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Periapsis Music and Dance, live on stage June 27 at Dixon Place

Periapsis Music and Dance, live on stage June 27 at Dixon Place


Periapsis Music and Dance


Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Street


Sunday, June 27, 2021 - 8:00pm



Periapsis Music and Dance

New Works by Choreographers Rohan Bhargava, Alia Kache, Gabrielle Lamb, and Annie Nikunen
Sunday June 27, 8 PM
Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Street
Tickets: $30
Reservations: https://periapsismusicanddance.org/calendar
(the event will follow health and safety protocols, and will have a reduced audience)

Periapsis Music and Dance founder/director Jonathan Howard Katz announces "we can finally share that (drumroll, please...) our company will return to the stage for "To Take You There," our ninth season presentation.  The program of all premieres will show works by resident Periapsis choreographers Rohan Bhargava and Annie Nikunen, and dances by guest choreographers Gabrielle Lamb and Alla Kache.   Live on stage, Sunday June 27, 8 PM at Dixon Place.

The program consists of all new works by visionary artists:

  • ROHAN BHARGAVA, music by Asha Srinivasan;
  • ALIA KACHE, guest choreographer, music by Jonathan Howard Katz, poem by Andrea Cohen.  (Music commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation);
  • GABRIELLE LAMB, guest choreographer, music by Jonathan Howard Katz.  (This work is supported in part by Deborah and Charles Adelman);
  • ANNIE NIKUNEN, choreographer, dancer, composer and flutist.


GABRIELLE LAMB is a Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer based in NYC, where she directs Pigeonwing Dance. Her work also been presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Whim W’him (Seattle), Ballet Collective (NYC), Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, and the Sacramento, Milwaukee, and Kansas City Ballets. Ms. Lamb, a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, has won choreographic competitions at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Milwaukee Ballet, as well as the Banff Centre’s Lee Award and a NY City Center Choreography Fellowship. In 2018 she was Grand Prize Winner of the S&R Foundation’s Washington Award. In 2018 and 2019 she was selected to create for the American Ballet Theatre Choreographic Incubator.

ALIA KACHE, from Chattanooga,TN, received her early training at Center for Creative Arts and Chattanooga Ballet, and graduated from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program in 2004. Her favorite credits include Ailey II, Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Pilobolus Creative Services, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, CeDeCe (Alcobaça, Portugal), Big League Theatrical’s Aida, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and Disney’s The Lion King. Artistic director of Kachal Dance and former rehearsal director for Ailey II, her work has been performed by Ailey II, Ballet Memphis, Houston Contemporary, Towson University, Middle Tennessee State University, The Ailey School, and seen at Bryant Park, Cistermusica, and FringeNYC. Her talents as a dancer, choreographer, singer, and costume designer have led her to become a Lincoln City Fellow, artist in residence with RestorationART in Brooklyn, NY, and the BalletX 2021 Choreographic Fellow. Visit www.aliakache.com to learn more!

ROHAN BHARGAVA was born and raised in New Delhi, India where he trained at the Danceworx Academy of Performing Arts before relocating to New York City in 2012 for his BFA degree in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Through his choreographic work as founder and artistic director of Rovaco Dance, Rohan has received residencies and commissions from CUNY Dance Initiative, The Dance Gallery Festival, Sam Houston State University, Mare Nostrum Elements, The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, Dancewave, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Mannes School of Music, and Rhythmically Speaking.  Recently, Rohan was awarded the Jadin Wong Fellowship by the Asian American Arts Alliance and he is featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2021.

ANNIE NIKUNEN is a NYC-based composer, flutist, dancer, choreographer, sound artist and radio broadcaster, whose creations range from concert music and field recordings to dance and film. Her works have been featured nationally and internationally, most recently by the International Contemporary Ensemble and Fonema Consort. She is a founding member of the new music group Blackbox Ensemble. Nikunen has experienced both sides of music-dance collaborations, playing the part of composer, flutist, dancer and/or choreographer in spaces from Central Park to the Chelsea gallery. She holds a BA in music (composition/theory) from Barnard College, Columbia University, and pursued flute performance at Manhattan School of Music with Tara O’Connor. She studied composition with Georg Friedrich Haas, Ellie Hisama, Seth Cluett and Mahir Cetiz, and was actively involved with Columbia’s Computer Music Center.

JONATHAN HOWARD KATZ is a Brooklyn-based composer and pianist. As co-founder and artistic director of Periapsis Music and Dance, he has collaborated with dozens of choreographers, including Seán Curran, Kate Skarpetowska, Manuel Vignoulle, Da' Von Doane, Ask la Cour, and Periapsis's resident choreographers Erin Dillon and Hannah Weber. His music has been performed by the Mivos Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, Ensemble Pi; pianists Ursula Oppens, Jerome Lowenthal, and Winston Choi; vocalists Chris Lysack, Mary Mackenzie, Emily Hughes, and Nils Neubert; and many others. He is a recipient of the Robert Helps Prize and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and has received commissions and other support from New Music USA, Concert Artists Guild, the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, and others. He received piano performance degrees from Indiana University, New England Conservatory, and Northwestern University, and studied composition primarily with Jason Eckardt and Tania León. 

Indian-American composer ASHA SRINIVASAN draws from her Western training and Indian heritage to create her compositional language. Her music has been presented at conventions for NFA (Flute), IDRS (Oboe), NASA (Sax), SEAMUS, ICMC, and others. Recently, she was commissioned by the East Carolina University NewMusic Initiative Commissioning Program. Other honors include Thailand International Composition Festival, BMI Foundation's Women's Music, Flute New Music Consortium and peer-reviewed selection for various festivals. Graduate studies: D.M.A. in Composition at University of Maryland, M.Mus. in Computer Music Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory. Ms. Srinivasan is an Associate Professor at Lawrence University.
PERIAPSIS MUSIC AND DANCE is a Brooklyn-based organization dedicated to cultivating a new collaborative repertory between choreographers and composers, and uniting dancers and musicians in live performance. Periapsis creates and performs new work with its resident artistic ensemble and commissions works from other composers and choreographers. The organization also offers resources to facilitate collaborations in the artistic community, such as performance opportunities, workshops for emerging artists, networking events, and free online tools. Periapsis has performed at the Inside/Out Series at Jacob's Pillow, Symphony Space, Peridance, Roulette, and many other venues, and has developed a wide repertory, with each new creation a fresh exploration into the collaborative process. Commissioned guest artists have included choreographers Sean Curran, Janis Brenner, Kate Skarpetowska, Norbert De La Cruz III, Joshua Beamish, Miro Magloire, Manuel Vignoulle, and Annalee Traylor; and composers Richard Carrick, Harry Stafylakis, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and Hilary Purrington.

in photo: Erin Dillon
photo by Rachel Neville


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