Doug Varone and Dancers presents: DEVICES 6 Choreographic Showcase
Thu, Aug 1 - Sat, Aug 3, 7:30 PM
The Theater at Gibney 280 Broadway | Entrance at 53A Chambers Street | Manhattan
DEVICES 6 Showcase
The Theater at Gibney 280 Broadway | Entrance at 53A Chambers Street | Manhattan
Thu, Aug 1 at 7:30 PM
Fri, Aug 2 at 7:30 PM
Sat, Aug 3 at 7:30 PM
$15 in Advance | $20 at the Door
12 original works (in process) created under the mentorship of Doug Varone
Developed for experienced artists at various points in their careers, the DEVICES Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship program began with a week-long retreat in New York City with Doug and the company, continued with a summer of mentorship by Doug and culminates in a showcase at Gibney, in New York City. Join us as we present these emerging artists and their unique voices.
Bianca Brengman | Sarah Carlson | Adeene Denton | Kathleen Fotheringham | Francisco Graciano | Jeffrey Gunshol | Alison Machabee | Andrew Merrell | Trevor Naumann | Courtney Ozovek | Jenna Valez | Alyssandra Wu
Bianca Brengman (8/2, 8/3)
Sarah Carlson (8/1, 8/2)
Adeene Denton (8/2, 8/3)
Kathleen Fotheringham (8/1, 8/3)
Francisco Graciano (8/1, 8/2)
Jeffrey Gunshol (8/1, 8/2)
Alison Machabee (8/1, 8/3)
Andrew Merrell (8/1, 8/3)
Trevor Naumann (8/1, 8/3)
Courtney Ozovek (8/1, 8/2)
Jenna Valez (8/2, 8/3)
Alyssandra Wu (8/2, 8/3)
*Schedule subject to change.
Originally from Macomb, Michigan, Bianca Brengman began her passion for dance at a young age with classical Russian ballet training under the tutelage of Desiree Brengman, her mother. Receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Oakland University’s Dance Department Ms. Brengman produced her own show entitled, Revolution of Love during her final year at OU. She’s choreographed five original works that have been performed for local festivals within Detroit. She also created and produced Tide of Tied Ties for the world known festival, ARTPRIZE. Her plans are to continue using her creative visions to leave her own artistic footprint wherever she is guided.
"Come, let me show you my past, present, and future. Experience my journey through life in all forms that will ultimately lead to one objective: You."
Sara Carlson is the Founder and Artistic Director of DanceLink, a project-based company which seeks to bridge people, ideas and understanding through the power of movement. Sarah danced in NYC with numerous companies including Brian Brooks Moving Company, Clare Byrne Dance, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. As an independent choreographer, her own work has been presented throughout the U.S. at venues such as the Joyce Soho in NYC, On the Boards in Seattle, and The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard as well as in Benin, Africa. Sarah is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Cedar Crest College.
On Being is about the shifting nature of female identity in a world that seeks to define feminine standards.
Adeene Denton is a scientist, historian, and dancer currently pursuing her PhD in Planetary Scientist at Brown University. Her interdisciplinary training informs her scientific and artistic research process. She is an avid astrohumanist and aspiring astronaut focused on approaching future planetary exploration from a scientific and humanistic perspective, particularly through the use of dance as a lens by which we can see human culture evolve beyond the earth.
Her new piece, Breaking the Roche Limit, is inspired by the complex interplay between the explorative nature of humanity and the unknowably vast physical processes that have shaped the Solar System into which we step.
Kathleen Fotheringham is a dancer, choreographer, and educator from Saratoga Springs, Utah. She completed her History Education BA and Dance Education BA at Southern Utah University. Kathleen was the recipient of the Outstanding Dance Graduate award from SUU. She has been featured as a soloist and ensemble dancer in SUU student and faculty concerts, as well as at the American College Dance Association conference. She has trained with Alberto del Saz, Mark Burrell, SALT contemporary dance company, Ririe-Woodbury and others. Kathleen also had her choreography adjudicated twice at the American College Dance Association conference. (The Late Unpleasantness 2015, Displaced 2017), and had work featured in the Gala performance of the Red Rock Dance Festival (Champagne Wishes 2018).
"I was interested in investigating perception of self, and how our perceptions of ourselves can differ from when we're alone to when we interact with others."
Francisco Graciano is a dancer, dancemaker, teacher, and photographer. As a dancing artist he’s been a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, Dusan Tynek DanceTheater, and Cortez and Co. Contemporary/Ballet, among others. He’s also had the privilege to work in opera with Robert Wilson in White Raven and Aida. He has taught across the U.S. and internationally and he is eager to complete his MFA at the Florida State University in the Spring of 2020. Dancemaking is his most recent hero’s journey.
His piece explores transformation of form and self.
Jeffrey Gunshol has performed for a variety of dance/theatre artists including MacArthur recipient Liz Lerman and OBIE winner Mark Dendy. Jeffrey was born and raised in Baltimore and attended Baltimore School for the Arts. He earned his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991 and received his MFA in 2007 from the University of Utah. He is currently a professor in the Theatre and Dance Department atTulane University from which he received the Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Fellowship in 2014 (a prestigious Tulane teaching award.) He works with fellow BSFA alum Nora Gibson in Philadelphia, Collaborates with European artist Vincent Cacialano, performs and creates his own work, and creatively collaborates with Aimee Hayes (artistic director of Southern Repertory Theater).
Jeffrey Gunshol is endeavoring to create a movement theatre work exploring how being a non partnered gay man, of a certain age, creates a critical lens for societal discourse.
Alison Machabee is a New York based dancer, choreographer, and artist. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and a BBA in Business Management from Southern Methodist University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude as the Outstanding Senior Dancer in 2018. She has performed in works by Paul Taylor, Adam Hougland, Danny Buraczeski, and Christopher Dolder, among others. Since moving to New York City one year ago, she has received a full scholarship to study at the Paul Taylor School of Modern Dance. She is also a founding member of Parisa Khobdeh Dance Company, working as both a dancer in the company’s world premiere and as the company’s Executive Director. As a choreographer, she presented her first work on a New York City stage in May of 2019. She is honored to be a participant in the 2019 Doug Varone DEVICES Showcase.
“I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world.” -Mary Oliver
Andrew Merrell is a queer, thirty something, SF Bay-Area transplant. Andrew holds a BA from California State University Long Beach and a MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California. He currently teaches at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, California and several universities in the surrounding area. He has danced professionally with Keith Johnson and Dancers, Ledges and Bones, Rogelio Lopez and Dancers, Catherine Galasso, Nina Haft and Company, Paufve/Dance and Nol Simonse and Christy Funsch, to name a few. Andrew feels incredibly grateful to continue to live the dancer/choreographer/teacher life, collaborating/performing/creating in the form.
Vanessa, Maggie, James, Emma, Rupert and Helena are Genteel Characters Who Suffer From Disillusionment and Tragic Entanglements is a work about swimming in the pool of hurt over one's own oppression, ignoring that of others, acknowledging privilege without consequence, and getting deathly stuck; an homage to the films by Merchant/Ivory based on the novels by E.M. Forster.
Trevor Naumann is from Salt Lake City, UT, and received his formal training at The School of American Ballet. He is a dancer and commissioned choreographer with Ballet West.
Trevor will be creating in collaboration with composer Trevor Bumgarner and explore themes of humanity.
Courtney Ozovek, a Southern California based dance artist, choreographer and educator, earned an M.F.A in Dance from CSU Long Beach and is on Dance faculty at CSU Fullerton. Company credits include Keith Johnson/Dancers, BARE Dance Company, RhetOracle Dance Company, and SoleVita. Her concert work has been presented in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Guantanamo Bay. Her commercial choreography has been featured at Universal Studies, Disneyland, and corporate events. She was Assistant Choreographer to Broadway’s Patrick McCollum for the LA Music Center’s production of The Tempest. Courtney thanks Doug for his invaluable guidance through this process and is grateful to be among this talented group of artists.
Jenna Valez is a female dance artist who resides in San Francisco, CA. She is a passionate creator and hungry advocate for dance. She has had the pleasure to dance with Quicksilver Dance Company, Dog+Pony, Christine Cali, Scott Wells, and Maligrad Dance Company. Jenna has created, performed and studied in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, Western Massachusetts, New York City, Amsterdam, Arezzo (Italy), Berlin, and Ga’aton (Israel). She received her degrees in dance and psychology from Sonoma State University.
Inspired by poetry by Pablo Neruda, Cutting Flowers examines how humans tend to present themselves to other humans.
Alyssandra Katherine Wu
Alyssandra Katherine Wu holds an MA in Dance from London Contemporary Dance School and a BA in World Arts and Culture/Dance from UCLA. In 2015, she founded her company Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project (AKDP) and after debuting to rave reviews at Resolution!, the company has toured throughout the United Kingdom. In the same year, LondonDance.com named Wu one of the most promising emerging choreographers of 2015. Since relocating to San Francisco, AKDP has won the audience choice award for PUSHfest 2016 and is a proud two-time recipient of the Fleishhacker Opportunity Fund, as well as the Dancers’ Group CA$H Grant.
Haunted by inner demons, Umbra is the exploration of an individual coming to terms with their regrets and re-establishing control
DEVICES is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Doug Varone and Dancers would also like to thank Hunter College, Howard Gilman Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, SHS Foundation, and Fan Fox Leslie R. Samuels Foundation for their generous support of the workshop and showcase.
Top Photo: Bailey Mutschler @_bam_films
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Our annual intensives for pre-profession and professional dancers are designed to train the next generation.
At New York City's Hunter College, this one-week intensive celebrates the company's movement style, creative ideas and artistic philosophy. The 2018-19 Winter Intensive will he held January 13-18, 2020.
For three weeks at a university campus, we'll live together, work together, create together, and grow together. The 2020 Summer Intensive will be held in June at Skidmore College. Dates, Tuition and registration for for 2020 to be announced.
Workshops for Choreographers
DEVICES: CHOREOGRAPHIC & INTENSIVE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM IN NYC
Led by Doug Varone and the company dancers | Enrollment: 10 – 12 choreographers
Designed for emerging choreographers, this unique mentorship with Doug Varone is divided into three distinct parts over the course of several months beginning on May 25 with an intensive retreat in New York City, on going mentorship throughout the summer, culminating in a showcase in August. Participants are selected through application. 2020 Dates and application period to be announced.
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