Saturday, August 15, 2009

60x60 Dance @ Galapagos, NYC (4/7/09) [Mattingly/Gaynor]

Handful of Rain
Music: Dylan Mattingly
Dance: Jessica Gaynor

Dylan Mattingly was born March 18th, 1991 in Oakland, California. He plays cello, piano, electric bass, electric guitar and ukulele, and is a prolific composer whose works have won composition contests by the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and the Asia America Symphony. He also enjoys translating '60s pop songs into Latin. Imagine yourself being slowly lowered up through chain-saw winds in the fog, on a long dark escalator.

Jessica Gaynor earned an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts in 2002. After years of training as a gymnast, Jessica began studying dance at the Fieldston School with Alice Teirstein and continued at Brown University under the direction of Julie Strandberg and Michelle Bach-Coulibaly. She received the Weston Award for her contributions to the Brown Dance Department as a choreographer as well as a member of both the Repertory Company and New Works/World Traditions African Dance Company. She formed Jessica Gaynor Dance in 2003. The company's work has been presented at Triskelion Arts, Dance Space, Williamsburg Arts Nexus, Jennifer Muller/The Works HATCH series, The Kitchen, The Hudson Guild Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Merce Cunningham Studio, DancenOw/NYC, Brown University and the Fieldston School. Jessica is a co-founder of ThisThat Dance Collective, through which she produced two New York dance seasons. She was the repertory guest choWindows Live Hotmailreographer at the Fieldston School in 2005, and artist-in-residence at Brown University in 2006. She currently teaches dance at The Brearley School, and is the Assistant Director of Young Dancemakers Company, a tuition-free summer dance program open to students from New York City public high schools. Performers: Jonathan Ciccarelli, Ashlie Kittleson, Renee Kurz, Blythe Proffitt

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