Diana Crum

I invite you to move with us, learn some new dance scores, and look at how they rub up against one another. We’ll host three different events on May 20. Join us for one, two, or all three.

Pre-registration for noon and 1:00 PM workshops is required – please fill out the form here!

Schedule:

Noon Dance Phrase Party

Enjoying TikTok? Or need a dance party at home? Come to this open rehearsal/workshop to learn a jazzy dance phrase that pays quiet tribute to music video greats like Missy Elliot, Sean Bankhead, Bob Fosse, Janet Jackson, Anthony “Bam Bam” Thomas and more. via Zoom. Register now.

1:00 pm Movement Meditation

Feeling mellow? This open rehearsal/workshop may be a better fit for your mood. I’ll lead everyone through a meditative score, inspired by earth energy. You can sit and listen, move around, and know we’re with you. via Zoom. Register now.

8:30pm Watch Party

Ready to watch? See how the two parts go together in a live stream of a short performance in process. Dancers will be Leslie Cuyjet, Rachel Sigrid Freeburg, Londs Reuter, and Rainey White. via Facebook live.

Background info:

In September 2019, I was working as a high school dance teacher in the afternoon and creating a show at night. The choreography in the show was slow, contemplative, at odds with the energy of my adolescent students. The two realms of my work felt in opposition, but I knew that they spoke to one another. The contemplative work we do in the professional rehearsal studios is in dialogue with the popular, high-energy forms of dance circulating on the internet. Let’s look more closely at them together. On May 20, join us in the Zoom room and Facebook live.

Bios

Diana Crum is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, dancer, teacher, administrator and advocate. Residencies include Brooklyn Studios for Dance (2018), Abrons Engagement (2014), and In addition to making dances, she currently teaches with Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Brooklyn Arts Council, and ArtsConnection. MFA, Hollins University. BA, Columbia University. www.dianacrumanddancers.org

Leslie Cuyjet is most known as a performer whose body of work was recognized with a 2019 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Performer for sustained achievement. She has co-directed, designed, danced, and collaborated with a range of artists that include Will Rawls, Juliana F. May, Cynthia Oliver, Jane Comfort, David Gordon, NARCISSISTER, Stephanie Acosta, Kim Brandt, and Yanira Castro/a canary torsi among others. Her own work has been presented in venues across New York City. She was a 2018/19 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2019 AIR at Center for Performance Research with additional support by residencies at Yaddo, Marble House Project, and MacDowell Colony.

Rachel Sigrid Freeburg is a dance artist and educator based in Brooklyn. Most recently, her work has been shown through The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought and Movement Research at Judson Church. Her collaborations with s.lumbert have been shown through Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the Work-Up residency at Gibney Dance.

Londs Reuter is a dancer and dance-maker based in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently choreographing towards the question: what does it take to be brave? Londs has received support from New York Live Arts (Fresh Tracks 2014-2015), Danspace Project (Food for Thought), and the Knockdown Center (Sunday Sessions). She has been in residence at MANCC (Forward Dialogues 2019), Snug Harbor Cultural Center, PLAYA Summer Lake, and Center for Performance Research. As a dancer, she has performed in museums for Ceclia Vicuña and Simone Forti, in galleries for Abigail Levine, on film for Sarah AO Rosner, and on the many illustrious downtown stages of New York for Ursula Eagly, Will Rawls, Marissa Perel, Jillian Sweeney, and Katy Pyle/the Ballez. She is one course away from a Master’s Degree in Disability Studies from the City University of New York. Find her on the internet: londsreuter.com

Rainey White is a performer, administrator and teaching artist originally from Houston and has lived in New York since 2012. She has performed in the work of Kim Brandt, Diana Crum, Wanda Gala, Melinda Ring, and Kathy Westwater. Last year, White was invited to teach Improvisation In Performance for the Transcultural Art Lab collaborative residency program in Juist, Germany. She recently left her post as Studies Project Coordinator for Movement Research, and is currently the Studio Assistant for Melinda Ring/Special Projects. White is a graduate of CalArts (BFA, 2012).

Big thanks to New Dance Alliance for smartly moving this festival online and giving us an opportunity to keep making and sharing work with one another! And thanks to our individual supporters this spring, Jeanette Friedman and Peter Menderson, Brandon and Laura Wright, Mia Pixley and Kevin Shaw, and Jessica Schaffer.

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