The Dance Complex
September 1, 2015, Cambridge, MA: The Dance Complex has identified and is supporting five artists in a new initiative in the 2015/16 season. These five artists comprise CATALYSTS. CATALYSTS are chosen for their unique and developing artistic voices and their ability to catalyze energies into moving dance forward- for themselves and within a community of dancers and dance audiences.
Through the fall, CATATLYSTS will create new works; support each other's work processes; and share with the dance community new dances and awareness. They will share their works in progress at The Dance Complex's new monthly Sunday Salons. A CATALYSTS performance series will debut in January of 2016, and a series of related int/adv movement classes begins September 8, 2015, all at The Dance Complex.
2015/16 CATALYSTS artists at The Dance Complex are Chavi Bansal, Callie Chapman, Michael Figueroa, Sarah Mae Gibbons and Kat Nasti. Bio snapshots appear below. Pics available on request.
The artists will also become core teaching artists for CATALYST CLASSES, a series of intermediate/advanced movement classes highlighting multiple ideas and definitions of technique, encouraging an outside-the-lines, rigorous practice in dance. The classes run 10:00am- 11:45 am, Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning September 8,2015. Class fees will help fund CATALYST artists performances in January/February.
Joining the CATALYSTS as guest teaching artists for CATALYST CLASSES this fall will be choreographer, Boston Conservatory alum and Guggenheim recipient Zoe Scofield; choreographer and former soloist with Dance Theatre of Harlem and William Forsythe's company, Francesca Harper; ADF and NYU faculty, Pam Pietro, Matthew Cumbie of Dance Exchange, Betsy Miller of AS220/Providence and members of Doug Varone and Dancers.
Sunday Salon schedule, upcoming performances, class schedules and more information at dancecomplex.org. Interest in class or class cards, write Audrey MacLean at email@example.com
CHAVI BANSAL Born in India, Chavi Bansal began dancing Bharatnatyam (Indian classical dance), Bollywood, Martial arts, Indian contemporary and later joined company The Danceworx, where she performed from 2003-2007. Interest in expanding her knowledge in contemporary dance she spent four years at the Fontys Hogescholen voor de Kunsten in The Netherlands where she earned a BA in Dance with a specialization in Choreography. In 2010 Chavi launched her own company Vimoksha and since then, has had her work presented in theaters and festivals across The Netherlands, India and Norway. Chavi has been commissioned by University of Stavanger Norway, Production House Dansateliers Netherlands, and Factorium Podium Kunsten Netherlands, Friends of Art India. Recently, Chavi has moved her base to Boston and presented her work in Green Street Studios and The Dance Complex.
CALLIE CHAPMAN Callie holds a B.F.A. from the Boston Conservatory. With Zoe, Callie has presented her work in venues such as CrashArts‘ “Ten’s the Limit” at the ICA and Green Street Studios, Corporacion Cultural de Las Condes (Santiago, Chile), multiple self-produced concerts, festivals, part of the Dance Renewal Project’s “Virgin”, The Dance Complex’s Shared Choreographers Concert, among others. She currently dances for Prometheus Dance and has worked with artists such as Nicola Hawkins, Karen Murphy and Emily Beattie. She has collaborated with video artists Greg Shea and Ken Kinna, composer Ivan Korn, and composers/musicians Pancho Molina and Billy Herron. Callie also helped develop the Dance Renewal Project and is currently the Marketing and Design Associate for the Boston Dance Alliance. She is also a freelance graphic designer (web + print). In 2009 she was a recipient of the Somerville Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship and in 2010 received a project grant to produce “Depart”, an evening-length performance in the center of Union Sq. Her work has received recognition as a finalist for the Boston Dance Alliance’s Rehearsal Residency Fellowship in 2009. She is honored to be selected for one of the 2015/16 Boston Center for the Arts dance residencies.
MICHAEL FIGUEROA I am new to teaching. However, when I was a student at an institution I would ask myself how I could understand what wasn't clear to me when people weren't speaking to me, or using descriptive language, or using metaphors. I aim to present a model where the image of the body is the primary source for learning/doing and copying, and conversation is what allows the body to shift not how one learns a structure. I am quite invested in my own self-learning, and I believe that makes me good with people who are also invested in their own learning.
KAT NASTI Kat Nasti holds a BA from Dickinson College, an MBA from Lehigh University, and an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research has been published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and presented at CORD/SDHS. She danced extensively with Alyce Finwall Dance Theatre and worked with many independent choreographers including Lisa Giobbi Movement Theatre, Scott Lyons, Jerry Mitchell, Skip Costa, Giada Ferrone, Lars Rosager, Edward Augustyn, and Max Stone, among others. She was also a dancer with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Swing Dance America, and American Dance Machine. In Boston, she performed with 1,000 Virtues Dance, Zoe Dance, and Reggie Wilson. She currently dances with Daniel McCusker. She has been a lecturer in the dance departments of Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College and Dean College and a guest at Providence College, the University of Scranton, Temple University, and Dickinson College. She has also taught at American College Dance Festivals and PA Governor’s School for the Arts; and served as the Director of the Muhlenberg College Community Dance and Pilates Center. She has presented her choreography at venues and institutions including: Muhlenberg College, Dickinson College, Marlboro College, Providence College, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, American College Dance Festival, Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, and First Night Boston. She established a community organization called the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange in PA, an organization supporting emerging choreographers and dancers of the Lehigh Valley. In their inaugural season, LVDE successfully produced 12 shows, which included over 20 choreographers and 50 dancers. She was a speaker on the topic of Community Entrepreneurship for TedX-Lafayette and Idex-Lehigh. An avid traveler and spent 2012/13 living in Korea and China, where she studied Traditional Korean Dance Forms. She and her family of husband and two boys just returned from another ex-pat assignment in Bulgaria.
SARAH MAE GIBBONS Originally from Athens, Ohio, Sarah Mae earned her BFA in dance and minor in education from The Ohio State University. She continued her training through a Yoga Teaching Certification and Thai Massage Level I Certificate as well as becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. Sarah Mae is currently enrolled in The New England School of Homeopathy. As an artist and educator, Sarah Mae is currently based in Boston, MA, offering massage and yoga sessions at Balans Inc, teaching dance to dancers of all ages at a variety of locations throughout the year locally and nationally. Sarah Mae is co-founder/director of New Movement Collaborative, (newmovementcollaborative.com) a new arts organization promoting process focused work in the city of Boston as well as co-curator and series manager of Moving Target Boston, (movingtargetboston.wordpress.com) a rotating contemporary dance master class series. Sarah Mae performs and choreographs her own work, both independently and collaboratively. For her choreography she has received local recognition and strives towards physicality and authenticity in all that she does.(sarahmaegibbons.com)
THE DANCE COMPLEX sustains artists, audiences and community through dance programming that educates, engages and entertains. We enable the creation, study and performance of dance, celebrating and investing in the connection of moving bodies to thought, to ideas and to curiosity. We advance the role of dance and movement for all regionally, nationally and beyond.
ANNOUNCING A SPECIAL DAY OF CATALYSTS
Technique w/DOUG VARONE & DANCERS
10:00a - 11:45a
Choreography Workshop w/DOUG VARONE
2:00p - 3:30p
Reservations recommended for Doug’s workshop /
for workshop pre-registration and pre-payment.
Julie Ince Thompson Theatre at the Dance Complex
The Dance Complex announces new core class programming
September 1, 2015, Cambridge, MA:
Always a place where everyone feels welcome to dance, The Dance Complex commits to a series of community workshops this season. The first core series is a the Le Grand Dance Collaborative. The movement class meets on most Saturdays this fall 3:30 - 5:00p beginning September 12. Updated info can be found at dancecomplex.org.
Over several weeks through early December, the participants in the class series will learn about different movement styles. Beginning September 12, the class will learn a flash mob version of "Thriller" with the option of performing on Halloween at a dance party at The Dance Complex. Anyone joining will have the choice just to have a great movement experience, with no commitment to performance.
A sliding scale for class fees will be available, via the LGDC administrator Tyh at firstname.lastname@example.org All are welcome to the classes, regardless of experience.
The intent of LGDC is to create opportunities for anyone to experience the physicality, the expression and art-forms within dance, in an environment that allows engagement for the self and with others. The goal is to dance and also enjoy the great by-products of dancing including self awareness, social interaction and community building.
Le Grand Dance Collaborative community class series began as the result of several individuals from all walks of all life - from all areas of Boston and beyond, young and old, those who have studied some dance and some totally new to it - meeting for a project presented by The Celebrity Series of Boston last year. Once the project, Le Grand Continental choreographed by Montreal's Sylvain Emard, completed its performances, many of the participants said, "What's next?" These classes at The Dance Complex continue a legacy of dance, participation and engagement.
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