Los angeles Dance Festival
produced by Brockus & co-produced in 2017 with Theater Raymond Kabbaz
Class 4/29 1:00-2:15
Andrew Pearson/ Contemporary Dance Practice: LA
KEN MORRIS PROJECT
Tamica Washington - Miller
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Contemporary Dance Practice: LA is the playground for choreographer, dancer, and educator Andrew Pearson. Inspired by his experience as a concert dance professional in Los Angeles, Andrew promotes play as a means of unlocking success, creativity, potential, and fulfillment. With roots that trace back to Los Angeles Dance Pioneers Lester Horton and Bella Lewitzky as well as extensive involvement in the contemporary landscape of LA-concert Dance, Andrew brings a unique perspective to his teaching, choreography, and performance. His experience has lead to opportunities to perform and teach nationally and internationally, allowing him to exchange and create dialogue between Los Angeles and the dance community at large. Andrew currently performs his own solo work, freelances as a guest teacher and choreographer, and is a longstanding member of the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company.
Jazz at Lincoln Center with LA Contemporary Dance Company (New York City)
Reverb Dance Festival with LA Contemporary Dance Company (New York City)
FIAC Festival for artist Julien Previeux (Paris, France)
Centre Pompidou for artist Julien Preview (Malaga, Spain)
Taught guest classes for Transit Dance in Melbourne, Australia
Artist in Residence at Northern Kentucky University
Pia Vinson was born and raised in France where she began her studies in tap dance and ballet at the age of 4 years old.
When she was 13, she enrolled in ballet major at the National School of Tarn where she studied with Dominique Thouroude, Agnès Nolténius (William Forsythe Company) and Marie-José Redon (Paris Opéra Ballet) among many others.
By the age of 18, she was working for the National Opera of Montpellier as a dancer/mime in La Traviata, Manon Lescaut and other opera productions.
In 2011, Pia moved to New York City and enrolled in the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance with scholarship. There, she focused on developing her own choreographic vocabulary and her repertory has been showcased in various venues in France, New York City and has shared the stage with the Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Jazz Montréal and Martha Graham Company dancers.
In June 2015, Pia joined the Mark Morris Dance Center as a program intern and assistant with Dance for Parkinson’s Disease.
In January 2016, Pia choreographed Samantha Urbani's music video: "U Know I Know" produced by Urban Outfitters and Legs Media. She later choreographed Urbani live set for SXSW 2016.
Pia relocated to Los Angeles in May 2016 where she had the chance to perform for choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and with the Sunland Dancers at the Los Angeles Theatre for Night On Broadway 2017.
Pia Vinson’s knowledge in ballet, modern dance and tap dance shaped her vocabulary but her passion for Gaga movement, African and Urban dancing highly influenced her work and gave her great versatility.
LADF will be the first time I show my choreographic work in Los Angeles and California.
My work comes from a variety of influences such as my ballet and modern training as well as Voguing and Gaga movement. My work is very collaborative and personal.
Website/blog link : http://piavinson.tumblr.com
Class 5/7 10:00-11:15
works as a Director/Choreographer in theater and the dance concert world. Janet was the Director/Choreographer and co-creator of “Anaïs, A Dance Opera,” which tells the story of famed diarist, Anaïs Nin. The dance/theater/music production was performed to a sold out six week run at the Greenway Court Theatre and will be presented in July for a three week run at the Avignon Fringe Festival in France. As Director/Choreographer of theater her includes ‘Midsummer Night” for the Tennessee Shakespeare Company (co-creator with composers Milburn and Vigoda,), “Striking 12” ( Laguna Playhouse), “Tonya and Nancy, The Rock Opera” (ART, Boston), “CarnEvil" (Sacred Fools Theater) ,“shAme,” (King King Nightclub) and “The Wanting” (Highways). Janet recently created choreography for the hit production, “The Boy From Oz” (Celebration Theatre) for which she received her second Ovation Award (LA’s top theater award) for her choreography for “Oz” as well as an award from Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC). Janet created choreography for “The Color Purple,” (Celebration Theatre) for which she received the Ovation Award, NAACP Award and an LADCC Nomination. Additional choreography: “Justin Love,” (Celebration Theatre, LADCC Award); “Once On this Island,” (International City Theater, NAACP Nomination); “Avenue X,” (Odyssey Theater, Ovation Award Nomination); “Psyche, A Modern Rock Opera,” (Greenway Court Theater) and “Failure, A Love Story” (Coeurage Theater, Ovation Nomination) which just completed a run at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre . Her contemporary choreography has been presented at London’s Royal Academy of Music and in Cannes, France. Her work was awarded at the Palm Desert Choreography Festival and selected for the Los Angeles Dance Festival, Pasadena Dance Festival and Los Angeles Dance Invitational. She has received two American Choreography Awards, is a proud alumni of the Directors Lab and a member of the SDC.
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A former member of the Lula Washington Dance Theater (LWDT) where he performed for 17 years; he currently is on the teaching faculty of LWDT and serves as Resident Choreographer for the school. In addition to working with LWDT, Ken has made guest appearances with JazzAntiquia, Winifred Harris’ Between Lines, Donna Sternberg and Dancers, Brockus Project and Project 21. He worked with notable choreographers such as Donald McKayle, Debbie Allen, Ron Brown, Adam Shankman and Otis Sallid. He Co-produced Men: Dancing along with colleague Ronald Bowins at the Ford Amphitheater. Ken has choreographed works for Lula Washington Dance, Theater, Brockus Project, Vancouver Contemporary Dance Theater, as well as showcasing his works in MixMatch Dance Festival, Spectrum Dance Festival, Beginning and Awakenings Festival, Highways among many showcases throughout Los Angeles.
Class 5/7 11:30-12:45
FRINGE Performances at Diavolo Space
the Associate Director, and daughter of Lula, will show excerpts from a new unnamed work in progress set to music by her husband/composer/drummer, Marcus L. Miller.
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VBERNARD BROWN's dances have been called "beautiful," "thoughtful," and "captivating." Mr. Brown's choreography has been presented at Royce Hall, Japanese American National Museum, Highways Performance Space, HomeLA, El Camino College, American College Dance Association, and Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. He has choreographed Scott Joplin's opera, "Treemonisha" for Skylark Opera. His work “Champion” was presented at the launch of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin in 2016. Bernard has performed with Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Jazz Antiqua, TU Dance, Shapiro & Smith Dance, and Doug Elkins Dance Company. Bernard has also worked with Donald McKayle, David Rousseve, Rennie Harris, Vincent Patterson, Lea Anderson, Rudy Perez, Tamica Washington-Miller, Ann Carlson, Christopher Huggins, among others. He has been seen in Robert Wilson’s “Letter to a Man” as body double for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Penumbra Theater’s “Black Nativity,” Donald Byrd’s “Harlem Nutcracker” and on the Daytime Emmy’s. Mr. Brown was published in the inaugural edition of Dancer-Citizen, peer-reviewed dance journal, in November 2015. He is also recipient of the Westfield Emerging Artist Award. The LA Times has called him "...the incomparable Bernard Brown...
Photo credit: Lawrence K. Ho
Jordan Saenz is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and musician originally from Denver, Colorado. Since her commencement from CalArts in 2012, Jordan has shown her work at a number of Los Angeles venues, such as REDCAT, Live Arts L.A, Highways Performance Space, and more. She has performed with Lollieworks and No(one. Art House, and is currently performing with Szalt while acting as the company’s rehearsal director.
Jordan is interested in re-discovering movement most innate to one's body. Drawing inspiration from theater, animation, rock climbing, skateboarding, improvisation, hip hop, and other social dance forms, her movement ranges from explosive grooves to subtle gesture. In a playful back and forth between ambiguity and honesty, she aims to reveal the human experience
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Class 5/6 2:30-3:45
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Annalee Traylor is a freelance choreographer, dancer, and teaching artist residing in Los Angeles, CA. After receiving her BFA from Point Park University, she became a founding member of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (top 25 to watch by Dance Magazine in 2012) where she established her professional roots. Her work has been presented at various venues and festivals around the country including the Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA, The Dance Alloy, three10 moment productions, Dance Canvas in Atlanta, newMoves contemporary dance festival in Pittsburgh, Youth America Grand Prix finals in NYC, the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS, and The Young Choreographer's Festival in
NYC. She has been commissioned by REEDANCE for a full length work, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and performance artist, Vie Boheme. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2015, Annalee reunited with Point Park alumni and friend, cinematographer, Dane Wagner to create her first dance film “the ninety9” which was chosen to be a part of Velocity Dance Center’s Next Dance Cinema 2017 in Seattle, “Assoli e Duetti” e “ Danza in Corto” in Rome, Italy, and SPARK Spring Film Festival in NYC. "
In addition to creating, Ms. Traylor feels a personal responsibility to share her passion and
knowledge of the universal art of dance with younger generations. She has taught master
classes throughout the United States and abroad. She was the founding modern, jazz, and
composition teacher at Seneca Valley School's Dance Program in Cranberry, PA, a teaching
artist for Propel Charter Schools for grades K-4, and a guest teacher at Carnegie Mellon
University’s Dance Fest for two years. She has taught at various summer intensives including
Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Reed Dance Intensive (I & II), Morgantown Dance, Hill Dance Academy
Theatre, and the Academy of Dance in Pittsburgh, and has been on the faculty of numerous
schools in Pittsburgh including Pittsburgh Ballet House, Company G School of Performing Arts,
and The Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh. "
Since relocating to the West Coast, Annalee has had the opportunity to perform with various
companies including No)One Art House, Voices Carry Inc., C. Eule Dance West, The Union
Project Dance Company, Clairobscur Dance Company, BrockusRED, LA Rock Opera, and
Pennington Dance Group. She has been on faculty at The Dance Factory School of Performing
Arts in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA for three years, where she is the primary ballet instructor, and
is a certified classical Pilates Instructor through the prestigious Romana’s Pilates.
Class 5/7 11:30-12:45
Andrew Pearson/Contemporary Dance Practice: LA
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Tom Tsai is originally from Taipei, Taiwan and currently based out of Los Angeles. His choreographic works exhibit creative, athletic movement, and considers themes of identity construction and authentic representation, while fostering audience connection and empathy. His solos have been presented throughout California and New York, and internationally in Sweden, Portugal, the Netherlands, and at Sadler’s Wells in London. Tom is the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and two-time winner at the REVERBdance Festival. He previously competed with Instant Noodles Crew, and has danced with LA-based companies Pennington Dance Group, and Laurie Cameron & Company. Tom has been on faculty at Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance, and a guest artist at high schools across Southeast Asia.
List of places outside of CA that your company has performed: New York, London, Sweden, The Netherlands, Portugal
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