2013 Festival Lineup
The mission of Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (EMIA), a subsidiary of the not-for-profit Diversity of Dance, Inc., is to provide an environment where student artists from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds can achieve the highest levels of excellence in dance through positive collaborations with teachers and peers. Works to be presented by Alenka Cizmesija, Freddie DeJesus, Meredith Rainey, plus student choreographers: Lauren MacAllister and AlrickThomas.
Corey Hutchins has been tap dancing since he was 4 years old. He has been seen on stages around the world such as Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center outdoors, The Duke Theatre on 42nd St. NY, The Pantages theatre in LA, multiple Fox Theatres around the US, Munich Olympic Arena in Germany, other countries as Japan, Taiwan, France, Mexico, Finland, Austria and many more. Corey was a 6 year member of Riverdance The Show where he was a featured tap soloist. In 2010 Hutchins had the honor of dancing in The White House for the First Lady and guests. Corey just finished performing as a soloist at the New York City Tap Festival 2013.
Jason E. Bernard is a native New Yorker from The Bronx. Jason made his Broadway Debut at the age of 17 in The TONY Award winning musical “Bring In ‘da Noise, Bring In ‘da Funk”. In 2000 he made his feature film debut in The Spike Lee Feature Film “Bamboozled”. In 2001 Jason appeared alongside the late Great Gregory Hines in The Showtime Original Movie “Bojangles”. He traveled the world with the international show “Riverdance” for 10 years performing for millions of audience members. Jason lived in Ireland for 3 years performing with Cois Céim Dance Theater in the world premiere production of “Dodgems” and the 10 year revival of “Boxes” under the direction of David Bolger. He had the honor of originating the role of one of “The Five Blazes” for the Pre- Broadway Production Of “After Midnight”.
ASE DANCE THEATRE COLLECTIVE/ADIA TAMAR WHITAKER – “Anba Dlo”
Adia Tamar Whitaker, Artistic Director of Ase Dance Theatre Collective, is an Afro-Haitian Dance Instructor at Mark Morris Dance Group and Dance Teaching Artist for Brooklyn Academy of Music. Anba Dlo is her interpretation of the traditional song, dance and percussion pieces she learned in Ghana while researching the roots of Afro-Haitian folklore. As the song and dance unfold into a grand bellowing for Whitaker’s African ancestors, the performers become the high and low tide of a conflicted sea.
KATIE ROSE MCLAUGHLIN – “NOUVEAU”
Katie Rose McLaughlin is a ballet dancer turned choreographer interested in blurring the lines between dance and theatre. NOUVEAU explores the casual non-performative action of being extremely virtuosic at something commonplace – e.g. a bartender, flawlessly grasping for bottles, pouring, shaking, stirring, serving. Nouveau charts the transcendental moment of commonplace virtuosity set to bad pop music in the back of a dirty bar.
ALEXIS CONVENTO – “and you invented me, and i invented you”
Alexis is Artistic Director of Alexis Convento & Artists, a contemporary/improvisational dance company based in NYC. Founder/Creative Director and Producer of the CURRENT SESSIONS, a contemporary dance series showcasing works from choreographers in New York City and beyond, she is also on faculty at Joffrey Ballet School. “and you invented me, and i invented you” explores the psyche of a woman in doubt, witnessing the feelings of submissiveness, emptiness and mystery, with both herself and her spectators. Within an improvisational score, honest character development within contemporary dance movement allows the artist to investigate and discover a deeper emotional understanding of who this woman is and can be.
BARBARA MAHLER: “When She Stumbles”
Barbara Mahler is a choreographer, performer, movement educator and body worker – a master teacher of and major contributor to Klein Technique™, faculty and certified practitioner of Zero Balancing.
“When She Stumbles” is composed of a seven minute solo and a nine minute duet. Consistent with her work, movement is the main interest – creating, juxtaposition, timing, the relationship of dancer to dancer, dancers to the space and to the audience.
LAUREN REE SLONE – “One Man Band”
Her choreography has been presented at Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC, among others. She is Artistic Director of Empty Nave Projects, a NYC-based, multi-disciplinary performance company invested in global research, collaboration, and production. One Man Band is a second in a series of “movement biography” solos performed by Shiloh Hodges. The first solo, Short Dances Made in New York #1, was made in winter with a winter perspective. In this second biography, the work in summer mirrors the seasonal evolution that Shiloh experiences, generated in response to the heat, smells, sounds, and overabundant stimuli in Manhattan in June.
PAULINE LEGRAS, Caliince Dance – “Variant”
Pauline is Artistic director of Caliince Dance, a certified Martha Graham Technique teacher and a certified Gyrotonic instructor. Caliince Dance is a contemporary modern dance company whose choreographies illuminate the human condition in social, political, psychological, and sexual contexts. Variant is a dance for two women who have lost their love. Their stories are identical but their reactions are different. They dance the same movements, but through an interplay of dynamic and individual interpretation, a beautiful juxtaposition is created on stage.