Nov 15th - 4PM EST
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
Title: Better Days
Dancer: Carol Nolte
Music: Peter Bernstein (Somethin's Burnin') with Brad Mehldau, John Webber, and Jimmy Cobb.
Photo: Brigid Pierce
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
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
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
Choreographer: David Parker
Title: Show Business
Dancer: Louise Benkelman
Music: There's No Business Like Show Business written by Irving Berlin and sung by Ethel Merman
Costume: Jeffrey Kazin
Photo: Liz Schneider
Elizabeth Burr Dance
Dancer: Sarah Gottfried
Music: BELOW by Lapalux
Choreographed by Elizabeth Burr in collaboration with Sarah
Title: Bent (excerpt)
Music: (recorded tornado sounds) Theory of Machines [Ben Frost]
Performing Artist: Tamara Leigh
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
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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
Title: Russell's Teapot
Dancer: Rachel Lieblein- Jurbala
Music: Flight From the City by Johann Johannsson
Photo: Scott Leff
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
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
Photo: Mark Harris
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