The March edition of xyz nyc was a great success! Congrats to Shawn Bible who won with his piece Softe Oath Hues featuring dancers Natalie Cantrell and Annalisa Ledson.
Photo by Patrick T. Rousseau
A big thanks to everyone involved: choreographers Anthony Rosado, Eric Williams, Claire Alrich, and dancers Denise Shu Mei, Anna Maria Johannes, Moriah McAda-Smith, Hila Raz and Chelsea Baldwin-Haddon. Thanks to Mary Suk for being our fantastic guest judge, and The Lovelies for a fabulous nightcap performance. Thanks to Joan for amazing lighting as always.
More wonderful pictures to come!
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Eric Williams is one of four choreographers competing this Thursday in xyz nyc for a chance to win a show at The Tank. Read on for more about Eric!
Eric is a body expresser, a movement shaper, and a mind melder. After his professional studies at the HARID Conservatory and the University of South Florida, his journey brought him to New York. Here he has had the great pleasure and privilege of working with such artists as Jennifer Muller/The Works, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion. As an architect of movement and context, Eric hopes to present work that is both inquisitive and cathartic. Enjoy!
Anthony Rosado is one of four choreographers competing this Thursday in xyz nyc for a chance to win a show at The Tank. Read on for more about Anthony!
Anthony Rosado is a mover and creator whose creative practice developed with programs like Trinity College’s BA for Theatre & Dance, The La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, L’academie Americaine de Danse de Paris, Chez Bushwick’s 24 hour Choreographer’s Project, and Movement Research’s Sunday Process Labs. He has also strengthened his role as a practitioner of the performing arts via collaborative works with Lindsay Dietz Marchant, Deborah Goffe of Scapegoat Garden, Annabella Lenzu Dance Drama, and Carmen Caceres of DanceAction. Rosado also implements his creative process into curriculum as a preschool teach and movement instructor at the New York Kids Club, TriBeCa location. He has led performative expression-based workshops with movers aged 10-30. Rosado is presenting live performances of scenes from his production literal wash. late spring and during the summer. literal wash. projects intends on planting seeds of conversation. His collaborators will perform archetypes of stereotypes inspired from their identities (namely skin tone, heigh, gender, gender performance). Visit literalwashblog.tumblr.com for information on performances Rosado creates, collaborates in, and supports.
Shawn T. Bible is one of four choreographers competing this Thursday in xyz nyc for a chance to win a show at The Tank. Read on for more about Shawn!
Shawn T. Bible grew up in Roseville, Michigan and received a BA in Social Science and Dance from Michigan State University and an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Michigan. He has been an active choreographer in Michigan and the Northwest United States areas, setting works for the Grand Rapids Ballet, Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Symphony, Trip the Light, Midwest RADfest, MOCA Detroit, Men Dance Michigan, Nosh Night at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Michigan Dance Day, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, ArtPrize, Southwest Dance, and on I~Move, Southwest Dance of Detroit, Michigan State University’s Repertory Dance Company, University of Michigan Dance company and MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company. Bible is on the Board of the American College Dance Festival Association. Bible is also the artistic director of his modern dance company, stbdance, which was established in 2007. stbdance has continued to perform throughout New York City as part of Fielday at the Field, Idaho, Atlanta, Michigan and Texas. Shawn is the Dance Coordinator at Grand Valley State University where he also received a Distinguished Faculty Award in 2012 and continues to head and develop the Dance Program and choreograph on the GVSU Dance Ensemble.
Claire Alrich is one of four choreographers competing this Thursday in xyz nyc for a chance to win a show at The Tank. Read on for more about Claire!
Claire Alrich grew up dancing in Evanston, IL and went on to graduate from Beloit College with a double degree in Dance and English Rhetoric. She is lucky to have danced and made dances in Buenos Aires, Beloit, Berlin, Chicago, Prague, and Vienna, and is now excited to be choreographing for xyz nyc in New York! In addition to dances, Claire makes costumes and clothing.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our best xyz nyc performance yet; and thanks to all of the fantastic choreographers and dancers.
Stephanie Lee, Claire Alrich, Stephanie Pena, Margaret Tudor, Julia Smith-Eppsteiner, Annie Woller, Jesse Factor, Clara Peterson, Kit Stanley, Caitlin Eames, Elena Light, Kristen Klein, Maya Rutkovska, and Valerie Miller: YOU ROCK.
Congratulations to Jesse Factor, who will be creating another new dance in the championship round in May.
Kit Stanley is one of four choreographers who will compete at The Tank on February 20th in xyz nyc: The Olympics. Read on for more about Kit!
Kit Stanley is originally from Madison, WI, also home to her alma mater. After graduating with a dual bachelor’s degree in Dance and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in 2011, she moved to New York City to pursue a degree in LMA and Somatics. Kit earned her C.M.A. from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies the following year. Most recently, she helped turn a Coldstone Creamery into The Space, a world-recognized art gallery. As a cultural curator, she enlivened The Space with dance, performance, and video artists. Want more art & Midwest nice? kitstanley.com
xyz nyc choreographer spotlight: Julia Smith-Eppsteiner
Julia Smith-Eppsteiner is one of four choreographers who will compete at The Tank on February 20th in xyz nyc: The Olympics. Read on for more about Julia!
Julia Smith-Eppsteiner, originally of San Diego, California, graduated with honors from University of Michigan, where she earned a BFA in Dance and BA in English. During her undergraduate survival, she had the pleasure of performing works by Sidra Bell, Monica Bill Barnes, Amy Chavasse, Austin Selden, Nadia Tykulsker, and many others. She is currently collaborating with Sum Bones Co., cakeface, Hollye Bynum, and Seline Baumgartner, assisting BANGS with their enchanting music videos, and freelancing all over this concrete jungle. Julia’s choreography will be presented upcoming at Cinedans - Dance on Screen - Festival in March and Triskelion Arts’ 5th Annual Comedy in Dance Festival in April. She is stoked to be a part of xyz nyc’s spring season. juliasmitheppsteiner.me
Kristen Klein is one of four choreographers who will compete at The Tank on February 20th in xyz nyc: The Olympics. Read on for more about Kristen!
Kristen Klein hails from Connecticut and is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has performed with The Harvard University Historical Society, Chie Mukai, Tribe of Human, Catie Cuan & Dancers, Christina Suhkgian Houle, Leyya Mona Tawil/DANCE ELIXIR, Kelley Donovan & Dancers, Six Degrees Dance Company, and C. Eule Dance. Kristen is also the founder and Artistic Director of Inclined Dance Project, which formed in 2009. The company has performed throughout New York and New England at various festivals and venues, including Baruch College, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, the CoolNY Dance Festival, NEWSTEPS, Dixon Place, The Flea, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, among others. She has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, Critical Dance Magazine, and on DanceMedia.com. In addition to performing and choreographing, Kristen also works as a professional pointe shoe fitter for Freed of London. Please visit inclineddanceproject.com
Jesse Factor is one of four choreographers who will compete at The Tank on February 20th in xyz nyc: The Olympics. Read on for more about Jesse!
Jesse Factor was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania. He received a scholarship to the Martha Graham School, and danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Graham II. He serves as Artist-in-Residence at the Marymount School of New York, and as a Teaching Artist for the Teens Division of the Martha Graham School. Education: BFA with honors from the Tisch School/NYU.
Sochi? More like So-xyz. That’s right: xyz nyc is BACK this month with four new choreographers and an esteemed guest judge. The theme? The Olympics.
February 20th marks the first of four competitions this spring, culminating in a championship round in May. This month’s daring choreographer contestants are Jesse Factor, Kristen Klein, Julia Smith-Eppsteiner, and Kit Stanley. Michael Burke joins us on the 20th as the guest judge, and we’re thrilled to announce that he will share an excerpt from his current work. Stay tuned for more info about all the choreographers!
xyz nyc: THE OLYMPICS will take place at The Tank, 151 W. 46th St., 8th Floor. Tickets are $10; buy them online or at the door.
The Tank’s monthly xyz nyc series seeks an associate producer for the spring 2014 season. An ideal candidate has experience as a non-profit intern, and is looking for an opportunity for hands-on producing experience with mentorship and institutional support. Candidates must be extremely organized, detail oriented, and have basic computer literacy. This position is unpaid. Please send a resumé and relevant brief writing sample as attachments to xyznyc AT thetanknyc DOT org with a cover letter in the body of the email. Deadline is Jan 24th. Position begins February.
Like the Cherry Blossoms of the New York Botanical Garden, xyz nyc (a perfect combination of 6 letters) returns in the Spring of 2014. Kicking off on February 20th, followed by March 20th, April 17th and May 15th.
Stay tuned for more information on the exciting Spring Season!
“Jansen & Holm make dances that are imaginative, spacious, and humane. Their work roots itself in an experiential understanding of the human condition, and uses image and metaphor to speak to a shared visceral truth. Their body-centered research includes gesture, spoken word, vocal music, and costume design, as well as pressing against the limits of dance technique.”—
Our guest judge is Anabella Lenzu, presenting the first work-in-progress performance of her new piece, “Pachamama: Mother World,” featuring dancers Lauren Ohmer, Macy Sullivan, Anthony Rosado, Paulina Espinosa, Or Reitman and Alice Pucheu.
Music By Lola Kiepja/ Selk’nam (Ona) Chants of Tierra del Fuego.
"Pachamama: Mother World" will look at the ritualistic similarities between two geographically different cultures, Native Americans and South American Natives. The division line between Ritual and Performance blurs, necessitating further research into the history of these Native American rituals, becoming both an anthropologic study and a creation of Dance Theater.
Thursday, June 6th, at 9:30pm at the Tank/Playroom Theater at 151 W 46th St. Get your tickets in advance here!
Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 20 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Lenzu draws on her diverse background to create thought-provoking and socially-conscious dance-theatre in the interest of improving our human condition. Classically trained at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Lenzu studied the modern dance techniques of Humphrey/Limòn and Graham in New York. Her studies of Tango and the folkdances of Argentina, Spain, and Italy, further inform her work. Her choreography has been commissioned all over the world, for opera, TV programs, theatre productions, and by many dance companies, such as Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble (New York) and Movimento Danza (Naples, Italy). Lenzu founded her own dance school L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza in 1994 in Argentina, and has maintained an active teaching career ever since. Currently, Lenzu conducts classes at Peridance Capezio Center, Wagner College and Lehman College.
Lenzu is also a published author for various dance and arts magazines, and plans to debut her first book in March 2013, entitled “Unveiling Motion and Emotion”. The book contains writings in Spanish and English on the importance of dance, community, choreography, and dance pedagogy. Photography by Todd Carroll will document Lenzu’s vast range of experiences dancing, teaching, and choreographing.
Our February guest judge, Tiffany Mills, showed a sneak peek of Berries and Bulls at xyz nyc, which has its WORLD PREMIERE at the new BAM Fisher Space May 30-Jun 2! If you loved her work in February, don’t miss out on this great show.
More information, including a link to buy tickets, on BAM’s website.
Drag King Workshop with xyz nyc choreographer Goldie Peacock
Goldie Peacock presents: Drag King Workshop!
Drag king: an entertainer who intentionally assumes a theatrically interpreted guise of maleness in, and for, performance
Captivated by drag kings? Ever wanted to try drag yourself? Already a king, but you want to deepen your craft? Then this is the workshop for you!
What you’ll learn:
drag king history
important resources for current drag kings
costuming, styling, makeup (yes, kings can wear it too and look good doing it, honey), facial hair, packing, binding
how to concoct a dynamite persona
how to perform a fierce number
This workshop is open to people of all gender presentations and identities, and all levels of performance experience (including the lack thereof).
Sunday May 26
11 am-2 pm
304 Boerum Street, #23, Brooklyn, NY (Morgan L)
Pre-registration required (please sign up by sending an email reserving a spot to goldiepeacock<at>gmail)
$25 (payment accepted via paypal to goldiepeacock<at>gmail or in cash at workshop)
Goldie Peacock is a Brooklyn-based genderblending drag king who has been called “smart, audacious and delicious” and “the most flamboyant, regal bird in the menagerie”. A two-time winner of Oberlin Drag Ball’s notoriously fierce runway competition, as well as the recipient of the Portland Phoenix’s “Best Dance Performer” Award, Goldie frequently appears in NYC at Boxers Off Butch Burlesque at Stonewall and Switch N’ Play’s Open Drag Night at Outpost Lounge. Goldie performs and emcees nationally and has served as a guest celebrity judge for NYdragU, the Mr. Philadelphia King Competition and Boston’s “Traniwreck”. Goldie has taught at Oberlin College (Ohio), Pure Movement Portland (Maine) and the Cultivate Contemporary Dance Festival (New Hampshire). Most recently, Goldie co-hosted Tufts Drag Ball with Jujubee of Rupaul’s Drag Race, and will perform at Brooklyn Pride 2013. Get more info and stay in the fruit loop by visiting www.goldiepeacock.com.