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We are a diverse artistic community in a unique position to create a learning atmosphere where students and faculty work alongside one another to expand and deepen our relationship to dance and the world around us. The resident faculty are augmented by both summer faculty, mentors, and visiting artists and scholars who reflect a wide range of interests and experiences.

Resident faculty

Jeffery Bullock

Jeffery N. Bullock, associate professor of dance, is director of Hollins' M.F.A. program, chair of the dance department, and a dancer and choreographer. Bullock performed with the North Carolina Dance Theatre following graduation from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He continued his performing career with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Sharir + Bustamante DanceWorks, touring nationally and internationally. Bullock's repertoire included soloist and principal roles in an eclectic array of works by George Balanchine, Agnes De Mille, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Daniel Esralow, Nacho Duato, Lucinda Childs, Salvatore Aiello, Yacov Sharir, Glen Tetley, and others. He was also a featured performer in the 1986 Paramount Motion Picture The Nutcracker with PNB, and was a featured performer in the 1983 PBS special Where Dreams Debut: The North Carolina School of the Arts. Bullock's work "At Midnight" earned him a Dance Magazine's Best Choreography nomination at the 1996 American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Bullock has been a faculty member at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C., since 1998, teaching in the ADF Six Week School and Young Dancers School; in ADF/Russia (2000), ADF/Korea (2000, 2004), and ADF/Mongolia (2004, 2005). From 2006 to 2010, he served as director of the ADF Four Week School for Young Dancers. In 2006 and 2008 he taught at the Korean Dance Festival in Seoul. He also serves as a site visit consultant and panel member for Dance Advance of the Pew Charitable Trust. He earned his M.F.A. in choreography from the University of Iowa, taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Iowa, and joined Hollins’ dance department in 2004.

Gina Kohler

Gina Kohler holds a B.F.A. in dance from Kent State University (2001) and an M.F.A. in dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival (2009). Kohler has taught in many locations. She was on faculty at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange where she initiated the Young Women’s Project, taught Modern III, and worked as a co-director for the Brooklyn Arts Exchange Youth Dance Company, BAXco. Kohler teaches hatha yoga and completed her teaching certification through the White Lotus Foundation. In addition, she has done work for Move This World as a Senior Peace Mover in the New York City public school system. Kohler is thrilled to be working alongside Wideman/Davis Dance as a creative advisor and grant writer, where together, they received a MAP Fund Grant (2013). Kohler has taught as a guest artist at University of Michigan, Dance New Amsterdam, Kent State University, Holy Cross, Salem State College, Frostburg State University, Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and TanzTag Coop (Austria). Kohler has performed with world-renowned choreographers and continues to present her work internationally and throughout New York City. Gina is honored to begin work as the visiting assistant professor and assistant director of the M.F.A. program at Hollins.

Vladimir Espinosa

Vladimir Espinosa, accompanist/resident artist, is a musician, actor, and choreographer born in Havana, Cuba. He is currently an instructor of Latin Percussion, Afro-Cuban Dance, and Musician-accompanist in residence at Hollins University. His specialties include Latin and Afro-Cuban music, contemporary Latin and Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance, and traditional African Diaspora rhythms. Vladimir graduated from the ENA (School National of Arts, Cuba) in 1985. He also studied with the National Folkloric de Cuba with Regino Jimenes and Pelladito. After graduating, Vladimir began teaching at the Arts School in Jiguani, Granma, Cuba and at the Casa De Cultural in Havana, Cuba. Vladimir performed, taught, and choreographed for many companies in Cuba and Ecuador. Vladimir has also performed Afro-Cuban traditional rhythms and dance with Las Manos Del Sol (U.S.) and the Roanoke Ballet Theatre (U.S). In 1996, Vladimir was the Artistic Director and Choreographer for the election ceremonies for theQueen of Ecuador. From 1996-1999 he toured with Havana Express and played in many venues across the U.S. Vladimir has also been a teacher and instructor for the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC) since 2005.

Select summer faculty/Hollins

Ann Cooper Albright

Ann Cooper Albright
A dancer and scholar, Ann Cooper Albright is professor of dance, and chair of the department of dance at Oberlin College. Combining her interests in dancing and cultural theory, she is involved in teaching a variety of dance, performance studies, and gender studies courses that seek to engage students in both practices and theories of the body. She is the author of Engaging Bodies: the Politics and Poetics of Corporeality (2013); Modern Gestures: Abraham Walkowitz Draws Isadora Duncan Dancing (2010); Traces of Light: Absence and Presence in the Work of Loie Fuller (2007); Choreographing Difference: the Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance (1997), and coeditor of Moving History/Dancing Cultures (2001) and Taken By Surprise: Improvisation in Dance and Mind (2003). The book, Encounters with Contact Improvisation (2010), is the product of one of her adventures in writing and dancing and dancing and writing with others. Albright is founder and director of Girls in Motion, an award-winning afterschool program at Langston Middle School and codirector of Accelerated Motion: Towards a New Dance Literacy, a National Endowment for the Arts-funded digital collection of materials about dance. Currently, she is working on an interdisciplinary book entitled Gravity Matters: Finding Ground in an Unstable World.

T. J. Anderson

T.J. Anderson III
T.J. Anderson III has an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University. A former Fulbright Scholar at Cairo University, he is the author of Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry (University of Arkansas Press), River to Cross (Backwaters Press), the Spoken-Word CD, Blood Octave (Flat Five Recordings), and the chapbook At Last Round Up (lift books). He teaches courses in jazz literature, poetry, and performance, and creative writing at Hollins. Anderson is also the cofounder of the improvisational music duo Trancepoetica (www.trancepoetica.com)

Tessa Chandler Tessa Chandler
Tessa Chandler is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® (2006). Born and raised in Birmingham, AL, she danced with the Alabama, Vienna State Opera, Royal Danish, and Dutch National Ballets, and in NYC with Molissa Fenley and Dancers and Kathy Westwater, among many others. She has a B.A. in English from Columbia University (2001). Previously she was a booking agent/artist representative at Elsie Management and Jodi Kaplan Boutique Roster (2002-05). Since 2003 she has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Barnard College, teaching Feldenkrais, ballet, and modern techniques. Transformative liberatory M.F.A. in dance, Hollins University/ADF (2010). Since 2013, Chandler has been a guest lecturer at Union Theological Seminary, teaching a graduate course on embodied awareness. Ongoing research: Witness/Merge, an outdoor community-environmental awareness practice. Ongoing public teaching: Feldenkrais at Bread and Yoga, Upper Manhattan. Functional Integration® practice: www.tessachandler.org
Irene Dowd Irene Dowd
Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School and the Hollins University M.F.A. program in dance. She is the author of Taking Root to Fly, now in the 10th printing of the third edition, she is also choreographer, director, and editor of a video-film series produced by Canada’s National Ballet School entitled: Spirals, Volutes, Warming Up the Hip Joints: Turnout Dance & Orbits, Preparation for Jumping, Preparation for Performance. Dowd has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 40 years in NYC, and has choreographed for Peggy Baker, Margie Gillis, and other solo dancers. Her work has been taught in schools and dance companies across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Vladimir Espinosa

Vladimir Espinosa
Vladimir Espinosa is a musician, actor, and choreographer born in Havana, Cuba. He is currently an instructor of Latin Percussion, Afro-Cuban Dance, and Musician-accompanist in residence at Hollins. His specialties include Latin and Afro-Cuban music, contemporary Latin and Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance, and traditional African Diaspora rhythms. Espinosa graduated from the ENA (School National of Arts, Cuba) in 1985. He also studied with the National Folkloric de Cuba with Regino Jimenes and Pelladito. After graduating, he began teaching at the Arts School in Jiguani, Granma, Cuba, and at the Casa De Cultural in Havana, Cuba. Espinosa performed, taught, and choreographed for many companies in Cuba and Ecuador. He has also performed Afro-Cuban traditional rhythms and dance with Las Manos Del Sol (U.S.) and the Roanoke Ballet Theatre (U.S.). In 1996, Vladimir was the artistic director and choreographer for the election ceremonies for the Queen of Ecuador. From 1996-1999 he toured with Havana Express and played in many venues across the U.S. He has also been a teacher and instructor for the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC) since 2005.

Miguel Gutierrez Miguel Gutierrez
Miguel Gutierrez, a dance and music artist based in New York, has been called “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” by Eva Yaa Asantewaa of Dance Magazine. He makes solo and group pieces with a variety of artists under the moniker Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. His work, characterized by the immersive quality of the attentive state that it imposes on the audience, centers around enduring philosophical questions about desire, longing, and the search for meaning. His work includes: enter the seen (2002), I succumb (2003), dAMNATION rOAD (2004), Retrospective Exhibitionist and Difficult Bodies (2005), myendlesslove (2006), Everyone (2007), Nothing, No Thing (2008), Last Meadow (2009), Heavens What Have I Done (2010), I Say the Word, a collaboration with visual artist Jenny Holzer at ICA Boston (2010), and he instigated the performance/protest/meditation freedom of information (2001, 2008, and 2009). His work has been presented at several festivals and venues nationally and internationally, most recently the American Realness Festival in New York and the Festival D'Automne in Paris. Others include Antipodes Festival in Brest, France, TBA/PICA in Portland, Oregon, Out There Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Austria. He has received support from Creative Capital, Jerome Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund NYFA, NEA, and NPN. In 2010 he received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, and United States Artists. He is the winner of three New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) awards. When You Rise Up, a book of his performance texts, is available from 53rd State Press. He also invented Deep Aerobics, an absurdist workout for the radical in all of us. www.miguelgutierrez.org

John Jasperse

John Jasperse
John Jasperse is a dance artist and choreographer based in NYC. His work has been presented by festivals and venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as in Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan, and Panama. As artistic director of John Jasperse Projects, Jasperse has created fifteen evening-length works and several short works in addition to several commissions for other companies including Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Batsheva Dance Company, Lyon Opera Ballet, among others. Jasperse is a 2011 U.S. Artist Brooks Hopkins Fellow and has received fellowships from Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Tides Foundation’s Lambent Fellowship in the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Jasperse received a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award for the recognition of his body of work. Jasperse is a cofounder of CPR – Center for Performance Research in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He is currently working on a new evening-length work to premiere in May 2014 at New York Live Arts

Pauline Kaldas

Pauline Kaldas
Pauline Kaldas is associate professor of English and creative writing at Hollins. She is the author of The Time Between Places, a collection of short stories; Letters from Cairo, a travel memoir; and Egyptian Compass, a collection of poetry. She also coedited Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction. She was awarded a fellowship in fiction from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Silver Award for Dinarzad’s Children from ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, and the RAWI Creative Prose Award. Her teaching interests include immigrant literature, Arab women writers, multicultural literature, and creative writing. Kaldas was born in Egypt and immigrated with her parents to the United States at the age of eight in 1969.

Jungeun Kim Jungeun Kim
Jungeun Kim (aka j.e.) is a choreographer, dancer, and media designer. She holds an M.F.A. in dance from ADF/Hollins University and M.A.L.S. in visual and performing arts from Hollins. Her works have been shown in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Roanoke, Carlisle, Grimsby (UK), and Seoul (South Korea). She has worked with artists such as Amanda K. Miller, Sarah Skaggs, Thomas F. DeFrantz/SLIPPAGE, Susan Rethorst, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Jane Comfort & Co. She has been a guest artist at Dickinson College, American Dance Festival, Hollins University, University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute, and the Modern Dance Promotion of Korea. She was a New Festival artist-in-residence for 2011-12. Currently she teaches at the University of the Arts. Kim hails from Seoul, South Korea. www.jekim.org
Jillian Pena Jillian Peña
Jillian Peña is a dance and video artist primarily concerned with confusion and desire between self and other. Her work is in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media, and spirituality. She has been presented internationally, including at The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop and The Kitchen in New York, Akademie der Kunste Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, International Festival of Contemporary Art Slovenia, and the Tate Modern London. Peña was a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar during which she was awarded an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a fellowship recipient, and a practice-based M.Phil. in fine art at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has her B.A. in dance and feminist art from Hollins. Her video work is distributed by Video Data Bank. She is a 2009 Movement Research artist-in-residence, a 2009 DanceWeb Fellow at Impulstanz in Vienna, a 2010 artist-in-residence at Archauz in Århus, Denmark, a 2011 artist-in-residence at the National Dance Center of Bucharest, Romania, and a 2011-13 artist-in-residence at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Elizabeth Zimmer

Elizabeth Zimmer
Elizabeth Zimmer writes about dance, theatre, and books for many publications including Dance Studio Life and The Village Voice. She offers writing workshops for students and professionals across the country. She edited the dance section of The Village Voice from 1992 until 2006, and reviewed ballet for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1997 through 2005. Holding a B.A. in literature from Bennington College and an M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook, she has studied many forms of dance, especially contact improvisation with its founders. She edited Body Against Body: The Dance and other Collaborations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (Station Hill Press, 1989) and Envisioning Dance for Film and Video (Routledge, 2002).

Visiting guest artists/Hollins

Shani Collins-Achille

Shani Collins-Achille
Shani Collins-Achille (SNIC) is crowned "Warrior Woman" in Dance Magazine by Eva Yaa Assentawa "and known as a Contemporary Revolutionary" by Lax Thomas in the Studio Museum Harlem summer magazine. She is a "Bessie" New York Dance and Performance Award Winner and has choreographed/performed in the NYC Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues at New World Stages. Her company work, SNIC/Eternalworks, is dedicated to fostering healing em(power)ment through performance and community.

Maurya Kerr Maurya Kerr
Maurya Kerr danced with Alonzo King LINES Ballet for 12 years, dancing previously for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Fort Worth Ballet. She is on faculty with the LINES educational programs, and also teaches workshops nationally as a visiting guest artist at Hollins (undergraduate and graduate programs), Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program. In 2010 Maurya founded tinypistol, a San Francisco based dance company. She is a winner of the 2011 Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition and created sad monsters for Hubbard Street 2 in residency with University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2011 Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now Wonderbound) commissioned the creation of two works, Groundling, a collaboration with visual artist Sarah Wallace Scott, and Quarry Hymn. Kerr’s work has been presented by the Aspen Fringe Festival, and in August of 2012 WestWave Dance Festival presented a full evening of her work, including the world premiere of FreakShow, which was shown in part at REVERBdance Festival/APAP 2013. She was the recipient of a 2012 CHIME grant affording her the opportunity to work in mentorship with Alex Ketley, and her work FUR was selected for the 2013 ACDFA Baja Region gala performance. San Francisco Ballet’s Maria Kochetkova recently commissioned a solo, and as the recipient of a 2014 Rainin Opportunity Fund award, tinypistol will be presenting the world premiere of beast at ODC Theatre in September 2014.

Yvonne Meier

Yvonne Meier
Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, Yvonne Meier has lived and worked in New York City since 1979, where she became a member of the original group around Performance Space 122, regularly collaborating with Ishmael Houston-Jones, Jennifer Monson, and many others in the U.S. and Europe. Her work, spanning anywhere from big spectacles to quiet solos, has been supported by three Fellowships in Choreography from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, NEA Inter Arts, Franklin Furnace, and Pro Helvetia. The American Masters program of the NEA has supported the upcoming recreation of her performance-instillation work, The Shining. She has received two "Bessie" Awards for her works The Shining (1993) (2011) and Stolen (2009). In 2010 Meier was garnered an "American Masterpiece Award" from the NEA. She has twice been supported through the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence program. Meier has been teaching Releasing Technique and Authentic Movement nationally and internationally for the last 30 years. After a life-long commitment to improvisation, she has developed her own improvisation technique known as Scores. Meier also teaches children’s dance classes in NY Public Schools through Movement Research's Dance Makers program.

Matteo Fargion Pamela Pietro
Pamela Pietro is an associate arts professor at New York University Tisch School for the Arts. After receiving her B.F.A. from Florida State University, she performed with Anthony Morgan Dance Company, Michael Foley Dance, RaceDance, and bopi’s black sheep/dances. She was a dancer and rehearsal director for Gerri Houlihan and Dancers from 1991–1999, Mark Haim’s assistant for the Saint Joseph Ballet projects, and has been on faculty at Florida International University, New World School of the Arts, American Dance Festival (since 1997), and Dance New Amsterdam as well as universities all over the world. Her choreography has been presented by NYU Tisch Dance, Dance New Amsterdam, Draftworks at Dancespace Project, Booker School for the Arts, Momentum Danza Company, and Meredith College. An assistant to Irene Dowd since 2002, Pietro is a certified Pilates instructor, and presented research at the Hawaiian Arts and Humanities Conference in Waikiki in 2007. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Washington.

Select summer faculty/Frankfurt

Stefanie Arndt

Stefanie Arndt
Stefanie Arndt received her education at the Hamburg Ballet Opera School. In 1983 she won the Prix de Lausanne and joined the company of Hamburg Ballet under the direction of John Neumeier. She became principal dancer and danced the leading roles in the classical repertoire as well as in the contemporary repertoire and worked with many leading choreographers and created several roles. Her work as a dancer has been honored many times. In 1994 she joined Ballet Frankfurt and worked closely with William Forsythe dancing in all his major works. She is staging William Forsythe work all over the world and is working internationally as teacher and coach. She also has been assisting Dawid Dawson and Jacopo Godani in several creations.

Kevin Cregan

Kevin Cregan
Cregan performed for many years as a soloist with the Dutch National Ballet. He has worked as a freelance dancer, performer, choreographic assistant, and teacher with William Forsythe in Ballet Frankfurt, Unterwegstheater (Heidelberg), Introdans (Arnhem) and with Meryl Tankerd in London. Recently he performed the speaking role in Forsythe’s Artifact with the Bayerische Staatsballett, Munich. As a guest ballet teacher Cregan has worked for the Forsythe Company, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Culberg Ballet, Skanesdanstheater, Danish Danstheater, and Lines Contemporary Ballet. He has taught at most of the contemporary dance companies in Holland and is a regular guest at various academies including Codarts, ArtEZ, and the school of Modern Dance in Copenhagen. Last season he was part-time rehearsal director and teacher for Introdans in Arnhem. Cregan is certified in the Feldenkrais Method® and his classes focus on postural alignment, force transmission, and the role of intention and sensory awareness in the development and training of dancers. He also uses the Feldenkrais Method® to provide private coaching for dancers with injuries that have failed to respond to traditional treatment.

Matteo Fargion Matteo Fargion
Matteo Fargion is a composer, performer, and teacher. He has worked in dance and theatre for over 20 years, collaborating with leading choreographers and directors in the UK and abroad. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with Siobhan Davies, writing music for and performing in some of her most significant recent work. Together with Jonathan Burrows, he has made a series of seven duets conceived, choreographed, composed, administrated, and performed together. Both Sitting Duet, the Quiet Dance, Speaking Dance, Cheap Lecture, the Cow Piece, and Counting to One Hundred, and One Flute Note are all touring, and the two men have now given almost 200 performances. Both Sitting Duet won a 2004 New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" award, and Cheap Lecture was chosen for the prestigious 2009 Het Theaterfestival in Belgium. Fargion is also a long-time visiting member of faculty at PARTS, the school of Anne Teresa De Keesrmaeker in Brussels, where he has worked on a new approach to teaching composition to young choreographers, within a framework of music practice but built also on his wealth of experience as a performer. He has also made three pieces for dance students recently, two at LABAN, London, and one with Mapdance in Chichester.
Adrian Heathfield Adrian Heathfield
Adrian Heathfield is a writer and curator working across the scenes of live art, performance, and dance. He is best known for his books which include: Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History; Out of Now: The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh; Live: Art and Performance; Small Acts, and Shattered Anatomies. He cocurated the Live Culture events at Tate Modern in 2003 and numerous other durational events in European cities over the last 10 years. He is professor of performance and visual culture at the University of Roehampton, London, and Marie Curie International Fellow at Columbia University, New York (2014-15). www.adrianheathfield.net

Boyan Manchev
Boyan Manchev is philosopher, Professor at the New Bulgarian University (Sofia) and at the HZT – UdK (Berlin). He is also former Director of Program and Vice-President of the International College of Philosophy in Paris. His actual research, which proposes the perspective of a radical materialism, is focused on the fields of ontology, philosophy of art and political philosophy. Manchev has lectured widely at European, North-American and Japanese universities and cultural institutions. He has organised and/or collaborated to number of projects, congresses and public forums dealing with philosophy, art and politics at the CIPh (Paris), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Tanzquartier (Vienna), Apexart (New York), CND (Paris), BAK (Utrecht), UTCP (Tokyo), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), among others. He curated the exhibition Out of Time at the Sofia City Art Gallery (March – April 2011). He has participated as theorist, dramaturge, or performer in theater and contemporary dance projects, including Tim Etchells and Adrian Heathfield’s The Frequently Asked, Boris Charmatz's expo zero and Poster session "Mouvement" for the Festival d'Avignon and Ani Vaseva's Frankenstein, A Dying Play and S. Manchev is the author of seven books and more than hundred book chapters, catalogues and other publications in various languages. Recent publications are: Logic of the Political (Sofia: Critique&Humanism, 2012), Miracolo (Milano: Lanfranchi, 2011), L’altération du monde: Pour une esthétique radicale (Paris: Lignes, 2009); La Métamorphose et l'Instant – Désorganisation de la vie (Paris: La Phocide, 2009); Rue Descartes 64: La métamorphose, ed. by B. Manchev (Paris: PUF, 2009) ; Rue Descartes 67: Quel sujet du politique?, ed. by G. Basterra, R. Ivekovic and B. Manchev (Paris: PUF, 2010). His book The Body-Metamorphosis (Sofia: Altera, 2007) deals extensively with contemporary art, performance, and dance.

Chrysa Parkinson Chrysa Parkinson
Chrysa Parkinson is a performer and teacher living in Brussels. She has been performing internationally since 1984. She lived in New York for many years and performed with Tere O'Connor Dance (1988-2004), Irene Hultman, Mia Lawrence, Jennifer Monson, and Mark Dendy, among others. She began traveling to Belgium in 2000 to perform with Zoo/Thomas Hauert (2000-2009) and David Zambrano. Since then she has also performed with: Andros Zins-Browne, Rosas/Anna Teresa de Keersmaker (2008-2013), Jonathan Burrows, Mette Ingvartsen, Philip Gehmacher, Eszter Salomon, John Jasperse, Deborah Hay, Alix Euynadi, Meg Stuart, and Joaquim Koester. She has taught in the U.S., Europe, and Australia, and at PARTS (be) since 1998. Her focus as a teacher and writer is on performance as a practice. Her writing has been published internationally. Her short film Self-Interview on Practice (2009) has been translated into four languages and shown internationally. She was awarded a "Bessie" (NY Dance and Performance Award) for Sustained Achievement in 1998. She was the cover artist for the Movement Research Journal in the fall of 2010. She is currently the artistic director of New Performative Practices Master’s Program at DOCH (Stockholm University).

Visiting guests artists/Frankfurt

Jonathan Burrows Jonathan Burrows
Jonathan Burrows danced with the Royal Ballet for 13 years, rising to the rank of soloist, before leaving in 1991 to pursue his own choreography. After touring with his own company for some years, in 2001 he decided to concentrate on one-to-one collaborations with other artists, who would share in the conception, making, performing and administrating of the work. His main focus has been an ongoing series of duets with Matteo Fargion – the two men have now given over 300 performances across 31 countries. Both Sitting Duet won a 2004 New York Dance and Performance 'Bessie' Award, and Cheap Lecture was chosen for the 2009 Het Theaterfestival in Belgium. Burrows and Fargion are also contributing artists to William Forsythe's Motionbank website project (2012–). Other high profile commissions include Sylvie Guillem and William Forsythe's Ballet Frankfurt, and in 2008 he was Associate Director for Peter Handke's The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other at the National Theatre, London. His curating work includes Dance Umbrella 2012 in London with Betsy Gregory. Burrows has been an Associate Artist at Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Gent, Belgium (1992-2002), London’s South Bank Centre (1998/9) and Kaaitheater Brussels (2008-2010). He is a visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S. and has also been Guest Professor at Royal Holloway, University Of London, the Performance Studies Department of Hamburg University, the Institute for Theatre Studies at the Free University Berlin, the Koninklijke Academie van Schone Kunsten Gent, The Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at Giessen University and the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at Roehampton University London. A Choreographer's Handbook (2010) by Jonathan Burrows is available from Routledge Publishing.
Naomi Perlov Naomi Perlov
Born in Israel, 1959, choreologist, rehearsal director and modern dance teacher, Naomi Perlov has worked with the French/Albenian choreographer Angelin Preljocaj for more than 20 years, assisting his creations and re-staging his ballets all over the world. Among other places she has worked with are: The Paris Opera, The New York City Ballet, La Scala, The Royal Danish Ballet The Royal Swedish Ballet, Berlin Oper, The Netherlans Dans Theater and Marinsky Theater, Paris Conservatory (Parc de la Villette), Ballet de Capitole (Toulouse). From 1994-98, Naomi co-artistic directed the Batsheva Ensemble (Junior Dance Company) with Oha,d Naharin. Between 1999 and 2006 she was the artistic director of "Shades in Dance Festival” – national competition for young Israeli choreographers at the Suzanne Dellal Centre, Israel. Naomi was the rehearsal director for many Israeli choreographers and companies, among them: Itzik Galili (IL/NL), Emmanuelle Gat (IL/FR), Barak Marshal, (IL/USA), Shlomi Bitton (IL/ES), Michael Getman (IL), The Mayumana group (IL) and The Aluminum Show (IL). Naomi was invited to teach in many academies, schools, and summer courses all over the world. She had been teaching in Codarts-Rotterdam Dance Academy Holland, La Scala Ballet School, Milano Italy, Conservatoire de Paris, The Alvin Ailey Dance School, NY USA, The Jacob’s Pillow summer course, MA USA, Rubin Dance Academy Jerusalem and Suzanne Dellal Centre, Israel. In 2009, she founded and artistically directs the "Maslool" - a two-year school for professional dance training at the Bikurey Ha'Itim Art Center, Tel-Aviv.
Evangelos Poulinas Evangelos Poulinas
Evangelos Poulinas holds an M.F.A. in dance from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, a diploma from the Athens State School of Dance, and a B.A. from the physical education department, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki. He has been credited scholarships from numerous prestigious foundations like: Alexandros S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, New York University, Greek State Scholarship Foundation, and DanceWEB Europe. Poulinas has performed in works by Johannes Wieland, Katarzyna Gdaniec and Marco Cantalupo, Marcel Leemann, Constanza Macras, Konstandinos Rigos, Nigel Charnock, Jasmin Vardimon, and Wim Vandekeybus among others and created his own works in the U.S. and Europe. Since 2010 he has been organizing the “one small step” contemporary dance festival in urban environment. As a teacher he has taught contemporary technique and partnering in Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Greece, the U.S., and Sweden. Currently he is employed as a trainer and rehearsal assistant at the dance company of the State Theater of Oldenburg.
Pam Pietro Artist Christopher Roman began his formal training with The School of Cleveland Ballet continuing at The School of American Ballet in New York City. He was subsequently invited into the ranks of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and as a soloist and principal with Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, and The Forsythe Company performing a huge array of important choreographic works, originating over 40 roles and touring every major venue worldwide. He has been a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Sasha Waltz and Guests in Berlin, and the Gala of International Dance Stars. Roman was cofounder, choreographer, and performer for the company 2+ with former Wooster Group video designer Philip Bussmann and has created work with 2+ and independently for The Russian Ballet Theatre, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Festival de Danse in Cannes, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Kuenstlerhaus Mousonturm, Cadance Festival Holland, Skulpturenpark in Graz, and others. William Forsythe’s Bessie Award winning You Made Me a Monster was created with Roman and he is the 2009 recipient of Germany’s highest theatre honor Der Deutsche Theaterpreis DER FAUST for best performance, dance in The Forsythe Company’s I don't believe in outer space. He is also featured in the Thierry De Mey film of Forsythe’s work One Flat Thing, reproduced. As a ballet master, choreographic assistant, and administrator, Roman has staged the works of William Forsythe internationally, been a teacher of classical ballet and improvisational techniques, a research collaborator for the Ohio State University project, Synchronous Objects, and the score manager and education coordinator for the Motion Bank initiative in association with The Forsythe Company. He is currently the curator for the M.F.A. European studies at Hollins now in affiliation with The Forsythe Company and The University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt and the head of education for The Forsythe Company. Since 2011 Roman has been guest and adjunct faculty and choreographer-in-residence for Butler University, The Juilliard School, Hollins, Princeton University, Harvard University, Palucca Schule in Dresden, The Goethe Institute worldwide, Steps NY, Peridance, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Movement Invention Project, Springboard Dance Montreal, and Dance Arts Faculty in Rome. Roman was one of the artists selected to be part of the Solo Performance Commissioning Project with Deborah Hay for her work Dynamic and was one of the 20 artists selected to perform in Boris Charmatz’s curation of 20 Dancers for the XX Century at MoMA. He is a choreographic assistant to William Forsythe most recently for the original work Rearray at Sadler’s Wells for Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas LeRiche. He is on the board of trustees for the Foundation Forsythe and director of dance for the ALTANA Cultural Foundation. As of September 2013, Roman assumed the role of associate artistic director of The Forsythe Company.
Tom Weinberger Tom Weinberger
Tom Weinberger was born in Israel in 1987. After graduating from the Amal School For the Arts & Science, he joined the Batsheva Dance Company where he danced under Artistic Director and Choreographer Ohad Naharin. While in Batsheva Tom started choreographing his own work within the frame of "Batsheva Dancers Create." Since leaving the Company, he has been choreographing as well as dancing with The Gothenburg Ballet, L-E-V, The Fabulous Beast Dance Theater, among others. In 2014 Tom won two awards at the Stuttgart Solo Tanz Teater Festival for his solo work. He is a certified Gaga teacher for the past eight years, and has been teaching movement research, Gaga and Ohad's repertory in schools such as the San Francisco Conservatory, NDT Summer Intensive (2010-13), and the Taipei National University of the Arts - among other universities and schools.

Johannes Wieland

Johannes Wieland
Johannes Wieland received his early dance training under Ellys Gregor in Berlin, the dance academy of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, with John Neumeier at the School of The Hamburg Ballet and the Amsterdam School of the Arts where he earned his BFA. His dance career took him back to Germany, the State Theater of Brunswick, followed by the Berlin State Opera. Here he worked with numerous guest choreographers, among them Jorma Uotinen, Roland Petit and Maurice Béjart. He then joined the Béjart Ballet Lausanne as a principle dancer and also toured extensively with the company. Ready for a radical change, Wieland next moved to New York City, where he was awarded a scholarship to the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, earning his M.F.A. in contemporary dance and choreography in 2002. His company, johannes wieland, was founded that same year and debuted with his original work tomorrow at the Joyce SoHo theater. Reviewed as '"spectacular exploration of relationships," by Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times, this was one in the body of the startlingly powerful, terse strange pieces Wieland began creating for his company, prompting Dance Magazine to cite him as "One of the 25 to Watch," for 2003. Since 2006, in addition to heading his own company, Wieland holds a permanent position as the artistic director and choreographer of the resident dance company of the State Theater of Kassel in Germany. He was also associate artistic director of Paradigm in New York and is a guest choreographer and teacher in schools and companies in Europe and North America. He is a permanent resident of the United States and divides his time between New York and Germany.


Visiting artists and distinguished speakers

Have included: Jonathan Burrows, Ananya Chatterjea, Scott deLahunta, Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Eiko & Koma, Karen Finley, William Forsythe, Bill T. Jones, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Anna Kisselgoff, Petra Kuppers, Susan Leigh-Foster, Randy Martin, Thomas McManus, Amanda Miller, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Gerald E. Myers, Martha Myers, Christopher Roman, Diane Shooman, and Shen Wei.