Gelsey Bell is a singer, songwriter, and scholar. She has released multiple albums and her work has been presented internationally. Her song cycle Our Defensive Measurements (2013) with commissioned by the Jerome Foundation and Roulette. She is a core member of thingNY and Varispeed, and has worked with numerous artists in the creation of new work, including Robert Ashley, Matthew Barney, Jonathan Bepler, Yasuko Yokoshi, Dave Malloy, John King, and Kate Soper, among others. She is also an ABD doctoral candidate in Performance Studies at NYU and the Critical Acts co-editor for TDR/The Drama Review. www.gelseybell.com.
Dylan Crossman grew up in the south of France, received his Bachelor’s degree from the Laban Centre in London and studied at Burklyn Ballet Theatre in the U.S. He moved to New York 10 years ago and has worked with many choreographers including Brian Brooks, Wally Cardona, Ellen Cornfield, Julia Gleich and Sean Currán. Dylan joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 and was part of the final Legacy Tour, enjoying every second of it. Now freelance, Dylan works with Pam Tanowitz, Kimberly Bartosik/Daela, Sally Silvers, and Ryan McNamara. He is a faculty member for the Cunningham Trust, SUNY Purchase and Rutgers University as well as a New York Live Arts associate artist. His company, Crossman Dans(c)e, looks at human behavior in formalism. Dylan was a 2016 Schonberg Fellow at the Yard (MA), presented work at Gibney Dance in December (curated by David Parker) and will be revealing his next piece at Abrons Art Center, June 28-30, 2017 ; thanks to a Jerome Foundation grant. www.dylancrossman.org
William Fowler was born and raised in Augusta, GA and studied dance at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. After graduating, he began studying at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. During his summers he was an apprentice for Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. After UNCSA, he became a member of DawsonDanceSF for a year. Now he currently dances as a guest artist with GallimDance, under the direction of Andrea Miller, and this is his first season. He worked with Kimberly Bartosik during his time at UNCSA and is very excited to be working with her again!
Lance Gries was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1985-1992. His work with that company has been honored with a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award and a Princess Grace Foundation Award. Since 1990, he has created and presented solo and group choreography in various venues in New York City such as The Kitchen, Danspace, La MaMa Experimental Theater and The State Theater; as well as cities throughout Europe. His solo evening, “Etudes for an Astronaut” was nominated for a 2011 New York and Performance “Bessie” award for best dance production. He is the recipient of a 2014 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship in support of, “IF Immanent Field” and was a 2017 resident of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Mr. Gries is a renowned teacher, having taught workshops and master classes throughout the world. In 1994 he was a “founding teacher” of PARTS in Brussels, Belgium and continues there as a visiting teacher. Lance’s pedagogical approach is featured in a book on methodology published by Tanzplan Deutschland under the title of “Aspects of Release and Alignment Oriented Techniques.”
Aaron Burr Johnson dances for choreographers Kimberly Bartosik, John Jasperse, Helen Simoneau, and Shen Wei. He has also performed in the work of Walter Dundervill, Ryan McNamara, Yozmit, Mark Fell, Isabel Lewis, and Jack Ferver. His choreography has been presented through Movement Research at Judson Church, Underexposed at Dixon Place, OneArmRed, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Spoke-the-Hub, Emergency Glitter at Abrons Art Center, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, Danspace Project, and New York Live Arts. He has guest-taught at Henrico Center for the Arts, Philadelphia University of the Arts’ pre-college program, the University of Utah, Salem College, and UNC Greensboro.
Cynthia Koppe is a New York based dancer. She holds a BA in Dance and Sociology from Cornell University. Cynthia has been working with Le Principe d’Incertitude (Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard) since 2009 and will embark on her fourth creation with them for a new work in 2017. Cynthia was a member of Shen Wei Dance Arts from 2009-2016, most recently premiering the dance opera, Neither, at BAM in fall of 2016. Cynthia has also worked with Adam Weinert, Ryan McNamara, Christopher Williams, Sam Roeck, Ellis Wood, and Bill Young and was a reperformer in Marina Abramovic’s 2010 MoMA retrospective: The Artist is Present. In addition to dancing, she teaches Pilates and Yoga and has an abiding interest in the body and how far it extends beyond the outlines of physical form.
Joanna Kotze is the 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award recipient for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Her choreography has been presented at Danspace Project, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, New York Live Arts Studio Series, DNA, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Lu Magnus gallery, Soho20 gallery, Industry City and others. Joanna is a 2013-2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and has had recent residencies at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Djerassi and Bogliasco. She danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010 and currently dances for Kimberly Bartosik/daela. She is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University. www.joannakotze.com
Marc Mann received his training from S.U.N.Y. Purchase, graduating Magna Cum Lauda and with the Presidential Award for Exceptional Achievement in Dance. During his final year, Marc joined the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he performed many Principle and soloist roles, notably,“The Preacher” in “Appalachain Spring”. Other professional credits include; Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Co., Toronto Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Lar Lubavitch Dance and others. He also made his debut joining both casts of Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’Out” on Broadway and 1st National Tour. Marc thanks Kimberly for the opportunity to work so closely in their deep and explorative process. This marks their 5th collaborative creation since 2006.
Roderick Murray (Lighting Designer) has been designing lighting and installations for performance nationally and internationally since 1989. The majority of his designs have been for dance (experimental and traditional), and music/opera. Murray’s primary and most challenging collaborations have been designing the lighting and environments for Kimberly Bartosik’s choreographic works since 2000–NYC and abroad. Together with Bartosik he has been exploring the physiological impacts of the perceptions and disappearances of bodies in performance. He alters expectations for dance landscapes through his presence on stage with his lights fabricated uniquely for each performance. He is grateful for his opportunities with Kimberly.
Dave Ruder is a Brooklyn-based vocalist, clarinetist, guitarist, composer, songwriter, writer/librettist, interdisciplinary collaborator, etc. Dave’s work can be heard in the band Why Lie?, the storytelling project Dave & Woody’s Chicken Slaughtering LLC, the ensembles Varispeed, Sweat Lodge, and thingNY. He has regularly worked with Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Aaron Siegel, Abigail Levine, Joanna Kotze, Dušan Týnek, and Panoply Performance Laboratory. Since 2013, Dave has been the driving force behind Gold Bolus Recordings. As a composer, his work has been featured in Experiments in Opera and his WHY LIE? project, 100+ open scores, is available online at www.daveruder.com
Jamie Scott is from Great Falls, Virginia and began her professional training at the Washington School of Ballet. She attended Barnard College and graduated Cum laude in 2005. Jamie worked with Merce Cunningham as a member of the Repertory Understudy Group beginning in 2007 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009. In 2012, Jamie began dancing with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. She has also worked with Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Ana Isabel Keilson, the Merce Cunningham Trust and Silas Riener. Jamie teaches technique and master classes for both the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Merce Cunningham Trust. She was the recipient of a 2014-2015 Princess Grace award and a 2014 Merce Cunningham Fellow.
Melissa Toogood is a native of Sydney, Australia. She was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; her tenure included the highly acclaimed Legacy Tour. She has performed with Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Reiner, Kimberly Bartosik, Stephen Petronio Company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Michael Uthoff Dance Theater, Robert Wood Dance, Miro Dance Theater and Pam Tanowitz Dance for which she also serves as Rehearsal Director. She is currently working with Sally Silvers, The Bang Group, Bartosik, Mitchell and Tanowitz. A faculty member at the Merce Cunningham Studio since 2007, she teaches master classes and workshops internationally. Melissa is a 2013 Merce Cunningham Fellow and was a 2013 New York Dance and Performance Award nominee for her performance in Mitchell’s Interface and Tanowitz’s The Spectators. Toogood earned a BFA in Dance Performance from New World School of the Arts, Miami FL under Dean Daniel Lewis.