Over the past 15 years choreographer Pam Tanowitz has become known for her unflinchingly post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary. Her abstract movement challenges stylistic expectations, conventions of composition as well as the concert-going experience itself. Tanowitz’ mission is to revitalize abstraction and formalism by obliterating the self-imposed dialectical boundaries of each, while stretching the material into uncharted territory.
Pam Tanowitz Dance was founded in 2000 as a platform for Tanowitz to explore her vision with a consistent group of dancers. Since then the company has received commissions and residencies at prestigious performance venues such as The Joyce Theater, Bard Summerscape Festival, New York Live Arts, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Chicago Dancing Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. The company has been selected by The New York Times Best of Dance series in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Pam Tanowitz is the 2016 Juried Bessie Award Winner for her work "the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces".
MELISSA TOOGOOD (Rehearsal Director) is a Bessie Award winning performer living in NYC. She joined Pam Tanowitz Dance in 2006 and became Rehearsal Director for PTD in 2012. As Assistant to the Choreographer she has worked with Tanowitz on creations for Ballet Austin, Barnard College, Dickinson College, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Vail International Dance Festival, and the Fall For Dance Festival. She was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; her tenure included the Legacy Tour. She has taught Cunningham Technique since 2007 and is a 2013 & 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow. She has performed with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Kimberly Bartosik, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener, Stephen Petronio Company, Sally Silvers, The Bang Group and others. Dance Magazine named her in their 25 to Watch in 2014 and featured her in their inaugural episode of Behind the Curtain. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she is a graduate of New World School of the Arts.
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JASON COLLINS is a Brooklyn-based performer and choreographer. He currently works with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Ryan McNamara, Danielle Russo Performance Project, Dylan Crossman/Crossman Dans(c)e and has additionally worked with The Bang Group, Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, Opera Omaha, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Christopher Williams, and Zack Winokur. Jason is co-founder of HEWMAN, a collective that presents collaborative performance installations in unconventional venues throughout New York City. Jason is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts and holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. www.hewmancollective.com
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MAGGIE CLOUD grew up in Sarasota, Florida and graduated from FloridaState University with a BFA in Dance. Since moving to New York, she has performed in works by choreographers Lauren Bakst, KimBrandt, Diana Crum, Moriah Evans, John Jasperse, Burr Johnson, JenMcGinn, Sarah Michelson, Pam Tanowitz, Gillian Walsh, and Emily Wexler. She has taught at Chen Dance Center, BAX, and at the University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute.
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DYLAN CROSSMAN grew up under the Mediterranean sun, received his Bachelor's degree from the Laban Centre in London and studied at Burklyn Ballet Theatre (VT). Dylan joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 and was part of the final Legacy Tour, enjoying every second of it. Now freelance, Dylan has worked Julia Gleich, Wally Cardona, Christopher Williams, Peter Kyle, Ellen Cornfield, Bill Young, Sean Currán, Brian Brook, Pam Tanowitz, Kimberly Bartosik/Daela, Sally Silvers, Ryan McNamara. He has received a 2009 Bessie Award for his work in Pam Tanowitz’s Be in the Gray With Me and Kid Birds, a outreach project he was the teacher/choreographer for won the 2014 Cultural and Artistic Audacity Award (FR). He is a faculty member for the Cunningham Trust as well as a NYLA associate artist. Dylan's company- Crossman Dans(c)e- has been presented at DanceRoulette, the 92nd street Y's Fridays at Noon series, at Abrons Art Center as a part of Laurie Uprichard's Travelogues series. OscillatingWhileDreaming, his latest trio, was just commissioned by the Museum of Arts and Design and performed with artist's Wendell Castle's outdoors bronze sculptures.
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LINDSEY JONES is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and began dancing at COCA (Center of Creative Arts). She graduated with a BFA from SUNY Purchase and also attended London Contemporary Dance School. Lindsey originated the role of 'The Cat' in Isaac Mizrahi’s Peter and the Wolf and also performed in his production of The Magic Flute with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She has performed with Bill Young, GREYZONE, Ian Spencer Bell, June Finch, Rosario/Adriane Lee, and is currently working with Dance Heginbotham and Pam Tanowitz Dance.
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DAN SIEGLER is a composer and producer from New York City. His music combines electronic and organic elements, incorporating references to jazz, blues and folk. Influenced by musique concrète, these “sound-first compositions” employ a mixture of analog synthesizers and keyboards, orchestration for strings, horns and woodwinds, glitch sound material and field recordings. Siegler’s awards include the Abe Olman Scholarship from The National Academy of Popular Music, a Wildacres composer’s residency and a choreographer + composer residency administered by Exploring the Metropolis. His piece, Read the Following Before Playing (2015) premiered at Roulette’s Interpretations series, performed by the violin duo, String Noise. As owner/operator of Saturnfoot Studios, Siegler has produced sessions for HBO’s Bored to Death, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and David LaChapelle as well as a wide range of singer/songwriters.
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The FLUX Quartet is a string ensemble made up of Tom Chiu (violinist and composer), Felix Fan (cellist), Conrad Harris (violinist), and Max Mandel (violinist). Founded in the 90’s by Chiu, FLUX is driven by a mission akin to the Fluxus movement in the 60’s: to pursue a living art for all people with an "anything-goes, do-it-yourself" spirit. FLUX continually challenges and expands stylistic boundaries by pursuing collaborative relationships with genre-transcending artists such as Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, avant balloonist Judy Dunaway, and digital artists collective The OpenEnded Group. The quartet has a history of collaborating with dance artists, including choreographers Shen Wei, Christopher Wheeldon, and Tanowitz. FLUX captivates audiences worldwide with a vivid repertoire that combines seminal pioneers with visionaries of tomorrow. From late 20th-century masterworks by Gyorgy Ligeti, Conlon Nancarrow, Giacinto Scelsi, and Iannis Xenakis, to new works by David First, Roscoe Mitchell, Matthew Welch, and John Zorn, FLUX brings to all of its performances a “boundless, uninhibited energy.” (The New York Times) As part of its mission to discover future musical groundbreakers, FLUX has secured commissioning grants from the American Composers Forum, USArtists International, Aaron Copland Fund, and Meet The Composer. FLUX has performed to rave reviews at numerous music centers around the world, including the Library of Congress, the Walker Art Center, the Kennedy Center, EMPAC at RPI, Roulette Intermedium, and Carnegie’s Zankel Hall as part of the When Morty Met John Festival. FLUX’s numerous radio credits include NPR’s All Things Considered, WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck, and WFMU’s Stochastic Hit Parade. Highlights of FLUX’s 2012 season included a much-celebrated Feldman Festival at New York’s Bargemusic, Untitled (The Blue Ballet) with Tanowitz at The Kitchen, and the BEYOND CAGE Festival with the New York-based S.E.M Ensemble at the Paula Cooper Gallery
REID BARTELME (Costume designer) began his professional life as a dancer. He worked for Ballet companies throughout North America and Canada, and later in his career worked for modern dance companies in New York including Shen Wei Dance Arts and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He has also performed in works by Jack Ferver, Liz Santoro, Burr Johnson, Douglas Dunn, Christopher Williams, and Kyle Abraham. He went on to graduate from the fashion design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology and began working as a freelance costume designer. Reid has designed costumes most notably for Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Pam Tanowitz, Trey McIntyre, Jack Ferver, Pontus Lidberg, and Liz Santoro. In collaboration with designer Harriet Jung, Reid has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Justin Peck, Marcelo Gomes, Jodi Melnick, Doug Varone, and Kyle Abraham.
HARRIET JUNG (costume designer) received her degree in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, then moved to New York to study Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Upon completing the program, she obtained a design position with womenswear designer, Jill Stuart. In addition, she began collaborating with costume designer Reid Bartelme and co-founded Reid and Harriet Design in 2011. Together, they have most notably designed for New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Justin Peck, Pam Tanowitz, Pontus Lidberg, Doug Varone, and Kyle Abraham.
DAVISON SCANDRETT (Lighting Designer) has supervised lighting and technical production for more than 1100 performances in 46 states and 27 countries. Previous designs for Pam Tanowitz include Broken Story… (Guggenheim Museum), Heaven on One's Head, PASSAGEN (Joyce), and The Spectators (NYLA). He has also created lighting for Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Sarah Michelson, Andrew Ondrejcak, Rebecca Lazier, Harrison Atelier, and Paris Opera Ballet. He was the recipient of a 2007 Bessie for his collaboration with Sarah Michelson and Parker Lutz on the visual design of DOGS. Production management credits include Wendy Whelan's Restless Creature, Marina Abramovic's Goldberg at the Park Avenue Armory, National Ballet of China & Kafka on the Shore for Lincoln Center Festival, and serving as Director of Production for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2008-2012.