 2011 at 8pm

Brooklyn, NY, October 6, 2011 - Triskelion Arts presents Jessica Gaynor Dance in “One”, a program consisting of two premieres, One and Happy Time. Collaborators include composer Devin Maxwell, Bessie Award-winning costume designer Renée Kurz and lighting designer Andrew Dickerson. Featured performers will be José Limón Dance Company member Katie Diamond, Bessie award-winner Ashlie Kittlson, Jonathan Ciccarelli, Jake Laub, Blythe Proffitt, Jordan Risdon and Julia Sabangan.

All performances will take place in the Aldous Theater at Triskelion Arts, November 17-20, 2011 (Thursday-Sunday at 8pm).

Tickets are 5 for general admission and 2 for students. For reservations call Triskelion Arts at 718.599.3577 or email info@triskelionarts.org. No advanced sales. Guests may pay by cash only at the door. Triskelion Arts is located at 118 N. 11 Street between Berry and Wythe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. L train to Bedford Avenue or G train to Nassau Avenue. 3rd floor. Please visit www.triskelionarts.org for more information.

Hailed by The L Magazine in 2009 as “A MUST SEE Fall Art Event”, Jessica Gaynor creates pieces that utilize extreme physicality, cerebral patterning and sophisticated forms in an exploration of the complexities of human experience. In One, Gaynor asks how people behave in groups. Beginning with an intimate solo performed by Katie Diamond, the piece then travels between gatherings of six, five, four, three, two and finishes with one, each section driven by rigorous structures that are interwoven with human responses to crowds, connections and moments of isolation. Also on the program is Happy Time, a fun and flirtatious quartet set to Aguas de Marcos by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Won’t That Be a Happy Time by Joseph Spence and Easy To Love by Billie Holiday. Following the form of the music, the piece is a conversation between the performers about life, lust, spontaneity and the joys of dance.


Jessica Gaynor (Choreographer) holds a BA in American Studies from Brown University and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. Since moving to New York in 2003 her work has been performed at Triskelion Arts, The Skirball Center at NYU, Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, City Center Studio 4, The Kitchen, The 92 Street Y, Dance Space, Williamsburg Arts Nexus, Jennifer Muller/The Works HATCH series, The Hudson Guild Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Merce Cunningham Studio, DancenOw/NYC Upclose Series, The FAR Space, Movement Research and Brown University. She was the repertory guest choreographer at the Fieldston School in 2005, artist-in-residence at Brown University in 2006 and Assistant Director of Young Dancemakers Company from 2007-2010. Gaynor currently teaches dance at The Brearley School.

Devin Maxwell (Composer) holds a BMA in percussion performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and an MFA as a Performer/Composer from California Institute for the Arts. His chamber music has been featured at Columbia University, the University of Utah, at Dartmouth University, Kenyon College, The Brooklyn Lyceum, Monkeytown, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, the Stone, and the Wulf and he has collaborated with choreographer Jessica Gaynor, filmmaker Rollin Hunt, and graphic designer Philip Neimeyer. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Utah.

Renée Kurz (Costume Designer), originally from Northwest Arkansas, holds a BFA in Dance from Missouri State University, where she also studied fashion design. Since moving to New York City in 2005, her passion to seek and create beauty has kept her busy dancing, designing, and teaching.  After serving the poor in India for 18 months, Renée is very happy to be back creating the costumes for Jessica Gaynor Dance! Her designs have also been seen on Pam Tanowitz Dance, Cornfield Dance, and VIA Dance Collaborative.  She also works as a freelance fashion designer and dancer.  www.reneekurz.com

Andrew Dickerson (Lighting Designer) is the Resident Lighting Designer and Technical Director of Triskelion Arts, and is honored to have the opportunity to light Jessica Gaynor Dance for a 4th year.  In addition to Triskelion Arts, he has worked at Joyce Soho, Center for Performance Research, The Milagro Theater, Thalia, and others, and has worked with such companies as Abby Bender Schmantze Theatre, Peter Kyle Dance, Launch/Movement Experiment, The Roxanne Lola Movement Machine, Company SoGoNo, White Road Dance Media, Leanne Schmidt and Co., NuDance Theater, Fools on Fire, and many more.

For more information about Jessica Gaynor Dance, please visit www.jessicagaynordance.com.

Press kits and digital images available upon request via email at info@jessicagaynordance.com or call 917.940.3905.

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Jessica Gaynor

Original Music: Devin Maxwell

Costume Designer: Renée Kurz*

Lighting Designer: Andrew Dickerson

Dancers: Jonathan Ciccarelli, Katie Diamond**, Ashlie Kittleson***, Jake Laub, Blythe Proffitt, Jordan Risdon, Julia Sabangan

* Bessie Award-winning costume designer for Pam Tanowitz’s Be in the Gray With Me

** Member of the José Limón Dance Company

*** Bessie Award-winning performer for Pam Tanowitz’s Be in the Gray With Me

This presentation of Jessica Gaynor Dance is sponsored by the New York Live Arts Member Projects Fund, and funded by various private contributions. One was made possible by DancenOw/NYC/Silo, and supported, in part, by public finds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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