Art Omi: Dance, 2019 Residents

Nichole Canuso (USA) experiments with the participation of audience bodies, personal narratives, and her devotion to the kinesthetic intellect. Choreographic residencies include 2009 and 2014 fellowships at the Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography (FL), MacDowell Colony (NH), Millay Colony for the Arts (NY), The Orchard Project (NY) and the BiLateral Residency in Budapest Hungary. Presentation of her choreographic work includes New York Live Arts (NYC), American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA), Los Angeles Performance Practice (CA), International Festival for Art and Ideas (New Haven, CT), Velocity (Seattle,WA), ODC (San Francisco, CA), Here (NYC). Fellowship support includes National Endowment for the Arts, William Penn Foundation, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, John S. Knight Foundation. She is a faculty member of the MFA program at the University of the Arts/Pig Iron School for Performance Training. She is a 2017 Pew Fellow.

Carolyn Hoehner (USA) is a performance artist at-home in Washington D.C. Her work has been presented at Dance Place, Gibney Dance, The Richmond Dance Festival, and site specific locations & galleries in NYC and D.C. She has lived and danced in Seattle, NYC, DC, and the sail-boat lined Eastern Shore of Maryland - and works to build bridges between the artistic communities she's been a part of. When not dancing, she curates + organizes pop-up film screenings in bars and public places across her city to make space for emerging dance filmmakers and bring their work to new audiences. In 2016, she was awarded a year-long residency at the Trinity Fellows Academy where she investigated hospitality as a lens for performance. She translated these investigations into a large-scale, immersive project called HOUSEWARMING, devised and performed by 12 individual artists of varied mediums from NYC and DC inside an historic DC row home. She has performed works by alex + xan: the median movement, Shannon Hummel, Ryan Corriston, Zoe Scofield, BodyCartography Jenny Boissiere, darlingdance company, and Orange Grove Dance. She holds a BA from James Madison University and supplements her dance background as a current student with the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.

Gilad Jerusalmy (Israel) is an independent dancer and creator for stage and media from Tel Aviv, Israel. He studied at SEAD– Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria; Maslool – Professional Dance Program in Tel Aviv-Jaffa; Hakvutza (The Group) – School for Movement and Dance for Adults, Tel Aviv-Jaffa; and the Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts in Giv’atayim as a theater major. He has worked as a dancer and performing artist with a number of choreographers including Elad Schechter, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor, Dana Ruttenberg, Ronit Ziv, Lloyd Marengo, Sebastian Zuber and others. His works for the stage – “EARTH (female)” – a duet for two male dancers, and "Separation Pangs" a duet for a child and his mother premiered in 2017-2018 in Israel. His recent work “Pil-Pilon” - A solo for a grown man and his doll, premiered in April 2019 in Tel Aviv.  Gilad teaches contemporary dance and repertory workshops, while working as the Social Activity Coordinator at HaKvutza (The Group) – School for Movement and Dance for Adults, Tel Aviv.

Won Kim (South Korea) studied dance at Ewha Womans University in Korea and has been working as a choreographer and dancer. She was an exchange professor at several institutions such as Tisch School of the Arts at NYU (U.S.A), the University Paris VIII (France), and Kinki University (Japan) and lectured in NYC, Osaka, Kyoto, Shanghai, Singapore and Paris. She also participated in many dance festivals and workshops and experienced various international collaborative activities. She focuses on finding movements beyond formalized and predetermined choreography, searching for essence of “free and pure” movements of human body. Currently, she is a Member of TanztheatreOnes and a Board Member of Contemporary Dance Association of Korea.

Sasha Kozin (Russia) is a dancer, choreographer, and performer from Petrozavodsk in northwest Russia. Sasha started his career interested in movement athletics in 1991 and later became involved with Kruuga folk theater in his home city. In 2009, he studied traditional Polish dance in Lublin, Poland. While living in the United States for several months in 2013, Sasha attended master classes on modern techniques, contact improvisation, and improvisation. In 2014, he received an international scholarship to ADF where he participated in classes and laboratories by John Jaspers, Crystal Pite, Shen Wei, Julyan Hamilton, Frey Faust, Dimitris Papaioannu, Jan Fabre, and Francesca Pedulla among other choreographers. Sasha has also participated in international projects with choreographers from Norway, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Northern Ireland, South Korea, and Argentina. Today, Sasha works as an organizer for the PushOK and KarpatSKIfest (Ukraine) festivals.

Jared Jonathan Luna (Philippines) is a dance scholar and artist based in Quezon City. He has a particular interest in vernacular movement vocabularies in urban spaces. Some of his works have looked into children’s games, novelty dances, striptease and runway and print modelling. Jared sees the body as a site of cultural production and a political site of meaning making. His works comment and critique on the various cultural constructs that are realized by the moving body. Such constructs he has worked and is still working on include the gaze/male gaze, gender and sexuality, standards of beauty, and humanity vis-a-vis animality. Trained in various street dance and contemporary dance vocabularies, Jared engages with his research through movement based performances. Present day, Jared seeks to build his practice by studying devising and collaborative work as well as learning physical theatre.

Nabaggala L.M. (Uganda) is a Ugandan dancer, performer, teacher, and choreographer. Her specialties are waacking, Ugandan traditional dances, Afro house and Latin. She is working with Batalo East which was founded in 2013 aimed at strengthening the traditional and urban arts together by developing youths who have strong roots in their strong culture giving them a sense of originality and identity. She's also a member, teacher, and student of breakdance project Uganda (BPU) a voluntary non-profit organization that uses break dance, hip hop, arts, and education for the empowerment and promotion of positive social change plus positive social responsibility. Lilian focuses on working with young girls and women who she empowers through her choreography classes and performances sharing life and leadership skills.

Tariq Darrell O'Meally (USA) is an artist searching for the power within introspection and vulnerability in the African American body, to synthesize kinesthetic stories that will resonate in a way that is socially relevant, empathetic, and impactful. O’Meally has been chosen as a Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow. O’Meally is also a 2018-19 Joe’s Movement Emporium NextLOOK Artist and Dance Place’s 2017-18 New Releases Commissioned Artist. He is the Artistic Director of Tariq Darrell+the UNUM Dance Collective. He has presented his work at the John F. Kennedy Center, The Clarice Smith 34th & 35th Annual Choreographer's Showcase, Mid-Atlantic North Gala at the American College Dance Association and Richmond Dance Festival. As an educator, he has taught at Hollins University, Coppin State University, and Morgan State University, in addition to presenting as guest lecturer at the National Gallery of Art. He currently holds a BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Appsara Raamkummar (India) is an Indian classical dancer with nine years of experience as a choreographer, performer, and educator. Her work includes 350 stage shows and variety of events including TV reality shows. A few career highlights include collaborations with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (Croatia and Austria), Iyal Isai Nadaga Mandram, Chidambaram Natyanjali, Kalaignar Mupperum Vizha (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Program), Mysore Dasara Festival, Karnataka (Chief Minister's) Festival, Sri Lanka Dance Festival, Guruvayur Temple, and Kabaleeshwarar Temple. Her performance work has been reported in the Times of India, The Hindu, and Deccan Chronicle. Appsara holds an MFA in Bharatanatyam from Annamalai University- Chidambaram and she is looking to extend the journey of dance worldwide.

Daniela Vásquez Contreras (Mexico) is a choreographer, performer and teacher based in Mexico City. Her work researches how the body can become a machine that finds its perfection in repetition and progression. She conceives choreography as the task of constructing and destroying images and surprising transformations of the body. Her work's background is based on the remaining memory of human relationships. Daniela has presented her work at international festivals, such as “SólodosEn Danza/ Costa Rica 2017”, “AcieloAbierto”, “16th International Choreography Contest Burgos-New York”, “Ventana Abierta a la Danza” in Spain. As a performer she has worked in companies like "CEPRODAC" (resident contemporary dance company of the National Institute of Fine Arts), Estudio Mitrovica, Alicia Sánchez y Compañía, as well as collaborating with interdisciplinary artists like Galia Eibenschutz, Brian Niessen and Erich Weiss, among others. She was recipient of the Young Creator fellowship from "FONCA" in the 2017-2018 emission to create her piece "Scroll" and be a resident choreographer at Escuela Superior de Danza de Sinaloa.

Jasmyn Fyffe, Guest Mentor (Alumna, Art Omi: Dance 2016) has been practicing her art as a choreographer, dancer, vocalist and teacher for the past 12 years. Described as "an indisputably talented performer and dance maker," Kathleen Smith (The Dance Current) she continues to chase art that speaks to and comes from the depth of the soul and the human experience. As a choreographer her most recent commissions include: Toronto Dance Theatre, Cahoot's Theatre, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Etobicoke School of the Arts. As a performer/collaborator she recently performed a multi-disciplinary work at FlowChart Performance Series in collaboration with collage visual artist Alicia Nauta. Other recent projects include: Jennifer Dallas of Kemi Dance Projects, Ame Henderson, Robert Kingsbury, mix mix dance collective and the Spice Girls Tribute band "Wannabe." For 8 years Jasmyn directed, choreographed and performed for her company Jasmyn Fyffe Dance creating a total of sixteen works, both full length and short ensemble pieces of which she toured to  Montreal QC, Brooklyn NY, Guelph ON and Birmingham UK. As a solo artist, Jaz has performed at: Summerworks Performance Festival, Dance Made in Canada Festival, Pulse Dance Conference, Older and Reckless, New Moves Contemporary Dance Festival, Lake Studios Berlin, Animating Spaces (Kaeja d’Dance) and Fresh Blood.  Her solo "what do you see?" (Summer works 2017) earned her the position of 'runner up' for the John Kaplan award. In 2016 she completed a month long residency in Berlin, Germany at Lake Studios with the support of the Ontario Arts Council as well as a residency at Art Omi, both life changing experiences that she continues to ride the waves of. In 2017 she was featured on CBC’s “HERstory in Black” honoring 150 Black Canadian women making a significant contribution in Canada.

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