Tuesday, June 30, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Kuntzel/Smith]

Wenn ich ein Voglein war
Music: Tilman Kuntzel
Dance: Hadley Smith

Hadley Smith is a senior at Barnard College majoring in Dance and Sociology. She is a founding member of CoLAB (Collaborative of the Ludicrous and Beautiful) a performance art collective for students at Barnard and Columbia University and enjoys nothing more than making art happen. Thanks to Mary Cochran for giving me this opportunity and to all the glorious Barnard Dance peoples. Dancer: Hadley Smith

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Monday, June 29, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [McLean/RETTOCAMME]

Inside the Hadronron Collider
Music: Jordan McLean
Dance: Emma Cotter / RETTOCAMME

INSIDE THE HADRON COLLIDER for 9 trumpets and ring modulator Inspired by the National Geographic article about the world's largest atom smasher. Jordan McLean has been a band leader and trumpeter for over 15 years and lead trumpeter and charter member of Antibalas. RETTOCAMME is a process-oriented dance/art/design group, founded in NYC, 2003, by Emma Cotter. Recent performances have included 60X60 at Galapagos, the Solar Powered Dance series at Solar One and collaborations with Manhattan Samba at the Jonathan Shorr Gallery and McCarren Pool. Dancer Emma Cotter

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [ShivRaj/Burger]

Rain Dance
Music: Nivedita ShivRaj
Dance: Preston Burger

Rain Dance symbolizes our relationship with nature and portrays the joy that rain brings. It is a musical composition based on the Indian Raga – Amirtha Varshini (the sweet showers) and has been played on the multi-stringed instrument Veena with Indian musical instruments Mridangam and Morsing (Jews harp) along with digital music.Nivedita ShivRaj is a composer, performer and teacher of Carnatic Music (South Indian style of classical music), proficient in both vocal and instrumental forms and plays the ancient multi-stringed instrument "Veena". Preston Burger graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Dance. He currently dances for Daniela Hoff Dance Company and studies in the Cunningham Professional Training Program. The Cherokee tribe of North America believed that performing rain dances - ritualistic dances intended to invoke rain - were a way to purge the earth of evil spirits; the spirits of past chiefs, the Cherokee believed, battled with the evil spirits in the transitional plane between human reality and the spiritual universe.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Clark/Blanchard]

Babayaga's Chicken Dance
Music: Jesse S. Clark
Dance: Kim Blanchard

Babayaga's Chicken Dance is created solely from a recording (using a Canon Elph camera) of a shadow puppet troupe's rehearsal. Jesse S Clark, aka Agents Del Futuro and member of Pineresin, is a San Francisco-based musician, composer and producer. Kim is a circus and modern dancer based in Brooklyn, NY. She runs and coordinates Arts Eclectic, a national arts collective. Consisting of a diverse group of entertainers and artists, Arts Eclectic has been presenting concerts and parties since 2004, focusing on dance and collaboration. Kim currently teaches pilates and yoga, and is training to be a high-flying trapeze instructor. "INK" is an excerpt from a larger work that will be presented in March, 2009 at the WOW Theater in NYC. Dancer: Kim Blanchard.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Pritsker/von Ussar]

A CaSamppella
Music: Gene Pritsker
Dance: Astrid von Ussar

In A CaSamppella I take samples of voices from various cultures and combine them to create a cohesive electronic composition lasting 60 seconds. I create grooves from snippets of voices and layer melodies taken out of contest from longer vocal lines. Composer/guitarist/rapper Gene Pritsker has written compositions that employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hip-hop/chamber/jazz/rock/etc. ensemble. Since coming to New York in 1994, Astrid von Ussar has become a sought after choreographer and teacher. She is on faculty at the Ailey School and Long Island University. Her choreography is part of the repertory of Lula Washington Dance Theater, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, the Ailey Showcase Group among others. Her company VON USSAR danceworks premiered in 2002. She also instructs the curriculum based residency program, Revelations: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Dance, for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. Dancers: Ryan Schmitt, Tina Vasquez.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Wittgraf/Ussar]

Squeeze Play
Music: Michael Wittgraf
Dance: Mojca Ussar

Squeeze Play uses KYMA X in a way that forces a computer to unsuccessfully search for equilibrium in a resynthesized sample of a rock band. Michael Wittgraf is currently Professor of Music at the University of North Dakota. Mojca Ussar is a choreographer and dance teacher from Slovenia. She is also the co-director of The Dance Gallery. She is certified in Simonson Technique and is currently working toward her degree in psychology. Dancers: Ryan Schmitt, Tina Vasquez, Nichelle Wright.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Henderson/Bittar]

I.V. Drip
Music: Cheyenne Henderson
Dance: Samir Bittar

I.V. Drip comes from sounds imagined in a hospital despite the numerous beeps and noises that are otherwise constant. Cheyenne Henderson first remembers establishing his own taste when he secretly obtained hip-hop tapes with explicit lyrics at age 11. A graduate of UCLA with ethnomusicology and psychology degrees, Cheyenne is currently studying with Dan Becker at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the master's program.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Boone/Padham]

Figuratively Speaking
Music: Benjamin Boone
Dance: Melissa Padham/Isis Movement Co.

“Scot do dee-oo dop oo diddly-dop oo doo pah ah ooo ooo oo ah ummm -- bah de bop dit ee oo scat ee ba degada soot fee oot BAM.... yeah." Benjamin Boone, vocals; Nye Morton, bass. Marcela E. Alvarez is originally from El Salvador and was raised in Queens; where she began her dance training at the age of 11. Marcela is a graduate of LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. She has also received additional training from Joffrey Ballet School and The Taylor School. Marcela holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Purchase College. Marcela went on to join Verb Ballets. Marcela has recently returned to New York to further her dance career through Isis Movement Co. Dancer: Marcela E. Alvarez

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Monday, June 22, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Fragala/Ikeda]

Music: Massimo Fragala
Dance: Kaoru Ikeda

Akatastasia is an attempt to reproduce the disorder and the frenetic life of today's society. Massimo
Fragala received a Diploma in classical guitar at the Istituto Musicale “V.Bellini” and a Diploma
in electronic music at the Istituto Musicale “V.Bellini”. Kaoru Ikeda is originally from Japan. Shegraduated from Nihon University in BA and NYU Tisch in MFA. Dancer: Kaoru Ikeda

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Borza/Shapiro]

Une minute cinema pour l'oreille
Music: Adrian Borza
Dance: Laura Shapiro

Une minute cinéma pour l'oreille is a puzzle of the everyday life. The acoustic sounds are partially detached from their original significance, in order to evoke intriguing stories and to suggest cinema images. Adrian Borza has been recognized as a versatile musician, dedicated to writing instrumental and electroacoustic music, to music software development, to audio post-production,
and to music teaching. While in Romania, he pursued advanced studies in Music composition at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy. Laura Shapiro's independent artistic journey has taken her from New York to the Northwest, Asia and Europe. This year her work has been performed at BAAD!, Theater for a New City, Galapagos and Dance New Amsterdam. Dancers: Janet Aisawa, Ingrid Kollbert-Bendz, Meredith Blouin, Shizu Homma, Pascal Rekoert

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Pollio/Zumberg/Karp]

Music: Bob Pollio
Dance: Rishauna Mari Zumberg and Deborah M Karp

Source material for AKKUMULATOR was created, synthesized and collected at A.C.M.E. Sound Arts; it was processed, edited and forged into A SHORT DANCE OFF A RUBBER GANG PLANK. Composer/Improviser Bassist/Sound Artist Analog/Digital Bob Pollio, studied with Isaac Neimeroff, Gregory Reeve, Richard Davis, Jerry Jemmott, Dafna Napthali. He is the founding member of the harmelodic funk poetry outfit, Found Objects, currently lives on Long Island. Rishauna Mari Zumberg is a dancing social worker/activist/artist/lover-fighter living, working, making, and playing in NYC Deborah Karp is the founder of Deborah Karp Dance Projects and performs with Rebecca Davis, Nancy Meehan, and Whore's Mascara. Dancers: Rishauna Mari Zumberg and Deborah M Karp

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Friday, June 19, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Morris/Patterson]

Man Unseen (Theme)
Music: Jeff Morris
Dance: Kimberly Patterson

Man Unseen (Theme) is a tribute to Henry Mancini and other TV and film composers of the era. Jeff Morris is an Assistant Lecturer in computer music and coordinator of technology facilities for the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University. He gives improvised performances with interactive electronics in addition to composing for traditional instruments and electronic media. Kimberly Patterson received her BA in Dance from DeSales University. She has taught dance in Australia, New York and Pennsylvania. Kim currently resides in Pennsylvania and is expecting her second child

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Sedgwick/Gere/Jennings]

Shelly (The Red-Eared Slider)
Music: Dan Sedgwick and Marji Gere
Dance: Erin Hunter Jennings

Shelly is a round dedicated to the Sedgwick family’s rambunctious seventeen-year-old turtle. It is one of a set of eight rounds to be recorded in winter 2008 by the composers and their ensemble An Exciting Event. Currently residing in Houston, Marji Gere and Dan Sedgwick frequently collaborate on composition, puppetry, chamber music, and cooking projects. "Shelly" is a round dedicated to the Sedgwick family's rambunctious seventeen-year-old turtle. It is one of a set of eight rounds to be recorded in winter 2008 by the composers and their ensemble An Exciting Event. Erin Hunter Jennings is happy be apart of 60x60 again. She danced recently with Pilobolus, C Eule Dance, Erica Essner and Charles Moulton. Erin holds degrees from Bucknell and New York Universities, and teaches and choreographs when not performing. Her choreography has been produced at DTW, John Jay Theater and various showcases. Dancers: Faith Kimberling, Chie Mukai, Hasi

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60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [St. Pierre/Jucov]

Telephonic Duo
Music: Anthony St. Pierre
Dance: Beth Jucov

Telephonic Duo is a dramatic vignette in which two competing phone numbers contend for supremacy on the phone lines. A busy signal intervenes, then an operator; but no sixty-second resolution to this conflict is negotiable. Anthony St. Pierre, born Schenectady, took part in 60x60’s Munich Mix 2007; in the same year he won an American Recorder Society composition award. Beth Jucovy is director, prominent choreographer and dancer with Dance Visions which she founded in 1990. They specialize in dynamically diverse contemporary dance works as well as the aesthetic and repertory of Isadora Duncan. Dancers: Johnny DeArden, Beth Jucovy, Nichole Piacenza, Kimberlee Schwartz, Jessie Tomanek

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60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Claman/Velazquez]

Philosophers Some Time Went Upon These Hills
Music: David Claman
Dance: Carlos Cruz Velazquez

The text comes from "Mandeville's Travels". The unknown author, writing in French around 1350, claimed to be a British knight who had traveled to the Holy Land as a pilgrim and then gone east to India and China. David Claman teaches at Lehman College-CUNY. He is co-director of the Extensible Toy Piano Project. Carlos A. Cruz Velazquez is a choreographer/dancer and founder of
Colectivo 2Z, a collaborative project that started in Mexico. Carlos is a Fulbright grantee recently graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Dancers: Carlos A. Cruz Velazquez and Yin Yue.

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60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Hickman/Stern]

Improvisation for Quarter Tone Guitar
Music: Joel Hickman
Dance: Carrie Stern

Improvisation For Quarter Tone Guitar is a short piece using 24 tones in equal temperament. Joel David Hickman was born in Valparaiso, Indiana and currently lives in Hebron, Indiana. Joel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Performance (Classical Guitar) from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and a certificate in recording engineering from The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio. Jessica Nicoll's work has been presented throughout NYC including PS 122 and Dancespace Project. As one half of Nicoll+Oreck (with Barry Oreck) she received 2007 and 2008 Performance Awards at the Boulder International Fringe Festival. A choreographer and performer from Chicago, Carrie Stern currently works primarily with improvisation. Stern writes “Dance Brooklyn” for the Brooklyn Eagle and contributes to various publications. A Teaching Artist for 30 years, she received a 2004-2005 NYFA School Arts Partnership award. Stern grew up in Gary, Indiana. Dancers: Jessica Nicoll and Carrie Stern

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60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Song/Holm]

chantey on Sinchan river
Music: Mingzhu Song
Dance: CJ Holm

Chantey is the spirit of Sichuan Rivers(include Yangtse Rive),This chantey sung when they leave home and depart. Professor Song Ming-zhu, Director of the Composition Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music is an expert with special allowance from the China’s State Council. He has been awarded numerous prizes in China’s top competitions held by the government and associations. He was also awarded the Excellent Music Education Award and the first prize of Sichuan Higher Education Achievement by both China’s Education Ministry and Sichuan provincial government. CJ Holm is pleased to participate in this iteration of 60x60. CJ has shown choreography at Dixon Place, Movement Research Open Performace, Dance Place, Joy of Motion
Dance Center, and ACDF. Dancer: CJ Holm

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Merritt/Campbell]

Eastern Point
Music: Justin Merritt
Dance: Bryan Campbell

Eastern Point is one of the beautiful 19th century lighthouses that dot the Eastern seaboard. It was built in 1831, and has been used by Gloucester fisherman for generations. Justin Merritt is an Assistant Professor and Composer-in-Residence at St. Olaf College. Bryan Campbell is a Brooklyn based performing artist with a background in dance and an interest in everything. His
project, "Marina," is an exploration of East Coast maritime luxury through performance, writing, and study.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Payne/Marchant]

White Winds
Music: Maggi Payne
Dance: Lindsey Dietz Marchant

"I built this stormy miniature landscape using a Moog IIIP's pink noise oscillator. In its brevity, it is almost as if one is looking through a window into another world for a moment." Maggi Payne is Co-director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, in the San Francisco Bay Area Lindsey and Jason Dietz Marchant, collaborating over a decade as dancers, improvisers, and choreographers, received recent commissions from Danpsace Project, Dance New Amsterdam, Harkness Dance Center/ 92nd St. Y; Artists-in-Residence at University of Michigan, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. Upcoming work includes Dancenow NYC/Silo and a tour to Russia. Dancer: Jason Dietz Marchant

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Monday, June 15, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Burnell/Taveras]

Let's get you zipped up
Music: Paul Burnell
Dance: Roses Taveras

Let's get you zipped up. Children being dressed for a cold outdoor journey; Suitcases closed tight for festivities abroad; Dress suits protected in garment bag holders. Paul Burnell was born in 1960, Ystrad, South Wales and now lives and writes in London, United Kingdom. Rosse Taveras- Gamboa is the artistic director of Cubraiti Inc. Creating CUBRAITI, INC. has allowed me tomerge the interdisciplinary fields of anthropology, comparative education and dance - a unique combination that enables me to pursue and further develop the mission of Cubraiti, Inc. Since the inception, we have worked as consultants teaching cross-cultural dances throughout New York City Schools. Dancer: Rosse Taveras-Gamboa

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Poursoudmand/Denis]

Auf Ewig
Music: Lictschrei Schahram Poursoudmand
Dance: Alberto Denis

Lichtschrei is the experimental avant-garde project by Schahram Poursoudmand. In his very own unusual style and expression, Schahram creates an impressive unreal world of strange beauty, unique aesthetics and special characteristics. Alberto Denis is the founder of the Queens Academy of Arts & Dance = [QuA2D]. He will be appearing in Christopher Williams' "The Golden
Legend" at Dance Theater Workshop in May 2009. Dancer Alberto Denis

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Smith/Rosenthal]

Pearly Whites
Music: Patrick Smith
Dance: Eryn Rosenthal

Pearly Whites is my sixty-second musical work written in the style of 1960's game show music. It is hopelessly cheesy and I take delight in its unabashed "long-in-the-tooth"-ness. Patrick Smith is a composer, producer, keyboardist and author. He has composed music for media for over 20 years. Among his credits are documentaries for Discovery Channel, Dramatic Television for Fox, Theatrical installation shows for Bermuda, Saudi Arabia, the State of Kentucky, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and many others. He is also an author of two books, the second of which was recently released. Eryn Rosenthal has presented her own choreography at La Cuarta Pared and La Casa Encendida as well as at the ITACA Festival and the Trisha Brown Dance Studio. Eryn graduated with honors from Yale University, and has won a Fulbright fellowship to Spain, a Richter fellowship for work with playwright Anna Deavere Smith, a Rice fellowship and an Open Society Institute President's Grant to South Africa, and the Yale Dramat's Best New Playwright Award. She is an active member of Contact Improvisation circles in New York and Massachusetts. Dancer: Eryn Rosenthal.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Goldman/Grater]

Hexagonal (Facet 1)
Music: Josh Goldman
Dance: Rachel Grater

Hexagonal (Facet 1) is a stereophonic sound structure composed entirely of sounds produced by an electric guitar. Josh Goldman is a composer / improviser / guitarist / educator who creates music, using acoustic and electronic sources, for various ensembles and settings. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in music composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

"Movement is a consistent part of my life regardless of its manifestation." Rachel Gabrielle Grater directs an art program and teaches visual arts for a middle school on the lower east side. This is her second round with 60x60. It is always exciting to participate in a collaboration with other movers and musicians. Let it rip! Dancer: Rachel Gabrielle Grater

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

60x60 Dance @ the Winter Garden, NYC (11/14/08) [Oikawa/Wynne]

Plastic edge ver2
Music: Junya Oikawa
Dance: Rachel Wynne

Plastic Edge ver.2, a poetic small piece that came out of fusion between simple and deep Japanese sounds and bolero. Sound artist/composer, Junya Oikawa (b.1983 in Sendai, Japan) began playing the electronic-guitar in a rock-band. In 2007, he graduated Music and Sound Design in Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. expanDance is an Irish-American company, founded in Dublin in 2006, whose members have been working together for a decade. The company combines the energies of Rachel Wynne, Laurie Schneider and Alicia Walshe to make honest, emotionally expansive work, designed to engage both dance and non-dance audipresence, joy and integrity. Dancer: Alicia Walshe

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Friday, June 05, 2009

60x60: video from Serban Nichifor

While we're waiting for more Winter Garden videos, enjoy this two-for-one special:

Two sets of visualizations made by Serban Nichifor.

The first features music by Liana Alexandra, Robert Voisey, & Serban Nichifor:

The second features music by Dorothy Hindman, Dwight Winegar, Charles Norman Mason, & Rodney Oakes:

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

60x60: David Hahn's "Big Donut"

There's been a small hiccup in our video pipeline that will delay the posting of the rest of our awesome 60x60 Dance performance at the Winter Garden. Not to worry though, there's plenty of other 60x60 goodness to be had.

Check out this film that Tin Ilakovac made for David Hahn's "Big Donut" (which closed the 2009 International Mix).

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