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Andy Noble & NobleMotion

 One of Houston’s “A-list” dance companies.

                          – Dance Magazine by Nancy Wozny

BCDF is truly honored that Andy Noble, co-artistic director of this “A-list” dance company, will be presenting not just one piece at the 7:30pm National Showcase, but the audiences will be graced upon TWO of his works. 

Based in Texas, NobleMotion was founded in 2009. The artistic directors of NobleMotion Dance are a husband and wife team & collaborate on all facets of the company. While NBD is relatively young, artistic directors had been collaborating & producing dance for over 15 years.

The company’s driving missions is collaboration, specifically with light and technology artists. The company is actually one of the few contemporary companies that has two light/tech artists built into the organization.

 

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Why did Noble chose Boston? Well, he explains,

 “Expand NobleMotion’s audience to a new region and share the stage with other dynamic companies from across the country. Boston is a great city and we are excited to introduce our work to the community. We actually know several of the other participants in this years festival, so it will be a bit of a reunion for us as well.”

So, what will the choreographer be presenting at BCDF?

First, his piece choreographed for his company NobleMotion, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity, well maybe not a life time, but something that hasn’t been witnessed in ten years!

As Co-Artistic Director, Andy Noble generally does not perform with the company & has not danced professionally in 10 years. He has always wanted to perform with lead dancer Jesus Acosta. He explains how excited he is for this opportunity, however a bit nervous. Well, the nerves are not needed since here at BCDF we are honored that the festival will be the first place he chose to dance after his performance hiatus.

 

Second, Noble will be traveling early for BCDF as he will be setting a piece on Urbanity Dance that will also perform in the National Showcase. Urbanity is feels privileged and honored that Noble has taken out the time to set work on their company.

 

Make sure to check out NobleMotion on Facebook & Twitter! 
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Cayley Christoforou & Extensions Dance Company

Our youngest choreographer Cayley Christoforou shows artistic maturity beyond her years in her piece “Noire”, which will be performed at the 12 pm show.

This young choreographer from the Boston-area is senior at Salve Regina University. While studying English Communications & Dance, she is an integral part of Salve Regina’s dance community not only does she hold the Public Relations chair for the largest club on campus, SRU Dance, but has also a member & choreographer of Extensions Dance Company since her freshman year.

Run by Artistic Director Lindsay Guarino, Extensions is a highly elective company at the university that allows dancers to work with renowned choreographers. However, this is not her first time on the BCDF stage. In previous years she was selected to perform with the Urbanity Summer Intensive and will again this year.

In her choreographic repertoire in the contemporary style, “Noire” is her most notable. It has seen the stages of the Boston University from the Adjudicated Concert ACDFA 2014 to the Salve Regina Arts Scholarship Gala.

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So, what should you expect from “Noire” at BCDF? Well, Christoforou takes on a twist on the modern day female persona. Christoforou explains,

“Inspired by the “bad ass” female persona, I try to take on feminism across the globe. My piece addresses the powerful, independent, and well-put together female persona portrayed in modern dance society alongside the personal breakdown a female may experience. A female encounters trials and tribulations during her life, which I display through each female’s individuals smudging of their black lipstick.  Hence, the name of my piece “Noire”, which means black in French. The end displays that a female will eventually rise above to “kiss off” the initial reason for her breakdown.”

This opportunity creates an experience that means everything to her. BCDF for Christoforou, “Gives young people from around the area not only an understanding of this influential art form, but allowing Boston to step up as a prominent dance city just like New York and LA.” BCDF allows for her to grow as choreographer on an international stage. This festival is a stepping-stone to see what the background of a festival entails all on her own. 

We can’t wait to see where Cayley will go! Make sure to check out her page HERE! 

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Heather Budinscak & FreeFall Contemporary Dance Company

BCDF welcomes FreeFall Contemporary Dance Company from Bedford, NH, alongside their founder Heather Budinscak.

 

Founded in 2013, this fresh face companies mission is to enrich and engage the lives of others through modern dance; to energize the audience using musically driven, athletic movement that loves the floor, flies through the air and eats up all the space in between. FreeFall is made up of a handful of very talented yet completely diverse individuals. Each has a unique background that shapes the dancer they have become.

Loving the vivacity & energy in Boston, Budinscak knew she had to take her company to this city. She explains,

“It has a vibrant lifeblood that nurtures a growing community of dancers, especially, at this time, contemporary dancers. This will be FreeFall CDC’s debut performance in Boston and I am so excited to share our work there, alongside many talented fellow artists.”

You do not want to miss the company performing “Reckless Secrets” at the 12 pm Boston Showcase at BCDF. So, what exactly is this piece about?

Well, it stems from an old saying that everyone seems to know, “See not evil, Hear no eve, Say no evil,” & the iconic, humorous image of the 3 monies in their corresponding poses.  There the similarities end as the piece delves into the darker side of secrets, gossip and the inevitable consequences of one’s actions.  And get this, during the rehearsal process, Budinscak was constantly asking the dancers to keep their eyes covered. We can only imagine the collisions that happened there.

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Heather continues to explain why this festival is a wonderful oppoutunity, 

       “As I continue to grow this new company I hope to share FreeFall’s energy and message with as many people and communities as possible. BCDF is a wonderful opportunity to begin this endeavor, and meet a multitude of talented of artists. A city full of talented minds and bodies is the perfect place to stumble and explore!”

 

Make sure to “like” FreeFall Contemporary Dance Company on Facebook!

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Brian Washburn

BCDF welcomes Urbanity dancer, Brian Washburn, as a choreographer to the Boston Showcase.

Born in Providence RI, Brian Washburn is somewhat new to the city of Boston. Inspired by the moves of Michael Jackson & introduced to classical dance by the Urban Nutcracker at a young age, this choreographer & dancer knew he wanted to pursue dance. 

Moving to Charlotte, NC, he enrolled in Northwest School of Arts as a dance major all for the remainder of his high school years. From there,  he returned to New England so he could be a teaching apprentice at Tony Williams Dance Center, eventually taking on roles, such as, Rat King, Russian male lead, Soldier Doll, and even Mini Meyer, a role usually performed by Tony award winning dancer, Yo-el Cassell.

Now, a current dancer with Urbanity Dance, Washburn explains why Urbanity is where he belongs,

“It isn’t just somewhere I dance. It has been a safe place. Somewhere where I could grow and find myself through movement, innovative and incredible in many ways.”

Brian had the opportunity to perform in the festival last year, however BCDF is excited to present Washburn in another light: a choreographer.  He explains,

“I’m hoping to come away from this experience with a new light so to speak. I have choreographed but never had it showcased on such a large scale. I hope to get feed back from everyone that I can and learn and grow more and more as a dancer and choreographer.”

So, the question is: what will this choreographer be bringing to this large scale festival? Well, get ready because this piece utilizes elements most do not typically see in contemporary dance: martial arts & park out.

Make sure to grab your tickets for BCDF now, so you can see Brian Washburn present his piece in the 12pm Boston Showcase!

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Emilio Colalillo & emiMOTION

BCDF welcomes back choreographer Emilio Colalillo & his company emiMOTION back to the 7:30 pm National Showcase!

Emilio Colalillo is the founder & Artistic Director of emiMOTION. A company that focuses on putting works that are avant grade. They like to think and create differently with a high level of physical technique.

A Toronto based choreographer and dancer, his work has been presented around the US and has also toured the world in places like India! As a performer, he travelled to Dubai dancing in ‘The Jungle Book” and also travelled with Corpus Dance Projects to Japan, Denmark and SwedenHis resume could go on & on.

He actively has ideas and allows for his feelings, thoughts, and emotions to come about in his dances and his teaching methods. He wants to be aware of various cultural movement and educate himself in all dance genres to produce avant-garde dance works.

Question is, why come back to Boston? Well, Colalillo explains,

“Boston is a great city with amazing artists. Performing last year at BCDF was such a wonderful and welcoming experience. My company had a fantastic time and the talent from all over was incredible.  Boston is a phenomenal city to network and gain inspiration from artists and the city. “

You do not want to miss out because this will not only be a brand new piece for emiMotion, but also one of the fasted & sharpest pieces he has ever created.  

Make sure to buy your tickets here, so you can see emiMOTION!

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Company Four

BCDF welcomes Boston Company, Company Four, to the Boston Showcase!

Formed in 2012, Company Four strives to extend the life of the adult dancer by providing opportunities for community performance activities, engagement in technical dance training, & continued expression of self through dance. They are extremely passionate about telling stories through dance, making dance accessible to self-proclaimed “non-dancers” and providing opportunities for artists to create and share work.

Consisting of four members (obviously), Boston is consisted home for the company, since they rehearse out of Reading, MA. Company Four explains,

“The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival is a catalyst for putting Boston on the map for contemporary dance. New York and LA are the first cities that come to mind when thinking of dance as an industry. Let’s get Boston on that list.”

Company Four will be performing their piece, “Everything Happens in Threes,” in the Boston Showcase at BCDF! So, what should you expect from their piece? First, it is the first work they have purposefully set as a trio. But, wait isn’t it company “four”? Well, their fourth company member is due to give birth to twins at the end of July. How exciting! Should they change their name to company six now?!

 

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Suzanne Beahrs Dance

Suzanne Beahrs has been called a “rising name” by the New York Times.

Well, on August 16th you will have the chance to view this rising name’s piece of work. So, what is Suzanne Beahrs Dance all about? This company is all about  investigating & celebrating the impermanent human experience through kinetically driven modern dance. This means teasing out every ounce of juice in the present moment, being connected to one another and ourselves.
Excerpts of Suzanne Beahrs work ,”Amid,” a celebration of the exquisite power in our broken, impermanent selves, have been presented at Judson Church, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Gibney Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Cora Dance, and in outdoor parks around NYC.
However, you will have a chance to view this full piece at the 7:30 PM BCDF National Showcase. Siobhan Burke of The New York Times explains what is so appealing about the work, 
“The most appealing aspect of Amid was the internal rhythm and grounded, silken quality shared by the [dancers]… Observing their connectedness, the kinesthetic equivalent of friends who can finish each other’s sentences, you got the sense that they had been dancing together for a very long time.”
Beahrs  explains what an opportunity BCDF is for her & the company, “For us BCDF is a tremendous opportunity to take a first tour to a cool city that is relatively close to our home in NYC. It’s also working so well because of all of the other dancing happening nearby. I’ll be teaching at Green Street Studios on August 16 1-3 pm and we’re performing at Built on Stilts in Martha’s Vineyard on August 17 and in Easton on August 14. None of this would have happened for us if we weren’t first accepted to this festival.” Well, here at BCDF we are excited Suzanne Beahrs Dance was accepted to present work at the National Showcase! 
Make sure to like Suzanne Beahrs Dance on Facebook!

 

 

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Robert Mark Burke

Robert Mark Burke currently finds himself as a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist throughout New York &  New Jersey.  He graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts.  Robert is currently a company member with Randy James’s 10 Hairy Legs.

Robert’s work has also been shown at numerous events, and he even recently received the Dance Express Choreography Award, an award given to a BFA Senior choreographer in recognition of their body of choreographic work over four years. And, get this. Burke is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer.

As an artist,  Burke is interested in the interpersonal and interpersonal relationships that can occur between dancers and the environment around them. He explains,

“I attempt to research and answer questions such as: what does the audience see? What is important for the audience know? How can I challenge the audiences understanding of my work, and in this challenge, how can I further develop my understanding of my own work? I am interested in creating dances that spark an emotional and physical reaction from both the audience as well as the dancers and in recent months have found myself exploring not only the art of movement but also the art of theatricality.”

As this young choreographer continues on his artistic journey, he hopes to expand his body of work by exploring different processes to create each work. Burke explains what makes himself as a choreographer unique,

“As a choreographer, I am interested in creating a body of work that covers a vast array of aesthetics and topics. No two pieces are alike.  From contemporary ballet to dance theatre, the company continually challenges me to create new and exciting work.”

His work will be presented t the 3pm National Showcase, and in fact is the first time Robert Mark Dance will be represented outside the NYC-Metro area. So, what should you expect from his piece? Well,”one crude son” is based of off the work of photographer Gregory Crewdson.  The work is influenced by his use of juxtaposition & light.

Make sure to purchase your tickets HERE, so you will be able to view Robert Mark Burke’s work. 

 

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Colleen Edwards & Dragonfly Ballet Theater

 Dragonfly Ballet Theater has one goal: to bring back the story to ballet.

 

Colleen Edwards, Artistic Director of DBT, believes contemporary ballet is a great tool to do that. The company wants to bring people into the theater to connect with dance in an accessible way so they become new fans of dance.

Before residing in Portland, ME, Edwards explains why it is so important to have a festival in the city she once lived in,

“It is important for Boston to have this festival because of the diversity not only of the people in this city but the dancers and choreographers that accumulate in Boston.  I lived in Boston for six years and always felt that for the amount of dancers the studios and schools turn out there wasn’t an equal amount of performance opportunities to offer them. Boston has been waiting a long time for this festival!”

So, what exactly should you expect from DBT at  the BCDF National Showcase? Well, Their piece “Cumulus” is actually about the evolution of a thunder storm and the use of space really tells the story, the dancers slowly make their way toward the audience through the choreography, much like one would experience a storm moving your way!

Make sure to “like”their Facebook page! 

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Sheena Annalise & Arch Contemporary Ballet

“The audience speaks volumes to the beauty of the piece… there were audible gasps…”

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Are you ready to gasp over Arch Contemporary Ballet at the 3pm National Showcase? Well, get this because Arch Contemporary Ballet’s Artistic Director & Founder, Sheena Annalise, choreographs everything in SILENCE. A new work is completely finished and set before bringing in a composer,who then creates an original score for the new ballet work. This choreographic process brings a new experience for audiences to really connect to the movement.

Annalise explains,

“Over and over, ACB is noted for creating linear heaven with all female partnering for audiences and I am so glad audiences see and feel this when watching our performances. The line of the body is very important in the creation of my work, and often inspires many of the movement phrases in my pieces. I utilize the strengths in my beautiful dancers to create lifts, partner sequences, and stunning lines and resonates to audiences around the country.”

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Their piece, “World’s Joy,” will be making an excerpt premiere at BCDF14. And, get this: it was a collaboration with NYC’s drumming sensation The Last Drummers. How cool is that? Check out Sheena Annalise interview below:

 

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 Why perform in Boston? 
Boston is a hub for dance, community, and the performing arts as a whole. Being so close to our home, NYC, it is a great place to expand relationships with audience members near but not too far! Arch Contemporary Ballet performs nationwide throughout the year and are always excited to come back to Boston!

What are you hoping to gain from this experience?
As a returning company to BCDF, we hope to continue building relationships with audience members and companies who have followed our work since last year’s BCDF performance! We hope to engage new audiences, create new relationships with companies world wide, and give a piece of our hearts to Boston’s rising contemporary dance scene.

Tell us a fun fact about your piece. 
“World’s Joy” will be making an excerpt premiere at BCDF14 and was a collaboration with NYC’s drumming sensation The Last Drummers. After much success, The Last Drummers now play for artists around the country. ACB is excited to make their debut in the realm of ballet, and audiences will surely be delighted.

Make sure to check out Arch Contemporary Ballet on Facebook & Instagram at @ArchBallet!

 

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