YOLK & GROVE
A choreographic mashup of two previous works by Beth Gill, Yolk & Grove is a structural study in which one work invades another to create a landscape of drifting sculptural forms and explosive dramatic events
Beth Gill is a Guggenheim, Doris Duke Impact and Bessie Award winning choreographer based in New York City since 2005.
Imbued with experimentalist and traditionalist values, her formal and exacting works are toned with the themes of obsession, alienation, objectification, female sexuality and rage, and transformation. Meticulous and rigorous in her approach she builds with the imagination and structural complexity of a long form novelist or large scale architect. Exploring aesthetics and perception she has produced an evolving body of work that utilizes abstraction, psychology, design, dance and drama in ways that are progressive and timely.
At 38 years old Gill has produced six commissioned evening length works met with critical acclaim and often on year end “best of” lists. She has toured her work nationally and internationally and been honored with (among others): NEFA’s National Dance Project Grant, Princeton’s Hodder Fellowship, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Artist in Residence Award, New York City Center’s Choreography Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Grant, and most recently a 2017-2018 Joyce Theater Comprehensive Creative Residency.
Isabella Bergamin received her BFA in Dance at Point Park University. She is originally from Westchester, New York, where she studied under Rose-Marie Menes at the Westchester Ballet Center for the Performing Arts. During her time at Point Park, she has had the privilege to perform in works by choreographers such as James Gregg, Stefanie Batten-Bland, Dominic Walsh, and Matthew Powell. This summer, she attended the Colorado Conservatory of Dance for Dominic Walsh’s Compass Coaching Project. Most recently, she has been working at the Pillow Project with Pearlann Porter in her project,Thought Pockets.
Sara Caplan is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist originally from Dedham, MA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre: Dance Performance and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2013 and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from SUNY, The College at Brockport in 2017. She has performed in works choreographed by Kendra Portier, Laura Petersen, Juanita Suárez, and Maura Keefe. Sara has been a dance instructor at Slippery Rock University since 2018. Her choreographic work explores the interactions between moving bodies and space to create unique environments and create meaning. She uses improvisation and plays with gravity and balance to foster intimate, sensory experiences. She has presented work at various venues in State College, PA, Rochester, NY and the Pittsburgh area.
Adrienne is a proud Pittsburgh native, who has been performing her whole life. She made her stage debut at eight months in The Music Man, and has continued ever since. She trained in dance with Monica Ryan at the Carnegie Performing Arts Center, and currently attends Shenandoah University for a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Physics. There, she is a student leader and she helped create Student Performance Week, a Conservatory sponsored, first in the country, inter-disciplinary festival to feature student collaborations. Adrienne constantly seeks new opportunities, and therefore is a wandering soul. She has traveled all across America for both intensive training and internships, as well as travelled internationally for workshops and research.
Lindsay Fisher (originally from Butler, PA) spent the bulk of her career in New York City dancing with Helen Simoneau Danse (rehearsal director), Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Collective Body/ Dance Lab, Ellen Cornfield, Daniel Charon, Camille A. Brown, Ayo Jackson, Brenda Daniels, Sean Sullivan, Steve Rooks, Sidra Bell and VIA Dance Collaborative (founding member). She has performed in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s West Side Story and North Shore Music Theater’s Victor/Victoria. She received her BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2002 where she was the recipient of the prestigious Sarah Graham Kenan Endowed Fellowship of Excellence. She also received her MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa in 2014 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and as the first recipient of the Strategic Initiative Fellowship recognizing excellence in her field. She was recently awarded a Community Supported Artist Grant through the New Hazlett Theater (Pittsburgh, PA) and presented an evening of her work in April, 2017. She is also the co-founder and co-director of FORGE Summer Dance Intensive, hosted at Slippery Rock University. This year, she is excited to be joining the dance faculties of both Slippery Rock University and Point Park University, in Pittsburgh.
Cassidy McDermott Smith grew up in Sydney Australia where she attended Newtown High School of the performing arts. She moved to the United States upon receiving a scholarship to study at Point Park University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine arts in Dance with a concentration in Modern. At Point Park she had the privilege of performing works by Sidra Bell, Aszure Barton, David Norsworthy, Brice Mousset, Ruben Graciani. During the Summer she has had the privilege to attend San Francisco Conservatory of Dance as a scholarship student where she has been able to perform Repertoire by Ohad Naharin and original works by Bobbi Jean Smith and Alex Ketley. Cassidy strives to enact social change through creating art that is adventurous, and speaks to people of all walks of life.
Frances Tirado Molina spent the past summer (2018) in Vieques, Puerto Rico. She spent weekends learning merengue, bachata, and salsa, and spent weekdays volunteering, writing, and generally still dancing whenever she heard music play. She has choreographed select pieces for Pitt Stages, the Pitt Dance Ensemble, and full musicals for the Pitt Musical Theatre Club, Red Eye, and Heritage High School’s Drama Department (Leesburg, VA). Growing up, she trained at the Loudoun School of Ballet, and attended summer intensives at the Washington Ballet. This past spring, Frances worked as the PBT ambassador for Pitt. Frances is in her senior year at the University of Pittsburgh, studying nonfiction writing and theater, and dancing, generally, whenever she hears music play.
Adie San Diego, raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, began formal dance training at a local studio where she studied classical ballet, contemporary, and jazz styles. Upon entering Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts in 2016, Adie has had the opportunity to work with choreographers Victor Quijada, David Norsworthy, and Kristen Carcone. While attending the school, she has performed works by Nacho Duato, Brice Mousset, Joshua Peugh, Stefanie Batten-Bland, and many other notable choreographers. Adie is currently in the process of earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Modern dance at Point Park University studying under esteemed professors Jason McDole, Matthew Powell, Judith Leifer-Bentz, Mark Burrell, and more. She currently resides in Pittsburgh.
The Blanket’s second season brought Bessie-Award winning choreographer Christopher Williams to Pittsburgh to set excerpts of his epic works Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (2005) and The Golden Legend (2009). Dancers Isabella Bergamin, Lindsay Fisher, Frances Molina, Tara Nixon, Matt Pardo, Maree Remalia, Caitlin Scranton, and Anna Thompson performed solo roles of Christian martyrs and saints, inspired by the grisly and fantastical lore of a host of early Christian trailblazers. Joined by dancers Weylin Gomez, Josh Lyda, Taylor Knight and Luke Profy and accompanied by musicians Jaqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Eliza Bagg, Marc Armitano and Michael Domain, these solos were performed at the beautiful New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburghs Northside. Read about the performance here !
The Blanket's initial project brought post-modern choreographer Lucinda Childs to Pittsburgh to set 4 of her early "silent works" on our dancers. Working with Ms. Childs, dancers Lindsay Fisher, Eric Lobenberg, Bianca Melidor, Matt Pardo, Caitlin Scranton, Jil Stifel, and Sara Spizzichini, performed these works outside at the Monongahela Amphitheater. Read about the performance here !
photos by Ben Viatori - @v.foto