TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW September 2021: SALON (Live!) Saturday 11th @ 7:30pm
- Sarahbesque & Bethford
- Jamie Courville
- Elise Long
- Claire Porter
- Slackjaw (Rob Meador, Doug Pierson & Friends)
Sofia Forero & Thibaut Witzleb
This short, experimental documentary film features a young Brooklyn artist waiting for a stem cell transplant to treat leukemia.
Jamie Courville is a film and audio maker who makes work that addresses urgent issues faced by overlooked, unheralded people.
A new solo dance work created by Mason Cummings
which explores personal identity.
Mason Cummings is a bicoastal interdisciplinary choreographer, dancer, and writer, creating/performing in Los Angeles and New York City. He has studied dance at The Center of Creative Arts (COCA), The Ailey School, and Professional Performing Arts High School. Most recently, he graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Major in Dance and Minor in Pre-Law. Additionally, he has performed the works of Shamel Pitts, Jennifer Archibald, Chuck Wilt/UNA Productions, and Patricia Hoffbauer. As far as choreographing, he has presented work at the Jack Crystal Theater, Spoke the Hub’s “Solo Fancy”, and numerous independent film projects. His objective as an artist is to help shape, educate, and impact the world one creative step at a time.
“THE THRILL IS GONE”
“The Thrill Is Gone”, a dance film directed and produced by Sofía Forero and Thibaut Witzleb, portrays the lost passion of a couple.
Sofía Forero Correa was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. She studied at Joffrey Ballet School and graduated from The Ailey School- Certificate Program- with Honors. She has performed pieces by Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey among many others. She also founded The Heraclitus Project in 2018 and has presented her own choreographic work widely in many renowned venues. Sofía is a GYROTONIC® Trainer, a Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® Certified Teacher, and the author of “Una Danza Para El Cambio Social”, about her development of a healing technique through movement in a local community.
Elise Long/ Spoke the Hub Dancing
“HYACINTH IN THE VALE OF TEARS”
A movement meditation on ‘gravity and hope’ first performed in 1980.
Elise Long is the Director/Founder of Spoke the Hub and Gowanus Arts. She has been making original intergenerational “folk dances” for legions of trained and untrained dancers for over 50 years. She has also created several of Brooklyn’s most vital and enduring new dance and arts centers. Her work has been presented at highbrow venues including Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lincoln Center, and in more lowbrow settings including beer halls, ice cream parlors, protest marches and pizza joints. She was recently dubbed the “OG of the Gowanus” .
Choreographed and performed by Claire Porter
Text: Claire Porter
Created with support from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Claire Porter, www.cportables.com, is a choreographer who combines the spoken word with dance and comedy. She has received many commissions and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship. Coming up: “Writing & Moving, a Creativity Retreat” Aug 1-7 in Maine
SarahBesque & Bethford
Beth Leonard has been a dancer/choreographer active in New York since 1980. She recently created movement for Melissa Shiflett’s chamber opera “An Amusement” at Arts at University Settlement. Sarah Pope is a dance artist active in New York since 2003. Her most recent collaborations have been with Mark Lamb Dance, Catey Ott Dance Collective (Milwaukee), and Renee Gerardo Dances. Beth and Sarah had the good fortune to meet through Spoke the Hub, discovered that they loved clowning and each other, and thus became SarahBesque & Bethford, presenting dance/clown projects at various venues including the Brick’s NY Clown Theatre Festival, the Construction Company, and the Waterfront Museum, as well as at Spoke the Hub.
Rob Meador (mandolin), is a founding member of the bluegrass group Slackjaw, and Celtic/sci-fi extravaganza The Highland Shatners. G. Doug Pierson (guitar) is also a founding member of Slackjaw, The Highland Shatners, and Clovis Noches. Rob and Doug have been active in the NY music scene since 1984. Ken Pierson is a music educator in NYC and has written a number of musical scores for dance and theater productions. Rooted in bluegrass, rock & roll, and country music, SlackJaw embodies an eclectic and lively style of nothing in particular but with a bit of everything.