2014 Dance Program

2014 Festival Lineup

Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts

03_Red FabricThe 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.

OUI DANSE

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Oui Dance was founded in 2013 by NYC based French choreographer Brice Mousset. It takes its name from the French word for YES. It is pronounced /WE DANCE/.
For his artistry, Mousset was awarded by REVERB DANCE for best choreography and the audience favorite.  The company garnered acclaim for its two productions “Travailler” at Salvatore Capezio Theater, and “French Amour” at Danspace’s St. Mark’s Church, both to sold out audiences in 2013.  OUI DANSE just finished performing “Travailler” at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series and at the famous Ailey Citigroup Theater.  The company has also participated in numerous dance festivals such as Peridance Presents, Nudance, The gratitude project, Dumbo Dance and more.

Barbara Mahler

Barbara Mahler // Photo by  Julie Lemberger

Photo by Julie Lemberger

Barbara Mahler is a 30-year active member of the New York City dance community as a choreographer, performer, body-worker and movement educator. Her choreography draws upon the intricate and infinite possibilities of the textures of time, space and the (her) body to create dances, which subtly reveal characters, emotions and stories.  Her choreography is consistent with her teaching vision and work.  It explores the endless possibilities that the body can reveal – spare and articulate, compositional, and evocative. She has traveled extensively as a guest around the globe Sweden, among others. Mahler was an artist in Residence with Movement Research for the 2003-04, and 2006 -08 seasons. Movement Research continues to provide a home base for the development of her artistic visions and products. Internationally, her choreographic work has received support from Meet the Composer, the Arts Council in Montreal, Canada; Danse Alliensen in Sweden and the Cultural Arts Ministry in Chile. Mahler was a recipient of a Sage Cowles Land Grant, and part of the first solo dance artist residency at The Yard (an artist’s colony in Chilmark, Mass.) Most recently she received a choreographic research grant from the International Dance Programme in Gothenburg, Sweden, and a residency from the CAVE, Williamsburg, NY. Mahler was a member of LEAP 2011-12, a Queens Arts Council Program supporting development of vision, artistic products and process. She is currently a faculty member with Movement Research and the State School for Dance and Theater in Copenhagen,Denmark. Barbara received a BAX award in Arts and Artists Progress 2013.

MBDance

Maria Bauman // Photo by Lucilene Barbosa

Photo by Lucilene Barbosa

Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Maria Bauman founded MBDance in 2007, creating from a desire for equity and a fascination with relationship. For that work, she has been honored by GO! Magazine as a “Woman at the Helm.”  In New York, Bauman’s work has been showcased at Harlem Stage, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, Dixon Place, the Kumble Theater, SummerStage NYC, the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), WOW Café Theater, BRICstudios, and DTW (now NY Live Arts). MBDance just returned from performing in St. Louis.  Bauman has danced with Urban Bush Women, Nia Love/Blacksmith’s Daughter, Adele Myers and Dancers, Angela’s Pulse, Mendi + Keith Obadike, and jill sigman/thinkdance, and apprenticed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She was with Urban Bush Women for eight seasons, originating several roles, and recently serving as Associate Artistic Director of that company. Among other honors, she has received a 2014 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency Award, 2012-13 and 2009-10 Harlem Stage Fund for New Work via The Jerome Foundation, and a 2010-11 Dance Theater Workshop Studio Series. Bauman works closely with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond on Understanding and Undoing Racism workshops for arts communities and is a WOW Café Theatre collective member (theater space by and for women and transgender artists).

Kiran Rajagopalan

KiranKiran Rajagopalan is one of the leading young exponents of Bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance). A graded artiste of Doordarshan Chennai, Kiran has given many acclaimed solo performances at prestigious venues in India, Indonesia, and the United States.  He is the recipient of a fiscal sponsorship from the prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts to choreograph and present a solo performance art production.

Ranardo-Domeico Grays’ VISIONS Contemporary Ballet

Photo by Andrew Williams

Photo by Andrew Williams

Ranardo-Domeico Grays (SAG/AFTRA, AEA), founder/artistic director of VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, is an alumnus of The Juilliard School and Cal Arts (BFA), the Alvin Ailey School and a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. He has performed with Sensedance, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Urban Wash, La Toya Jackson, Garth Fagan, Zack Morris, Celebrity Cruises, acted in film and television and choreographed for TV and Off Broadway. He has taught Master Class workshops at Marygrove College and was Dance Director of Morris High School. VISIONS has been presented by Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center in Souls of Our Feet and PEEKS, Under Exposed at Dixon Place, American Cancer Society, Fertile Ground at Green Space, Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance in Boogie Down Bronx, Out Like That and BlakTino Performance Series, L.I.C. Arts Open Festival, The Field/LMCC/Harlem Arts Alliance’s Uptown/Downtown WIP, The Field/Abrons Arts Center, and NYSC at Aaron Davis Hall.

Eva Dean Dance

eva dean dance_rainbowsherbet_ zoe twirling cropEva Dean founded Eva Dean Dance (EDD) in 1985.  Throughout the years her extensive body of work has received critical acclaim and accolades from audiences, presenters and students. Known for its innovation and vibrancy, EDD thrives in unusual settings and working with varied props. Dean works closely with guest artists such as musicians, puppet masters, lighting, set, and costume designers to weave a visually rich tapestry.  Dean is a graduate of Hampshire College and still thrives on the experimental approach that was instilled in her during her formative years. Dean has also taught numerous master and guest artist workshops for students of all ages in public schools, colleges, and internationally.  As a dance advocate, Dean has moderated and served on numerous dance panels and forums in New York City.

Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company

Photo by Lois Greenfield

Photo by Lois Greenfield

Daniel Gwirtzman celebrates nineteen years as a New York choreographer, company director, educator and acclaimed dancer. His diverse repertory is known for a range of emotional moods and a stylistic versatility. Among the repertory is the show Encore which premiered in 2007 at Joyce SoHo and was an official selection of the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2009. Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, a performing and teaching nonprofit, was formed in 1998. Daniel thrives on collaborations with organizations throughout and outside of NYC. Recent highlights include debut performances at Jacob’s Pillow and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2013, Daniel received fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and from the Sacatar Foundation, in Bahia, Brazil. His film No Trespassing screened at ADF’s International Screendance Festival, 2013. Daniel has danced with Garth Fagan Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group among other companies. In 2014 DGDC celebrates its fifteenth anniversary season.

CONTACT:

Charmaine Warren, Dance Director: charmaine@wassaicproject.org

Check out the 2013 and 2012 Dance Programs