CONVERGE Dance Festival 2016
Featuring live music
Saturday, May 14th at 7pm & 9pm
Sunday, May 15th at 7pm
Velocity Dance Center
Video clips from CONVERGE 2015 here
Sapience Dance Collective is pleased to present the 3rd annual “CONVERGE Dance Festival.”
Seven northwest choreographers have each created ten-minute modern dance works and have collaborated with a diverse array of musicians to create original sound scores. Thirty professional Seattle based dancers will execute lush, athletic, and quirky movement unique to each choreographer.
Sapience Dance Collective believes in fostering community. As a part of CONVERGE Dance Festival, we have opportunities for structured feedback during the rehearsal process, as well as chances to dialogue outside of the rehearsal process. Each year we have an open audition so that choreographers have the opportunity to work with dancers new to them, and dancers have the chance to be seen by local choreographers.
32 Artists make up the 2016 CONVERGE DANCE FESTIVAL!
Choreographers: Cyrus Khambatta, Lauren Linder, Philippa Myler, Laura Beth Rodriquez, Sarah Seder, Xaviera Vandermay and Amy Weaver
Musicians: Fred Slater, Nico Tower, Andy Theiruf, Isaac Castilla
Dancers: Adriana Hernandez, Arlene Martin, Christopher Engelbrecht, Eric Rapinchuk, Julia Sloane, Sarah Oakley, Tshedzom Tingkhye, Elizabeth Sugawara,, Anna Krupp, Drew Santoro, Lynn Tofil, Meghan Courtney, Elise Walker, Faith Coben, Ingrid Porter, Julian Young, Liv Fauver, Rachael Forstrom, Constanze Villines, Abby Bradetich, Amy Starner, Sarah Seder and Amy Weaver.
We are honored to have received a generous grant from 4Culture
However, even that doesn't cover the full cost of producing the festival. Support the artists by contributing to our Kickstarter here!
Laura Beth Rodriquez
Cyrus Khambatta was born in Syracuse, NY to parents of Persian-Indian and European decent. He founded Khambatta Dance Company while attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received his BFA studying dance and theater. His choreographic works have been presented throughout the U.S. and Europe, in Russia, Latin America, Canada and India, commissioned by companies such as Ririe Woodbury Dance (Salt Lake City), Pisorrojo (Caracas, Venezuela), Spectrum Dance Theatre, Evergreen City Ballet and Bellingham Repertory Dance as well as Khambatta Dance Company (KDC) and others. He has been honored with California's Damen New Choreography award, was selected for the National Dance Project Dance Development Initiative and nominated for an Albert award.
His work with KDC has been supported by numerous funding and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad, among them, the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. State Department, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Florence Gould Foundation, The French and Canadian governments and most recently the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to support a tour of the Pacific Northwest and India in 2014. He was the 2011 Artist in Residence at Seattle University and finished a multi-year residence with KDC at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center in 2014. He and KDC partner with Cornish College of the Arts, Vulcan Inc. and Amazon.com to present the Seattle International Dance Festival - Beyond the Threshold. The festival is an annual sixteen-day festival in South Lake Union presenting over 150 national, international and local artists each year () and was recently chosen for MSN’s “10 best things to do” in the nation.
Since arriving in Seattle in 2001 from New York City, his work has been performed at venues such as The National Choreographic Center of Tour and The Beaux Arts in France, The Vancouver International Dance Festival, The San Francisco International Arts Festival, McCallum Theater (CA), The Performing Arts Center at Western Washington University, Benaroya Hall (with Andre Feriante), The National Performing Arts Center (Mumbai) and as an individual dance artist at The Smithsonian Institution and The Corcoran Gallery of Art both in Washington, D.C. as well as The Choreographers Festival (Caracas), and The Bialystok Dance Festival (Poland) among others.
He has conducted numerous residencies internationally, including sponsorship by the French and Venezuelan governments and produces the Wild Meadows Improvisation Intensive in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania. He has lectured and taught on three continents including such institutions as the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation in NY, Northwestern University (Chicago), the Central University of Venezuela, Canal Danse and Contemporary Dance Theater (both in Paris), George Washington University, the University of South Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth University, New York University, University of Washington, University of Western Washington and others. In Seattle he has taught at Freehold Studio Theatre, Velocity Dance Center and The Moore Theatre's Dance This! program, Seattle University, and Cornish College of the Arts, where he also directed Swan Lake Remix, a contemporary physical theater version of Swan Lake.
He has initiated numerous community-oriented workshops addressing the needs of under-served populations. In the Washington, D.C. area, he has conducted workshops for the deaf at Galludet University, for inner city youth as well as for the visually impaired and mentally and physically challenged through Penn Visions, a mixed-abilities dance company. In New York City, he initiated a language-through-movement training program funded by Manhattan Community Arts Fund and The Harkness Foundation provided to elementary students in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. In Seattle, he initiated The Youth Dance Empowerment Project conducted in partnership with Delridge Neighborhood Development Project and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.
Lauren Linder is a Native of Muncie, IN, Lauren holds a B.F.A. in Dance with Honors and a B.A. in Spanish from The University of Iowa. Lauren has performed with Ktisk Contemporary Dance, Alyza DelPan Monley, Adriana Hernández, The Baker-Tarpaga Dance Project, Kayle + Company, Jessica Anthony, Chris Masters, Melinda Meyers, Jeremy Blair, Nicholas Leichter, among other artists. Lauren’s choreographic work has been presented by the Seattle International Dance Festival at Sanity Café, the American College Dance Festival, The University of Iowa, and the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Dance interests Lauren as a tool for community building, activism, and research. Currently Lauren is recovering from a hip surgery, working as a teacher at Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool for the Arts and an assistant director for the drama program at John Stanford International School.
Born in Shoreline, WA, Philippa Myler is a freelance contemporary dance artist trained in ballet, modern, and jazz from the age of four. Myler currently dances with Karin Stevens Dance and is Associate Director with Ktisk Contemporary dance in Seattle, WA, choreographing and performing with the company. Myler has danced for Anna O’Conner in Velocity’s Bridge Project, Sarah Kathryn-Olds’s Serendipity Dance Brigade, Xaviera Vandermay’s 3rd Shift Dance, Coleman Pester (Tectonic Marrow Society), Connie Villines (re:flexion) and Erin Boyt’s Version Excursion. Myler has had the privilege of dancing for choreographers Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi of Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance, Kim Robards in Denver, CO, and Seattle’s Pat Graney. In 2013, she spent an inspirational two months in as Artist in Residence with Fiji’s VOU Dance, performing, teaching, and choreographing on the company. After graduating with a BA in dance and a BFA in English from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, Myler co-founded the collective Triadic Dance Works, which has performed original works in Canada, the US, and Germany. In addition to showing short works at festivals in the Vancouver area, Myler has been twice commissioned to choreograph a full evening of work for Port Moody’s "Wearable Art Awards" showcase.
Laura Beth Rodriquez is from San Antonio, TX and has been dancing since she was 3. She has trained from “Toots” Johnson, Finis Jhung, Madame Darvash, Germaine Salsberg, Frank Hatchett, Erica Wilson-Perkins, Amber Ortega-Perez, Joe Alegado and more. Laura has performed in works by Pat Graney, The Modern Dancers’ Co-Laboratory, Ordinary Spaces, Spareworks.Dance and Erison Dancers. Recently, she was selected for Seattle’s Men in Dance 2015 choreographer showcase. Laura has been teaching and choreographing for the past 13 years, currently she is on faculty at Exit Space and guest teaching throughout the Seattle area. She is pursuing a BFA in Dance at Cornish College of the Arts under the professional program and she looks forward to following up in a MFA program.
Sarah Seder is a co-founder of Sapience Dance Collective. She earned a degree from Bard College in 2007 where she studied dance and psychology. Sarah works as a choreographer, dancer, dance teacher, and GYROTONIC® instructor. She has performed and shown her work extensively in the Seattle area and throughout the country. She was honored to show her work at the University of Washington’s beautiful Meany Hall in collaboration with their music department, Built On Stilts Festival in MA, and at Boost Festival in Seattle. She has enjoyed dancing for SDC in New York City, Pat Graney in Seattle, Wade Madsen in Seattle and Boulder and Karin Stevens Dance in Seattle and Montana among others. She lives by the sea, climbs mountains and is passionate about helping people discover the joy of dance.
Xaviera Vandermay (Seattle, WA) is the director of professional contemporary jazz dance company 3rd Shift Dance. Through 3SD her work has been seen at On the Boards, Seattle Opera, Northwest Folklife Festival, McCaw Hall, Arts Crush Festival, Seattle Art Museum’s REMIX, in short film “Lulu and Bopsie Destroy the Universe”, Capitol Hill Block Party, Sasquatch Music Festival, Snoqualmie Casino, Galaxy Dance Festival, Revival of the Illest, Shogun ShoDown, RAW Artists Showcase, and in Microsoft project Seattle Gigapixel ArtZoom. In addition to her responsibilities with 3rd Shift, Xaviera is primary choreographer and back up dancer for music acts Fly Moon Royalty and The Bad Tenants. Her choreography has also been seen being danced by Relay Dance Collective, Alliance Dance Company (Chicago), Spectrum Youth Theater, Aria Dance, Le Faux, and through her work for the New York City based firm GoSeeDo. Currently Ms Vandermay is on the faculty of Westlake Dance Center, Issaquah Dance Theatre, Center Stage Dance Academy, and Definitive Dance.
Amy Weaver is a Seattle choreographer, dancer, GYROTONIC® instructor, costume designer and life long teacher with a deep passion for building community. She is currently a co-director and dance artist with Sapience Dance Collective, which has been performing collaborative choreography in the Pacific Northwest since 2009. Amy has been teaching and choreographing for 15 years, and she is privileged to have had her work performed throughout the Seattle area in numerous festivals and concerts. Amy has toured as an artist extensively in the US and China with the International Festival of the Arts, as well as worked with many Seattle dance luminaries. She holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts.