Past Artists/Collaborators

Scott Lowe, Dancer
Scott Lowe is a boxer who got interested in engineering, an engineer who got interested in dancing, and a dancer getting interested in writing and standup comedy. He was born and raised (and fought) in the Chicago area, earned his industrial engineering bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, which logically (of course) led to an MFA degree in dance performance from Ohio State. He danced for two seasons with Pittsburgh’s Dance Alloy Theater, originating roles for Donald Byrd, David Parker, and director Beth Corning. He continues to learn and teach hip hop styles.

Anthony Rizzi, Collaborator Choreographer, Video Artist- Lie to Me
Born in 1965 in West Newton, Massachusettes, Antony Rizzi trained on full scholarships from 1980 to 1985 at the Boston Ballet School with Bruce Wells, Violette Verdy, Virginia Williams and Richard Dickenson. From 1985 to 2005 Mr. Rizzi was Principal Dancer, Choreographic Assistant and Ballet Teacher at the Frankfurt Ballet under the direction of William Forsythe. He danced most of the main roles and helped to create many of them, including Kammer/Kammer, Herman Schmerman, Eidos/Telos, As a garden in this setting, Steptext, Wolff Phrase, Of Any If And, Isabelles Dance, Impressing the Czar.

In 1993 through 2005 he worked as a dancer and actor with Jan Fabre in Belgium on the productions “Universal Copyrights”, “D`a un altra faccio deltempo”, in the role of the devil, in the production “GlowingIcons”, as Mae West / Neil Armstrong as well as in “The sound of one hand clapping” created for the Frankfurter Ballett, and most recently in “The History of Tears” that premiered at the Avignon Festival 2005.

Forhis own group, MOVING PRODUCTIONS, Rizzi has made many works, which have toured internationally. “Snowman Sinking”, a piece performed by himself and his mother Verna Rizzi, performed in Frankfurt, Linz, Berlin, Oslo, Montreal and Ottowa, “JUDY WAS ANGRY” with Jan Fabres, actress Els Deckekelier and members of the Frankfurt Ballet was produced at Mousonturm in Frankfurt, “I am open and receptive to new avenues of income” was an Exhibition/Performance in Rizzi`s own apartment in Frankfurt and also shown in Berlin, at the stylist Thomas Grebs apartment.

Other works are “Being Human Being”, a dance/theatre piece including NewYork performance art legend Penny Arcade, and members of the Frankfurt Ballet;”1 2 3 You and Me” a dance/film performance, “JUST DIE” a dance/theater piece created for the Ballet Labor Project with the BayerischeStaats Ballett; “I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY (in original version without subtitles),” a solo theatre piece created at the Orfeo Kino in Frankfurt; “WHAT THINK EYE”, a solo dance performance made for Raphaela Givonalla at the Brotfabrik in Bonn;”LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING,” created for the Leigh Warren Dancers in Adelaide, Australia; and “The Role I Should Have Done” which premiered at the Kunstlerhaus Frankfurt and was shown in Vienna at Impulztanz.

Mr.Rizzi’s career also includes fashion shows in Paris and Tokyo, a part in the film “Just Dancing Around” from Mike Figgis, and setting works of Mr.Forsythe on The Star Dancers Ballet(Tokyo),The Royal Ballet(London), The Lyon Ballet, North Carolina Ballet, The Boston Ballet, Aterballetto (Reggio Emiglia,Italy), and Pretty Ugly Dance Company/Freiburg. HAND MADE, a photo and video exhibition showed in Munchen in 2004, the film “MARY BROWN,” directed by Rizzi, opened the new Frankfurter Kunstverein in 1998 under the direction of Nicolas Schaffhausen, and he has had group photo exhibitions at both the Frankfurter Foto Forum, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt and Frankfurter Kunstverein.

Carol Bailey, Collaborator Designer- Hurdy Gurdy
Carol Bailey’s designs for scenery and costumes have been commissioned by various companies including: The Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen; New York City Opera; Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown NY; Opera Zuid, Maastricht, Netherlands; San Francisco Opera Center; Pittsburgh Opera Center; Skylight Opera Theater, Milwaukee, WI; WolfTrap Opera, Vienna VA; Long Beach Opera, Long Beach CA; Gotham Opera, NY, NY; Julliard School, NY, NY; L’Opèra Français de New York, NY NY; American Opera Projects, NY, NY. She also designs for theater and dance. She was the recipient of the TCG/NEA Design Fellowship in 2000, exhibited in the World Stage Design 2005 Competition, and holds MFA degrees from New York University in design and the University of Pennsylvania in sculpture.

Jacob TV, Collaborator Composer- Pitch Black
Dutch avant pop composer Jacob TV (aka Jacob Ter Veldhuis, 1951) started as a rock musician and studied composition and electronic music at the Groningen Conservatoire, where he was awarded the Dutch Composition Prize in 1980.

During the eighties he made a name for himself with melodious compositions, straight from the heart and with great effect. ‘I pepper my music with sugar,‘ he says.

Jacob TV is preoccupied with American media and world events and draws raw material from those sources. His work possesses an explosive strength and raw energy combined with extraordinarily intricate architectural design. TV makes superb use of electronics, incorporating sound bytes from political speeches, commercials, interviews, talk shows, TVangelists, and what have you – a colorful mix of high and low culture.

Early in his career, Jacob TV already stood up to what he called the ‘washed-out avant garde’, which made him a controversial figure in certain circles. He strives to liberate new music from its isolation by employing a direct – at times provocative – idiom that spurns ‘the dissonant’, which in TV’s view reflects a completely devalued means of musical expression. 
His ‘coming-out’ as a composer of ultra-tonal, mellifluous music reached its climax with the video oratorio Paradiso. At the Holland Festival 2005, the premiere of …NOW… for stereophonic orchestra performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra received standing ovations.

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Johannes Wieland, Collaborator Choreographer- Hurdy Gurdy
Johannes Wieland was recently appointed Artistic Director/Choreographer of the resident dance company at the State Theatre of Kassel, Germany. A native German and former principal dancer with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and Berlin’s State Opera, he established his company, johannes wieland, in New York in 2002. Since then, he has been developing a singular body of work that has garnered critical acclaim from The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, and many other national and international publications, amongst them Dance Magazine, which cited him as one of the “25 to Watch” in January 2003. His duet, shift, won Germany’s 2004 Kurt Jooss Award and he is also a winner of the 2004 Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition.

In addition to leading his own company, Wieland is Associate Artistic Director of PARADIGM(New York), and is a guest choreographer and teacher at companies and schools around the world. He holds a BFA from the University of Amsterdam, and an MFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.

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John McCary, Collaborator US Army Sergeant, Consultant- Civilian/Warriorurdy
John McCary was raised in Nashville, TN and around North Carolina. He graduated from Vassar College in 1998 with a degree in French. He enlisted as an Arabic interrogator in 2000. He deployed as a Sergeant in September 2003 with Task Force 1-34 of the 1st Infantry Division to Habbaniyah, Iraq, just outside Fallujah. John conducted a mix of tactical operations and interrogations. He was awarded a Bronze Star. John wrote To the Fallen as an e-mail to friends and family after attending a funeral for several soldiers from his unit in January 2004. He returned home in September of 2004 and was honorably discharged from the Army in April 2005. He currently lives in Washington DC.

Maureen Whiting, Collaborator Choreographer- Civilian/Warrior
Maureen Whiting is a choreographer, dancer and mathematician living and performing in Seattle. She is the founder and artistic director of the Maureen Whiting Company. Maureen has been commissioned to create new choreographic works at On the Boards Contemporary Performance Theater from 1998-2006, at Seattle University since 2004, at New City Theatre, and ACT Theatre in Seattle. Her solo work has been performed in Seattle and in New York City. She has been commissioned for choreography by Cornish College of the Arts, Velocity, Miro Dance Theatre in Philadelphia, and Alaska Dance Theatre. Maureen has created and performed original work in Europe in collaboration with a Frankfort Ballet Company dancer on their shared “Skinkadance” project. She works regularly with dancers from the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Maureen choreographed and co-directed original film and video projects which were shown at New Dance/New Cinema, Lincoln Center Library in New York as part of Dance on Camera, in Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum and Velocity’s Next Festival. Maureen was granted a creative music residency in 2002 at Jack Straw Productions. The company participated in the Seventh Rencontres Choréographiques Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis (The Bagnolet Festival)in Los Angeles in 2000. The Maureen Whiting Company receives support from 4Culture, Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Paul Allen Family Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, as well as generous private donations. The Company has been featured on KTCS Channel 9, The Seattle Times, The Seattle P.I., The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, and Seattle Magazine. Maureen graduated with a degree in Mathematics in 1989 from Smith College and tutors mathematics. She actively pursues collaborations with visual artists, composers, and performers to explore the creative structures between artistic mediums and expand the boundaries of live dance performance.

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Nadia Hironaka, Collaborator Video Artist- Principles of Uncertainty
Video artist Nadia Hironaka resides in Philadelphiaand is a professor of video art at Maryland Institute College of Art. She is co-founder of Philadelphia’s only video art gallery, Screening, and is a member of Vox Populi. Her films and video installations are exhibited internationally. In 2006, she was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

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Relâche, Collaborator Music Ensemble- Hurdy Gurdy
Relâche, for a quarter century, has maintained an international reputation as a leader in commissioning, presenting and performing the innovative and exciting music of our time. Relâche is among the oldest continuously operating, non-profit organizations and chamber ensembles dedicated to contemporary music in the United States. It has consistently offered world-class performances and presentations of music by leading American and international composers and artists. In addition, Relâche has always invested heavily in the future of new music through its commitment to the work of young and emerging composers. To date, Relâche has performed more than 550 concerts in the Greater Philadelphia area, around the country and the globe, including residency, festival and touring appearances in South America, Japan and Eastern and Western Europe. The Ensemble boasts a touring-ready repertoire of over 50 pieces and a repertory library of over 400 works. Nearly 140 of these are Relâche commissions, including works by Robert Ashley, Kitty Brazelton, John Cage, Uri Caine, Fred Frith, Kyle Gann, Philip Glass, Fred Ho, Michael Nyman, Pauline Oliveros, Bobby Previte, George Russell,Somei Satoh, and Lois V Vierk, just to name a few. Relâche has released three CD’s to date: Relâche on Edge (1991,Mode), Outcome Inevitable (1994, O.O.Disks) and Pick it up(1997, MonroeStreet), which was nominated for a Grammy in 1998.

Currently, Relâche produces 15-20 concerts each season, featuring 4-6 new commissions. These are presented through an annual commission-based concert series Future Sounds. Since 2001, Relâche has presented its first full-length dance/music commission MixedCompany, with music by Guy Klucevsek and choreography by Meredith Rainey; aground-breaking video, installation and performance commission, The Bell and the Glass, by Christian Marclay, co-produced with the Philadelphia Museum of Art; two live accompanied silent film programs, Sonic Cinema 1+2, produced with the Prince Music Theater’s “Film at the Prince”; as well as special events, such as Phil Kline’s annual cult classic Unsilent Night and CAGE12, a John Cage 90th birthday tribute.

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Rennie Harris, Collaborator Choreographer- Civilian/Warrior
Rennie Harris is Artistic Director and choreographer of Rennie Harris Puremovement in Philadelphia. He is well versed in the vernacular of hip-hop which includes the various techniques of B-boy (misnomer “breakdancing”), house dancing, stepping and other styles that have emerged spontaneously from the urban, inner cities of America like the North Philadelphia community in which he was raised. He has brought these “social” dances to the “concert” stage, creating a cohesive dance style that finds a cogent voice in the theater. He is a powerful spokesperson for the significance of “street” origins in any dance style. Intrigued by the universality of hip-hop, he seeks inspiration from other forms and performance art.

Since the age of 15, he has taught workshops and classes at many schools and universities including University of the Arts, UCLA, Columbia College and Bates College. He is a 1996 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Choreography and has received awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Pew Repertory Development Initiative grant, the City of Philadelphia Cultural Fund and 1996 Philadelphia Dance Projects commission. Harris was voted one of the most influential people in the last one hundred years of Philadelphia history and has been compared to twentieth-century dance legend Alvin Ailey and Bob Fosse. He was also nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award and has been recently awarded the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. His group of dancers and their infectious brand of movement have toured around the globe.

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Prism Quartet, Collaborator Saxophone Quartet- Pitch Black
Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles, presenting the saxophone as a serious concert instrument while embracing its rich history in jazz and popular music. Founded in 1984, the ensemble has twice been awarded the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music and has been chosen by Musical America as “Outstanding Young Artists.” PRISM’s creative work hasbeen supported by the nation’s leading cultural philanthropies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Presser Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund, the Philadelphia Music Project (The Pew Charitable Trusts), and state arts councils in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.

The PRISM Quartet is one of the nation’s most active proponents of new music, developinga presence for its medium with performances in nearly every state and abroad.Recent seasons have been highlighted by engagements which reflect the Quartet’s versatility, including appearances in Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, on “Entertainment Tonight,” and with thefamed Chilean rock group Inti-Illimani in Santiago. In 1995, PRISM toured LatinAmerica under the auspices of the U.S. State Department with programs ofcontemporary American music. PRISM has also toured extensively with the ChesterString Quartet performing Michael Sahl’s “Storms” for saxophones andstrings. Additional engagements have included performances at the ChautauquaInstitution, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Utah, a tour ofHawaii, a residency at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, performances at NewYork’s Merkin Hall and Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, the Orange CountyPhilharmonic Society, Los Angeles’ Chamber Music in Historic Sites, theUniversity of Illinois’ Krannert Center, Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society,Purdue University Convocations, Dartmouth College, Ithaca College, MichiganState University, Brigham Young University, the University of Vermont, GeorgiaSouthern University and a two week residency with the Visiting Artists Seriesin Davenport, Iowa. While on tour, PRISMhas presented master classes and composer forums at notable institutions,including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory, PurdueUniversity, the Universities of Michigan, Illinois, and Southern California,and the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Members of PRISM are Matthew Levy, Timothy McAllister, Zachary Shemon, and TaimurSullivan. The PRISM Quartet serves as artists/clinicians for the Selmer Companyand performs exclusively on Selmer saxophones.

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Uri Caine, Collaborator Composer- Hurdy Gurdy
Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer. He played in bands led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb.

Since moving to New York City Caine has recorded seventeen albums as a leader. His most recent is The Uri Caine Ensemble Plays Mozart (Winter and Winter 2006) He has made cd’s featurning his jazz trio, his Bedrock Trio and the ensemble performing arrangements of Mahler, Wagner, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann.

Recently Caine has received commissions from the Vienna Volksoper, The Seattle Chamber Players, Relache, The Beaux Arts Trio, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Koln and the American Composers Orchestra. Caine was the Director of the Venice Biennale for Music in September 2003, where he also premiered his new work “The Othello Syndrome”. He has performed his version of the Diabelli Variations with orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the CBC Orchestra in Candada and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. In 2006 he was named composer in residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and premiered his Concerto for Two Pianos and Chamber Orchestra with Jeffrey Kahane in May 2006.

During the past several years, Caine has worked in groups led by Don Byron, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Terry Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Rashid Ali, Arto Lindsay, Sam Rivers and Barry Altschul, the Woody Herman Band, Annie Ross,the Enja Band, Global Theory and the Master Musicians of Jajouka. He has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Foundation. He has performed at many jazz festivals including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, JVC Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Vittoria Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, as well as classical festivals including The Salzburg Festival, Munich Opera, Holland Festival, Israel Festival, IRCAM, and Great Performers at Lincoln Center.

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