Beth Gill: Brand New Sidewalk [New York Premiere]

For Brand New Sidewalk, three-time Bessie Award-winning choreographer Beth Gill teams up with composer Jon Moniaci and lighting designer Thomas Dunn to create a sparse, elegant diptych that questions the value of formalism in dance. An evocative new work for four dancers, Brand New Sidewalk explores themes of alienation, erasure, fantasy and power through the lens of abstraction.

Photo courtesy of of Walker Art Center

Choreography Beth Gill
Lighting and Scenery Thomas Dunn
Music Jon Moniaci
Brass quintet recording and performance Members of TILT Brass
Trombone/Director Chris McIntyre
Trumpet Tim Leopold
Trumpet Sam Jones
Horn John Gattis
Tuba John Altieri
Costumes Baille Younkman
Company, Cast and Crew Bios:

Beth Gill is a choreographer who has been making contemporary dance and performance in New York City since 2005. Gill has been commissioned by New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theater, The Kitchen and Dance Theater Workshop. Her performances have toured nationally and internationally including: Fusebox (TX), The Nazareth College Dance Festival (NY) and Dance Umbrella (UK). Gill is the recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015-2016 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. She is an inaugural member of The Hatchery Project, a 2015-2016 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Artist in Residence and a 2013-2015 New York City Center Choreography Fellow. In 2011 Gill was awarded two New York State Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and the Juried Award “ for the choreographer exhibiting some of the most interesting and exciting ideas happening in dance in New York City today.” In 2012 Dance Magazine named her one of the top 25 artists to watch.Gill is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been a guest artist and teacher at Bard College, Barnard College, Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts, Arizona State University, NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing, the New York State Summer School of the Arts and the American Dance Festival.

Kevin Boateng began his dance training at the age of 19 in Arlington, Texas at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus under the direction of Jamie Perrin. There, he studied hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and ballet. On the summer of 2013, Kevin was privileged to dance with Courtney Mulcahy and company at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth during the Modern Dance Festival. In 2013, he was accepted into the University of North Texas at Denton’s Dance and Theatre program. While at UNT, he became a company member of Rhapsody Movement Company in Arlington, TX for a season. During his undergraduate training, he studied Modern, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Choreography, Hip-hop, and traditional Korean dance. In spring 2016, Kevin earned his BA in Dance at The University of North Texas at Denton. Since 2014 he has been a member of Movers Unlimited Dance Company, under the direction of Dr. Kihyoung Choi and Dr. Linda Quinn. In summer of 2016, Kevin attended The American Dance Festival on a full scholarship. Here, Kevin met Beth Gill and was given the opportunity to dance in her Footprints piece that was showcased at Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University. Kevin now anticipates moving to New York City summer of 2017.

Maggie Cloud grew up in Sarasota, Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Dance. She has most recently been involved in the work of Moriah Evans, Beth Gill, John Jasperse, Pam Tanowitz and Gillian Walsh. Maggie has taught at Chen Dance Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and at the University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute.

Thomas Dunn, based in NYC, designs lighting throughout US and abroad. He has collaborated with Beth Gill previously on Portrait Study and New Work for the Desert (2014 Bessie nomination). Other selected design credits includes works with; Wally Cardona, Steve Cosson/The Civilians, Annie Dorsen, DD Dorvillier/human future dance corp, Daniel Fish, Trajal Harrell, Jennifer Lacey, Noémie Lafrance/Sens Production, Ong Keng Sen/TheatreWorks Singapore and Jay Scheib/NYCO. Thomas is the recipient of a 2009 Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, The Little Dog Laughed (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) and a 2007 Bessie for DD Dorvillier’s Nottthing Is Importanttt (The Kitchen).

Joyce “Jaye” Delores Edwards, a native of Rochester, NY, began her dance training at just two years old.  She faithfully attended classes, for sixteen years, at Little Red Dance Studio under the tutelage of Lisa Allain.  Jaye has studied dances of the African diaspora, Acrobatics, Ballet, Contemporary/Modern Forms, Hip Hop, Jazz,and Tap.  In Rochester, she has had the opportunity to perform in works by Oluyinka Akinjiola, Mohamed Diaby, Tre Holloway, Jason Parsons, Brad Parquette, and Tammy Sugden-Carrasco.  Currently, Jaye is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, with a second major in African and African American Studies, at The College at Brockport (SUNY).  While in school, she participates as an active member of the Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble,lead by mentor Baba Khalid A. N. Saleem, and is also member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  Jaye thanks her colleagues, mentors, family and friends for their unconditional love and support.

Danielle Goldman is Associate Professor of Critical Dance Studies at The New School. Her dance research is grounded in the broader fields of performance studies and critical theory, as well as the expanding body of interdisciplinary scholarship on improvisation.  Author of I Want to be Ready: Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom (University of Michigan Press, 2010), she has published articles in Dance Research, Dance Research Journal, Etcetera, Movement Research Performance Journal, TDR, and Women & Performance.  In addition to her writing and teaching, dance practice constitutes an important part of Goldman’s research. She has performed in the work of Sarah Michelson, DD Dorvillier, Anna Sperber, and Beth Gill.  She is currently helping to oversee Endless Shout, a multi-artist performance project that explores collectivity and improvisation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

Jon Moniaci is a composer, performer and software engineer. Interested in improvisation and live electro-acoustic performance, he has collaborated extensively with dance and performance makers. A frequent collaborator of choreographer Beth Gill, his score for her dance Electric Midwife received a “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance Award. He has also worked with Chase Granoff, Andrew Dinwiddie, Jeff Larson, Peter Kerlin, Anna Sperber, Marissa Perel, Alex Escalante, Mark Jarecke, Dean Moss and Peter Jacobs. He plays music with Stephen Rush and Chris Peck in their project Crystal Mooncone.

Baille Younkman is an artist and designer from Columbus, Ohio. After having studied fashion and sculpture, Baille received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, Baille moved to Brooklyn, NY where she currently lives and works in costume design for performance art. It is there that she is able to find an intersection between her interests in three-dimensional form, language and the moving image. Baille’s work has been shown at BRIC Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, BAM Harvey Theater, The Irondale Center and most recently The Kitchen. She is currently working with Beth Gill and John Jasperse and continues to be an art advocate with the youth. [website]

TILT Brass, founded in 2003 and based in Brooklyn, is dedicated to presenting and advocating for new brass music in New York City. With ensembles ranging from chamber groups to experimental brass orchestra, TILT has performed at Park Ave Armory (Merce Cunningham Dance Co. final Events), Lincoln Center, Whitney Museum, Roulette, among many others, and can be heard on releases by the Tzadik, New World, Non-Site, and POTTR labels. Chris McIntyre, TILT Director and trombonist, leads a varied career in music as a performer, composer, and curator/producer. He performs on trombone and synthesizer with UllU, Ne(x)tworks, Either/Or, and in composer-led projects with Zeena Parkins, Anthony Braxton, Anthony Coleman, Elliott Sharp, Nate Wooley, David Behrman, James Fei, and John King. American trumpeter Tim Leopold is a Brooklyn-based performer, composer, and producer. His projects include Tilt Brass, Meridian ArtsEensemble, and collaborations with 3Ps Productions. Praised by the New York Times for his ‘remarkable playing’ and ability to create a ‘riveting dialogue’ as a soloist, Juilliard-trained American trumpeter Sam Jones is recognized as one of the young leaders in new repertoire, orchestral and chamber music. Originally from Tennessee, John Gattis is a New York City based horn player and educator. An avid proponent of contemporary music, he has played with groups such as the Talea Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Contemporaneous, and the Argento Chamber Ensemble. He has worked with and given world premieres by a variety of composers including Brian Ferneyhough, John Zorn, Christian Wolff, and Olga Neuwirth. In addition to performing, John is also a faculty member at the Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey. As a tuba player, John Altieri has amassed a considerable list of performances and recordings across many styles ranging from the Contemporary Classical with Alarm Will Sound, to the Grammy and RocknRoll Hall of Fame of Macklemore, Steven Tyler, and David Byrne.