Guest Artists and Audition Information

FALL 2017

Barnard/Columbia Dances at New York Live Arts, November 30, December 1, & 2
A revival of Concerto by iconic post-modern choreographer Lucinda Childs, and new contemporary works by Okwui Okpokwasili, and a new ballet by Claudia Schreier highlight the thirteenth season of the College’s association with New York Live Arts.  


LUCINDA CHILDS began her career at the Judson Dance Theater In New York in 1963. Since forming her dance company in 1973, she has created over fifty works, both solo and ensemble. In 1976 she was featured in the landmark avant-garde opera Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, for which she won an Obie Award and she subsequently appeared in a number of Wilson’s productions which include, I Was Sitting on my Patio This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating, Quartett, by Heiner Muller, Wilson and Glass’s opera White Raven, Wilson’s video project Video 50,Maladie de la Mort by Marguerite Duras opposite Michel Piccoli.  She also appeared in Wilson’s production of Arvo Part’sAdams Lament, and collaborated on the movements and spoken text for Letter to a Man, based on Nijinsky’s diaries and performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov.         
In 1979 Childs choreographed one of her most enduring works, Dance with music by Philip Glass and film décor by Sol LeWitt, which continues to tour internationally and has been added to the repertory of the Lyon Opera Ballet where she has recently choreographed Beethoven’s Grande Fugue. In 2015 she revived Available Light, created in 1983 with music by John Adams and a split-level set by architect Frank Gehry which was presented last year at the Festival d’Autumne. In the fall of 2016 the Thaddeus Ropac Gallery in Pantin presented her choreographic scores in an exhibit titled “Nothing Personal” in collaboration with the Centre Nationale de la Danse where she has donated her archive.
Since 1981 she has choreographed over thirty works for major ballet companies which include Paris Opera Ballet and Les Ballet de Monte Carlo.   In the past twenty years she has directed and choreographed a number of contemporary and eighteenth-century operas which include Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for the Los Angeles Opera, Mozart’s Zaide for La Monnaie in Brussels, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol et Oedipe, Vivaldi’s Farnace, and Handel’s Alessandro, and John AdamsDr. Atomic for the Opera du Rhin. Her production of Jean Baptiste Lully’s Atys premiered in Oper Kiel in 2014 and her production of Jean-Marie Leclaire’s Scylla and Glaucus premiered there in the spring of 2017.
Childs is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the 2017 Venice Biennale de la Danse Golden Lion Award and the 2017 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award. She holds the rank of Commander in France’s Order of Arts and Letters.


KATIE DORN is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she earned a high school diploma and B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance. In 2006 she completed her M.F.A. from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival M.F.A. program. That same year, she received the Martha Hill Young Professional Award as an outstanding young performer. Since moving to NYC Katie has worked with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Gus Solomons Jr.,  Carlos Soto, and Robert Wilson & Philip Glass on the revival of the opera, "Einstein on the Beach." She performed James Lee Byars's "The Mile Long Paper Walk"- a solo that was re staged by Lucinda Childs for the Marron Atrium at the MoMA in NYC in August 2014. Katie has been dancing for Lucinda Childs since 2009 and has set Ms. Childs' work on students at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and on the Lyon Opera Ballet. She is currently creating and co-producing "Dance Journal NYC," a podcast, with Jesse Anders, which will debut later this year. 


SHARON MILANESE is a teaching and performing artist based in New York City. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University, is a certified Pilates instructor, and teaches professional ballet classes worldwide. Sharon has performed with New York Theatre Ballet, Cortez and Company Contemporary/Ballet, Verb Ballets, Ramon Oller and the Peridance Ensemble, Corbindances, Liz Gerring Dance Company, Heidi Latsky Dance, Motley Dance, Patricia Hoffbauer,  Dusan Tynek Dance Theater, and Robert Wilson & Philip Glass in the opera, "Einstein on the Beach." Sharon is a dancer and the rehearsal director for the Lucinda Childs Dance Company.


Audition on Wednesday, September 6, 5:45-7:15 PM in 305 Barnard Hall 





Okwui Okpokwasili is a Brooklyn-based performance maker. Her work includes two Bessie Award winning productions: Pent-Up: a revenge dance and Bronx Gothic. She is the 2015-17 Randjelovic/Stryker New York Live Arts’ Resident Commissioned Artist, culminating in the work, Poor People’s TV Room. Okpokwasili frequently collaborates with directors Peter Born and Ralph Lemon, appearing in Come Home, Charley Patton (for which she won a Bessie Award), HYCS and Scaffold Room. Residencies and awards include MANCC’s Choreographic Fellowship (2012, 2016); NYFA Fellowship in Choreography (2013); LMCC’s Extended Life Program (2013-2016); The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Artist Grant in Dance (2014), Wesleyan ICPP Artist in Residency. Her work has been supported by Creative Capital, the MAP Fund and NEFA.

Audition on Thursday, September 7, 6:00-8:00pm in 305 Barnard Hall

Those cast in the work must be available for a workshop on Saturday, September 9, 12:00pm-4:00pm


Claudia Schreier has been commissioned by many companies and organizations including Vail International Dance Festival, New York Choreographic Institute, Ballet Academy East, and The Ailey School. She is the 2017 Virginia B. Toulmin Fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU and received a B.A. from Harvard University in 2008. Since 2015, Claudia Schreier & Company have presented several full-evening length performances of her choreography, featuring dancers from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Ms. Schreier has served as rehearsal assistant to Damian Woetzel for performances at the White House, Jazz at Lincoln Center and NY City Center. Her awards include the 2017 Lotos Foundation Prize and the 2008 Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize. In July 2017, Claudia Schreier & Company will make its debut at the Joyce Theater.

Audition on Wednesday, September 6, 7:30-9:00 pm in 305 Barnard Hall




Shannon Gillen

Called ‘mesmerizing’ by VOGUE and recently championed as ‘vastly gifted’ by Deborah Jowitt, Shannon Gillen has had an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer in NYC and Europe. She was a member of the Johannes Wieland Company based at Staatstheater Kassel in Germany; won commissions from Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, the International Solo-Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart (3rd Prize Dance) and the TIF Theater in Kassel; and was selected as a THINK BIG choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover. Upon returning to the States, Shannon founded VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY as the home for her collaborative choreographic and educational endeavors. The company's creative and educational work has been commissioned in NYC, California, Michigan, Canada, Panama, Chile, and Germany. Additional projects for Shannon include commissions from fashion label PHELAN for New York Fashion Week, Springboard Danse Festival in Montreal, Hubbard Street 2, and BEACH SESSIONS in NYC; notable festivals and venues where her work has been seen include New York Live Arts, Judson Church, PULSE Fair at Art Basel, Bryant Park Presents, NYC’s River to River Festival, the Joyce Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow. Dedicated to contemporary dance theater education, Gillen is on faculty at SUNY Purchase College, teaches at the B12 workshops in Berlin, The Juilliard Summer Program, MIP at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and with VIM VIGOR’s summer intensive: focused on floorwork, partnering, improvisation, composition and acting. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and maintains close creative relationships with both conservatories. Visit to learn more.

Audition on Tuesday, September 5 6:00-8:00 PM 305 Barnard Hall




Barnard/Columbia Dances at Miller, April 21 & 22, 2017
New works by Gabri Christa and NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ramya Ramana, Antonia Franceschi, and Kevin Wynn, with a revival of Grand Duo by Mark Morris will be performed by undergraduates of the Barnard/Columbia community. 

Technical Rehearsals on Tuesday, April 18 and Wednesday April 19 (6-10p)
Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30p
Performances on Friday, April 21 at 7:30p and Saturday, April 22 at 2p and 7:30p 

Antonia Franceschi
Antonia Franceschi is a Time Out Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.
She attended The High School of Performing Arts for Drama and during her junior year was cast in the film Grease and as the lead in the film Fame.  Ms. Franceschi danced with Makarova and Company as a soloist, and was partnered by Sir Anthony Dowell in Bach Sonata by Maurice Béjart before joining The New York City Ballet. In London, Ms. Franceschi produced Four Programs of The New York Ballet Stars and has choreographed for both British and American companies. Recently she formed her own Neo-classical company 'AFD Just Dance.' She has taught for The Royal Ballet, Richard Alston, DV8, New York Theatre Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Juilliard School. She is featured in several dance films for British TV and received a Grant for POP8 for The Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

Audition is Wednesday, December 14, 4-6p (4-5 will be a warm-up class), 305 Barnard Hall

Kevin Wynn 
Receiving his early training in Washington, D.C., Kevin Wynn continued his studies at Cal Arts and the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College.  Mr. Wynn danced with the José Limón Dance Company, Dianne McIntyre’s Sounds in Motion Dance Company, Mel Wong, Daniel Nagrin, Jacques d’Amboise, Kazuko Hirabayashi, and Warren Spears.  His work has been produced by the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, the Harkness Dance Festival and Symphony Space, and been commissioned by Ailey II, Kristina de Chatel Dance Company, Singapore Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theater, San Diego Dance Theater, Houston Met, The Open-End Theater of Rome, DRA, London Contemporary Dance Center, Amsterdam Dance Academy and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Mr. Wynn has received fellowships and grants from the NEA, NYSCA, and the Harkness Foundation.  Mr. Wynn is currently an associate professor at Purchase College (COD) and faculty at the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program.

Audition is Thursday, December 15, 4p-6p, 305 Barnard Hall

Gabri Christa 
Hailing from Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean, Gabri Christa has choreographed and performed with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, DanzAbierta and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Her choreography has been presented at Central Park Summer Stage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Symphony Space, PS122, DTW, and internationally.  Awards include the Guggenheim for Choreography, Jerome Foundation grants, an ABC television award in for “High School,” and Pangea Day Festival’s “One of the World’s 100 Most Promising Filmmakers.”  Christa’s “One Day At A Time” (2016) won best film at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival and best Short Documentary at Harlem’s International Film Festival.  Current dance projects include “The Invitation” and collaborative work with Burnt Sugar Danz Conduction. Christa’s writing has been published in The Scholar & Feminist and Caribbean Dance; from Abekua to Zouk. Teaching credits include Princeton University and Connecticut College. Christa is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College.

Audition is Thursday, December 15, 6:15-8:15p, 305 Barnard Hall


Mark Morris has been hailed as the “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical.” (New York Times). In addition to creating over 150 works for the Mark Morris Dance Group, founded in 1980, he conducts orchestras, directs opera, and choreographs for ballet companies worldwide.  Morris’ work is acclaimed for its ingenuity, musicality, wit, and humanity. Named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation in 1991, he has received eleven honorary doctorates to date, and a multitude of awards, including the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society, the Benjamin Franklin Laureate Prize for Creativity, the Cal Performances Award of Distinction in the Performing Arts, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Gift of Music Award, and the 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award. In 2015, Morris was inducted to the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York. He opened the Mark Morris Dance Center in 2001 to provide a home for the dance group, rehearsal space for the dance community, programs for local children and seniors, and dance classes for students of all ages and abilities.



Marjorie Folkman
Marjorie Folkman 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 Barnard College where she is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Professional Practice.  Folkman has also performed with Martha Clarke’s off-Broadway revival of "Garden of Earthly Delights," the Repertory Understudy Group for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Sara Rudner (BC’63), Sally Hess (BC’62), and Richard Colton/Amy Spencer. Recent choreographic projects include The Event with graduate design students at The Yale School of Drama, Paul’s Case/Prototype Festival and Oresteia/Bard Summerscape.  A graduate of Barnard College where she majored in dance, Folkman holds an M.A. in American Studies from Columbia University and is a Ph.D. candidate at Bard Graduate Center in New York, where she is researching the intersection of European interwar visual culture and performance.

Audition is Wednesday, December 14, 6:15-8:15p, 305 Barnard Hall


FALL 2016


Barnard/Columbia Dances at New York Live Arts December 1, 2 & 3
A revival of Fantasie (2006) by Sasha Waltz and new works by Jennifer Archibald, Joanna Kotze, and David Thomson mark the twelfth season of the College’s collaboration with New York Live Arts. Produced by the Barnard College Department of Dance and and performed by Barnard and Columbia University students, this concert offers the first college performance of Fantasie.

Spacing Rehearsals on Sunday, November 27, 12:00 PM-8:00 PM (time slots TBA)
Technical Rehearsals: Monday, November 28, and Tuesday, November 29 (times TBA)

Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, November 30, at 7:30 PM
Performance Dates: Thursday, December 1, and Friday, December 2, at 7:30 PM and Saturday, December 3, at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.

 Sasha Waltz was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, and studied dance and choreography inAmsterdam and New York. In 1993 she cofounded her company, Sasha Waltz & Guests, with Jochen Sandig in Berlin. From 2000–2005 Waltz served as an artistic director of Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. With her company she collaborates with a wide range of institutions including municipal theaters, opera houses, and museums. The development of innovative forms of performance and creation in choreographic musical theater has become the most significant focus of her work. The recipient of numerous honors, she was awarded the rank of Officer in France’s Order of Arts and Letters in 2010 and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011. Since 2013 she has been a member of the Academy Arts, Berlin.


 Audition: Thursday, September 8, 6-9pm in BH 305                                                                                                Kevin Quinaou will be staging the work.  Please note that those cast in Fantasie must register and take Modern V (T/TR, 4:10-5:25), as well as  a four-afternoon intensive on Sept 10, 11, 17, & 18, 12p-3p in 305BH


 Jennifer Archibald, founder and artistic director of the Arch Dance Company and program director of ArchCore40 dance intensives, is a graduate of the Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Studio.  She has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet and will create new works for Ballet Memphis, Cincinnati Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet in 2016-17.  She is the recipient of a Joffrey Academy of Dance Winning Works Choreographic Competition award and of a fellowship from the Alvin Ailey company’s New Directions Choreography Lab.  She is on the faculty of the Barnard College Department of Dance and the Yale School of Drama.  She has completed residencies and led master classes at leading academic institutions around the globe. To learn more about Jennifer Archibald and the Arch Dance Company, visit

Audition: Wednesday, September 7, 6:00-7:30pm in 305 Barnard Hall


Joanna Kotze received the 2013 “Bessie” Award forEmerging Choreographer. Her work has been presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project, Bard College, Jacob’s Pillow, New York Live Arts, Movement Research, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She has received commissions from Toronto Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Zenon Dance, and the James Sewell Ballet and has created works on students at the New School, Purchase College, Southern Utah University, and Miami University. She danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010 and has worked extensively with Kimberly Bartosik and Netta Yerushalmy.  Kotze is on faculty at Movement Research and Gibney Dance and has taught at New York University, the New School, and American Dance Festival. Originally from South Africa, she has a BA in Architecture from Miami University, visit

Audition: Tuesday, September 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm in 305 Barnard Hall


David Thomson has worked as a collaborative artist in the fields of music, dance, theater, and performance with such artists as Bebe Miller, Trisha Brown (1987-1993), Susan Rethorst, Remy Charlip, Ralph Lemon (1999-2010), Sekou Sundiata, Tracie Morris, Meg Stuart, Dean Moss/Layla Ali, Alain Buffard, Deborah Hay, Tere O’Connor, Yanira Castro, Beth Gill, Marina Abramović, Yvonne Rainer, and Maria Hassabi, among others. His own work has been presented by The Kitchen, Danspace Project at St Mark's Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Roulette, and Movement Research at Judson Church.  Thomson is a Bessie award-winning artist and U.S.A. Ford Fellow, and has received support from the Jerome Foundation, MAP Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Gibney Dance Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.  He holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY-Purchase.

Audition: Wednesday, September 7, 7:30-9:00pm in 305 Barnard Hall


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.

Loni Landon attended the High School of Performing Arts in New York City and received her BFA from the Juilliard School.  She has performed with Aszure Barton, Ballet Theater Munich, Tanztheater Munich, and the Metropolitan Opera.  The winner of a 2013 Prince Grace Choreography Fellowship, she has created work for BODYTRAFFIC, Keigwin & Company, Juilliard, School, Whim W’him Seattle Contemporary Dance, LEVYdance, American Dance Institute, Northwest Dance Project, Hubbard Street II, Ballet X, Ballet Austin, SUNY Purchase College, Marymount College, and Princeton University.  Her company, Loni Landon Dance Projects, has performed at the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series, and elsewhere.  With Gregory Dolbashian, she is the founder of The Playground, an initiative designed to give emerging choreographers a place to experiment and engage with a new community of dancers.
Audition: Wednesday, January 20, 6:00- 8:00 PM, studio 305

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.