Trained with the Royal Danish Ballet, School of American Ballet, and the Washington Ballet. He joined San Francisco Ballet in 1994, where he performed repertory including William Forsythe, James Kudelka, and George Balanchine.
In 1998, Alex co-founded The Foundry in order to explore his deepening interests in choreography, improvisation, mixed media work, and collaborative process. In addition to his initial years directing The Foundry, Alex worked for Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet as both a dancer and choreographer from 2000-2002.
He has created work for residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (CA), The Yard (MA), ODC Theater (CA), the Santa Fe Art Institute (NM), the Ucross Foundation (WY), and the Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan). Alex has been commissioned by AXIS, Ballet Met, Ballet X, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Florida State University, North Carolina School for the Arts, Robert Moses, San Francisco State University, and Stanford University.
His work has won numerous choreographic awards, including Hubbard Street 2 National Choreography Competition, Princess Grace Award for Choreography, Isadora Duncan Award, Top Ten Bay Area Dance Performances of 2008 by both Voice of Dance and the San Francisco Chronicle, 2nd Place in the BNC 21st Century National Choreography Competition and the National Choo-San Goh Award.
Born to a Spanish mother and American Jewish father Andrea grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She began her training at the University of Utah’s Children Dance Theatre followed by the Humphrey-Weidman technique with Ernestine Stodelle and Gail Corbin in Connecticut which led to her more formal dance training at The Juilliard School. Upon receiving her BFA from Juilliard, Andrea moved to Tel Aviv, Israel to join Ohad Naharin’s Ensemble Batsheva, where she performed the works of Naharin and Sharon Eyal in Israel, Europe, and New York. Andrea has also had the privilege of dancing with numerous companies including Cedar Lake, Limon Dance Company and The Buglisi Dance Theatre.
In 2006 Andrea returned to New York City to establish Gallim Dance, a contemporary dance company that supports the creation and performance of her choreography. Andrea has been selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (January, 2009 Issue), and her work has been presented in the United States, Canada and Israel.
Andrea was the associate choreographer with Nord Nederlands Danse, 2009-2011, and is the recipient of the Hubbard Street 2 Choreographic Competition, The Stella Adler Studio of Acting Artist in Residence (MAD AIR), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF Grant, and the 1999 Choreographer Award from the Connecticut Shoreline Alliance for the Arts. Recent commissions include The Juilliard School, Repertory Dance Theater (UT), Zenon Dance Company (MN), and Arts Umbrella (Vancouver). She has choreographed for students at The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey, SUNY Purchase, and New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble.
ANTON LACHKY was born in 1982, and studied at the J.L.Bellu Conservatory, the University of Bratislava and P.A.R.T.S. He became member of Akram Khan Company in 2004 and followed a long international tour of MA (48 countries all over the world). Anton Lachky is co-founder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective. Mind a Gap (2013) was his first autonomous creation and it toured all over the world. As a guest choreographer, he made Softandhar for Helsinki City Theater; Heaven is the place for Prague DOT 504; Perfect Day To Dream, which won best choreography of 2012 in Iceland for Iceland Dance Company; Kids in a play for Zagreb, Sens Interdit for Bodhi Project (SEAD); Magical Road for St. Gallen. He has also created choreographies for the Biennale of Venice, and for the Scottish Dance Theater. As a teacher, Anton Lachky has been invited to most of the European countries and has been teaching in Asia ,North and South America. Anton currently resides in Brussels, Belgium.
ARTHUR PITA was born in South Africa and studied dance in Johannesburg. He came to London in 1991 to train at the London Contemporary Dance School, graduating with a master’s degree. He has worked internationally in opera, musicals, plays and film, and created several original commissions for dance companies including Phoenix Dance Theatre, Candoco and Ballet Black. In 2011 he created his award-winning dance theatre piece The Metamorphosis, an adaptation of Kafka’s short story. Other works include And Then Gone for Bare Bones and God’s Garden for DanceEast and ROH2. In 2014 he brought his dance marathon The World’s Greatest Show to the Paul Hamlyn Hall. For The Royal Opera he has created the choreography for Carmen, La donna del lago, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. In 2015 he created The Ballad of Mack and Ginny on Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson as part of Whelan/Watson: Other Stories. Pita’s original productions include BoomShe SheBoom, Bugger: a fairytale and Camp, all performed at The Place, and The Little Match Girl for Jerwood DanceHouse – DanceEast, where Pita is currently Artist in Residence. He adapted his God’s Garden for Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in their Solo for Two programme in 2014.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Barak is the son of acclaimed dancer, choreographer and musician Margalit Oved. He has recently been appointed artistic director of the Inbal Company and World Arts Centre.
Barak is one of Israel’s most celebrated choreographers. Three years after accidentally starting to dance at the age of 26, his company appeared at the prestigious 1998 Paris Bagnolet Competition where it swept the awards before going to tour Europe—including performances at the Lyon Bienale de la Danse and Theatre de la Bastille in Paris. In 1999, Ohad Naharin invited Barak to become the Batsheva Dance Company’s first-ever house choreographer. A severe leg injury forced him to stop dancing in 2001. Seven years later, the Suzanne Dellal Centre asked him to return to Israel, marking the beginning of an artistic partnership. His works Monger, Rooster and Wonderland, have been performed over 200 times including appearances at Montepellier Danse, London’s Dance Umbrella, Jacob’s Pillow, Holland Dance Festival, Lyon Maison de la Danse, and Royce Hall. Barak is also a singer and has performed as a soloist with Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road. He is currently completing a Creative Capital music production with Margalit Oved and Balkan Beat Box as well as new works for Ballet Jazz de Montreal and companies in London, Germany and South Africa. Barak studied philosophy at Harvard.
Fernando Hernando Magadan is a Spanish dancer and choreographer with roots in professional gymnastics. He received his education at the Royal Conservatory of Dance in Madrid and at the London Studio Center before enrolling in the Central School of Ballet. After a year at the Santamaria Compañia de Danza, he moved to the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in 2001 and was appointed to the first Company – Nederlands Dans Theater 1 three years later. There he collaborated with renowned choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Paul Lightfoot, Sol Leon, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Crystal Pite, Hofesch Shechter, among others. As a choreographer, he has produced numerous works, including pieces for NDT 1 and 2, The Curve Foundation Dance Company (Scotland), Luna Negra Dance Theater (Chicago), Cross Connection Ballet Company (Copenhagen), Ballet Mainz (Germany), Donlon Dance Company (Saarbrücken), Arts Umbrella Dance Company and Ballet BC (Vancouver), Korzo Theater (The Hague) and Dance Lucerne Theater (Switzerland). Fernando Hernando Magadan is currently the Artistic Leader of Nederlands Dans Theater 2.
Was Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater from 2009-2013, after directing proyectoTITOYAYA in Valencia, Spain for four years. Sansano has been the recipient of numerous awards for his choreography, and has been commissioned to create works for Ballet Nacional de Peru, Atlanta Ballet, Tanz Luzerner Theater, Compañia Nacional de Danza, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Hispánico, Ballet BC, Norrdans, BalletMet, Ballet Junior de Genève, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Luna Negra Dance Theater, and Nederlands Dans Theater, among others. As a dancer, Sansano performed works by Jacopo Godani, Hans Van Manen, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Paul Lightfoot, Victor Ullate and many more, working for the Ballet Joven de Alicante, Ballet Contemporáneo de Barcelona, Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid, Nederlands Dans Theater II and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Gustavo was on Dance Magazine’s annual ’25 to Watch’ list in 2012.
Guy Weizman and Roni Haver, are both Israeli Choreographers living and working in the Netherlands. They focus on contemporary subjects with the aim to inspire, confront and touch the audience. The recurring theme in their work is personal liberation. After their start in the Bat Sheva Ensemble in Tel Aviv they worked and inspired themselves with different dance groups in Berlin, Barcelona and Brussels.
Club Guy & Roni was founded in 2001. Devoted to the work of Roni Haver and Guy Weizman, the Club creates and tours several productions, all produced by Grand Theatre Groningen. Club Guy & Roni is a collaborating force, which brings together dancers and other artists from around the world to create a melting pot of ideas.Club Guy & Roni has become a popular guest at international festivals in, among others – Rome, Tallin, Aarhus, Marseille and Lausanne. In the summer of 2007 they performed at the prestigious American Jacob’s Pillow Festival, the Grec Festival in Barcelona, the Schlossfestspiele in Ludwigsburg and at Oerol Festival on Terschelling island.
Haver and Weizman create mysterious, seductive and dynamic dance performances that deal with contemporary topics. The dance vocabulary is innovative, raw and exciting.
Recognized as one of the UK’s most exciting artists and is renowned for composing the musical scores for his dance creations with his raw, atmospheric music complimenting his Company’s unique physicality. Hofesh graduated from the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music before moving to Tel Aviv to join the world renowned Batsheva Dance Company, where he worked with artistic director Ohad Naharin and other choreographers including Wim Vandekeybus, Paul Selwyn-Norton, Tero Saarinen, and Inbal Pinto. Hofesh began drum and percussion studies whilst in Tel Aviv and continued later in Paris at the Agostiny College of Rhythm. Subsequently, he began experimenting and developing his own music while participating in various projects in Europe involving dance, theatre and body-percussion. In 2002 Hofesh arrived in the UK. After tremendous success with works like Fragments, Cult, and Uprising, Hofesh was commissioned by The Place, Southbank Centre and Sadler’s Wells, to create In your rooms which was presented at all three venues in 2007 and culminated in sell-out shows at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. In 2008, in response to popular demand Hofesh formed Hofesh Shechter Company and since then the Company can be found performing throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Australia and reaching audiences in many of the world’s leading dance venues. Recent tours have included South America and the Middle East with the global appetite for Shechter’s work continuing with his later creations like The Art of Not Looking Back, Political Mother, Survivor, and Sun. Alongside his work for Hofesh Shechter Company, Hofesh’s works have been taken into the repertory of many UK and international dance companies including Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), Carte Blanche Dance Company (Norway), Bern Ballett (Switzerland), Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), CandoCo (UK) and Nederlands Dans Theater (The Netherlands).
Founder and Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and an Adjunct Lecturer of Dance at Southern Methodist University. In 2006, Joshua moved to South Korea to join Universal Ballet Company where he performed soloist and featured roles in the works of Ohad Naharin, Christopher Wheeldon and others. After two-and-a-half years with the company, Joshua left UBC and co-founded his own company, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, in Seoul. Since then, he has created work for festivals all over Asia and North America winning awards for his choreography in Korea, Japan, and Canada. Joshua has been commissioned to create new dance works for BODYTRAFFIC, BalletX, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Southern Methodist University, and Booker T. Washington HSPVA.He has been chosen as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2015, and was recently named an “important discovery” by New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay for Slump. He has also served as a juror for the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, as Associate Choreographer for Bruce Wood Dance Project, and as a member of the adjudication panel for the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition of 2014.
A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, and 2012 USA Ford Fellow began his training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In November 2012, Abraham was named the newly appointed New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012–2014. In 2010, Abraham received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show, and 2010 Princess Grace Award for Choreography and was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch in 2009. In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.” In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, Abraham.In.Motion, Abraham also teaches his unique approach to post-modern dance in various schools and studios throughout the United States and has recently premiered The Serpent and the Smoke working a duet with acclaimed Bessie Award winning dancer Wendy Whelan as part of of the program Restless Creature.
Founder, choreographer and artistic director of Helios Dance Theater, a Los Angeles based contemporary dance company. Ms. Miller has premiered her work at venues such as UCLA’s Royce Hall and Schoenberg Hall, REDCAT at Disney Hall, The Getty Center, California Institute of the Arts, USC’s Bovard auditorium, The Joyce Theater and Lincoln Center in New York, The Royal Opera House in London, The Mid Ocean Amphitheatre in Southampton, Bermuda (hosted by Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica to name a few.
Ms. Miller received her BFA in choreography from the California Institute of the Arts, during which time she was selected to attend the Laban Center in London for intensive study in choreographic theory.
Helios Dance Theater was the only local company to be presented in the UCLA’s 1998-1999 Center for the Performing Arts season. Other artists that were included in that season were Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Ms. Miller was selected to create an original work on the Milwaukee Ballet Company that premiered March 2002. Ms. Miller was the only choreographer from the United States chosen to participate in Genesis, the Milwaukee Ballet’s international choreographic competition.
Kevin McKenzie, the Director of the American Ballet Theater (ABT) saw Ms. Miller’s work on the Milwaukee Ballet and invited her to create a piece on ABT Studio. Milk Pool is still in their repertoire and they have performed it everywhere from the Joyce and Lincoln Center in N.Y to the Lindbury at the Royal Opera House. In February 2007 ABT performed Ms. Miller’s work at their Annual Fundraising Dinner in New York along with Twyla Tharp and Jírí Kylián.
Ms. Miller and Helios Dance Theater has received numerous dance awards including two Lester Horton Awards and the Grand Prize in 2004 at the McCallum Theatre’s Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival.
Ms. Miller currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris and sons Maxim and Hugo.
Lillian Barbeito has a BFA from The Juilliard School where she studied on a 4 year, full-tuition scholarship awarded by Tomorrow’s Leaders of America for her essay on the world dancing together in harmony. Lillian had an extensive performance career that took her to Europe, New York, and then finally to Los Angeles, where she founded BODYTRAFFIC with Tina Berkett.
She is passionate about mentoring dancers of all ages and abilities and has taught internationally for organizations such as CalArts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, L’Ecole de Danse de Quebec, Northwest Dance Project, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and Loyola Marymount University where is currently on faculty. Lillian is one of 28 teachers in the world who is certified in Anouk van Dijk’s groundbreaking Countertechnique. She honored and excited to be the first instructor to bring this valuable training system to The School at Jacob’s Pillow this summer.
She has choreographed over 50 works for high schools, universities, competitions, and professional dance companies throughout the US and Canada. Lillian is deeply grateful to her family, especially Grant, Oliver, and Forest, for their love and support.
Born and raised in New York City. Landon received her training from the Juilliard School, School at Jacob’s Pillow, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Scholarship Program, Dance Theater of Harlem, and NYC High School of Performing Arts.
In 2005, Landon worked with Aszure Barton on the opening of the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Soon thereafter, Landon joined Ballet Theater Munich from 2005 to 2007 under the direction of Phillip Taylor. From 2007 to 2009, Landon joined Tanz Munich Theater under the direction of Henning Paar, where she performed works by premier European choreographers including Jiri Kylian, Stephan Thoss, Rui Horta, Robert North,Tony Rizzi, Cayetano Soto, Mirko Hektor, and Marco Goecke, among others. Landon’s original choreography has been performed at the State Theater of Munich, APAP at New York City Center, American College Dance Festival (performed by Snow College Dance Ensemble), SUNY Purchase, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Dance Gallery Festival at the Ailey Theater in NYC, DanceNOW at Joe’s Pub, WestFest, Pushing Progress, HT CHEN’S New Steps Choreography Series, and Dumbo Dance Festival. As a sought after choreographer, her work has been commissioned by Northwest Dance Project, CityDance Ensemble, Ballet X, and the New American Talent Commission from Ballet Austin. Loni is the recipient of the 2013 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship. She has also been awarded as the 1st Prize Winner of Ballet Austin’s New American Talent Competition, Winner of Northwest Dance Project’s “Pretty Creatives’” Choreography Competition,Winner of the Next Commission from CityDance Ensemble, and 2009 Finalist in the Hannover International Choreography Competition. In October of 2010, Landon was featured with Northwest Dance Project in Dance Magazine.
Began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School. He later attended the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet in New York. From 1994-2007, Matthew danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet where he was also named Choreographer in Residence. Matthew’s choreography has been featured and performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Met, Oklahoma City Ballet, Juilliard Dance, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, Sacramento Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Indiana University, Opera Philadelphia, and LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts (NYC), among others. He has received numerous awards and grants for his choreography from the National Endowment of the Arts, Dance Advance funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Choo San Goh Foundation, and the Independence Foundation. Matthew has been honored to receive the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute’s Fellowship Initiative Award and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
In 2005, Matthew co-founded BalletX with fellow dancer Christine Cox and is now the resident dance company at the prestigious Wilma Theatre.
Micaela Taylor is a professional dancer/teacher/choreographer from Los Angeles, CA, where she trained at Marat Daukayev School of Ballet and Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance, 2014. She has worked and performed with Camille A. Brown, Zoe Scofield, Ate9 Dance Company, Kate Wallich, & BODYTRAFFIC. Her choreographic passion led her to found Los Angeles based contemporary dance company, The TL Collective in 2016. Her individual movement style of Hip Hop combined with contemporary techniques has led her to find a new way for people to move which is best described as Contemporary/Pop. Alongside the launch of The TL Collective, Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph and teach by LA Contemporary Dance Company, AMDA College, Springboard Danse Montreal, MoveNYC, Cal State Long Beach, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Her work has been presented by Gelsey Kirkland Performing Arts Center, ACE Hotel, Raymond Kabaaz Theatre, Grand Performances, and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. She is the recipient of the Inaugural EMERGE Choreographic Award and looks forward to choreographing for Gibney Dance Company and BODYTRAFFIC in their upcoming seasons.
Received BFA from the University of Arizona where he was fortunate enough to receive a 4-year scholarship in dance. He has dance for both River North Dance Company, and Hubbard Street II in Chicago. Shifting from concert to commercial dance, Miguel moved to Las Vegas to dance in Celine Dion’s A New Day at Caesars Palace and her world tour Taking Chances, where he served as dance captain. After performing in Cirque Du Soleil’s production of Elvis, Miguel decided to move to Los Angeles where he has performed with BODYTRAFFIC, Lumanario Ballet, and Terri Beeman’s circus show. He has also filmed two workout videos for Hip Hop abs and Dancing with the Stars. Miguel has appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, Americas Got Talent, Ms. USA Pageant, Julie Andrews tribute show, as a back up dancer for Paulina Rubio and Leona Lewis on Dancing with the Stars, and danced in the movie “Behind the Candelabra”. When Miguel is not performing, he teaches and sets his choreography at companies, Universities, and studios throughout the United States. He has made works on Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, the University of Las Vegas Nevada, Ballet Folklorico Arizona, and BODYTRAFFIC, where he is a company member since 2009.
Ohad Naharin is a choreographer, the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, and creator of the GAGA movement language.
Born in 1952 in Mizra, Israel, he joined Batsheva Dance Company in 1974 despite having little training. During his first year, guest choreographer Martha Graham invited him to join her own company in New York, where Naharin later made his choreographic debut at the Kazuko Hirabayshi studio in 1980. For the next decade he presented works in New York and abroad, including pieces for Batsheva Dance Company, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and Nederlands Dans Theater. Naharin worked closely with his first wife, Mari Kajiwara, until she died from cancer in 2001.
In 1990, Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, and in the same year, he established the company’s junior division, Batsheva – the Young Ensemble. He has since created over thirty works for both companies and set pieces on many others. He has also collaborated with musicians including The Tractor’s Revenge, Avi Balleli and Dan Makov, Ivri Lider, and Grischa Lichtenberger. Under the pseudonym Maxim Waratt, he composed, edited, and mixed many of his own soundtracks. Naharin’s work has been featured in several films, including Tomer Heymann’s Out of Focus (2007) and the Heymann Brothers’ Mr. Gaga (2015).
In addition to his stagework, Naharin also developed GAGA, the innovative movement research and daily training of Batsheva’s dancers that has spread internationally among both dancers and non-dancers.
A citizen of both Israel and the United States, Naharin currently lives in Israel with his wife, dancer and costume designer Eri Nakamura, and their daughter, Noga.
Founder and artistic director of The Bakery, has generated international attention for a body of work that includes music, visual media, choreography, performance, and publications. He has been commissioned by festivals and venues, including Festival d’Automne, Rencontres Chorégraphiques, Ircam, Centre Pompidou, YCAM, Tanz im August, Ballett Frankfurt, Danspace Project, and Théâtre National de Chaillot. Richard’s work with musicians has led to collaborations with Eric-Maria Couturier, Wolfgang Zamistil, Arto Lindsay, Lorenzo Bianchi, and Hubert Machnik.
Collaborations with architects and designers include François Roche, Didier Faustino, Virginie Mira, Peter Zuspan, and Alexander Kada for the Venice Biennale of Architecture. As a curator, faculty member, or resident artist, he has worked with ZKM/Karlsruhe, Bennington College, American Dance Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the annual Forsythe Festival. His work has been recognized worldwide and has received The Mouson Award from Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, the S.A.C.D. Prize from Monaco Dance Forum, a Beaumarchais, and The German National Theater “Der Faust” Award. Richard is a MacDowell fellow and honorary member of The Bolshoi Ballet’s Benoit de la Danse.
Her work has ranged from creating dance, theater and film works for the Mickey Mouse Club to members of the Manson Family. Elgart has choreographed and directed for stage, film, television, alternative venues and circus, for which she created original work for the six month production of the Moscow Circus’ “Dream Angels” that ran in Tokyo (1998).
She has worked in film with seminal directors including Curtis Hanson, David Lynch and Julian Temple, and produced, choreographed and directed for The Disney Channel where she served as Music Performance Producer and Segment Director for four years. Elgart has worked more than 20 years creating theater and film with communities including transitional homeless women, maximum security women inmates, recovering substance abusers, young people facing critical and terminal illness and more.
She was Founder and Artisitic Director of La Boca Performance Space and the international touring group MADRES, composed entirely of transitional homeless women. MADRES performed and/or was commissioned by venues including The Getty Center, Mark Taper Forum, European Culture Capitol and the International Women’s Theater Festival.
Elgart has received numerous awards including the Vanguard Award for Choreographic Innovation for “Marrying the Hangman”, a work created with seven maximum security inmates at the California Institution for Women which was later performed as part of The Olympic Arts Festival in 1984.
She has received numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council and more and was twice one of four nationally selected choreographers for the Sundance Dance/Film Lab. More recently, Sarah has directed award winning music videos for artists including Mia Doi Todd, Angela Luna and Clara Bellar, and served as Co-Founder to Make a Film Foundation for which she produced the short film “Put it in a Book”, starring Jabril Muhammad, Kerry Washington and Michael Ealy, and directed by Rodrigo Garcia.
Is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), was Adjunct Professor at Barnard College (Columbia University), and has a degree in history from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. Her critically acclaimed company and choreography has been seen throughout the United States and internationally in Denmark, France, Austria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil, and Greece. Bell is a sought after master teacher and her alternative approach was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (2012) and Dance Studio Life Magazine (2013). She has taught her unique creative practice of movement, improvisation, and technique entitled Contemporary Systems – An Interior & Material Approach at major institutions for dance and theater throughout the world.
Started his dance education at the Koninklijke Balletschool in Antwerp. He studied at the Graham school in Florence, danced with Royal Ballet of Flanders, Zurich Ballet, Contemporary Dance Zurich, and Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève. In Genève, Mr. Celis started choreographing and was invited to choreograph for the opening performance of the Holland Festival. He later danced and choreographed for the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm. In 1998, Mr. Celis stopped performing and moved back to Antwerp to study stage design at the Hogeschool voor Dramatische Kunsten and later worked at the Het Zuidelijk Toneel. He resumed choreographing creating ballets for Ballet Gulbenkian, Les Grands ballets Canadiens, Ballet Nurnberg, Bern Ballet, Cedar Lake, IT danca, Ballet Mainz, Diversions, Icelandic Dance Company, Sujet a Vif, Nederlands Dans Theater II, and Ballet Wiesbaden. He collaborated in opera productions at La Monnaie, Nederlandse Reisopera, and Les Rencontres d’Opera Baroque. From 2004 until 2007 Mr. Celis was the artistic director of the Ballett des Stadttheater in Bern. Recently, Mr. Celis choreographed Henze’s Ondine for Aalto ballet in Essen and has been a short-term scholar at the Juilliard School. His future commissions include Gothenburg Ballet, Ballet of the Semperoper Dresden, Introdans Holland and Jacob’s Pillow. Mr. Celis currently resides in Montreux, Switzerland.
Victor’s work eloquently re-imagines, de-constructs, and applies choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, examining humanity through a unique fusion of aesthetics. His vision stretches into the arena of theatrical interpretation, improvisational approaches, and the visual imagery of film. A magnetic and expansive dancer, by age 26, Victor had moved from the hip-hop clubs of his native Los Angeles to a performance career with internationally-acclaimed postmodern and ballet dance companies such as THARP!, Ballet Tech, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Since creating RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002, Victor has choreographed over 24 short and full-length pieces both within the company structure and as commissions, and has toured with his company across North America, and in Europe, Japan, and Mexico. He has over a dozen film credits to his name either as choreographer, director, or dramaturge. Victor received the Bonnie Bird North-American Award and the Peter Darrell Choreography Award in 2003, the OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize in 2009, and a Princess Grace Awards Choreographic Fellowship in 2010. From 2007 to 2011, he was an artist-in-residence at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal.
Wewolf is a Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary dance collective that is focused on creating and working on different projects that bring their methods of dance and visual arts together. Even though RubberLegz and James are from different backgrounds, they have the same views on dance and how they want to translate their two voices into one cohesive choreographic method.
The mix of Rubberlegz’s self-made, abstract break technique with James’s background in contemporary, ballet, and urban dance has created a new visually dynamic style of movement. This language has made a splash not only in the dance community, but with creators in many different genres of the arts.
Wewolf is interested in pushing boundaries in their work while inspiring people world wide with their creativity. They are a fusion of urban and contemporary dance like you have never seen before.
RubberLegz whose real name is Rauf Yasit, is a Los Angeles based choreographer and dancer with kurdish roots who was born and raised in Celle, Germany. He has worked with William Forsythe, National Opera of Paris, LACMA, Flying Steps, Moderat, Sonos, Seat, Tumi, HP, Pandora and more. RubberLegz has a style that defies categorizations. He started as a self taught B-Boy in 1998. In 2007, after years of mastering his craft in breakdancing, Yasit’s repertoire evolved to include performing in a contemporary dance production. Endless hours of rehearsal inevitably transformed a childhood hobby into his life’s work and passion. Aptly dubbed “RubberLegz” for his ability to miraculously contort his body into unthinkable shapes and positions, this breakdancing phenom competes in and judges dance competitions as well as teaching workshops all around the globe. Rauf Yasit is a multi-disciplined tour de force. He received his diploma in 3D-Vizualisation and Animation in Switzerland and has years of experience working in professional design agencies as a visual artist. He then moved to Berlin and worked as a freelance artist in both design and dance.
Today, he is known world-wide and is a respected artist with his very own unique style. He is now living in Los Angeles focusing on projects, bringing his photography, design, and dance skills together.
Colorado born, Oklahoma raised. James Gregg is now an international choreographer. He has created choreographic works on Whim W’Him, Danceworks Chicago, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Ballet X, Northwest Dance Project, Nashville Ballet’s Emergence, Springboard Danse Project Montreal, River North Dance Company, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Cirque du Soleil at Sea and L’Ecole Superieure de Danse de Quebec.
Most recently, James was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. He was also the winner for Ballet Austin’s 2014 New American talent choreographic competition, a finalist in Milwaukee Ballet’s 2013 Genesis Choreographic competition, and in 2011 the winner of the International Choreographic Competition at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur.
As a performer, James has worked with BODYTRAFFIC, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Aszure & Artists, Rubberband Dance Group, and River North Dance Company. Throughout his career he had the opportunity to do the works of many renowned choreographers including Victor Quijada, Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton, Crystal Pite, Rodrigo Pedernieras, Frank Chauves, Danny Ezralow, Mauro Bigonzetti, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cayetano Soto, and more. James also has been featured in several music videos, feature films, and in TV documentaries and specials including with Elton John, Lyon, Kresha Turner, Ils Dansent, On the road, and Soul Survivors. These experience to work with such a variety of artists and different artistic avenues has given James the tools to create his own language and helped mold his choreographic voice and vision.
He hopes to create movement from the inside out and explore different paths and routes through which the body can move. Discovering how these various avenues can evoke emotion and how those emotions translate throughout the body.
Zoe Scofield is a Seattle based choreographer who shows an extensive background in the dance world. Her education in dance has led her to study in many institutions. Scofield studied ballet as a scholarship student at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Boston. She later concentrated on Ashtanga Yoga while in Toronto with another dance company. Her background has contributed to her signature modern dance choreography. Scofield has received scholarships and commissioned with such collaborators like The Frye Art Museum and On The Boards.