Guest Artists and Audition Information

Spring 2016

Barnard / Columbia Dances at Miller Theatre
Performance Dates: April 15 & 16

Gemma Bond got her first taste of choreography at age 13 when she competed in the Royal Ballet's Sir Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic Competition. She returned to choreography after joining American Ballet Theatre in 2008.  Since 2010 she has created three ballets for ABT's Choreographic Institute in addition to works for New York Theatre Ballet, Intermezzo Ballet Company, and the Hartt School.  In 2014 she was awarded a fellowship grant from the New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of New York City Ballet) that enabled her to create The Giving.  Inspired by Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree, the ballet had commissioned music by Lori Scacco and used two ABT dancers, Christine Shevchenko and Sterling Baca.  In 2016 Bond will have her first solo choreographic evening at Danspace/St. Mark’s Church, a collaboration with nine ABT dancers.
Audition: Tuesday, December 1, 6:00- 8:00 PM, studio 305


Chase Brock is Artistic Director of the Brooklyn-based dance company The Chase Brock Experience.  Since forming his company in 2006 he has commissioned six scores and made twenty-seven dances, including American Sadness (2009), The Four Seasons (2008), Junk and Lies (2009), Mirror Mirror (2010), Mission: Implausible (2008), Slow Float (2007), Splendor we only partially imagined (2015), The Song That I Sing; Or, Meow So Pretty (2014) and Whoa, Nellie! (2010), premiering at the Joyce SoHo, Abrons Arts Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Fire Island Dance Festival, and many other venues.  His Broadway credits include Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark (2011) and Picnic (2013). He has choreographed the dances in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Roméo et Juliette and in HBO’s Last Night Tonight with John Oliver in addition to creating the video game Dance on Broadway.
Audition: Tuesday, January 19, 6:00-8:00 PM, studio 305

Matthew Brookoff is a New York- based choreographer who has directed the Brookoff Dance Repertory Company since 2000 and has received commissions from the Staten Island Ballet and Performance Mix NYC.  His work has been broadcast on Metro Arts 13 Television.  As a performer he has danced in the companies of Lynn Shapiro, Mark DeGarmo, Eva Dean, and Rachel Thorne Germond.  Matthew holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University and an MFA in choreography from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where he taught ballet and contemporary dance, co-edited the dance appreciation reader Intersections:  Dance, Place and Identity and developed an online dance appreciation course with faculty members Ann Dils and Robin Gee. His dance writing has been published in Dance Magazine and Ballet Review.
Audition: Tuesday, December 1, 6:00- 8:00 PM, studio 305

Trisha Brown, from Aberdeen, Washington, is the most widely acclaimed choreographer to emerge from the postmodern era.  After graduating from Mills College, Brown first came to public notice when she began showing her work with Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s.  Along with like-minded artists, Brown began pushing the limits of what was considered appropriate movement for choreography, exploring dances for alternative spaces, including rooftops and walls, and in so doing radically transformed modern dance.  In 1970 she formed the Trisha Brown Dance Company and since 1961 has created over 100 dance works, including several operas.  An accomplished visual artist, she is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York City.

Among her numerous honors, Brown was the first woman choreographer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “Genius Award.”  She has been awarded two John Guggenheim Fellowships, the New York State Governor’s Arts Aware, National Medal of Arts, and Commandeur des l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.  She served on the National Council on the Arts from 1994-97.  In 2011 she received the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” for Lifetime Achievement and in 2015 the Honors Award given by Dance/USA.
Audition: Thursday, December 10, 6:00-8:00 PM, studio 305
Stacy Spence will be staging the work.


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.