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Steps Reverbdance Festival

Steps Reverbdance Festival

Company:

REVERBdance and Steps Beyond

Location:

Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (entrance on 25th Street between Lexington & Third Avenues)

Dates:

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 8:00pm
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 3:00pm, 7:00pm

Tickets:

$25; $18 for students with ID

Company:
REVERBdance and Steps Beyond

REVERBdance and Steps Beyond present...

REVERBdance Festival 2014 announces
4 Performances    -   20 Choreographers

Special Awards to Three of the Choreographers:
**  A Commission for a new work for Steps Repertory Ensemble
**  A one-month card for unlimited classes at Steps on Broadway
**  A $1000 REVERB Award to the favored choreographer determined from an audience
             and curator-combined vote.

Friday-Sunday, March 21-23   (Friday & Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM)
Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (entrance on 25th Street between Lexington & Third Avenues)
Tickets: $25; $18 for students with I.D.
Reservations:  646.312.5073  or  www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac


REVERBdance, in collaboration with Steps Beyond, is proud to announce its ninth annual season presenting an eclectic assembly of some of the most creative and daring dancemakers pooled from around the world, four performances, March 21-23 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue.   Twenty choreographers from around the U.S., Australia, Taiwan, Italy, and the Philippines will appear in this fast-paced showcase of contemporary work.   REVERBdance's mission remains to provide national and international choreographers and dance artists with high-quality, fully produced performance opportunities and to present these fresh, unique talents to the New York dance community.

Curators of REVERBdance are noted choreographers Kate Griffler, Sidra Bell, Lane Gifford, and Bradley Shelver., whose companies will also appear during the Festival. This year the curators are proud to announce their new partnership with STEPS Beyond and to offer three special awards:
** a commission for a new work for Steps Repertory Ensemble, Bradley Shelver, Artistic Director;
** a "Steps on Broadway Dancer Award," consisting of one month of unlimited dance classes at Steps on Broadway; and
** a $1000 "REVERB Award" going to the favored choreographer from an audience and curator-combined vote.


PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Friday March 21st at 8 PM
Vanessa Tamburi / Flusso Dance
Bryn Cohn / Bryn Cohn + Artists
Erin Lustig / Seamless Dance Theatre
Joshua L. Peugh / Dark Circles Contemporary Dance
Lane Gifford / LaneCoArts
Nathan Madden
Mario Coccetti / Compagnia della Quarta
Abdur-Rahim Jackson / aB-LiV dAnCe
Mike Esperanza / BARE Dance Company
Kate Griffler / 121 Dance Project

Saturday March 22nd at 8 PM
Roya Carreras + Dancers
Calen Kurka / Noesis:Kinetics
Ana Cuellar
Joseph Simons
Ashley Lindsey Dance
Sidra Bell Dance New York
Michael Cerwinski / Michael James New York
Carson Reiners / CDR Dance Projects
Bradley Shelver / Steps Repertory Ensemble
Tom Tsai

Sunday March 23 at 3 PM
Michael Cerwinski / Michael James New York
Lane Gifford / LaneCoArts
Ana Cuellar
Erin Lustig / Seamless Dance Theatre
Tom Tsai
Kate Griffler / 121 Dance Project
Joseph Simons
Sidra Bell Dance New York
Joshua L. Peugh / Dark Circles Contemporary Dance
Bradley Shelver / Steps Repertory Ensemble

Sunday March 23 at 7 PM
Vanessa Tamburi / FLUSSO dance
Mario Coccetti / Compagnia della Quarta
Bryn Cohn / Bryn Cohn + Artists
Mike Esperanza / BARE Dance Company
Roya Carreras / Roya Carreras + Dancers
Calen Kurka / Noesis:Kinetics
Abdur-Rahim Jackson / aB-LiV dAnCe
Ashley Lindsey / Ashley Lindsey Dance
Carson Reiners / CDR Dance Projects
Nathan Madden

*programs subject to change

About the REVERBdance artists:

ROYA CARRERAS trained at the Ailey School in NYC; then graduated with honors from UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts.  She has danced with numerous companies on the West Coast and taught all over Southern California.   She is co-founder of oddJobs Performance; currently dances with String Theory, and is rehearsal director for Rosanna Gamson's upcoming presentation.

MICHAEL J CERWINSKI is a recent graduate of SUNY/Purchase with BFA in Dance, studying with Kazuko Hirabayashi and Rosanna Seravalli, among others, and dancing in works by many choreographers, including Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp,and Jonathan Riedel.  Michael's choreography has been performed in NY, Boston, Mexico and China, and his own New York-based company, Michael James New York, was founded in 2012.

BRYN COHN received a BFA in dance performance and composition from California Institute of the Arts, under the direction of Stephan Koplowitz.   Her choreography has been commissioned by such varied sources as Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Billy Bell's Lunge Dance Collective, and fashion designer Betsey Johnson.  Recipient of numerous scholarships, including Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv and SUMAC, led by Susan Marshall, Bryn also teaches composition, improvisation, and contemporary technique in NYC.

MARIO COCCETTI is one of the directors of the Bologna-based Compagnia della Quarta, a collaboration of artists who specialize in music, choreography, and lighting, to create original multi-media performances.  Founded in 2001, the Company performs throughout Italy, and in Holland, Canada and South America, winning awards for their works that include "Othello Opera Rock," Le Baccanti" by Euripides, and "60HB," a dance and physical-theater presentation.

ANA CUELLAR, from Monterrey Mexico, was a competition winner in gymnastics, which she started at the age of three; then turned to dance and choreography.   A full time artist in La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil in Orlando, Ana has also performed as aerialist with other shows and has choreographed for dance and specialty companies in the U.S. and Mexico.
 
MIKE ESPERANZA, with a BFA in graphic design from California State U/Fullerton, has an approach to visual construction that has influenced his unique movement orchestration on stage.   His works have been commissioned by college and university dance programs include Loyola Marymount U, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UNLV, Utah Valley U, and more.   The Manila native's choreography has been presented throughout the U.S. and at Colegio Almedina in Cordoba, Spain.

ABDUR-RAHIM JACKSON received a BFA from The Juilliard School, performed around the world with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater for a decade, and guested with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.   As a choreographer he has created ballets for the Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.  Among his commercial credits, he co-choreographed Beyonce's "Halo" music video and the LED sections of her "Crazy in Love" Super Bowl XLVII Halftime performance on CBS.

CALEN KURKA, from British Columbia Canada, began training at age seven and danced competitively until moving to New York, where he is currently on the faculty at Broadway Dance Center.   He was an original member of the first national tour of Jeff Amsden's "A Few Good Men Dancin," and appears in numerous dance videos.

ASHLEY LINDSEY, from Raleigh N.C., has performed around the world with the Limon Dance Company, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Defero Dance Collective, VIA Dance Collaborative, and Jessica Gaynor Dance Company.    During his time at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, from which he graduated in 2007, Ashley appeared in works by David Parsons, Jose Limon, BJ Sullivan, and Teri and Oliver Steele.

ERIN LUSTIG is Artistic Director of Seamless Dance Theater in Lenexa, Kansas and owner of Starstruck P.A. Center.    Erin was awarded a 2013 National Humanitarian Award for her nonprofit work with Seamless Dance Theatre, which she founded in 2005.  The organization gives the gift of dance by offering classes to children with special needs, giving scholarships, and presenting free performances to school children.

NATHAN MADDEN appeared in the national tour of Twyla Tharp's "Come Fly Away," and on Broadway in "Chicago."   He is a 2009 graduate of Juilliard, and the Houston and Atlanta Ballet academies and was awarded the Hector Zaraspe Prize for exemplary choreography.

JOSHUA L. PEUGH is co-founder, with Hyun Sang Cho, of South Korea's Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (DCCD), for which he has created and produced 18 original works performed in six countries.   Last year, DCCD bridged the gap between East and West by launching a new branch of the company in Fort Worth, Texas.

CARSON REINERS is an American artist whose career has taken place mainly in Europe, South Africa, Peru and India.  In South Africa she joined Crossings, an international platform for dance; in 2012 she collaborated on a performance in Aguas Calientes outside of Machu Picchu; in India in 2013 she collaborated on "Kindling," which toured Northern India.   She attended Codarts/Rotterdam before moving to Linz and earning her BA from Anton Bruckner Universitat in Linz Austria.

JOSEPH SIMONS,  has danced  in his home country with the West Australian Ballet, Chunky Moves, Lucy Guerin, and Australian Dance Theatre.   Joseph was winner of Outstanding Emerging Arts at the 2009 West Australian Dance Awards, and received the prestigious 2013 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship, allowing him to travel to Germany to further his choreographic development.   Most recently he choreographed the opening of the Unleashed Awards at the Sydney Opera House.

VANESSA TAMBURI has danced as soloist with companies in Europe, including the Hamburg Ballet, Vienna Opera Ballet, and Monte Carlo Ballet.   Her choreographies have been performed since 1999 in Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Rwanda, Uganda, and the USA, and in 2007 she established the company FLUSSO Dance Project, of which she is Artistic Director and resident choreographer.

THOMAS TSAI, a Taipei native and current resident of Los Angeles, has danced wtih Pennington Dance Group, Laurie Cameron & Co, and Instant Noodles.  He has presented solo work throughout California and in theaters in Sweden and Portugal.   Thomas is a recipient  of an American Dance Festival School full-tuition scholarship, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

Choreographers/Curators
SIDRA BELL has a BA in History from Yale U and an MFA in choreography from Purchase College.   Recent commissions include the Alvin Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Ailey Students Performance Group, LaGuardia H.S., Margie Gillis Foundation, Bessie Schonberg Choreographers Residency at The Yard, Ballet Austin, Juilliard, and others.   Her own Sidra Bell Dance New York company has been presented at many venues, including Jacob's Pillow, danceNOW, and The Harlem Stage E-Moves Series.   Sidra has been on the faculty at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and has guest taught at Peridance, Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, Springboard Danse Montreal, and The Ailey School, among others.

LANE GIFFORD received a BFA in dance performance and an MFA in choreography from Purchase College.   Her interest in exploring a multi-arts approach to dance led Lane to work in the television industry for Time Warner and Sony Music, where she designed and produced promotions for Wynton Marsalis, Marc Anthony, Shaun Colvin,  John Mellencamp, and others.   Her choreographies are also wide-ranging, and include creating commissioned works for Ballet Philippines and Tappan Zee Dance Group for children, to fashion shows and promotional videos for Seventeen Magazine, Converse, and designer Issey Miyake.

KATE GRIFFLER (Director of REVERBdance) is a NYC based choreographer, producer, dancer, teacher, and Artistic Director of 121 Dance Project, a dance/theater company that has performed at many venues in NYC.    Kate is also lead producer and choreographer of the musical, The Awakening of Angel DeLuna, winner of four Awards for Excellence at the New York Musical Theater Festival last year.  She has produced Equity readings and several off-Broadway shows.   Kate graduated magna cum laude from Purchase College and is also a recent graduate of The Commercial Theater Institute, run by the Broadway League.

BRADLEY SHELVER trained at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg in his native South Africa, and in New York at The Ailey School.   His many dance credits include the Ailey Repertory Company, Elisa Monte Dance Co., Complexions, Ballet Hispanico, the Limon Dance Company, and in projects with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co, Lar Lubovich Dance, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and the Mark Morris Dance Group, among others.    He has choreographed works for companies in the USA, Israel, Sweden, Denmark and italy, and is Artistic Director of Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater and the recently appointed Artistic Director of The Steps Repertory Ensemble.  His book, "Performance Through the Dance Technique of Lester Horton" was published by L'epos in 2012.

www.reverbdance.org

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