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CATALYSTS

 


For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Joanne Barrett; jbpr@comcast.netor 617-834-6021

The Dance Complex presents the Second Annual

CATALYSTS

Performances by artists-in-residence:
Ryan Casey, Lorraine Chapman, Junichi Fukuda,Yosi Karahashi and Doppelgänger Dance with Danielle Davidson and Shura Baryshnikov

Three Weekends: January 14-15, 20-22, and 27-28

CAMBRIDGE, MA. December 7, 2016 - For a second year, 2016-17 CATALYSTS artists-in-residence will perform at The Dance Complex for three weekends in January. This year’s artists, Ryan Casey, Lorraine Chapman, Junichi Fukuda, Yosi Karahashi, and Doppelgänger Dance Collective (DDC): Danielle Davidson and Shura Baryshnikov, represent classic and hybrid forms including tap, modern, and flamenco. CATALYSTS performances, which will run in repertory and highlight 4 - 5 performers per night, are Saturday, January 14, 8pm; Sunday, January 15, 7pm; Friday, January 20, 8pm; Saturday, January 21, 8pm; Sunday, January 22, 7pm; Friday, January 27, 8pm; and Saturday, January 28, 8pm. Tickets are general admission $30 cabaret tables, $24 regular, and $18 student, BDA members, and military. For tickets and more information visit, this site.

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This year’s CATALYSTS selections reflect both expansive and unique talent, as well as demonstrating individual self-motivation in making dance a reality. Now halfway through their rehearsal process, each artist’s work will reflect dynamic themes, approaching their subject matter as a starting point for inspiring dance presentations:

Ryan P. Casey will perform excerpts of a piece titled "Unbound”. It follows a high school student reluctantly attempting his summer reading assignment: an essay on Little House on the Prairie. When the book fails to capture his interest, his imagination takes over, and the words and characters leap from the page to the stage.

Lorraine Chapman’s "Big In The Big Top" is a study, in several working sections, composed of raw material. By no means trying to make a political statement, the material in itself is a catalyst for the performers to explore their feelings about the state of current events in our country today. The role that duality plays in society is also examined - the putting on of one face over another.

Doppelgänger Dance with Danielle Davidson and Shura Baryshnikov will perform a piece by Alissa Cardone. Her work for Doppelgänger Dance Collective is inspired by the collages of Dadaist photomontage artist Hannah Höch. Exploring this source material, Cardone uses image-based movement as a jumping off point to explore vocabularies and approaches found in butoh, release technique and physical theatre. With the physicality and theatricality of the dancers uncovered, two distinct characters emerge and move in relationship to self, other, present and past.

Junichi Fukuda is choreographing No More Mendacity. Set around Boston Conservatory students, the piece reflects on the physical and emotional states of being truthful to yourself. The work concentrates on discovering honesty and rawness of being truthful. No more rounding, avoiding, and hiding.

Yosi Karahashi’s piece shares her personal dream of being a Flamenco dancer through a musical movement journey from Japan to Spain to the United States.

For the the last weekend of CATALYSTS we have:
Friday January 27th: Ryan Casey, Lorraine Chapman, Doppelgänger and GUEST ARTISTS: Sarah Konner and Austin Selden Dance
Saturday January 28th: Junichi Fukuda, Yosi Karahashi, Ryan Casey, Lorraine Chapman, and Doppelgänger

ABOUT THE 2016 - 17 CATALYSTS ARTISTS

RYAN P. CASEY, a Capezio athlete named one of Boston’s 25 Most Innovative People Under 25, was also featured on the January 2015 cover of Dance Magazine as one of their “25 to Watch.” This “improbably tall tap fave” (The Boston Globe) trained under Thelma Goldberg and Kelly Kaleta with the Legacy Dance Company of The Dance Inn in Lexington, Massachusetts. He also served as Dance Captain of Aaron Tolson’s New England Tap Ensemble, was a founding member of Dorrance Dance and has performed as a guest artist with Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. You may have seen him on So You Think You Can Dance or read one of his articles for Dance Magazine, Dance Studio Life, Dance Spirit or Dance Teacher. Known for his “freakishly clean footwork … reminiscent of Fred Astaire” (Dance Magazine), he has worked with studios, colleges, arts programs and youth companies throughout North America and has presented work at such venues as Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series, Massachusetts Dance Festival and David Parker’s “Soaking WET” series. He also taught for the inaugural Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard program in Switzerland. Formerly on faculty at Boston University, Ryan choreographs for the University of Connecticut Tap Team and teaches at The Dance Inn and Impulse Dance Center. He is a proud alumnus of NYU, The National YoungArts Foundation and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. Ryan was featured in the December 2013 issue of Dance Studio Life and named a 2014 Choreography finalist by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

LORRAINE CHAPMAN, one of Dance Magazine's "25 To Watch", has danced with Eliot Feld Ballets/NY and Ballet British Columbia as well as for several Boston-based choreographers including Amy Spencer, Richard Colton, Diane Arvanites, Jose Mateo, and Marcus Schulkind. She received her training at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and L'Ecole Superieure De Danse Du Quebec as well as from Boston veterans Francis Kotelly and Samuel Kurkjian. Lorraine is an instructor of dance education at The Boston Conservatory and the Assistant Artistic Director of the pre-professional division at the Ballet Arts Centre of Winchester.. LCTC is represented by The Gallery at Pentacle, an eclectic group of vibrant and talented dance makers. As a choreographer, Lorraine explores the known elements of dance in significantly original and unexpected ways and comes to different, invented and idiosyncratic conclusions from other dancemakers. She is interested in the state of mind, heart, and spirit of "the performer," or "one who performs," and here lies the connection to the source energy of each and every dance she creates. Through LCTC, Lorraine trains and nurtures young dancers, provides select students an exposure to professional dance experiences, and offers an educational and comprehensive outreach program that communicates positivity and the value of dance as artistic expression.

Doppelgänger Dance Collective (DDC) co-founded in 2015 by dancers Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson, fosters the creation and performance of original, contemporary choreographic work for duet performance. Compelled to dance together from the start, they conceived of a performance project that framed or captured this shared duality, their immediate bodily complicity. DDC is the tangible result of these dialogues. The pair offers choreographic commissions to a diverse group of artists each season and is committed to public accessibility and service to the community, through mentoring and teaching opportunities, as well as informal showings and presentations. http://www.doppelgangerdancecollective.com/

Shura Baryshnikov is an interdisciplinary dance and theatre artist working in New York, Providence, and Boston. Shura performs and choreographs for dance and theatre projects and has designed movement for Trinity Repertory Company, The Wilbury Theatre Group, Bridge Repertory Company, Elemental Theatre Collective and on a number of Brown/Trinity MFA productions. As a freelance dancer, Shura has performed with Lorraine Chapman the Company, Betsy Miller Dance Projects, ali kenner brodsky & co., Heidi Henderson, Lostwax Multimedia Dance, and Festival Ballet Providence, among others, and her solo and improvised performance projects have been presented across New England. Most recently, Shura has performed theatrical roles with Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI and Bridge Repertory Company of Boston, where she took on the titular role in Oscar Wilde's Salomé in fall of 2015. Shura is a movement instructor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, a program partnered with Providence's Trinity Repertory Company. She has also instructed at MIT, Dean College, Rhode Island College, Salve Regina University and at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. Shura is an active practitioner and teacher of Contact Improvisation and B.J. Sullivan's Safety Release Technique and has studied Viewpoints and Suzuki with Anne Bogart and SITI Company since 2009. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association. http://www.shurabaryshnikov.com/

Danielle Davidson is a performing artist, choreographer and educator currently based in New England. She obtained her D.E.C. in dance performance from L’Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec in Montreal and later trained in theater at George Brown College in Toronto. She deepened her research in physical theater, improvisation, composition and contemporary dance forms, in London, Lausanne, and Dusseldorf. Davidson has performed, taught and been commissioned to create new works throughout Europe and North America. She has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Productions Fila 13, Opera Ontario and The Banff Festival, among others, and has performed as a soloist or generated lead roles in works by Thierry Malandain, George Balanchine, and Roland Petit, to name a few. As a choreographer, Davidson has presented work in Europe and North America, and is regularly commissioned to create dances for college and university dance programs. Her works have been produced by the fFIDA in Toronto, Le Festival International de la Danse at La Place des Arts in Montreal, The Gibney Dance Center in NYC, and at Brown University in Providence, among others. She is the recipient of Le 1er Prix du Jury from Le Festival International de Danse Encore. Davidson is on faculty at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and continues to perform regularly with project-based companies in New England and beyond. She is in her third season with Prometheus Dance, a dance-theater company based in Massachusetts. In addition, Davidson is the co-artistic director/performer of Doppelgänger Dance Collective. http://www.danielledavidson.net/

JUNICHI FUKUDA, a native of Japan, he holds a BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory and has been a member of Ballet Tech/NY, Oakland Ballet, Smuin Ballet/SF, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the New York Baroque Dance Company, Nejla Yatkin’s NY2 Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company where he was featured in numerous principal roles. Back in New England, Junichi became a member of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre while he maintains relationships with Contrapose Dance, and Christopher K. Morgan & Artists as Guest Artist and Choreographer. Junichi was the recipient of the 2012 S&R Washington Award and the Dance Place’s 2012 New Releases Choreographer Commission. His choreography has been presented at 18MASDANZA in Spain, Dance St. Louis’ The Spring to Dance Festival, DanceNow at Joe’s Pub Festival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. Junichi has been commissioned to create new works for Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (Trinitus, April 2013), for Bowen McCauley Dance (Segments, March 2014), and general staging/choreography for Opera (Jeanne: a story of woman, September 2015, named as one of best in dance 2015 by the Arts Fuze). At its premiere, dance critic Sarah Kaufman of the Washington Post called Segments “the evening’s chief pleasure” and went on to say “Fukuda knew exactly what he was doing here: creating a work of easeful harmony...bringing to mind freedom and flight…in this altogether pleasing work. The real credit was due to Fukuda’s modest, tasteful proposal.” Junichi is a recipient of 2016 Bates Dance Festival’s Emerging Choreographer Residency, Dance Complex’s 2016 CATALYSTS Artist Residency, Somerville Arts Council’s Professional Development, and New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund. For more info, http://www.fukudance.com

YOSI KARAHASHI lived for 16 years in Spain, where she completed an intensive five-year program of study in flamenco with Merche Esmeralda and received her diploma with highest distinction. She then trained with artists Manuel Reyes, Maria Juncal, Truco, Immaculada Ortega, Pepa Molina, and Adrian Sanchez at the legendary flamenco academy Amor de Dios (Madrid, Spain). She was a member of several professional dance companies including the Cristobal Reyes Flamenco Company, Sueño Flamenco, and Ballet Flamenco Ole Madrid. As a soloist, Yosi has performed at numerous festivals and tablaos throughout Spain. She has also performed internationally, in Japan, Morocco, Portugal, Cyprus, Canada, the United States, and France. Yosi is an experienced teacher, having taught at dance schools throughout Madrid, including the Japanese Embassy in Madrid. She has also conducted flamenco workshops in Japan, France, and the United States. Currently based in Boston, Yosi regularly performs at the Bar Lola and is a member of Flamenco Boston and Flamenco Dance Project. Teaches an intermediate-advanced flamenco class at the Green Street Studios every Monday, and a youth/family flamenco class at the Dance Complex on Fridays.

Updated: Saturday, March 25, 2017

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