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the CURRENT SESSIONS: Volume IV, Issue I

the CURRENT SESSIONS: Volume IV, Issue I

Company:

the CURRENT SESSIONS

Location:

the wild project

Dates:

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 7:00pm
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 7:30pm
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 3:00pm, 6:30pm

Tickets:

$20 General ($15 advance online until March 5); $30 Double Feature Sunday (advance + at door); $15 Student/Senior/East Village Residents* (with valid ID; at the door only

Company:
the CURRENT SESSIONS

THE CURRENT SESSIONS ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING
FOR VOLUME IV, ISSUE I., MARCH 2014



NEW YORK CITY – The CURRENT SESSIONS is pleased to announce the Programming Schedule and the Artists presented for Volume IV, Issue I., taking place March 7 - 9, 2014 in partnership with the wild project, an 89-seat, eco-friendly black box venue in the East Village.

The CURRENT SESSIONS is a NYC-based dance organization and presenting series that represents the works of early and midcareer choreographers and movement-based artists. Our mission is to present high-caliber dance works by groundbreaking choreographers that show original creative flow, take risks and represent a forward-thinking aesthetic and approach to dancemaking. We seek to provide a place for contemporary dance to thrive in New York City, while serving as an incubator for the furtherance of our choreographers’ artistic visions. Volume IV, Issue I. will primarily focus on works with a dance theatre/performance art influence and dance with media/technology-based collaborations.

After the great success of Volume III, Issue II. [https://vimeo.com/80750046] (August 2013) with sold-out audiences, generous feedback and the knowledge that we are creating a buzz in New York City’s dance scene, Volume IV, Issue I. promises to be the best yet with its inclusion of the following:
 

4 live performances showcasing the work of contemporary dancemakers + their collaborators
12 choreographers + 2 guest artists
LAB // SESSIONS, a workshop series from Monday, March 3 to Thursday, March 6, for both professional dancers and non-dancers alike (location/times TBA)
TalkBack/panel discussion following our Sunday matinee SESSION
Sponsored afterparty in the East Village (location TBA)


> VOLUME IV, ISSUE I. PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
Friday // March 7 + Saturday // March 8 at 7:30p
Sunday // March 9 at 3p with TalkBack
Sunday // March 9 at 630p


> TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets available at: web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/931560
    $20 General ($15 advance online until March 5);
    $30 Double Feature Sunday (advance + at door);
    $15 Student/Senior/East Village Residents* (with valid ID; at the door only).
    *residents with zip codes 10002, 10003, 10009.


> THE LINEUP
Friday // March 7, 2014 at 730p
Brendan Drake Choreography
Breton Tyner-Bryan & Catherine Correa
Kate Ladenheim // The People Movers
Leslie Frye Maietta
Suiso Ogawa
Vanessa Tamburi // FLUSSO dance
with Guest Artist
mor shani / paul sixta (Rotterdam - Film)

Saturday // March 8, 2014 at 730p
GC&DC
James Moreno + Benjamin Rosenthal
Maré Hieronimus
Taylor Knight / Anna Thompson
Tom Tsai
Robert Maynard
with Guest Artist
Kate Wallich // The YC (Seattle)

Sunday // March 9, 2014 at 3p w/ TALKBACK
Brendan Drake Choreography
Leslie Frye Maietta
Maré Hieronimus
Robert Maynard
Suiso Ogawa
Taylor Knight / Anna Thompson
with Guest Artist
Kate Wallich // The YC (Seattle)

Sunday // March 9, 2014 at 630p
Breton Tyner-Bryan & Catherine Correa
GC&DC
James Moreno + Benjamin Rosenthal
Kate Ladenheim // The People Movers
Tom Tsai
Vanessa Tamburi // FLUSSO dance
with Guest Artist
mor shani / paul sixta (Rotterdam - Film)


> ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Brendan Drake received his BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Since relocating to NYC in 2009, his work has been produced at Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Movement Research, Playwrights Horizons and WestFest at Westbeth. His first full-length work entitled “Last B@#$% Standing,” premiered at Triskelion Arts Center’s Split Bill Commissioning Program in February 2013.

Breton Tyner-Bryan is an American born Dancer, Choreographer, Actress, and Photographer with a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah. Breton has performed with Hartford Ballet, Utah Ballet, Kunst-Stoff, Project Agora, Labayen Dance, DO NOT DANCE UK, Deborah Slater Dance Theater and the Francesca Harper Project, among others. Breton has choreographed for Woodside Vaulters, a Flash Mob Commercial for Sonas Denim Company, Jewels in the Square presented by LINES Dance Center, and Brigham Young University. She has taught for The Place (London), Tempered Body Dance (London), Dance Base Scotland, San Francisco State University, ODC Dance, LINES Ballet, Peridance, Mark Morris Dance, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, NYU/Tisch Dance, and Google. Breton founded her own company in 2011, was featured in Pointe Magazine in August 2012, and Dance Informa Magazine in February 2013. Breton has exhibited her work as a photographer as part of ProjectAgora’s 2007 home season, Fivepoints Art House in collaboration with Motion-Pictures SF 2009, the San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2010, and by invitation as a featured artist at the Goethe Institute San Francisco 2013. Catherine Correa, originally from Colombia, moved to New York City where she broadened her experience in Tango and Theater. She was a former dancer with New Generation Dance Company and Buglisi Dance Theater Company and has performed in works by Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Kirill Matveev, Priscila Welton, Alexandre Proia, Pablo Pugliese, and Nina Buisson. She produced the short film "Untitled Mind" with award winning videographer and film director, Laia Cabrera. As an actress and choreographer, she has worked for New Stage Theater Company where she was nominated for an IT award as an outstanding actress in a feature role for "Round of Pleasure." Her choreography for New Stage Theater’s production of "The Garden of Delights" was nominated for an IT award for best production in 2012. She has choreographed for the controversial and cutting edge theater company The Amoralists for the play "The Cheaters Club." Currently, she is working in her first independent production called "Chronicles of a Uterus."

Grace Courvoisier a native of Las Vegas, NV, has a BFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. GC&DC repertory includes Night Song (2011) at Chen Dance Center, We Buried Her Standing Up (2012) at Symphony Space and Judson Church, Fais Moi Valser (2012) at Center of Performance Research, Fresh Not Frozen (2013) at the Wild Project through the CURRENT SESSIONS and is continuing a residency with The Red Rock National Park in Las Vegas, NV on connecting emotional landscapes with historical landmarks inside the body (2014).

James Moreno holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is a Fulbright Scholar; he has choreographed for the National School of Dance of Panamá, Northwestern University and Repertory Dance Theater, among others.  He has performed the choreography of Graham, Cunningham, Limón, Lucinda Childs, and Zvi Gotheiner. Moreno is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Kansas, where his scholarship examines Latinidad in “American” modern dance, focusing on José Limón. Benjamin Rosenthal holds an MFA in Art Studio from the University of California-Davis and a BFA in Art (Electronic Time-Based Media) from Carnegie Mellon University. His work has been exhibited internationally in Stuttgart, Germany, São Paulo, Brazil, and in Antwerp, Belgium, among others. Rosenthal’s work pulls from across the humanities and sciences, resurfacing in video, animation, net.art, drawing, objects, and installation. Rosenthal is Assistant Professor of Expanded Media at the University of Kansas.

Kate Ladenheim is Artistic Director/Choreographer of The People Movers contemporary dance and is also a freelance performer. She has a BFA from the Boston Conservatory, and has appeared in works by Jose Limon, Anna Sokolow, and Jill Johnson, among others. She currently performs with Virtuosic Dance Project, Sydney Schiff Dance Projects, and Brendan Drake Choreography. As a choreographer, Ladenheim has been presented at REVERB Dance/APAP Festival, the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, Center for Performance Research, DIXON Place, Triskelion Arts’ COLLABfest, and Symphony Space. Ladenheim is also a 2013: Breaking Glass: Emerging Female Choreographer.

Kate Wallich (GUEST ARTIST - Seattle) is a choreographer who explores image making, cinematic structuring, and architectural movement vocabulary to create dance performance and films mostly in collaboration with her company, The YC.  Her work with The YC has been presented by Velocity Dance Center, On The Boards, Seattle International Dance Festival, Bumbershoot, Rauschenberg Project Space, and Northwest Film Forum among others.  Kate’s choreography has also been commissioned by Northwest Dance Project, Strictly Seattle, City Arts, and Springboard Danse Montreal.  Kate has received creative residencies for her work with The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, MANA Contemporary/Armitage Gone! Dance, and Velocity Dance Center’s Creative Residency and Made in Seattle dance development program.  She received her training from Interlochen Arts Academy and holds a BFA Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts.

Leslie Frye Maietta, a dynamic performer, educator and maker of art, holds a MFA in Dance from Hollins University | The American Dance Festival and a BFA in Dance from University of the Arts, honored with a Promising Artist Award Scholarship and The Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance Award. She was selected to travel to the Forsythe Company Studios in Frankfurt and to Berlin, Germany as a part of her graduate research, studying with Christopher Roman, Sasha Waltz, Xavier LeRoy, Adrien Heathfield, Kristen Hjort Inao and Matteo Fargion. Most recently, she has premiered Talking to the Falx, a dance film, at Mobius Experimental Film Festival in Boston and has presented her thesis work this past summer at The American Dance Festival in Duke University's Reynolds Industries Theatre. Leslie has performed the works of Adele Myers, Mary Cochran, Brian Sanders and Daniel Gwirtzman, among others. She also collaborates with Scapegoat Garden and The Garden Center for Contemporary Dance in Hartford, CT to create performance and curate programming for local dance artists and enthusiasts.

Maré Hieronimus is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary dance artist, performer and teacher whose work weaves together her interests in movement, light, sound, poetry and perceptual awareness. Her choreographic/improvisational performance experiments have been presented both indoors and outdoors, in proscenium, in galleries and site-specific settings in NYC and beyond. As a performer, she has worked with many experimental and cross-disciplinary artists, including Noémie Lafrance, Peter Sciscioli, and Sharon Mansur, touring internationally to Russia, Siberia, Canada, Brazil and Mexico. Maré is an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus and holds a schedule of public classes in Brooklyn under her umbrella, The Body Archive.

Mor Shani  (GUEST ARTIST - Rotterdam - Film) is a freelance choreographer based in the Netherlands. He started his professional career as a dancer in Bat Dor dance company in Tel Aviv (Israel). In 2009, he graduated from the choreography department of ArtEZ dance academy in Arnhem and has since been making his own creations in different productions houses. Shani’s work is presented across Europe, and has won several international awards. The duet Lu Carmella that was made in collaboration with Ron Amit, was nominated for the Dutch VSCD Zwaan award for ‘most impressive dance production’ of 2009. Since 2010, Shani has been a resident choreographer with Dansateliers Rotterdam. In this context he created the piece Flatland, selected to the European Aerowaves network as one of the best young makers’ creations, and Gravity and Grace, a performance in which three performers struggle with the simplest, yet hardest task of all: carrying oneself. At Dansateliers, Shani also created the work Caliber, in collaboration with Conny Janssen Danst. Apart from teaching in different contexts in the Netherlands and abroad, Shani is also an artist-in-residence at the International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICKamsterdam). Currently, Shani is busy with Love-ism, a long term study inspired by the book “Art of Loving” by Erich Fromm. Love-ism is a Dansateliers Rotterdam production in collaboration with ICKamsterdam, co-produced by Frascati productions, Act Your Age (EU) and SKVR Rotterdam. Paul Sixta graduated from the Audio-Visual department at St. Joost Breda. Sixta works as a filmmaker and photographer. His films and video-installations were shown on festivals and museums worldwide and won several prizes. Sixta often collaborates with other artists and his work ranges from visual anthropology to performance videos. Sixta’s work deals with sensitive subjects, emphasizes the story telling, and delicately explores relationships.

Robert Maynard is a choreographer, control freak and sporadic drag queen. Having studied at the The University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Ballet Austin, The Rock School, The Boston Conservatory, and the School at Jacob’s Pillow, Maynard places his classically trained body squarely in the center of a polarized dance world. His work layers disparate genres and attitudes into collages of spectacle that merge rigorous dance technique with crafted theatricality. As such, it exemplifies the compilation and complication of the male/female, the crude/refined, the classical/contemporary, the gaudy/subdued and houses contradiction after messy contradiction.

Suiso Ogawa  is a Tokyo-New York based choreographer. She came to the U.S. in 2011; her works have been shown in various venues in Tokyo, Seoul, and New York, including: Korea & Japan Dance Festival (Seoul), Raft (Tokyo), Za Koenji (Tokyo), Dance New Amsterdam Theater (New York), Soak Festival at the Cave (Brooklyn). Choreography workshops in Tokyo include: Whenever Wherever Dance Festival in 2010, 2011 & 2013; ‘Toshima no Furumai’ (Tokyo Culture Creation Project) in 2013. She was a LEMAY-CAVE Black Studio Resident from 2012-2013 at the Cave in Brooklyn, NY.

Taylor Knight / Anna Thompson are independent performances artists located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They use their bodies as mediums to express through movement, sound, and visual images. From an energetic and sensual connection to body and spirit, Taylor and Anna use performance as ritual practice to delve into patterns of the circular rhythm of life. Upon graduation from Point Park University (BA), Anna and Taylor continued their work with the Pillow Project with whom they traveled to Paris and shared improvisational movement with the Jazz/Poetry scene. Anna is currently Pilates II and Usui Reiki Ryoho certified and they both teach many forms, practices, and ages in the greater Pittsburgh community. They held their first solo evening performance “...” in April 2013 at the Space Upstairs. They have also showcased work at the Goose Route Site Specific Dance Festival (WV), UNLISTED: Second Steel (PGH), and LightLab Performance Series (PGH). Taylor serves as co-curator and co-founder of LightLab Performance Series with David Bernabo.

Tom Tsai originally from Taipei, Taiwan, currently resides in Los Angeles. He has presented work throughout California at MixMatch Dance Festival, Dance & Movement Workshop for Educators, Nancy Evans Dance Theatre's Friends/Family Dance Festival, Long Beach Dance Foundation's Salon Night, and Salta Dance Collective's PPP. His work has been included internationally at Quinzena Contemporary Dance Festival in Portugal and ABUNDANCE Dance Festival in Sweden. Tom has received a full scholarship to the School at  American Dance Festival; he also is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. He has danced with Pennington Dance Group, Laurie Cameron & Company and Instant Noodles B-boy Crew.

Vanessa Tamburi worked as a solo dancer for key European theaters, including the Ballet of Montecarlo, the Hamburg Ballet and the Vienna Opera Ballet. She develops experimental choreographic work, melding dance with theater, visual and multimedia art; her works have been performed in Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and the US. In 2007, she established the “FLUSSO Dance Project.” She is the Artistic Advisor of the Visa 2 Dance and Time2dance dance festivals in Tanzania.


> THE THEATER + PARTNERSHIP

The CURRENT SESSIONS holds its performances at the wild project in the East Village.
The wild project is a production company and venue for contemporary theater, film, and visual art. We hope to bring the community together by providing inspiring and entertaining art from emerging artists, exploring green technologies, and finding innovative ways to help our world and each other.

195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
p. 212.228.1195
212.228.1154
www.thewildproject.com
*The theater is handicapped accessible.

For general information:
info@thewildproject.com

For ticket information:
ticketing@thewildproject.com


> THE BUZZ

"...a unique place on the New York City dance map."  –Philip Gardner, OberonE¼s Grove

“In a city overflowing with festivals, the CURRENT SESSIONS stands out.” –Erin Bomboy, Dance Enthusiast

“I am so excited about finding the CURRENT SESSIONS. The opportunities they provide dance artists and collaborators are essential in sustaining innovation in contemporary dance.” –Audience Review, the Dance Enthusiast

“If these current voices are to be the movement inventors of the future as CURRENT SESSIONS hopes, it’s looking pretty good for us.” –Emeri Fetzer, DancePulp

“A true breeding ground for artists.” –Matthew O’Donnell, DIY Dancer


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