MADBOOTS DANCE: JONATHAN CAMPELL AND AUSTIN DIAZ
Noted for it's "refreshing, often thrilling, straightforwardness", MADBOOTS DANCE is a queer, all-male, contemporary dance company based in New York City. The hyper-physical, provocative company led by Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz, was named "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine and has reached audiences nationally and internationally, mining topics of male identity and queer culture. The company had the honor of performing at The Joyce Theater's first-ever LGBTQ+ Pride Week, as well as performing works at Jacob's Pillow, Fire Island Dance Festival, BAM Fisher Hillman, and Velocity Dance Center, to name a few. Presently, Campbell & Diaz continue to create original works for the company, as well as, teach both emerging and professional dancers around the nation. To learn more, visit: WWW.MADBOOTSDANCE.COM
YOLANDE SNAITH trained initially at Wimbledon School of Art, London, completing her degree in theatre and dance at Dartington College of Arts, UK, in 1983. Since then she has been creating her own work, performing, choreographing and teaching internationally, winning several awards including Digital Dance, Time Out/Dance Umbrella and Bonnie Bird Choreography Awards. In 1990 Yolande formed Yolande Snaith Theatredance with the support of the Arts Council of England; where she produced 11 full-length works, touring internationally to over 15 countries. In 1998 Blind Faith won the prestigious Prix D’auteur du Conceil Generale de la Seine-Saint-Denise. Yolande has received commissions from dance, theatre, opera, film and television companies, including the English National Opera, Birmingham Dance Exchange, Transitions, Ricochet Dance Company, The Verve, BBC and Channel 4 Television. In 1997 she choreographed Stanley Kubrick’s final film Eyes Wide Shut, and in 1999 she was the choreographic adviser for David Hinton’s film Birds, which was the overall winner of the 2001 Monaco Dance Screen Awards.
Yolande joined the faculty of Theatre and Dance at UCSD, in 2002. She established IMAGOmoves in 2006 as an artistic ‘umbrella’ for collaborative projects. Since its inception IMAGOmoves has created a range of dance theatre works, including site-specific events in urban locations, smaller group and solo work presented in a range of venues, from the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj, Romania, to San Diego’s alternative performance spaces. Yolande has collaborated with several international artists in San Diego including director Gabor Tompa, composers Shahrokh Yadegari and Kris Apple, designer Victoria Petrovich, film director Mark Freeman and visual/performance artist Eleanor Antin and many dance artists. Yolande has also collaborated recently with renowned international dance artist Katie Duck on Girls at Work, a duet performance that premiered at Live Arts Fest in San Diego 2015, and toured to Amsterdam, Berlin and the UK in 2016. More about Yolande at: www.yolandesnaith.com
Dave Massey is a dance educator, choreographer, movement researcher and full-time faculty at MiraCosta College. He holds his MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. He began dancing at the age of 17 and was fortunate to study from teachers and mentors in the Los Angeles area such as Stefan Wenta, Carlton Johnson, Joe Tremaine, Sally Whalen, Patrick Franz, Paul de Rolf and Jerry Grimes. He danced professionally for over 15 years and worked with eminent Hollywood celebrities of the time including Mary Tyler-Moore, Lucille Ball, Carol Lawrence, Barry Manilow and Debbie Allen among others. He danced in film, television, stage and night-club acts. Dave assisted a variety of choreographers such as Joe Tremaine, Jaime Rogers, and Roland Dupree, in convention and television work.
Dave and his wife Sue owned a dance school and trained many dancers that went on to dance in Film, Broadway, television and company work. Dave has travelled across the U.S. working with Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America and Dance Olympus. He he has taught throughout Europe including the world-renowned Festival d’Avignon where he also set choreography on Danse St. Etienne. Dave worked at Televisa in Mexico City, working with with many Mexican celebrities and taught in Australia as an Ambassador of Dance for Dance Educators of America.
Dave was Artistic Director of the Diamond Valley Dance Theatre. The company was honored to perform in the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival. Louis Segal of the LA Times wrote: "Dave Massey of Diamond Valley Dance Theatre has a sharp eye for pacing and flow that better-known local choreographers might well envy". Dave was resident choreographer at Theater East, choreographing Damn Yankees, Camelot and No, No Nanette. His concert dance has won awards including the prestigious Gold Award for Choreography from Jazz Dance World Congress. Most recently he choreographed for San Diego Dance Theater's annual Trolley Dances.
Bradley received his B.A. in Communications from UCSB, where he began his dance training with Christopher Pilafian. While in Santa Barbara, Brad danced three seasons with Santa Barbara Dance Theater. After a move to New York, he was a member of Jennifer Muller/The Works, Steeledance, Creach/Company, and performed in works by Young Soon Kim, Ben Munisteri, Leda Meredith, and Michael Foley as well as having a number of his own works performed at Hatch and Danspace. After a brief stint ‘dancing’ on Celebrity Cruise Lines, Brad returned to the West coast where he has danced with Keith Johnson/Dancers, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, McCaleb Dance, Malashock Dance and Blythe Barton. Bradley's own choreography is defined by masterful partnering work, clever formation building and dissembling and continual flow based phrase work. Bradley's other passion and career is working with children with special needs. He has been teaching this population for most of his adult life.
Kristopher Apple is a violinist, composer, performer, and improviser working at the intersection of music, dance, text, and digital media. His music is a regular feature of the San Diego arts scene where he works closely with choreographers, writers, directors, composers, visual artists, and software developers to integrate music and interdisciplinary performance practices. He also provides music, dance accompaniment, and production support to numerous colleges, universities, dance companies, and theater companies throughout San Diego including University of California San Diego, MiraCosta College, San Diego State University (2007–2016), and Coronado School of the Arts.
Apple’s work is informed by his ongoing investigation and interaction with dance, theater, poetry, and music practices in collaborative performance making and ensemble improvisation. He was a member of LIVE Collaborative Dance Theater from 2008–2014 and a co-founder of the collaborative music and dance ensemble Odd and Even. He has been featured as a composer and performer with several dance and theater companies including IMAGOmoves, Somebodies Dance Theater, Little Known Dance Theater, The PGK Dance Project, San Diego Dance Theater, Wallpaper Performance Company, TranscenDANCE Youth Arts Project, Animal Cracker Conspiracy, PADL West, and the podcast Incoming (incomingradio.org). Apple is a member of the Grey Pony Writer’s Guild and International Guild of Musicians in Dance. He holds a BA and MFA in Music from SDSU where he studied violin and interdisciplinary performance.
Meredith is a violinist, thereminist and vocalist Meredith Yayanos has a lifelong compulsion to explore and unpack some of the creepier, funnier, and more dysfunctional aspects of fairy tales, mythology, and the monstrous feminine. As both a session player and a touring performer, her body of work is informed by lifelong study of classical, folk, electronic, and experimental music. Yayanos has collaborated with a wide variety of acts including Faun Fables, The Dresden Dolls, Angelo Moore, Beats Antique, Halou, Stolen Babies, HUMANWINE, Jill Tracy, Elegi, Sport Murphy, The Living Jarboe, Edison Woods, Raz Mesinai, Pinataland, David Garland, Thomas Truax, Butch Morris, Kim Boekbinder, The Vanity Set, Love Life, and the Walkmen. In recent years Yayanos has also done a fair amount of film-scoring, most notably for The Narrative of Victor Karloch and The Mill at Calder’s End (two Victorian ghost story puppet films directed by Kevin McTurk, partially funded by the Jim Henson Foundation) and for the award-winning, feature-length psychological thriller, Empty Rooms. Her compositions, arrangements, and collaborative experiments with other artists often revolve around fusing classical sounds with varied folk traditions and electronic palettes to create a unique “uneasy listening” experience. She received her BA from Bard College.
WREN POLANKSY, Visual artist
For roughly two decades Wren has been practicing and teaching art, yoga and mindfulness meditation. Her formal education includes an MA in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute, graduate study in Contemplative Psychology and Art at Naropa University, and a BA in Studio Art from Scripps College. Wren has worked as an artist and educator for various establishments including: the Museum(s) of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, San Diego, La Jolla, and Boulder, Colorado and the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland, CA, in addition to many public and private schools throughout California. As an artist, Wren has always worked in a broad range of media. One of her most frequently used tools is the camera. Viewing Litvak Dance company members through the lens on location throughout her homeland, North County San Diego, has been particularly fulfilling. Recently, Wren has had the honor of illustrating several books for Shambhala Publications: "The Awakening Body" by Reginald Ray, "The Fourth Trimester" by Kimberly Ann Johnson, and "Hip-Healthy Asana" by Charlotte Bell. Currently, she is working on a series of new mixed media works inspired by the natural world and the moving body. She is married to a traditional Irish fiddling cheese expert and is a devoted mother of two busy little boys. She loves making custom, meaningful works, and is available for commissions. She can be found at: www.wrenpolansky.com or e-mail email@example.com.