2015 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.
Choreographic Artist & Company — Stefanie Batten Bland creates work that investigates the human condition and explores our relationship with the natural world. She is a 2015 Alvin Ailey Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab Fellow, 2014 Joffrey Ballet Choreographer of Color, 2010-2012 Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist and Jerome Robbins NEW Fellow. SBB currently works for PunchDrunk’s Sleep No More. In 2008 while head choreographer of the Paris Opera Comique, she founded Company SSB, her works in dance cinema and on stage have performed throughout Europe, the US and Asia. SBB has been commissioned by the Modlin Center for the Arts, Alvin Ailey ll Company, Frontier Danceland of Singapore, Zenon Dance Company of Minneapolis and is a guest choreographer for Transitions Dance Company of London. . SBB has danced for Bill T. Jones, Sean Curran, Lar Lubovitch, and Pina Bausch Tanz Theater Wuppertal among others.
Cameron McKinney is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and author from Memphis, TN. He is the Artistic Director of Kizuna 絆 Dance and currently performs with Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance, Andre Zachary / Renegade Performance Group, Christal Brown / INSPIRIT, and Chafin Seymour / Seymour::dance collective. He has also performed with The Median Movement, Sans Limites Dance, and Juan Michael Porter II.
His choreographic work as Artistic Director of Kizuna Dance has been presented by Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival (UK), The Moving Beauty Series, and Sans Limites Dance, and at Judson Church (STUFFED), Triskelion Arts (Never Before, Never Again), NACHMO, RAW:Brooklyn, Ready or Not, and the Movement Research Open Performance Series. He has been commissioned by The Moving Beauty Series (NYC) and SpectorDance Studio (CA). This fall, his work will be shown at Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts’ CollabFest, and the Summer Wassaic Project Festival.
He is the creator of Loft Technique, a unique blend of house dance, capoeira, contemporary floorwork, and various street dance styles. His Loft Technique recently classes made their international debut at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. He also has taught and performed in Vermont, Massachusetts, California, Tennessee, and in NYC at Mark Morris, 100 Grand, BAX with Dance to the People, and RoCM Dance. He speaks Japanese and has taught hip-hop internationally in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2015, he will be on faculty at the Southern Vermont Dance teaching Loft Technique and Hip-Hop Choreography. Additionally, Cameron will be presenting work in August as part of Doug Varone’s DEVICES Choreographic Intensive, as one of 10 selected emerging choreographers.
Heidi Bartlett, Esther Baker-Tarpaga & Amanda Edwards
Heidi Wiren Bartlett is a sculptor and performance artist from the Great Plains. She recently received an MFA in Intermedia & Sculpture from the University of Iowa and a nomination for United States Artists (USA) Fellowship. Her research is focused on the body, sexuality, animism, pagan ritual, and how we orient ourselves within hegemonic social and political landscapes. Her work has been exhibited at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Museum of Nebraska Art, Elsewhere Collective, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Vox Populi, CSPS Legion Arts and The Englert Theatre. She has been an artist-in-residence at Elsewhere Collaborative, Contemporary Artist Center at Woodside, Art Farm, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and soon the Grin City Collective.
Esther Baker-Tarpaga is a choreographer and performance artist based in Philadelphia. She is co-artistic director of Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, a transnational dance theatre company, which has performed at I Trotra Festival Madagascar, Action Danse Morocco, Abok I NGoma Cameroon, Dialogue De Corps Burkina Faso, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, and Jacobs Pillow Inside Out Festival. She toured with David Rousseve/REALITY and recently collaborated with Moroccan Center Stage artist, Hind Benali. She is an Assistant Professor at University of the Arts Philadelphia and has taught at UIowa, OSU, UCLA, and Atelier Aex Corps Senegal. She was an artist-in-residence at Marin Headlands, a recipient of a NY Live Arts Suitcase Grant, BETHA Grant, and was a State Dept. Cultural Envoy in Guinea, Botswana, and South Africa. She co-directs an annual dance/music workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. She is a performance Associate of La Pocha Nostra/Guillermo Gomez-Pena.
Amanda Edwards is a dancer from Mount Vernon, NY. She began her training at The Dance Theatre of Harlem. She attended Earl Mosely Institute of the Art, and is a recent graduate from The University of the Arts. She is currently a member of Dancespora and Putty Dance Project.
Heidi Boisvert is a new media artist, game designer, creative technologist, experimental filmmaker, and writer based in New York. Heidi founded and serves as the CEO and Creative Director of the futurePerfect lab, a boutique creative agency that works with non-profits, cultural and educational institutions to develop imaginative and playful applications of integrated media and emerging technology. She was formerly the Multi-Media Director at Breakthrough, a global human rights organization, where she designed, developed and virally propagated a wide range of new media and pop culture campaigns that helped raise awareness and instigate policy change on pressing social issues. She created the first 3D social change game, ICED I Can End Deportation, to shift the frame around unfair U.S. immigration policies. She also designed America 2049, a groundbreaking alternative reality game on Facebook about pluralism. Most recently, Heidi co-founded XTH, an open source biophysical wearable sensor start up. She is completing a PhD in the Electronic Arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was named a Harvestworks Creativity + Technology = Enterprise Fellow with support by the Rockefeller Foundation. She has been an artist-in-residence at Banff New Media Institute, Waag Society and Vermont Studio Center.
Founded in 2003, DOUBLE VISION creates experimental performances for dance, music, and video that embody the changing landscape of contemporary culture. Led by Sean Clute and Pauline Jennings, the company has distinguished itself both nationally and internationally with notable performances at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Macworld Artists Salons, the Merce Cunningham Studio, Museumsquartier Wien (Vienna), Primo Piano LivinGallery (Lecce), Eastern Bloc (Montreal) and Institut Intermédií (Prague). The company has also conducted residencies and lectures throughout the U.S. at prestigious universities including UC Berkeley, Mills College, Arizona State University and the College of Santa Fe.
Malcolm Low, from Chicago, first trained with Joseph Holmes, Hubbard Street, Homer Bryant and the Ruth Page Foundation, and performed with Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Co., Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Ballet British Columbia, Ronald K. Brown, Stephen Petronio, Complexions, Zvi Gotheiner and Dancers, Margo Sappington, Reggie Wilson, Crystal Pite/Kidd Pivot, & 5 years with Bill T. Jones. Malcolm currently works with Ralph Lemon, David Thomson and Patricia Hoffbauer. Malcolm choreographed “One Forgotten Moment” on Alvin Ailey 2 in 2012. He has been showing his own work since 1999, in recent years at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2011), Summer Stage at Red Hook Park (2011), Main Stage (2012) and Dixon Place (2014). Malcolm was awarded a Fund for New Work/Harlem Stage Gatehouse Grant (2009), a BAX Passing It Down Award (2011), a Choreographic Fellowship in Robert Battle’s New Directions Choreography Lab at Alvin Ailey (2011), the MCAF from the LMCC (2012, 2014 and 2015), the MCAF and LMCC Process Space Grant (2014), and a LIFT/OFF residency at New Dance Alliance (2014). Malcolm was Artist in Residence at Queensborough Community College for 2014 and was awarded a MAP Fund grant for his work In The Thrust Towards The Future…I Want To Leave Something Of Use (2014), which premiered at CUNY/Hostos November 2014 during his residency at CUNY Dance Initiative. In The Thrust… was performed at Tanz Farm, Atlanta, GA in March 2015 and at E-moves 16 at Harlem Stage in April 2015. Malcolm is currently at work on Speakeasy, a new evening-length work, sections of which were performed at Judson Church in May 2015 and at Performance Mix in June 2015. Speakeasy will be premiered at Gibney Dance in February 2016.
Poorna Swami is a dancer, choreographer, and writer, originally from Bangalore, India. She recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in English and Dance-Theatre and currently works at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City. With close to fifteen years of experience in the Classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, she spent her college years training in contemporary dance with Paul Matteson, Jennifer Nugent, Katie Martin, and Jim Coleman, among others. Poorna’s recent performance work explores language and movement. Her poetry is forthcoming in Indiana Review.
Maija Garcia is a Cuban-American director, choreographer, producer and educator based in Harlem, NYC. Garcia is Director of Movement for Spike Lee’s upcoming film ChiRaq (2015), and has directed Salsa, Mambo Cha Cha Cha in Havana Cuba and FELA! The Concert in Australia and New Zealand. As Associate Choreographer of the Tony Award winning musical FELA! on Broadway by Bill T. Jones, Maija’s signature choreography integrates afro-caribbean jazz and contemporary movement with physical storytelling. She has collaborated with luminary composers such as Zap Mama, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Angelique Kidjo.
In 2006, Garcia founded Organic Magnetics to engage cross-cultural dialogue and sustainable practice in the arts. OM collaborators devise live installations to generate urban folklore for the future. OM’s theater arts curriculum engages students in a transformative creative process. Co-writer and Director of I Am New York: Juan Rodriguez at El Museo del Barrio, Garcia developed the story of New York’s first immigrant as a stage play and is currently adapting the work as a graphic novel. Garcia is artistic director of the SBI performing arts program at A. Philip Randolph High School in Harlem, an adjunct professor at CUNY City College Department of Theater and Speech and holds a BA in Sustainable Development from the California Institute of Integral Studies.