About Arts On Site:
Arts On Site is a women-led nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and perform new work. Arts On Site NYC and AOS R&R cultivate creative spaces to support artists and encourage community collaboration. With performances in NYC and the Artist R&R Residency Program in upstate NY, Arts On Site is able to provide artists with an expanse of opportunities for artistic development.
Arts On Site presents:
AN EVENING OF DANCE
Curated by Louise Benkelman
Louise Benkelman & Tommy Seibold
1. PROGRAM NOTES
ANNA WOTRING, Pittsburgh native, is a community minded dance artist, designer and production manager committed to the practice of collaborative leadership. She currently works with Heath in Progress, Jennifer Nugent and slowdanger as a technical design consultant, dancer and production stage manager. Since attending the Five College Dance Department in Western Massachusetts, she has had the privilege of working with a multitude of dance organizations, including Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Monica Bill Barnes and Company, Ballet Des Ameriques, Attack Theater, New York Live Arts and Dance Place. Catch a glimpse of Wotring on her Instagram @AnnaIsSuperCool where she presents her digital choreographic work, with a dash of humor.
2. Home, Heart, Hero
Company: Falcon Dance
Choreographer: Brit Falcon in collaboration with the dancers
Performers: Shawn Brush, Lena Engelstein, Carlos Falú, Javier Padilla, and Kala Seidenberg
Music: composed and performed by Neha Shastri
FALCON DANCE, Brit is interested in exploring the physical manifestations elicited by all aspects of our human psyche, and a relationship to the idea that human learning is largely a social process. She believes performance gives us and contains for us the responsibility to pay attention to our visceral body; we first learn to understand and communicate through an internal dialogue with our physical form. Stories, memories, experiences; their perceptions have the potential to shake our foundation, and it is the investigation of our physical form that allows us to find clarity, healing, and understanding as both performer and witness. Her processes undoubtedly embark on a journey toward self-actualization, unearthing unique human identities amongst her collaborators, while highlighting universal connection with empathy. Her curiosities are sparked from literature, visual art, science, nature, symbolism, and sound. Her history in athletic forms influences her movement by inspiring her to push the limits of physicality, defy gravity, and redefine the rippling effects of contact. Brit’s research in functional movement, both eastern and western anatomy, and kinesiology serve as my foundation for deeper self connection, movement education, and efficiency. Connecting all of these beliefs and processes is the foundational grounding for Brit, that art is essential, not just for our mental and physical evolution, but for sparking a social revolution.
LOUISE BENKELMAN, originally from Helena, Montana, graduated magna cum laude with honors from Roger Williams University, attaining a BA in Dance Performance. She has created work for the West End Theatre, Judson Memorial Church, Westfest Dance Festival, Gibney, Arts On Site, the Actors Fund Arts Center, Fusionworks Dance Company, RWU, and the American College Dance Association Gala 2016. Aside from her work with Tommy, Louise is currently dancing and touring with The Bang Group, and exploring solo choreographic ideas.
TOMMY SEIBOLD, born and raised in Massachusetts, learned to dance from his mom & co. at her neighborhood studio. He continued his studies at UMass Amherst, graduating with a BFA in Dance. Freelancing in NYC has allowed him to work with many wonderful artists, most comprehensively with those of The Bang Group and Heath in Progress. He has also collaborated on the creation of three duets with Louise Benkelman. When not dancing, he can be found In the nearest forest.
A special thank you to Jess and Chelsea for running lights and sound
for tonights performance.
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