Arts On Site is a women-run nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and perform new works. With a performance space in the East Village and a residency center in upstate NY, AOS is able to provide artists with an expanse of opportunities for artistic development.
Arts On Site presents
UNDER THE SKIN II: FOREBEARS AND THE FUTURE
Choreography by: Heidi Latsky, Nik Owens, David Parker, Anna Sokolow, and James Waring
Lighting by: Tommy Seibold
1. Beside His Shoes (premiere)
Choreography: David Parker
Music: Sonny Terry, Harmonica & Washboard;
Gershwin, Prelude #2; Traditional, Lead Kindly Light performed by The Newton Brothers
Costume: Aidan Griffiths
Dancer: Jeffrey Kazin
2. The Lovers
(Excerpt from Magritte, Magritte)
Choreography: Anna Sokolow
Music: Alexander Scriabin
Costumes: Eleanor Bunker
Staging: Samantha Géracht
Dancers: Samuel Humphreys and Margherita Tisato (5/20),
Ilana Ruth Cohen and Brad Orego (5/21)
3. After These Messages (premiere)
Choreography: Heidi Latsky in collaboration with the dancers
Original Music: Tianshi Suo
Dancers: Meredith Fages, Lawrence Goldhuber, Jillian Hollis,
*This Program is Supported, in Part, by Public Funds From the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council
4. The Right Kind (excerpt)
Choreography / Performance: Nik Owens
Original Sound: Lily Gelfand
Vocal Score Contributors: Myssi Robinson, Nik Owens
Additional Music: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face performed by
Roberta Flack; Glenn Kotche and Sō Percussion,
Drumkit Quartet No. 1
5. Feathers* (to Barbette)
Choreography: James Waring
Staging & Direction: Richard Colton
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Flute Quartet in D,
K.285, Adagio; Flute Quartet in G Major, K.285a,
Tempo di minuet
(Performed by Salzburg Mozart Quartet & Michael Martin Kofler, flute)
Costume Design: Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan after original by James
Headpiece: Marine Penvern
Dancer: Arthur Avilés
Costume courtesy of New York Theatre Ballet
Feathers was created in 1973 by James Waring (1922-1975) for the dancer Raymond Johnson (1947-1987).
Feathers staged and performed by permission of the Waring Estate (Lewis L. Lloyd, Executor)
Special Thanks to David Parker & The Bang Group for being champions of the dance work of James Waring.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
ARTS ON SITE is a women-led nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing artists with affordable studio rentals and opportunities to create and perform new work. In 2016, Arts On Site NYC was established as a nonprofit organization to support the development of artists and community, opening up two studio spaces in the East Village to offer affordable studio rentals and provide space for community events. The Arts On Site NYC studios are a home for artists from all art forms. In 2017, Chelsea Ainsworth and Kyle Netzeband purchased 20 acres of land in upstate New York to begin construction of AOS R&R and launched the Artist R&R Residency Program, sponsoring artists to participate in a week-long residency to develop new works of art. In 2020, Arts On Site closed the studios for 6-months and continued to hold virtual Performance Party Events. In the Fall, Arts On Site transitioned into a women-led organization that hosts residency and low-risk performance spaces.
ARTHUR AVILÉS and his partner Charles Rice-Gonzalez continue to cultivate The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) now celebrating 23 years and which they co-founded! Mr. Avilés is the founder of Arthur Avilés Typical Theater and was a member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for eight years. Mr. Avilés has performed over his career classic works of Ted Shawn, Remy Charlip, Jean Churchill, Aileen Passloff, Bill T. Jones, Arnie Zane, and, now with great pleasure, James Waring. Mr. Avilés has been honored with two Bessie Awards, the Mayor’s Award for Art and Culture, and an Honorary Doctorate from Bard College. Mr. Avilés is honored to have worked with Richard Colton and Amy Spencer since 1999. There they introduced and awarded him dance residencies at Summer Stages Dance @ The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Since then, they have touched base on many projects significant to the development of the community and performance space.
ILANA RUTH COHEN is originally from Portland, Oregon, where she grew up dancing in the rain. She graduated from Pomona College with BAs in Modern Dance and Chemistry. She has also studied at the Limón Institute and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Ilana has performed in works by Anna Sokolow, Doris Humphrey, José Limón, Isadora Duncan, Matthew Nelson and John Pennington in New York, California, Oregon and Wisconsin and is a performer with Shadow Box Theater. In 2021, Ilana assisted in setting Sokolow's Rooms, working both virtually and in person, and has taught modern dance to children at Bay Ridge Ballet and through the Limon4Kids program. Ilana joined Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble in 2018.
RICHARD COLTON studied and danced with James Waring from 1964 to 1968. First at Camp Indian Hill and then with the James Waring Dance Company at Judson Memorial Church. Waring continued to be a friend and mentor for Richard until Waring’s death in 1975. In 1990 Richard organized, with David Vaughan, a James Waring Dance Retrospective at Judson Memorial Church. Richard has staged Waring’s Tender Buttons and Feathers for The Bang Group and Scintilla for Boston Ballet ll. He is currently contributing to a book about James Waring edited by Alla Kovgan and Susan Rosenberg. After his formative work with Waring, Richard joined the City Center Joffrey Ballet in 1972, Twyla Tharp Dance in 1977 and American Ballet Theater in 1988. In 1993 he was a guest artist with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. Richard appears in Milos Foreman’s films Hair and Amadeus, and PBS’ Great Performances’ broadcast of Tharp’s The Catherine Wheel. He has staged the works of Tharp for London’s Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Paris Opera Ballet, and Ballet de Lorraine/Nancy. Richard Co-Found and Directs Summer Stages Dance @ The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, a residency for the development and performance of new dance work that is in its fifteenth year. In addition, Richard is Founder/Director of Movement Without Borders, an organization that brings together artists and activists around urgent issues such as immigration and homelessness. www.movementwithoutborders.com. He is a curator for Max Roach 100, a celebration of the iconic drummer/composer/activist’s 100th birthday which will take place in 2024.
MEREDITH FAGES joined HLD in 2007 and has also performed with Karole Armitage, Monica Bill Barnes, Alexandra Beller, David Hallberg/Francesco Vezzoli, Deborah Hay, Elisabeth Motley, Palissimo, Jimena Paz, Laura Peterson, Sarah Skaggs, Steeledance, and Virginia Ballet Theatre, where she was featured in Ashton, Balanchine, Christensen, Tudor ballets. Described by Deborah Jowitt as a “remarkable dancer...adept in some society of the future, [a] primal, near-aquatic creature slipping around in a watery world...”, she graduated from Columbia University with a Pre-Medical Concentration in English. Her writing appears in Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher, as well as on Well+Good.
SAMANTHA GÉRACHT was appointed artistic director of Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble in January of 2017 after performing with Anna Sokolow’s Players’ Project for eleven years, and as a founding member of Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble since 2004. Ms. Geracht has toured and taught Sokolow internationally, and reconstructs Sokolow repertory on professional companies and in college and university dance programs, including Ailey/Fordham, The Boston Conservatory, Franklin and Marshall, CSU Fullerton, Loyola Chicago, Williams College, Kanopy Dance company, Ellen Robbins Dance as well as with various soloists including Jennifer Conley, Clarence Brooks, and Sandra Kaufman. Ms. Geracht has also performed the Humphrey/Weidman repertory with Deborah Carr Theatre Dance Ensemble and with Gail Corbin since 1993. She regularly works with Rae Ballard’s Thoughts in Motion, and she has also performed with Jim May, as a guest artist with David Parker and The Bang Group as well as in her own choreography. In 2016 she choreographed Shadowbox Theatre’s The Earth and Me, a climate change puppet/dance opera for school aged children. Ms. Geracht has studied with and been mentored by Jim May, Betty Jones, and Fritz Ludin for the last 25 years. She holds an MFA from Montclair State University and a BS in dance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and spent three years in the professional studies program at the Nikolais/Louis dance lab. Ms. Geracht is involved in various projects to maintain the legacies of early American Modern Dance and is committed to making these early works more accessible to new artists and audiences.
LAWRENCE GOLDHUBER has danced with Heidi: in the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in the '80's, as Goldhuber & Latsky in the 90's, and in each other's work in the 2000's. Go to www.bigmanarts.com for more info.
AIDAN GRIFFITHS is NYC based costume designer. Her past design credits include; The Hound, the Hare and the Hallway (NYTF), She Loves Me (UNCSA), The Matchmaker (UNCSA). University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 2015
JILIAN HOLLIS has been a company member of Heidi Latsky Dance since 2002. She is a graduate of Point Park University. Her dancing in Latsky’s work has been described as “voluptuous and powerful”. Jillian is a teaching artist and the rehearsal director for the company. She is a multifaceted, trained dancer and performer in the New York City scene. She has taught and performed all over the country and abroad. Jillian has worked with several choreographers and performance artists including Beth Corning, Take Dance, Carrie Ahern, Heather Harrington, Joseph Mills, Jenny Rocha, Taylor Mac and Lady Rizo to name a few. Jillian is a burlesque performer under the name Gigi Bonbon and was crowned Miss Coney Island in 2018. She recently started her own YouTube show called “Baking with BonBon”.
SAMUEL HUMPHREYS received his initial training from Brynar Mehl, and then from Larry Ensign, Lori Belilove, the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet conservatory, and the Martha Graham School. He has performed in New York City with the Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Anabella Lenzu, Ballet for Young Audiences, and Shadow Box Theatre. He currently also dances with Dance Visions/NY. A long time student of Jim May, Sam performed with the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble in 2007 and 2008 and rejoined the company in 2019.
Having spent years plotting his escape from Waltham, Mass., JEFFREY KAZIN is a founding member and director with David Parker of The Bang Group. He has created and performed signature roles for the company throughout North America and Europe, working also as David Parker’s assistant in the creation of new works and setting of TBG repertory for companies, colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Kazin was the producer of the Soaking WET dance series on NYC’s Upper West Side for 15 years. Additionally, he has danced for Doug Elkins (creating the role of the Captain in Fraulein Maria), New York Theatre Ballet, Amber Sloan, Sara Hook and Monica Bill Barnes. Jeff is a board member of the Peculiar Works Project theater company, and a graduate of Connecticut College and the National Theater Institute. www.thebanggroup.com
HEIDI LATSKY, a committed leader in the physically integrated dance field, formed her company in 2001. Venues have included: Joyce Theater, Whitney Museum, Cooper Hewitt, National Portrait Gallery, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center. Latsky earned an Emmy nomination for a news feature on her show GIMP; and presented at TEDxWOMEN in DC. She was Head of the Movement department at the School for Film and Television, and on faculty at STEPS and American Dance Festival. In 2015, she was commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State University to create her first film Soliloquy. In 2020, Latsky created the film Solo Flight for the 30th anniversary of the ADA as well as created three volumetric videos (holograms). ON DISPLAY, her live sculpture court series, is performed globally on December 3rd honoring the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. She recently received the Martha Hill Fund Mid-Career Award and is a Grand Marshal in May for Dance Parade. heidilatskydance.org
DONALD LEE is a bilateral amputee non-dancer whose movement practice confronts the complexity of self-identity centering on his body. He creates reflexive works to explore cultural conventions and social institutions. As a member of Heidi Latsky Dance, he has exhibited in various ON DISPLAY installations and was recently featured in Recessed a custom–coded web installation by Heidi Latsky in collaboration with Maya Man. He has presented at FOLX on the topics of bodily autonomy and medical ableism. For fun, he briefly appeared in Major Lazer’s Lay Your Head on Me music video and was in a Fosse number as a tribute to the late Ann Reinking to benefit Positive Exposure. In his spare time, Donald bakes with his sourdough starter “Yeast Saint Laurent.” He lives with his boyfriend Sean and their senior Shih Tzus Marshmallow and Loki in Brooklyn, New York.
SYLVIA TAALSOHN NOLAN is the Resident Costume Designer of The Metropolitan Opera. In addition to opera, she has a special interest in dance design. For New York Theatre Ballet, she has designed costumes for classical ballet as well as original repertoire by: Nicolo Fonte, Martha Connerton, Clove Galilee, Christopher Gillis, Edward Henkel, Matthew Nash, Matthew Neenan, Keith Michael, Marco Pelle, James Sutton, and Benoit Swan-Pouffer. She also designed new costumes for NYTB’s reconstructions of Fandango and Les Mains Gauches (Tudor), Designs with Strings (Taras) and the A. De Mille Celebration.
BRAD OREGO hails from Buffalo, NY. He comes from a diverse background in sport, martial art, and dance. His formal dance training began at the University of Rochester, where he earned the University’s first Minor in Dance, along with degrees in Computer Science and Psychology. In 2011, he moved to Madison, WI, where he has danced with Kanopy Dance Company since 2013. Brad moved to NYC in 2017 and continues his training at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance. He has performed classic works by Anna Sokolow, Charles Weidman, and Martha Graham as well as contemporary work by Lisa Thurrell, Robert Cleary, Corrine Soum & Steven Wasson, Pascal Rioult, Martin Lofsnes, Lonny Gordon, and Stanley Love among others. Brad joined Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble in 2017.
NIK OWENS began his movement experience as a competitive gymnast for 17 years. He started his dance training in his senior year of high school and continued at Wesleyan University, where he received a BA in Dance and a certificate in Environmental Studies. He has worked with Nicholas Leichter, Tania Isaac, and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and has performed works by The Dance Exchange, Gierre Godley’s Project 44, Aaron McGloin Dance, Raja Kelly/The Feath3r Theory, Bryn Cohn and Artists, Helen Simoneau Danse, The Bang Group, Abdul Latif D2D/T, Dual Rivet, and 10 Hairy Legs, and Kayla Farrish Decent Structure Arts. He has worked on several duet projects and has been commissioned to create works at Rivertown Dance Academy in New York and The Wooden Floor (under David Dorfman Dance) in California. He currently collaborates and performs with Tiffany Mills Company, David Dorfman Dance, and Kyle Marshall Choreography.
DAVID PARKER is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in choreography and, together with Jeffrey Kazin, leads The Bang Group which they founded together in 1995. His early work, Bang and Suck won a Finalist Prize at the 4th International Competition for Choreographers of Contemporary Dance in 1994 following which The Bang Group was launched. He has also been commended by The Kurt Jooss Awards jury, The Monte Carlo Dance Festival's Citation of Excellence, a New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award for design for his notorious Velcro duet, Slapstuck, an Art+Action Award from Gibney Dance Center, a Move Award from Dance Theater Workshop and a philanthropy award from Dancers Responding to Aids. He has created over 50 commissioned works for ballet and contemporary companies, universities, soloists and theater artists. He has launched a branch of DANCE NOW|NYC in Boston under the same rubric, now in its 7th season. He currently sits on the boards of directors of Danspace Project, Boston Dance Alliance, The Yard and Arts On Site.
TOMMY SEIBOLD, originally from the Boston area, received his BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Freelancing in NYC has led him to current projects with The Bang Group, Heath in Progress, and Louise Benkelman.
ANNA SOKOLOW grew up in New York City. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut and began her training at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Martha Graham, becoming an original member of the Graham Dance Company. She began choreographing her own solo and ensemble works during the turbulent years of the Great Depression. Ms. Sokolow's search for truthfulness in art led her to create works of dramatic contemporary imagery showing both the lyric and stark aspects of the human experience. Her vast range of repertory includes drama, comedy, and lyricism with her commentaries on humanity and social justice threaded into each of her works. In a 1965 Dance Magazine article she wrote that there were no "final solutions to today's problems," but that she "could simply provoke an audience into awareness." In 1939 Ms. Sokolow began a lifelong association with the dance and theater arts in Mexico. Her work for the Mexican Ministry of Fine Arts grew to become the National Academy of Dance there. In 1953 she was invited to Israel to work with Inbal Dance Company. Following that, she choreographed for the major dance companies in Israel including Batsheva and Kibbutz Dance Company, and founded the Lyric Theatre company. She visited Mexico and Israel frequently to teach and to choreograph. All the while, Ms. Sokolow continued her work in dance and theater in New York City, where she taught movement and choreography at the newly founded Actors Studio, Lincoln Center Repertory Theater, and Dance Theater Workshop. She continued to choreograph on her own groups of dancers—Theatre Dance Company, Anna Sokolow Dance Company, Lyric Theater (of New York), Players' Project—for Daniel Lewis' Contemporary Dance System as resident choreographer, as well as for the New York City Opera, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Utah Repertory Dance Theatre, Limón Company, and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, among others. Ms. Sokolow's choreography for the Broadway theater includes Street Scene, Camino Real, Candide, and the original Hair. In the late 1950's Ms. Sokolow was the first modern dance choreographer to have her work (Rooms) presented on WNET’s “Dance In America.” Ms. Sokolow's interest in teaching took her to universities, dance companies and acting studios throughout the U.S. and abroad. She was a longtime faculty member of the Juilliard School in both the dance and drama divisions. She received many honors and awards, including Honorary Doctorate degrees from Ohio State University, Brandeis University and the Boston Conservatory of Music. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan, the Dance Magazine Award, a National Endowment for the Arts' Choreographic Fellowship, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American/Israeli Cultural Foundation, the Samuel H. Scripps Award, and the Encomienda, Aztec Eagle Honor (the highest civilian honor awarded to a foreigner by Mexico). Anna Sokolow passed away in her home in New York City on March 29, 2000 at the age of 90.
TIANSHI SUO is a 29-year-old dancer, music producer, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Beijing, China, he came to the US in 2014 to pursue his dream of becoming a great musician. In 2017, he discovered his passion in dance and joined Heidi Latsky Dance. In 2021, he co-founded the size-inclusive clothing brand Shiny by Nature.
MARGHERITA TISATO started studying dance in Italy at the age of 8. Her background is in Humphrey-Limón, contemporary, and dance-therapy. She counts in her roster of practices a variety of movement techniques including dance and yoga, Butoh, somatic movement, and recently the exploration of body suspension. Margherita moved to New York in 2006, and also works with Dances by Isadora, Francesca Todesco, and others. Margherita was a principal dancer with the Vangeline Theater from 2008 until 2017, and has presented her own work in New York and abroad. She is a teacher for the New York Butoh Institute and teaches butoh workshops internationally. Margherita lives in Brooklyn, teaching yoga and mindful movement in studios, jails, and substance abuse recovery facilities, and coaching individuals in finding embodiment and recovering from PTSD. Margherita has danced with Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble since 2008.
JAMES WARING was a dancer, choreographer, costume designer, theatre director, playwright, poet, and visual artist, based in New York City from 1949 until his death in 1975. He was a prolific choreographer and teacher. He has been called "one of the most influential figures in the New York avant-garde in the late fifties and early sixties", "one of dance's great eccentrics", "a focal point for dance experimentation before the existence of the Judson Dance Theater", and "the quintessential Greenwich Village choreographer in the late 1950s and 1960s".
For more information, please visit https://www.nytimes.com/1978/04/23/archives/the-extravagant-whimsy-of-james-waring-james-waring.html
FOR THESE STUDIO 3R PERFORMANCES
Curator: David Parker
Producer: Jeffrey Kazin
Lighting Designer: Thomas Seibold
Sound Board Operator: Jessica Smith
Video Documentation: Dylan Baker
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Executive Director: Chelsea Ainsworth
Associate Director: Jessica Smith
These performances are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
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