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Mark Haim with "Goldberg Variations"
March 30–Apr 1, 2006

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    About Mark Haim

    Accomplished choreographer Mark Haim remounts his 1997 The Goldberg Variations (with pianist André Gribou), setting his original solo work on a group of Seattle’s strongest dancers including Tonya Lockyer, Sean Ryan, Amy O’Neal, Ellie Sandstrom and Jim Kent. The Goldberg Variations is an 80-minute piece comprised of 30 solos, each lasting between 1-10 minutes, and the 3 OtB performances will each have a distinct and flexible format. Haim is an Artist in Residence at the UW Dance Program. Throughout his impressive career he has been commissioned to create new works for Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, the Limon Dance Company, among others. Haim’s original The Goldberg Variations premiered at the American Dance Festival, and has been seen at The Danspace Project, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and theaters in Russia and Korea.

    Company Bios:

    ANDRÉ GRIBOU (pianist) Mr. Gribou has composed for and collaborated with many nationally and internationally known artists in the creation of works for documentaries, video, dance and theater. The most notable of these artists include Gladys Bailin, Mark Dendy, Chris Aiken, Peter Bingham, Douglas Neilson, David Parsons, Margaret Beals, Nusha Martynuk and Carter McAdams, Lenora Champagne, Judy Dworin, Mark Haim, and the Lark String Quartet. His theme music for the WCBS-TV NFL Today Preview received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Musical Composition, and he composed the score for the Emmy award-winning documentary Wandering Souls: Tet 68. He scored the NASA-TV project Water for Tea, which received the top prize at the 2003 Communicator Awards: the Crystal Award for Excellence and the Award of Distinction for Original Music. The documentary PassionWorks:The Story of Flying, which he scored, will be broadcast by PBS stations throughout the country in 2006. As a pianist, André has performed solo and chamber music throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Venues have included Lincoln Center, The United Nations, and The American New Music Consortium. In 1997, André and choreographer/dancer Mark Haim performed the world premiere of their duet The Goldberg Variations at The American Dance Festival. Since the premiere, Gribou and Haim have performed The Goldberg Variations throughout the United States and abroad, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center; the Center for the Contemporary Arts in Yekaterinburg, Russia; and the Seoul Dance Festival in Korea. For the 2000-2002 seasons they presented The Goldberg Variations as part of the Lincoln Center Institute Arts in Education Program. In 2003 Gribou was invited by the Lincoln Center Institute to present a solo piano program: Time Travel with the Virtuoso Keyboard. His most recent and delightful collaboration has been with his wife Adele in raising their 4-month-old daughter Zevá Aria. André Gribou holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music and The Juilliard School. He has served as Music Director at the Ohio University School of Dance and joined the Ohio University School of Music Composition and General Studies faculty in the fall of 2004. In 1998 and again in 2004 he was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. During his tenure at Ohio University, Mr. Gribou has received numerous University grants and two Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowship Awards for Music Composition. He has held a faculty musician position at The American Dance Festival since 1994. Previous to joining the Ohio University faculty, André served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Trinity College, New York University, and the United Nations International School.

    MARK HAIM (choreographer/performer) Born in New York City, Mark began studying the piano at age 6, and attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division, where, in addition to studying piano with Rosetta Goodkind, he studied theory, composition and chamber music. He was accepted to the Dance Division of the Juilliard School on an honorary scholarship, graduating with a BFA degree in 1983. There, he performed in works by Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow. From 1984 -1987, he directed Mark Haim & Dancers, which performed at the Riverside Dance Festival in NYC , and at various theaters and venues in the US, Luxembourg, and Holland. In 1987, he was invited to Lisbon, Portugal to become Artistic Director of the Companhia de Danca de Lisboa. There, he created 8 dances for the company, which toured Portugal, Spain, and Italy. Mark has been commissioned to create new works for many dance companies in the US, Europe and Asia, among them the Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, the Joffrey II Dancers, the Jose Limon Dance Company, the Rotterdamse Dansgroep, the Silesian Dance Theater, the Companhia de Danca de Lisboa, CoDanceCo, the TRANS Dance Co., and Ballet Pacifica. He has restaged his works on companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, the Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel, Djazzex and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble. "The Goldberg Variations" received its world premiere at the American Dance Festival in July, 1997. It has also been presented at the Danspace Project in St. Mark's Church in New York, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, the Baker Theater in Athens, OH, The Festival of European Dance and Theatre in Prague, the Seoul Int’l Dance Festival, Hollins University, Ohio Univsersity, VCU, Cal State- Long Beach, Columbia College, Cornell University, University of Illinois, NC School of the Arts, and the 92nd Street Y. It also was on the performance roster of the Lincoln Center Institute from 2000-2002. Mark has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival since 1993. He has been on the faculty of NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and was Guest Artist-in-Residence at Hollins College. He has also taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Ohio University, University of Illinois, the New World School of the Arts, Cornell University, the Rotterdamse Dansacademie, Dance Space and Peridance in New York City, and has been guest-teacher at schools and companies in Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Holland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Poland, Russia, and Japan. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a recipient of a 1987 NYFA Choreographers Fellowship, a 1988 and 1996 NEA Choreographers Fellowship and grants from the NPN Suitcase Fund, ArtsLink, Inc., the Harkness Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.

    JULIE KEENAN (lighting design) One of Julie Keenan's (Lighting Designer) greatest passions is lighting contemporary dance. She loves the connection between movement and bold lighting choices. Not content to place lights on top of a dance, she enjoys creating worlds for movers to inhabit. She has lit many shows with both Lingo dancetheater (KT Niehoff) and locust (Amy O'Neal/ Zeke Keeble). Julie has also lit shows with Pablo Cornejo, Carla Barragan, Cheronne Wong, and of of town artists Katie Duck, Martin Sonderkamp, Jeanine Durning, Victoria Marks, Morgan Thorsen, and Kim Epifano. In 2003 Julie traveled to and lit shows in Mississippi, Nashville, Massachusetts, New York, and Minneapolis, all with Lingo and Speak to Me. Julie has also lit plays for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Civic Light Opera, Village Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, and Fool’s Cathedral. In addition to creating set lighting worlds, she also improvises lighting. Some favorite improvisation memories include traveling to Amsterdam and co lighting a show with a Dutch LD, performing a Halloween show in a former syrup factory in Nashville with Lingo, and creating odd shapes for German performer Martin Sonderkamp. Julie holds a BA from Oberlin College and enjoys gardening and working on her 1916 house.

    JIM KENT (performer) Jim Kent started classical training on the piano and violin when he was very young. He continued his training well through high school, where he attended All-State Honor Choir and Orchestra 3 years in a row for voice and violin. He started dancing in Hawaii at a YWCA when he was 18. He is a recent graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, where he was a part of a 2003 Cornish Dance Theatre piece by Mark Haim called they remembered the continuity of dislocation. While at Cornish, he has danced with Gary Masters in José Limón's Choreographic Offering , David Dorfman, Pat Hon, Deborah Wolf, Gérard Théorêt, and Tonya Lockyer. He has most recently performed last summer with Wade Madsen and Dancers in The Elements, a project started in 2004 resulting in a residency at Centrum in Port Townsend, 8 performances at Broadway Performance Hall, and many happy times. Jim hopes to travel.

    TONYA LOCKYER (performer) Tonya Lockyer (CMA) is a performer, dance artist, writer and teacher. Beginning her career in 1988 with Contemporary Dancers Canada, in 1991 she moved to New York to study with Cage/Cunningham and perform the work of Merce Cunningham, Donald Byrd, Charles Moulton, and others. 1993-98, she was principle soloist, vocalist, Rehearsal Assistant and creative assistant for Paula Josa-Jones/Performanceworks touring major venues in the US, Mexico and Russia. In Seattle she danced with Wade Madsen, ROOM, in her own solo work and in her choreography for VIA, the company she cofounded and directed 1999-2003. VIA (a dance theater company dedicated to the creation of new work and cross-cultural collaborations) was presented by On The Boards, Dancer's Studio West, and The Banff Center. Since 1998, she has created more than twenty commissions for dance/opera/theater companies, festivals and universities. Her work has been presented throughout the US (NY, DC, MD, MI, TX, WA, CA, MA, AZ, OR) and in Europe, Eastern Europe, Canada and Russia. Her adventures in performance (to name a few) include dances for blind audiences of one, directing large scale interactive street actions in NYC and Seattle, and 12 hour non-stop improvised events. She played "M" in the West Coast Premiere of Sarah Kane's CRAVE and choreographed Long Beach Opera's Jenufa. Colloborators along the way include composers Pauline Oliveros, Ellen Fullman and Stuart Dempster; Sean Ryan, and Magnetic Laboratorium, an interdisciplinary collective with alumni of Merce Cunningham Co. and Robert Wilson. Her work has received support from The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions, The Seattle Arts Commission, The Canada Council, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Allied Arts Foundation, and The Banff Centre for the Arts. Tonya has served on the faculties of The Bates Dance Festival, Emerson College Boston, Cornish College (to present) and as Visiting Artist at festivals and schools in Istanbul, Russia, Poland, Mexico, Canada and the Eastern Seaboard. This summer she is a returning Guest Artist of Bringham Young University. Tonya is grateful to still be dancing at 38; for the beautiful work (thank you mark, wade, beth, bc...). For the support of Michele, ACT, and believers; and to see the vision of past students and present peers living in the world.

    AMY O’NEAL (performer) Amy O'Neal is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and the co-director (along with composer Zeke Keeble) of locust (music/dance/video company) based in Seattle. locust recently completed their first national tour and will be premiering a new work at On the Boards in Fall 2006. She teaches contemporary dance technique and funk regularly at Velocity Dance Center. She has taught and/or conducted residencies at the University of Washington, University of Idaho, Cornish College of the Arts, Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, TX, and will be at the University of Oregon this spring. Her work has been commissioned by Spectrum Dance Theater directed by Donald Byrd, Moving Current in Tampa, Florida, and Seattle Theater Group's Dance This... where she collaborated with Savion Glover and Sonia Dawkins. As a performer, she worked with the Pat Graney Co for 3 years, was a 6-year member of Mary Sheldon Scott/Jarrad Powell Performance, and was the lead singer for the Seattle band Marrow for 3 years. Amy has spent many months in Europe working and studying with amazing dance personalities like Willi Dorner (Vienna) and David Zambrano (Amsterdam). For locust, Amy has received funding from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the international DanceWEB scholarship, the Mary Levine Fund, Artist Trust (GAP and Fellowship), 4 Coulture, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Creative Capitol Foundation. Amy holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Amy is elated to be dancing for one of her heroes, international soloist, Mark Haim.

    SEAN RYAN (performer) Sean Ryan has danced with choreographer’s Laura Curry (touring PINKK as part of SCUBA, the National Touring Dance Alliance,) Paula Josa-Jones/ Performanceworks (Boston), Sheri Cohen, & MSS/ JPP (upcoming at Dance Theater Workshop/NYC). He was a founding member of VIA, a dance theater company based in Seattle under Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer, touring internationally. Recent directing credits: the premiere of Allen Johnson’s Another You (recipient of the Creation Fund Award from the National Performance Network); the West Coast premiere of Crave by Sarah Kane (Seattle); InterCut created by Charter77 (Seattle); and Escurial by Michel de Ghelderode (Calgary); among others. From 2001-2004, Sean coordinated VIA’s PlayLAB series, a program devoted to presenting stage readings by regional, national and international playwrights such as Stephanie Timm, Yussef El Guindi, Sarah Kane, Adam Rapp; among others. He is a board member of Rain City Projects, a non-profit supporting northwest playwright through publishing, playreadings, and travel grants. Currently, he is the regional programs coordinator at On the Boards. Ryan is a graduate of Emerson College, Boston with a BFA honors in Performing Arts.

    ELLIE SANDSTROM (performer) Ellie Sandstrom has been performing for over 20 years. She is originally from Minneapolis, where she began her movement training with Minnesota Dance Theater and later, BalletArts. She has studied various forms of dance technique, body conditioning, choreography and improvisation throughout her life at many festivals and schools across the U.S.. She is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, where she received her BFA in dance. She has been working in Seattle, consistently with MarySheldonScott/JarredPowellPerformance and LOCUST since 2000, and has been known to also bring many other projects into the mix. She teaches Modern technique @ Velocity Dance Center and is prone to Pilates inspiration. She is absolutely honered to be working with Mark on this beautifully challenging and rewarding project.


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