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 Post subject: DNA presents Gene Pool
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:45 pm 

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June 9, 2009


Contact: Dance New Amsterdam
Amanda Szeglowski

(212) 625-8369 x226


Gene Pool

June 25-28, 2009

(New York, NY) - Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is pleased to present Gene Pool, DNA's
performance series dedicated to the artists and faculty engineering Lower
Manhattan's leading dance experience. Offering a sample of new and re-staged works,
Gene Pool features choreography from artists and teachers with longstanding
relationships to DNA. Choreographers this season are Julie Bour, Marijke Eliasberg,
Anabella Lenzu, Deborah Lohse, Nia Love, Paul Matteson, Heather McArdle and Belinda

Performance Times: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday matinee at 3:00pm

The choreographic program will vary by performance date:

Thursday, June 25 8:00pm: Program A: Bour, Lenzu, Love,

Friday, June 26 8:00pm: Program B: Eliasberg,
Lohse, Matteson, McArdle

Saturday, June 27 8:00pm: Program A: Bour, Lenzu,
Love, McGuire

Sunday, June 28 3:00pm: Program B: Eliasberg,
Lohse, Matteson, McArdle

Tickets: $20 ($15 DNA members, $17 students) special offer:

2 shows for $25 (DNA members)

2 shows for $30 (non members)

Tickets are NOW available for purchase at the front desk at Dance New Amsterdam and
by calling 212-625-8369, no service charge, during regular business hours from 9 am
- 10 pm everyday.

Tickets will be available for online purchase soon. Please stay posted for more
information about buying tickets online.


Why now?

Choreography by Julie Bour

Performed by Jacquelyn Elder, Lloyd Knight, Jaqlin Medlock, Loic Noisette, Angela Paul

Music by Devotchka

Costume and Set Design by Bour and dancers

This excerpt of Why now? is the first chapter of a piece to be developed next year
by The Flying Mammoth. It follows the path of a woman on the leave, facing the
complexities of her memories while trying to gather the strength for a leap forward.

Julie Bour/Co-Founder The Flying Mammoth is a Bessie Award Winner and Assistant for
Angelin Preljocaj. A native of France, Julie graduated from the National Dance
Conservatory in Paris. She began working as a soloist with Angelin Preljocaj and in
NYC, received a Bessie Award in 1997 for outstanding performance. She has performed
in the works of Maguy Marin, Dominique Bagouet, Jennifer Muller among others. She
danced with several companies in Europe, travelled to Israel to work with Inbal
Pinto Dance Company, and relocated to North America a few years ago. Next, she
explored different crossovers (e.g.: through works like Julie Taymor's Opera
Grendel) and the theatrical aspect of dance. She started her own work and is
currently assisting Mr. Preljocaj restaging Ballets around the world.

The Flying Mammoth was created in 2006 as a bridge between art worlds, consulting
and linking artists at different stages of a creation process. It is also presenting
the choreographic work of Julie Bour, one of its co-founders. Why Now? is her first
creation in New York City. She is currently teaching at Cedar Lake Dance Cie, DNA,
The Joffrey School, Steps on Broadway and Peridance.


Twisted Levitation with Courteous Determination

Choreography by Marijke Eliasberg

Choreography Assistance by Jana Hicks

Performed by Chip Abbott, Dwayne Brown, Julia Ehrstrand, Michael Garber, Adam Sher,
Nana Suzuki, Akiko Tomikawa, Linsey O'Neal (June 28), Shane Rutkowski (June 28)

Soundscape by Akiko Tomikawa (AST)

Costume design by The Next Stage Project

This new work will focus on organic, transitional and liberating movement
possibilities alongside honest and human interaction.

Marijke Eliasberg (Co-Artistic Director: The Next Stage Project), from The
Netherlands, has been dancing, teaching, and choreographing for the past 11 years in
NYC and in Europe. Her choreography has been shown in The Netherlands: Amsterdam,
The Hague, Utrecht, and Rotterdam; in the USA: New York City (City Center Studios,
Steps on Broadway, Cunningham Studios, Evolving Arts Theater, University Settlement,
Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dance Forum, Dance New Amsterdam, Ready or Not Showcase,
:pushing progress The Artist Showcase, Detroit, New Hampshire, Michigan, Maui
(Hawaii); and in Hanover (Germany), Vannes (France), Tokyo (Japan), and Pune
(India). In 2001 Marijke founded a new dance collective: The Next Stage Project,
which she co-directs with Jana Hicks. With The Next Stage Project, she travels
around the world, teaching, creating and making exchange and performance projects
possible. Currently, she is an Artist-in-Residence at Dharma Road/CRS (Center for
Remembering & Sharing) in NYC.


Country of the Absence

Choreography by Anabella Lenzu

Performed by Briana Fail, Debra Zalkind, Lauren Ohmer, Emily Vescht, Dawn Quiguey,
Samuel Humphreys & Anabella Lenzu

Music by Astor Piazzolla, Eladia Blazques & Alejandro Lerner.

Costume Design by Delia Nobile

Photo Projections by Todd Carroll

Community. Chaos. Revolt- Country of the Absence is a piece that explores the themes
of homeland and patriotism. As a native Argentinean and a foreigner on United
States soil, I often ask myself: which country is my "home"-the country where I was
born or the country that nourishes me (financially/culturally) now? For me, the
question of "society" and personal identity are interwoven, and the work I want to
develop centers around the destruction and subsequent rebuilding of that
relationship. It tells the story of one specific country, but the message is global.
The pages of history in any country are written with the same words: anger, power,
joy, fear and hope. - Anabella Lenzu

Anabella Lenzu (Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu / DanceDrama) is a dancer,
choreographer and teacher with 18 years experience working in Argentina, Chile,
Italy and the USA. Lenzu completed her classical Ballet dance training at the
renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her Modern Dance formation can be
traced back to her studies of the Humphrey/Limòn and Graham techniques, as well as
the repertory of Anna Sokolow. She studied choreography at the Juilliard School,
with Mary Anthony, Jim May and many others. Her studies also include Tango and the
Folkdances and traditional dances of Argentina, Spain and Italy. In 1994, she
founded and directed L'Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza, her own dance school in
Argentina (directed by her sister Pamela since 2001). Since arriving in New York in
2005, Lenzu conducts classes at Dance New Amsterdam, New Dance Group, Peridance,
Mark Morris Dance Center & Sarah Lawrence College, while also giving lectures,
master-classes and residencies at Universities throughout the US and abroad. Lenzu
is also a published author for various dance and arts magazines.



Choreography by Deborah Lohse

Performed by Tammi Shamblin and Candice Thompson

Music by Ladytron and Stefan Weisman

Costume and Set Design by Candice Thompson

Lighting Design by Amanda K. Ringger

Music by Owen Dalby (violin), Melody Fader (piano)

Lohse will present an excerpt from her, a full-length work that premiered at the
Joyce SoHo in May 2009 that addresses female intimacy, desire, aggression, and the
continuously redefined relationship between two women.

This program has been made possible in part through the sponsorship of The Field,
New Chamber Ballet, DanceNOW [NYC] Silo, Creative Arts Studio and individual donors.

Deborah Lohse (Artistic Director of ad hoc Ballet) is a classically trained
choreographer and dancer from Sacramento, California. Lohse's ballet foundation was
provided by Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski and continued with modern under Jean
Isaacs, Kevin Wynn and Joe Goode. Her eclectic training also includes theatre,
comedy improvisation and ballroom. As a dancer, she has performed with a variety of
companies, including The Sacramento Ballet, Doug Elkins and Monica Bill Barnes &
Company. With a desire to seek out new music and support living composers, her
repertory includes works from David Lang, Michael Gordon and Stefan Weisman. In New
York, her work has appeared in numerous performances in venues ranging from the
theater at Florence Gould Hall and the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center to the
Synod House at St. John the Divine to the stage of Joe's Pub. Her work can also be
found in the repertory of New Chamber Ballet.


Meet Me In Okemah

Choreography by Nia Love

Performed by Marjani Forte, Leslie Parker, Chevon Stewart and Nia Love

Music by Jimi Hendrix and St. Germaine -Rose Ruge

Costume and Set Design by Nia Love

Additional Collaborator Rhonda L. Haynes- Filmmaker documentarian on - Let The Eagle
Scream! -A Look into America's ugly history on Lynching

Body over water, not a baptism but a hanging...

In deepest felt respect and honor of Laura Nelson and her 16 year old son L.W. who
were lynched on May 25,1911 in Okemah, Oklahoma

We, the present generation of women come from city, from mountain, from the forest,
from the bush to rescue, resurrect and re-construct from across the water.

This work is an ongoing investigation of different types of communicational
connections through spiritual web.

Nia Love earned her MFA in Dance with distinction from Florida State University and
has performed and produced choreographies from New York to California and Accra to
Paris, often in collaboration with musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Geri Allen,
Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney and Buster Williams. She trained early in Cuba with
Alicia Alonzo in ballet, in Japan with Min Tanaka later in butoh, and with King Osei
Tutu and the traditional Court of Ghana. Ms. Love has served as Associate Director
of the seven award-winning documentary film, Bringing in Da Spirit. She has also
served as Artist consultant to Dancing Like Home, a documentary on dance and culture
from Casamance, Senegal, West Africa. These and many other cultural and research
experiences have initiated invitations to teach and perform in major colleges and
universities. She is the founding Artistic Director of her own company: Nia Love|BSD


Dreaming For Awhile

Choreography by Paul Matteson

Performed by Talli Jackson & Paul Matteson

Music by Sam Crawford

Dreaming For Awhile is a self-help strategy to keep it together.

Paul Matteson originally from Cumberland, Maine, has received undergraduate and
graduate degrees from Middlebury and Bennington Colleges, respectively. He was a
member of David Dorfman Dance and Race Dance from 2000-2005, receiving a BESSIE in
2002. He has also performed for Terry Creach, Peter Schmitz, Kota Yamazaki,
Chamecki/Lerner, Jamie Cunningham, Neta Pulvermacher, Susan Sgorbati, Helena
Franzen, and Keith Johnson. He has been a guest teacher at universities and
festivals including the American Dance Festival, the Florida Dance Festival, the
Bates Dance Festival, and the TSEH Festival in Russia. He has shown his work as well
as his collaborations with Jennifer Nugent for the last ten years around New York
City. Paul is currently a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company


An Interval of Leisure.

Choreography by Heather McArdle

Performed by Michelle Torino, Hannah Harpole, Heather McArdle, Lea Fulton

Music by Eric Auner, Esse Jain, Heather McArdle

Costume and Set Design by Heather McArdle

Films by Aaron Rhames, Hannah Harpole, Heather McArdle

An Interval of Leisure. explores the emptiness of a vacant mind and present body.
Utilizing time lapse techniques, dance, and an open sound score, An Interval of
Leisure. creates a collage of events that re-define what vacancy can feel like.

Heather McArdle is a flaming red Sagittarius and a real liberal who specializes in
conceptual movement-based art. She is thriving in the culturally fertile Brooklyn
and hails from California. She is sophisticated, opinionated, a costume designer,
strong willed, designer, film maker, dancer, a true Jill of all trades. She
currently specializes in what she calls "performance collages." She has been a
recipient of the Sugar Salon Grant for Female Choreographers and creative
residencies through DTW's Fresh Tracks series. She's been on faculty here at DNA and
the prestigious Bates Dance Festival. Heather has been a artist in residence at
George Mason, George Washington, Bates, Hunter, and Goucher Colleges. She has
traveled extensively performing with David Dorfman and Bill Young & Colleen Thomas.
She has also worked Giovanni Luquini, Curt Hayworth, Diavolo Dance Theater, and
Keith Johnson. Heather's multi-layered work psycho-analyzes personal stories. She
likes to exaggerate. She hopes her work is hard to watch, but only because it's
challenging you on a level that you can relate to.



Choreographed and performed by Belinda McGuire

Music by Gavin Bryars

Costume and Set Design by Belinda McGuire

Set to haunting music by Gavin Bryars, Hex is a dynamic solo propelled by
possession, environmental forces and internal strength.

Material from Hex was choreographed at The Yard, a colony for performing artists,
Chilmark, MA as part of the Bessie Schönberg Choreographers and Dancers Residency.

Support of this work was generously provided by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance
(NoMAA), JPMorgan chase Foundation and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.

Belinda McGuire, originally from Toronto, graduated from The Juilliard School (BFA
2006). Currently performs independently as a solo artist, Belinda is a member of
The José Limòn Dance Company and has danced with The Gallim Dance Group, Doug Varone
and Dancers, Ofelia Lorette de Mola's DANSCORES, the DOORKNOB Company and The
Canadian Children's Dance Theatre. Her choreography has been presented at the
Festival de la Ciudad 2009 (Merida, Yucatan Mexico), the Canada Dance Festival
(Ottawa), in Toronto and in New York City on the stages of the Peter Jay Sharp
Theater and Alice Tully Hall, Joyce Soho as well as in DUMBO, Brooklyn. A recipient
of the 2008 Bessie Schönberg Residency at the Yard, and recognized by the 2007 Susan
Braun Award of The Dance Films Association. As a producer, Belinda launched her
one-woman show The Desert Island Project in New York City and Toronto (autumn,
2008). She also creates as a costume, light and set designer and teaches throughout
North America.

For more information, press tickets and inquires please contact Amanda Szeglowski,
Manager of Public Relations and Corporate Development at 212.625.8369 ext. 226 or

Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is proud to celebrate its 25th year as an agent of
experimentation for New York City dance arts. Since 1984 DNA has been dedicated to
the pursuit of artistic excellence in dance performance, education and
creative/administrative services. An incomparable resource, DNA's 25,000 square foot
facility is a pioneer infrastructure for the performing arts by housing both a
professional theater and education center - cultivating dance in all its forms and
guiding dancers through the various stages of their career. DNA provides valuable
opportunities for the aspiring, emerging and established artist, including classes,
artistic residencies, and studio and administrative office subsidies. DNA also
commissions new choreographic works and presents a year-round performance season of
fully produced dance works and world premieres. Founded in NoHo and originally
known as Dance Space Center, DNA changed its name in 2005 and relocated to 280
Broadway shortly thereafter. The state-of-the-art facilities include a professional
130-seat theater, six studios, a wellness program, two galleries and a reception
space. DNA was the first not-for-profit arts organization to move to Lower
Manhattan after 9/11 and plays a critical role as an asset for the dance community,
as well as a renewing force in downtown Manhattan's cultural landscape.

DNA's 2009 Season is made possible with DNA program revenue along with generous
support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; New
York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency; and New York City Department
of Cultural Affairs (DCA), a city agency.

Photos available upon request.


Amanda Szeglowski

Manager of Public Relations

and Corporate Development

Dance New Amsterdam

280 Broadway, 2nd Floor

(entrance on Chambers)

New York, NY 10007

212.625.8369 x226

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