In the Forest of the Night (World Premiere)
Choreographed by Alison Chase in collaboration with Jessica Bendig, Beau Dobson, Mark Fucik, Mistral Hay, Kenneth Higginbotham, Shane Rutkowski, Jenna Sherman and Matt Walfish
Performed by Jessica Bendig, Beau Dobson, Mark Fucik, Mistral Hay, Océane Hooks-Camilleri, Kenneth Higginbotham and Shane Rutkowski
Music created by Franz Nicolay
Costumes designed by Grier Coleman
Lighting by Alison Chase/Performance and Nathaniel Wiessner
Pregnant Pause I
Tracings (World Premiere)
Choreographed by Alison Chase in collaboration with Jessica Bendig, Beau Dobson, Mark Fucik, Kenneth Higginbotham, Shane Rutkowski and Matt Walfish
Performed by Jessica Bendig, Beau Dobson, Kenneth Higginbotham and Matt Walfish
Music created by Christine Southworth
Costumes designed by Grier Coleman
Lighting by Nathaniel Wiessner
Pregnant Pause II
Red Weather (2013)
Choreographed by Alison Chase in collaboration with Jessica Bendig, Mark Fucik, Stephanie Fungsang, Zac Hammer, Shantelle Jackson, Rachel Kreiling, Ricky Kuperman, Kenneth Higginbotham and Shane Rutkowski
Performed by Jessica Bendig, Beau Dobson, Mark Fucik, Mistral Hay, Kenneth Higginbotham and Shane Rutkowski
Music created by Rob Flax
Costumes designed by Alison Chase/Performance
Lighting by Nathaniel Wiessner
Pregnant Pause III
Monkey and the White Bone Demon (2001)*
Choreographed by Alison Chase in collaboration with Otis Cook, Renee Jaworski, Matt Kent, Gaspar Louis and Benjamin Pring
Performed by Jessica Bendig, Beau Dobson, Mark Fucik, Shane Rutkowski and Matt Walfish
Music created by Paul Sullivan
Costumes designed by Angelina Avellone, adaptations for this performance by Grier Coleman
Lighting by Stephen Strawbridge, adaptations for the performance by Nathaniel Wiessner
*Performed with permission from Pilobolus Dance Theater
Alison Chase is a choreographer, director, and performance artist. She is the well-known co-founder and artistic director of the movement collective, Pilobolus (1973-2005), winning international acclaim for her unique ability to blend narrative, kinetics, and visuals into rich metaphoric worlds. In 2008, she founded Alison Chase/Performance as a vehicle to explore new aspects of interdisciplinary work, including large-scale site-specific creations, museum installations, and fusions of film and movement. She realized Quarryography (2007) and Q2-Habitat (2009), kinetic installations and out-door performance in the Old Settlement Quarry on Deer Isle, Maine. Her teaching credits include: Yale University, Dartmouth College, Wolf Trap, Cleveland School for the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dance St. Lou-is, and the Lincoln Center Institute. Her many honors include: a Guggenheim Fellowship (1980); American Dance Festival’s Scripps Award (2000); Cine Golden Eagle Award, with filmmaker Mirra Bank (2002); and Maine Arts Commission’s 2009 Performing Arts Fellow.
Rob Flax is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and educator from Evanston, IL, currently based in Boston, MA. As a performer, he has performed locally, nationally, and internationally, including opening for such acts as B.B. King and Tower of Power. Classically trained on the violin since age 8, Rob first achieved national recognition in 2009 at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) conference, where he received the Alternative Styles Award for Improvisation. An ASTA member and certified Mark O’Connor Method instructor, Rob is also a devoted educator, focusing on interdisciplinary teaching. Since 2010, he has taught group and private lessons in various musical styles, violin technique, improvisation, mathematics (he has a B.S. in mathematics from Denison University), and chess (he was a nationally ranked chess champion in high school). Rob is a recent graduate of New England Conservatory, where he received a master's degree in Contemporary Improvisation.
Franz Nicolay (Composer) is a composer, performer and writer. Called “a natural-born star…really something special” by Pitchfork, he was a co-founder of the non-profit composer/performer collective Anti-Social Music and has been a member of several bands including cabaret-punk circus World/Inferno Friendship Society, "world’s best bar band” (Rolling Stone) the Hold Steady, Balkan-jazz quartet Guignol, and agit-punks Against Me! He has recorded or performed with everyone from Leftover Crack to The Dresden Dolls, and written for film, TV, dance, and theater. His book, The Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar, will be published by The New Press in May 2016. He teaches at Bard College. www.franznicolay.com
Paul Sullivan (Composer) Grammy Award winner Paul Sullivan has enjoyed a richly varied and distinguished career as a composer and a pianist. He has collaborated with Alison Chase on more than 12 projects over 30 years. Sullivan’s compositions have been commissioned by Off Broadway and regional theaters, dance companies, and choral groups. He has written a musical for children and three choral works. Recently he collaborated novelist Peter Behrens to create a new form of staged reading with musical illustrations. As a soloist, with his trio, and as a member of the Paul Winter Consort, Sullivan has played concert tours throughout the world. He has performed among the dunes of the Negev Desert, in Leonard Bernstein's living room, and on the stages of many of the world's finest concert halls. As a jazz player he has worked in some of New York's most prestigious clubs, and has played with a wide variety of jazz masters from Benny Goodman to Tommy Flanagan. His 14 CDs have sold over 300 thousand copies and have won 3 Indie Awards. His music has been broadcast internationally, as well as on all the major American networks including National Public Radio. He also received a Grammy Award for his work on the PaulWinter Consort CD, Silver Solstice.
Christine Southworth (Composer) is based in Lexington, Massachusetts, dedicated to creating art born from a cross-pollination of sonic and visual ideas. Inspired by intersections of technology and art, nature and machines, and musics from cultures around the world, her music employs sounds from man and nature, from Van de Graaff Generators to honeybees, Balinese gamelan to seismic data from volcanoes. Southworth received a B.S. from MIT in 2002 in mathematics and an M.A. in Computer Music & Multimedia Composition from Brown University in 2006. In 2003 she co-founded Ensemble Robot, a collaborative of artists and engineers that design and build musical robots. She is the general manager of the MIT-based Gamelan Galak Tika, and has composed several pieces for the group and performed at venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, EMPAC, the Cleveland Museum of Art, several Bang on a Can Marathons, and the Bali International Arts Festival. In 2010, she helped design Gamelan Elektrika for her piece Supercollider, which was premiered at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival with the Kronos Quartet. In addition to gamelan, she studies bagpipe, playing both the Galician Gaita and the Great Highland Bagpipe. www.kotekan.com
Nate Wiessner (Stage Manager/Technical Director) is Operations Manager at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College. He has been working with Alison Chase/Performance for many years. He relishes the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful company. Nate is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and he lives in North Adams, MA with his wife Kimberly Ciola.
Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design) has designed more than 200 productions on and off Broadway and at most leading regional theaters and opera houses across the US. Internationally he has helped create major premieres in Bergen, Copenhagen, The Hague, Hong Kong, Linz, Lisbon, Munich, Naples, Sao Paulo, Stockholm and Vienna. Artistic collaborators have included such notable directors and choreographers as Martha Clarke, Graciela Daniele, Gordon Edelstein, Barry Edelstein, Richard Foreman, Athol Fugard, Mark Lamos, Emily Mann, Bartlett Sher, Rebecca Taichman, John Tillinger, Robert Wilson and Robert Woodruff. He has numerous pieces in the repertories of Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Alison Chase/Performance. Recent work includes Love and Money, by A.R. Gurney and Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek for the Signature Theatre in New York; Two Gentleman of Verona and Othello, with Richard Thomas and Blair Underwood, at The Old Globe in San Diego; Henry IV, parts 1 and 2, with Stacey Keach, for the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC; Tarell McCraney's adaptation of Antony and Cleopatra for The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Public Theater in New York and Rigoletto for Houston Grand. He has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations including the American Theatre Wing, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design and Lucille Lortel. He is co-chair of the Design department at Yale School of Drama and resident lighting designer for Yale Repertory Theatre.http://stephen-strawbridge.com
Grier Coleman (Costume Designer) is pleased to be working with Alison Chase and company. Recent credits include Disgraced at Playmakers Repertory Company, As Five Years Pass at The Juilliard School Drama Division, Arcadia at Yale Repertory, L'Enfant et les Sortileges at The Juilliard School Opera Division, All's Well That Ends Well at Shakespeare on the Sounds. Upcoming projects include a new dance for Senior Dance at Juilliard, Hamlet at Shakespeare on the Sound, and Julius Caesar at The New School. Grier holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists. www.griercoleman.com
Apogee Arts, a/k/a Alison Chase/Performance, is a dance theater company dedicated to the development of dramatic forms of physical expression, breaking down the barriers between the traditionally separate fields of dance, theater, and performance art—bringing together accomplished dancers and actors, musicians, and artists to create innovative works for the stage and site-specific locales. The company creates both repertory dances and full-length multi-media dance theater works for proscenium and black box theaters, as well as site-specific installation works. Through performances, educational outreach programs, creativity and movement classes, Alison Chase/Performance seeks to engage and inform audiences in communities throughout Maine, New England, New York City and beyond.
Mark Fucik (Associate Artistic Director, Dance Captain) grew up on a small farm in Walnut Creek California, is a Libra, and lives in New York City. His hobbies include people watching, coffee drinking, and procrastinating. He received a BA in theater from Rutgers University. It was in his senior year that Mark took dance as an elective and ended up making it into a career. He has worked with Patricia Nanon at The Yard, John Evans and Dancers, Ivy Baldwin, and the Cleo Mack Dance Project. He joined Pilobolus in 2001 and toured with the main company until 2005. He has continued to work with Pilobolus Creative Services, and participated in the creation of the international touring show Shadowland, in which he is now its Creative Director. Mark has been working with Alison Chase since 2001, and is thankful to be helping Alison on her new endeavors. He thanks Collin, his husband and partner in crime for all these years of love and support.
Jessica Bendig (Company Director) is a New York City based artist, currently residing in Brooklyn. She attended Southern Methodist University, receiving her BFA in Dance Performance. Jessica is most happy when creating new works and performing.
Beau Dobson received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and spent time at the ADF performing pieces by Martha Clark, Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Jodi Melnick. Beau has performed pieces and worked with dancers from Pilobolus, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Erick Hawkins, Ralph Lemon, and Trisha Brown. He has performed in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Washington, Nashville, Atlanta, Philadephia, Baltimore, and others scattered along the eastern United States. Beau Dobson currently resides in NY performing with several different artists, companies, and screendance directors from across the US.
Mistral Hay hails from Lancaster, PA. She grew up on ballet, and continued to pursue dance and photography at SUNY Purchase College. She currently lives in Brooklyn, working with many New York based choreographers, and performing locally, nationally, and internationally. Mistral is also an advanced yoga teacher, instructing throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Océane Hooks-Camilleri has always been fascinated by movement. She studied dance and American Studies at Connecticut College before moving to New York in 2012 to pursue a career in dance. She regularly enjoys a breakfast of Vietnamese summer rolls, has a pretty serious bachata obsession and a mild interest in becoming a professional mermaid.
Kenneth Higginbotham is a working dancer, aerialist and soon to be nutritionist. This Texas born New Yorker enjoys the great outdoors, French press coffee and creating new work. He has worked for PHISH NYE at Madison Square Garden, Grounded Aerial, Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, BLAST!, Deerhoof, Ke$ha, David Byrne / Contemporary Color and Step Up 3D. Kenneth performed in 48 States and had toured 4 continents by age 21. He is very excited and thankful to be sharing the stage with Alison Chase / Performance.
Jenna Sherman Originally from Crystal Lake, Illinois, Jenna graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College in 2008. She has since performed with Jennifer Muller/The Works, John J. Zullo/Raw Dance, Flexicurve and Ian Spencer Bell Dance among others. Jenna has been an instructor of the Refine Method and poses for the classical sculptor Sabin Howard. She was a dancer-in-residence at the 2014 Experimental Film Virginia festival and is the co-director of Watusi Regime, a performance series aiming to bring together artists of different mediums for a night of performance and collaboration. She and her husband are expecting their first child in May.
Shane Rutkowski - BA in communications and media arts from Fordham University Lincoln Center, magna cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi. Credits include: Seán Curran Company, Alison Chase/Performance, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects's "4 Chambers", Santa Fe Opera's "Double Bill", "Tap Kids", Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, and the cinematic gem, Step Up 2:The Streets.
Matthew Walfish Born in LA and raised in sunny-skied Honolulu, Matthew joins AC/P this season. A Southern Methodist University alumnus, he also directs his own collection of contemporary ballet choreography under the name the1704project. Aside from his dance career, Matt enjoys Japanese food, charcuterie, yoga, marathons, and criminal dramas.