My 14th Grandmother
Leila Awadallah (she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, and film wanderer based between Minneapolis and Beirut. Her work in movement centers the body and its' relation to land / place / peoples, rooted in the context of her own skin as an indigenous Palestinian, Arab-American, SWANA, Sicilian and mixed Mediterranean diasporic being. She is the founder of the Body Watani (body-as-homeland) dance project and practice which began in 2020. Body Watani's first work, TERRANEA is supported by National Performance Network, Goethe Institute, MSAB, ARENA, Links Hall and the Arab American National Museum. She is a 2022 McKnight Dancer Fellow, a Jerome Hill Fellow (2021-2023), and previously a Springboard 20/20 and Daring Dances Fellow. Leila's work have been supported through research residencies and performances at the Hammana Artist House, Amalgam, and Lebanese National Theatre (Lebanon), Camargo Foundation (France), Arab American National Museum (Michigan), and most widely across spaces and places in and around her home in the Twin Cities. Mentored by Ananya Chatterjea, she trained, taught and performed with Ananya Dance Theatre as a company member (2014-2019). Leila has a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota. More at www.leilaawadallah.com,
Nicole Bradley Browning
Nicole Bradley Browning, a dance artist and educator based in Gilbert, AZ, has performed, presented choreography and taught throughout the U.S. and in Taiwan. Over the last two decades, she’s created more than 50 dances in diverse genres, focusing on the complexity of relationships and the connection between people and place.
Body is Home
Heidi Duckler (she/her) is the Founder and Artistic Director of Heidi Duckler Dance in Los Angeles, California and Heidi Duckler Dance/Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Titled the “reigning queen of site-specific performance” by the LA Times, Duckler is a pioneer of site-specific place based contemporary practice. Through the use of expanded techniques and a methodology that encourages us to understand how dance, born from our experience, can be a tool for awareness, Duckler has contributed to redefining the field and has created more than 400 dance pieces all over the world. Duckler was the recipient of the 2021 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship and most recently, her film “Where We’re Going” has been selected for first prize by the Cinedanza Festival jury amongst 28 films from around the world. “Where We’re Going” was also selected for the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) Digital Media Wall in their new building in downtown Sacramento, scheduled to premiere in 2022. Currently, Duckler is on faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Film and Media Studies Department. Duckler earned a BS in Dance from the University of Oregon and an MA in Choreography from UCLA, and served as a Board Member of the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance Advancement Council. Awards include the Distinguished Dance Alumna award from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, the Dance/USA and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Engaging Dance Audiences award, and the National Endowment of the Arts American Masterpiece award. Duckler was a recipient of the 2019 Oregon Dance Film Commission and her work received the award for Best Choreography for the Lens at Verve Dance Film Festival. More at heididuckler.org.
Ffion is a multidisciplinary artist and Associate Director of House Of Absolute. Born and raised in Wales, Ffion is Welsh speaking, non binary gender fluid with mixed heritage.
They are a movement practitioner and director within the disciplines of Contemporary, Hip hop, Krump, Indigenous femininity and deity embodiment, holistic therapy, ritual and martial arts. Ffion is a music & film producer & composer, with digital & live works in experimental art and exhibitionism. Their work explores humanitarian politics, human psychology and spirituality, within the context of race, gender, culture, identity, voice, text & visual art. More at www.houseofabsolute.com.
Mary Fitzgerald is a choreographer, performer and educator based in Phoenix, AZ. She was a member of Kei Takei’s Moving Earth for nearly ten years, performing and teaching internationally. She also has danced with A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Fred Darsow Dance, and several independent choreographers in the United States. Mary has been a guest artist for numerous professional companies and dance programs in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, Mexico, India, and Colombia. Her choreography and dance and new media projects have been presented internationally, and have received funding from the Japan Foundation, Ministry of Culture in Mexico, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. maryfitzgeralddance.com
Sima Gonsai (And Breathe) is an award-winning creative director, producer and programmer. Originally trained in visual communication, her moving image work explores innovative ways of collaborating artforms, focusing on themes of diversity and accessibility. This work explores identity and social history, focusing on telling local stories that inform and raise questions about how societies have formed and live today. Her notable work ‘Cycle Dialogues’ involved an independent journey of cycling seven thousand miles across seven countries and create digital work capturing cultural landscapes.
Originally trained in Indian Classical Dance, Sima began her career as an amateur performer. She later studied a ‘Masters in Visual Communication’ and is now a reputed screen dance director and the programmer for BAFTA qualifying Flatpack Festival. Her screen dance work explores inclusive dance and accessible forms of film and has received multiple awards and nominations including Royal Television Society and toured film festivals internationally. Commissions include Creative England, Birmingham Royal Ballet, 2012 Olympics, Commonwealth Games and BBC Arts. Festival screenings include San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film festival and Lux Cinema. More at www.simagonsaifilms.com.
donia salem harhoor
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donia salem harhoor (they/she) is a Disabled egyptian-american anthophile. Executive director of The Outlet Dance Project, founder of the Duniya Collective, they are vice-chair of the Odissi Alliance of North America. An alum of Community of Writers, Open Mouth Poetry Retreat, & Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute, harhoor was Ground For Sculpture’s inaugural Performing Artist in Residence.
A 2022 Lambda Literary Poetry Fellow and Frontier Poetry New Voices finalist, they were a 2021 runner-up for Spoon River Poetry Review's Editor's Prize and finalist for Palette Poetry’s Sappho Prize. donia's work has appeared in Mizna/AAWW’s I WANT SKY, Swim Pony’s TrailOff project, Anomaly, SRPR, and Sukoon magazine.
An herbalism apprentice of Karen Rose of Sacred Vibes Apothecary and Odissi student of Guru Durga Charan Ranbir, their MFA in Interdisciplinary Art is from Goddard College. More at doniasalemharhoor.com.
Peggy Ho’s dance career began at the age of six with the junior dance programme at HKAPA. Since that time her experience has expanded beyond performance to choreography in many different styles of dance as well as exploration on body movement. While most careers fade, Ms. Ho maintains exceptional form and creative collaborations giving an edge to her work and pushing boundaries most dancers struggle to overcome. This has earned her considerable local and international recognition in both formal establishments and commercial entertainment. Her clients include Hong Kong Poly University, City Contemporary Dance Company, the Billy Chan Dance Concepts, Bedrex Dance Company, Aaron Kwok, Fiona Sit just to name a few. Now that the global pandemic has halted nearly all live performances globally Ms. Ho is taking this opportunity to reimagine the future of dance performance with international collaborations and fresh ideas. IG: @ peggy_danzsoul”
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The Coming Silence
Melanie Kloetzel is a performance maker, scholar and educator who is committed to research that spans stage, site, and screen. Director of the dance theatre company kloetzel&co., and co-director of the art intervention collective TRAction, Kloetzel has developed events and encounters in theatre spaces, alternative venues, spaces of public assembly, and online environments across four continents. Films by Kloetzel have garnered such awards as Best of Fest (Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, USA), Best Documentary (Mabig Film Festival, Germany), Best Cast Award (Toronto’s Alternative Film Festival, Canada), a Boss Female Short (Freedom Festival International) and a Best Experimental Film Award (GO Independent International Film Festival, USA), as well as been selected for screening at such well-known festivals as DANSCAMDANSE Festival (Belgium), the American Dance Festival’s International Screendance Festival (USA), and Danca em Foco Festival (Brazil). More at www.kloetzelandco.com.
The Kusanagi Sisters
JuJu and Lisa Kusanagi, also known as the Kusanagi Sisters, are multi-award-winning artists with expertise in performance art, choreography, and screendance. They leverage their trans-national upbringings and influence in the creative elements of their conceptual projects. Their works have been presented in over 25 countries and received many accolades, including Lawther/Graff No Violence Award at the 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival (Academy Award qualifying, USA), Best Dance Film nomination at the 10th Aesthetic Short Film Festival (BAFTA-qualifying, UK), 2nd Place in the Best of 2021 in the Theaters by Het Parool Amsterdam-based daily newspaper (NL), #mydancefilm Winner at the 47th Annual Dance on Camera Festival/Film at Lincoln Center (USA), Finalist at the 18th Annual Dance Camera West/the REDCAT: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (USA), Audience Choice Award and 4-month LED billboard screening at JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles L.A. Live (USA), Best Short Film Award nomination at Cinedance FEST '21/the EYE Filmmuseum (NL), and Cineteca Nacional (MX). JuJu is an MFA candidate in Global Art Practice at Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo). She is also a certified Yoga Nidra therapist and Hatha yoga instructor who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle) with independent studies in intermedia arts. Lisa holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University (Virginia) and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, with emphasis in Dance, from Sonoma State University (California). www.lisakusanagi.com, @kusanagisisters
Am I? I am
Samantha Matsumoto began dancing in Elk Grove, CA and continued her dance training at UC Irvine, where she received a BFA in Dance Performance and a BFA in Choreography. There she worked with the late Donald McKayle with his Etude Ensemble and Sheron Wray’s Insight Jazz Ensemble. She also worked with choreographers such as Pavel Zustiak, Chad Michael Hall, Patrick Corbin, and Israeli choreographer, Idan Cohen with Noa Shilo. Samantha spent summers training with Backhausdance, LA Contermporary Dance Company, and travelled to Spain with DTM2 performing/collaborating through improvisation of movement and live music. Upon returning to Sacramento, Samantha joined CORE Contemporary Dance for 2014-2018 seasons, under the direction of Kelli Leighton. During her time with CORE, she also had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Teddy Forance, Amy Berokoff, Will Johnston, and Jared Baker. Samantha has taught a variety of workshops and classes for dance companies, high schools, and studios in the Sacramento area. She is also certified in STOTT Pilates and trained in Body Harmonics Pilates. Samantha is currently attending Saint Mary’s College of California to earn her MFA in Dance – Creative Practice and her work was recently presented at the 2022 ACDA Screen Dance Festival. Samantha is excited to share her passion of dance and continue to grow as an artist while contributing to the community.
Erin Carlisle Norton
O My Soul
Erin Carlisle Norton (she/her) is a choreographer, dancer, movement educator, arts administrator, and Artistic Director of the nonprofit all-female dance company The Moving Architects (TMA) since 2007. TMA has taught and toured nationally in Boston (MA), Pittsburgh (PA), Lexington (KY), Columbus (OH), Chicago (IL) and throughout IL, WI, PA, DE, OH, NY, and NJ, and internationally with the US Department of State throughout Central Asia and tours in Morocco and Guatemala. In the NYC-area TMA has been presented at BAM Fisher, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Dancewave as Artist-in-Residence, Gibney, Bryant Park Dance Festival, Performance Mix Festival, Making Moves Dance Festival, SOPAC, and more. Throughout 2022, Norton has artistic residencies at MOtiVE Brooklyn, Gardenship (NJ), and two at MANA Contemporary (NJ). She received 2014 and 2020 NJ State Council on the Arts Choreographic Fellowships and was selected for the 2021 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training program. Norton also produces the company’s dance interview podcast “Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast” and is the Executive Director of Dance New Jersey. She has a BFA and MFA in Dance from Ohio State University, and a Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (CMA) from Columbia College Chicago.
Dawn Jones Redstone
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Dawn Jones Redstone is an award-winning filmmaker whose work centers the experiences of women and people of color. She runs her freelance video production company, Hearts+Sparks in Portland, Oregon. Her work has screened around the world, but she is perhaps best known for her multi-award winning short film, Sista in the Brotherhood, about a black apprentice carpenter who experiences discrimination. In 2017, Dawn directed We Have Our Ways and a web series pilot called Gabby Smashes. This fall, she'll be shooting her next short film about two women of color who go on a hike/first date gone awry. She also is polishing up her first feature film script. She is the recipient of the Lilla Jewel Artist Award from MRG Foundation and was also named a Woman of Vision by the Daily Journal of Commerce. Learn more at dawnjonesredstone.com
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Ann Robideaux (she/her), is a choreographer, dance film-maker and educator. Concentrating on site-specific dance, her works have taken over the audience seats of Dance New Amsterdam, the historic Frying Pan and Lilac WWII lightships, the fountain of Galapagos and the steps of the Eldridge Street Synagogue in NYC. Her latest projects have included the installation "Social Fabric, in the public square" at Guild Hall (East Hampton) along with many operas and musicals. Her dance films include NYC Dances: Sternberg Park, Ntl Public Radio online, several collaborations with donia salem harhoor and the Rave of Mestizas, Argentina. Apart from original works, she has choreographed numerous straight plays and musicals and just completed her first dance film documentary. She is also the Dance and Theater coordinator and choreographer-in-residence at Princeton Day School. More at www.AnnMakesDances.com.
Charly Santagado is a dancer and choreographer originally from Orlando, Florida currently based in Metuchen, New Jersey. She graduated with highest honors from Rutgers University in 2017 and founded a contemporary dance company, mignolo dance with her sister, Eriel Santagado. Her work has been shown extensively throughout the tristate area as well as in Boston, Atlanta, Israel, and at many international film festivals. More on Charly and her work at www.mignolo.art
Paul Shepherd (Gravity) is an artist and experimental filmmaker with extensive expertise in experimental art installations, film, and old and new animation technologies. His films are often interactive, with magnetic, dreamy, and escapist qualities. Hailing from San Francisco, Paul Shepherd now teaches Animation and Media Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University. @ocularmusic
Katrin Spranger is a visual artist working on the intersection of sculpture, jewelry, and performance. Katrin explores dystopian worlds that engage with the environment and the depletion of natural resources. Her practice has included the development of crude oil into jewelry that melts on the body as well as the 3D-printing of honey into edible art. Katrin’s Aquatopia collection adopts a critical view of our freshwater supply, its increasing demand, and pollution. Her water sculptures reappropriate original plumbing parts and laboratory-found objects to reimagine familiar drinking vessels, water storages, a bathtub, and a fountain. Made from copper and glass, the Aquatopia objects are produced via electroforming: a process in which a layer of copper is deposited on a conductive surface. Creating performances, Katrin's pieces comprise permanent and deteriorative elements, which question societal norms of beauty and decay. Although her work is not invested in any style or medium, most of it can be characterized by a melancholic dark aesthetic, to combat her preoccupations and fears of death. With a background in traditional goldsmithing, Katrin holds a Master of Fine Arts from Konstfack University, Stockholm. Being a passionate educator, Katrin co-founded the K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewelry in 2016, where she teaches art and design qualifications in London. @katrin.spranger www.katrinspranger.com/onepointeight
Keeley Stanley-Bohn has worked as a professional actor and director at theatres across the nation, with increasing forays into Eastern Europe. Beginning her professional career as a company member with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, she then moved on to Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. Most recently in Eastern Europe, Keeley directed an invited performance of The Fireflies, at the Theresienstadt concentration camp outside Prague, for the international project Performing the Jewish Archive. As a Professor of Theatre, Keeley teaches acting, directing, stage combat, dialects, and Theatre and the Holocaust.
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Annie Tonsiengsom is Executive Producer, Owner and co-founder of Actual Industries, an end-to-end video production company located in Portland, Oregon. She leads the company's producers on all work that Actual Industries creates.
A versatile media professional with two decades of experience, Ms. Tonsiengsom's has produced broadcast television programs for The Food Network, a nationally syndicated home improvement show, cooking programming on Oregon Public Broadcasting, documentary work, product overviews, digital campaigns, and broadcast work for organizations and companies such as Google, Amazon, The Oregon Culinary Institute, The City of Portland, Harry & David, Costco and Nike.
Every project Ms. Tonsiengsom takes on involves thoughtful coordination to address client concerns and direction of production staff. Her management supports every step of the process in project creation, from research, concept generation, and storyboarding to scriptwriting, production coordination and management, creative direction, production, and post-production - including editing, graphic design, computer graphic animation, sound sweetening, and music licensing.
Ms. Tonsiengsom's work has aired on The Food Network, Fine Living Channel, and PBS; supports creative online campaigns, outlines company missions and product benefits; and communicates critical policies for a global audience for Fortune 500 companies.
Annie is a graduate of Brown University, with a Master's Degree in TV, Radio and Film production from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications. She is currently a member of the Portland Chapter of Women in Fllm and the Oregon Media Production Association.
Dmitri von Klein
Dmitri von Klein was born in Siberia, raised in East Germany, and later the American Southwest. He received a Bachelor of Arts with emphasis on history of photography from the University of Oregon. His fascination with history and the passage of time has led to a lifetime of photographic exploration and discovery. A photograph is a fragile and yet tangible thread that traverses time and space, bridging now and then. It is this connection between then and now that enriches our understanding of human experience. It offers the possibility of discovering who we were, who we are now, and more profoundly, hints at who we may become. Today, he lives in the Pacific Northwest and travels within the States and abroad in pursuit of adventure.
Chien-Ying Wang, a choreographer, dancer and film maker, hails from Taiwan and is Co-Artistic Director of OcampoWang Dance. She received her MFA degree in Dance from The Ohio State University. Wang was a soloist with Repertory Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before coming to the United States, she has danced professionally with Taipei Ballet Company and Joy Dance Company. Wang was a finalist of Bogliasco Fellowship and was a recipient of the Project Support Grant from Salt Lake City Arts Council to present Bridging Bridges – an evening-length dance concert. Her performing experience includes solo roles in several classical ballets, plus contemporary works by Zvi Gotheiner, Gideon Obarzanek, Susan Hadley, Shapiro & Smith, Tandy Beal, Stephen Koester, Lucas Hoving, Molissa Fenley, Douglas Nielsen, Victoria Uris, John Giffin, to name a few. She was commissioned to make works for Ballet Philippines, Juedai Contemporary Dance Theater (Taiwan), Lustig Dance Theatre, RDT, The Ohio State University, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, University of Virginia, National Taiwan University of Arts, TongJi University in Shanghai, and Beijing Normal University, China. Her choreographic works have been presented in Dance New Amsterdam, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, The Actors Fund Arts Center, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, 92nd Street Y in New York, the Theatre at Beijing Dance Academy, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan and other prestigious venues. In 2019, OcampoWang Dance produced an sold-out performance in The Mark O'Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY. Wang’s current research deals with the interfacing of live performance and video dance as well screendance. Her films Slice of Life, In between, and Gaia’s Whispers have been presented in multiple film and dance festivals. Currently, Wang is an Associate Professor in the Dance Department of Rutgers University. More on Wang here.
Wilder Project/Holly Wilder Named by Dance Magazine as one of "9 Screendance Artists You Should Know About", sibling duo, Holly and Duncan Wilder, are NYC based Wilder Project. Together they have produced 20 short dance films that have screened at over 45 film festivals on 5 continents, winning 10 awards. With Holly directing and choreographing and Duncan behind the camera, critics say their “raw, narrative movement vocabulary hits close to the heart.” Their most screened film, “The Field”, is an official selection of 26 film festivals, and in addition to festivals, their work has screened at venues like The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC. www.wilderprojectdance.com
Hattie Mae Williams
Hattie Mae Williams is a Mother and interdisciplinary artist constantly re-remembering her wild and authentic self as a form of artistic liberation and magical manifestation, for the sake of her family’s survival. Hattie Mae was born and raised in Miami Dade and has had the pleasure of escaping the Miami swamp for fifteen years to New York City where she received her BFA from The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater /Fordham University, her Masters from Goddard University in interdisciplinary Arts, and created a site specific focused dance company The Tattooed Ballerinas 2003-2014. Her practice looks at Sites Specific Consciousness (a term she conceived & a distinction from site specific) as a component of her work’s totality. Hattie Mae has linked interrelationships between the Mind, Body, and Spirit as part of her philosophy when creating offerings. She is most interested in landscapes, disrupting the mundane, and creating community. Her work has traveled nationally and internationally to Holland, Italy, London, Los Angeles, New York, Kentucky and Miami. @thetattooedballerina
Karen Wood is currently a dance practitioner/ researcher/ educator. She works at the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University, as Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Birmingham Dance Network. Her current research interests are exploring concepts of collaboration, ethics of care and responsibility, collective identities and leadership in relation to freelance communities and cultural policy. She is a Board member for Wired Aerial Theatre and Chair of the Board for Vanhulle Dance Theatre.
For her artistic research, Karen uses the lens of phenomenology, particularly perception and embodiment, and improvisation to explore digital technology, screendance and contemporary dance and tap dance practices. Karen is passionate about working with artists to expand professional practice. She sees the value in artist-led initiatives and how they can create opportunity and encourage risk taking for dance making practices. Her work includes artistic research projects that have previously been supported by Arts Council England and involved collaborating with other art forms, such as neuroscience, fine art, lighting design and music.
Mary Wycherley is a dance artist and film director whose work spans contemporary dance performance, moving image and curation. She has a strong track record of collaborating with a range of artists and creating works which cross disciplinary boundaries. Her work is seen on stage, in galleries and cinematic contexts. Mary’s body of work has toured and been exhibited in Ireland and internationally at venues and festivals including at Kilkenny Arts Festival, VOID Derry, Rua Red Gallery Dublin, Solas Nua Contemporary Irish Arts Centre Washington, Museum of Contemporary Arts Shanghai, Dublin Dance Festival, VISUAL Carlow, American Dance Festival, National Museum of Contemporary Arts Bucharest, Cork Film Festival and Galway Film Fleadh. Mary is co-founder and curator of the Light Moves Festival of Screendance since its inception in 2014. She was Limerick Dance Artist in Residence appointed by the Arts Council of Ireland from 2015-2019. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts from University College Cork and an MA Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick. Her national and international teaching in dance, film and interdisciplinary creative process spans University level, professional masterclass and individual mentoring contexts. In 2020/21 Mary is creating “Weathering", for presentation at Project Arts Centre and Dance Limerick, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Limerick City and County Council and "Far-flung Dances", a film commission by Tipperary Dance Platform and Tipperary Heritage Council. More at marywycherley.com