Metin Çavuş (Documentary Filmmaker) makes documentary films and collaborates with artists in contemporary art projects as a member of their creative teams. His film Kutluğ Ataman (2011), a feature-length documentary about contemporary artist Kutluğ Ataman, has been shown in several art galleries and festivals. Çavuş obtained his Ph.D. in Art and Design from Yildiz Technical University in 2010. He is a faculty member of the School of Architecture and Design of Özyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey and has been teaching film theory and video production since 2002.
Naomi Leonard (Science Advisor) is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University, where she teaches and studies collective motion and decision-making dynamics. Among her projects, she has examined mechanisms of collective behavior in flocking birds and schooling fish, designed coordinated motion patterns for robotic submersibles to measure the ocean environment, and collaborated with Susan Marshall on FlockLogic to explore emergence in dance. She is a former student of ballet, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a MacArthur Fellow. With postdocs Kayhan Özcimder and Biswadip Dey, she is acting as a dramaturge to help Rebecca Lazier and the cast of There Might Be Others push their investigations of collective composition beyond their initial impulses.
Mary Jo Mecca (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for Rebecca Lazier since 2009. She has recently designed for Joanna Kotze FIND YOURSELF HERE at Baryshnikov Arts Center; Liz Magic Laser Like You; Laura Peterson Forever at The Kennedy Center; Rashaun Mitchell Interface at Baryshnikov Arts Center and Nox at Danspace Project; Zvi Gotheiner Escher/Bacon/Rothko, Surveillance at New York Live Arts; and Jody Sperling Time Lapse-Fantasy at Danspace Project. Mecca designs for the Dance Program at Princeton and has collaborated with Susan Marshall, Brian Brooks, Jill Johnson, Graham Lustig, raja feather kelly, among others. She studied Couture Design with Miss Alice Sapho of Paris and New York. www.mjmecca.com
Davison Scandrett (Lighting Designer) has supervised lighting and technical production for more than 1000 performances in 46 states and 27 countries. He has created lighting for Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Sarah Michelson, Andrew Ondrejcak, Pam Tanowitz, Rebecca Lazier, Harrison Atelier, and Paris Opera Ballet. Production management credits include Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature, Marina Abramovic’s Goldberg at the Park Avenue Armory, National Ballet of China & Kafka on the Shore for Lincoln Center Festival, and serving as Director of Production for the Merce Cunnigham Dance Company from 2008-2012. He was the recipient of a 2007 Bessie for his collaboration with Sarah Michelson and Parker Lutz on the visual design of DOGS.
Dan Trueman (Composer) is a composer, fiddler, and electronic musician. His current projects include a double-quartet for Sō Percussion and the JACK Quartet, commissioned by the Barlow Foundation and to be premiered at Carnegie Hall; Olagón, an evening-length work in collaboration with singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, poet Paul Muldoon, and the Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird; the Nostalgic Synchronic Etudes, described as “beautiful and haunting” by The New York Times; and ongoing collaborations with Irish fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. He is Professor of Music and Director of the Princeton Sound Kitchen at Princeton University, where he teaches counterpoint, electronic music, and composition.
Aaron Copp (Lighting Designer) has recently provided lighting designs for Yo-Yo Ma, Philip Glass, Merce Cunningham, Eliot Feld and Laurie Anderson. Copp designed the highly regarded Kennedy Center revival of The Glass Menagerie, directed by Gregory Mosher and starring Sally Field; he has also designed frequently at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, most recently winning a San Diego Theater Critics Award for Joe Hardy’s production of Bus Stop. Copp has worked extensively in the dance world, most recently receiving his second Bessie Award for Jonah Bokaer’s The Invention of Minus One. He has had a long association with Merce Cunningham, designing such pieces as Ground Level Overlay, Windows and Biped, for which he also won a Bessie. Copp holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BA from SUNY-Binghamton. www.aaroncopp.com
Newspeak is an eight-piece amplified ensemble founded in 2004 by director and composer David T. Little and clarinetist Eileen Mack. Named after the thought-limiting language in George Orwell’s 1984, Newspeak explores the grey area where art and politics mix. Through their programming, performances, and commissions, they seek to reconsider, redefine, and ultimately reclaim the notion of socially engaged music and its place in contemporary society. Embedding elements of a rock band into a classical new music ensemble, Newspeak confronts the boundaries between the classical and rock traditions. Newspeak is: Taylor Levine, electric guitar; Caleb Burhans, violin, voice; Brian Snow, cello, bass; Mellissa Hughes, voice, electronics; David T. Little, director, drums; James Johnston, synthesizer; Eileen Mack, co-director, clarinets; and Peter Wise, percussion. Hailed as “potent” (TheRestIsNoise.com), “innovative” (New York Magazine), and “fierce” (Time Out New York), Newspeak has been featured as a part of the Tune-In Festival with Eighth Blackbird at the Park Avenue Armory, the Ecstatic Music Festival In NYC, on New Sounds Live, and at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. They have headlined on the MATA Festival, shared bills with The Fiery Furnaces as part of Wordless Music, and performed as part of John Zorn’s Full Force festival. www.newspeakmusic.org