Guest Artists and Audition Information

Fall 2015

Barnard/Columbia Dances at New York Live Arts
Now in its eleventh season, Barnard/Columbia Dances at New York Live Arts will feature Mark Morris's Canonic 3/4 Studies and new works by Alexandra Beller, Molissa Fenley, and Caitlin Trainor, performed by the students of Barnard College and Columbia University.

Spacing Rehearsals on Sunday, November 15, 12:00 PM-8:00 PM (time slots TBA)
Technical Rehearsals: Monday, November 16, and Tuesday, November 17 (times TBA)

Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, November 18, at 7:30 PM
Performance Dates: Thursday, November 19, and Friday, November 20, at 7:30 PM and Saturday, November 21, at 2 PM and 7:30 PM

Alexandra Beller is Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, currently celebrating its thirteenth anniversary. A member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, she has presented her choreography at Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd St. Y, Aaron Davis Hall, Danspace Project at St. Mark's, Abron’s Art Center, P.S. 122, and Jacob’s Pillow as well as at the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg and Bytom Festival in Poland.  She has been a visiting artist at DanceArt in Hong Kong, D-Dance Festival in Korea, and Henny Jurriens Stichting in Amsterdam. Recent projects include the premiere of two evening-length works – “other stories” at ICA in Boston and “milkdreams” during a two-week season at La Mama in New York – in addition to several university residencies.

Please note that rehearsals are scheduled for Wednesdays (6:10-9:00 PM) and Fridays (2:30-5:30 PM)

Molissa Fenley founded her dance company in 1977 and has created over eighty dance works during her continuing career. She considers herself a choreographer presenting work that invites the imagination of the viewer: the work is humanist, abstract, conceptual, and inventive. Fenley’s work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation, and a recipient of two Asian Cultural Council residencies in Japan. She is Danforth Professor of Dance at Mills College. Rhythm Field, a series of essays written by Fenley and her colleagues, was published earlier this year.


Marjorie Folkman, who is staging Canonic 3/4 Studies, is a graduate of Barnard College (‘91), where she majored in dance.  She was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1996-2007 and has taught Morris’ repertory at Phillips Academy/Andover, George Mason University, Mount Holyoke College, and currently at Barnard College, where she is now a Visiting Associate Professor of Professional Practice.  Recent choreographic projects include Paul’s Case/Prototype Festival and Oresteia/Bard Summerscape.  She holds an M.A. in American Studies from Columbia University and is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at Bard Graduate Center in New York, where she is exploring the intersections of interwar visual and material culture with performance.

Mark Morris, “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980 and has since created more than 150 works for the company.  He was Director of Dance at Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie from 1988-1991 and in 1990 founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov.  Much in demand as a ballet choreographer, Morris has created eighteen ballets since 1986.  He also works extensively in opera, directing and choreographing at the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera Covent Garden, among others.  In 1991 he was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation.  Morris opened the Mark Morris Dance Center in 2001 to provide a home for his dance group, rehearsal space, community programs, and dance classes for students of all ages and abilities.


Caitlin Trainor, Artistic Director of Trainor Dance, addresses wide-ranging topics with curiosity, verve and humor in her interdisciplinary work.  At the heart of her creative practice is a desire to explore ideas through movement and collaboration.  Her recent partnerships include fashion designer Christian Siriano and computer scientist Apoorv Agarwal with the TEDx presentation Artificial IntelliDance.  Performance credits include the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Seán Curran, Amy Marshall, Tina Croll and site-specific choreographer Stephan Koplowitz.  She has taught and performed internationally, including at Dance City (Newcastle, England), Montclair State University, American College Dance Festival, and Sarah Lawrence College. Caitlin has created new work on Nacre Dance Company (Albany, NY), Marked Dance Project (NJ), the students of Providence College (RI), Murray State University (GA), and Kennesaw State University (GA). During her recent tenure in the U.K., Caitlin co-founded Fresh, an ongoing forum for the development, sharing and discussion of new work for regional dance artists and audiences. Trainor Dance will be performing at The Yard and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out in summer 2015.