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choreographers

Fall 2018

MADBOOTS DANCE: JONATHAN CAMPELL AND AUSTIN DIAZ

 Photo credit: Scott Shaw

Photo credit: Scott Shaw

MADBOOTS DANCE: Jonathan Campbel 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

 Photo credit: Self portrait

Photo credit: Self portrait

Eric Geiger

I dance and make dances in an attempt to make sense of the world around me. I am a full-time faculty member at UCSD, in the Department of Theatre and Dance, where the courses I guide question what dance is and can be. Early on, I received a full merit scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, intensively studying the techniques of Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Ballet. I was a company member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (as well as teacher and choreographic assistant to Bill), The Lyon Opera Ballet (performing works by artists such as William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio, Susan Marshall, Maguy Marin, and Angelin Preljocaj), and McCaleb Dance, directed by Nancy McCaleb (eventually becoming the Associate Artistic Director). I want to dance forever, so I became interested in continuing my dance training and practices by seeking ways of moving with greater efficiency and sustainability. Contact Improvisation, Trisha Brown-like qualities, Deborah Hay’s questions and choreography, and somatic approaches to dancing has transformed and expanded my movement capacities. As a Feldenkrais Method practitioner, I have come to understand how to move using only as much effort as needed, moment to moment. As a dancemaker, I am a collaborator. I’ve made dances with Anya Cloud, Karen Schaffman, Liam Clancy, Leslie Seiters and my most frequent collaborator and partner Jess Humphrey.  

 Photo credit: Wren Polansky

Photo credit: Wren Polansky

Teresa Jankovic

Teresa has been a dancer, choreographer and educator throughout Southern California for over twenty years. Inspired by kinesiology and the exploration of fusing multiple genres allows her to cultivate her artistry, movement vocabulary and research. As a professional performer, Jankovic danced with Jazz Spectrum, was a founding member of BARE Dance Company and Delineation Dance, a bi-coastal dance company where she performed in New York City in the company’s inaugural year. She served for three years as Operations Manager for the Laguna Dance Festival. While at LDF Jankovic was commissioned to choreograph for venues in Laguna Beach including Laguna Beach Art Walk where her pieces premiered at the Laguna Art Museum. She also founded Kinetic Dance Project, a pre-professional dance company for young dancers.

 Jankovic earned her B.A. and M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine where she served as Rehearsal Director to the late Donald McKayle. Currently she is Associate Faculty at Orange Coast, Irvine Valley and MiraCosta College and part-time lecturer at California State University, Long Beach. She has previously taught at and/or created works for the University of California, Irvine, Fullerton College, Laguna Dance Festival, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Summer Intensives, NUEVO School of Contemporary Dance, San Diego Dance Theater’s White Box, American College Dance Association (ACDA), Youth American Grand Prix and the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards.

 Photo: Wren Polansky

Photo: Wren Polansky

AMANDA Nora LEGBETI

Amanda Marie Legbeti holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an M.F.A. in Dance with an emphasis on choreography from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) where she studied on fellowship and was awarded scholarships to pursue and present her research on North American multiculturalism and fusion forms in dance.  Amanda has performed professionally with several companies and her choreography has been showcased throughout the US and abroad as “Promising Artist of the 21st Century” in San Jose, Costa Rica; at ACDF (Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, and Long Beach), and in the international tour of ‘The San Souci Festival of Projected Dance’ in Mexico, Trinidad, and Tobago. She also volunteered her choreography to the AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County’s (now “Radiant Health Centers”) annual showcase fundraiser, helping them raise over $900,000. Amanda has been a guest choreographer/instructor of dance at UCI, Iowa State University, Riverside College, Cypress College, Calvin College, The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago, Coronado School of theArts, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, and Dance Masters of Michigan. Also a Registered Yoga Teacher, Amanda enjoys flowing from form to form in her choreographic and performative work. 

 

Spring 2018

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yolande snaith

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

 
 Photo: Doug McMinimy

Photo: Doug McMinimy

DAVE MASSEY

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.

 
 Photo: Jeffery Lamont Brown

Photo: Jeffery Lamont Brown

BRADLEY LUNDBERg

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.  

 

Musicians

 Photo: Jim Carmody

Photo: Jim Carmody

KRISTOPHER Apple

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.

 
 Photo: Wren Polansky

Photo: Wren Polansky

Fontaine Laing

Fontaine has an early memory of seeing a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at age five and coming home and playing all the songs from memory on the piano.  Subsequently, she began her formal training. At age ten she knew she wanted to be a piano teacher for the rest of her life.  She received her BA in Piano from the University of Texas, and MA's in Piano and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan.  She taught piano in Detroit and at Oakland University in Rochester until she retired.  She has played with many chamber ensembles and as a solo pianist.  Now in her 85th year she is the pianist at the Unitarian Church in Solana Beach and produces concert events at the Encinitas Library - her latest, from Broadway to Carnegie Hall.

 Photo: Self Portrait

Photo: Self Portrait

Meredith Yayanos

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. 

 

OTHER COLLABORATORS

 Photo: Doug McMinimy

Photo: Doug McMinimy

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 wrenpolansky@gmail.com.