June 1 and 2, 2012 7:30PM
Souleymane Badolo, Bridgman/Packer Dance, Claire Porter, and Misnomer Dance Theater
All tickets $20 General, $12 MAD Members and Students with Valid ID
Souleymane Badolo, who was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, is the director and founder of Kongo Ba Téria, a company that fuses traditional African dances with western contemporary dance. He has had a distinguished career working with the renowned African choreographer, Gnapa Béatrice Kombé, and acclaimed French choreographer Mathilde Monnier, among others, and has performed at Danspace and DNA in New York.
"His dancing is intense, electric." Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
Bridgman/Packer Dance. Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer create highly visual and visceral interaction of live performance and video technology that explodes the partnering form into a magically populated stage where image and reality collide. In works that have been performed worldwide, they ask the question: what is real and what is image?
"Cult status surely awaits choreographers Myrna Packer and Art Bridgman, a playful couple of dance artists who have parlayed their familiarity with video technology into a reputation for dazzling illusionism." Robert Johnson, The Star Ledger
Misnomer Dance Theater, artistic director Chris Elam. Misnomer has performed in the United States and abroad, with seasons at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and The Joyce Theater, among others and has also conducted large-scale, cross-medium collaborations, from choreographing for Bjork's "Wanderlust" video to creating an 8,000 square-foot labyrinth with the Danish Dance Theater.
"Fusion doesn't begin to describe what's going on here; Elam is annealing his influences, creating a taut, intense movement language." Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice
Claire Porter has performed her Portables internationally and in the New York City areaat PS 122, Joe's Pub, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater, The Bottom Line and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She has also brought them to the American Dance Festival, The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, Jacob's Pillow and The Kennedy Center.
"Porter, mistress of the short, sharp character portrait, is that rare breed nimble witty comedian. She is always delightful, often wickedly funny." Sally Sommer, The Village Voice
"No less winning was the Bollywood team, the Sa Dance Company, lip-synching as they danced with irresistible good humor and high energy. The two young women who sustained a central duet breathtakingly pretty - combined stamina, skill and wonderful glee." Alaistair McCauley, The New York Times
Khaleah London has performed with companies in the UK, Trinidad, and in the United States, and made her debut with her own troupe, Layers, in Senegal in 2009. Her works have been presented at Dance Theater Workshop and Symphony Space, among others. She gives workshops at Ballet Hispanico, Long Island University and Yale University.
"Khaleah London's precision is for the sinuousa fusion of modern dance and Africanismsand she presents herself to us with focused dignity. She's one gorgeous creature." Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
Jodi Melnick has performed with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company and choreographers Sara Rudner, John Jasperse and Vicky Shick, at venues such as The Kitchen and La Mama, among others. She was a guest artist with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and has collaborated and performed in the video/film works of Burt Barr and Charles Atlas. She won two "Bessie" awards for sustained achievement in dance in 2001 and 2008.
"Jodi Melnick is a force of nature. Trying to convey her brilliance is like trying to grasp a silver trout in a running stream. Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
Stephen Petronio has built a body of work with some of the world's most talented and provocative artists including composers Nico Muhly, Laurie Anderson, and Diamanda GalÃ¡s; visual artists Cindy Sherman and Anish Kapoor, and fashion designer Benjamin Cho and the late performance artist Leigh Bowery. Founded in 1984, his company has performed in 26 countries, and won commissions from Dance Umbrella Festival/London, Festival International Montpellier-Danse, and The Joyce Theaterand Wexner Center for the Arts.
"Petronio has a singular knack for pairing his sexually charged, elegantly virtuosic movement language with some of the hottest musicians and fashion designers of the moment." Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times
"Mr. Batiste was stunning: he played a solo in the piano's upper region that was spare, forceful, witty, funky, imaginative and coherent." Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards has been in almost every major tap movie or show that has appeared on tap since the '80's. Her career includes roles in "Black and Blue" and the Tony Award-winning "Bring In Da'Noise, Bring In Da'Funk," as well as the film, "TAP" with Gregory Hines.
"Are there enough words in the dictionary to praise Ms. Sumbry-Edwards? If ever there were a performer to prove that tap is equal parts dance and music, it is this singularly authoritative artist." Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times
Jared Grimes has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Hines, Jerry Lewis, Fayard Nicholas and for President Obama and Senator Ted Kennedy at the Kennedy Center. His theater credits include "The Scottsboro Boys," " Sammy," and "Broadway Underground," which he directed.
"Mr. Grimes's solo was a dazzlingly long and brilliantly sustained tour de forcein which those rippling feet of his finally reached spellbinding feats of speed." Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
Ailey II. New artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Robert Battle has had his works performed by the Ailey company as well as by his own troupe, Battleworks. He was honored as one of the Masters of African American Choreography by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2005.
"The complex, tightly woven rhythms of Indian Kathak dance are deconstructed and abstracted in Robert Battle's `Takademe,' a percussive, fast-paced work to Sheila Chandra's jazzy score." Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
Jonah Bokaer expands the possibilities for live performance through choreography, digital media and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Among others, he has worked with Merce Cunningham and Robert Wilson. He won a New York Dance and Performance Award "Bessie" in 2007, for establishing the arts organization Chez Bushwick.
"Jonah Bokaer the former Merce Cunningham dancer, a choreographer, co-founder of two arts spaces and, at 29, already the subject of a book is clearly a man of many talents." Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times
Holley Farmer has worked with the Merce Cunningham Company and Twyla Tharp and collaborated with such musicians as Brian Eno and the band Radiohead and such artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg. For her leading role in Tharp's Broadway hit "Come Fly With Me," she received an Astaire Award nomination. She also won the New York Dance and Performance Award "Bessie" for sustained achievement.
"Holley Farmer's turn was the one I didn't want to see end. She embodied the paradox of impersonal personality, subsumed in someone else's abstract steps yet making us feel we know her." Brian Siebert, The New York Times
Prashant Shah spent over 25 years training with Padmashree Kumudini Lakhia, a world-renowned Kathak (Indian Classical Dance) exponent and founder of the Kadamb Centre for Dance and Music in Ahmedabad, India. He has toured Asia, Europe, and the United States as a solo artist as well as a leading dancer of the Kadamb company.
"Prashant Shah, one of my favorites, was tall and debonair, the Fred Astaire of Kathak -- when he smiled, you did too." Rachel Howard, San Francisco Chronicle
The choreographer/dancer Jason Samuels Smith has appeared on "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with The Stars," and starred in the Tony Award-winning Broadway show "Bring in Da'Noise, Bring in Da'Funk." With his own tap company A.C.G.I (Anybody Can Get It), he tours the world with "India Jazz Suites" and "Charlie's Angels: A Tribute to Charlie Parker."
"The immensely likeable and accomplished Jason Samuels Smith has the relaxed, unassuming air of a guy in love with dance, and with the ability to jam and play that his considerable skills gives him." Mary Ellen Hunt, Criticaldance.com
The flamenco artist Nelida Tirado has performed at theaters and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with major companies such as Noche Flamenca and Compania Maria Pages. She had top billing in the Broadway hit show "Riverdance." Also an accomplished Latin dancer, she worked with Tito Puente and performed with him for President Bush at the Ford Theater.
"Robust and sensual, Nelida Tirado puts her head down and charges into action." Robert Johnson, The Star Ledger