Dance Conversations 2012

The Flea Theater is delighted to announce Dance Conversations 2012, a FREE festival continuing the spirited debate on dance and dancers.

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2012 Festival Schedule:

Wednesday, March 14 @ 7pm
Life In Security by Keith Johnson & Gregory R.R. Crosby
An Ostrich Proudly by Xan Burley + Alex Springer (alex|xan: the Median Movement)
Emergences by Shantala Pèpe
Surgeon General’s Warning by Natalie Metzger
Brothers Keeper by Marta Renzi
Tree by Pyeunghun Baik

Films Playing in the Lobby
Nobody’s Darling by Marta Renzi
Seven Fruits by Pyeunghun Baik

Thursday, March 15 @ 7pm
Moderated by Valerie Green
Katie Balton Dance
Claire Porter/PORTABLES
Amos Pinhasi
Leyya Mona Tawil & Lars J. Brouwer

Friday, March 16 @ 7pm
Moderated by John Jasperse
Barbara Mahler
Columbine Macher
Athena Kokoronis
Daniela Hoff Dance Company

Saturday, March 17 @ 7pm
Moderated by Wally Cardona
Mare Hieronimus and Sharon Mansur
Donna Costello
Catey Ott Dance Collective
Inclined Dance Project

Thursday, March 22 @ 7pm
Moderated by Gina Gibney
Jessica Ray
Movement of the People Dance Company
Megan Sipe

Friday, March 23 @ 7pm
Moderated by Carol Ostrow
Molissa Fenley
Maggie Bennett
Caliince Dance

Saturday, March 24 @ 7pm
Moderated by Pele Bauch
Alaine Handa/A.H. Dance Company
David Appel
Beau Hancock
Talya Epstein

Sunday, March 25 @ 3pm
Moderated by Jonah Bokaer
Peggy and Murray Schwartz celebrate Pearl Primus
Luke Murphy
Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company

About the Moderators

Valerie Green
Valerie Green has been an active dancer, choreographer and teacher in the NYC dance community for over 16 years. She created her own company, Dance Entropy in 1998, adding a permanent company home in 2005 called Green Space in LIC Queens. Green Space serves the dance community by providing an affordable and welcoming environment for rehearsals, classes, and performances. To date Ms. Green has created 21 dances and 6 evening length works. Her choreography has been seen throughout NYC and has also toured to various venues throughout the US. Internationally she has taught and performed in Canada, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, India, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Albania. As a guest artist, Valerie has received commissions from Texas State University, BITEF Theater in Belgrade, Serbia, and Theater Alternativa in Tirana, Albania. She has also taught at the UNLV, Texas State, LaGuardia Community College, University of Nanterre, France, and at the Faculty of Drama & Art in Belgrade, Serbia and Sarajevo, Bosnia. and

John Jasperse
NYC-based choreographer John Jasperse’s work has been presented by festivals and presenting organizations in the U.S. including The American Dance Festival, Durham, NC; Diverseworks, Houston, TX; The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Chicago, IL; On the Boards, Seattle, WA; Philadelphia Live Arts, PA; Summer Stages, Concord, MA; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; and internationally in Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan, and throughout Europe including La Biennale di Venezia; Cannes International Dance Festival; Dance Umbrella, London; EuroKaz, Zagreb; Kampnagel, Hamburg; Montpellier Danse, Tanz im August, Berlin; TanzQuartier Wein, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; and the VEO Festival, Valencia. In New York, the Company has been presented at numerous venues including The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen and Performance Space 122. Jasperse has also created works for other companies including the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation, the Batsheva Dance Company, and the Lyon Opéra Ballet. Awards and fellowships include the 2011 US Artist Brooks Hopkins Fellowship, as well as a NY Dance and Performance Award (a.k.a. BESSIE), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a TIDES Lambent Fellowship the National Endowment for the Arts (1992. 1994, 1995-96) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1988, 1994, 2000, 2010).

Wally Cardona
Wally Cardona has been recognized nationally and internationally for creating vast yet intimate works that use scale, setting and materials as integral partners in the creation of movement. Hailed as “one of the most adventurous choreographers of his generation, a master of passionate abstract dances” by Brooklyn Magazine, he is the recipient of a 2006 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in choreography and a 2006 New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for the creation of Everywhere. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Cardona’s work has been commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Symphony Space, Helena Presents/The Myrna Loy Center, Sushi Performance, Group Motion/Peregrine Art’s Hidden City, Ricochet Dance Company, Company OFF/Trafó, Kansas University, and Paradigm. International engagements have included festivals in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.

He is currently teaching Creative Process at The Juilliard School and Performance/Phenomenon: Theory and Philosophy into Physical Practice at The New School University in New York City.

Gina Gibney
Gina Gibney has created a repertory of dance works that have been presented and commissioned by prestigious venues in the US and abroad. Described as a “poet of modern dance” by the New York Times, Gibney is also dedicated to bringing the power of dance – both in performance and in practice – where it would not otherwise exist. Considered a pioneer in connecting the arts with the broader community, her company’s Community Action Programs have reached thousands of domestic violence survivors, individuals affected by HIV/AIDS and youth-at-risk. She is the founder of Gibney Dance Center, a seven-studio facility at 890 Broadway that serves the dance field with classes, space and unique programming. Gibney proudly serves on the Boards of Danspace Project and the Advisory Committee of Dance/NYC. She has received recognition and support from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Community Trust and many others. Gibney graduated with high honors and received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Carol Ostrow
Carol Ostrow joined Jim Simpson at the helm of The Flea in 2001 and The Guys marked her return to Off-Off-Broadway. She was the OBIE-award winning Producing Director of the Classic Stage Company, where she produced The Merchant of Venice, directed by Jim Simpson, the world premiere of Ezra Pound’s Elektra, directed by Carey Perloff as well as the acclaimed 30th anniversary production of Pinter’s The Birthday Party, among others.

For The Flea, Carol has produced dozens of world premieres and has been responsible for sound fiscal management of the theater’s $1M budget for nearly ten years. In addition to expanding and professionalizing infrastructure at The Flea, she helped to develop the theater’s current 14- member board of directors and has overseen the launch of a patron program that has raised more than $150,000 in the past two years. She has produced the theater’s successful galas and has helped The Flea win prestigious grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Theater Program, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, The Empire State Development Corporation and The Shubert Foundation, among many others.

Carol is a graduate of Vassar College and the Yale Drama School. She is a board member of LAVA, an acrobatic dance collective, serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Vassar College and the Board of Advisors of the Yale Drama School, and is one of the newest trustees to one of the oldest congregations in New York City, Central Synagogue. Married and the mother of four incredible young adults, she and her family count Pittsburgh, London, Montreal and now New York City once again as home.

Pele Bauch
Pele Bauch is a choreographer and dance dramaturg. Pele has been facilitating creative laboratories (Fieldwork) and residencies for more than seven years at The Field where she is Associate Director, Programming. She has provided dramaturgy to Ellis Wood, Carrie Ahern, Deborah Black and others. Pele has received choreographic residencies from The Joyce Theater Foundation, DTW, Chocolate Factory, and 92Y. Her work has been presented at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Movement Research, HERE’s American Living Room and the Best of, Dixon Place, and BAX. Pele has also received funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Harkness Foundation for Dance, and Brooklyn Arts Council. Pele pronounces her name “pelly.”

Jonah Bokaer
Jonah Bokaer is an international choreographer, media artist, and artist space developer. His work integrates choreography with digital media, resulting from cross-disciplinary collaborations with artists and architects.

Bokaer’s choreography has been produced in Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The development of his choreography in France has included major productions in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, and Avignon (FUSED, 2011), for which he was recently awarded the Prix Jeune Talent Chorégraphique by the SACD in Paris. Also in 2011, Bokaer received the Jerome Robbins special fellowship in Choreography of the Bogliasco Foundation, and was named one of “40 Under 40” by Crain’s NY Business. In 2008-2009 Bokaer became the first dance artist to be appointed a Young Leader of the French American Foundation. He led a group of choreographers in the formation of Chez Bushwick (2002). He later founded CPR – Center for Performance Research, a 4,000 square foot arts facility in Williamsburg, with John Jasperse (2008).

Bokaer is a current choreographer for the operas of Robert Wilson. Such works include “FAUST” (Poland), “AIDA” (Italy), “KOOL” (USA/Japan), and “FRONTERAS” (Spain).

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About Dance Conversations @ The Flea

Curated by Nina Winthrop & Taimi Strehlow, Dance Conversations @ The Flea is a FREE film, performance & discussion festival.

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