University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Dance Guest Artists: 2012-2013



Portia CobbPortia Cobb
Production Guest: Filmmaker for Sweet Grass Project
Portia Cobb is a video artist and producer of short experimental documentary whose videos and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Although trained as a filmmaker, she began using video because of its accessibility and immediacy in the field. Her work often investigates the politics of place and identity. Through her continuing documentation of urban and rural communities in America and West Africa, she draws upon memory and history "as a means of confronting forced movement and forgetting." Portia serves as director of the Community Media Project, an arts outreach program of the Film Department, teaching video production workshops for at-risk teens and media literacy for high school teachers. She also curates and administers two public screening programs: "Africa Beyond," and the "Producers’ Forum." Currently, she is teaching courses in Ethnographic Video Production and Radical Black Film.

Edwin OlveraEdwin Olvera
Curricular Guest: Modern
Production Guest: performer for Winterdances 2013 with Simone Ferro

Edwin, a proud Wisconsinite, has spread his wings far and wide. His skill and ability has been of worldwide note as he has performed and taught in locations across the globe. After attending UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, Edwin joined the world renowned dance company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, where he was an integral force in the choreographic and creation process over the course of four years. During this time, he was featured on countless television shows and commercial advertisements including Sesame Street, Born to Dance, and the NFL Channel. Edwin has collaborated with international artists Inbal Pinto and Basil Twist and has been featured in articles by both Dance and Dancer Magazine. His most current work includes choreography and artistic direction for an evening length performance in collaboration with the Emmy award nominated lighting and production company, IG Designs.

cynthia gutierrezCynthia Gutierrez-Garner
Production Guest: Choreographer and New Work Award winner for Winterdances 2013
Cynthia received her B.F.A. Summa Cum Laude at the University of Minnesota and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her work, which focuses research on contemporary modern dance and American concert jazz dance, has been produced in Minneapolis, MN, Phoenix, AZ, New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. From 1998- 2001, she served as the Choreographer in Residence for the Minnesota Dance Theater, under the direction of Lise Houlton. She is a four-time winner of the Arizona Choreography Competition’s Professional Division. Original works by Gutierrez-Garner have been commissioned by Macalaster College, Glendale Community College, Scottsdale Community College, Arizona State University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota State University, the St. Paul Conservatory for the Arts, the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, Lane Community College, Dulce Dance Company and the Zenon Dance Company. Gutierrez-Garner’s work has seen support from organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Walker Art Center, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She has taught on the dance faculties of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Gustavus Adolphus College among others. She currently teaches at University of Oregon and Lane Community College.

Stephan KoplowitzStephan Koplowitz
Production Guest: Choreographer for Summerdances – Stephan Koplowitz: Water Sight, Milwaukee
Stephan Koplowitz is an award winning director/choreographer/media artist known for his work on stage, film and site. His site work aims to alter people’s perspectives of place, site, and scale, all infused with a sense of the human condition and is concerned with the intersection of natural, social and cultural ecologies within urban and natural environments. Since 1984 he has created 62 works and has been awarded 42 commissions. He is the recipient of a 2004 Alpert Award in the Arts (Dance), a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography in addition to a 2000 New York Dance and Performance Award, “Bessie” for “Sustained Achievement” in Choreography. Koplowitz is also the recipient of six National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships from (1988-97). In 1996, his site-specific work “Genesis Canyon” commissioned by the Dance Umbrella Festival, for the Natural History Museum in London won Time Out Magazine’s Award for “Best Dance Production of 1996”. He is the recipient of two Distinguished Alumni Awards, from Wesleyan University (awarded 1994), where he received his BA in Music Composition and from the University of Utah College of Fine Arts (awarded 2010) where he received his MFA in Choreography. His choreography and company, Stephan Koplowitz & Company (Kop Art, Inc.) have been produced by internationally recognized performing arts venues domestically and abroad. In June, 2013, he will premiere three new site works commissioned by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, titled: Stephan Koplowitz: Water Sight, Milwaukee , which will take place at the Calavatra Milwaukee Art Museum and the historic water tower. In the summer of 2013, Koplowitz will return as faculty at the Bates Dance Festival teaching a special intensive course on site specific production and creation. Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce, a site-touring company was inaugurated in 2008 with creative residencies/performances in Idyllwild, CA, Los Angeles, CA (2008), Plymouth, UK (2009) and Houston, Texas (2012). TaskForce has created over 20 site-specific works, collaborating with over 30 different artists in music, theater, visual arts and media. In May, 2012 the water themed TaskForce project, “Natural Acts in Artificial Water” premiered in Houston, Texas presented by Diverseworks Art Center. The work was critically acclaimed as “by far the most significant dance site-specific work in the city’s history” (Nancy Wozny Art+Culture Mag). His recent projects have included collaborating, as choreographer with American new music composer John King on his new multi media opera Dice Thrown based on Stéphane Mallarmé’s poem Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira Le Hasard, at the CalArts Modular Theater, 2010.Revealed (2006) a site-adaptive public art- installation/performance involving room size camera obscuras, was installed in Battery Park City, NYC as part of the River to River Festival. Revealed was seen by over 5,000 people in addition to generating a portfolio of museum quality photographs. In 2007, it was installed at MASS MoCA and the Mead Museum, Amherst. Recently, Koplowitz, along with architects KBAS, were the winners of a design competition to install a permanent media art installation utilizing camera obscuras at the The Center for New Media in Salt Lake City for 2013. After living in New York City for 23 years, Koplowitz, in 2006, was appointed dean of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts, Los Angeles) where he currently resides. In addition to his role as dean, Koplowitz is on faculty and teaches advanced choreography and MFA seminar classes. He was recently a contributor to the first book published on site-specific choreography, Site Dance, published by Florida University Press (2009, and published in paperback 2011).

Petr ZahradnícekPetr Zahradnícek
Production Guest: Choreographer for FALL(ing) and Winterdances 2013
Petr Zahradnícek is a native of the Czech Republic. After graduating from the Brno Dance Conservatoire, he joined the National Theater in Prague. In 1996 Mr. Zahradnícek moved to Germany where he danced with Theater Vorpommern, Salzburg Ballet and Stadttheater Wurzburg. In 2001 he decided to move to the United States where he danced with Colorado Ballet. Since joining Milwaukee Ballet in 2003, Zahradnícek has created many pieces for the Company, the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. He has also choreographed three pieces for Ballet Memphis in Tennessee. In 2007, Petr Zahradnícek received a grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet. This summer, he took park in Danceworks' "Art to Art" collaboration with other local artists. He is currently choreographing for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mr. Zahradnícek is a three-time finalist at McCallum’s Choreography Festival and his pas de deux, 1 Run 2, was the winner of the Paid Engagement Award in 2011. This autumn, as part of this award, he will again present a full length program of his work at the McCallum Theater in California.

A'keitha CareyA’Keitha Carey
Curricular Guest: Modern, African-Caribbean
A’Keitha Carey: Dance Educator, Performance Artist, Choreographer and Scholar. Born in the Bahamas and educated in South Florida. I attended Florida International University where I completed my B.A. in Dance and later received an M.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University. I am a member of Cynthia Oliver’s COCo Dance and Kristin McArdle Dance companies. I am currently on the faculty at The State University of New York at Potsdam as Assistant Professor of Dance. I created this genre over 10 years ago when I was a young teacher and choreographer living in Miami, Florida. I am classically trained but as a mover, I always had this circular aquatic rhythm to my vocabulary. I was unaware at the time why I innately moved this way (not realizing that I am a Caribbean woman who grew up around soca, calypso, and reggae and I was also introduced to Haitian and West African dance when I entered college). I thought that fusing these elements was choreographically taboo and struggled to remain in one genre. I lost the battle on many occasions. I am intrigued and fascinated with the notion of how the juxtaposition of two cultures (Congolese and European) can unite through the power of the “hip wine,” strength and virtuosic ability. I never connected the power of the hip wine, strength and virtuosic ability to an actual technique or any historical doctrine. It wasn’t until I entered graduate school that I started to make connections and ask questions as to why I moved this way, why certain music dictated specific etiquette, and what the social ramifications were when dancing in a particular way and in a specific manner at an event? This was particularly a point of interest to me because cultural events such as Junkanoo, Carnival, and the Dance Hall experience evokes such a powerful hypnotic eruption in the body that it became clear that I needed to research the source and history. Revelation became proclamation of the true source of my provenance…The Congo!

Gerald CaselGerald Casel
Curricular Guest: Modern
Gerald Casel (Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach) was born in the Philippines and raised in California where he began dancing in public school. He holds a BFA from the Juilliard School and an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee assisted by a fellowship from the Advanced Opportunity Program. Gerald has danced in the companies of Michael Clark, Sungsoo Ahn, Stanley Love, Zvi Gotheiner, Russell Dumas, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Lar Lubovitch and Stephen Petronio where he was a company member from 1991-1998 and 2001-2005. He served as Stephen Petronio Company’s Assistant Director and Director of Education. He has assisted Mr. Petronio on several commissions including Underland for The Sydney Dance Company, Laytext for Deutsche Oper and Ride The Beast for The Scottish Ballet. As a repetiteur, he has restaged Petronio repertory on the companies of Ballet National de Marseille and The Scottish Ballet. In 1997 he was honored to receive a New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” for sustained achievement. Casel has been commissioned by The Barnard Project, New York University’s Second Avenue Dance Company, Da Da Dance Projects, Your Mother Dances and X Factor Dance Company of Scotland. His dance company, GERALDCASELDANCE has been presented in New York at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks and SplitStream), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Dancenow NYC, Aaron Davis Hall, and 92nd Street Y. The company has also performed at The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard), Jacob’s Pillow, Inside/Out (Lee), Danceworks and Mitchell Hall (Milwaukee), Conduit (Portland) and ODC Theater (San Francisco). Additionally, the company has toured throughout Scotland on a collaborative project with X Factor Dance Company. As a teacher Casel regularly taught in New York City at Dance New Amsterdam and Movement Research as well as a guest artist at Impulstanz (Vienna), The School for Modern Dance in Denmark (Copenhagen), Tanzfabrik (Berlin) and as a guest company teacher for Sasha Waltz and Guests (Berlin). He has also taught as a guest teacher at The Juilliard School, Sydney Dance Company, Ballet National de Marseille, The Scottish Ballet and The University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He has been on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, Marymount Manhattan College, Barnard College, Long Island University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (as a visiting Assistant Professor) and as a full-time faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he received the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2010-2011 he was a Professor of Contemporary Dance at Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden. Casel has been Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam and The Yard. He has received grants from the Asian American Arts Alliance, was a finalist for the Urban Artist Initiative (NYFA), The Dance New Work Award and the Center for International Education’s Overseas Undergraduate Research Grant at UW-Milwaukee. He served on the New York State Council on the Arts’ Dance Panel 2008-2010. Gerald holds certifications to teach yoga (Om Yoga Center, NYC) and to practice Thai Yoga Bodywork.

Lauren EdsonLauren Edson
Curricular Guest: Ballet, Improvisation, Composition, Lecture
Lauren Edson, originally from Boise, Idaho began her training at Ballet Idaho Academy and Westside Dance Academy in Portland, Oregon. She continued her formal studies at North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School, under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. She is a 2003 alumnus of the School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Dance Program. She has most recently danced with the highly acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project and has been featured in several of McIntyre’s works including: Bad Winter, Oh! Inverted World, In Dreams, Blue Until June, Ma Maison and Shape. Her past professional experiences include: Hubbard Street 2, Ballet Idaho and Idaho Dance Theatre. Throughout her career she has had the privilege to perform the works of Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Angelin Perljicov, Robert Battle, Alex Ketley and Pina Bausch, among others. As a choreographer, she has won numerous awards and has been commissioned by numerous companies and universities throughout the nation. She most recently won the Grand Prize Award at McCallum Theatre’s 15th Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival located in Palm Desert, California. In February 2012, she won the Great Works Dance Choreography Prize, a National Choreography Competition affiliated with Western Michigan University. Her work Foreground was chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center in May 2012 as part of the National College Dance Festival. She was selected to participate in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2011 and 2010 Seattle, affiliated with the Joyce Theatre, one of New York City’s major dance presenters. In 2009, she won the Northwest Dance Project's first annual Pretty Creative’s International Choreographic Competition. She has recently been named Artist in Residence at Mystic Ballet (CT) and commissioned by Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (MI), Peck School of the Arts (WI), Opera Idaho (ID) Polaris Dance Theatre (OR) Grand Valley State University (MI), Washington and Lee University (VA), Pacific University (OR) to create work for their upcoming seasons or serve as an Artist in Residence. In addition, her work has been featured at the American Dance Guild Festival (NY), Idaho Dance Theatre (ID) Conduit: Charged (OR), Ten Tiny Dances (WA), Aerial Without Limits (OR), Portland Youth Ballet (OR), Northwest Dance Project (OR), American College Dance Festival (MI), Regional Dance America (UT), DROP Dance Collective (ID) NW Fusion Dance Company (OR), Balance Dance Company (ID) and Coriolis Dance Collective (WA), to name a few. She received a 2012 Honoraria Fellowship from Idaho Commission on the Arts, acknowledging her achievements in choreography.

Saar HarariSaar Harari
Curricular Guest: Modern, Composition, Lecture
Saar Harari was born on a farm in Israel to an artistic family and danced until the age of 18. At that age, he joined the Israeli special forces for 6 years. He left the Army and started to dance again at the age of 24. In 1998 he created his first work as an independent choreographer for a dance festival at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv. In 2001, Saar established LeeSaar The Company with Lee Sher, relocating to NYC in 2004. The company has been commissioned to create full evening dance programs by theaters and festivals in New York City, Portland, Austin, Seattle, Vancouver, Montclair among other places. The Company has 7 permanent dancers and rehearses daily. Saar is a Gaga teacher and the Executive Producer, of Gaga USA. Saar received an American green card for his art making. He is the recipient of the Six Point Fellowship in choreography, a Guggenheim Fellowship in choreography, and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

Tatiana JouravelTatiana Jouravel-Malinkine
Curricular Guest: Ballet
A native of Ukraine, Tatiana Jouravel-Malinkine graduated from the Kiev Ballet Academy in 1992. After working with Hartford Ballet from 1992-1994 under direction of Kirk Peterson, and Boston Ballet from 1994-2001 under the direction of Bruce Marks and Anne Marie Holmes, Tatiana worked with Milwaukee Ballet as a Leading Artist from 2003 until 2010 under direction of Michael Pink. Tatiana's repertoire includes: Aurora and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Marie, Sugar Plum Fairy, Dewdrop Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. Kitri, Street Dancer and Marcedes in Don Quixote. Odette in Swan Lake. Lucy in Michael Pink's Dracula. Olga in Winter Dreams by Kenneth MacMillan. Titania in Bruce Well’s Midsummer Night's Dream. A title role in Carmen. Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes and Dracula. A principal roles in Raymonda Divertisment and Kingdom of Shades from La Bayadere. Zorema in Le Corsaire. Gulnare in Bournonville’s Abdallah( Tales of Arabian nights). Cinderella in Michael Pink's Cinderella. Tiger Lily in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan. She has danced in Twyla Tharp’s Waterbaby Bagatelles. George Balanchine’s Agon, The Four Temperaments, Rubies, Serenade and Symphony in C. Paul Taylor's Company B and Lila York's Celts and Coronach. Ms. Jouravel has also danced in works by Antony Tudor, Val Caniparoli, Mark Godden, Trey McIntyre, Christopher Wheeldon, Adam Hougland, Michael Corder, Kirk Peterson and others. Ms. Jouravel won Grand Prix Prize at the Competition of the Soviet Union Ballet Schools in Minsk, Belorussia in 1992. Ms. Jouravel also won a Silver Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1996. Ms. Jouravel has taught ballet at Boston Ballet School, Atlanta Ballet School, Georgia Dance of Academy, Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet (NY), Oak Creek Ballet (IL), and Milwaukee Ballet School. Ms. Jouravel is also a Certified Pilates Instructor since 2003.

Youssouf KoumbassaYoussouf Koumbassa
Curricular Guest: West-African
Perhaps the world's most sought-after teacher of Guinea-style African dance, Youssouf was born in Conakry, Guinea. He was a principle dancer with Ballets Djoliba, one of Guinea's most important national dance companies, for 13 years, training and touring extensively throughout the world. With his prodigious skill and thrilling talent, as well as the precious pedagogy and choreography of his teachers before him, Youssouf relocated to the United States to share his passion and his legacy with dancers and audiences everywhere. For the past 25 years, Youssouf has taught countless devoted students around the world the beauty and energy of Guinea dance. He teaches at conferences and workshops all over the world, from Mexico to Amsterdam, California to Japan, yet maintains his position at the center of his African dance community in New York City. Youssouf returns to Guinea every year to lead a month-long immersion workshop for international students in drum and dance. Youssouf lives in Brooklyn with his wife Mariama, a principle dancer from Les Ballets Africains, and his daughters, Khadijah, Fatim, Nadi, Natalia, and Komala.

kristin marrsKristin Marrs
Curricular Guest: Ballet
Kristin Marrs is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher currently pursuing her MFA in Dance as an Iowa Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa. Marrs’ professional training began under Margaret Barbieri at London Studio Centre; she toured England and Germany with Images, the Studio’s classical ballet company. Marrs went on to perform as a company member of Ballet Quad Cities, Northern Ballet Theatre, Paradise Ballet Theatre, Columbus Dance Theater, AROVA Contemporary Ballet, and Opera Columbus. She continues to perform at the University of Iowa and as a free-lance solo artist. Marrs’ choreographic research has centered on the evolution of ballet technique within contemporary movement and classical music as a rich wellspring of inspiration. She is passionate about collaborating with live musicians, and recently worked with baritone Bryce Weber and pianist Linyu Wang in her full-length ballet A Poet’s Love. She has produced works at concert and site-specific venues around the United States. Her trio Out of the Depths was featured in the 2012 American College Dance Festival North-Central Gala concert. Marrs teaches ballet technique at the University of Iowa; she has also taught at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, The Ohio State University, Boston Conservatory, at numerous private dance schools, and as a guest artist at Shenyung Conservatory in Shenyung, China. She is a certified instructor of vinyasa and yin yoga at Heartland Yoga in Iowa City and is an enthusiastic student of the Alexander Technique. Her research and teaching interests include the integration of healthy somatic practices with the precision of ballet technique.

Parsons Dance
Curricular Guest: Repertory
Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company based in New York City. Under the artistic direction of David Parsons, the company presents uplifting, family-friendly contemporary dance to audiences around the world. Parsons Dance is a company of 8 full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 70 works by David Parsons, as well as commissions by emerging choreographers and collaborations with some of the greatest artists of our time, including Steely Dan, Dave Matthews, Michael Gordon, Milton Nascimento, William Ivey Long, Annie Leibovitz, Donna Karan and Alex Katz, among many others. In addition to choreography and performance, Parsons Dance engages audiences of all ages through education and outreach programs. The company hosts post-show discussions, open rehearsals, studio showcases and open company classes, as well as three weeks of summer workshops in dance and choreography. In spring 2014, Parsons Dance will partner with Democracy Prep Public Schools to incorporate contemporary dance into the full-time curricula of K-12 students. Parsons Dance was founded in 1985 and has performed in more than 350 cities, 30 countries and 5 continents for the most prestigious theaters, festivals and presenters worldwide, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Maison de la Danse, Teatro La Fenice and Teatro Muncipal.

Amaniyea PayneAmaniyea Payne
Curricular Guest: Modern, African-Caribbean
Amaniyea Payne is the artistic director of Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and a versatile artist who has studied, performed, and toured globally. By integrating teaching, performing, choreography, costume design, consultations, and production, part of her mission is to preserve and share the traditions that inspire future generations of dancers. Amaniyea’s style evolved from natural rhythmic movements based in, and formed by, traditional African dance together with the dances of the Caribbean and the African-American culture. Focusing on arts education and developing integrated learning opportunities for teachers and students, Amaniyea provides professional instruction and artistic support to numerous schools, arts organizations, and dance artists in the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands.

Candice SchnurrCandice Schnurr
Curricular Guest: Modern, Composition
Candice Schnurr grew up in Houston, TX and received her early training from the Houston Ballet Academy and Priscilla Nathan-Murphy. She attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts and graduated cum laude from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College. She was a member of Wil Swanson/DANCEWORKS from 2003-2005, and from 2005-2007 worked with Ellis Wood Dance, touring nationally and internationally, teaching, and setting work on university students. She join LeeSaar the Company in the fall of 2008 with whom she has collaborated in the creation of three original works. Since 2008, she has been immersed in the study of Ohad Naharin’s Gaga method with Lee Sher and Saar Harari. She teaches in New York.

Trish SieTrish Sie
Curricular Guest: Lecture
Trish Sie has a degree in music from the University of Pennsylvania and is a professional championship ballroom dancer and owner of the Zebra Room Dance Studios in Orlando, FL. Other projects include choreography for OK Go, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Rufus Wainwright, Miranda July, Bobcat Goldthwait, Matt Harding, the Imagination Movers, ESPN, Jason Hill, and various DanceSport champions. Sie is also the creator, composer, and writer of the musical science-based children's show, The Snark-a-Snoops, based in Los Angeles. She directs music videos, commercials, and short films. She is based in Los Angeles.

Morgan ThorsonMorgan Thorson
Curricular Guest: Modern
Morgan Thorson investigates movement and the body as a purveyor of culturally, socially and kinesthetically relevant life experience. Her stage productions combine movement, light, sound and objects; always considering the representation of the body, the work of her collaborators and her relationship to the history of the field. Her work is a form of itinerant labor that is crafted through the process of entering, sharing and leaving communities world-wide. Since 2002, Morgan Thorson has taught a variety of contemporary dance forms at University of Minnesota. She has also been teaching interdisciplinary courses in Religion, Drawing and Archaeology at Wesleyan University since 2010. She is a certified practitioner of Skinner Releasing Technique. Morgan is a 2011 USA Artists Friends Fellow. She has received many awards for her work including the Fused Program in 2011, The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010, The McKnight Fellowship in Choreography in 2009 & 2002, The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) Fellowship in 2009 and 2011; and The Jerome Foundation from 1998-2007. In 2012, she was in residence at the Centre Choreographique National De Franche-Comte in Belfort, France, and a MacDowell Artist Colony Fellow. Morgan was “Best Choreographer” of 2010 awarded by the Minneapolis-St. Paul City Pages for her work, Heaven, commissioned by Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Performance Space 122 in New York and DiverseWorks in Houston. In 2007 she created the site-specific work Docudrama for which she received a 2007 Sage Award for Outstanding Choreography and “Best Choreographer” of 2008 by the City Pages. Her work Faker, commissioned by Walker Art Center, received a 2006 Sage Award for Outstanding Choreography as well. Other honors also include 2010 Dance To Go award; and The Bessie Schonberg Memorial Fellowship in 2004, and commissions from James Sewell Ballet and Zenon Dance Company. This year Morgan received a commission from the Walker Art Center for the Momentum Series. Thorson teaches dance at the University of Minnesota and has received many awards for her work including fellowships from the Bush (2000) and McKnight Foundations (2002) and Jerome Foundations (2002). In 2004 she received the Bessie Schonenberg Memorial Endowed Fellowship.

Trisha Brown Dance Company
Curricular Guest: Modern
Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for over 40 years. Founded in 1970 when Trisha Brown branched out from the experimental Judson Dance Theater to work with her own group of dancers, TBDC offered its first performances at alternative sites in Manhattan’s SoHo. Today, the Company is regularly seen in the landmark opera houses of New York, Paris, London, and many other theaters around the world. The repertory has grown from solos and small group pieces to include major evening-length works and collaborations between Ms. Brown and renowned visual artists. The Company of eight dancers performs in New York and tours worldwide each year, offering unique and inspiring performances each season. In 2011-12, TBDC will tour internationally to France, Italy, Germany, Ireland and Chile and within the United States to California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Arizona as well as performing in its hometown, New York. Every performance offers the chance to introduce Ms. Brown’s work to local audiences in tailored packages that can include master classes, lectures, and informal demonstrations that enhance the Company shows, and outreach programs that help performing arts centers form links with community groups. Classes for elementary and secondary school students offer a hands-on experience of Ms. Brown’s process.