Gilnaz Arzpeyma, “Be Hold”, is a Montreal based artist. Inspired by mediums such as water, sand, felt and charcoal, she explores body expression and identity through visual poetry.
ESTHER BAKER-TARPAGA, IBRAHIM ZONGO,
& NAOKI IZUMO
Esther Baker-Tarpaga is a choreographer and performance artist. She co-directs Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project and is a co-founding member of Propelled Animals, an interdisciplinary arts and social justice collective and recipients of a 2019 MAP Grant. She is part of Earthdance’s Interdisciplinary Artist Consortium and is an incubated artist at Headlong Philadelphia. She currently teaches at Temple University, Schuylkill Environmental Center, and the Philadelphia Dance Academy. She recently performed at No New Idols in Riga, Latvia, Grinnell College, The Englert Theatre, Tamadia Arts Festival France, The Wassaic Festival NY, and BAAD!ASS Women’s Festival Bronx. She is a 2019 recipient of a NY Foundation Emergency Grant and lives in Philadelphia with her family.
Ibrahim Zongo was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He trained and received his diploma from l’Ecole Internationale de Danse Irène Tassembédo (EDIT). He has worked with Lassann Congo, Badolo Souleymane, Lacina Coulibaly, Salia Sanou, and Seydou Boro, and Esther Baker-Tarpaga. Parallel to dance, Ibrahim lives in a world of horses since a young age when he was trained as a jockey with Modibo Traoré. Ibrahim teaches workshops in dancing with horses.
Naoki Izumo, is an interdisciplinary video artist. His work utilizes screens as a vehicle to inform and create stories that help others feel more connected to the world around them. He is based in New York City and works as an associate producer at NHK news, Japan's public broadcasting corporation--focusing on cultural and scientific stories in the North America. He earned a BA from Southern Illinois University and a MFA from University of Iowa
ILANA GOLDMAN & GABRIEL WILLIAMS
Ilana Goldman is an Assistant Professor of dance at Florida State University and has taught and choreographed for schools and companies across the United States. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the John Erskine Prize for Artistic and Academic Excellence, and her MFA from the University of Washington. Ilana danced professionally as a principal dancer with Oakland Ballet and Sacramento Ballet, as a guest artist with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, and most recently as a dancer with Trey McIntyre Project. Her dance films Convergence, Fledgling, and InterState have screened at numerous international dance festivals.
Gabriel Williamsis a filmmaker, dancer, educator, and researcher. He has danced principal and soloist roles with Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, and as a guest artist with the Trey McIntyre Project. He has appeared on the TV show Glee, starred in the feature film Shteps, and performed in equity summer stock musical theatre. His award-winning dance film Contaction, and his films created in collaboration with Ilana Goldman, Convergence and Fledgling, have screened at numerous national and international film festivals. He has taught classes at the Florida State University since 2015.