Collaborators

Molly Davies, Video Artist


Molly Davies started making experimental films in the late 1960’s in New York City. For multi media performance pieces she has collaborated with artists including John Cage, David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, Lou Harrison, Michael Nyman, Alvin Curran, Fred Frith, Suzushi Hanayagi, Sage Cowles, Polly Motley, Jackie Mattisse and Anne Carson. Her work in film, multi media performance and video installation has been presented at such sites as the Venice Film Festival, The Centre Pompidou, Musée de l’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris , Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, The Getty Research Institute, Theatre Am Turm, The Whitney MuseumThe Walker Art CenterAsia Society, The KitchenLa MaMa ETCDance Theatre WorkshopJacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and The Indonesian Dance Festival. Her video installation work is in the collections of The Getty Research Institute, The Musée d’Art Contemporain Lyon and The Walker Art Center. A solo show of her video installation works was presented at Zone Chelsea, NYC in 2006. She did an installation for DiVA (Digital and Video Art) in Paris, October 2006 and an installation for DiVA New York in February 2007.
Davies is now involved in preserving and maintaining an organic farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.


Diane Madden, Performer/ Choreographer
Diane Madden is a modern dancer, teacher and choreographer based in New York City. She was born in 1959 and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Beginning in 1980, and for nearly three decades since, she worked with the Trisha Brown Company.  She was rehearsal director from 1984 to 2000.
Madden has won numerous awards, including two from the Princess Grace Foundation and a Bessie Award. She has studied, performed, and taught improvisation extensively in NYC, Europe and around the world, including her own work and that of others.
About her work, Trisha Brown said: "When Diane moved, there was the most clarity, really, I'd ever seen. This openness of mind and body that made it all the more profound for me... When we're working together, she's so close to understanding what I want that I begin a sentence and she finishes it." Among Madden's other fans are legendary ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, who Madden gave improv instruction to when he was in his 50s. She has also worked closely with Juliette Mapp.


John Jasperse, choreographer/dancer


John R. Jasperse (born October 8, 1963) is an American choreographer and dancer. Since 1990 he has been artistic director and choreographer of the New York City-based John Jasperse Company







Sean Clute, Intermedia Artist



Sean Clute is an inventor of video, sound, installation and the co-Artistic Director of intermedia performance group,DOUBLE VISION. Hailed as a “technological marvel,” Clute’s creations have been presented internationally at The Kitchen, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Merce Cunningham Studio, REDCAT Theater, and Museumsquartier Wien. Sean’s exploration of all things media has led him to conduct research as a Fulbright Scholar and present work at conferences nationwide including the recent International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA2012). Currently, Clute is an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts at Johnson State College where he also directs MARS (Media Arts Research Studio) and the BFA in Media Arts program. When he’s not creating or teaching, he can be found attempting to master the slopes of Mt. Mansfield in Vermont.





Stefan Jacobs, Lighting Designer 
Recent productions include The Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Clare Byrne Dance, and The Solo's Project. Originally from New York City, Stefan has served as Technical Director for The Kitchen, The Flea Theater, Symphony Space, and was a founding member of The New York International Fringe Festival. His lighting for both theatrical and dance has been seen in productions and tours throughout North America.



Joyce S. Lim, Performer/ Choreographer



I have become immersed in the study of Noh (traditional Japanese theater) – learning its distinct use of the voice and body, its philosophies and rhythms, and the way it uses the simplest gesture in transforming people on stage. Less is truly more, but only if you are supported with the precision, depth and inner movements that come from such a form. As Asian cultures evolve, clash, and adapt in an increasingly dense and complicated world, I am eager to find a movement vocabulary that will match the intensity and chaos of modern life while retaining some of the more traditional Asian characteristics. It is through deliberateness, brevity, suppression, and abstraction that Noh finds its power. I look for ways to honor the proven masterfulness of these techniques within original work that reflects the contemporary experience.           

Joyce S. Lim, from Malaysia, splits her time between Asia and New York City. Over the past eight years, her work has refocused on contemporary issues and traditional aesthetics of South East and East Asia. Her choreography and video have been presented internationally at various venues including the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, Teater Utan Kayu, Jakarta Institute for the Arts, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Goethe Haus (Indonesia), Chulalongkorn University of Thailand, Die Pratze (Japan) and venues in New York such as Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at the Judson ChurchDixon Place and Danspace Project.







Photo credit: Bryan Fox



Stacy Spence, Performer/ Choreographer

Stacy Spence is a choreographer, teacher, and dancer based in New York. Stacy’s work has been commissioned by Edge at London Contemporary Dance School, The University of New Mexico, and OtherShore Dance Company in New York City. Stacy danced with The Trisha Brown Company (1997-2006), and continues to be involved with the company through classes, workshops, and lectures focused on Trisha Brown’s repertory as well as restaging several of her works. He has restaged and adapted repertory for Edge at London Contemporary Dance School (Set and Reset/Reset, Five Part Weather Invention), The University of Florida in Tampa (Set and Reset/Reset), and at Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France (Newark/Reworked). Stacy was in the original cast of Trisha Brown's opera L'Orfeo which premiered in Brussels, Belgium in 2003, as well as part of the team for its restaging in Aix, France in 2007. He received his MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Stacy continues to move with others through teaching, collaborating and making work. He was chosen as a Movement Research Artist in Residence 2008-2009 in New York City. Stacy's latest work among the scapes and fields, premiered at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in December of 2009, and will be mounted again in March 2010.


Steve Paxton, Performer/Choreographer

STEVE PAXTON has researched the fiction of cultured dance and the 'truth' of improvisation for 40 years. He lives on a farm, and he has received grants from Change, Inc., the Foundation for Performance Arts, John D.Rockefeller Fund, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been awarded two NY Bessie Awards, and is a contributing editor to Contact Quarterly Dance Journal. He was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater, Grand Union, Contact Improvisation, Touchdown Dance for the visually disabled (UK), and began his career studying modern dance techniques, ballet, Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan, and Vipassana meditation. He performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. from 1961-65. He lectures, performs, choreographs and teaches primarily in the USA and Europe. IN 2008, he Lisa Nelson performed 'Night Stand' in Spain, and he published a DVD with ContreDanse in Brussels. In 2009 he re-choreographed 'Ave Nue' (1985) in Amsterdam, and toured Japan, including 'Night Stand' in Tokyo. With Contredanse, he, Florence Corin and Baptiste Andrien have developed the Phantom Exhibition, a multi-image room of meditations on Material for the Spine.


Samuel Haar, Sound Artist/ Composer/ Engineer

Sam Haar (b. 1983) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who works primarily with electronic and recorded sound. Since studying electro-acoustic composition at the Oberlin Conservatory's TIMARA program he has settled in New York and is producing work in a variety of media including tape music, live electronic music/sound performance, sound installations, video, and collaborations with dance. His work is inspired by the musical and emotional content of all sounds, the interaction of the phenomena of sound in physical space and the possibilities of ecstatic states. Sam also composes and performs regularly around New York with artist Zach Steinman in the live electronic group Blondes, whose music has been called "a display of real compositional skill" by Pitchfork Media. Sam also works as an art technological consultant assisting artists in accomplishing technology focused works, such as video and sound installations, video software programming, and electronics for interactive sculptures and installations.


Siobhan Liddell, Set Design




Siobhan Liddell’s work has always found a means through subtlety, engaging spaces with a delicate awareness, using ambient light and the reflective color of materials that, in their faintly glowing hues and unassuming nature, hold a quiet power beside her intermittent and poetic use of text. There is a profound simplicity in her works that comes from a seemingly meditative understanding of material and process, where there appears a reciprocated evolution of form and meaning over time and the wavering emergence of the intangible.



Siobhan Liddell was born 1965 in Worksop, UK she now lives and works in New York City.


Ellen Smith Ahern, Performer/Choreographer

Ellen Smith Ahern grew up dancing in Illinois. She came east to earn her BA in Dance at Middlebury College ’05, where she studied with Penny Campbell, Amy Chavasse, Andrea Olsen and Peter Schmitz. Since then she has worked with many artists, including Amy Chavasse, Kate Elias, and Mauricio Nava’s El Circo Contemporaneo, with whom she performed and taught throughout Mexico. In 2006, Ellen returned to the states to work with Jane Comfort & Company. While in New York City, she continued to create her own work with a space grant from The Field and showings at venues such as The Field FARSpace, St. Mark’s Church and Triskelion Arts. In April ’08, she was a featured guest artist and teacher at Carnegie Mellon’s satellite campus in Doha, Qatar.
In 2008, Ellen moved north to participate in Vermont’s vibrant dance community. Since then she has been a member of Tiffany Rhynard’s Big Action Performance Ensemble, collaborating with many local artists and performing throughout New York and New England. With grant support from the Vermont Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Flynn Center, Ellen continues to share her own choreography at venues including The Flynn Theater, Designhaus Gallery, and The Flynn Space. She is currently developing and performing solo material and duetwork with fellow dance artist, Lida Winfield, throughout Europe and the US. http://ellensmithahern.wordpress.com