26 Mar

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s 30th Anniversary Season at the Joyce: Guest Artist Bios

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, 30th Anniversary by Lois Greenfield

In honor of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s 30th Anniversary, various guest artists were invited to share the stage with current Company members for their Joyce season, running March 26 – April 7*. The guest artists whose bios appear below join the Company in Continuous Replay and D-Man in the Waters. (*Guest artist appearances vary based on show date.)

AKIKO AIZAWA has been a member of SITI Company since 1997, after seven years as a member of the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT). With SITI, she has performed in: Trojan Women, Cafe Variations American Document, Antigone, Under Construction, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, bobrauschenbergamerica, Freshwater, Hotel Cassiopeia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Intimations for Saxophone, La Dispute, War of the Worlds, Culture of Desire, Nicholas and Alexandra and systems/layers. Roles with SCOT include: Trojan Women, Three Sisters and Dionysus. Theaters/festivals include BAM/Next Wave Festival, Under the Radar at the Public Theater, American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Court Theatre, Joyce Theater, Krannert Center, Los Angeles Opera, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Live Arts, Walker Art Center and Wexner Center for the Arts. International festivals/venues include: Edinburgh, Dublin, Bonn, Bobigny, Helsinki, Melbourne, Bogota, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Toga and Moscow. Aizawa is originally from Akita, Japan.

ARTHUR AVILES received a BA from Bard College. He was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1987 to 1995 and received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for a series of performances in the Company in 1989. In 1996 He created Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre. He is a NYFA Fellow and has received the Mayor’s Award. In 1998, he co-founded The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. In 2002 he founded The Bronx Dance Coalition, which produces the Bronx Dance Magazine. As Aviles celebrates his 50th birthday this coming May, he is extremely grateful for the opportunity to dance in Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s 30th season.

GERMAUL BARNES is a Bessie Award winner for his dancing in the work of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. He is currently Director and Founder of Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions Dance, a New York based dance company that presents multi-media dance performances and educational residencies around the world. Barnes is also Co-Director of Burnt Sugar/Danz with Gabri Christa and Greg Tate. He has received many grants and awards for his extensive foreign experience as dancer, teacher, choreographer and anthropologist. He has created dances for The Ailey School, Southern Dance Work, Birmingham Southern College, Skidmore College, Jasmyn Fyffe Dance-Toronto, Ghana National Dance Theater, ChoreoQuest Project, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, among others.

WILL BOND is a founding member of SITI Company. He has performed and toured nationally and internationally in SITI’s Orestes (by company member Charles L. Mee), The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, Culture of Desire, Bob (Drama Desk Nomination best solo performance of the year), War of the Worlds, War of the Worlds – The Radio Play, Cabin Pressure, bobrauschenbergamerica, La Dispute, Death and the Ploughman, Lilith and Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Opera), Radio Macbeth, Who Do You Think You Are and Antigone. He has toured with Tadashi Suzuki and Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) in Dionysus and with Robert Wilson’s Persephone performed at the Theater Olympics Delphi, Greece. Regional works include: Macbeth, The Lover, Creditors, Mystery of Irma Vep, Greater Tuna, Greetings, Holiday, Night Must Fall, Suddenly Last Summer, The Tempest, Hamlet. Original works include History of the World from the very Beginning with Christian Frederickson & SITI’s Brian Scott, Crash a work also with Brian Scott in collaboration with Deborah Hay, and I’ll Crane For You, a solo performance dance theater work commissioned by Deborah Hay. Bond is currently Artist-In-Residence in the theater department of Skidmore College.

DWAYNE BROWN is from New York City. He was a Young Artist Scholar in 2005 for the American Dance Festival and a fellowship student at The Alvin Ailey School in 2006.  Brown graduated from Vassar in 2007 with a Psychology degree. As a freelance artist he has worked professionally with Sean Curran, Maija Garcia, Chamber Dance Project, Linda Diamond & Co., Anouk van Dijk, The Next Stage Project, Sounding Line Productions, Naganuma Dance, Connecticut Ballet, TrainorDance, Eric Taylor Dance, Nathan Trice, Daniel Gwirtzman, Whitney Hunter, and Roger Jeffery.  From January 2010 through August 2011 Brown extensively toured nationally and internationally with Lula Washington Dance Theater. Currently, Brown is an apprentice for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, a dancer at The Metropolitan Opera (2nd season) and a dancer for ReggieWilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group.

CATHERINE CABEEN MFA, is the Artistic Director of Catherine Cabeen – Hyphen. Cabeen has received choreographic commissions from On the Boards, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, the Visa2Dance Festival in Dar Es Salaam, Alsarab Dance Troupe and the Lebanese American University in Byblos Lebanon, Moving People Dance Theater in Santa Fe, and Pig Iron Theater Company in Philadelphia, among others. The New York Times has called Cabeen’s Hyphen, “highly kinetic, complex… visually exquisite,” and “beautifully performed.” Cabeen currently performs in her own work, and with Richard Move. She is a former member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1997-2005) and was Jones’ Assistant Choreographer on the original production of Spring Awakening at the Atlantic Theater.  She is also a former member of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Pearl Lang Dance Theater, among others. Cabeen has taught for the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Education Outreach Department since 2006. In 2012 Cabeen began a three-year appointment at Middlebury College in Vermont.

CHISTIAN CANCIANI was twice honored with the Choreographic Award by the French Ministry of Culture. In New York, Canciani participated in the classes of Limon, Nikolaïs, Cunningham, Trisha Brown and Susan Klein, as well as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He has danced the repertoires, styles and techniques of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Elisa Monte, Kevin Wynn, Blondell Cummings, Eleo Pomare, Donald Byrd and Ballet Hispanico. He danced in the opera Carmina Burana in Puerto Rico, and his Musical Theater credits include Fame (the musical) on Broadway. The breadth and chronology of his experiences have fired his imagination and clarified his direction in choreography, teaching and yoga. He has collaborated with composers such as Lester Bowie, Eric Delbouys, Olu Dara, Johannes Walter and Don Pullen.  Canciani holds a Master’s degree in Modern Dance from the Lyon Superior Conservatory. He is currently Vice-Rector of the Palucca University in Dresden, Germany.

PETER CHAMBERLIN danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2007-2011.  He is currently finishing his medical school prerequisites at Columbia University.

SEAN CURRAN danced for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 1983 to 1993 and was given a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for his performance in Secret Pastures. He was an original NYC cast member of STOMP performing in the show for four years. Sean Curran Company recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with a season at The Joyce Theater. Sean has another life as an Opera Director and Choreographer and has created work for The Met, NYC Opera, Gotham Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Montreal, Opera Theater of St Louis and Santa Fe opera. Curran is currently the Associate Chair of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department.

LAWRENCE GOLDHUBER is a Bessie Award winning performer and choreographer, who first came to attention as a long time principal member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. In addition to presenting his own work internationally both as a soloist and as the duet team of Goldhuber & Latsky, he has worked with composer Merdith Monk, DV8 Physical Theater, Jerome Bel, Keely Garfield and, most recently, Belgian artist Jan Fabre.

LEON INGULSRUD helped found SITI Company and has appeared in Orestes, Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Opera), Nicholas & Alexandra (LA Opera), bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Under Construction, Antigone, American Document (with Martha Graham Dance Company), War of the Worlds; Radio Play, Trojan Women, Cafe Variations and Continuous Replay (with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company). Previous to SITI, Ingulsrud was a member of the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) for seven years, during which time Ingulsrud also served as a resident director at the ATM Arts Center in Mito, Japan. Ingulsrud served two years as the Associate Artistic Director of Swine Palace in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ingulsrud has taught in workshops and universities around the world, translates Japanese theater texts into English and holds an MFA in directing from Columbia.

AYO JANEEN JACKSON received her BFA at North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a former member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Ballet Preljocaj and an original cast of Spider Man on Broadway. Jackson has performed her choreography in New York venues such as at PS 122, Aaron Davis Hall and Dance Theater Workshop. She has been a guest teacher at Hollins University and University of California, Irvine. Jackson has received both a Chris Helleman Award and a Special Project Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation. She was a dancer for the French star, Mylene Farmer. Jackson has worked on several projects with Julie Taymor; the movie Across the Universe and Grendel an opera directed by Ms.Taymor, with choreography by Angelin Preljocaj and music by Eliot Goldenthal. Jackson also danced for the Greek singer Anna Vissi (choreography by Mia Michaels) and in the Latin Grammys with Thalia at Madison Square Garden. She has also danced in a silent film The Great Observer, with choreography by Hinton Battle. Jackson is the assistant choreographer for Superfly, the Musical, directed by Bill T. Jones. Currently she is working on the film Black Nativity, directed by Kasi Lemmons.

HEIDI LATSKY danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1987-1993. She currently has her own company, Heidi Latsky Dance, which has received international recognition for “The GIMP Project” her body of work with both disabled and non disabled dancers. She recently performed at TEDXWomen in DC and has upcoming shows at Baruch Performing  Arts Center in June.

ANNA SCHON is a native of the Bronx, who received her BA from Barnard College in European History and Dance. She is extremely fortunate to be an apprentice with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She also performs with The Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, The Metropolitan Opera and zoe|juniper. She has had the pleasure of working with Aszure Barton and Artists, Jennifer Muller/The Works (apprentice), Mark Dendy, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Alison Jones Dance, Malcolm Low, Gabri Christa and Ori Flomin. She would like to thank God, her family, friends and Kehila (community) back home for their unwavering support.

ROSALYNDE LeBLANC holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University. She began her professional career with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1993-1999), then continued on with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1999-2002). For the next four years she danced with the Liz Gerring Dance Comany while working as a freelance dancer with various choreographers. Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, John Jasperse, Yvonne Rainer, David Gordon, Richard Move, Larry Keigwin, Noemi LaFrance and Charles Moulton are among the choreographers whose work Ms. LeBlanc has performed. In addition, she danced in several productions with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet and was invited to perform at the 2006 Salzburg Opera Festival, Austria, in Joachim Schloemer’s Irrfahrten. She has also worked with film directors, Burt Barr, John Turturro, Gretchen Bender and Matthew Rolston, and can be seen in the short film, Roz; the Janet Jackson music video, Every Time; the PBS Specials, Still/Here, Free to Dance, Dancing in the Light, A Good Man; and in the feature film, Romance and Cigarettes. Ms. LeBlanc has written articles about her dance career for Dance Magazine and Europe’s Ballettanz. She taught dance at Long Island University for seven years while returning to work with Bill T. Jones in the re-staging of his pieces at colleges around the country. She is now on faculty at Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles.

COLLEEN THOMAS is a New York based choreographer and performing artist. She began her professional career with the Miami Ballet and went on to work with renowned contemporary choreographers such as Nina Wiener Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group and Bebe Miller Company, among others. She is a co-director for Bill Young/Colleen Thomas and Co. as well as the director for ColleenThomasDance. Thomas has presented her work all over the world from Hong Kong to Brazil and Russia to New York. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College of Columbia University.

STEPHEN DUFF WEBBER has performed with SITI all over the world since 1994 in Café Variations, American Document, Antigone, Radio Macbeth (Macbeth), Hotel Cassiopeia, Under Construction, Freshwater, Death and the Ploughman, War of the Worlds (Orson Welles), bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers (with Rachel’s), La Dispute, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabin Pressure, Going Going Gone, Culture of Desire, The Medium, Private Lives, Hay Fever, The Radio Play (Orson Welles) and Short Stories. In New York, he has appeared in Death and the Ploughman (CSC), War of the Worlds (BAM), Culture of Desire (NYTW), Trojan Women 2.0 (En Garde Arts), Freshwater (Women’s Project), Radio Macbeth (Public), Hotel Cassiopeia (BAM), American Document (Joyce), Antigone (NYLA) and Radio Play (Joe’s Pub). In the United States, Webber has performed with American Repertory Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville (Betrayal, Glengarry Glen Ross), Milwaukee Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theater, Magic Theater, Portland Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre and Stage West.

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