WestFest 2020 - Online Performances

Program A: Saturday Nov 14, 4PM EST
Program B: Sunday Nov 15, 4PM EST


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Program A
Nov 14th - 4PM EST


Dylan Baker

BOiNK! Dance & Film is a New York based modern dance company that explores the infinite possibilities in the world of film and live performance. Founded in 2013, BOiNK! has been seen all around the world notably premiering at the "Dance On Camera" Film Festival at Lincoln Center in New York, premiering two full-length film and dance productions at the The Mark O'Donnell Theater in Brooklyn, and presenting at the “Perth Screen Dance Festival” in Australia.

Photo: Peter Mellekas




Program Notes

Title: A Zoom Hang

Dancers: Dylan Baker, Kate Bishop, Abbey Laufenberg

Tech: Lauren Hafner Addison

Music: Fat Mama by Herbie Hancock

IG: @boinkdance

Website: www.boinkdance.com

Photo: Brigid Pierce


Daniel Morimoto

Digital Movement Dance finds its roots in the lore of far off worlds and mind-bending adventures. It ensnares audiences and tours different realms. A peek here, a glimpse there - all views within the domain of video games. The company enthralls viewers by using the world-building and story-telling foundation of video games, and transposes them through a new medium - a physical, tangible medium. We will shatter the glass wall that separates “player” and “game”, and instead rope “players” into the heart of matter. Into the world of the unknown. Into the center of the chaos.

Photo: Dylan Baker


Digital Movement


Program Notes

Title: Press Start to Play

Dancers: Daniel Morimoto

Music: The Underwater Temple and Dance of Swords by Aivi Tran and Steven "Surasshu" Velema. Get Up and Go-urmet! by Jun Ishikawa and Dan MIyakawa.

IG: @DigitalMovementDance

Photo: Jordan Albright



Angie Moon Conte

Angie Moon Dance Theatre is an interdisciplinary, movement based company that strives to find unlikely unions between mediums.

Photo: Benny Krown


Anna Bjella &

Nia Sanders

Here’s T(w)o Collective, co-created by Anna Bjella and Nia Sanders, seeks to understand how our bodies and socialized identities occupy space within our duets. We come together to engage with a combination of improvisatory practices, critical theory, and deep discussion to expand our understanding of what it means to make dance. Our work has been presented at Spitball Series, The Craft NY, 19 Acts of Covid-19 Bravery (online exhibition), and Movement Research Open Performance.

Photo: Noah Lewis



Andrea Ward

Andrea Ward is a contemporary choreographer from NYC. Before Covid-19, Andrea had produced an evening length debut and planned to teach abroad. After her plans were cancelled she moved to London to continue teaching. She’s also a musician, currently recording an EP titled “Planet.” Andrea is interested in innate musicality, raw emotion, theatrics, and filmmaking. Her underwater dance film “World of Forms” has screened in New York, Paris, London, and Sweden. This year she finished a commission with the Columbia Ballet Collaborative at Columbia University. She also presented her work in the NYC Choreographer’s CARNIVAL.

Photo: Mike Esperanza



Chelsea Ainsworth

Jessica Smith

Dual Rivet is a women-led dance company based in NYC. The company creates highly physical work for stage and film with a cinematic and visceral language that influences both platforms. Dual Rivet teaches a myriad of classes with an emphasis on contemporary partnering and floorwork. Led by Jessica Smith and Chelsea Ainsworth, the company aims to exemplify female leadership in the arts.

Photo: Art Davison


Bo Kyung Lee

Bo Kyung Lee received the 1st Award not only at Korea Contemporary Dance Competition, Presidential Prize at the 7th Nagano International Performance Competition but also at the International Contest for Mature Contemporary Dance Soloist in Mexico City and Dance performance award from Korean critics. She presented at 92Y Dig Dance Series Pan Asian Dance festival and as part of the following festivals: Bergen PAC Korea Dance Awakening, Going Dutch Festival in Chicago, Soak2018, Art all night in DC, Fukuoka Fringe Dance Festival. Seoul International Choreography festival, Monotanz 2019, Water festival in Bulgaria, yeoja: in herself in Seattle and 92Y Harkness dance center in New York etc. Now she is one of the faculty member at Peridance for the certificate program.

Photo: Sarah Gupta



Martha Graham 

The Martha Graham Dance Company has been a world leader in the evolving art form of modern dance since its founding in 1926.

The Company embraces a new vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists. With programs that offer a rich thematic narrative, the Company creates new platforms for contemporary dance and multiple points of access for audiences.

Since its inception, the Martha Graham Dance Company has received international acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Russia, and the Middle East.



Angie Moon Dance Theatre

in collaboration with

Benny Krown

Program Notes

Title: It holds many forms

Music: Andrew Noseworthy

IG: @angiemoondancetheatre

Website: www.angiemoondance.com


Photo: Benny Krown


Here's T(w)o Collective

Program Notes

Title: Notes on the Now 

Dancers: Anna Bjella & Nia Sanders

Music: My Friend the Forest by Nils Frahm

IG: @herestwo.collective

Website: herestwocollective.com


Program Notes

Title: Hinterland

Dancer: Andrea Ward

IG: @andrea__ward

Website: www.vimeo.com/andreaward

Photo: Noah Lamport



dual rivet

Program Notes

Title: bear(v.) - excerpt

Dancers: Chelsea Ainsworth & Jessica Smith

Music: Now or Never by Elvis Presley

Music Editor: Jessica Smith

IG: @dualrivet

Website: www.dualrivetdance.com

Photo: Effy Grey


BK dance project

Program Notes

Title: Big Mouth II (snippet)

Dancer: Bo Kyung Lee

Music: Electric vio;in and beatbox : Moonlight Grenade by Jason Yang(Violin) & Jake Moulton(Beatbox)

IG: @bkdanceproject

Photo: Ju-bin Kim (Korea Dance Abroad)



martha graham 

dance company

Program Notes

IG: @marthagrahamdance

Website: www.marthagraham.org

Program B
Nov 15th - 4PM EST


dance collective

Carol Nolte is the Founder/Artistic Director of WestFest. Her dance career as a choreographer and performer spans 5 decades.


She is a 30 year Westbeth resident, enjoying the privilege of class, workshops and performance opportunity for her company with Merce Cunningham, and, lastly, Martha Graham Companies.

Photo: Elizabeth Wilson


Program Notes

Title: Better Days

Dancer: Carol Nolte

Music: Van Lingle Mungo by Dave Frishberg

Website: www.dancecollectiveny.com

Photo: Brigid Pierce



David Parker

The Bang Group is a rhythm-driven contemporary dance company directed by Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker. Its notorious comic/subversive Nutcracker, called Nut/Cracked can be seen in this, its 18th season, at Arts Alive at Arts On Site in December.

Photo: Nicholas Burnham

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Elizabeth Burr

Elizabeth Burr grew up in Northern Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance from Indiana University. Elizabeth spent a semester studying in Israel at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where she trained in gaga technique, Batsheva repertoire with former company members, and Vertigo Dance Company repertoire with Noa Wertheim and Vova Zak. Elizabeth has been a member of Company Danzante, S. J. Ewing & Dancers, and Bryce Dance Company. She is currently living in New York City developing her own choreography and project-based work along with freelance dancing and teaching yoga.

Photo: Steven Fox, foxphotoart



Kevin Clark

Soluq Dance is a contemporary dance company offering a physical meeting place for audiences, artists, and performance space to merge. Soluq creates highly physical, nuanced work thick with rigor and effort, an experience rich with the shared sensation of rushing pulse and quick breath, a state embodied by the term "Soluq"- the breath that follows effort.

Photo: Jess Keener



the bang group

Program Notes

Title: Show Business

Dancer: Louise Benkelman

Music: There's No Business Like Show Business written by Irving Berlin and sung by Ethel Merman

Website: www.thebanggroup.com

Photo: Liz Schneider



Elizabeth Burr Dance

Program Notes

Title: Umbra

Dancer: Elizabeth Burr

Music: BELOW by Lapalux

Choreographed in collaboration with Sarah Gottfried

IG: @lizz_burr

Website: www.elizabethburrdance.com

Photo: Unknown



Soluq Dance

Program Notes

Title: Bent

Music: Gaby Moreno by Cucurrucucu Paloma

IG: @soluqdancetheater

Website: soluq-dance-theater.squarespace.com

Photo: Rebecca Oviatt




TruDee began her dance training at the age of five in ballet, tap and aerobics under the tutelage of Miss Belinda. Her love of theater emerged later on through the coveted role of the Virgin Mary in the church nativity play. TruDee has performed at Joe’s Pub, American Dance Festival, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, and the beloved Stonewall Inn. SILO and Marble House Project and Djerassi Artist Residency have hosted her musings. TruDee would like you to also note that she is an award winning lip sync artist and ribboned competitive speed walking champion.

Photo: Whitney Browne


with help from:

deborah lohse

Program Notes

Title: Landslide

Dancer: TruDee

Music: Fleetwood Mac

IG: @yourstrudee

Website: www.trudeelovesyou.com


Photo: Yi-Chun Wu



Rachel Lieblein-Jurbala

Rachael Lieblein-Jurbala (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer. Originally from Syracuse, NY, she holds a B.A. in Dance and Sociology and a certificate in Community Action and Public Policy from Connecticut College. She has had the great privilege of performing works by David Dorfman, Ronald K. Brown, Robert Battle, Paul Taylor, Roni Chadash and Ohad Naharin. Rachael studied Costume Design at Arts University Bournemouth in Bournemouth, England, and trained at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel.  Her choreography has been presented at the Kennedy Center(Washington, DC), Williamsburg Art neXus (WAXworks), and the Tank Theater.


Photo: Judy Lieblein



Rachael Lieblein-Jurbala

Dance Works

Program Notes

Title: Russell's Teapot

Dancer: Rachel Lieblein- Jurbala

Music: Flight From the City by Johann Johannsson

Website: www.rachael-lieblein-jurbala.com

Photo: Scott Leff



Charly Santagado

Charly Santagado is a dancer and choreographer originally from Orlando, Florida currently based in Metuchen, New Jersey. She graduated with highest honors from Rutgers University in 2017 and founded a contemporary dance company, ~mignolo dance~ with her sister, Eriel Santagado. Her work has been shown extensively throughout the tristate area as well as in Boston, Atlanta, and Israel. In addition to her own company, she currently dances with VALLETO Dance, ReFrame Dance Theatre, and TK Dance Lab.


Photo: Mark Harris



mignolo Dance

Program Notes

Title: Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening

Dancer: Charly Santagado

Music: Invasion Of The Anteaters by Robert S. Cohen, The Twiolins

IG: @mignolodance @charlymoves

Website: http://mignolo.dance


Photo: Mark Harris



Jamal Jackson

Jamal Jackson was born in Brooklyn, New York and began his formal studies of movement with the Harlem based Batoto Yetu Dance Company. His pursuit of Biology and dance led him to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he received the Weston Award for his contribution to the Fusion Dance Company and New Works/ World Traditions African Dance Company from 1996-2000. Jamal performed with Ballet International Africans for two seasons as a principal dancer and in 2004 he founded the Jamal Jackson Dance Company. Jamal Jackson Dance Company has established a strong presence in and out of New York City, performing year round in festivals, self-produced shows, community outreach programs and private events.

Photo: Antoine Tempé



Jamal Jackson

Dance Company

Program Notes

Title: 846

Music: Igor Stravinsky

IG: @jjdc2004

Website: jamaljacksondancecompany.org










Photo: Jonathan Hökklo


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