Performers

Performers in the New York premiere of There Might Be Others
Dancers: Rhonda Baker, Sara Coffin, Simon Courchel, Natalie Green, Dylan Greene, raja feather kelly, Cori Kresge, Agnieszka Kryst, Jan Lorys, Ramona Nagabczynska, Christopher Ralph, Pawel Sakowicz, Anna Schön, Tan Temel and Saúl Ulerio
Musicians: Alex Appel, Eric Cha Beach, David Degge, Mika Godbole, Dylan Greene, Josh Quillen, Luz Carime Santa-Coloma, Adam Sliwinski, Yumi Tamashiro, Jason Treuting, Jesica Tsang and Frank Tyl

New York Cast for There Might Be Others:

Simon Courchel is a Brooklyn-based performer and photographer. Originally from Paris, he studied dance at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, from where he graduated. He then worked with Michel Kelemenis, Jean-Claude Gallota, Dominique Bagouet, Karole Armitage, Lucinda Childs, Yuval Pick, Tero Saarinen, and Russel Maliphant among others. In 2007, he joined the Belgium choreographer Frederic Flamand and his team and he collaborated with Zaha Hadid, Humberto and Fernando Campana, Thom Mayne and Dominique Perrault. Since 2010, Simon lives in New York, where he worked until 2013 as Deputy Director at The Invisible Dog Art Center. Simon is currently collaborating and dancing with Yanira Castro, Rebecca Lazier, John Jasperse, Jon Kinzel, Paul-Andre Fortier and 600 Highwaymen.

photo by Fivel RothbergNatalie Green, originally from Au TX, graduated from the SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory in 2003. She has since had the pleasure of performing for RoseAnne Spradlin, Tere O’Connor, Anna Sperber, Levi Gonzalez, and Juliette Mapp, among others. Green’s own work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project’s “Food for Thought”, Movement Research at the Judson Church “About Town”, BAX, and Catch. Her evening length piece I’m building a shrine. premiered at The Chocolate Factory Theater in May 2013.

rajafeatherkellyheadshotraja feather kelly has been a company member with David Dorfman Dance, Kyle Abraham/Abraham In Motion, zoe | juniper (SEA), RaceDance, Squint Productions (BE), and PEARSONWIDRIG Dance Theater and currently performs with Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel Performance Group, Christopher Williams Dance, and Keeley Garfield.  Kelly created ​the feath3r theory​ in 2009 to present his own performance projects dedicated to and inspired by Andy Warhol.  Kelly holds a BA with Honors in Dance and English from Connecticut College.

Cori Kresge is a NY based dancer and teacher. She was a member of the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group and part of the teaching faculty, developing new classes in Cunningham technique for children and teens. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with the Dean’s Award for “breaking the mold.” A recipient of the Darmasiswa International Scholarship, she studied traditional Balinese dance in Indonesia. Cori currently works with Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Jose Navas, Sarah Skaggs, Ellen Cornfield, Rebecca Lazier, Wendy Osserman and Liz Magic Laser, and is an adjunct professor at Dickinson College.

_D3S1165Christopher Ralph was born and raised in Long Island, N.Y. He began his dance training at Holy Trinity High School, were he worked with Cathy Murphy and James Whore; he also trained at Broadway Dance Center and Steps with Peter Schabel, Dorrit Koppel, Frank Hatchett, and Chio Yamada. Since graduating from SUNY Purchase, Christopher has performed with Lauri Stallings, Gregory Dolbashian, Azure Barton, Janis Brenner, Loni Landon, Patrick Corbin, and recently with Doug Varone in the Metropolitan Opera in Les Troyens. Christopher has toured to China, Japan, London, Spain and Indonesia with a wide range of choreographers.

Anna Schön, a native from the Bronx, received her BA from Barnard College in European History and Dance. Anna is thrilled to be working with Rebecca Lazier and the rest of the Terrain family. She also dances for the Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, The Metropolitan Opera, zoe|juniper, Daniel Gwirtzman, Mark Dendy, Christiana Axelsen/Tundra, Gabriel Forestieri/project LIMB and was an apprentice for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for 2012-13 season. She has had the pleasure of working with Aszure Barton and Artists, Jennifer Muller/The Works (apprentice), Jody Oberfelder, Alison Jones Dance, Malcolm Low and Gabri Christa. In her spare time Anna tutors Hebrew and Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. Thank you, thank you, thank you God, family, friends, and Kehila in Riverdale for always believing in me and my dreams.

SaulSaúl Ulerio is New York based choreographer-performer.  Since Ulerio’s relocation to New York City from the Dominican Republic his choreographic work has performed at New York Live Arts, Dance New Amsterdam, Danspace Project’s Draftwork and Food For Thought, Dixon Place, BAAD! and Teatro Iati. Ulerio has performed in the works of Antonio Ramos, Daria Faïn, RoseAnne Spradlin, Rebecca Lazier, Kota Yamazaki, and Tami Stronach, among others.  Ulerio was a 2011-2012 New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Artist and a 2012-2014 Movement Research Artist in Residence.

Visiting Polish Artists:

Jan Lorys was born in Kraków, attended the private acting school “Lart Studio” and graduated as a Master of Art from PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow Dance Department in Bytom.  In addition to acting and choreographing, Lorys has danced with Anna Piotrowska, Eryk Makohon, Kamils Wawrzuta, Jozef Frocek, Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet, Sharon Reshef, and Rebecca Lazier, among others.  He also likes to travel and eat lots of ice cream.

Agnieszka Kryst graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw with a MA diploma in Choreography and dance theory. In 2013 she received a scholarship from the Alternative Dance Academy, Old Brewery New Dance, Poznań, Poland and was a finalist of the choreographic competition New Europe Festival in Prague.  As a performer she has collaborated with Karolina Kroczak, Tomas Nepsinski, Juan Domìnguez Rojo, Małgorzata Haduch, Sjoerd Vreugdenhil, and Marta Ziółek and has presented her own choreography throughout Poland and abroad.

Ramona Nagabczyńska was born in Toronto but trained in ballet at the Warsaw State Ballet School and contemporary dance in Frankfurt and London.  Nagabczyńska has performed with Polish Dance Theatre, Fleur Darkin, Junk Ensemble, Lucy Guerin, Emma Martin, David Wampach, Ula Sickle, Sjoerd Vreugdenhil, Maria Stoklosa, Paulina Ołowska, and Clod Ensemble.  She has been making her own work since 2009 and became the Aerowaves Priority Company in 2014.

Pawel Sakowicz graduated from the University of Warsaw with a degree in political studies and holds an MA in Performance and Choreography from the London Contemporary Dance School.  He has collaborated with Jeannie Steele, Paolo Mangiola, Ramona Nagabczyńska, Sjoerd Vreugdenhil, Mikołaj Mikołajczyk, Marta Ziółek, Rebecca Lazier, Iza Szostak, Alex Baczyński­-Jenkins, and Isabelle Schad. His own works were supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk.

Mocean Dance from Nova Scotia:

Mocean Dance is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a nationally recognized as a leading company from the Atlantic region of Canada. Led by Co­-Artistic Directors Susanne Chui and Sara Coffin, Mocean commissions Canadian and international choreographers to create dance that is highly physical, collaborative, and technically and emotionally rich. Founded in 2001, Mocean is committed to its home base in Nova Scotia and contributes to the provincial art scene through creation, performance, collaboration and dance education. Sara Coffin and Rhonda Baker appear as members of and in partnership with Mocean Dance, generously supported by The Province of Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage.  www.moceandance.com

Sara Coffin is a Halifax­-based dance artist and Co-­Artistic Director of Mocean Dance.  She completed her MFA at Smith College, holds a BFA in Dance from Simon Fraser and a BSc. in Kinesiology from Dalhousie.  Coffin has worked with many collaborators and companies across Canada and the U.S. including Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, and Annie Kloppenberg.  Coffin has taught at Smith College, Hampshire College, Earth Dance, and Holland College School for Performing Arts (PEI). Her work has been presented in many of Canada’s major dance festivals, commissioned by Mocean Dance (2014, 2016), and her 2011 self­-produced piece Taking Your Experience for Mine was been described by the press (Georgia Straight) as “hauntingly gorgeous.” www.saracoffin.com

Rhonda Baker is a Dora Award nominated artist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  She has performed for Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Mocean Dance, and Gallim Dance since graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2009. Baker maintains a practice of solo improvisation and has trained in Gaga and the Axis Syllabus.  She also works independently as a soloist and had the pleasure of performing Nutshell (choreography by Sharon Moore) at the Guelph Dance Festival.

Visiting Turkish Artist:

Tan Temel graduated from Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory Modern Dance Department and has since been on faculty at Yıldız Technical University Modern Dance Program.  He received his MA at Yildiz and his MFA at Case Western University.  Temel has danced with CRR Dance Theater Company and worked with Istanbul Dance Theater (IDT+) as dancer, choreographer, and instructor.  He received the “International Choreographer Award” from the Dance Chicago Festival and in 2011 both started his own company TORK Dance Art and was appointed artistic director of L’Officina Dance Company based in Florence, Italy.

Musicians:

Sō Percussion has redefined the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture for more than a decade of collaboration. Praised by the New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” their activities range from commissioning new works by notable composers (Steve Reich, David Lang, Steve Mackey), to performing their own music, to creative collaborations with a diverse range of artists. They have been featured at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Walker Arts Center, the Barbican in London and many of the major venues in the United States and around the world. Sō is: Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting.

Mantra Percussion has been hailed by The New York Times as “finely polished…a fresh source of energy,” by TimeOut New York as “forward thinking,” and by The New Yorker and TimeOut New York for presenting one of the ten best classical performances of 2012. Mantra is committed to honoring the deep past and expanding the far-flung future of percussion music, bringing to life new works for percussion by living composers, collaborating with artists from diverse genres and styles, and questioning what it means to communicate by making music with and on percussive objects.  Its members devote their collective energy toward engaging new audiences by challenging the standard concert format through evening-length events that look toward a grander artistic vision. Mantra Percussion is comprised of Joe Bergen, Al Cerulo, Chris Graham, Michael McCurdy, Jude Traxler, Owen Weaver, and Nick Woodbury.

Mobius Percussion is a young Brooklyn-based percussion quartet that brings a visual and theatrical edge to their performances. They perform frequently throughout the tri-state area at venues such as (le) Poisson Rouge, Baby’s All Right, ShapeShifter Lab, MoMA PS1, and the Princeton Sound Kitchen. Mobius has produced several video projects featuring the works of emerging composers and are currently working on a new video of paper melodies (my music box music), composed for the group by Jason Treuting.  Mobius Percussion proudly endorses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets and StickMan drumstick clips. Members are: David Degge, Mika Godbole, Yumi Tamashiro, and Frank Tyl.

Alex Appel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Miami in the studio of Svet Stoyanov and Matthew Strauss and his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from New York University under the direction of Jonathan Haas.  Based in Brooklyn, he recently organized an electroacoustic concert event entitled “Volt” and played in the off­-Broadway production of the New York Times Critic’s Pick Di Goldene Kale. soundcloud.com/percappel  

Dylan Hunter Chee Greene is a percussionist, composer, artist, and meek writer.  He’s managed numerous multi­media productions with Willo & The Tusks Band, a group he co­founded, recorded, and toured with, had compositions appear at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, and appeared on a Grammy Nominated recording by the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.  He is mentored at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance by Joseph Gramley, Johnathan Ovalle, Ian Ding, Steven Rush, Cary Kocher, Wasentha Young, and Christian Mecca, and studies with Sō Percussion. hunterchee.com

Luz Carime Santa­-Coloma, raised in West Palm Beach, began studying music at the age of seven with classical piano, later classical percussion and guitar, and is currently in her senior year at New York University pursuing a B.M. in Percussion Performance, where she focuses on chamber music, West African percussion, and steel pan.  In her collaborative arts duo with Sarah Bennett, she plays both standard percussion repertoire and original compositions that incorporate world percussion, piano, guitar, and vocals. They are working to establish a collective with young dancers and choreographers in the NYC area.

Jessica Tsang is a New York-based percussionist and a founding member of the theatrical percussion trio, Verharren.  As a contemporary, chamber, and orchestral musician, she has performed at a wide variety of venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MoMA, The Red Bull Music Academy, Bohemian National Hall, The Secret Opera, The Dream Unfinished, Vox Temporum, and Silent Barn.  Tsang is currently studying at Mannes College, a division of The New School, under the guidance of Maya Gunji and James Baker.

Past Performers:

slide-3Jennifer Lafferty is from Southern California, where she studied dance at University of California, Los Angeles, and met Rebecca Lazier. She has worked with Rebecca Lazier since 2000. Since moving to NYC, she has also performed in the work of Yasuko Yokoshi, Beth Gill, Anna Sperber, Christopher Williams, Michou Szabo, Renee Archibald, and Nina Winthrop. She is currently working on a new piece of Beth Gill’s.

Rashaun MitchellRashaun Mitchell was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He started dancing at Concord Academy in Massachusetts and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000. Shortly after, he received the Viola Farber-Slayton Memorial Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, which allowed him to move to New York to pursue dance projects with an array of artists, including Chantal Yzermans, Donna Uchizono, Risa Jaroslow, Sara Rudner, Jonah Bokaer, Richard Colton, Rebecca Lazier and Silas Riener. In 2007 he was the recipient of a Princess Grace Award: Dance Fellowship, and most recently received a 2011 New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for sustained achievement in the work of Merce Cunningham (2004-2012). His own work has been presented by Danspace: Food for Thought, La Mama Moves Festival, Mount Tremper Arts in New York; and with writer Anne Carson at the Skirball Center at NYU, Summer Stages/ The Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, the OMiami Festival, College of St. Elizabeth, Wellesley College, University of Minnesota, and Princeton University.

julie_lemberger--7234Silas Riener grew up in Washington DC. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing. He has worked with Chantal Yzermans, Takehiro Ueyama, Christopher Williams, Jonah Bokaer, and Rebecca Lazier’s TERRAIN. In 2010 he premiered NOX, a collaboration with poet Anne Carson and choreographer Rashaun Mitchell, with whom he continues to develop new projects. In 2011 he collaborated with the Harrison Atelier on a site-specific performance at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. He was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from November 2007 until its closure at the end of 2011. While performing with MCDC, Riener completed his MFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Paula_Lobo_Rebecca_Lazier_La_Mama-38Pierre Guilbault recently graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. New to New York he started taking workshops with the Cunningham Trust working under the direction of Robert Swinston, Sandra Neels, Rashaun Mitchell, and Susana Hayman-Chaffey. Since, he has worked with Mary Siedman and Dancers, John Zullo, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Pam Tanowitz. When not in rehearsals, traveling, or taking class, Pierre goes to the financial district, where he is currently employed as a Visitor Host with the National September 11th Memorial. Pierre Guilbault strives to give back in any way he can. Looking to leave this world full of creation and less destruction he is an artist who is working to better himself day by day.

Christopher-WilliamsChristopher Williams noted as “one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there” in The New York Times, is a dancer, choreographer, and puppeteer who has been devoted to crafting and performing movement-based works in New York City and abroad since 1999. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He has since danced for Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Tere O’Connor Dance, John Kelly, Yoshiko Chuma & the School of Hard Knocks, and Rebecca Lazier’s TERRAIN, among others, and has performed for acclaimed puppetry artists Basil Twist and Dan Hurlin. His original works have been presented in many New York City venues, and internationally in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2005, he received a New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award for his work Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The Bogliasco Foundation, and has held artistic residencies at Movement Research, the Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, White Oak Plantation, Yaddo, and The Yard. www.christopherwilliamsdance.org

Paula_Lobo_Rebecca_Lazier_La_Mama-30Vincent McCloskey began his dance training at the Washington School of Ballet. He later studied at the Chicago Academy of the Arts, Alvin Ailey, Joffrey Ballet School, and the Construction Company with Carolyn Lord. He has worked with many choreographers, including Dusan Tynek, Mark Morris, Lucinda Childs, Pam Tanowitz, Laura Scozzi, Ariane Anthony, Peter Kyle and Karole Armitage.