Programs

2018-19 Guest Artists

List of 6 items.

  • Kyle Abraham

    2016 Doris Duke Recipient and 2015 City Center Choreographer in Residence, Kyle Abraham is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow who began his dance training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Washington & Jefferson College, and is currently serving as a visiting professor in residence at UCLA.

    In November 2012, Abraham was named the newly appointed New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012–2014. Just one month later, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premiered Abraham’s newest work, Another Night, at New York’s City Center to rave reviews.
    Rebecca Bengal of Vogue wrote, “What Abraham brings to Ailey is an avant-garde aesthetic, an original and politically minded downtown sensibility that doesn’t distinguish between genres but freely draws on a vocabulary that is as much Merce and Martha as it is Eadweard Muybridge and Michael Jackson.” That same year, Abraham was named the 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient and 2012 USA Ford Fellow, before serving as a choreographic contributor for Beyonce’s 2013 British Vogue cover shoot.

    Abraham received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show, and a Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2010. The previous year, he was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch for 2009, and received a Jerome Travel and Study Grant in 2008.

    His choreography has been presented throughout the United States and abroad, most recently at Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, The Los Angeles Music Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Théâtre de la Ville, Maison de la Danse, Tanz Im August, On The Boards, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, Harlem Stage, Montreal, Italy, Germany, Sweden, France, Jordan, Ecuador, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum located in Okinawa Japan, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Byham and The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa.

    In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, Abraham.In.Motion, Abraham recently premiered Untitled America, a three-part commissioned work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and is touring The Serpent and The Smoke, a new pas de deux for himself and acclaimed Bessie Award-winning and former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan as part of Restless Creature and choreographed for the upcoming feature-length film, The Book of Henry, with acclaimed director, Colin Trevorrow. Abraham is currently touring Dearest Home, an intimate evening-length work for AIM, which premiered at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, May 2017.

    New works include the currently untitled commission for LA Dance Project premiering March 2018 and three new works for AIM set to premiere May 2018 at The Joyce Theater in New York.
    In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.”
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  • Loni Landon

    Loni Landon is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Movement Consultant based in New York City. In addition to creating dances for her own collective, Loni Landon Dance Projects, her work is commissioned by Dance Companies and Film Makers across the country.

    Born and raised in New York City, Landon received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2005. While a student at the NYC High School of Performing Arts, Landon was a NFAA Young Arts Modern Dance Winner. After Juilliard, Landon performed with Aszure Barton and Artists, Ballet Theater Munich, Tanz Munich Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera.

    Landon is the 2013 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship winner awarded with BODYTRAFFIC.  As a sought after choreographer, her work has been commissioned by Keigwin and Company, Whim Whim, LEVY DANCE, The Juilliard School, BODYTRAFFIC, American Dance Institute (for Loni Landon Dance Projects), Northwest Dance Project, Hubbard Street II, Ballet X, Ballet Austin, SUNY Purchase, and Marymount Manhattan College. Her company has performed at The Joyce Theater and Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series, as well as at Bryant Park and the first annual Beach Sessions in Rockaway Beach.

    Landon has won numerous awards including First Prize Winner of Ballet Austin’s New American Talent Competition, Winner of Northwest Dance Project’s “Pretty Creatives” Choreography Competition, Winner of the Next Commission from CityDance Ensemble, Finalist in the International Solo Tanz Theater Competition in Stuttgart, Germany, and Finalist in the Hannover International Choreography Competition.

    Landon was also a participant in the 2012 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Other residencies include ITE and the CUNY Dance Initiative. 

    Alongside Gregory Dolbashian, Landon co-founded THE PLAYGROUND, an initiative designed to give emerging choreographers a place to experiment, while allowing professional dancers to participate affordably. Dance Magazine recognized the Playground as a 25 To Watch for 2013.
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  • Marcus Willis

    Marcus Jarrell Willis began his formal training at the Johnston Performing Arts Middle School, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Discovery Dance Group in Houston, Texas.
     
    At age 16, he moved to New York City and studied at The Ailey School as a scholarship student. Willis is a recipient of a Level 1 ARTS award given by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and has received scholarships to many schools, including The Juilliard School. He was a member of Ailey II and also worked with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, and Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza. Mr. Willis performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2008-2016, traveling around the world performing, teaching numerous master classes, and participating in Outreach in various communities throughout the world including and most recently South Africa.
     
    He has presented work in the 2009 TDDC Contemporary Dance Festival in NYC, The Ailey Dancer's Resource Fund performances, The Ailey School, The Dance Gallery Festival, and The Dance Gallery Festival Level Up Commission in 2013, among other festivals. Commissions include works created for Ailey II, Company Danzante, University of Minnesota, and Satellite Collective. Most recently, he self-produced a full evening of his choreographic works in "An Evening To Remember" in NYC.
     
    Willis currently lives in London pursuing his choreographic career and will forever continue his journey and exploration in the Arts striving to reach hearts all around the world.
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  • James Gregg

    Colorado born, Oklahoma raised. James Gregg is now an international choreographer. 

    He has created choreographic works on Whim W’Him, Danceworks Chicago, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Ballet X, Northwest Dance Project, Nashville Ballet's Emergence, Springboard Danse Project Montreal, River North Dance Company, Elements Contemporary Ballet, and L’Ecole Superieure de Danse de Quebec.

    Most recently, Gregg was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. He was also the winner for Ballet Austin's 2014 New American talent choreographic competition, a finalist in Milwaukee Ballet's 2013 Genesis Choreographic competition, and in 2011 the winner of the International Choreographic Competition at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. 

    As a performer, Gregg has worked with Bodytraffic, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Aszure & Artists, Rubberband Dance Group, and River North Dance Company. Throughout his career he had the opportunity to do the works of many renowned choreographers including Victor Quijada, Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton, Crystal Pite, Rodrigo Pedernieras, Frank Chauves, Danny Ezralow, Mauro Bigonzetti, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cayetano Soto, and more. James also has been featured in several music videos, feature films, and in TV documentaries and specials. Elton John, Lyon, Kresha Turner, Ils Dansent, On the road, and Soul Survivors are a couple of examples of this. These experiences to work with such a variety of artists and different artistic avenues have given Gregg the tools to create his own language and helped mold his choreographic voice and vision. 

    His biggest interest is to create movement from the inside out, exploring different paths and routes through which the body can move. Discovering how these various avenues can evoke emotion and how those emotions translate throughout the body.
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  • RubberLegz

    RubberLegz, real name Rauf Yasit, is a Los Angeles-based choreographer and dancer with Kurdish roots who was born and raised in Celle, Germany. He has worked with William Forsythe, National Opera of Paris, LACMA, Flying Steps, Moderat, Sonos, Seat, Tumi, HP, Pandora, and more. 

    RubberLegz has a style that defies categorizations. He started as a self taught B-Boy in1998. In 2007, after years of mastering his craft in breakdancing, Yasit’s repertoire evolved to include performing in a contemporary dance production. Endless hours of rehearsal inevitably transformed a childhood hobby into his life’s work and passion. Aptly dubbed “RubberLegz” for his ability to miraculously contort his body into unthinkable shapes and positions, this breakdancing phenom competes in and judges dance competitions as well as teaching workshops all around the globe. 

    Rauf Yasit is a multi-disciplined tour de force. 
    He received his diploma in 3D-Vizualisation and Animation in Switzerland and has years of experience working in professional design agencies as a visual artist. He then moved to Berlin and worked as a freelance artist in both design and dance.

    Today he is known worldwide and is a respected artist with his very own unique style. He is now living in Los Angeles focusing on projects, bringing his photography, design, and dance skills together. His most exciting project is the development of his own choreographic language called MESH.
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    Wewolf is a Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary dance collective launched by James Gregg and RubberLegz that is focused on creating and working on different projects that bring their methods of dance and visual arts together. Even though RubberLegz and James are from different backgrounds, they have the same views on the way they see dance and how they want to translate their two voices into one cohesive choreographic method.

    The mix of Rubberlegz’s self made abstract break technique with James’s background in contemporary, ballet, and urban dance has created a new visually dynamic style of movement. This language has made a splash in not only the dance community, but with creators in many different genres of the arts.

    Wewolf is interested in pushing boundaries in their work yet at the same time inspiring people worldwide with their creativity. They are a fusion of urban and contemporary dance like you have never seen before.
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  • Jordan Johnson

    Jordan Johnson was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. As a dancer, he has had the privilege to work commercially with artists such as Katy Perry, Josh Groban, Pentatonix, Peaches, and more. In the concert world, he’s had the pleasure of originating the role of Lo Sing Buck in "Pearl" at the Lincoln Center; choreographed by Daniel Ezralow. Recently, Jordan has danced in Emma Portner's work "Femme Debout", which premiered in modern art museums in Zurich and New York. Most recently he choreographed for the musical artist Half Alive and won second place in the Capezio Ace Awards competition. Currently, he is making work through his choreographic collective JA, as well as making pieces for schools and dance studios around the country. Jordan will graduate with a BFA in dance from USC Kaufman school this year. Outside of dance, Jordan works with various churches and community development projects in Los Angeles and around the world.
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Past Guest Artists

List of 22 items.

  • Andrew Winghart

  • Barak Marshall

  • BODYTRAFFIC

  • Christina Bodie

  • Christopher Bordenave

  • Erica Robson

  • Francisco Gella

  • Genna Moroni

  • Hai Cohen

  • Hector Mercado

  • Helene Phillips

  • Holly Rothschild

  • James Gregg

  • James Patric Moran

  • Jodi Gates

  • Leslie Scott

  • Lindsey Matheis

  • Norbert de la Cruz III

  • Sara Von Gillern

  • Thang Dao

  • WHYTEBERG

  • Yusha Marie Sorzano

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