Meet the Choreographers – Suzzanne Ponomarenko

Moira Dance Theatre presents The Record

The first spring HATCH presenting series of 2014 is just around the corner!  This Saturday the Works welcomes Moira Dance Theatre as they present excerpts from The Record.

Moira Dance Theatre’s three founders – S.C. Lucier, Torrey McAnena, and Suzzanne Ponomarenko- met during their time spent at Marymount Manhattan.  The team of graduates works together to create multi-medium theatrical works through their collaboration.  The Record is a new work created by S.C. Lucier and Suzzanne Ponomarenko. Featuring dancers John Dwyer, Carlie Hollmann, Torrey McAnena, and Erika Langmeyer.

About the Company

Moira Dance Theatre is a performing arts company based out of New York City.  The company originated from the partnerships between Choreographer/Dancer: Suzzanne Ponomarenko, Dancer: Torrey McAnena, and Theatrical Director: S.C. Lucier.  Moira Dance Theatre’s mission is to utilize vocabulary of classical modern technique to spark new ideas and inspire audiences in a productive and proactive way.  Moira strives to break down the barrier between the performer and the audience through a multi-medium production. Within the first year of conception, Moira Dance Theatre has premiered and performed new works at Peridance Student Showcase, GAP First Look Series, Triskelion Arts’ Collaboration in Dance Festival, Jennifer Muller’s HATCH performance series, and the Queens Dance Workshop Choreographer’s Spotlight Showcase.  In addition to performing in New York City, Moira dance Theatre has toured and participated in the First Annual Detroit Dance City Festival.  Moira is a recipient of the Harkness Center for Dance Artist Space Grant Program at the 92nd Street Y.

 

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Why is it helpful to present a work in progress?
Work in progress showcases are essential to our creative process.  We are currently working towards an evening length piece entitled, The Record and use showcases such as HATCH to experiment with the ideas we have been working on in the studio.  Having a responsive audience is a critical part of the developmental stages because it allows us to gauge where we are with our work and identify any sections that may have not fully translated as we anticipated.
We also want to give our dancers as many performance opportunities as possible as a way to help them deepen the relation with their character and the other players on stage.

Who are the most rewarding dancers for you to work with & why?
The most rewarding dancers to work with are those that believe in your vision and have the patience to see a project through to its completion.  Being a dancer of a small company is not a financially rewarding job by any means.  The dancer must truly resonate with you and the company for both dancer and artist to be equally satisfied.

Why is it important for you to present this piece of choreography to audiences in NYC?
By nature of location, NYC audiences are more acquainted with performance art and experimental works and are generally more comfortable with analyzing and communicating their ideas about a particular piece in a sophisticated manner.  They are able to view a work in progress and understand that live performances are not always a completed idea but may be more like an impression.

What should HATCH audiences look forward to with your presentation of dance?
The HATCH audience should look forward to a diverse and intriguing sound scape as well as characterization expressed through rhythm and repetition.

Meet The Artists

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John Dwyer will be graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in May 2014 with a BFA in Dance.  John has been seen performing in works by Jeff Shade, Abdur Rahim Jackson, Jessica Lang, Deganit Shemy, Tami Stronach, Loni Landon, and most recently with Moira Dance Theatre.

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Carlie Hollman will be graduating from Marymount Manhattan College this spring where she is pursuing her BA in Dance Education.  Recently she has performed in works by Chase Brock and Elena Comendador and is currently studying with Katie Langan and Pedro Ruiz.

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Torrey McAnena is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College’s BFA Dance program.  Originally from Abington, PA, she studied under Lisa Collins Vidnovic at Metropolitan Ballet Academy.  She has performed works by choreographers such as Jessica Lang, Pam Tanowitz, Lar Lubovitch, kate Skarpetowska, and Kanji Segawa.  This past year Torrey has participated in the Merce Cunningham Fellowship program and performed with the Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre Company at New York Live Arts.

Erika Langmeyer is from Seattle, WA and graduated with a BFA in dance from George Mason University.  She has most recently danced with Buglisi Dance Theatre, Naganuma Dance, The Moving Beauty Series, and Kinetic Architecture.

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Come see Moira Dance Theatre in the HATCH presenting series
Saturday, April 5th.

  • BUY TICKETS HERE

  • The Works Studio is located at 131 West 24th Street, 4th Floor (between 6th and 7th Avenue), in NYC.
  • Doors at 6:30.
  • Show begins at 7:00 pm.
  • Tickets $15
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Meet the Choreographers – Cameron McKinney

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HATCH spotlight: Cameron McKinney

The first HATCH program of 2014 is just around the corner!  Join us!

This Spring Jennifer Muller/The Works opens their doors to a new collection of NYC’s emerging choreographers for the HATCH presenting series.  The program has provided over 775 choreographers a cost-free space to investigate new work since 1997.  Our first artist in the spotlight, Cameron McKinney comes to us from Memphis, TN.

Cameron will be premiering excerpts from a work in progress titled Other Lonely Seekers.  The piece is inspired by both the Shinto creation myth of the islands, first gods of Japan, and the ankoko button (dance of darkness).  Other Lonely Seekers is a part of our first HATCH showing Saturday, April 5th.  The show will be held at The Works’ Chelsea home 131 W 24th St. (b/t 6th & 7th avenues), 4th floor.

Read on to learn more about Cameron’s dance background and his interest in presenting a work in progress as part of the HATCH choreography series.  Meet Cameron during the Q & A following the HATCH performances and learn more about the inspiration behind his work.

Choreographer’s Questions

Why is it helpful to present a work in progress?

As movement artists, the best place to experience the rewards of the creative process is in performance.  It is important to create and to involve performance quality in a work long before the final concert.

Who are the most rewarding dancers for you to work with & why?

The most rewarding dancers are those who enjoy laughing and making mistakes in the studio and are actively involved in the choreographic process by making the movement their own.  Laughter allows for mistakes, and mistakes allow for honest moments to manifest within the work.  These small moments culminate in a honest piece.

Why is it important to present this piece of choreography to audiences in NYC?

Audiences in NYC are used to seeing all kinds of art at all levels of development, so having this work views by seasoned eyes at this early stage will deepen the work by hopefully hearing from the audience where the piece is now and where it could go.

What should HATCH look forward to with your presentation?

They should look forward to a physically demanding work that may require them to step outside of their aesthetic boxes.

About The Choreographer

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Cameron McKinney is a dancer/choreographer/ teacher/author from Memphis, TN.  He has been commissioned by Spector Dance Studio and has had choreographic work shown in New York, California, Massachusetts and Vermont-with the Dance company of Middlebury.  Cameron has worked and studied with Jennifer Archibald, Nancy Stark Smith, Alex Springer, Penny Campbell, Tiffany Rhynard, Nicolas Leichter, Catherine Cabeen, and Paul Matteson.  Cameron speaks Japanese, and he has studied dance and taught internationally in Tokyo.

Meet The Dancers

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Annalisa Baratta is a junior Neuroscience major at Middlebury College.  She is from Arlngton Heights, Illinois where she began dancing at the age of 2.  Annalisa trained in ballet, jazz, and modern for 16 years at McDonald Dance Company.  Currently, she dances and choreographs for Riddim, a student run dance group at Middlebury.

Elise Cabral is a sophomore Molecular Biology and Biochemistry major at Middlebury College.  She is from Menlo Park, California, where she began dancing at the age of 3.  Elise trained in jazz and ballet at Dance Connection Palo Alto for 15 years, performing in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Copellia.  She currently dances and choreographs for riddim a student run dance group at Middlebury.

Najwa Stanford is a sophomore Art Dance joint major from New York City.  She has been a student at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Arts and has participated in the Dancing into the Future through BAM under the direction of Christal Brown.  Najwa is proficient in Spanish and has basic Chinese speaking skills.

Brenna Roets is a freshman at Middlebury College.  She has been dancing in her hometown of Pittsford, NY for thirteen years in addition to her dance experiences at college, and has also had the opportunity to dance in New York City with The Next Stage Project.  Brenna is a student of Japanese and is excited to participate in a piece that is a fusion of two of her passions.hatch

For more information check out Cameron’s website
Come out to see Cameron McKinney perform at HATCH      

Buy Tickets Here

  • The Works Studio is located at 131 West 24th Street, 4th Floor (between 6th and 7th Avenue), in NYC.
  • Doors at 6:30, show at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tickets $15