Category Archives: Bios

JENNIFER ARAVE

 

Jennifer Arave is a dancer, choreographer, who conceptualizes and facilitates community collaborations. She believes that collaborative art-making, which includes movement and dance, is a viable modality for cultivating change in community through action and stories. Jennifer Arave is the former co-director of ArtShare. And current founder of Water Bar& Public Studio. Jennifer is solidly invested financially and ecologically in her home and neighborhood of Northeast, Mpls.

She is certified in Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores and Stephanie Skura’s Open Source Forms, an extension of Joan Skinner’s Releasing Technique.  Our Bodies are the tools of perception for interacting with the world around us and others, let’s keep them in tuned and active!

Nikolai Lesnikov

Nikolai Lesnikov is a Seattle-based multidisciplinary artist and lawyer who has trained in a variety of movement disciplines that include ballet, contemporary, capoeira angola, contact improvisation, and the aerial arts. He has performed in many venues in and around Seattle beginning in 2008 and has appeared in works by Petra Zanki, Kris Wheeler Dance & Co., Jessica Jobaris and General Magic, Markeith Wiley, Emily Johnson / Catalyst, and AJnC Dance-Theater, among others. Since 2012, he has engaged in intensive study and practice of Open Source Forms and received his OSF teacher certification in July, 2017.

Nathan Dryden

Nathan Dryden is a movement artist, teacher, and performer with a MFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of Utah. His work crosses through the fields of contemporary dance, improvisation, theatre, and aerial-dance. Dryden is on faculty as an Open Source Forms teacher trainer and is a certified instructor of the Skinner Releasing Technique at the Introductory and Ongoing levels. He has taught as a guest artist at various universities across the U.S.A. and internationally – including workshops in Turkey, New Zealand, Canada, and England. He is a regular guest artist at the Juniata College Theatre Department teaching, mentoring, and creating/directing works including: And They Lay…Dreaming, Charles Mee’s Big Love, and most recently Samuel Beckett Circus with Kate Clarke.

Amanda Hamp

Amanda Hamp is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of New Mexico, where she teaches in the areas of dance practice and dances studies, including courses in choreography, pedagogy, history, modern/contemporary technique, and the MFA/MA core curriculum.

Amanda’s research focuses on how dance artists work beneath and beyond the visual. Her scholarship considers how contemporary, experimental dance artists choreograph experience for the stage. On this subject, and with projects that inhabit the territory of practice-as-research, she has published articles in Choreographic PracticesTheatre Topics, and TDR: The Drama Review. In her creative work, she explores the performative potential of vulnerability. She regularly performs and presents her choreography and scholarship at inter/national venues and conferences.

Amanda is a co-founding member of AGA Collaborative, a trio of artist-scholars who collaborate across geographic distance and in residencies together on experimental performance and research projects. http://www.agacollaborative.org/

Amanda became a certified teacher of Open Source Forms in 2010. She holds a BA in theatre/dance from Luther College, a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, and an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she focused in choreography. Prior to joining the faculty at UNM, she taught full-time at Luther College and Colby College.

Bee Pallomina

 

Bee Pallomina is dance artist; performer, collaborator and creator, currently making work for stage, installation and film/video. Born and raised in Toronto, she has worked with numerous independent choreographers, and several dance companies including Dancemakers and Dancetheatre David Earle. Pallomina has appeared in several short dance films by filmmakers Magali Charrier, Michael Downing, and John Oswald. and co-created two films with photographer/videographer John Lauener. Current long-term collaborative relationships include performance and creation with Public Recordings, Saskatchewan dance-artist Johanna Bundon and multi-media artists Sean Frey and Lee Henderson. She also has an active teaching practice, and is certified to teach Moksha Yoga and Open Source Forms. Pallomina holds an MFA in contemporary choreography from York University.

Yvonne Ng

Born and raised in Singapore, Yvonne Ng (graduate of York University, Canada) is choreographer, presenter, arts educator and artistic director of princess productions (since 1996), which houses tiger princess dance projects and the biennial dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival. The company’s repertoire includes Yvonne’s choreographed works and commissioned works. Yvonne has created original roles for choreographers such as Bill James, José Navas, Peter Chin, Dominique Dumais, Kevin O’Day (National Theatre Mannheim Ballett), Marie-Josée Chartier, Stephanie Skura and Tedd Robinson. tiger princess dance projects has toured to Singapore, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Australia, China, Canada and the USA.

Yvonne is a certified Open Source Forms© (Stephanie Skura/U.S.A.) and Ashtanga Yoga teacher. She has trained in Partners for Youth Empowerment Creative Facilitator (Level 1& 2), C-I Training™, Senior Fitness(CCAA) and Dance for PD™ (Parkinson’s). Yvonne has taught at and created work for Ryerson and York University, and the Theatre Department, Juniata College, Pennsylvania and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore and is currently at University of Waterloo’s Dept. of Drama and Speech Communication.

Yvonne is currently based Toronto. She is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award, New Pioneers Arts Award, Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Soulpepper’s Community Artist Award and the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts – New Talent. In 2000, she was honoured with a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best performance and has received multiple nominations. Ng was the artistic director of Series 8:08 (1994 – 2015) a dance service organization that supports professional dance development. www.princessproductions.ca

Marisol Salinas

I am a choreographer, performer and teacher, born in El Salvador and currently residing in Paraguay.

I got certified in OSF in August 2014, and am a certified Skinner Releasing Technique teacher as well.

I graduated as a bachelors in Literature from University of El Salvador (1992). I studied classical and contemporary dance in El Salvador, where I was a member of Ballet de El Salvador and Evolución Danza Contemporánea. In Paraguay I co-founded and co-directed Cuerpo Presente (1995-2004), and Haiku Teatro (1994-1995); and performed as a guest dancer with Ballet Nacional del Paraguay (1997).

Since 2007 I teach improvisation and contemporary dance to teenagers and to the students of the dance bachelors program at the Dance Department of the Instituto Superior de Bellas Artes (ISBA), in Asunción, Paraguay.

In my current independent work I am a co-founder of Maino’i, a multidisciplinary performance collective in Paraguay for which I perform and create in collaboration with my fellow members.

I choreograph for the ISBA Youth Dance Company and was formerly director of the Paraguay National Ballet.

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Soy coreógrafa, intérprete y docente de danza, originaria de El Salvador, residente en Paraguay desde 1993.

Obtuve mi certificación en OSF en agosto de 2014, y soy maestra certificada de Skinner Releasing Technique™ desde 2004.

Soy Licenciada en Letras, graduada de la Universidad de El Salvador. Me formé en técnicas clásica y contemporánea en El Salvador donde fui miembro de Ballet de El Salvador y de Evolución Danza Contemporánea. En Paraguay fui cofundadora y codirectora de las agrupaciones de danzateatro Cuerpo Presente (19952004) y Haiku Teatro (1994-1995), y actué como bailarina invitada con el Ballet Nacional del Paraguay (1997).

Desde 2007 soy profesora del Departamento de Danza del Instituto Superior de Bellas Artes (ISBA) en Asunción, Paraguay. donde he sido parte del equipo elaborador del plan de Licenciatura en Danza e imparto las asignaturas de Sensopercepción y movimiento, Técnica de danza contemporánea, Improvisación de movimiento, y Composición.

En 2012 fui directora del Ballet Nacional del Paraguay. Actualmente coreografío para la Compañía Juvenil del ISBA, y soy miembro fundadora y coreógrafa del grupo de performance multidisciplinaria Maino’i Colectivo Escénico.

http://www.marisolsalinas.com

http://blog.marisolsalinas.com/
http://mainoi.wordpress.com/

Kate Clarke

Kate Clarke is the Program Director of Theatre at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.   She is the co-artistic director of the Juniata Experimental Theatre Company a collective of seasoned teaching  and performing artists whose artistic home at Juniata serves as an incubator for the development, performing, and professional installation of new work.

A graduate of Oberlin College, and the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program, Kate brings 15 years of experience to coaching actors, creating dynamic theatre classes (both privately and at the college level), and to cultivating holistic practices for actors and singers through movement and voice work.

Kate is also a skilled singer, actress, movement theatre artist and voice talent.

Kate is an Associate Instructor of Fitzmaurice Voicework® in NYC, and is a certified practitioner and teacher of Open Source Forms.   Her teaching pedagogy includes: Fitzmaurice Voicework ®, Viewpoints, Suzuki, Alexander Technique, Stella Adler and Meisner studio work, Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Singing, and Low Flying Trapeze.

http://www.kateclarke.org

Stephanie Skura

A “radical & perpetual innovator”, Stephanie has created interdisciplinary movement-based performances for three decades. Her process focuses on the power and totality of each performer, collaboratively discovering & developing material.

Called “a major American experimentalist”, she has an international reputation for adventurous work, performing and teaching in 30 of the United States and 15 countries. Her New York City-based touring company performed worldwide for 15 years.

Skura’s current work, including Sacrilege is Needed. Competency is Hell., The Corduroy PrayerTwo Huts, and Noir Noir Noir, integrates a radically visceral approach to language, continuing her life-long investigations of the boundaries & intersections of dance, theater, poetry and performance.

Now based in the Pacific Northwest, she works independently with several companies, artists and institutions. She was on Graduate Faculty at the University of Washington School of Drama Professional Actors Training Program, and Core Faculty of the Skinner Releasing Institute, working closely with SRT creator Joan Skinner. She’s taught at such places as the American Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, European Dance Development Center, Naropa Institute, Movement Research in New York, and in residencies at many colleges and universities around the country.

Her work has toured at major festivals in Zurich, Vienna, Lisbon, Budapest, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, France & Canada, and at such US venues as the Walker Art Center In Minneapolis, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and in New York City at Roulette, Dance Theater Workshop, the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Central Park Summerstage, Danspace Project, and Performance Space 122.

She created and directs Open Source Forms, a practice and teacher training program focusing on deep commonalities of Skinner Releasing and creative process. From 2005-10, she was Associate Artistic Director of The Gravity Project, an integrative theater company weaving movement, design, music, and poetic text. She’s a regular guest artist at Juniata College’s  theater department, and helped develop its innovative curriculum.

Skura has received 7 Choreography Fellowships and 5 Dance Company Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of the first “Bessie Awards” for Choreography, and many other government, foundation and corporate grants, as well as commissions from several dance companies. She holds a BFA & MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

An innovative teacher & mentor, Skura’s worldwide influence on students, teachers, artists, choreographers, and audience members has been a major force in the field of dance and performance. With a deep respect for individual diversity, and a sturdy respect for the subconscious, her work is guided by integration of body/mind/heart, creativity & technique, form & content, art & healing, intellect & intuition.

Her non-fiction & poetry have appeared in several literary journals, and in Dance Magazine, the Village Voice, Contact Quarterly, and the book Reimaging America: Art & Social Change.

Meaghen Buckley

Meaghen Buckley is an artist and teacher based in Montréal. Trained in dance, visual arts, and theoretical linguistics, her creative practice explores the interaction of body and text in a variety of forms including performance, installation art, and structures for audience participation. She has taught both art and dance technique classes, most recently in Vancouver from 2010–2014, where she also created classes fusing object-making and performance-making around a common theme. She holds a BA from McGill University and a BFA from Emily Carr University. Her work has been exhibited in Berlin and Göteborg, Sweden, as well as in a number of Vancouver-area galleries. She was certified as a teacher of Open-Source Forms in 2014.

Meaghen’s teaching adds drawing as an additional tool to the core elements of OSF. Drawing is explored in a variety of materials as another kind of movement: on a surface as well as in space. Interacting with the internal imagery of OSF, the act of drawing becomes another way for lived experience to emerge into the world, providing new perspectives, new materials, new entry points into creative practice.



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Artiste et enseignante, Meaghen Buckley vit et travaille à Montréal. Avec une formation en danse, en beaux-arts et en théorie linguistique, sa pratique créative explore l’interaction du corps et des textes sous plusieurs formes, entre autres la performance, l’installation artistique, et les systèmes encourageant la participation du public. Elle a enseigné la danse et l’art visuel, notamment à Vancouver entre 2010 et 2014, où elle a élaboré des cours alliant la production d’objets et de performances autour d’un même thème. Elle détient un baccalauréat de l’université McGill et un BFA de l’université Emily Carr. Elle a participé à des expositions à Berlin et en Suède ainsi qu’à de nombreuses galeries à Vancouver. Elle est certifiée comme enseignante d’OSF depuis 2014.

L’enseignement de Meaghen ajoute le dessin comme outil supplémentaire pour les éléments de base d’OSF. Le dessin est exploré avec une variété de matériaux comme un autre type de mouvement: sur une surface ainsi que dans l’espace. En interaction avec l’imagerie interne d’OSF, l’acte du dessin devient une autre façon pour l’expérience vécue d’émerger dans le monde, offrant de nouvelles perspectives, de nouveaux matériaux, de nouveaux points d’entrée dans la pratique créative.