meet the artists
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, collaborators in choreography and performance and Co-Artistic Directors of Bridgman|Packer Dance, are known for their work integrating live performance and video technology. They were awarded a 2017 New York Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Production (The Bessies). In NYC they have been presented by Lincoln Center, City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Central Park Summerstage, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Sheen Center.
The 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to Bridgman and Packer was the first in the history of the Guggenheim Foundation to be given to two individuals for their collaborative work. They are also recipients of eleven NEA Grants (2007-2019), a National Dance Project Touring Award, four National Performance Network’s Creation Fund Awards, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and grants from New England Foundation for the Arts and New York State Council for the Arts. Their international touring has been supported by USArtists International, Performing Americas Project, American Dance Abroad, National Performance Network, and La Red de Promotores CentroAmericana y El Caribe.
They have toured throughout the USA to venues including Spoleto Festival USA, Jacob’s Pillow, Alabama Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, ICA Boston, Dance St. Louis, and Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center and abroad in Europe, Asia, The Middle East, and Central America in festivals including Beirut Spring Festival, Munich International Dance Festival, Festival Internacional de Artes Escenicas (Panama), Kintetsu Theater (Osaka, Japan), Festival Internacional Chihuahua (Mexico), High Fest International Arts Festival (Armenia), and Tancforum (Budapest).
Bravely dancing and interacting with others
Clemence Debaig is a designer, dancer and computational artist, based in London. Her work is situated at the intersection of dance and technology. She creates work for galleries, the stage, and more unconventional sites, in the form of interactive installations, audio-visual experiences and performances.
Her recent work focuses on exploring notions of control, harassment and apathy, questioning how human behaviours are changed when using technology as a proxy to interact with each other. She likes to explore how digital technology can enable audience participation during performances. In light of the recent events, she wants to shift her practice to researching the fine line between remote collaboration and control, and how it can lead to a sense of togetherness.
In 2019, she presented her work in several group exhibitions and festivals, including Anamorphic Waves at Ugly Duck, Kallida festival in Sommerset and the London Ultra at the Oxo Tower.
Clemence has an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design (2009) from the University of Technology of Compiegne (France). She is currently doing an MA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths University in London. In parallel to her academic studies, she trained as a dancer, focusing particularly on contemporary and dance theatre techniques.
Bravely maintaining a daily routine
Ali Goss & Liz Oakley
Bravely putting on a show
Kayla Hamilton is an artist, producer, and educator originally from Texarkana, Texas who now resides in Bronx, NY. She earned a BA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and an MS Ed in Special Education from Hunter College. She is a member of the 2017 Bessie-award winning collective of skeleton architecture, the future of our world’s curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Kayla has performed with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, and Maria Bauman-Morales/MBDance. Kayla has been supported though Angela’s Pulses’ Dancing While Black 2017 Fellowship, Bronx Recognizes Its Own Grant from the Bronx Council on the Arts and National Performance Network(Creation and Development Fund). Kayla’s movement explorations have been presented at Gibney, Performance Space New York and New Live Arts. She is currently a New Live Arts Fresh Tracks artist and a 2019-2021 Movement Research Artist in Residence. When she’s not dancing, she’s a special education teacher at the Highbridge Green School who loves to watch Law and Order on Hulu while sipping peppermint tea.
Bravely going outside
Here’s T(w)o Collective
Bravely resisting productivity
Bravely embracing; collaborating with Holly Taylor
Bravely trying to optimize her quarantine
Kate is a dance artist and designer making work at the intersection of choreography, technology and activism. Recently named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” her work has been presented internationally, most notably at HERE, The Invisible Dog, Gowanus Loft, National Sawdust, DanceNOW NYC, Brown University, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and The Performance Arcade (New Zealand). Her work spans stage performances, dance film, interactive installations, robotics, and augmented reality apps.
Kate and her dance company, The People Movers, have been commissioned by the Juventas New Music Ensemble, the Juntos Collective and Rider University. Kate & The People been awarded residencies at White Wave Dance, University of Georgia, the Pocantico Center, Leimay CAVE, Rider University (winner, 2015 Emerging Choreographer Competition), Keshet Arts and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Currently, Kate is the artist-in-residence at the Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
Julia Orquera Bianco
Julia Orquera Bianco was born in Argentina and has lived in Mexico and the United States. She attended Escuela de Arte Fotográfico de Avellaneda, where she specialized in Photography. In 2011, Orquera Bianco earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting from Universidad del Museo Social Argentino (Buenos Aires, Argentina). In 2018, Orquera Bianco graduated from the MFA program at Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Her art practice interrogates her everyday experience through addressing collective and personal heritage and the legacy of Western Culture as a platform to create objects, installations and time-based media that put into question identity, presenting it as a constant process of deconstruction, experienced through a body in motion, influenced by the past but re-contextualized and impacted by the present and the place. Her latest work explores alternative formats through the use of traditional and non-traditional materials in unconventional ways. Her work has been showcased in Argentina, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States.
Bravely herding cats
Alexandra is a choreographer and performance artist from Paris, France, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She has showcased her work around the city in venues such as MANA Contemporary, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Triskelion Arts, The Swedish Institute, and The Living Gallery among others and in Santiago, Chile at the University of Santiago. She has also choreographed music videos for Chinese Punk band Re-TROS and New York based experimental drummer Dan Drohan and has served as a movement coach for fashion publication CR Books by Carine Roitfeld. She is a recipient of the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company Award for Innovation in Dance and was a Luther Rice Research Fellow in Dance in Berlin, Germany. Allie has a double life as a trainer with celebrity choreographer/fitness professional Anna Kaiser, and working full-time in public radio at WNYC and for Kaitlin Prest.
Michael Andrew Quinn
Bravely collaborating with Caroline Haydon
Michael Andrew Quinn is a contemporary composer and musician most known for scoring short and experimental films and multimedia installations. His work features the intersections of classical forms & instruments with contemporary & electronic sounds, resulting in exciting, highly dynamic scores that propel the narratives & support the experimental nature of the pieces.
A multi-instrumentalist, Quinn’s knowledge of and appreciation for blending sound and manipulating time gives his compositions a unique, deconstructed quality that places him at the forefront of an emerging genre.
Bravely collaborating with Vincenzo Catarisano & Brendan Drake
Matthew Ricketts is a Canadian composer currently based in New York City. He is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow as well as the recipient of the 2020 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2016 Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, the 2015 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award, a 2013 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and eight prizes in the SOCAN Foundation’s Awards for Young Composers.
Matthew holds degrees in music composition and theory from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music (B.Mus. 2009) and Columbia University (DMA 2017). Matthew’s principal mentors include Brian Cherney, John Rea, Chris Paul Harman, George Lewis and Fred Lerdahl. He is currently a Core Lecturer at Columbia University.
Bravely waiting out 14 days
Sahar Sajadieh is a digital media & performance artivist (artist/activist) and scholar, born and raised in Iran. She graduated with a dual degree in Computer Science (BSc) and Theatre (BA) from the University of British Columbia, received her Master’s degree in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and recently completed her PhD in Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Sahar designs and develops technologies that support emergent human rituals and interactive trends, and studies the human experience in our rapidly changing techno-social culture. She is interested in the application of digitally mediated interactivity, extended reality, machine learning, and virtual & robotic embodiments in live performances and public spheres as means of storytelling, poetic expression, and sociopolitical intervention. For Sahar, digital media practice is a form of activism, a way to challenge the public’s comfort zone and provoke dialogues about difficult, unspoken issues in our communities and global society. Her research focuses on what constitutes liveness in (live) performances and how it can be replicated with technology.
Her works have been presented in international digital arts symposia and human-computer interaction conferences such as ACM CHI, ACM Multimedia, ISEA, and AWMAS, as well as performance and interdisciplinary studies conferences such as PSi, ATHE, ASTR, and HASTAC, among other venues. Her most recent media artwork, Come Hither to Me, is an interactive robotic performance exhibited at CHI Interactivity 2019, in Glasgow, Scotland, in May 2019.
Same As Sister
Bravely opening social media
Same As Sister (S.A.S.) is an award-winning performance collective founded in 2013 by Canadian-American choreographers, Briana Brown-Tipley + Hilary Brown-Istrefi. The sisters, who originate from Toronto, graduated from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, and have since performed for international dance and visual artists including Bouchra Ouizguen, Doug Elkins, Phillipa Kaye, Mike Kelley, Jillian Peña, and Candice Breitz.
Based in Toronto and New York City, S.A.S. was initiated to make experimental narrative performance accessible to a diverse audience through collaborative and interdisciplinary practices within the fields of dance, theater, music, video, and design. Their work grapples with social constructs of gender, race, and power, drawing on historical and contemporary representations of “high” and “low” culture, to retell familiar stories in unfamiliar ways.
The collective’s works/commissions have been presented at venues in the United States, Canada, France, Greece, and Italy including POP Performance: Women in Motion at Gibney, NYC; AUNTS @ La MaMa Moves! at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, NYC; Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018), curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor and Reggie Wilson at Danspace Project, NYC; Movement Research at the Judson Church, NYC; CRAWL: Chapter 5, curated by Kate Ladenheim/The People Movers at ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn; BRIClab at BRIC Arts | Media House, Brooklyn; Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts, NYC; Test Drive at Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Toronto; and.Open Studios at Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre, Marnay-sur-Seine. The film adaptation of their live performance, Odd Jewels: Beauty Under Mask, was exhibited via Extro from Estro’s Estro on Film: Short Dance Films (EstroGenius Festival Online); and Video Art Miden at Non Stop Project Video Performance & Video Dance at Kinitiras, Athens; Ibrida Festival at Marmo – Libreria d’Arte Contemporanea, Forlì; Videolands at MOMus – State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Erasmus+ Program: Active Student-Active Citizen at the 2nd Junior High School of Kalamáta; and From Zero to Infinity! Festival at the Archaeological Museum of Messenia, Kalamáta.
S.A.S.’s upcoming commission, This is NOT a Remount (working title), for Danielle Baskerville with Citadel + Compagnie’s The Miserere Project (40th Anniversary Tribute to David Earle’s Miserere), will premiere at The Citadel, Toronto, as part of the 2021 Bright Nights Series. They are the recipients of a Queens Council on the Arts’ 2020 Queens Art Fund New Work Grant in Multi-Disciplinary Performance; a New York Foundation for the Arts’ 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Choreography; a Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ 2017 Emergency Grant in Dance; and were a Finalist for the Jerome Foundation’s 2019-20 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship in Dance.
Bravely resisting the relentless, pervasive seduction of capitalist production that occupies us on a near-genetically-embodied level.
Tara Sheena is a dancer, writer, and freelance producer based in Brooklyn, NY. As a performer, she has collaborated on recent projects with Marion Spencer, Amanda + James, Catherine Galasso, Ivy Baldwin. Gillian Walsh, Leyya Mona Tawil, Nadia Tykulsker, Ursula Eagly, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, stormy budwig, and Faye Driscoll for the forthcoming film, Shirley. Her latest writing, Capital-D Dance, is a chapbook collaboration with artist Katie Dean, which you can purchase on Etsy! She is currently featured in the May issue of Dance Magazine. She was born in Detroit, MI and, in 2011, graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and BA in English.
You can find her on Instagram (and everywhere else), @tarasheena.
Bravely touching her face
Laurel Snyder is a dance artist, educator, musician and stretch therapist based in NYC. She creates complex, visceral and vulnerable performances that slip between artistic sensibilities and seek authenticity through layered expression. Laurel has performed with artists Faye Driscoll, Tere O’Connor, Tatyana Tenenbaum and Kendra Portier at NYC venues such as BAM, the Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, and the Kitchen and her choreography has been presented most recently by Gibney Work Up 5.0, FRESH Festival 2019 (SF), Triskelion Arts, the International Human Rights Arts Festival, Dixon Place, and CPR. She has been an artist-in-residence at BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity (CAN), Denmark Arts Center (ME), EarthDance (MA), Threes Brewing (NYC), The Living Room (ME) and is a recipient of EtM 2017 Choreographer+Composer Residency and the 2018 Queens Council for the Arts New Work Grant. Laurel is passionate about teaching movement and vocal practices. She has been on the dance faculty at Rutgers University since 2017 and local and international organizations such as Gibney Dance, NYU Playwrights Horizons, Colby College, Leviathan Studios (BC), the School of Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) and Dance Exchange have invited her as a teaching artist. Laurel is currently developing a sound design for choreographer, Trina Mannino and has acted as a vocal consultant for choreographers Nadia Tykulsker and Ivy Baldwin.
Bravely embracing; collaborating with Reid herried
Holly Taylor is a dance educator, writer, and choreographer from Providence, RI. She has trained with artists from Trisha Brown Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women, and Paul Taylor Dance Company, among others, and has performed in original works by Matthew Rushing and Saar Harari. Her material has been published in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press) and Yale Dance Theater Journal, and exhibited at AS220’s Resident Gallery.
Holly received her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University, with a concentration in performance culture and a thesis in dance and writing as codependent practices. She currently teaches composition, ballet, and creative movement with Metamorphosis Youth Dance Program, and works full time for FirstWorks, a performing arts nonprofit based out of downtown Providence, RI.
Bravely dancing with her family
Mei Yamanaka is a choreographer and dancer from Japan. Mei’s work has been seen at Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, Mix Festival at HERE, Food for Thought at Danspace, and more. Mei was a “Fresh Tracks” residency artist at Dance Theater Workshop in 2010-2011 and also Mei was residency artist at Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence in 2014 at Chez Bushwick.
Bravely honoring our elders
André M. Zachery is a Chicago bred and now Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, scholar and technologist with a BFA from Ailey/Fordham University and MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from CUNY/Brooklyn College. As the artistic director of Renegade Performance Group his practice, research and community engagement artistically focuses on merging of choreography, technology and Black cultural practices through multimedia work. André is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Gregory Millard Fellow in Choreography and 2019 Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Choreography.
His works through RPG have been presented domestically and internationally, receiving support through several residencies, awards, commissions. These have included the CUNY Dance Initiative, Performance Project Residency at University Settlement, ChoreoQuest Residency at Restoration Arts Brooklyn, 3LD Art & Technology Center, HarvestWorks and a Jerome supported Movement Research AIR. Awarded grants have been from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Harlem Stage Fund for New Work and a Slate Property SPACE Award. Commissions have come from the Brooklyn Museum, Five Myles/BRIC Biennial and Danspace Project.
RPG has earned mentions and favorable reviews from publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Culturebot, Infinite Blogspot, Futuristically Ancient, Hyperallergic, the Brooklyn Rail, the Daily News and AFROPUNK. As a technologist André has collaborated with various artists through RPG, the design team of 3LD Art & Technology Center and The Clever Agency. These works have included design installations, immersive media productions, film editing and performance collaborations.
André has worked on projects across artistic mediums as a choreographer, media designer and consultant with artists such as Daniel Bernard Roumain, Cynthia Hopkins, Davalois Fearon, Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE, Arin Maya, Rags & Ribbons, The Clever Agency, Kendra Foster, and Spike Lee.
As a scholar André has been a member of panels, led group talks, facilitated discussions and presented research on a myriad of topics including Afrofuturism, African Diaspora practices and philosophies, Black cultural aesthetics, technology in art and performance and on expanding the boundaries of art making within community. He has been a panelist and presented his research at institutions such as Duke University, Brooklyn College, University of Virginia and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Zachery has taught at Brooklyn College and been a guest faculty member at the dance programs of Florida State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, The Ohio State University and University of California Los Angeles.