[DANCEROULETTE] New Movement Series

What: Roulette’s contemporary dance program returns with the New Movement Series curated by choreographer Jennifer Lafferty.
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Friday, February 18, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $20/15 Online/Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Curator Jennifer Lafferty convenes 14 of contemporary dance’s most exciting players for February’s annual [DANCEROULETTE] series at Roulette. The New Movement Series features 14 artists presenting experimental work in dance and choreography. This four-day series features three or four performances per night, each with a unique approach to artistry, composition and dance.

Southern California native Jennifer Lafferty studied dance at University of California, Los Angeles. A frequent contributor to Roulette’s contemporary dance programming, Lafferty previously curated the [DANCEROULETTE]’s New Movement Series in February 2016 and the Five x Three series in February 2015.

Roulette’s ongoing [DANCEROULETTE] series reflects the commitment to presenting experimental dance that we’ve held since our founding in 1978, particularly the collaborative efforts of composers and choreographers exploring the relationship between sound and movement, choreography and composition. Roulette’s move to Brooklyn in September 2011 has enabled the organization to initiate a regular season of [DANCEROULETTE] presentations, which now hosts nearly 40 performances yearly.

Abigail Levine, John Hoobyar, Jessie Gold, Rebecca Brooks
Wednesday, February 15

Abigail Levine is a New York-based artist whose work is rooted in dance and informed by visual and performance art. She has presented her work at venues including the Movement Research Festival, Mount Tremper Arts, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, and the Center for Performance Research. As a performer, Abigail has worked recently with Marina Abramovic, Carolee Schneemann, Clarinda Mac Low, Larissa Velez-Jackson, and Will Rawls. She is currently Visiting faculty in Dance at Wesleyan University.

John Hoobyar is an artist and performer in New York City. He has collaborated with many illustrious folk and was a danceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival in 2016.  

Jessie Gold presents Untitled (Fold), a duet performed by Elizabeth Hart and Nikki Rollason Childree with music by Ivan Berko. The performance attempts to fold the space inside the body without creating hard lines — an attempt at softness and making inexplicable the necessity of lines. Gold is a New York City–based dancer and artist. Her first solo exhibition, Carmela DeSanso at Bas Fisher Invitational, functioned as a set for a fictitious dance by way of a painting and video installation. She was the co-owner of the artist-run bar and performance space Cafe Dancer from 2010-2015, through which she co-curated the performance series Contemporary Dancing at NADA New York in 2013.

Rebecca Brooks lives and works between Brooklyn and Vermont. She worked as a dance artist in New York City for 13 years and is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at Bennington College.

Marc Crousillat, Maddie Schimmel, Anonymous: Pierre Guilbault and Cori Kresge
Thursday, February 16

Marc Crousillat presents Brass Orchids, a solo performance incorporating a process of layering and re-narrativizing movements, techniques, and ideologies.

NYC-based dancer Marc Crousillat has performed in the works of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2014-present), Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey, John Jasperse, and Alessandro Sciarroni. His dances which have been shown at Open Performance, 5×7 Space at HyLo Labs, FringeArts Philly, and Center for Performance Research as an artist-in-residence at Chez Bushwick. Crousillat received his BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is the 2016 recipient of the Princess Grace Award Dance Fellowship.

Maddie Schimmel presents Laminates in collaboration with performers Camille Delaney, Justin Faircloth, Stanley Gambucci, Patrick McGrath, and Cassidy Wagner. The performance explores the notion of bodies are a shared space, but not a shared experience. Maddie Schimmel studied dance at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and is currently working as a freelance dancer and choreographer in New York City.

Fun / Young / God is a new dance work examining the phenomenon of the American rock star and the cycle of how society creates and reabsorbs these figures. The two dancers, Pierre Guilbault and Cori Kresge, are tasked with reproducing the movements of these icons, as well as channeling their own charismatic powers. This work is created anonymously for the entirety of its production. Viewing audiences are invited to experience the performance as its own autonomous entity, free of associations that are often based on who the creator is or is not.

Raised in Vancouver, Pierre Guilbault graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in dance. Guilbault has done extensive work in and around the Merce Cunningham workshops at Westbeth and New York City Center and is currently working on projects with Ellen Cornfield, Liz Gerring, and Jody Oberfelder.

Cori Kresge is a NYC-based dancer and teacher with a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase. In 2005, Kresge received a Darmasiswa International Scholarship to study Balinese dance in Indonesia. She has been a member of the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, José Navas / Compagnie Flak, and Stephen Petronio Company. She currently freelances and collaborates with various artists including Esme Boyce, Bill Young, Sarah Skaggs, Liz Magic Laser, and many others.

Heather Lang, Marilyn Maywald Yahel, Netta Yerushalmy & Marc Crousillat
Friday, February 17

Heather Lang is an artist from Chicago. She received her BFA in dance from New York University.

Marilyn Maywald Yahel has been dancing in New York City for the past decade with Beth Gill, Melanie Maar, Vicky Shick, Melinda Ring, Maggie Bennett, Steven Reker, and Yin Mei. She has performed her own solos through Danspace Project, Roulette, BAX, Movement Research, and Dixon Place. Marilyn graduated from Arizona State University and grew up in Nashville, TN. Commercial credits include backup dancing for Reggie Watts, Wynona and Naomi Judd, and Shania Twain. Marilyn teaches Pilates at Finetune Studio in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband Sam and son Ben.

Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in New York City. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellow, and a NYFA Fellow. Her work has been presented by Danspace Project, The Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Harkness Festival, La Mama, F.D. 13, Curtain-Up (Tel-Aviv), and others. She is a 2016-17 Extended Life participant through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a MR Artist-In-Residence, and will be in residence at the Watermill Center, Djerassi, and SUNY Brockport.

NYC-based dancer Marc Crousillat has performed in the works of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2014-present), Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey, John Jasperse, and Alessandro Sciarroni. His dances which have been shown at Open Performance, 5×7 Space at HyLo Labs, FringeArts Philly, and Center for Performance Research as an artist-in-residence at Chez Bushwick. Crousillat received his BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is the 2016 recipient of the Princess Grace Award Dance Fellowship.

Melanie Maar, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, Tatyana Tenenbaum
Saturday, February 18

New-York-via-Vienna dance artist Melanie Maar performs Rough Dimensions. Maar’s work grows out of exploring the intimacy between movement and sound, energy and material, animalism and humanism, feminism and objectism, the personal and the communal, resonance and struggle within changing contexts. She was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her choreographies have been commissioned by Danspace Project, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, as well as Laboratory Arte Alameda Mexico, ImPulsTanz Vienna, and Tanzfabrik Berlin. She currently collaborates with sound artists Christian Schröder, Kenta Nagai, the performance collective Masters of Ceremony, and within composer Anthony Braxton’s Pine Top Aerial Project. She co-curated the Moving Sounds Festival for The Austrian Cultural Forum NY in 2013 and Movement Research Festival in 2010. Having taught internationally, Maar is currently faculty at Movement Research and a guest teacher at The New School’s Lang College.

EmmaGrace Skove-Epes performs an excerpt of a new work, In Search of Mirrors. Performed alongside an accumulating cast of collaborators, In Search of Mirrors constructs and unravels real, remembered, and imagined landscapes and environments transposed onto and melded with and into the performance space. Skove-Epes is a choreographer and dancer, born, raised, and currently residing in Brooklyn. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (MFA ‘15) and Bard College (BA ’08), her choreography has been presented at venues including AUNTS, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Center for Performance Research, and Judson Memorial Church. As a performer, she has danced with Edisa Weeks, Jon Kinzel, Jodi Melnick, and Sondra Loring, among others. She is a former space grant recipient at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Gowanus Arts.

Untitled Work for Voice is an evolving collection of solos for the singing body from Tatyana Tenenbaum. Taking the form of a backstage drama, performers assemble a performance before our eyes, laying bare the threads and layers within meaning and intention. Each performer possesses a solo practice, distinct in its set of textures, tones, and states. The solos overlap and intertwine to reveal a “production” in variable apertures of focus and legibility.

Tatyana Tenenbaum is a choreographer and composer based in Brooklyn. Her work explores the phenomenal space of the singing body, from interwoven perspectives of dance, performance, theater and music. Her original work has been commissioned and presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater, Temple University,Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks, Center for Performance Research, Roulette, Danspace Project’s Draftwork series, Panopoly Performance Laboratory, The Watermill Center and AUNTS. She has performed and collaborated with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks, Daria Fain and Robert Kocik, Jennifer Monson/iLAND, and Levi Gonzalez.