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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY AND MIAMI DANCE FUTURES PRESENT
A COLLABORATIVE EVENING CURATED BY DANCE ARTIST LYDIA BITTNER BAIRD FEATURING THE WORK OF CHOREOGRAPHERS
LETTY BASSART AND YARA TRAVIESO; COMPOSERS DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN AND JEROME BEGIN; AND FELLOWS OF THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY MAY 11TH AND 12TH AT 7PM NEW WORLD CENTER
Choreographers, Letty Bassart and Yara Travieso with Fellows of the New World Symphony
featuring the compositions of Jerome Begin and Daniel Bernard Roumain.
Drawing its title from the prefix meta meaning “beyond” and the phrase con
moto, a tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played "with motion," this first-of-its-kind Dance Forum aims to stretch the perimeter of classical sound and contemporary movement.
Wednesday, May 11th @7pm Thursday, May 12th @ 7pm
New World Center, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(April 11, 2011) Coming off the heels of Julliard’s Beyond the Machine (NYC) and Miami Light Project/Adrienne Arsht Center’s Here and Now (Miami), choreographers Yara Travieso and Letty Bassart premiere Metamoto. Inspired by the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center inaugurated in January of this year, these two Miami-born choreographers investigate the power of movement and sound. Metamoto, a presentation of the New World Symphony and Miami Dance Futures, will feature two dances 1) Letty Bassart’s Requiem for a Mustard Seed Closes in Song Act II and 2) Yara Travieso’s SET. In Requiem… Letty Bassart collaborates with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, a quartet of New World Symphony Fellows, and visual artist Laura Luna to look at faith and miscarriage in spite of ____ (fill in the blank). The work is an extension of Bassart’s 100. For 100, Bassart gave herself a challenge: dedicate 100 hours to a work (thinking time, studio time, tech. time, …) and see what happens. “The result was a conceptual and literal nose dive into the unknown,” says Bassart. “Requiem goes on to explore how we deal with that unknown; what we do once there” She broaches the subject by using cabbages as metaphors for our ideas and obsessions, umbrellas as inept protectors from our fears, hurled brussel sprouts as precarious landmarks, and a cinder block monolith as yellow-brick road gone awry. These metaphors live on-screen and on the ground. In SET, Yara Travieso collaborates with composer Jerome Begin, a septet of New World Symphony Fellows, visual artists Ryan Hartley, architectural designer Chat Travieso as well as fashion designer Fabiola Arias. For the performance, Begin will amplify seven string instruments electronically, and process them live. By doing so he aims to shatter the expectations of a formal orchestral experience. In conjunction, to warp the expectations of storytelling, Travieso will present live and recorded cinematic episodes of moving images and architecture. "We wanted to create a world full of distortion and disorientation, both sonically and visually, zooming into how terrifying this could be, or exciting, or liberating or..!" Curator Lydia Bittner Baird explains “What makes this evening so exciting is the depth and innovation of each collaboration. That is evident within each work, throughout the evening, and in the very launching of this event in this building. This event is happening thanks to the New World Symphony’s ability to do what has already been done in a completely new way. Music and dance together are not new, but I believe Metamoto has the potential to change how people think about this age old pairing.” “This event epitomizes what the New World Center is all about: celebrating the traditions and unique aspects of cultural disciplines, and combining them, forming a different, yet powerful and compelling experience,” said Craig Hall, Vice President for Communications of the New World Symphony. “The creativity and energy of these young yet immensely talented artists, results in a palpable excitement that permeates the performance.” Metamoto has been made possible with funding support from the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, and Cultural Arts Council; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, YoungArts, the Tempo Miami resort, as well as production support from Thought Loom, Inc.
NOTE: Requiem for a Mustard Seed Closes in Song Act I was commissioned by Miami Light Project and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts as part of its Miami Made Festival.
Select Bios LETTY BASSART (choreographer, Requiem for a Mustard Seed Closes in Song Act II)- Letty Bassart’s work is driven by a reverence for human experience and obsession for the telling details. Movement and text form the legs of her pieces. She asks these legs are asked to run marathons, jump hurdles, and exhaust the possibilities. A dancer by trade, her work as a choreographer began through her other lives as hospice nurse and educator. She often draws on these experiences and collaborates with artists and scientists alike. She is a three-time Miami-Dade Choreographer Fellowship recipient (2008, 2010, and 2011). In 2009, she was awarded an Artist Access grant to study with Victoria Marks. She has created nearly a dozen commissioned pieces, including Good, God, Go (2010) for the Incubator portion of Arsht Center Miami-Made Festival, and Remnants and Umbrellas (2009) for Miami Beach’s Sleepless Nights, a collaboration with Miami Beach Cinematheque featuring the films of Agnes Varda. Her work has been performed at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York City (Anthropology of Apology 2006) and throughout South Florida. In addition to short-format pieces like 100 (2009), she has developed multiple evening length works, including Flower Chronicles (2007) and Salt (2008). As a dancer, she performed extensively locally and abroad with contemporary and Spanish dance companies, including Ballet Español Rosita Segovia. A soloist with the Segovia Company, she also performed in multiple Florida Grand Opera productions of Carmen, Traviata, and Turandot, as well as its premiere of the Festival de Falla. As a writer, she has published more than 20 essays, and was the recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Also passionate about building the arts community in her hometown, Miami, she is Director of Artist Services for Arts for Learning and launched Dance Talks. Most recently, she was commissioned by Miami Light Project & the Adrienne Arsht Center to craft a new work for Here & Now 2011. For her Metamoto premiere, she will collaborate with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and visual artist, Laura Luna. DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN (Composer-Requiem…)-Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist, and band leader, Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination.Proving that he’s "about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets" (New York Times), DBR recently collaborated and performed with Lady Gaga on FOX’s American Idol. His accolades range from being voted as "America’s Assignment" on the CBS Evening News, to receiving praise as one of the "Top 100 New Yorkers" (New York Resident), "Top 40 Under 40" business people (Crain’s New York Business), one of the entertainment industry’s "Top 5 Tomorrow’s Newsmakers" (1010 WINS Radio), and spotlighted as a "New Face of Classical Music" in Esquire Magazine. DBR recently composed music for Daniel Beaty’s play Resurrection directed by Oz Scott, the feature ESPN television segment E:60 Homeless Basketball in which DBR was bestowed with a Sports EMMY nomination for Outstanding Musical Composition, and feature documentary films - Strange Things by Alexandria Hammond and Off and Running by Nicole Opper, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and is scheduled to air nationally on PBS’ award-winning series, P.O.V., in 2010. DBR has worked with Seattle Theatre Group for five years as Music Director for More Music @ The Moore, a training and performance program at Seattle's Moore Theatre. He regularly composes for orchestras and chamber music ensembles around the globe and tours with his genre-jumping ensemble DBR & THE MISSION. DBR is currently completing a new work for orchestra commissioned by the Sphinx Consortium, as well as his new solo album, Woodbox Beats & Balladry (Thirsty Ear Recordings). A native of Margate, Florida, DBR studied music as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music where he currently serves as a visiting professor of composition, and completed his masters and doctoral work at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom.
YARA TRAVIESO (choreographer, SET)-Award-winning director and choreographer, Yara Travieso, creates dynamic moving images in the fields of music videos, symphonies, fashion, film, opera, installation, architectural collaborations and live media interactive concerts. Born in Miami, FL, Travieso graduated high school from New World School of the Arts and completed her BFA in 2009 on a full merit scholarship at the Juilliard School of dance. Travieso is a YoungArts NFAA dance and choreography winner, a 2010 recipient of the Bessie Schoenberg International Choreographic Award, the recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship, and her 2009 piece, The Impossibility of Death in the Mind of The Living (Lincoln Center premiere) was the finalist in the prestigious International Sergei Diaghilev CAC in Lodz, Poland. Her recent full evening work, Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat was produced and presented by NYC's Lincoln Center for the 2011 Beyond The Machine Festival. Travieso has been presented and featured in numerous venues around the world including her invited guest role for the MET Opera’s new production of Carmen. In 2004 Travieso co-founded The Borscht Film Festival, receiving Miami New Times Master Mind Award as well as their Best of Miami Award. She is a director-in-residence with NYC’s Imagine Science Film Festival and in 2009 Kodak Films sponsored her to direct and choreograph an original music video for Afrobeta. Soon after, Travieso produced and assistant directed the film Day N Night Out, written by the acclaimed Tarell Alvin McCraney, selected for the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival. Currently working with fashion designer Fabiola Arias, the two will create a film trilogy to premiere in the fall of 2011. Travieso is thrilled to bring back to Miami the unique voice her hometown helped to create. JEROME BEGIN (composer, SET)-Jerome Begin was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned degrees in Music Composition and Audio Production from Ohio University, where he studied composition with Dr. Mark Phillips. During his time at Ohio University, he met and began studying piano and dance accompaniment with André Gribou. While working with Mr. Gribou, he became fascinated with the relationship between music, movement and the theatre. Jerome has composed many scores for dance and theatre as well as concert works. His works have been performed throughout the country and internationally. Commissions include works for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Juilliard School, Ballet New York, Sean Curran Company, The Sacramento Ballet, The Richmond Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Zephyr Dance, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Crash Burn and Die Dance Company, Ballet Theatre San Jose, Utah Regional Ballet, The Baum Haus Chicago Theatre Company, Monsterless Actors, and Ohio University. Jerome has served as a dance accompanist and teacher of Music for Dancers at dance festivals, universities and dance schools throughout the United States and abroad. He was a festival musician at the American Dance Festival from 2001-2005 and served as the Music Director for the RDA Craft of Choreography Conference for several years. In 2007 Jerome created the Left Hand Path Ensemble, a new music ensemble in New York City which plays his music. Jerome currently resides in New York where he works as a freelance composer and performer, as well as serves as Music Advisor on the faculty of the Juilliard School Dance Division.
LYDIA BITTNER BAIRD (curator)- Lydia B. Baird is tirelessly preoccupied with forging powerful creative connections within communities. This passion distinguishes her as a curator, performer, and emerging producer. A native of Colorado, Lydia received her classical dance training from Academies of Colorado Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Kirov Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Kaatsbaan International Ballet, with further study at Perry Mansfield, Springboard Danse Montreal, the Risa Steinberg Intensive, and the Merce Cunningham School. She moved from Denver to New York City to attend Juilliard on scholarship, and received her BFA in 2009. During her career at Juilliard, Lydia had the pleasure of dancing the principle role in Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coup, while also performing the works of Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Ohad Naharin, Lar Lubovitch, and Anthony Tudor. In addition, she traveled overseas to perform at the International Choreography Competition in Burgos, Spain. Lydia is dedicated to art outreach, and was awarded a Gluck Community Fellowship for performance, allowing her to bring music and original dance to non-traditional audiences throughout New York City. In July 2008, Lydia was chosen to work exclusively with world-renowned solo artist Margie Gillis and, in 2009, performed one of Gillis’ most challenging and critically acclaimed solo works. Lydia has appeared in the creations of award winning artists Rosie Herrera, Liony Garcia, and Rudi Goblen, and Letty Bassart. NEW WORLD SYMPHONY FELLOWS –The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), is dedicated to the artistic, professional and personal development of outstanding young musicians, while imagining a strong and secure future for classical music through the redefinition and expression of its traditions. The NWS fellowship program provides top graduates of music programs the opportunity to enhance their education by working with the greatest professionals and coaches to further develop their music, professional development and audience engagement skills. Fellows participating in this project are Daisuke Yamamoto, Elizabeth Libby Phelps, Mircea Grigore Lazar, Josh Belvedere, Lotem Beider, Katerina Istomin, Hannah Whitehead, David Meyer, and Emmet Hanick
Additional Bios FABIOLA ARIAS (costume designer, SET) The Fabiola Arias Collection is a manifestation of the artistic background of its designer, Fabiola Arias. Arias' unique and signature use of texture and surface treatment is visible in her cocktail and evening wear pieces. Because of her training in painting and sculpture throughout most of her life, her use of fabric manipulation is reflective of brushstrokes and paint daubs. Arias is a 2005 YoungArts Art Merit winner. Although only 23, Arias launched her line in September of 2008, while a senior at Parsons the New School for Design. It was then that Ikram Goldman, owner of the Chicago upscale boutique,Ikram, and style consultant of First Lady Michelle Obama, purchased the Fabiola Arias collection. Soon after Arias won an enormous and prestigious sponsorship from Japan Fashion Week's designer incubator, Shinmai Creator's Project, which provided all of her textiles for her Fall collection, and a high-scale fashion show production in Tokyo during Fashion Week in March 2010. The collection, with its whimsical and feminine dresses, was highly well received and publicized about in leading newspapers and editorials around Japan, thus resulting in luxury department store, Isetan purchasing the line, as well as boutique, E. Concept Love, in Kobe, Japan. In July 2010 the line was seen on the runway at Shanghai's World Expo under the sponsorship of Shiseido. The line is worn by New York socialites like Tinsley Mortimer and vice-chair of FIT's Couture Council, Yaz Hernandez. Fabiola Arias collection is being sold in Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, and San Francisco. In January 2011, Fabiola Arias won The Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award.
IVONNE BATANERO (dance artist, Requiem…) Ivonne Batanero was born in Lima, Peru and began her dance training at the age 13 in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) summer intensive in 2003 and continued her training under Doris Noriega and Brigid Baker. In 2004, she toured to Venezuela as a guest artist under the direction of Doris Noriega. While at UNCSA, Ivonne studied under Brenda Daniels, Sean Sullivan, Trish Casey, Diane Markham, Diego Schoch, Warren Conover, Ethan Stiefel, Christine Spizzo, Frank Smith, Helen Simoneau, Nigel Burley and has performed works for Janice Brenner, Molly Shanahan, Jonah Bokaer, Sonia Dawkins, Ivy Baldwin, Murray Lewis and Lar Lubavitch. The summer of 2009 she attend Impuls Tanz Vienna International Dance Festival. Since then she has performed works by local artist such as Joanne Barrett, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater and Karen Peterson and Dancers.
LYDIA BITTNER-BAIRD (dance artist, Requiem…) A native of Colorado, Lydia Bittner-Baird received her classical dance training from Academies of Colorado Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Kirov Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Kaatsbaan International Ballet, with further study at Perry Mansfield, Springboard Danse Montreal, the Risa Steinberg Intensive, and the Merce Cunningham School. She moved from Denver to New York City to attend Juilliard on scholarship. During her career at Juilliard, Lydia had the pleasure of dancing the principle role in Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coup, while also performing the works of Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Ohad Naharin, Lar Lubovitch, and Anthony Tudor. In addition, she traveled overseas to perform at the International Choreography Competition in Burgos, Spain. Lydia is dedicated to art outreach, and was awarded a Gluck Community Fellowship for performance, allowing her to bring music and original dance to non-traditional audiences throughout New York City. In July 2008, Lydia was chosen to work exclusively with worldrenowned solo artist Margie Gillis and, in 2009, performed one of Gillis’ most challenging and critically acclaimed solo works. Last year, she was part of Letty Bassart’s Good, God, Go Project. Most recently, she performed with Rosie Herrera Dance Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
ESMÉ BOYCE (dance artist, SET) Esmé Boyce is a graduate of The Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. While at Juilliard Esmé performed the works of Ohad Naharin, Larry Keigwin, Lar Lubovitch, José Limon, Susan Marshall, Laura Careless, Adam Weinert and many others. Since graduation she has had the pleasure of working with Jin Ju Song-Begin, Charlotte Bydwell, Carlye Eckert, Katherine Partington, Doughlas Dunn, Marta Renzi, Gregory Dolbashian and Yara Travieso. She also apprenticed with Stephen Petronio Company from Winter of 2009 through Spring of 2010. Esmé is currently a company member of Janis Brenner + Dancers. This past summer Esmé was an ensemble member in the Bessie Schönberg Choreographers’ Residency 2010 at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard for award winning director/choreographer, Yara Travieso.
GIULIA CAROTENUTO (dance artist, SET) Giulia Carotenuto is originally from Rome, Italy, and has lived in the United States since the age of 19. In 2008 she received her BFA in Dance Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from Chapman University in Orange, CA. That same year she joined the Gallimaufry and Greene Contemporary Dance Company and toured throughout Europe. Giulia performs in an array of venues with media artists and choreographers alike. Giulia has worked with Mark Dendy, Faye Driscoll, Oliver Steele, Ximena Garnica and Catherine Miller, among others. In 2010, Carotenuto was chosen amongst hundreds of dancers to participate in the Bessie Shoenberg Choreographer Award as a dancer for Yara Travieso. She is currently a dancer for Esme Boyce, Katherine Helen Fisher and Loni Landon, and a member of Douglas Dunn and Dancers. In 2011, Giulia was the subject of a new fashion campaign in a video for designer Fabiola Arias. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Yara Travieso and her team of collaborators in a series of new video and performance projects.
RACHEL CARROLL (dance artist, Requiem…) Rachel Carroll began studying dance at the Miami Conservatory and attended high school at New World School of the Arts. In 2006 she received a BA in dance from Florida International University. She has had the pleasure of working with companies such as BrazzDance Theater, Giovanni Luquini Performance Troupe and choreographer Joanne Barrett. In New York, she has performed works by Tami Stronach and Lindsey Dietz-Marchant. Rachel is currently dancing with CircX and is a proud member of Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre. She is very excited to be collaborating with Letty.
CARLYE ECKERT (dance artist, SET) Carlye Eckert is a choreographer, dancer and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate the Juilliard School (BFA, 2009). She has worked and collaborated with artists, Tino Sehgal, Jonah Bokaer, Aszure Barton, Yara Travieso, and Jack Ferver. She is a current company member of The Equus Projects, makes her own work and collaborates with artist, John Sorensen-Jolink under the moniker, Eckert + Sorensen – Jolink. Her work has been presented in Portland, OR at A-WOL; in New York City at Judson Church, Soaking W.E.T presented by David Parker and the Bang Group; Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, DUMBO Dance Festival, Green Space (Queens), the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center, and The Juilliard School. In March of 2011, Carlye will be a featured
artist in Lincoln Center’s Beyond the Machine Festival playing the part of the Narrator for Yara Travieso’s adaptation of Histoire du Soldat.
RYAN HARTLEY (visual artist, SET) Ryan Hartley is a visual artist whose work has appeared at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the New York Studio Program, The Bowdoin Internaional Music Festival, Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, and the Harlem School of the Arts. Ryan is active in the field of community- based art, and has painted large-scale, collaborative murals in New York City, Santiago de Cuba, and Baltimore, Maryland. He is a National Foundation Advancement in the Arts winner and his residency at the Baltimore Urban League Academy was profiled in the Baltimore Sun newspaper. Currently, Ryan is working on an illustrated resource book and website for LGBTQ youth with the Brooklyn Community Pride Center. Hartley is a frequent collaborator with choreographer/director Yara Travieso.
LAURA LUNA (visual artist, film and costume design, Requiem…) Miami based artist Laura Luna is a native of Cuba. She is part of the Cuban Post Modernist “80’s Golden Generation”. As daughter of a political prisoner, her “lack of social compatibility,” did not allow her to enter the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte). In response, she went as an apprentice to the well known ceramic atelier of Rodriguez de la Cruz located in Santiago de Las Vegas where Amelia Pelaez, Lam, Portocarrero, and many other distinguished artists had been her predecessors. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the states and abroad. Her work is part of the Cuban Masters Collection at the Lowe’s Art Museum at The University of Miami. She continued to develop her work there until she and her family were able to obtain political asylum in the United States in 1980. With a great self-discipline and an intricate creative capacity, Laura’s creative process engages all mediums and possible “contamination” (as she calls it) and feeds her daily life and vice versa. In addition to her work as a fine artist, Laura relishes cultivating creativity in children and adults through her work with organizations such as Miami-Dade College and Arts for Learning/Miami.
HEATHER MALONEY (dance artist, Requiem…) Heather Maloney is a performer, choreographer and activist originally from Virginia. Her choreography has been presented at Bates Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, Fundanza, Venezuela, Performatica Puebla, Mexico, Fusebox, Austin TX. She has been awarded residencies at the Queens Museum of Art, New York (2003); at The Center For New Dance Development in Portland, Maine (2005); Recipient of the Manhattan Community Arts Fund/ New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (2004) NPN Residency Tigertail Productions (2004) NPN performance residency with Women and their Work Austin Texas (2008) Artist Access 2008. She was awarded the 2007 Miami Dade Choreographer's Fellowship from the Miami Dade Cultural Affairs. Maloney was selected as an Emerging Choreographer for Bates Dance Festival 2008. In addition she has been awarded a 2009 Individual Artist Fellowship for Dance, from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. In addition, she serves on the NFAA panel for dance choreography. Maloney holds a BFA from New World School of the Arts. She had taught at Florida International University, Nova Southwestern University, New World School of the Arts, Bates College, UDLAP as well
as in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. Currently she is artistic director of inkub8 an alternative whitebox performance space located in Wynwood Miami, FL www.inkub8.org.
MANELICH MINNIEFEE (dance artist, SET) Manelich Minniefee grew up in Fayetteville NC. His dance training began in high school at The NC School of the Arts where he graduated in 2000. Manelich went on to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received a BFA in Dance in 2003. Later that year he joined Pilobolus Dance Theater and toured full time with company for five years. Since 2009 Manelich has been working as a freelance dancer in New York and has worked with choreographers such a Mark Dendy, Baracka DeSoleil, Helen Simoneau, and Alison Chase. Last year Manelich performed german artist Tino Sehgal’s piece “Kiss” at the Guggenheim Museum NY. Manelich has appeared on television in; The Ellen Degeneris Show, Sesemee Street and the 79th Annual Academy Awards as well as in national commercials for the NFL Network, Proctor and Gamble and BBVA (Spain). Manelich will also be dancing in a soon to be released iPad app for the Ralph Lauren Company. He is currently dancing with Yara Travieso and working as her new project manager.
CHRISTOPHER RALPH (dance artist, SET) Christopher Ralph was born and raised in Long Island, N.Y. He began his dance training at Holy Trinity High School. While training at school he simultaneously attend classes at Broadway dance center and Steps on Broadway with teachers such as Peter Schabel, Dorrit Koppel, Frank Hatchett and Chio Yamada. In 2005 Christopher attended SUNY Purchase college to complete his B.F.A in dance. Christopher Ralph has performed works by Lauri stallings, Nick Ross, Yung-li Chen, Doug Varone. He has also gone on tour with CorbinDances during the fall of 2009 and has been a dancer in the DASH ensemble founded by Gregory Dolbashian since its establishment. . In 2010, Ralph was chosen amongst hundreds of dancers to participate in the Bessie Shoenberg Choreographer Award as a dancer for Yara Travieso. Christopher has performed in many spaces throughout his career including, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Reverb Festival, DRA events, Dance Theatre Workshop, The Joyce Soho, and the Joyce in Summer 2011.
ILANA REYNOLDS (dance artist, Requiem…) Originally from the Midwest, Ilana graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a BA in a self-designed major titled Social Change through Movement and Artistic Expression. Since embarking on her career as a professional dance artist she has worked with numerous dance companies and choreographers in Miami and abroad, including Brazz Dance Theater (2004-present) Christine Brunel Tanz Theater (2008-2009), and Katherine Kramer (2008-2009). Starting in 2007 Ilana began to collaborate extensively with choreographer Letty Bassart, and this past fall 2010 she joined the Florida
Grand Opera as a dancer in the opera Turandot. Dedicated to her craft Ilana has studied throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Highlights include the Folkwang School in Essen, Germany, Fundacao de Danca, Salvador Bahia, Bill T Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company intensives, New York and the Impluz Tanz Festival in Vienna, Austria In 2008 Ilana was awarded the Artist Access Grant and Artist Enhancement Grant through the city of Miami and state of Florida to go and study with dancer/choreographer Christine Brunel in Essen, Germany. In 2010 Ilana was awarded the Artist Access Grant a second time to study in New York with Bill T Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company. In addition to her performance career she is a teaching artist for Arts for Learning, a non-profit organization that promotes learning through the arts, and has also taught Intro to Modern Dance and Beginning Samba to adults, at Miami-Dade College for two years
CHAT TRAVIESO (architect, SET) Chat Travieso attended high school at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. He received his undergraduate degree in 2007 from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he graduated Summa Cum Laud. He majored in General Fine Arts and minored in Culture and Politics. After graduating from MICA, Chat went on to study architecture at the Yale School of Architecture. He received his Master of Architecture in 2010. Chat currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He works as an architectural designer at WXY Architecture and Urban Design. Chat has also worked as an architectural intern at Harrison Atelier – an Architecture firm based out of New York City, an intern at Interboro Partners – an Urban Design firm in Brooklyn, and an artist assistant for Michael Rakowitz in Brooklyn. Chat has been the recipient of various awards and honors. They include: The Moulton Andrus Award from the Yale School of Architecture, The Harvey R. Russel Scholarship from the Yale School of Architecture, Nomination for the H.I. Feldman Prize by the Yale School of Architecture, the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, The F. Grainger Marburg Traveling Award from MICA, The Shipleys of Maryland Award from MICA, The Evergreen House Foundation Scholarship from MICA, and a first place YoungAts winner and Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
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