May 24, 7pm: Practicing Presence Performance
Practicing Presence Festival Performance #1
Friday, May 24 at 7pm
STUDIO4: 25 Main St, Northampton, MA
Practicing Presence Performance
Featuring works in progress by:
+ Peter Schmitz
MORE DETAILS HERE: https://www.scdtnoho.com/practicing-presence-festival.html
Scotty Hardwig is a dance and digital media artist, choreographer, improviser and teacher originally from southwest Virginia. With a specialization in digital dance, projection design, and motion capture for live performance, he works with dance videography/photography, projection design, Kinect, Processing, Isadora, and Ableton Live to create rich environments of visuals and sound influenced by the movements of the performing body. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Utah and Middlebury College, and is currently an Assistant Professor in Movement & Integrated Media at Virginia Tech, and he performs, choreographs, and teaches internationally. Recent project include choreographic works with companies such as LEVYdance (San Francisco) and the National Ballet of Ecuador (Quito, Ecuador).He is also a certified Gyrotonic© Trainer, and a freelance artist creating works for screen and stage across the U.S. and internationally. www.hardwigdance.com
Shayla-Vie Jenkins is a performer, teacher, and maker whose current research explores the potentiality of the dancing body to enrich discourse on race, sexuality, memory, and history. She received her B.F.A. from the Fordham/Ailey program under the mentorship of Denise Jefferson and Ana Marie Forsythe. She spent two years at Smith College as an M.F.A. teaching fellow where she created a new solo, A Hieroglyphics of the Flesh, exploring the forgotten lineage and inherited traumas of her matrilineal line. She is currently faculty at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Shayla-Vie spent a decade (2005-2015) performing with the internationally touring Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. During her tenure, the company received two ensemble New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) for Chapel Chapter (2007) at Harlem Stage and for the “Outstanding Revival” of D-Man In The Waters (2013) at The Joyce Theater. She has taught numerous masterclasses and workshops for the company and also serves as a répétiteur, restaging some of Bill T. Jones’s most notable works. She was featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” performers (2008). Shayla-Vie has also performed and collaborated with numerous artists including Yaa Samar! Dance Theater, Francesca Harper, Daniel Beatty, Alicia Hall-Moran, Grisha Coleman, Yanira Castro, Rebecca Lazier, Bebe Miller, and Yara Travieso. She has presented her own work in New York City at Harlem Stage, Joe’s Pub, Judson Church, and New York University. Shayla-Vie teaches at The American Dance Festival and NYU’s Summer Dance Intensive. She is currently working on projects with Ni’Ja Whitson and Susan Marshall.
Paul Matteson has been presented by Danspace Project, Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop and most recently by the American Dance Festival. Paul danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and David Dorfman Dance and has worked with many inspiring choreographers and dancing visionaries. He has taught at numerous festivals, colleges, and universities and is currently full-time faculty at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Andrea Olsen is a dancer, writer, educator and Professor Emeritus of Dance at Middlebury College who has been engaged as an artist in residence and board member with A.P.E. since l978. Author of Bodystories, Body and Earth, and The Place of Dance with colleague Caryn McHose, she has contributed to writings about the body to many anthologies and journals. She tours and teaches internationally, including a Fulbright residency in New Zealand (2003). Her current projects include films, workshops, and writings bringing embodiment practices into global communication. (https://andrea-olsen.com and https://body-earth.org
Jennifer Polins is a curator, mobilizer, professor of dance, and performance maker who has worked at the intersection of somatics, performance studies, and contemporary dance techniques for over 25 years. Jen is the founding director of the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT). SCDT unites local and regional institutions, showcases internationally acclaimed artists, offers training for all ages in performance practices, and supports artistic growth for individuals and communities. Jen holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival and has danced in America and Europe, starting with the Joffrey, Milwaukee, and Zurich Operahouse Ballet companies before embarking on a professional career in performance art. She is guest lecturer in the Five College Dance Department, and project coordinator for A.P.E.@Hawley. SCDTNOHO.COM
Peter Schmitz has been involved in making creative projects and performing in various mediums of creative work for over 40 years. Maybe you saw him perform in Dance Gallery's production of "Archives' (date?) on the top floor of Thornes Market, or in one of the numerous iterations of Roy Faudree's 'Elephant Man'. Maybe you remember a pair of shoes he sold you when you shopped at Chona. Maybe you don't remember.