Apr 21-22 | Erickson Theatre
Converge Dance Festival 2017 Choreographers
Angelica DeLashmette is a dance producer, choreographer, performer, and teaching artist based in Seattle, WA. DeLashmette’s work has been seen at The Pocket Theater, The Annex Theatre, The Broaday Performance Hall, The Meany Studio Theater, Velocity Founders Theater, and the Erickson Theatre Off Broadway (Seattle, WA). As of Fall 2016, DeLashmette is the Artistic Director of the Converge Dance Festival in Seattle with Co-Director Kelsey Hamon. DeLashmette teaches dance and movement to all ages and levels in the Seattle community. As an undergraduate student she started being mentored by renowned dance educator and author, Anne Green Gilbert and the faculty at The Creative Dance Center, which has had a profound influence on shaping her teaching philosophy and practice. DeLashmette is currently on faculty at The Creative Dance Center, eXit SPACE School of Dance and The Washington School of Dance. DeLashmette sees her passion for dance as her primary mode of inquiry and the lens in which she explores and experiences. She is always grateful for the opportunity to share her passion for dance and to dive deeper into her craft and develop as an artist. She is currently in progress to become a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) by January 2018.
Brittany Clements began her training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and tap in San Jose, California. She performed in San Jose Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker for 10 years and attended summer programs with American Ballet Theater and Orlando Ballet. She also trained with Teen Dance Company where she worked with such artists as Mia Michaels, Jen Bradford and Heather Cooper. She began assisting and teaching Ballet and Modern classes in high school and continued throughout college. In 2013, she graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.F.A in Dance Performance where she was a soloist in Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble. Brittany also choreographed and presented an honors thesis concert titled Out of the Dust. While at UCI, Brittany also performed for the Walt Disney Company at the Disneyland Resort. Since she and her husband moved to Seattle in 2013, she taught preschool at Bright Horizons Family Solutions and danced in various local performances. Brittany welcomed her first daughter in the spring of 2016, and she is excited to be dancing, teaching and choreographing once again.
Bryon Carr holds an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts. He has trained, taught and performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. In New York City he danced for The Martha Graham Ensemble, Chen and Dancers, The Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Popo and Gogo Boys and Pele Bauch Performance Group as well as, various other choreographers. In NYC Carr's dance/media work has been presented by ITINERANT Arts, Michael Carson Productions, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam (now Gibney Dance Center), Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, The Wave Rising Series, Triskelion Arts Center and Chashama Arts. Outside of New York, BCDM has shown in Seattle, Boston, and Berlin. In 2013 Carr moved to Seattle and has been presented by the Full Tilt Festival, Velocity Dance Center’s Strictly Seattle, eXit SPACE School of Dance Take Pause, The Boost Dance Festival and SOIL Gallery. He also works in media, primarily video projection/design and in Seattle has designed for, Ashleigh Claire Miller’s ‘A Crowdsourced Guide to Generation Y’ at FRED Wildlife Refuge and Angelica Delashmette's show 'Being' at Velocity Dance Center. Carr also works with visual artist Kharis Kennedy in creating a multi-platform dance/video project with our first rendition presented in Miami and St. Croix this past December 2016. Carr is currently on faculty for Bellevue College and eXit Space Dance Center teaching modern and ballet classes. website: carrdancemedia.com
Photo Credit: Rod Nunez
Hayley is a dance artist and teaching artist based in Seattle, WA, who uses dance as a powerful vehicle to unite humanity across boundaries. She has been a dancer with The Three Yells Performance Company since 2014. She teaches for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Community Education Programs, Silver Kite Community Arts, Spectrum Dance Theater and Creative Dance Center. Hayley recently studied dance movement therapy in Greece where she taught dance to abused/neglected youth, and in 2015 was a diplomat for Movement Exchange in Panama where she taught at the University of Panama and at local orphanages. She coordinates community outreach programs at Spectrum Dance Theater, and most recently was commissioned to choreograph for Michigan State University where she holds a B.A. in Communications and Dance.
Kelsey Hamon | Sarah M.F. Oxford
Both Pacific Northwest natives, Kelsey and Sarah traveled to Seattle through circuitous routes. After graduating from the University of Idaho with her BS in Dance, Kelsey made her way to Seattle in 2005 to begin exploring its dance scene. After her first self-produced show with Crooked Toe Dance, Kelsey took a break from choreographing to focus on performing. She spent the next seven years performing in a number of companies and festivals around Seattle.
Sarah made her way to the Seattle area in 1991 when her family moved to Mukilteo. After much performing, choreographing, and teaching in Bellingham, Sarah took a break from dance for a time to further explore her life's journey. While she has enjoyed a smattering of local performance opportunities over the past seven years, it was in exploring this deeply rooted existentially expressive choreography with Kelsey that Sarah felt her passion to create art renewed.
The well-received "Compulsion: on Repeat" performed within multi-disciplinary artist Antonia Price's installation "Salt Forest", solidified Kelsey's and Sarah's need to continue creating art together. Their next collaboration, "Learning to be Human", started them on the path of reconsidering the kind of art they're creating - something more than dance - something more deeply rooted in a pure movement expression of their personal perspectives on existence.
Photo Credit: Michelle Smith Lewis
Leah Mann | Martha Enson | Lynelle Sjoberg
Leah Mann’s work is the integration of her life’s experiences manifested in movement. From competitive gymnast to urban missionary, from brain hemorrhage survivor to improvisational player, her work reflects the idea of “transformation”. It is a progression from standard techniques and studies of form to a hybrid genre of movement, sound and “play” (in all meanings of the word). Her work focuses on the common denominators of the human experience, the formation of community and the relationships therein - whether eurhythmically (uniting music and dance) or in audience participation (blurring the line between viewer and performer).
The emphasis of her choreography and movement study relates to the physics of energy, effort and sound as she explores its transference. Thus her work has developed from more traditional forms of modern based dance to include the use of kinetic sculptures, trapeze, bungee, text, vocals, polyrhythmic action and music.
Martha Enson received her MFA from the O’Neill Theater Center and Ecole Jacques Lecoq (Paris) in 1987. She is a founding member of UMO Ensemble, directed and performed with Teatro Zinzani in Seattle and San Francisco between 2001 and 2005, and performs as an aerialist on rope, trapeze, and lyra. Building on 20 years of experience in physical theatre, Martha is Artistic Director of EnJoy Productions, an event production company that creates customized transformational events internationally.
Lynelle Sjoberg has been dancing since the early age of 3 in the Bay Area, Seattle and now, she resides on Vashon Island. For the past 25 years, she has maintained a passionate career in the Healing Arts with her Massage & Motion practice. She weaves the modalities of eastern and western movement and massage techniques into her teachings and feels the potency of this practice in her performance. Now in her 50's, Lynelle is able to continue performing on land or aerially, thanks to her work in the Healing Arts.
Liv Fauver is from Meriden, New Hampshire and moved to Seattle in 2015 after spending a year as a resident artist of Delfos Danza Contemporánea where she performed and studied through EPDM in Mazatlán, Mexico under the artistic direction of Claudia Lavista, Victor Manuel Luis and Omar Carrum. Liv studied dance at Smith College and the Five College dance program, The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Cunningham School of Dance. Since moving to Seattle she has presented work in Danza al Borde (Tijuana, Mexico), FAKI (Zagreb, Croatia) and CRA'P (Mollet, Spain) and currently dances with Faunix, Emma Hrelijanovic, Kim Holloway and The Three Yells.
Photo Credit: Ashley Jade Pietro
Sabina Moe is a graduate from Hampshire College. Since moving to Seattle she has worked with Alice Gosti, Kailtin McCarthy, Liz Houlton, and Anna Connor. She has a lot of friends. Hi Mom.