Art Omi: Dance 2022

Lavy is a queer, choreographic dance artist based in New York City. Their work looks to invite notions of identity curation and community building through multimedia expression. Their research provokes raw, unhinged, and boundless play to form athleticism through rapid experimentation. In Fall 2021, Lavy founded VERBAL ANIMAL, a queer, immersive performance collective that curates collaborative engagement as a means to foster raw, athletic human experience. The company has presented work at Arts on Site, The Craft NYC and Marymount’s Dancers At Work showcase. In Spring of 2022, VERBAL ANIMAL premiered their first evening length work, Triptych Mirrored, at Triskelion Arts.

Maya Billig
Maya Billig is a Miami-based choreographer, director, and dancer. A cross between fantasy and poignant reality, her work is rooted in building surreal, hybrid worlds through the mediums of dance, film, and photography. Her latest work premiered in February at Miami Light Project, Gate Closes at 3:05, is her first evening-length piece that weaves through a post-apocalyptic speakeasy inspired by Cowboy Bebop and Edgar Allan Poe. She is currently in-process creating West Nouveau, where surrealism meets Old Hollywood Western. Her other work has been supported by the Knight Foundation, Adrienne Arsht Center, and Miami Light Project to name a few. She was a Jacob’s Pillow 2021 Choreographic Fellow and was featured in Dance Magazine March 2022 issue of “On the Rise.” Her dance films have been screened in 5 countries thus far and she has trained in techniques throughout the US, Europe, Israel, and Australia. A traveler at heart, she has traversed 31 countries and plans to spend her life developing sustainable relationships to our planet and each other. She intends on having her work be an intersection, an inspiration for dialogue, and a refuge.

Miriam Hermina
Miriam Hermina discovered her passion for movement in her hometown of Fulton, Maryland. Studying ballet from the age of 9, Hermina developed an appetite for knowledge of different styles and holistic approaches to the art form of dance. When the artist flew west to attend Loyola Marymount University, she was introduced to a rich vocabulary of dance intellect. Mentors such as John Todd, Mary Trunk and James Gregg inspired Ms. Hermina to discover her creative abilities and to see dance as a powerful tool especially when it intersects with other media. Since graduating from LMU with a B.A. in Dance, Hermina continues to utilize the information she has accumulated to tell stories and challenge her audience with an alternative perspective.

Aime Irasema
Aime Irasema is a dancer, creator, and performing artist from Mexico City. She graduated with a Bachelor of Contemporary Dance at the National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance. As a performer she was part of the first and second cast of the Center of Contemporary Dance Production in Mexico City, and in the company Aura Dance Theater in Lithuania. She was a beneficiary of FONCA in the 2018 Scenic Creators program. Recently she was part of the SIDance 2019 Residency Program in Seoul, where she collaborated as a choreographer and performer. She currently works as a freelance dancer and creator.

Cat Mahari
Cat Mahari’s practice is built from a richly layered body history, stemming from an archive of research, physical training and intent to manifest an intellectual, material and informal legacy of Blk liberation through documentation. By examining personal marks and socio-genealogical maps, she explores inner and outer environments. She finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, strength, wildness, and humour sourced from the liminal language of experiences. Mahari is a culture bearer of Hip Hop and House; former member of the Krump family Gool, student of Princess Lockeroo, with a BFA in dance performance from UMKC and MA in performance, practice, and research from RCCSD.

Ntege Moses
Ntege Moses, also known as Jerom Bixe, is a native of Uganda and freelance performing artist specializing in traditional Ugandan dance forms, contemporary dance, Afro dance, and acting. Since 2009 Jerom has served as a company member and choreographer for the East-African dance company “Extreme 3.” Additional performance credits include the movie “Put your house in order” (2014, dancer) and theatre productions “Journey” (2019, dancer), “Legacy” (2019, dancer), “Open dance piece” (2017, dancer), “Release technique” (2016, dancer), “Omusinde” (2016, dancer), “Lion of Judah“ (2015, actor and dancer), “Africa Second to None“ (2014, dancer), and “Uganda at 50 years“ (2012, dancer).

Raymond Pinto
Raymond Pinto was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He studied dance and graduated from the Juilliard School in 2013. He was awarded a Princess Grace Foundation Award in 2012 for his achievement as a dancer and was a Young Arts Award winner in 2009. He has worked with internationally touring dance companies, notable choreographers, and artists. As an artist himself, Raymond has presented his own works at festivals, theaters, galleries, workshops, and conferences both locally and globally. He has presented his work at the Judson Memorial Church, MoMA PS1, and the Venice Biennale. He was an artist in residence at Movement Research in NYC. In addition to creating new performance art works, Raymond also holds a Master’s Degree with a focus in Performance Studies from New York University. Despite the precious conditions of today’s world, Raymond intends to continue to create new works that situate the African and Latinx diasporas as a contextual point of departure.

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