2016 Summer Festival Dance
THE WASSAIC PROJECT DANCE PROGRAM
The Wassaic Summer Festival runs the first weekend in August, this year August 5 – 7 and is open to the public. As an artist-run program, The Wassaic Project is proud to have presented art, music, film and dance as part of its annual summer festival for seven years. Dance performers have included Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, Stefanie Batten Bland, Cameron Mckinney, Heidi Bartlett Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Amanda Edwards, Heidi Bolsvert, Double Vision, Malcolm Low, Poorna Swami, Maija Garcia/ Organic Magnetics to name only a few. Our dance performances sometimes happen inside, among the art installations, but always outside on the deck of the wonderfully refurbished Maxon Mill built in 1950. Maxon Mills now stands as the focal point of the town, and the deck is our main performance area.
Each year 8 artists are chosen to participate in Dance @ The Wassaic Project. At least 6 early career artists and 2 select artists are nominated by our panel to present their work in this very unique Festival. Artists are selected to perform only once either on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon or mid-morning on Sunday in our open/informal space where audiences come and go throughout the Festival. The audience sits in the round on benches, the railing, or the wooden area of the deck.
Artists are invited to present as part of the program only twice so that we are able to welcome other applicants. As you consider applying, do take some time to visit our website so that you can get a feel of the Festival and hopefully give attention to this as you choose the work you will submit. Only those chosen will be contacted. If you were not chosen this year, we sincerely thank you for your interest in Dance @ The Wassaic Project Festival and encourage you to apply in the future.
MEET THE 2016 DANCE SELECTION COMMITTEE:
ARTHUR AVILES is an American Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer. Born in Queens and raised in Long Island and the South Bronx, he received his BA in dance and theater from Bard College. From 1987 to 1995, he was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and toured internationally with the company for eight years. Aviles began his own company, the Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre (AATT) in 1996 in Paris, France, and moved the company to the Bronx that same year. He is co-founder and Artist Director of BAAD! (The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance), a new performance and workshop space, currently housed in Westchester Square in a gothic revivalist building n the campus of St. Peter’s Church. BAAD creates, produces, presents, and supports the development of cutting edge and challenging works in contemporary dance and all creative disciplines which are empowering to women, Latinos and other people of color, and the LGBTQ community. He has received many awards and was recently bestowed an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from his alma mater, Bard College. Celia Ipiotiis, creator, producer, and moderator of the nationally recognized culture series EYE ON DANCE & The Arts and EYE ON THE ARTS.
MAURA NGUYEN DONOHUE was born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in the US. In 1995, she founded Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany following her first appearance at DTW as part of Fresh Tracks. Her work has toured extensively across the US and to Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark,Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand. In NYC, she has been commissioned and produced several times by Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, and Mulberry St. Theater (now Chen Dance Center). As artistic advisor for DTW’s Mekong Project, Donohue curated and facilitated international exchange and residency programs for Asian diaspora artists in the US and Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. She writes for Culturebot, served as guest editor for Critical Correspondence’s University Project, served as advisor and Asian Bureau Chief for The Dance Insider from 2000-2009 and has also written for Dance Magazine, American Theater Journal and HK Dance Journal. She serves on the Boards of DTW and Congress on Research in Dance. She was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Queens College, a teaching fellow at Smith, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and began as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Hunter College this past September. She holds both a BA in Anthropology and Dance (92) and an MFA in Dance (08) from Smith College . She has two children and prefers riding her bike to school.
NOEMIE LAFRANCE is an acclaimed choreographer, film director, conceptual artist, writer and producer based in Brooklyn, known for her innovative work in public spaces and for engaging in public interventions. Her work has been said to have “changed the fabric of New York City” – La Presse. Lafrance’s work presented as part of the Whitney Biennial (2004), the Whitney Museum at Altria (2005), the Neuberger Museum of Art, the “Festival TransAmeriques (FTA)” in Montreal (2008), SESC Pinheiros, in Sao Paolo, Brazil (2009), “Mellemrum Festival,” Copenhagen (2009), PS 122 (2004), the Black & White Gallery in Brooklyn (2003-2006-2011), the Irondale Theater and the “Brooklyn BEAT Festival” (2012), but is usually staged in public spaces (city-owned spaces) and invested in “reclaiming the public space.”
FREDRICK EARL MOSLEY, born Raleigh, NC. is founder and director of both Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts and The Hearts of Men. EMIA is celebrating its 11th season anniversary as one of the nation’s leading new summer intensives serving 140 students annually; and recognized as a serious summer program by Dance Magazine. HOM just had a very successful second season as a new summer intensive serving over 84 male dancers of all ages in a intergenerational community of brotherhood through dance. Mosley is currently on Faculty at Montclair State University, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, The Ailey School and The Joffery Ballet School. Please check emiadance.org for more information.
JULIE TOLENTINO creates intimate movement-based installations, including performance, objects, sound and video. Her work has been presented by theaters, galleries, and museums internationally including The New Museum, The Kitchen, Wexner Center, Theaterworks Singapore, Myanmar FC Project, LA Contemporary Exhibitions, Commonwealth & Council, San Francisco Art Institute, Pact Zollverine, NGBK amongst others. She has worked with Meg Stuart, Lovett/Codagnone, David Rousseve, Kelly/Gerrard, Diamanda Galàs, Pigpen/Stosh Fila, Ron Athey, Catherine Opie, Madonna, and Gran Fury. Current projects include the re-mounting of Ellen Cantor’s 1993 exhibition “Coming To Power – Twenty Five Years of Explicit Art by Women” in the Fall of 2016 at the Maccarone Gallery, NYC, Provocations editor at TDR, and teaching at UCLA SOAA this Spring.
CHARMAINE WARREN, Wassaic Dance Director/Lead Curator
Charmaine Warren, Dance Director: email@example.com