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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT #15: Guest Artist Brian Arias // Arias

Know first about some of our Artists and their Companies on our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT leading up to Volume IV, Issue II.! Learn a little about who they are and what they are most passionate about!


Today’s SPOTLIGHT is:

Brian Arias



WEBSITE: bryanarias.com

ABOUT Brian 
A native of Puerto Rico, Arias moved at age eight with his family to New York City, where he was exposed to multiple dance styles and studied intensively at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School (LaGuardia Arts). Upon graduation, Arias received the school’s Jacques d’Amboise ballet award, going on to perform in New York with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and internationally with Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and Kidd Pivot.

Arias has originated roles in and performed works by notable choreographers including Jirí Kylián, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite; he received First Place and Audience Choice awards for his work Without Notice at the Sixth Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, and the Audience Favorite Award for his work at New York City’s Dance Gallery Festival.

He has choreographed for dancers at the Juilliard School, The Peridance Company, LaGuardia Arts, and “Switch,” NDT’s annual choreographic workshop and charity benefit. 

Arias full-evening production, a place where something flourishes, premiered to sold-out audiences in November 2013.

Arias is currently a freelance artist, exploring dance through choreography, collaboration, and education.

CHECK OUT
Video from Brian’s latest evening length “A Place Where Something Flourishes” HERE
Finely crafted, and expertly danced, the work has a resonance that will evoke a personal response from each viewer, just as the dancers bring their personal stories into play while performing it.” - Oberon’s Grove // Full review HERE

FOLLOW Brian
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/brian.arias
INSTAGRAM: @bryriaz

Check out Brian at Volume IV, Issue II., on Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 24th at 7pm!

Volume IV, Issue II. is happening August 22-24!!! 
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 Photo Credit: Bottom - Joao Canziani

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT #14: Jay Carlon

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Know first about some of our Artists and their Companies on our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT leading up to Volume IV, Issue II.! Learn a little about who they are and what they are most passionate about!


Today’s SPOTLIGHT is:

Jay Carlon



WEBSITE: jaycarlon.com : dancefilmselfie.com

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY:
Curious, Spontaneous, Autobiographical

ABOUT Jay
Jay Carlon is a freelance dance artist based in New York.  He is currently a member of internationally touring aerial spectacle company Australia’s Strange Fruit.  This Fall, Jay will join the Metropolitan Opera for their production of The Death of Klinghoffer.  Earlier this year, Jay started  a self-portrait series called Dance Film Selfie after touring the the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Carlon Attended CSU Long Beach for his MFA in Dance. He has presented work at 92nd Y, 133rd Arts Center, Highways Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica College, and the 2008 International Composer’s Festival in Spain.  He has taught various styles including contemporary, hip hop, improvisation, and pedagogy at UC Irvine, ACDFA Baja Region, and The Wooden Floor.

ABOUT Jay’s CREATIVE PROCESS 
I like to create something romantic by suspending the viewer’s disbelief, only to discover an inevitable harsh reality.  That is my audacious M. Night Shamalan twist; that is the aim/goal of my work.

When I’m dreaming, which I spend the majority of my time doing, the soundtrack in my unconscious is most likely a song by Ella Fitzgerald.  And the Instagram filter that surrounds my environment is generally in black-and-white or sepia… or maybe some rosy, blurry lens.  And when I’m dreaming, I can feel every cell in my body radically transform, even in stillness.  Even in moments when all I feel is the wind between my fingers and sun on my skin.  Even when I close my eyes and wish I was somewhere else.

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents? 
I am currently a performer with Australia’s Strange Fruit.  The work involves performing on a 15 foot flexible sway pole while fusing theater, clowning, acrobatics, and dance.  I suppose that’s still related to dance… I suppose for my day job, I am a Social Media and Marketing Director for an online bakery in NYC.

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
I’m a huge art history nerd.  I consider myself a conceptual artist, which is why Marcel Duchamp has had a big influence in my decision making as a thinking, living, and breathing being.  Of course I cannot neglect to mention Pina Bausch, who paved the way for transforming visual and visceral performance through use of props / set design, repetition, and wonder.

What is your most memorable moment as an artist, thus far?
It’s always been a goal of mine as a performer and choreographer to make and do work that is highly accessible.  Having exposure in a vast range of styles (hip hop to post modern), I have found it hard to “please” everyone.  But after joining Australia’s Strange Fruit, whose mission is high visibility for people of all ages, cultures, and social classes; I’ve found a great respect for the spectacle.  So back to the question, my most memorable moment as a artist is getting to perform for this company for audiences ranging from young bright-eyed children to old leather daddies, homeless people in the streets to our millionaire donors, and English speaking to non-english speaking cultures alike — all their responses are the same.  My favorite quote from an audience member was this: “Thank you for giving me inspiration, I haven’t been moved in years.”

FOLLOW Jay
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/jay.carlon
TWITTER: @jaycarlon
INSTAGRAM: @jaycarlon

Check out Jay at Volume IV, Issue II., on Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 24th at 7pm!

Volume IV, Issue II. is happening August 22-24!!! 
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Photo credit: Mari Juliano

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT #12: Troy Ogilvie // crux

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Know first about some of our Artists and their Companies on our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT leading up to Volume IV, Issue II.! Learn a little about who they are and what they are most passionate about!


Today’s SPOTLIGHT is:

Troy Ogilvie // crux



WEBSITE: troyogilvie.com

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY:
Inquisitive, Dirty, Direct

ABOUT Troy
A history of crux: 

Once upon a time a few days ago there lived three witches.  One was part dog, one had snakes for hair, and one was very very sexy.  They lived in a treacherous forest on the land of an evil king and queen. The vicious king and queen had all the gold, land, and servants they could want but they were jealous of the witches’ power. One night, the conniving king and queen snuck into the haunted forest and brutally sheared the dog of his dog parts and severed the serpents off of the snake lady’s skull. Hearing the howls of the dog man and the gasping hisses of the bloody snakes, the sexy one escaped and flew into a nearby oak tree.  From her perch, the beautiful one transformed the nearest branches into daggers and plunged them into the black hearts of the vile king and queen. The sexy one quickly took pity on her friends whom had been stripped of their powers. She conjured the dog man’s fur back into a bushy beard and fashioned a golden crown for the former Medusa. The beautiful one then hid herself in rags and hypnotized the kingdom into thinking the former witches were in fact the rightful King and Queen. Dogman and Medusa were given a royal welcome as the sexy one giggled, still in disguise.

ABOUT Troy’s CREATIVE PROCESS 
At crux, we are interested in the truths of story.

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents? 
Story telling and mischief making.

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
Michael Borremans for mood, Jeanette Winterson for fantasy, Death Grips for beats

What is your most memorable moment as an artist, thus far?
Right now, this current experiment.

We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why? 
Hands because they comfort, poke, provoke, heal, seduce, and decorate.

Say what you want to say! Have a quote you live by?
"Creativity is first of all an act of destruction." - Pablo Picasso

FOLLOW Troy
TWITTER: @Troy_Ogilvie

Check out crux at Volume IV, Issue II., on Friday, August 22nd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 24th at 7pm!

Volume IV, Issue II. is happening August 22-24!!! 
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Photo credit: Emily Turndrup 

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT #13: Sophie Maguire // lonely goat

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Know first about some of our Artists and their Companies on our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT leading up to Volume IV, Issue II.! Learn a little about who they are and what they are most passionate about!


Today’s SPOTLIGHT is:

Sophie Maguire // lonely goat



WEBSITE: lonelygoatdancecompany.com 

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY: 
Haunting, Fantastical, Precise

ABOUT Sophie
At a young age, Sophie traveled to Hungary, The Czech Republic, Scotland, and Hawaii with the Isadora Duncan Youth Ensemble. In 2010, after graduating with honors in dance from Connecticut College, Sophie founded lonely goat. Sophie’s work has been shown at Rooftop Dance, Art CartNYC’s Truck Yeah!, The Asheville Fringe Festival, Greenspace, The Construction Company, The Chi Movement Center, The Hygienic Art Gallery, Westfest at Westbeth, Dixon Place, DNA, Triskelion Arts, Galapagos Art Space, Gowanus Art + Production, and The Window at 125/ Roger Smith Hotel. Sophie will forever choreograph while pursuing a Masters of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. 

ABOUT Sopie’s CREATIVE PROCESS 
I begin with a static image. The image expands into an environment. I ask, who lives here? Why are they living here? I start building movement; I develop a movement vocabulary. Nuggets of movement evolve. As time goes on and as I see my dancers inhabit the movement, the order of these separate nuggets begins to become obvious and soon unveils what has happened to these ‘characters‘ in this environment and what will happen to them here. I make choices based on what seems appropriate for the original image, for the environment, and for the ‘characters’. A lot of it is gut and instinct. 

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents? 
This fall I will be going back to school to get a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Although seeming to live in extraordinarily different worlds, choreography and landscape architecture are intrinsically connected: in both, you are responsible for designing spaces for people to move through. I also like to cook, I don’t know if it is a special talent, but I do love it. 

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
I am influenced more by images than particular artists. There are images everywhere, some organized by artists and some naturally occurring. That being said, some of my favorite ‘image makers’ are… Auguste Rodin, Thom Browne, Patrick Dougherty, John Currin, Joan Didion, Maya Malachowski Bajak, and Alexandra Beuscher. 

What is your most memorable moment as an artist, thus far?
There have been many, but one recently occurring one is when I watched my work ‘UNTIL WE ARE HOME’ performed for the first time. I was watching something I had given birth to, but I had no idea where it came from or what it meant. I rarely know what my work is ‘about’ until I see it performed a few times, and even then it takes a little detective work. I loved this experience, because it was my sub- conscious coming to life through choreography and quite literally teaching my conscious self what the heck was going on in my brain. 

We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
I’ve always thought the collarbone to be the most beautiful, sexy, mysterious, and bold part of the body. I love that the collarbone connects the sternum to the scapula, or the front of the body to the back. There is so much mobility between these three places, making possibilities, and therefore expression, endless. 

Say what you want to say! Have a quote you live by?
There really is beauty in everything. 

FOLLOW Sophie
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/lonely-goat
INSTAGRAM: @smaguire

Check out lonely goat at Volume IV, Issue II., on Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 24th at 3pm!

Volume IV, Issue II. is happening August 22-24!!! 
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Photo credit: Kate Enman 

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT #11: Enza DePalma // E|N|Z|A

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Know first about some of our Artists and their Companies on our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT leading up to Volume IV, Issue II.! Learn a little about who they are and what they are most passionate about!


Today’s SPOTLIGHT is:

Enza DePalma // E|N|Z|A



WEBSITE: enzadepalma.com

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY:
Fluid, Storytelling, Intricate 

ABOUT Enza
Enza DePalma, originally from Chicago, has been performing and producing original choreography for the last eight years. Receiving a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of The Arts, Enza has also studied movement invention with artists like Sidra Bell and Shannon Gillen. Upon graduating she was commissioned to create an original work for The Pennsylvania Ballet second company’s 2012 season. This piece was also selected for their annual fundraiser, “Shut Up and Dance!” 2012; another new work was featured in the 2013 fundraiser. In 2010, Enza studied with Kazuko Hirabayashi at Dance New York International exchange program in Burgos, Spain, where she presented original work. In addition to creating, Enza has performed works by Sidra Bell, Netta Yerulshamy, William Forsythe, and Roni Koresh.

Enza is also a member of toUch Performance Art.

ABOUT Enza’s CREATIVE PROCESS 
My inspirations come mostly from feelings and perceptions of things around me and in my own head. I’m interested in the intimate relationships we have; how to capture a moment that seems so personal. My creative process begins with music and improvisation. I hear sounds, and dancers appear in my brain, interacting and weaving with one another. Each accent develops from a note into a jump or a gesture. In the studio I’m collaborative; presenting things I’ve prepared and letting them marinate naturally with my dancers. It is my personal goal to question and challenge the current state of the art world, making an inexhaustible effect. 

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents? 
I love to work with different lighting. Fluorescent lights have fascinated me for the past two years. Something about how stark and bright they are adds an element to the stage that I love. Creating set pieces and then putting fluorescents lights on them tells a completely different story. I also love to sing and take pictures.

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
Recently I’ve been very influenced by visual artists. The lighting in a black and white photograph and how that contrast creates something that a color photo never would; the window displays at Bergdorf’s, how intricate and detailed every piece is. It’s helping me to see my dances as whole picture and experience rather than just movements of the body.

We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
Hands are definitely my favorite part of the body. It’s usually one of the first things I notice about a person. In everyday life, they’re usually one of the first body parts to introduce us to new things and in dance they can create such small details and movements; so small that not everyone will see them.

FOLLOW Enza
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/enzadance 
TWITTER: @EnzaDePalma

Check out E|N|Z|A at Volume IV, Issue II., on Friday, August 22nd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 24th at 7pm!

Volume IV, Issue II. is happening August 22-24!!! 
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Photo credit: Stephanie Crousillat

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT #10: Allison Jones Dance

Know first about some of our Artists and their Companies on our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT leading up to Volume IV, Issue II.! Learn a little about who they are and what they are most passionate about!


Today’s SPOTLIGHT is:

Allison Jones Dance 



WEBSITE: allisonjonesdance.com

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY:
Gestural, Circular, Urgency

ABOUT Allison
Allison Jones is a freelance professional dance artist, choreographer and arts administrator based in New York City. Originally from L.A., Allison graduated Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY in 2008. Allison founded Allison Jones Dance in 2010 and has presented her work at the Shanghai Expo in China, Movement Research at the Judson Church, WAVE RISING SERIES, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Symphony Space, WestFest, the World Financial Center and many others. As a dancer, Allison has worked with Barak Marshall, Andrea Miller, Lauri Stallings, Itzik Galili and Benjamin Levy among others, and has danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for four consecutive seasons. In 2011 Allison was a Founding Choreographer at the first CURRENT SESSIONS: Volume I, Issue I, and has stayed on administratively, becoming Co-Creative Director in 2012 as well as continuing to present her work. Allison Jones Dance is fiscally sponsored by New York Live Arts; please visit http://newyorklivearts.org/artist/allisonjonesdance to make a tax-deductible donation today! 

ABOUT Allison’s CREATIVE PROCESS 
My overall aesthetic is, and has been for years, one of solid technique cloaked in a quirky expression that abstractly conveys a deeply personal story. I do what feels good until it looks good. I like to dig deep, but not too deep when researching concepts for a work, preferring to keep inspirations more abstract and big-picture, letting the body do the talking. I am not interested in literal storytelling, pervasive pedestrian movement or combinations of traditional dance steps. I like for my audience to be a bit bewildered by me as a performer - sensing a meaning they don’t fully understand, and don’t need to. I like raw material and impulse. I am a fairly scattered, disorganized, emotionally dynamic and sometimes chemically imbalanced human being, but at the same time have a wellspring of inner strength and confidence and have direct, hands-on approach to living my life. I would say my movement echoes these traits (for better or for worse).

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents? 
For a long time I kept up with music as much as dance. I guess you could say having perfect pitch is a special talent (or curse, when instruments or people are out of tune). I trained in classical piano for 8 years, played flute for 3 and dabbled with guitar and voice, playing in orchestras, marching bands (nerd alert!) and rock bands before giving it all up entirely in college when the Dance Conservatory at Purchase consumed every bit of energy I had. I was accepted into CalArts as a double major in Music and Dance but decided it was better to be really good at one art form than marginally good at two. I do always wonder how life would have turned out for me if I had attended CalArts, however.

In the past year I have gotten back into music, playing synth keyboard with the all-female rock band HUFF THIS! fronted by the powerful creature that is Alison Clancy. We’ve played (le) poisson rouge, Highline Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Glasslands, Muchmores and much more (haha). I also guested with the very cool electro-rock group CityGirl recently. It is awesome to be playing again and slowly awakening the musical creature that has always lived inside of me, begging for another outlet to express. Since I’m injured and dance has taken a bit of a backseat, this is especially welcome in my life at the moment.

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
Renegade female rockers who paved their own path (Patti Smith, Janis Joplin et al.). I have always loved the work of Renee Magritte and never really analyzed it, but now that I think about it, it’s probably because he presented the surreal and bizarre in a very direct and clear way, which is how I feel my choreography should (does?) come across. Kandinsky for a similar reason, and also because I am very drawn to patterns, lines and circles. The poems of Arthur Rimbaud touch a special place deep within me and I don’t even know why. Within the dance field, the contemporary greats Ohad Naharin, Pina Bausch, Jiri Kylian and Nacho Duato definitely stand out.

Sometimes I feel that I’m influenced more by concepts than specific people. Bold graphic patterns (my closet bears testimony); Ostinato in music - the constant motif or phrase that is always there throughout the work; German Expressionism and its exaggerated portrayal of the insane and grotesque; Everyday objects and living things in motion; The infinite ways that the body expresses, adapting and changing its expression through life experience. I’m intrigued by the personal tragedy and psychological suffering of many renowned poets (Poe, Plath, Woolf, Hemingway) - how/why their experiences resulted in such masterpieces, and whether or not they would have created masterpieces without enduring that suffering.

We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
I don’t really have one favorite part. I’m intrigued by the skin as an organ itself; how it constantly regenerates, and you literally live in many different skins throughout your life. It’s loaded with metaphor. Eyes also captivate me, and the ability to shift focus. As a performer and model I am very aware of what my eyes are saying and their power to reel an audience member, camera lens or poor innocent bystander into another world entirely.

Say what you want to say! Anything you’d like to share?
The past year and a half has taught me a lot about choosing your own happiness, and not being bound to lifestyles and people that are not healthy for you. I’m grateful for the chance to press the reset button, shed skin, expose the rawness and build new layers on top of it.

FOLLOW Allison
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/allisonjonesdance
TWITTER: @ajdancingmuse
INSTAGRAM: @allisonjonesdance

Check out Robert at Volume IV, Issue II., on Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 24th at 7pm!

Volume IV, Issue II. is happening August 22-24!!! 
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Photo credit: Kent Miller

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT #9: Kat Rhodes // RoadWork

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Know first about some of our Artists and their Companies on our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT leading up to Volume IV, Issue II.! Learn a little about who they are and what they are most passionate about!


Today’s SPOTLIGHT is:

Kat Rhodes // RoadWork



WEBSITE: roadworkdance.org

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY: 
Human, Narrative, Intimate

ABOUT Kat
Kathryn Dean Rhodes is a Texas native who received her BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase in December of 2010.  While in attendance, she started cultivating her craft and presenting work for various school related projects such as Downtown Cabaret, Culture Shock, and Purchase Wide Open. In her final year, she was invited to showcase her work at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College and at Dancewave, held at Long Island University, as a representation of choreography for SUNY Purchase.   As a senior, Kathryn and other Purchase students from varied disciplines, started an art collective which has achieved great success, and continues to thrive in New York City.  The Hoover Dam Collective attracts and seeks diverse New York City artists, and provides a medium for the artistʼs work to be shown. Kathryn has showcased a bulk of her work for the HDC, at venues which include Station 171, Spike Hill, Red Lotus Room, The Living Room, The Slipper Room and many others. She has also accepted a position with The Vis-a-Vis Project as the Dance Curator and has great expectations for its future.  Kathryn premiered a new work at the Festival in June 2012. Sheʼs presented work at the 2012 Reverb/APAP Choreographic Showcase, which received great acclaim, and has since continued teaming up with artists and self producing several shows in Brooklyn NY.  Since Graduating, she has worked with Doug Varone,  Zoe|Juniper, Nelly Van Bommel, Nora Petroliunas, and Pam Tanowitz. Visit roadworkdance.org if you want to learn more about Kat Rhodes and her company RoadWork.

ABOUT Kat’s CREATIVE PROCESS 
My Process is rooted in the art of Narrative.  Its a highly communal experience that centers around spontaneity, storytelling, and improvisation with my dancers. For me its about finding the best way to retell a story, a fact, something historic, through dance in the most compelling and accessible way possible.

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents? 
In addition to dance, Kat has done a lot of collaborative work in Film. She has a highly visual nature and appreciates work that centers around that.

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
Some of her influences include Pina Bausch, Doug Varone, Crystal Pite, and Nora Petroliunas. Kat is drawn to choreographers that play with human themes and narrative.

Say what you want to say! Have a quote you live by?
"One must still have chaos inside oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star" - Nietzsche

FOLLOW RoadWork
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/RoadWork

Check out RoadWork at Volume IV, Issue II., on Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 24th at 7pm!

Volume IV, Issue II. is happening August 22-24!!! 
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT #8: Stephanie Acosta with Jesse Young

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Know first about some of our Artists and their Companies on our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT leading up to Volume IV, Issue II.! Learn a little about who they are and what they are most passionate about!


Today’s SPOTLIGHT is:

Stephanie Acosta with Jesse Young



WEBSITE: stephanieacosta.org

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY:
Illuminating, Somatic, Accumulation

ABOUT Stephanie
A multidisciplinary artist focusing on exploratory means to experiential ends. Acosta blends performance and video with practice based research placing materiality of the ephemeral at the root of her practice, questioning the making of immovable meanings in our manufactured limitations.

Stephanie Acosta resides in NY/Chicago where she works extensively with unseen histories, performance modes, experimental radio and independent film. Acosta can also be found creating with NO ONE IS ANYWHERE and with collaborators across the country including Daviel Shy Films, Atom-r, Manuel Vason, Jessie Young and Robin Deacon. 

ABOUT Stephanie’s CREATIVE PROCESS 
Research, document, archive and exploratory systems are engaged in considering out given subject’s subjectivity. Utilizing the semantic within the somatic to find blurring lines of connection and container. in other words we make images to translate into visceral experience, we use duration to talk about weight, we spend time with gestures and ideas allowing for their proximity to inform relation. 

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents? 
An inherently multidisciplinary practice including film making in analonge and ditigal modes, sculpture, installation, projection and sculpture. 

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
The works of ensembles such as Goat Island and Every House Has a Door, the films of Cauleen Smith and the writing of Eileen Myles and Sarah Schulman. Those who utilize the challenging of a mode to discuss the challenges of our time. 

What is your most memorable moment as an artist, thus far?
In 2013 our ensemble performed in Puebla Mexico, in the courtyard of a former prison, on coble stones, in what was now a space for creative gathering, and there we performed Falling Things. 

We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
The mouth, for its metaphors and its surprising variability. 

FOLLOW Stephanie
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/stephanieacosta
TWITTER: @wakingstephanie
INSTAGRAM: @wakingstephanie 

Check out Stephanie at Volume IV, Issue II., on Friday, August 22nd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 24th at 3pm!

Volume IV, Issue II. is happening August 22-24!!! 
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT #7: Robert Daniel Holmes Maynard

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Know first about some of our Artists and their Companies on our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT leading up to Volume IV, Issue II.! Learn a little about who they are and what they are most passionate about!


Today’s SPOTLIGHT is:

Robert Daniel Holmes Maynard



WEBSITE: rdhm.net

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY:
Audacious, Irreverent, Sincere 

ABOUT Robert
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. 

ABOUT Robert’s CREATIVE PROCESS 
Everything I create is done because it cannot simply be written down. My body in space represents years of experience, knowledge, and rebellion, and these can be read from the arch of my neck to the slope of my ankle. The “stories” of the body are nonlinear, imprecise, and flawed. I am not looking to tell you something specific and concrete. If I was, I would write you a letter. 

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents? 
I am starting to experiment with dance on film to create tangible artifacts out of my performances. Film allows me to cater the viewing of the body much more precisely than with live dance. 

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
I think Raja Kelly / The Feath3r Theory is on to something exciting right now. I appreciate anything that earnestly investigates different genres of performance in conversation with each other. 

Say what you want to say! Have a quote you live by?
Performers should earn attention rather than demand it. There is already too much noise to just start screaming. 

FOLLOW Robert
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/rdhmaynard
TWITTER: @THErdhm
INSTAGRAM: @THErdhm

Check out Robert at Volume IV, Issue II., on Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 24th at 3pm!

Volume IV, Issue II. is happening August 22-24!!! 
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Photo credit: Andrew Jordan

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT #6: Guest Artist // Danielle Russo

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Know first about some of our Artists and their Companies on our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT leading up to Volume IV, Issue II.! Learn a little about who they are and what they are most passionate about!


Today’s SPOTLIGHT is:

Danielle Russo 



WEBSITE: daniellerussodancecompany.com

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY:
"Dramatically Eloquent Athleticism" Deborah Jowitt (The Village Voice, 2008)

ABOUT Danielle
Danielle Russo has been presented nationally at the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Yard; internationally in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Spain and Sweden. In 2012, she was a grant recipient with the Foundation for Contemporary Arts to present at the 80th Anniversary Season of Jacob’s Pillow and selected to represent the United States alongside John Jasperse at the inaugural PRISMA Festival de Danza Contemporánea. In 2013, she was invited to present her multimedia solo work with artist Jin-Wen Yu at the World Dance Alliance Assembly. International artist residencies have included Nadine Laboratory for the Contemporary Arts (Brussels, Belgium), Independent Artists’ Initiative WUK (Vienna, Austria), PA-F Performing Arts Forum (St. Erme, France) and Springboard Danse Montréal (Québec, Canada). Currently, she is an Artist in Residence at home in Brooklyn with Chez Bushwick. Russo is a recipient of a BFA in Dance and a BA in Anthropology from New York University (Tisch School of the Arts) and a MFA in Dance from Hollins University | American Dance Festival where she attended on fellowship. Acclaimed dance critic Deborah Jowitt has recognized Russo for her “dramatically eloquent athleticism”. (The Village Voice)

ABOUT Danielle’s CREATIVE PROCESS 
I craft sensoriums; stages that extend their arms and hug the audience in such a way that the dance contains them. My movement aesthetic, methodology and mission is rooted in a study of intimacy; innate intimacy that glistens in lived behavior versus the inherent contradiction of choreographed intimacy. My process, whether whole or in part, integrates public space with the intent of heightening awareness and response to the subtle sensations that anchor the intimate experience. I have installed performances in surreal environmental conditions either amplified or augmented by my own doing: parlors flooded by 400,000 white roses, cement pillars suspending bodies with industrial cellophane, foyers recarpeted in inexhaustible bubble wrap, the occupation of immense water concourses, the spoon-feeding of German chocolate cake to a string of strangers, so on and so forth. These projects are embedded in a tender curiosity of the theatrical transcendence of the seen body, and consequently, trends of merit stemming from the simplicity of being exposed. My objective is to create a safe space that reinforces and respects audience agency, mobility and consent in the hope of establishing an honest exchange of vulnerable time and space. 

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents? 
I dabble in digital integration, particularly with the use if TroikaTronix® Isadora. I’m still learning! 

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
Maya Deren, Pina Bausch, Meg Stuart, Marlene Dumas, Yvonne Meier, Cy Twombly, Niki de Saint Phalle, Ana Mendieta, Ilse Bing, Marina Abramović, Noémie Lafrance, Tania Bruguera, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Yves Klein to name a few. Why? Intellectually potent, politically assertive, viscerally striking, consciously and responsibly at risk for research that embraces the real versus the represented.

What is your most memorable moment as an artist, thus far?
I had a ticket to Pina Bausch’s “Palermo, Palmero” at Opernhaus Wuppertal in January 2011. She made it rain cinnamon for 20 minutes. Need I say more?

We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
Despite living at the mercy of my feet, I think that my favorite body part(s) might be my hands. So many memories have slipped, scarred and seeped into my hands. 

FOLLOW Danielle Russo
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/Daielle-Russo-Dance-Company
TWITTER: @RussoDance
INSTAGRAM: @DanielleRussoDanceCo

Check out Danielle Russo at Volume IV, Issue II., on Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 24th at 3pm!

Volume IV, Issue II. is happening August 22-24!!! 
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Photo credit: Steven Schreiber