2019 Of Nearness
8 minute duet exploring the embodiment of intimacy and power dynamics between two people to music by Michael Wall. The work probes the relationship of movement and time and crafts the act of audience witnessing as a catalyst for empathy. A sound score of recorded narration functions to offer an unknown witness’s inner monologue of personal reflection about the work as the work unfolds. The piece encourages a psychological connection between audience and mover in addition to the kinetic connection. This work premiered in Dancemakers at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (July 2019), and will be performed for the ACDA North Central Conference at Iowa State University (March 2020) PERFORMANCE VIDEO
2019 Swept Up
20 minute quartet integrating 4 hairdryers on 50’ long cords as props to music by Canned Heat, Van Morrison, Snake Wind, and House of Pain. Swept Up explores both social and concert dance, ironically bringing them together through the feminine icon of the hairdryer. The work questions how women are expected to “perform” socially as well as on stage. Swept Up utilizes humor and hairdryers to remake our vision of femininity and reimagine the possibilities of everyday moments we are asked to perform. This work was commissioned by Illinois State University and premiered in the Westhoff Theatre at Illinois State University (April 2019 – Normal, IL) [Photo by Pete Guither], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
2019 75 Cents
17 minute duet collaboration with performer and choreographer Maggi Dueker. 75 Cents utilizes humor, social commentary, and spoken text with music selections by Petula Clark and The Electric Light Orchestra. The work questions gender bias and women in the contemporary American workplace. The piece upends notions of acceptable displays of public emotion and crafts comedy, irony, and realism in an ironic mashup of relationship and gender. Workshopped and public showing held at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (July 2018 – Milwaukee, WI). Full premiere at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (March 2019 – Milwaukee, WI) PERFORMANCE VIDEO
2018 What We’ve Constructed, What We Hope to Build
19 minute group work for 6 dancers with original score by sound designer Adam Peak. The piece explores personal identity to better understand America’s struggle with “othering”. The work seeks to dismantle assumptions and embody commonality through spoken word and contemporary dance. Commissioned by Illinois State University and premiered in the Center for Performing Arts at Illinois State University (November 2018 – Normal, IL) [Photo by Pete Guither], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
2018 Like Minds
14 minute duet to music by Nico Muhly. Like Minds takes its inspiration from the space two people inhabit when they deeply understand and depend on one another, but also challenge each other’s opinions and inspirations. This space is one of connection and also dynamic fluctuation that pushes each individual to need both extremes of togetherness and individuality to thrive. Just as magnets have such powerful force unifying them, in one turn, they forcefully repel. Commissioned by Illinois State University and premiered in Westoff Theater at Illinois State University (April 2018). NYC Premiere at Kaley Pruitt Dance Season at Martha Graham Studio Theater (June 2018). [Photo by Stephen Delas Heras], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
14 minute work for 7 dancers to music by George Gershwin. In our dreams we become grand versions of ourselves – we conquer fears, fly to new heights, and live as our most extraordinary selves. Limitless desires to embody the sensations of our invincible dream selves in real life. The work celebrates the human spirit: our determination, compassion and power in times of real threat to those pillars of individuality. Commissioned by Illinois State University and premiered in the Center for Performing Arts at Illinois State University (November 2017). NYC Premiere at Kaley Pruitt Dance Season at Martha Graham Studio Theater (June 2018). [Photo by Stephen Delas Heras], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
2017 Room for Elephants
24 minute work for 4 dancers and a 30’x9’ piece of fabric to music by Tin Hat Trio. A nostalgic, playful, and otherworldly trio about how we retain structures and physical places that held our sense of “home” at one time or another. The work looks at memory, and how we keep and re-live those spaces we cannot revisit. Commissioned by Illinois State University and premiered in Westoff Theater at Illinois State University (April 2017). NYC Premiere at Kaley Pruitt Dance Season at Triskelion Arts (July 2017). [Photo by Stephen Delas Heras], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
2017 Through All This & You
32 minute work for 4 dancers to selections of music by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Commodores, Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, The Clash, Billy Joel, Gogol Bordello, Iron & Wine, The Mumlers, & Queen. A fun, light hearted suite of dances that reveals the subtle, often attempting to be hidden, nuances in human relationships. We take ourselves too seriously; this dance has luscious moments of ridiculousness and awkwardness. The piece explores the many forms of love, play, competition, care, voyeurism, and how those can meld and trigger the next. Premiered at Kaley Pruitt Dance NYC Season at Triskelion Arts (July 2017). [Photo by Stephen Delas Heras], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
2017 Critical Mass
15 work for 6 dancers to music by Too Many Zooz, Steve Reich, and World Saxaphone Quartet. The piece is incredibly physical, athletic and high energy. The work revolves around the powerful force of being anonymous, and what the urban landscape allows of the human expressive condition. Commissioned by Illinois State University and premiered in the Center for Performing Arts at Illinois State University (November 2016). NYC Premiere at Kaley Pruitt Dance Season at Triskelion Arts (July 2017). [Photo by Stephen Delas Heras], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
2016 Place & Time
Evening length group work for 7 women with a new original score by Kurt Wubbenhorst. Place & Time creates a visceral experience of perpetual motion. It explores intricacy, serenity, turbulence and threat. The dance conjures, looses, and regenerates nature’s energy, answering over and over again an equation with infinite solutions. Premiered at The Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts New York, NY (March 2016). [Photo by Erik Carter], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
13 minute trio for 2 women and 1 man; highly athletic and virtuosic, emphasizing crafting space and time. Craft is an evolution of exerting the creative process and the dancer’s physical capacity to a full extent. The piece hones the mental and physical aspects of choreographing the trio form. Music by Ethel and Tim Berne. Premiered at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (September 2014). Presented as a work in progress at Triskelion Art’s Summer Shake Up (July 2014), [photo by Erik Carter], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
2013 – 2014 Super
35 minute duet for a man and woman about the icons of the super hero and sidekick through the impressions we carry from childhood to adulthood – heroism, perseverance, and friendship. The work incorporates spoken text and several props: helium balloons, costume elements, and white paper; to music by Europe, Frank Sinatra, and Ben Harper. Full length premiere at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (September 2014). Full length presented at Green Space’s Take Root Series (January 2017). Excerpts presented at Center for Performance Research in Comedic Dance Nights (April 2014), and works in progress showings at Built on Stilts in Martha’s Vineyard and at In-Sight Dance Company’s 4th Annual Suite Summer Festival in 2013. [photo by Sam Polcer], PERFORMANCE VIDEO. Review in The Stewardship Report – January 2017
2008 Being One
9 minute group modern dance piece for 5 women and 2 men to “Tarantella” and “Spiritual” by Ethel. Being One traces the path of finding individual voice and regaining human connection. The work addresses how we live in, observe, and act upon the world around us. Premiered in FSU’s Days of Dance concert series in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre and restaged for Kaley Pruitt Dance 2014 NYC Season at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. [photo by Sam Polcer], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
2012 Growing Down
Short duet for a man and woman about relationships and falling in love; to music by Iron & Wine. Developing into a longer work. Work-in-progress showing Summer 2012 at Gibney Dance Center’s Show & Share platform.
2011 partial stories
17.5 minute work comprised of a duet and a solo; incorporating spoken and recorded text and well as the radio for a sound score. Initial work in progress showing through Movement Research’s Open Showings at DTW on February 23, 2011. The finished work premiered June 22, 2011 at Dixon Place in their Under Exposed series, curated by Doug Post.[photo by Erik Carter], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
11 minute modern piece in 3 sections; for a trio and group of 7 dancers;to “Tmindao Ghmerto” by Evan Ziporyn, “Pilentze Pee” by Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, and “How to Pray” by David Lang. Photography of the Sawtooth Mountain Range in Idaho by Hailey Tucker, incorporated as three full backdrop projections. Premiered in Florida State University’s (FSU) Days of Dance concert series in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre. [photo by Diane Cahill], PERFORMANCE VIDEO
7 minute modern piece comprised of a trio and duet for 5 women to “Naked as We Came” and “Jezebel” by Iron & Wine. Premiered in FSU’s Informal Concert Series in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre.
2007 Adhere to Space
8 minute group modern dance piece for 5 dancers; incorporates large pieces of artist sketch paper and masking tape on the stage, to “Receiver” by Michael Gordon. Presented informally at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and FSU.
2007 The Soul Herself
9 minute group modern piece for 6 female dancers, to “Tehillim Part 1” by Steve Reich. Premiered in the Spring Concert at The Boston Conservatory Theater. PERFORMANCE VIDEO
2006 Bound to Instigate
5 minute modern duet performed with a live pianist and cellist on stage, to “Tarantella” by William Henry Squire. Choreography places the limitation on both dancers to only use one arm in response to one dancer’s injury. Premiered in a multidisciplinary concert at The Boston Conservatory Theater.
2006 Aluminum Spine
10.5 minute modern/contemporary ballet piece for 2 barefoot dancers and 2 pointe dancers; integrating a pair of crutches, to a self-edited piece of music combining 5 different scores by Mark Isham, Kronos Quartet, and Peter Scherer. Premiered in the Student Choreography Concert at The Idyllwild Arts Academy.
5.5 minute contemporary pointe piece for 6 female dancers, to several drum line music selections from various university marching bands. Premiered in the Student Choreography Concert at The Idyllwild Arts Academy.