Collaborating Artists

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 Collaborators for Fall 2017

BarryClark2017-creditKatSchleicherBarry Paul Clark (BM 2009, Mannes College of Music – New School University, NYC) is a classically trained bassist, active in the creative arts community of southeastern WI. He currently performs in Festival City Symphony, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, and Wisconsin Philharmonic. He teaches privately through West End Conservatory, on the support staff for the Hartford Union High School orchestra, and as adjunct faculty in the Music Department at Cardinal Stritch University. He, along with percussionist Devin Drobka and saxophonist Steve Gallam, host the monthly improvised music series Unrehearsed MKE. In 2014 Barry co-founded Tontine Ensemble, a contemporary music & improvising string quartet, and also plays upright bass in improvised music trio Argopelter, Americana inspired quintet Lady Cannon, electric bass in experimental folk outfit Field Report, and as his solo experimental electronic project adoptahighway.

 

IMG950774Kelsey Lee began her dance training at The Dance Factory in Delavan, WI when she was 8 years old where she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and modern. She has performed with Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre, and choreographed for several of their devised productions. Additionally, she has performed works by choreographers Reggie Wilson, Gina Laurenzi, Peter Stathas, Davalois Fearon, Amaniyea Payne, April Sellers, Dani Kuepper, Deb Loewen, and Maria Gillespie. Independently, she has shown work at Danceworks’ Dance LAB series (2015, 2016), Milwaukee Fringe Festival, Riverwest Femfest, and PrideFest Milwaukee. She is currently studying at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee where she is projected to earn a BFA degree in Contemporary Dance Performance & Choreography with a minor in Psychology in May 2018.

Collaborators for Hyperlocal #12 – Ornate/Activate

  • Sunday February 26th, 6-7:30pm
  • Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
  • 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, WI  53202

Collaborators: Tim Russell,  Nick Zoulek, Maria Gillespie, Joelle Worm, and Maggie Seer —- featuring new collaboration with our special guests Margaret Paek and Loren Dempster from Lawrence University and Liz Sexe from UW Madison. Additional guests are student researchers from UWM The Peck School of the Arts, students Emily Bartsch, Kayla Flentje, Chanteé Kelly (dance), Nicole Langenfeld (film) and Olivia Valenza (music).

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Margaret Paek, photo: Susan Simmons

Margaret Paek, a collaborative dance artist, is inspired by connection and integration and sees dance as a life practice. She is a Lower Left member (www.lowerleft.org), performer, creator, educator, and community builder deeply influenced by her relationships with contact improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, Barbara Dilley, Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Dahlia Nayar, Loren Dempster, and their daughter. Margaret has enjoyed dancing with projectLIMB, Deborah Hay, Keith Hennessy, uncucumbered, and BodyCartography Project. Her cooperative and individual work has been presented in Mexico, Europe, and across the United States at venues including Dancespace at St. Mark’s Church, Judson Memorial Church, and the Whitney Museum Biennial 2012 in NYC. In 2015, Nayar, Paek, and Dempster’s collaborative trio was awarded a National Dance Project Touring Award. Margaret has taught at Movement Research, Marymount Manhattan and Manhattanville Colleges in NYC, Kontakt Budapest in Hungary, Tanzfabrik, and the International CI Festival Freiburg in Germany. Last year, she joined the faculty at Lawrence University, moving from New York to Appleton, and she is loving Wisconsin. She received her BA in Psychology from UC San Diego and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. (www.margaretpaek.com)
loren-dempster-hyperlocalLoren Kiyoshi Dempster uses a combination of cello, computer, electronics, composition, improvisation, notated scores, and world music influences to create and perform music. He is deeply interested in the relationships between movement, space, and sound, and has created or performed music with many collaborators, including We Go From Where We Know, Trio Tritticali, Harrison Atelier, Jonah Bokaer, Merce Cunningham, Chris Ferris, projectLIMB, Dahlia Nayar, and Margaret Paek.
 Heidi DinklerHeidi Dinkler is a performer, educator, choreographer, and scholar specializing in contemporary dance, dance film, mixed-media theatre, and digital culture. As a dancer she has trained at the Merce Cunningham Trust, The Mark Morris Dance Center, and Movement Research, and has performed in various small venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Her own work has been performed at Lawrence University (WI), Rice University (TX), and New York University. Since 2016 Heidi has been the founder and artistic director of the Hybird Ensemble—a mixed-media performance group currently assembled on a project-by-project basis. Heidi holds a B.M. in Music Performance from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.
liz-sexe-hyperlocal    Liz Sexe, MFA, is an educator, performer, and choreographer.   As a performer she has been described as “a clean and efficient mover.”   Currently she is a Lecturer in the UW-Madison Dance Department, Pilates instructor at Capital Fitness, and teacher at Studio 3-D.   Sexe is a member of the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company and has also performed works by Robert Battle, Rachel Berman, Alyce Finwall, Kimiko Guthrie, Lionel Popkin, and Anna Sokolow.  Her own choreography has appeared with Li Chiao-Ping Dance, at Danceworks Inc. and with Madison’s Barebones Dance Collective.

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Nick Zoulek is a modern artist of “pure mindfulness and talent” (PopMatters), with an impassioned eye toward the unification of contemporary art and sound. His focus on collaboration, improvisation, and commissioning new works has led to a diverse portfolio of distinctive performances and artistic ventures.  As a multimedia artist, Nick’s films have garnered numerous awards in experimental media, and have been screened at festivals around the world, most notably in England, Serbia, Africa, and around the USA. Nick’s music can be heard on Rushing Past Willow (INNOVA Records), which fuses all of facets of his work through self-composed pieces for alto, tenor, and bass saxophone. Nick maintains an active profile as a pedagogue and researcher, and has lectured as a guest and artist-in-residency at universities and conferences across the United States and France. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance at Bowling Green State University. Nick holds a Master of Music Performance from BGSU, a Certificat des Études Musicales (artist diploma) from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régionale de Boulogne-Billancourt, and a Bachelor of Music Performance with Magna Cum Laude honors from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. For more information, please visit www.nickzoulek.com

 

maggie-seerMaggie Seer received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in December 2016. She currently performs with Wild Space Dance Company under the direction of Deb Loewen. She has performed with the Gina Laurenzi Dance Project, and recently created a work with Kayla Flentje for Danceworks’ DanceLAB Series, Get It Out There. She was a student undergraduate research fellow for Mapping the Migration of Gesture; mentored by Maria Gillespie, of which Maggie was a SURF grant recipient and received an Outstanding Research Award for the project. She has performed works by Molly Shanahan (Mad Shak, Chicago), Sarah Weber Gallo (NYC), Jennifer Sydor (NYC), Rachel Rugh (Mountain Empire Performance Collective), and Dani Kuepper.

 emily-bartsch-photoEmily Bartsch is currently pursuing a BFA in Contemporary Dance and Choreography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Here, she has had the privilege to perform in many undergraduate, faculty and guest artist work, most notably that of Sarah Weber-Gallo, Maria Gillespie, Molly Shanahan and Dan Schuchart. Over her years as an undergraduate student, she attended Bates Dance Festival and the Gibney Dance Summer Study program where she had opportunities to train with nationally and internationally acclaimed dance artists. She is currently a UWM Undergraduate Research Fellow.
olivia-valenzaC. Olivia Valenza is a student composer and clarinetist based in Milwaukee, WI.  In her work as a clarinetist and performer, she simply enjoys making weird and lovely noises with weird and lovely people. Her improvisational language and electro-acoustic work often emphasizes fragile, yet guttural, complex sounds. She believes in the paradigm being a composer/performer offers, striving to create pieces that provide in the moment experiences of listening and creating for both the performers and the audience.
action-surf-kayla-flentjeKayla Flentje is from Manitowoc, WI and has trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Hip-hop. Flentje is now a senior in the Dance Program at UW-Milwaukee where she focuses on Modern and Contemporary techniques. She is currently working with undergraduate dance majors on creating a work for her senior choreography capstone project New Dancemakers, presented this December. Flentje is an intern and SURF grant recipient for an undergraduate research project under the direction of Maria Gillespie. After graduation in May 2017, she plans on moving to California to pursue her professional dance career and further her dance training.
Nicole Langenfeld (videography and editing) is a videographer, filmmaker, actor, and visual artist. She is currently pursuing her BFA in Film and a minor in Digital Studio Practice at UW-Milwaukee. She has collaborated on the creation of books by Judy Coventry and is dedicated to raising awareness and advocacy for orphans around the globe. Her work in all disciplines is informed by her desire to pursue social justice and raise awareness for humanitarian rights through the arts. She has collaborated with faculty and student artists from UWM including Nathaniel Stern and Maria Gillespie, and has shown her own work in fine art galleries in Milwaukee. 
Maggie Seer

Collaborators for Hyperlocal #11 – g e n e r a t i o n

Sunday October 23rd,  6-7:30pm
UWM, INOVA – now known as Kenilworth Square East Gallery
* Co-Sponsored by UWM’s Department of Dance

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Collaborators: Dylan Bernard, Tim Russell, Jay Mollerskov, Pat Reinholtz, David Collins, Maria Gillespie, Joelle Worm, Dan Schuchart, Daniel Burkholder, and Andrea Burkholder featuring new collaboration with our special guests from The Peck School of the Arts, students Emily Bartsch, Kayla Flentje, Isaac Robertson (dance) and Olivia Valenza (music).

isaac-dance-pictureFor 14 years, Isaac Jerin Robertson has been passionately involved in the art of dance and dance making. Robertson first started their training in post modern and Graham styles under the direction of Lisa Andrea Thurrell and Robert E. Cleary. Isaac Jerin also studied classical ballet at Madison Ballet under the direction of w. Earl Smith. Isaac Jerin was a dancer with the Kanopy Dance Company Two for two season and the professional company for four seasons. They have attended summer dance programs on full tuition scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Isaac Jerin is currently an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee studying contemporary dance and choreography.

image131201615454340488423Dylan Cole Bernard is received his B.F.A. in Visual Art and Design from UWM in 2016, with a focus in Digital Studio Practice. He is currently working two undergraduate research positions at UWM, one in particular is for Mapping the Migration of Gesture. In addition, he also works for Milwaukee Public Schools teaching middle school and high school chess and freelance coaching.  After graduation he intends to work towards being an interactive designer while continuing to work in education and furthering his career as a practicing artist in Wisconsin.

Bios for Dylan Bernard, Tim Russell, Jay Mollerskov, Pat Reinholtz, David Collins, Maria Gillespie, Joelle Worm, Dan Schuchart, Daniel Burkholder, and Andrea Burkholder are below.

Collaborators for Hyperlocal #10 – f r i n g e

Sunday 8/28 6:30pm

Milwaukee Fringe Festival

Performers: Margaret Paek, Dan Schuchart, Dani Kuepper, Maria Gillespie, Timothy Russell, and others  TBA

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Margaret Paek, photo: Susan Simmons

Margaret Paek, a collaborative dance artist, is inspired by connection and integration and sees dance as a life practice. She is a Lower Left member (www.lowerleft.org), performer, creator, educator, and community builder deeply influenced by her relationships with contact improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, Barbara Dilley, Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Dahlia Nayar, Loren Dempster, and their daughter. Margaret has enjoyed dancing with projectLIMB, Deborah Hay, Keith Hennessy, uncucumbered, and BodyCartography Project. Her cooperative and individual work has been presented in Mexico, Europe, and across the United States at venues including Dancespace at St. Mark’s Church, Judson Memorial Church, and the Whitney Museum Biennial 2012 in NYC. In 2015, Nayar, Paek, and Dempster’s collaborative trio was awarded a National Dance Project Touring Award. Margaret has taught at Movement Research, Marymount Manhattan and Manhattanville Colleges in NYC, Kontakt Budapest in Hungary, Tanzfabrik, and the International CI Festival Freiburg in Germany. Last year, she joined the faculty at Lawrence University, moving from New York to Appleton, and she is loving Wisconsin. She received her BA in Psychology from UC San Diego and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. (www.margaretpaek.com)

Dan Schuchart

Dan Schuchart, Photo: Matt Schwenke

Dan Schuchart is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher. In 2013 he earned his MFA in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside, where he was honored to be a recipient of the 2012-13 Dissertation Year Program Fellowship. Schuchart earned BFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts in both Dance and Painting/Drawing and has since worked professionally in both fields. In addition, he recently completed his Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago. Since 2002, Schuchart has worked with Wild Space Dance Company as a company member, choreographer, and Associate Artistic Director. He has actively pursued creating and producing work in collaboration with Monica Rodero, including several independent dance concerts, and curating interactive multimedia gallery events. Working collaboratively, their choreography has been presented extensively throughout the Midwest as well as in California, NYC, and Seattle. Schuchart is currently a Lecturer at UW-Milwaukee and Artistic Associate at Lawrence University. He has also taught dance and movement studies at Beloit College, UC-Riverside and been a guest teacher at the Milwaukee Ballet, American College Dance Festival and in public school outreach programs. His interests in dance include collaborative creative process, dance-theatre, improvisation, and contact improvisation. Outside of dance, Schuchart has worked as a scenic painter, including the movie Public Enemies, and scenic charge for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Florentine Opera, and Skylight Music Theatre.

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Dani Kuepper: photo by Danceworks

 

Dani Kuepper received both her BFA and MFA from UW-Milwaukee, where she has been a faculty member of the UWM dance department since 1999. She is the Artistic Director of Danceworks Performance Company(DPC), the resident contemporary dance company of Danceworks Inc. She joined DPC in 1998 and has since choreographed more than 30 dances for the company, as well as several evening length works. As an undergraduate at UWM, Dani performed the solo, Mrs. Schultz, at the national American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. Dani has choreographed extensively in the Milwaukee community and as the Artistic Director of DPC, has enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Florentine Opera Company, Present Music, First Stage Children’s Theater, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Dani was honored in 2009 as a “Forty Under 40” recipient by the Business Journal of Milwaukee and also received the UWM Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award for non-tenure track in instructors in 2010.

Collaborators for Hyperlocal #9 – FLUX

Joelle Worm, Jay Mollerkov, Allen Russell, Dan Schuchart, Andrea Burkholder, Daniel Burkholder, Maria Gillespie, Tim Russell

Dan Schuchart is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher. In 2013 he earned his MFA in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside, where he was honored to be a recipient of the 2012-13 Dissertation Year Program Fellowship. Schuchart earned BFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts in both Dance and Painting/Drawing and has since worked professionally in both fields. In addition, he recently completed his Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago. Since 2002, Schuchart has worked with Wild Space Dance Company as a company member, choreographer, and Associate Artistic Director. He has actively pursued creating and producing work in collaboration with Monica Rodero, including several independent dance concerts, and curating interactive multimedia gallery events. Working collaboratively, their choreography has been presented extensively throughout the Midwest as well as in California, NYC, and Seattle. Schuchart is currently a Lecturer at UW-Milwaukee and Artistic Associate at Lawrence University. He has also taught dance and movement studies at Beloit College, UC-Riverside and been a guest teacher at the Milwaukee Ballet, American College Dance Festival and in public school outreach programs. His interests in dance include collaborative creative process, dance-theatre, improvisation, and contact improvisation. Outside of dance, Schuchart has worked as a scenic painter, including the movie Public Enemies, and scenic charge for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Florentine Opera, and Skylight Music Theatre.

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Jay Mollerskov

Jay Mollerskov is a guitarist and composer based in the Milwaukee area. In 2006 he completed his MM in Instrumental Performance on guitar at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where he studied with Curt Hanrahan, Don Linke, and Dr. Christopher Burns. He also holds a degree in music composition from UW-Milwaukee studying composition and improvisation with Yehuda Yannay, Jon Welstead, Steve Nelson-Raney, John Downey, and Gregoria Karides-Suchy. Jay has performed with numerous creative spirits, including Melvin Rhyne, Ernie Watts, Devin Drobka’s Bell Dance Songs, Trench, and Hal Rammel. In 2014 Jay founded the Formations Series for New and Improvised Music at Woodland Pattern Book Center. The Formations series is an outlet for Milwaukee based musicians and other creators to present their developing work in an attentive, gallery performance setting. Mollerskov has recently performed on other series including Unrehearsed MKE and Seed Sounds as well. He has recorded with Devin Drobka’s Bell Dance Songs, the Curt Hanrahan Quartet/Quintet, Trench, and others. As an active composer, Jay has written pieces for numerous Milwaukee musicians/groups including the Tontine Ensemble, as well as performers throughout the US and Europe.

Joelle Worm is a Milwaukee based dancer/dance-educator. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College-City University of New York. Her professional affiliations include Danceworks/The Danceworks Performance Company (Milwaukee), Your Mother Dances (Milwaukee), De Facto Dance (New York), The Field (Milwaukee & New York), The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and University School of Milwaukee. Her philosophy on dance/the arts is that they provide a lens for a deepened understanding of the human condition/experience.

Joelle Worm

Joelle Worm

Allen Russell is a composer and violinist based in Milwaukee WI. His work has been described as ‘cinematic’ and tends to mix a range of genres within single works. Allen has had works performed by Milwaukee’s Tontine Ensemble, and has written and performed for Timothy Westbrook and Milwaukee Danceworks.

Allen Russell

Daniel Burkholder is the Director of The PlayGround, a dance performance group, and Co-Director of Improv Arts, inc. He has served as a curator for the DC International Improvisation Festival and on the Steering Committee for the West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival. His work has been seen at numerous venues nationally including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (WDC), 92nd Street Y (NYC), Tribeca Performing Arts Center (NYC), Dance Place (WDC), along with numerous indoor and outdoor spaces. Daniel’s work has been commissioned by James Madison University, CrossCurrents Dance Company, Dance Place, Joy of Motion Dance Centers, and Choreographers Collaboration Project. He has been awarded the Local Dance Commissioning Project by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Daniel received the Metro DC Dance Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Group”, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in Solo Dance Performance and Choreography, and his work has been selected for numerous showcases. He has taught at the West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival, University of Maryland College Park, American University, George Washington University, James Madison University, Dance Place, CityDance Center at Strathmore, and as guest teacher for Cirque du Soleil. Daniel has performed with Scott Wells & Dancers, Jess Curtis & Stephanie Maher, Beth Davis in Good Company, and improvisationaly with Nancy Stark Smith, Katie Duck, Sharon Mansur, among others. Daniel has degrees from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (M.F.A.), American University (M.A.), Sarah Lawrence College (B.A.) and is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.

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Daniel Burkholder  photo: Finkelstein

Andrea Chastant Burkholder has been a performer, choreographer, teacher, and arts activist for two decades.  Andrea founded and ran Washington D.C.’s acclaimed aerial duo company,  Arachne Aerial Arts for over 10 years, teaching, choreographing, and performing aerial arts and collaborating with multimedia artists across the country.  As a fully certified Pilates practitioner, she also founded and taught at DC’s Pure Joe Pilates Studios for 15 years. Venues she’s performed at include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts (MD), Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival (VA),  and DC’s inaugural Fringe Festival. She has choreographed the aerial components for multiple theater productions, most recently for Cooperative Performance Milwaukee’s “a woman’s Place”.  Andrea strives to find ways to allow for open access to the arts, through events such as her and husband’s, Daniel, first Friday, pay-what-you-will movement series, Real Time.  Her evening length show reflecting on Louisiana’s coastal land loss issues, Bayou’s State, will be making it’s Milwaukee debut April 2, 3 and 16, 17 at Danceworks. andreaburkholder.com
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Andrea Burkholder

 

-The Core Ensemble of Collaborators-

Joelle Worm, Allen Russel, Maria Gillespie, Tim Russel, Pat Reinholz, Gina Laurenzi, David Collins

Joelle Worm is a Milwaukee based dancer/dance-educator. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College-City University of New York. Her professional affiliations include Danceworks/The Danceworks Performance Company (Milwaukee), Your Mother Dances (Milwaukee), De Facto Dance (New York), The Field (Milwaukee & New York), The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and University School of Milwaukee. Her philosophy on dance/the arts is that they provide a lens for a deepened understanding of the human condition/experience.

Joelle Worm

Joelle Worm

David Collins is a performer and composer of electroacoustic and instrumental music; wielding various electronics and a saxophone to examine the duality of structure and improvisation.  He has studied at The College of Santa Fe, The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and UW-Milwaukee, where he completed a B.F.A. in Music Composition and Technology.  Along with over 10 years of experience as a private music instructor, David has been collaborating with Milwaukee artists, dancers and musicians for 20 years.

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Maria Gillespie is a choreographer, performer, dance educator, and the artistic director of Oni Dance. She received an MFA in choreography from UCLA and a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase. Gillespie founded Oni Dance in 2005 and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. Residing in Los Angeles from 1996-2012, Gillespie’s choreography was been presented by numerous institutions including The Ford Amphitheatre, The Getty Museum, the Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater (REDCAT), The A.W.A.R.D Show!, UCLA, CalArts, The Fowler Museum, Highways Performance Space, The Electric Lodge, as well as at Joyce SoHo and CounterPULSE. She has performed with Victoria Marks, Helios Dance Theater, Simone Forti, David Rousseve, and Joe Goode. Her choreographic commissions include The Getty Center, Scripps College, Pomona College, Cal State Long Beach, and Santa Monica College. Gillespie is a four time Lester Horton Award winner (2002-2005) and the honored recipient of grants from The Durfee Foundation, The Irvine Foundation, and UWM Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies. She has taught at numerous universities and is developing work in Beijing and Guangdong, China and in Mexico City. Gillespie moved to Milwaukee in 2012 and is Assistant Professor at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts. She is a 2014/15 Global Studies Fellow for UWM Center for International Education. www.onidance.org

Maria Gillespie (photo – Denise Leitner)

Gina Laurenzi was previously trained as a Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago scholarship student, under Elements Contemporary Ballet’s Artistic Director Michael Gosney, and having performed with Giordano II and Inaside Chicago Dance. She is happy to have found a place in an inspiring family of artists right here in Milwaukee. Founder of Laurenzi Dance, Gina serves as the Artistic Director for her youth performing dance company, Project Innovate, and works to create themed concerts for her team of young artists and their community while balancing an active performing and teaching career. Ms. Laurenzi graduated with a BFA in Choreography and Performance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, is in her second season with Danceworks Performance Company and enjoys diving into collaborations with fellow Milwaukee artists.

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Tim Russell was raised in a house filled with the sounds of piano and guitar, his parents both being recreational musicians. From that nurturing experience, it seems only fitting that he was drawn to music as a way of interacting with the world. Tim began his professional career as a musician at fifteen, playing drums in rock bands around the Chicago suburbs. His passion for music and percussion deepened as he attended the University of Wisconsin, where he eventually graduated with a BM in percussion performance. An astute recommendation immersed Tim in the world of Contemporary Movement via accompanying classes and composing music at the University of Wisconsin Dance Program, an environment that encouraged his experimental and collaborative spirit. While in Madison, he maintained a active performing schedule, managed a private teaching studio and composed music for choreographers. Tim’s work with choreographers such as Jin Wen Yu, Li Chiao Ping, Kate Corby, Cycropia Aerial Dance, Luc Vanier and Kun Yang Lin has brought his music all across the country from the Fab! festival in New York City to CounterPULSE! in San Francisco. He currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he continues to expand his artistic family.

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Tim Russell

Allen Russell is a composer and violinist based in Milwaukee WI. His work has been described as ‘cinematic’ and tends to mix a range of genres within single works. Allen has had works performed by Milwaukee’s Tontine Ensemble, and has written and performed for Timothy Westbrook and Milwaukee Danceworks.

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Previous Collaborators

 

Dan Schuchart

Dan Schuchart, Photo: Matt Schwenke

Dan Schuchart is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher. In 2013 he earned his MFA in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside, where he was honored to be a recipient of the 2012-13 Dissertation Year Program Fellowship. Schuchart earned BFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts in both Dance and Painting/Drawing and has since worked professionally in both fields. In addition, he recently completed his Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago. Since 2002, Schuchart has worked with Wild Space Dance Company as a company member, choreographer, and Associate Artistic Director. He has actively pursued creating and producing work in collaboration with Monica Rodero, including several independent dance concerts, and curating interactive multimedia gallery events. Working collaboratively, their choreography has been presented extensively throughout the Midwest as well as in California, NYC, and Seattle. Schuchart is currently a Lecturer at UW-Milwaukee and Artistic Associate at Lawrence University. He has also taught dance and movement studies at Beloit College, UC-Riverside and been a guest teacher at the Milwaukee Ballet, American College Dance Festival and in public school outreach programs. His interests in dance include collaborative creative process, dance-theatre, improvisation, and contact improvisation. Outside of dance, Schuchart has worked as a scenic painter, including the movie Public Enemies, and scenic charge for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Florentine Opera, and Skylight Music Theatre.

Rhea Speights is a multi- and interdisciplinary artist. Her creative work cross-pollinates the experimental with the traditional and is rooted to her experiences in dance and cinema. She has presented her choreography in the United States for the past ten years and, recently, in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Her work has been supported by the Puffin Foundation, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. Speights earned her MFA in Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was awarded the Wanda M Nettl prize for exceptional choreography and the Vannie Sheiry award for outstanding performance. Speights has designed a course titled Experimental Frames, which she teaches as an ongoing part of her research in the application of cinematic theory to choreographic methods. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

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Rhea Speights

“Wisconsin native Paul Westfahl is an active performer and teacher in the Milwaukee area. He earned his BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2012 with an emphasis in Percussion Performance, Composition and Jazz Studies. Paul regularly performs with the Racine Symphony Orchestra, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, The Eastside Jazz Orchestra, and local gypsy jazz group, Swing Chevron. As an educator, Paul has been teaching drum set and percussion privatelysince 2007 and is currently an instructor at Brass Bell Music Store. In addition to working with students and large ensembles, Westfahl leads and composes for several of his own projects and is also involved as a sideman and co-conspirator/composer with many ‘new music’ ensembles and collectives in the Milwaukee area including Present Music’s: Compose Milwaukee, the UnrehearsedMKE series and the SeedSounds series. Westfahl keeps active within many facets of instrumental performance and composition and continues to stretch his interests and compositions to further benefit new and improvised music.”

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Paul Westfahl

Amanda Schoofs creates visceral works that emphasize timbre, presence, and ritual while exposing the raw, brilliant, and intimate qualities of the human spirit. Trained in contemporary composition and theory, her creative practice extends from the experimental tradition and exists in the space between diverse artistic practices. At the nexus of composition, improvisation, painting, drawing, printmaking, poetry, installation art, and authentic movement, Amanda creates provocative works that are uniquely interdisciplinary. A 2015 MATA Festival composer (The Kitchen, NYC), her works have been commissioned and presented throughout the United States, Germany, Australia, and Canada. Amanda is on the composition faculty at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, where she directs Contemporary Music Ensemble and teaches composition, theory, and experimental improvisation. She curates the series Sensoria: Experiments in Time-Based Media and Performance for INOVA – Institute of Visual Arts. She teaches composition with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Present Music. Amanda holds a MA in Music Composition from Mills College. An invested academic, she was a 2014 Transdisciplinary Challenge Fellow at Center for 21st Century Studies. In both 2014 and 2015 she was a guest artist with Kulturamt BodenseeKreis’ (Germany) and Salem Art Works’ (New York) International Artist Residency, Salem2Salem.

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Amanda Schoofs

Devin Settle is a Milwaukee-based dancer/choreographer and recent graduate of UW-Milwaukee, receiving her BA in Dance through Peck School of the Arts in May of 2015.  She has danced for many choreographers including Luc Vanier, Christina Briggs-Winslow, Katie Sopoci, Maria Gillespie, and visiting guest artist Stephan Koplowitz. While in school, Devin danced for Wild Space Dance Company as an intern in the production “All About Life”.  In 2014 she traveled to China with Oni Dance to participate in the Beijing International Dance Festival. Since graduation, Devin has been choreographing her own works for concerts such as Art to Art as well as dancing for Gina Laurenzi Dance Project and Catey Ott Dance Collective. Devin’s most recent accomplishments include co-facilitating alongside Joelle Worm for The Field Milwaukee and landing a dance writing internship for Shepherd Express.

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Devin Settle – Photo: Alexandra Tereshchenko

Steve Schlei teaches music theory and composition at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in the Peck School of the Arts. He has recently performed with music groups Console Lazers of Konigsberg Orchestra, MiLO, TORCH, and Seed Sounds, as well as in Amanda Schoofs’ Intimate Addictions. Recent collaborations with dance include two performances at Danceworks choreographed by Laura Murphy and a week-long residency with Mauriah Kraker through the Sensoria series at INOVA. Research interests include improvisation, electronic music, computer instruments, alternate tuning systems and temperaments, just intonation, ancient Greek tuning systems and mathematics, Pythagoreanism, Plato, and Neopythagoreanism.

Steve Schlei

 

Josh Robinson holds a bachelors degree in Classical Piano Performance and Jazz Studies from University of Wisconsin Parkside. Currently residing in Milwaukee, Josh is employed by the Milwaukee Ballet as an accompanist. In addition to the ballet, Josh accompanies students at UW – Parkside as well as annually accompanying high school students for Solo Ensemble. He is also the Keyboardist for Lord of Life Lutheran Church, playing hymns and liturgy for the church services. In addition to playing the church services Josh plays for many of the weddings and funerals hosted by the church. Josh also plays with many jazz groups in Milwaukee and the surrounding communities. At these gigs you can hear music ranging from original compositions to jazz standards. No matter what music Josh is playing, he brings an extremely high level of musicality and professionalism.

Josh Robinson

Josh Robinson

Mauriah Donegan Kraker is back in the Midwest after some years wandering New York and Asia. Her movement history includes: representing the United States in international competition as captain of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Group Team, receiving her BFA from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, making silly shadows for renowned dance company PILOBOLUS in New York and Europe, working with Assembly Dance Theatre in Taiwan, ONI Dance in Milwaukee, creating site-specific projects on printing presses in Germany, in rivers in the Midwest, under bridges in Taiwan, and in Bangkok’s zombie buildings. Her work has been presented at WTF Gallery in Bangkok, Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, 92nd Street Y, as well as throughout Milwaukee. She currently creates with Wild Space Dance Company.

Mauriah Krauker (Photo- Mark Frohna)

Mauriah Krauker (Photo- Mark Frohna)

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