2016 Summer Festival Dance Program


6-7 pm, Performances by Paula Josa Jones, Joe Monteleone and Michael J. Cerwinski @  MAXON MILLS PORCH
8:15-8:45, Dance Lesson led by Maija Garcia @ THE LANTERN


2-3 pm, Dancing Through the Mill @ MAXON MILLS
5-6 pm, Performances by Rowan Willigan, Hannah Garner, Deborah Lohse and Gentry George & ZEST Collective @ MAXON MILLS PORCH


12-12:45 pm, Kyle Marshall, The Space We Make and Chien-Ying Wang @ MAXON MILLS PORCH
12:45-1 pm, Children’s Dance Class with Ashe Turner @ MAXON MILLS PORCH





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.


unnamedMICHAEL J. CERWINSKI, an Upstate New York native, began studying dance with Tina Christina-Price and Amber Perkins. A 2012 graduate of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, he holds a B.F.A in Dance and has also studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and The Ailey School. He has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Pam Tanowitz, Jonathon Riedel and Mark Morris amongst others. Upon graduation, Mr. Cerwinski created his contemporary dance company, Michael James New York. The company exists to create and perform original work by Michael J. Cerwinski. His work has been presented in New York City, Boston, Chautauqua, Westchester, Mexico and China.


12493632_10207336657547638_2191173811690020465_oHANNAH GARNER, a New Jersey native, began her training in high school under instruction of Sharron Miller. She continued on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase College’s Conservatory of Dance, earning a BFA in Performance and Composition and a minor in Arts Management. Hannah received the Adopt A Dancer Scholarship and Outstanding Senior Award. Through the conservatory Hannah performed in pieces by Adam Barruch, Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Rosalind Newman, Claire Porter, and Nicole Wolcott. Since graduating Hannah has gone on to perform at the REVERBdance Festival, the 92Y, New York Live Arts, and the Baruch Performing Arts Center. As one in five selected choreographers, Hannah presented her own work through the NewSteps Series at Chen Dance Center this past January. This April she will be performing in a duet by Kathleen Helm at Triskelion in addition to presenting her own work on May 25th at Dixon Place.



GENTRY ISAIAH GEORGE founded ZEST COLLECTIVE Contemporary Performance Art November 02, 2013. In February 2015, George’s company debuted an installation performance – ‘A Matter Of Heart’ with visual artist Brian Michael Reed, accompanied live by electronic performance duo Pax Humana at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory.Gentry has created work on The Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA and has choreographed two ballets on the Peter London Global Dance Company: the most recent of which premiered in December 2015 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. George has presented work throughout New York City, New Jersey and Florida.  In New York City, ZEST has performed at the HarlemStage Gatehouse Theater, Ulster Performing Arts Center, Whitebox Art Center, Madiba Harlem, Marcus Garvey Park and the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood. Also a former Dance Artist for Ailey II and a Juilliard alum, Gentry is an Associate Artist at New York Live Arts and has also danced for Lustig Dance Theatre, Collage Dance Collective and Malcolm Low’s Formal Structure.

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PAULA JOSA-JONES is a dancer, choreographer, writer, visual artist and movement educator known for her visually rich, emotionally charged dance theater. Her work includes choreography for humans, inter-species work with horses, dancers and riders, film and video. Josa-Jones has been called “one of the country’s leading choreographic conceptualists” by the Boston Globe and the Village Voice describes her work as “powerful, eccentric, and surreal”. Her dances have been produced in Russia, Europe, Mexico and throughout the United States. She has taught in the dance programs at Tufts University, Boston University and at universities, colleges and dance festivals nationally and internationally Her writings on movement and dance have been published in Contact Quarterly. Her book, The Common Body: How Horses, Movement and Awareness Awaken Our Essential Humanity, will be published in the spring of 2016. Josa-Jones is a 2013 recipient of a Connecticut Artist’s Fellowship, and a 2014 Bogliasco Fellow. She has received two Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, an NEA US/Mexico Cultural Exchange Fellowship and an Artist’s Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.



DEBORAH LOHSE, born and raised in California, is a choreographer/performer living and working in New York City. Her work has been presented in theaters, public spaces and festivals across the U.S. and Mexico including DANCE NOW Joe’s Pub, American Dance Festival, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, La Mama Moves, Joyce SoHo and the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. She has received commissions from New Chamber Ballet, Women In Motion, Mantra Percussion, DANCE NOW and Island Moving Company as well as artist residencies from The Yard, Marble House Project, Acadia Summer Arts Program and SILO. As a performer, Lohse has worked with Michael Preston, Barbara Karger, Anne Kauffman, Suzanne Bocanegra, Monica Bill Barnes and currently dances with Doug Elkins and David Parker. Lohse has a BA in Dance as well as a BA in Theater from the University of California.



KYLE MARSHALL organized Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC) in 2014. His work examines how histories, cultural movements and personal experiences dictate how people create social groups and interact with their environments. (KMC) has performed at Movement Research at Judson Church, Rutgers University, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, Your Move Dance Festival, Dumbo Dance Festival and the Dance+ Festival (Oregon). As a dancer, Kyle currently works with Doug Elkins Choreography Etc, Tiffany Mills Company and 10 Hairy Legs. Kyle graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Kyle is beginning a new commissioned work set to premiere September 10th at the “Dance on the Lawn” Montclair Dance Festival (NJ). Kyle Marshall Choreography is fiscally sponsored by New York Live Arts.


imageJOE MONTELEONE is a New York based solo dance artist, freelance choreographer, and Artistic Director of Monteleone Dance.  He received his B.F.A. in Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers.  His solo work has been presented at the Inception to Exhibition Festival, Dixon Place, the Norwood Club, The Chocolate Factory, PMT Dance studio, Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center, and the Amalgamate Artist Series.  Joe won the Audience Favorite Award at NYC10 in 2015 for his solo work “Defense Mechanism”, and was voted favorite choreographer at The Intimate Series for the same work.  As the director of Monteleone Dance, his company work has been presented at PMT Dance Studio, Dixon Place’s “Moving Men”, NYC10, the Norwood Club, Your Move Dance Festival, the Amalgamate Artist Series, Green Space, Boston University (ReVerb Dance Echoes Tour), Peridance (APAP Showcase), the Moving Beauty Split Bill Series, Triskelion Arts, Dumbo Dance Festival, Rutgers University, The Current Sessions, Baruch Performing Arts Center (Reverb Dance Festival), among numerous other showcases throughout the NYC area.   His live installation work as been presented at the Alpha Art Gallery and the Infinito Gallery.   Current residencies include two Solo Commissions by The Moving Beauty Series, the coLAB Arts residency, and Arts and Education NJ.  Joe has taught at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers), Raritan Valley Community College, and is currently teaching at the PMT Dance Studio (NYC) and DancePlus Little Silver.




THE SPACE WE MAKE is a multidisciplinary performance collective that creates interactive, site-specidic works in non-traditional settins. These multimedia-performances incorporate input from audiences, communities and the spcaes in whcih members build and perform. Co-founded and directed by writer/musuican Caitlin Scholl & choreographer/dancer Simon Thomas-Train, the group consists of a core roster of artists based in New York City and beyond.


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CHIEN YING WANG danced professionally with Taipei Ballet Company and Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre. She received her MFA at the Ohio State University. Currently, Wang is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University. Wang was a recipient of the Project Support Grant from SLC Arts Council to present Bridging Bridges. Wang is a certified Labanotation teacher. Most recently, she was an Associate Professor at Southern Utah University. Her performing experience includes solo roles in several classical ballets, plus contemporary works by Zvi Gotheiner, Gideon Obarzanek, Susan Hadley, Stephen Koester, Molissa Fenley, Douglas Nielsen, Shapiro & Smith, and many others. Her choreographic works has been presented in RDT, OSU, Dance New Amsterdam, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center and Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City, Lustig Dance Theatre, TongJi University (China), National Taiwan University of the Arts, Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, and other performance venues.

PAUL C. OCAMPO choreographed and performed with the Ballet Philippines and Singapore Dance Theatre altogether for 17 years. He received his MFA from the Ohio State University. A keen learner of different languages, he has received a Labanotation Teacher Certification. Paul has worked with many illustrious choreographers including: Susan Hadley, Victoria Uris, Bebe Miller, Douglas Nielsen, Zvi Gotheiner, Graham Lustig, Leigh Warren, Norman Walker, Agnes Locsin, Denisa Reyes, Anthony Then, Goh Soo Khim, and more. He was awarded a Project Grant from the Utah Arts Council to present Bridging Bridges. He’s been a guest artist with Repertory Dance Theatre (Salt Lake City), Beijing Normal University (China) and National Taiwan University of Arts. His works has been presented in the United States and Asia. Ocampo was an Associate Professor at Southern Utah University before joining Rutgers University.



ROWAN WILLIGAN breaths all things movement and art. A graduate of Bard College, Rowan maintains a strong studio art practice alongside her passion for dance and movement. At the D’amby Project, Rowan and her business partner Leighann Kowalsky, created a structure that focuses on the beauty of collaboration in all the arts—not just dance—and celebrates many outlets of artistic expression.





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 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


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