GUEST DANCE ARTISTS
Beau Dobson, a Virginia native, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography. He continues to perform with, teach at, and create work for several prominent companies and performing arts institutions throughout Virginia, including but not limited to: Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Ground Zero Dance, and CM & Artists. His residential base is currently in New York where he works regularly with Alison Chase Performance, Mary Seidman and Dancers, Lisa Kusanagi Dance Expressionist, and Jessie Jeanne and Dancers.
Katherine Ellis, a Virginia native, moved to New York after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A in Dance and Choreography. In addition studying at VCU, she also attended and performed at the 2009 Arezzo Festival in Italy, as well as the ‘11 and ‘12 American Dance Festival. On an ADF scholarship, she had the pleasure of working and performing for Reggie Wilson in his premier Akulalutho. Since relocating to NYC, she has been honored to work and perform with If/Then Dance Company under the direction of Samuel Householder, Sharyn Korey, Nicole Sabella, Jessie Stinnett, and Mary Seidman and Dancers. When not dancing, Katherine is a cardio fitness instructor at Uplift Studios in NYC.
Henoch Spinola a native of Cape Verde Islands, began his classical training with Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, graduating from the Young Dancers Program in 2006 to become a full company member in 2007. In 2010, Henoch travelled to Sibiu, Romania to dance with Teatrul de Balet Sibiu for one season. After returning to Boston, Henoch began work with Prometheus Dance from 2011–2012. Soon after, He moved to NYC to dance at the Metropolitan Opera for one season. He is now a master of fine arts candidate within the Dance Professional Practice Pathway at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Laura Crema was born in Padova (Italy) where she first started her dance training with Alessandra Pase, and later joined her company for young dancers. She trained in Tilt-Milan, Scenario Pubblico-Catania, Leggere Strutture-Bologna, attending also numerous master classes with international artists such as Diane Madden, Wei Meng, and Briguel Gjoka. She spent her last year in Italy working as freelance dancer (No`hma Theater-Milan, Fabric Europa Festival-Florence), a choreographer for personal projects (Spazio Idra-Brescia), and teaching in different studios in Milan and Padova. Laura is currently teaching yoga, and working as a freelance dancer in London.
Talia Rothstein is a senior at Harvard studying Latin American History and Literature with a secondary concentration in African American Studies. While at Harvard, she has performed with the Harvard Dance Program in works by Jill Johnson, Brian Brooks, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and Karole Armitage. She has also performed in student productions with the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company and the Harvard Ballet Company. She has choreographed a range of student theater productions, including her own staging of movement and poetry on the experience of border crossing and immigration. While at Harvard, Talia has also participated in political activism both on and off campus, and is interested in the intersection of political and aesthetic discourses in the creation and practice of art.
Ilya Vidrin (Coventry University/Harvard University Fellow) began his early training at the Boston Ballet and went on to compete nationally and internationally in Latin Dancesport before arriving to a confluent practice of modern, contemporary, and improvisational movement and sound. In recent years, Ilya has performed as a guest artist with Urbanity Dance (Boston), Lorraine Chapman The Company (Cambridge/New York City), Abraham.In.Motion (New York City), and Kurofune Ensemble (Japan), as well as original choreographic works by Jill Johnson, Sidra Bell, Aszure Barton, and Dwight Rhoden, among others. He is artistic director of the Reciprocity Collaborative, 2016-2017 Comparative Artist-in-residence at the Interlochen Arts Academy, instructor in the Harvard University Dance Program, and most recently created source material for The Cambrians' production of Empress Archer, an evening-length duet featuring Meredith Webster and Ariel Freedman.
Alongside artistic practice, Ilya pursued undergraduate studies in cognitive neuroscience and rhetorical theory at Northeastern University. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Human Development from Harvard University, where he worked on clinical and experimental research projects investigating non-invasive brain stimulation, mindful/somatic enrichment, and other alternative therapies for cognitive and neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, AD/HD, Schizophrenia, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Ilya is currently synthesizing his wide-ranging artistic and academic interests through a practice-based PhD on partnering and the psychological underpinnings of coordinated movement. Most recently, he has presented his own artistic and academic work in festivals and conferences across North America and Europe, and has been conducting choreographic research with the Royal Swedish Ballet, Chicago Hubbard Street, Boston Ballet, and the Erick Hawkins Dance Company.
Jill Damatac Futter Born amidst the 1980s bustle of Manila, Philippines, I grew up in the United States from the age of nine, lived and worked in New York City until 2014, and moved to London, England in 2015. With training from Pratt Institute, I picked up invaluable experience during my years in New York, working as a staff writer and photographer for Markets Media with a focus on the hedge funds and luxury lifestyle beats, then as a photography assistant, and finally, as a freelance photographer and photo editor. In 2013, one of my personal projects, titled "Raise Our Story", which explored the experiences of young undocumented immigrants in New York, was featured by TIME as one of "30 Tumblrs To Follow"; through that project, I began to appreciate the visual arts not just as a chronicler of social change, but also as its catalyst and vehicle.I'm developing a holistic storytelling practice rooted in imagery, movement, and sound as a candidate for a Master of Arts (MA) in Documentary Film at University of the Arts London - London College of Communication, with a graduation date of December 2016. My first documentary, The Last Tattoo Artist, is currently in pre-production.
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Rosalie Wahlfrid I am a Swedish born dance practitioner. Before I pursued my official degree in dance I trained in Sweden and in London. In 2010 I received my BA(hons) in dance theatre from the Laban Centre. I was awarded the Simone Michelle Award for excellent achievement in choreography in 2010.During the years I have developed a deep interest in energy, the body, mind and performance. I am currently doing an MA in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban and Independent Dance for which I was awarded the Gill Clarke bursary from the Leverhulme Arts Scholars Awards. My research is practice based and explores the body and its storage spaces, bringing philosophical questions and concerns about what it is to move and be moved, relationships between temporalities and negotiations of internal and external environments.My work and dancing is influenced and informed by working and learning with dance artists such as Meg Stuart, Rosalind Crisp, Rosemary Butcher, Kirsty Simson, and Gill Clarke. I have also worked with artists Pablo Bronstein, Yvonne Rainer, Matthias Sperling, Gaby Agis, Joe Moran, Florence Peake, and made work in collaboration with Finnish Dance artist Helka Kaski. I am part of “Sheeps” which is a group of five women, Helka Kaski, Susanna Recchia, Amaara Raheem, Katia Nvqvist and myself. We both perform as a group and meet regularly to practice movement, composition and performance using improvisation. I am also part of the collective “Who’s Johnny?”. The Collective is formed of six dance artists from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and England. The collective consists of exchanging of experiences from working individually in the field. website
Catalina L. Imizcoz (Buenos Aires, 1986) works in art publishing, researching and writing about contemporary art practices and exhibition histories. She earned a degree as a lawyer, and later studied art theory in Paris and in Buenos Aires. Now she is doing a Research Masters on Exhibition Studies at Central Saint Martins, London (2014-2016). Her research project is centred around an analysis of publications related to the field of Exhibition Studies. Previously in Buenos Aires, she worked closely with the publishing industry, both through Ediciones Vasari, the editorial project of the commercial gallery where she was employed; and independently, by publishing books with emerging artists. She was the editorial coordinator of the book Juan Becu - Obras 2006/2014 and she is working on a publishing project with the artist Eduardo Basualdo.
Sarah Anne Stinnett was born into a family of artists. Poet, visual artist, thespian, and musician, she has plunged head-first into a multitude of disciplines of expression. Sarah has had her literary works published by FUSION Magazine at Berklee College of Music and at Emerson College. In the spring of 2011 she received the honor of representing Berklee’s student body by reading original works at the college’s convocation ceremony. Sarah is currently completing a dual degree at Harvard University's extension school in Public Speaking and Business Communications where she is spreading her passion for saving the orca whale species from captivity.
I-Hsuan Chen is a Taiwanese dancer and teacher. She received her BA (Hons) in anthropology in National Taiwan University in 2008. Before joining Fluxwaves Dance Theater, she has her training in Martha Graham technique, classical ballet and Chinese folk dance. From 2008 to 2010, she was involved in productions of Fluxwaves: Weeds (2008) and Stretch Your Wings (2010) and started the practice of Tai-Chi Tao Yin, a traditional Chinese breathing exercises to cultivate Qi as well as for health and spiritual cultivation. With its principle of harmonizing breath and body movements, she found the intricate, close relations between the Graham technique and Tai-Chi Tao Yin. She taught Graham technique in community dance and brought in the concept of internal energy from Tai-Chi Tao Yin. To amplified her theatrical performance, she also participated in Taiwanese musicals Impossible Times (2010) and My Dear Next Door (2011) , which were collaboration between Fluxwaves and Music Times. She is currently doing her MFA in creative practice at Trinity Laban in London.
*Tai-Chi Tao Yin is a series of breathing exercises practiced by Taoists to cultivate Qi. Based upon the therapeutic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tao Yin facilitates the movers to be aware of the internal energy of the body. The practice of Tao Yin is aimed to achieve a balance between internal and external energies and to revitalize the body, mind and spirit, developing strength and flexibility in muscles and tendons. It is also said to be an internal work of the well-known Chinese martial art, Tai-Chi Chuan.