Lauren Bakst is an artist whose work spans choreography, writing, video, and performance. Her next project, Living Room Index and Pool, a collaboration with Yuri Masnyj, will be on view at Pioneer Works in March and April of 2015. This spring, Lauren will also be performing in works by Michelle Boulé and Gerard & Kelly. Lauren is the Fall 2014 Research & Development Fellow at the New Museum and a 2014-16 Open Sessions artist at The Drawing Center. She was recently a 2014 danceWEB Fellow at ImPulsTanz, the Vienna International Dance Festival.
Reid Bartelme began his professional life as a dancer. He worked for Ballet companies throughout North America and Canada, and later in his career worked for modern dance companies in New York including Shen Wei Dance Arts and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He went on to graduate from the fashion design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology and began working as a freelance costume designer. Reid has designed costumes most notably for Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Zvi Gotheiner, John Jasperse, Jack Ferver and the Parsons Dance Company. In collaboration with designer Harriet Jung, Reid has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Justin Peck, Marcelo Gomes, Andrea Miller, and Mauro Bigonzetti.
Lindsay Clark grew up in California and North Carolina. She has been working with Michelle Boule for the past three years, recently performed with Xavier Le Roy, and has previously had the pleasure of working with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Faye Driscoll, Jennie Mary Tai Liu, Yve Laris Cohen, Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Vanessa Anspaugh, Jack Ferver, John Jasperse, Yasuko Yokishi, and Pontus Lidberg. This year she has been administratively coordinating for a cooperative elementary school. She has been on faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia teaching modern technique and composition and curated several group shows for the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn. She has been a Fresh Tracks Artist in Residence at Dance Theater Workshop as well as a Sponsored Artist at Makehouse, and has performed her own work at several New York and international venues. Lindsay attended High School at the North Carolina School of the Arts as a ballet major, holds a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in dance from Hollins University.
Carmine Covelli is a performer, musician, filmmaker and artist living in Brooklyn. As a performer he has been featured in work by choreographer, performer Adrienne Truscott, performance artist Neal Medlyn and can be seen playing the drums for Bridget Everett and The Tender Moments once a month at Joe’s Pub. He makes soundscapes for theater and enjoys working with wood and interactive electronics. In 2004 he collaborated on a dozen live performance videos with the electronic dance band Le Tigre and was the cinematographer on their feature tour documentary Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories in 2011. He is the drummer for The Julie Ruin and is currently touring in support of their debut album Run Fast, released in September 2013.
Bryn Hlava is a freelance movement artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Since arriving in New York in summer of 2016 she has worked with Michelle Boulé, Sidra Bell Dance NY, Raven White, Susan Marshall and Emory Campbell. Bryn explores improvisation, sensuality, sensation and texture in her movement practice and is interested in the collaborative process with artists of all mediums. Bryn graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Dance & Psychology from the University of Oregon, focusing on Developmental Psychopathology. She remains curious. brynhlava.com
Okkyung Lee A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition for more than a decade by blending her wide interests and influences. Okkyung has released numerous albums both in the States and Europe: her second solo cello album Ghil on Editions Mego/Ideologic Organ; two albums as a leader, Nihm and Noisy Love Songs (for George Dyer), both on Tzadik; White Cable, Black Wires, a duo album with bassist John Edwards (FaTaKa); The Bleeding Edge with saxophonist Evan Parker and trumpeter Peter Evans on Psi; duo album Anicca with vocalist Phil Minton for Dancing Wayang; first solo cello album I Saw The Ghost Of An Unknown Soul And It Said… on Ecstatic Peace!; duo recording with turntablist Christian Marclay, Rubbings on My Cat Is An Alien (LP)/A Silnet Place (CD) and many others. Since moving to New York in 2000, she has worked with numerous artists such as Laurie Anderson, David Behrman, John Butcher, Nels Cline, Chris Corsano, Douglas Gordon, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Marina Rosenfeld, Jim o’Rourke, John Tilbury, C Spencer Yeh and John Zorn just to name a few. Okkyung has received a composer commission from New York State Council On The Arts in 2007 and prestigious Foundation For Contemporary Arts Grant in 2010 in Music/Sound.
Kayvon Pourazar is of Persian origin, and spent his formative years in Iran, Turkey and England. Kayvon immigrated to the US in 1995, graduated with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in May 2000 and has resided in New York City ever since. He has performed in the works of Heather Kravas, Juliana May, Juliette Mapp, Yasuko Yokoshi, Donna Uchizono, Gwen Welliver, Beth Gill, RoseAnne Spradlin, K.J. Holmes, John Jasperse, Levi Gonzalez, Doug Varone, Wil Swanson, Gabriel Masson, Jennifer Monson, Jodi Melnick and in The Metropolitan Opera productions of Les Troyens and Le Sacre du Printemps. Kayvon’s dance-work has been shown in New York City at The Kitchen (Dance & Process), P.S. 122 (Hothouse), The Cunningham Studios, Roulette (DanceRoulette), Center for Performance Research, Catch, AUNTS, Dixon Place as well as the Universities of Nebraska, Vermont and Sacramento State. In 2010 he received a New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award for Performance. He has served as Adjunct Faculty at Bennington College and currently at The New School. He teaches regularly for Movement Research and has taught as guest artist for Tsekh Russia (Moscow) and Workshop Foundation (Budapest).
Natalie Robin is a NY and Philly-based lighting designer of theater, opera, dance, music and performance art. Natalie’s design work often focuses on new American plays, contemporary dance and site-specific work. She believes that design is dramaturgy and is interested in how the generative text for work can be found in movement as much as in language. Her work expresses emotional narratives through light as an ephemeral and time-based medium.
Curtis Tamm Heraclitus once wrote, “the most beautiful world is a heap of rubble tossed down in confusion.” The video and sound-work of Curtis Tamm (*1987,CA) invokes a similar sense, of an emergent order buried beneath the chaos of confounding and unpredictable events. His projects feature wildly varied subjects, however, cinder together through a perpetual optimism, and a suggestion that catastrophe may be necessary biosophic element for every human and animal ecology.
In 2014, he worked with the Swedish Museum of Natural History on developing a sensory oriented documentary about the esoteric research of their former Director, the naturalist and polymath Rene Malaise, who in the 1930’s went on a search for the lost island of Atlantis. In 2015, he lived in Greece and worked with the Institute for the Monitoring of the Santorini Volcano, and together with volcanologists, local police, military and fire brigade officials, he proposed a re-engineered aural warning siren for the island; a prototype utilizing previous and real-time data-sets as compositional elements, pushing the sound of the siren toward a more holistic and organic aural experience based in field-recordings, rather than in dissonant tritones. In 2016 he traveled to Finland to develop research into the country’s contemporary mining industry, as well as to collaborate with mineralogist Pietari Skytaa (University of Turku) on developing a sound-library based upon the texture and taste of a rare and unique collection of stones and minerals, which he used as part of an exhibition in Turku providing the public with personalized ‘sound-saunas’ amongst the geological specimens. In the summer of 2015 while an artist-in-residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska, he worked with the Douglas County Historical Society developing a site-specific, multi-channel, circular sound composition focused on simulating the last major tornado which struck the city on May 6th, 1975. The composition includes never-before-heard archival material of the 911 distress calls associated with the event. More recently, he is working with the Arts Council England and GPL Walker Geology Center in East Iceland, collaborating with glaciologist/volcanologist duo Martin and Christa composing for recently re-discovered 16mm archival footage of volcanic eruptions and lava flows from around the world, taken by British volcanologist George Walker (a scientist who pioneered the field of rheology in the 1940’s).
Curtis received a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley 2010, and an MFA in Design | Media Arts from UCLA in 2014. He has been awarded the Roslyn Eisner Award for Creative Excellence, the William Nestrick Award in 2010, the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts ‘Major Grant’ in 2013, and the LACMA lab, Art and Technology grants 2017.