WESTFEST TOP FLOOR
Martha Graham Studio Theater, 11th floor
55 Bethune, NYC
Wednesday, April 24 and Friday, April 26: SARAH HORNE/A DANCE CAN, SARAH METTIN, CLAIRE PORTER* with SUSAN THOMASSON, JEANETTE STONER, BECKY VALLS, ANNIE WANG
NICK HUNG (LIGHTING DESIGN)
Thursday, April 25and Saturday, April 27, 2013: BRYN COHN, TINA CROLL, PAULINE SYLVIANE LEGRAS, CAROL NOLTE, AMOS PINHASI, MEGAN SIPE, NICK HUNG (LIGHTING DESIGN)
Bryn Cohn's work has been presented by Symphony Space, Merce Cunningham Theater, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Judson Memorial Church, 92nd Street Y, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, Baruch Performing Arts Center, REDCAT Theater, Manhattan Movement Arts, Triskelion Arts and John Ryan Theater among others. Bryn has been commissioned by artists including Billy Bell (of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and So You Think You Can Dance), and the contemporary fashion designer Betsey Johnson. Bryn’s choreography has invited to be a part of Reverb, WestFest, Stuffed, Upstart, Underexposed, :pushing progress, Dumbo, Cool, NYC 10 and Young Choreographers dance festivals. Bryn has danced in works by Alex Ketley, Ohad Naharin, Colin Connor, Christian Burns and Barak Marshall, and continues to perform as a solo artist. Bryn teaches for various workshops and schools, most recently including :pushing progress. She received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in dance from California Institute of the Arts under the direction of Stephan Koplowitz.
Tina Croll, founding member of Dance Theater Workshop, studied with Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Nina Fonoroff; performed in the companies of Jeff Duncan, Jack Moore, Jamie Cunningham, Judith Dunn; established Tina Croll + Company performing in various venues in NYC. After a quest that took her to India and Europe, Croll returned to NYC in 1993, performing her work at The Duke on 42, Danspace, DTW, P.S. 122, The Kitchen. Evening-length productions at Danspace Project include Ancient Springs with a cast of 20 dancers and Balkan Dreams, a collaboration with Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band plus 38 dancers and musicians. Also formed an improvisation group, “the Gang of Four,” with Wendy Perron, Douglas Dunn, and Kenneth King. Ms. Croll and Jamie Cunningham continue their production, From the Horse’s Mouth, produced for the past 14 years in major cities around the United States and Canada, as well as at Jacob’s Pillow and the American Dance Festival.
Sarah Horne grew up in St.Croix, USVI and started her formal dance training when she was 16. Her passion for choreography began at SUNY Brockport while completing her BFA in Dance. She founded A Dance Can + Company so that she could combine her artistic passions with her interest in social and environmental issues: The purpose of the company is to encourage choreographic innovation and exploration while also collaborating with varying organizations and communities to make positive social change.
Yu-Chen (Nick) Hung (Lighting Designer), originally from Taiwan, came to New York to pursue his dream in theater. He received his MFA in lighting design from Brooklyn College/CUNY. After graduation, he stepped right into the industry and started his own lighting design studio, SPOT3 INC. For past 10 years, Nick has created works for theater, dance, live concert & corporate events in NYC, which includes recent projects with MoMA PS1 Sunday Session at Dome, Elisa Monte Dance Company season premiere at Ailey Citigroup Theater. He is also the lighting consultant for Columbia University Theater Dept., Manhattan Movement Arts Center, Kumble Theater of Long Island University.
Pauline Sylvine Legras began her dance training in France. At 15 years old, she went to do her Professional Training Program in Ballet technique the Geneva Dance Center (Switzerland). She received a scholarship from the Foundation of Princess Grace de Monaco at the Monaco Dance Forum. Later on, she went to Mexico to perfect her knowledge in contemporary dance at the Colegio Nacional de Danza Contemporanea where she was awarded the First Prize of the Choreographic Contest. She also received the certificate « Guía didáctico-metodológica para la enseñanza de la danza clásica » and was a ballet teacher at Proart Center. In the Fall 2006, Pauline joined the Martha Graham Center in NYC. There, on full scholarship she became a member of Graham II and then received her certificate of recognition as a teacher of the Martha Graham technique. Pauline is currently teaching for the pre-teens, introducing the Martha Graham vocabulary, the Young Artist Program and the Talent Unlimited High School at the Martha Graham School. Pauline performed with the Grand Theatre of Limoges, QuoVadis Show in France, EpiCentro in Mexico, Edgar Cortes Dance Theater, Nu Dance Theater and works from choreographers such as Pearl Lang, Robert Battle, among others in NYC. At Planet Connections Theater Festivity 2011, she received the award for Outstanding Choreography while working in collaboration with the Movement Workshop Group. Pauline is also a certified GYROTONIC® instructor.
Sarah Mettin : Mettin Movement is a contemporary dance company based out of New York City and Philadelphia founded in 2011. Mettin Movement exposes the versatility, strength and physicality of aspiring dancers while compromising the boundaries of classical and modern technique to explore the ever-changing subtle emotions in our lives.
Carol Nolte has created over 50 dances for her award-winning company DANCE COLLECTIVE. She has received choreographic fellowships and awards from the New Jersey State Council on The Arts, The Djerassi Foundation, The Kalani Honua Institute, The Puffin Foundation, The Wurlitzer Foundation, The Yellow Springs Fellowship for the Arts, The Field Independent Artists Challenge Program, and White Oak Plantation. Recently, her work has been seen at Merce Cunningham Studio, The Kitchen, Joyce SoHo, The 92nd Street Y Fridays at Noon. She has also co-founded and produced three dance festivals: DanceBLITZ, Taos Dance 2000, and, currently as a Westbeth resident, WestFest.
Amos Pinhasi was born in Israel where he performed and choreographed for Tamar Jerusalem Dance Company. In new York he has presented his own work since 1985 and has been produced by DTW, DIA, Joyce Soho, Dancenow,The 40Up Project, Dixon Place, The Flea and Danspace Project among others. He has toured his solo work in Switzerland, Austria, Germany.Sweden and Israel. He teaches dance improvisation and Yoga internationally.
Megan Sipe creates experiences fueled by a curiosity of the body, the joy of dancing and sharing the art of moving with others. Her means of making (in whatever form) consists of finely tuned care and direction. She believes in craft, technique and lots of rehearsal mixed with the freedom to improvise in the face of the unknown.
Jeanette Stoner danced with the Nikolais Dance Theatre, Nancy Meehan, Emery Hermans and Sarah Shelton among others. Ms. Stoner was the Director of the Dance Theater of the Deaf and co-director of the Stoner Hermans Dance Company. Numerous choreographic commissions and artistic residencies include Israeli dance companies Tamar and Tamar Jerusalem, The Yard, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, The University of Illinois, The University of Minnesota and has taught at the American Centre in Paris, Nikolais / Louis Dance Lab, CSC Repertory Theater and the Young Masters Program at the 92nd Street Y.
Susan Thomasson is a Teaching Artist and Artist-in Residence for the Lincoln Center Institute, The 92nd Street Y, City Center, The Joyce Theater,
NYSCA and NJSCA.
Becky Valls, Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Houston, is the producer/ choreographer of three evening-length performances titled Memoirs of the Sistahood (2007-2012) with sculptor Babette Beaullieu of New Orleans, and film maker Deborah Schildt of Anchorage. Her solo Red Square has recently been performed in Houston, Tempe, and Chicago. Valls holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, New York.
Annie Wang is a New York-based dancer and choreographer who is currently completing her professional certificate at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She has performed works by Martha Graham, Marius Petipa, Isadora Duncan, Elizabeth Boitsov, Cheryl Barnes, and Merrick Mitchell in addition to her own choreography.