Music by David Schulman. Video by Haydee Thompson
2017 Participating Artists
Chicken Bank Collective (Pittsboro, NC)
Chicken Bank Collective (CBC) is an interdisciplinary international arts collective. We are committed to our communities. We are constantly making room for co-creation, researching intersection points shared by our disciplines and looking for their expanding possibilities. CBC consists of 6 women: dancers, teachers, choreographers, musicians, visual artists, a videographer/
- Zap McConnell: an investigator of dance/theater/movement performance. She is a visual artist, environmental activist, teacher, director and waitress; animated by passionate beliefs and visions that flower out of her fierce love of the natural world. For over 2 decades, Zap has experimented with cross pollination of arts, fusing that in installation site specific work, featuring dance. Zap travels a lot. She is dedicated to paying for her carbon footprint in co-creating community projects, as she continues to broaden her awareness of different ecosystems, cultures and communities. Luckily this requires full participation. Zap is usually fueled by music.
- Cinthia Pérez Navarro: Mexican dancer, teacher and movement creator. Her artistic approach focuses on the improvisational and somatic practices, which intertwine to nurture and expand our creative, body and dance skills. Her work aims to foster a stronger sense of community and generate in performing arts; a space for expressive, free and integration experiences. She is committed to artistic, educational and community projects within and out México. These performances strive to reveal social problems, promote environmental awareness and reinforce the community. Cinthia has trained in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Somatics, Contact Improvisation, and Theatre PlayBack.
- Julie Rothschild: In the summer of 1982, I played the role of Jane in Stop the World – I Want to Get Off. That summer barn theater experience in Urbana, Ohio sparked what has become a ceaseless curiosity about how we as humans interact with each other, our environment and ourselves. Since my teens, I have been making, teaching and performing dances. I also teach Alexander Technique in Boulder, Colorado as well as here and there. In the last 30 years, my dance homes have included Colorado Springs, CO (Colorado College), Lawrence, KS (Lawrence Arts Center), Charlottesville, VA (Zen Monkey Project & Live Arts Theatre), Silver Spring, MD (Liz Lerman Dance Exchange), Athens, GA (Canopy Studio, FloorSpace, UGA and Emory), Puebla, Mexico (UDLAP & Chicken Bank Collective), Munich, Germany (Tanztendenz), and Boulder, CO (FloorSpaceStudio).
Helen Simoneau (Winston-Salem, NC)
Helen Simoneau is a native of Québec and has been living in Winston-Salem for the past 13 years. She is the artistic director of Helen Simoneau Danse now in its 7th season. Helen is a BogliascoFellow, a 2010-11 and 2016-17 NCAC Choreographic Fellow, a resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC) and Bates Dance Festival in Maine. Notable venue that have presented her work include The Guggenheim Museum, The Juilliard School, The Oregon Ballet Theatre, UNCSA, the American Dance Festival, Dance Place in D.C., Joyce SoHo, Tangente in Montréal, The Aoyama Round Theatre in Tokyo, the L.I.G. Arts Hall in Busan South Korea, Black Mountain College Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, PACT-Zolverein in Germany, and the Athens International Dance Festival in Greece. Photo by Todd Turner Photography
Jessie Laurita-Spanglet (Winston-Salem, NC)
Jessie Laurita-Spanglet joined the faculty of the Wake Forest Department of Theatre and Dance in the fall of 2015 as a Teaching Fellow in dance. Since graduating with an MFA from the University of Maryland, Jessie has performed in the work of Christina Soriano, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Maree ReMalia/merrygogo, Mansurdance, Dance Exchange, and PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATRE. In recent years Jessie’s dances have been presented at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the University of Virginia, the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts, at Dance Place for their New Releases Festival, in DC at the Sidney Harman Hall as part of the Velocity Dance Festival, and at Universidad de las Américas Puebla for Performática 2014.
David Norseworthy (Toronto, ON, Canada)
David Norsworthy, a Toronto-based dance artist, graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in May 2013. He has been privileged to perform and tour with Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada), ZviDance (NY, USA), Jonah Bokaer (NY, USA), Brian Brooks (NY, USA), Dancenorth (Melbourne, Australia), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö, Sweden) and Magma Dans (Stockholm, Sweden). He has presented his choreographic work at FRESH BLOOD (Toronto), Dumbo Dance Festival (New York) and Wave Rising Series (New York) as well as the Juilliard-in-Aiken Festival (South Carolina) and ArtPowersArusha (Tanzania). Recent choreographic projects include a new work for Lamondance (Vancouver), a new work for Point Park University (Pittsburgh), a creative process workshop with New Dialect (Nashville) and a site-specific work at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). Upcoming choreographic projects include a solo premiere at the Dansmuseet – Museum of Movement (Stockholm). David is the recipient of a 2016 Ontario Arts Council International Residency Grant, a 2016 Toronto Arts Council Creation Grant and the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Arts Award.www.davidnorsworthy.com Photo by Alvin Collantes
Blakeney Bullock (Winston-Salem, NC)
Blakeney Bullock is a collaborator, organizer, dancer based in Winston-Salem, NC. She studies kinetic activism focused on the outward (not upward) limits of connectivity and community. Blakeneybullock.weebly.com Blakeney will be performing with the interdisciplinary collaboration Paideia. Photo by Jonathan Pfundstein
Cara Hagan (Boone, NC)
Cara Hagan is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is informed by movement, words and digital space. A recipient of several grants and awards, most recently Cara received a 2014-2015 NCAC Choreographic Fellowship Award, a 2015 Sustainability in the Arts Grant and a 2015-2016 University Research Council Grant. Ms. Hagan serves on the dance studies faculty at Appalachian State University, as well as serving as director and curator for ADF’s Movies By Movers, an annual, international dance film festival that hosts events at both the American Dance Festival andAppalachian State University. Currently Cara is under contract to complete her first book, due out in 2018.
Kyoko Ruch (Washington, DC)
Kyoko Ruch is a freelance dancer and choreographer in the DC area. She has performed with many companies including Richmond Ballet, Von Howard Project, Helen Simoneau Danse, Company Danzante, Priore Dance, Company E and Gin Dance Company. She pioneered in the Virginia Commonwealth University/Richmond Ballet trainee joint program and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography with a concentration in performance. She has also worked with many choreographers such as Lidia Wos, Joshua L. Peugh, Stefanie Batten Bland, Malcolm Burn, Christian Von Howard, Susan Shields and William Soleau. She has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and has toured to Russia, Cuba, Israel and Azerbaijan with Company E on a mission of cultural diplomacy. Kyoko began her choreographic endeavors upon graduation from VCU while still pursuing her performing career. Her work was selected for choreographic showcases and festivals in the DC/Virginia region and was featured in Company Danzante’s Emerging Choreographer program. She performed her solo works in Richmond, Virginia, Washington, D.C. as well as internationally in the Shanghai, China and Havana, Cuba and is a recent recipient of the Dance Metro DC Choreographer Commission. Photo by Campos-Lopez Photo
Taryn Griggs and Chris Yon (Statesville, NC)
Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs have been dancing together since 2002. They met during The Bessie Schonberg Artist Residency at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard. They have spent the last 14 years in New York, Minneapolis, and Iowa Citymaking dances and dancing together. Their work has toured nationally across the United States and internationally to Canada, Ireland and France. As performers they have danced for Yoshiko Chuma, David Neumann, Karinne Keithley Syers, Irish Modern Dance Theater and Liz Roche Dance (Dublin). Recent commissions include the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC and The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana, CA. They are Sage Award winners (2009 Yon- Choreography, 2009 Griggs-Performance) and McKnight Fellows (Yon 2011, Griggs 2012). Currently they live in Statesville, NC with their daughter, Beatrix.
Eriko (Erica) Jimbo (NYC)
ERIKO (Erica) JIMBO, originally from Japan, earned her BFA in Dance from North Carolina School of the Arts. Since then, she has danced professionally with several different companies, productions, and choreographers, all over the globe. She loves exploring and broadening her knowledge of movement and skills by challenging herself to new fields and expanding her idea of movement is and where it can come from. She has a background in modern/contemporary, aerial silks, lyra, and harness work, wushu, Capoeira, hip hop, house, waacking, vogue, breakin, African, swing, hustle, and more. She joined Pilobolus Dance Theater in 2009 as a full time touring company member, creating, performing and teaching for over 5 years, and also started performing their evening-length show of “Shadowland,” in 2015. She currently also performs with Fuerza Bruta, an off broadway show in NYC, with Ephrat Asherie Dance, and with MAWU (2007), as a co-founder, collaborator and performer. Jimbo looks forward to continue exploring the world through the performing arts. www.erikojimbo.com Photo by Michel Leroy
Julianna Harper (Winston-Salem, NC)
Julianne Harper was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Since graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Contemporary Dance, Julianne has trained and performed internationally in various types of dance forms, her favorite being tap. She has had the honor of dancing with Gregory Hines and tapping for the premiere of his film Bojangles, as well as being selected for the casting bank of STOMP and Cirque du Soleil. She currently performs, choreographs, and directs various projects for dance and theater companies around the state. Julianne also teaches for Dancing Classrooms, a social development program for 5th grade utilizing ballroom dance, as well as tap and jazz classes for UNCSA. Playing the drums and learning how to Balinese dance also keeps her busy in the Camel City. Photo by Haydee Thompson
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