UNQUANTIFIABLE is 10 performers expressing the me, them and other. The personal satisfaction of one’s own voice divides, only to form a full melody in the net of time and space. As one observes, the unconnected things begin to connect. The connections are by coincidence and become intentional as the phrases of movement and music catch on one another reveling in the harmony. The dancers can hide in plain sight, take an unswerving strong path, crisscross in confusion, and meld in amoeba form. Musicians will move throughout the space using wireless pickups to play an “electro-acoustic score” mixed and created by Loren Dempster.
When is unison confining and when is it fulfilling? When does being alone make one feel safe or conversely vulnerable? When does a complex group eliminate inclusion of others or even audience? How do the performers invite the audience in with proximity and focus? When trying to survive (or enjoy) a crowd, when does one yield or need to stand their own space? Performers claiming their own space or yielding to others will reflect the many possibilities of individuality and interconnectivity by using movement and sound. The audience will leave with a heightened awareness of their fellow humans that make up their environment. This dance is a celebration of our uniqueness coexisting in harmony.
Choreography: Chris Ferris
Music Director/Composer: Loren Kiyoshi Dempster (cello, computer)
Musicians: Jon Hanrahan (Piano, Melodica), Gabriel Peterson (Saxophone), and
Kyle Stalsberg (Viola, Electric Violin)
Dancers: Meghan Connolly, Anastasia Ellis, Victoria Ellis, Vanessa Ferranti,
Bethany Logan, and Diane Skerbec.
Chris Ferris is the artistic director of Chris Ferris & Dancers. Her work is based on an exploration of movement from a sculptural, dynamic and emotional point of view. Its focus is to bring you design in space and time with a human element. The REAL: Suite was performed at Fast Forward, Dixon Place Sept. 2018. Selections from The REAL Suite and the Rampaging Light suite were presented at Roulette, Brooklyn NY Feb. 2018 and at Second Sundays, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House March 2018. Rampaging Light was presented 3/31-4/1 2017 as part of The Waxing Crescent (an evening of dance and music with guest artists presented by Ferris at NY City Center Studios). Rampaging Light was also performed at Take Root, Green Space Studio LIC Sept. 2016. Perfect Tension, was presented at the Martha Graham Studio Theater in Nov. 2014 after premiering at FLICfest in Jan. 2014. Urban Pastoral an outdoor improvisation with 10 sculptural lights by Warren Kloner, 10 dancers, and live music was presented, in June 2015 at Socrates Sculpture Park LIC NY, Battery Park City NYC, and Carl Schurz Park NYC. In its Spring 2014 series we performed at Central Park NYC and Squibb Park/Bridge. In the Fall of 2013 we presented at the Tobacco Warehouse, Brooklyn Bridge Park; The High Line, Manhattan; and Central Park NYC. Circuitous Body, was performed at Roulette, Bklyn NY 4/12 and Green Space Studio LIC, NY 11/12 where it was partially funded by a Mertz Gilmore Foundation Late-Stage Stipend. Chris Ferris & Dancers’ 2011 concert, Continental Drift, was presented at CPR – Center for Performance Research. Proximity Of Clouds (2010 full evening work), premiered at Joyce SoHo NYC. Ferris’ dances have been shown in New York at 3 season concerts at the Cunningham Studio Theater. Her work has also been presented at WAXworks at Triskelion Arts, Green Space Blooms, Sans Limites Dance Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, University Settlement, the 92nd Street Y, and a variety of other venues.
Loren Kiyoshi Dempster (composer, musician) 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 and performed music with many collaborators, including Trio Tritticali, Tad’s Living Room, Harrison Atelier, BK Soul, Chris Ferris, projectLIMB, Dahlia Nayar, Lower Left, and Margaret Paek. His compositions have been presented at The Stone, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Weseleyn College, and at Chez Bushwick, a 2007 Bessie Award-winning performance arts space of which he was a founding member. He toured extensively with Merce Cunningham performing Interscape and Biped. Recently moved to Appleton, WI from Queens, NY, Dempster has taught as a Lecturer at Lawrence University and as a guest artist at Renaissance High School for the Arts. He has performed in the Fox Cities area at Lawrence University, Kohler Arts Center, Artists Guild, The Source, the Draw, and the 602 Club. For more information: www.lorendempster.com
Jon Hanrahan, a pianist, is also a producer for the national news analysis program On the Media, from WNYC. He has previously produced for WQXR’s Meet the Composer. Prior to his work in radio, he studied piano under Michael Mizrahi at Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music.
Gabriel Peterson is a saxophonist currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He has presented work at Appleton Wisconsin’s The Draw as well as HECK and Triskelion Arts Center in Brooklyn. He holds a degree in Saxophone Performance from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.
With a passion for cross-collaboration and gnarly experimentation, Kyle Stalsberg is an emerging contemporary-classical violist based in New York City. Performing with chamber ensembles including Levels and Lilith, Stalsberg advocates strongly for the promotion and study of living composers. Within the 2015-2016 year, Kyle received funding from the Alyssa Paul Maria Fund and the Chandler Endowment, which assisted in commissioning works from acclaimed composers such as Andrew Cole, Lawton Hall, and Evan Williams. He was also selected as a recipient of the Mellon Grant for his project, “Songs of Survivors: How Music Empowers Marginalized Communities,” a proposal for which he has also named a semifinalist for the prestigious Watson Fellowship. Stalsberg currently performs on Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera and enjoys teaching kindergartners violin. A Wisconsin native, Kyle received his B.M. in Viola Performance at Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Matthew Michelic. In May, he earned his Masters of Music in Viola Performance at New York University, studying with Artist Faculty Karen Ritscher.
Meghan Connolly (dancer) graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance and an emphasis in ballet. She has studied and performed works of Alejandro Cerrudo, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, and Sharon Eyal. Meghan has also had the opportunity to work with Sidra Bell, Helen Simoneau, Jeanne Solan, Zoe Scofield, Brian Brooks, and Ebony Williams. Most recently she has performed in Aida for the Sarasota Opera Company under Miro Magloire’s direction, performed for Refinery29 at a woman’s empowerment event, participated in the Battery Dance Festival with TRAC, and performed for Regina Nejman in the La Mama Moves! Dance festival.
Anastasia Ellis (dancer) is a freelance dancer based in New York City. She graduated from Butler University with a degree in Dance Performance in 2015. Anastasia is a company member of ALDEN MOVES Dance Theater and is excited to join Chris Ferris & Dancers this season.
Victoria Ellis (dancer) is originally from Vestal, NY. She earned her BFA in Contemporary Dance in 2015 from The Boston Conservatory. Victoria now works as a freelance dancer based in NYC. Here she has had the pleasure of performing with SYREN Modern Dance, CaptiveFlow Dance, LEMI Collective, and Advanced Curation, among others. Victoria is thrilled to be performing with Chris Ferris & Dancers.
Vanessa Ferranti (dancer) is from Long Island, NY. She earned a BFA in Dance from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in May of 2012, where she performed the original works of Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Joyce Trisler, Camille A. Brown, Sidra Bell, Anna Sokolow, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Scott Rink and more. During her senior year, she was invited to study with Jennifer Muller/The Works as part of the Scholarship/Apprentice Program. Vanessa currently dances with Dance Visions NY, an Isadora Duncan repertoire company. She is thrilled to join Chris Ferris & Dancers in this opportunity to perform and share the wonderful gift of dance!
Bethany Logan (dancer) graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in Dance & Choreography, a Minor in Psychology, and is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Personal Trainer. She is thrilled to perform with Chris Ferris & Dancers and also dances with BABEL Movement and Josh Pacheco Dance. Past performances include Olivia Dwyer Dance Projects, Kelly Donovan & Dancers, The Physical Plant, Sandra Kramerova & Artists, The Median Movement, and Doug Neilson. Logan’s choreography has been performed throughout New York City, at the American College Dance Association Gala Concert, University of Dayton, and in Mumbai, India, where she danced with Navdhara India Dance Theatre.
Diane Lynn Skerbec (dancer), from Cleveland, Ohio, received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography Cum Laude from Kent State University. in 2012. After graduating, she studied with Jennifer Muller as a scholarship student. Miss Skerbec is currently dancing with NYC-based companies Chris Ferris & Dancers (director Chris Ferris) and Sleepdance (director Stephanie Sleeper), along with project-based company Tenth Intervention (curators Dorian Wallace and Hajnal Pivnik). Previous company work included Kinetic Architecture Dance Theatre (director Arrie Davidson) and JT Lotus Dance Company (director Jessie Tomanek). Alongside performing, Miss Skerbec has taught dance in several public schools, non- profit community centers, and dance studios throughout the city. She is currently an Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Scholar in the Hunter College Dance Education Masters of Art program and teaches elementary students at PS255 in Brooklyn.
Photo: Eric Bandiero
Chris Ferris & Dancers: UNQUANTIFIABLE is presented as part of DANCEROULETTE and is supported, in part, by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.