Katie Swords is a New York state based dance artist. She co-founded and performed with the VIA Dance Collaborative. Katie has worked with choreographers Daniel Charon, Satoshi Haga, Elizabeth Sargent, Helen Simoneau, Adrienne Westwood, and Jesse Zaritt. Her choreography has been shown in the USA, Mexico, Ireland, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, and Israel. Swords received her B.F.A. degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and her M.F.A. from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival under the tutelage of Donna Faye Burchfield. She currently teaches at The University of the Arts (Philadelphia) as an Assistant Professor.
Amanda Kmett’Pendry, hailing from Southern Maryland, is a dancer living in New York City. Currently, she dances with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Adrienne Westwood and Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey. Since receiving a BFA from The University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, she has had the pleasure of working with artists Netta Yerushalmy Jonathan Allen, Jodi Melnick, Sam Kim, Romeo Castellucci, Nico Brown, and Meg Weeks.
Kathryn Logan is a multidisciplinary art maker living in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a former Lincoln Center Education Fellow. Her work is focused in movement, music, sound-scape, film, performance, and technology. She strives when possible to keep an approach to art making that is not fully focused in a particular discipline. She has collaborated with dance-makers Daniel Clifton, Adrienne Westwood, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Katie Swords, Aaron McGloin, Mari Meade, and many more. She has been creating work as Logan Company with collaborator Katy Gilmore since 2010. Logan Company’s film From Archivist Fields was screened as a part of the New Filmmakers New York film festival in 2015. Kathryn is currently writing her fourth album and performing throughout New York with music project Lanusa, creating a new dance-based solo, editing an abstract movement film, and composing music for dance. She is deeply fascinated by art process and philosophy and is working her way through the writings of the great Art Philosopher Arthur C. Danto.
Liz Sargent is an independent producer and designer for film and performance in New York City. She Directed, Produced and Designed evening length performances with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Danspace Project, NYLA/DTW, and The Chocolate Factory that were reviewed as “imaginative...both lovely and disturbing” by The New York Times.
Film credits include Producer "Pantsuit Power" Dance for HRC dir by Celia-Rowlson-Hall and Mia Lidofsky, Art Director for Gojira ‘Silvera’ music video, Producer/Production Designer “Tango on the Balcony” (2016) short, Art Director Oxfam International PSA “The International Arms Trade Spares No-One” (2013), and Production Manager for the feature “Behind the Mirror” (2015).
Performing Arts Credits include General Manager for MacArthur Award winning choreographer Kyle Abraham/Abraham In Motion, Programs Manager for Mount Tremper Arts festival, Producer Go Forth dir. Kaneza Schaal, Experimental Theater Performer/Collaborator with Jim Findlay in Dream of the Red Chamber and Botanica, and costume designer for Adrienne Westwood and Aynsley Vandenbroucke.
Seth Easter is an Emmy-award winning designer for theater and TV. He has been collaborating with Adrienne since 2005. Off-Broadway credits include The Summer Play Festival (Courting Vampires and How Love is Spelt at Theater Row Theaters) and The Boy In The Bathroom (Urban Stages) for which he received the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) Award for Best Design. He also designed Sonnet Repertory Theater's Twelfth Night (for which his "sharp set" was hailed by the New York Times), Nighttime Traffic for NYMF at Urban Stages, Harry Connick Jr.'s run at the Neil Simon Theater, and James Taylor/One Man Band for PBS. Seth is a graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Jim Briggs III (soundscape and design) is a sound designer and audio engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. He has composed scores for Adrienne Westwood and VIA Dance Collaborative since 2004. Film and television credits include American Experience, We Shall Remain, The Supreme Court, ALOHA New York (Tribeca Film Festival), Appassionata (Cinesonika Festival), Terry Sanford and the New South (Full Frame Festival), and The Portrait. His “Sonic Subway Map” audio installation was exhibited at the LMCC Swing Space in downtown NY through an initiative of the New School and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Jim is a broadcast engineer for WNYC, New York Public Radio, and his work has been heard on Radiolab, Soundcheck, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Selected Shorts, and WNYC’s News programming. He was a mix engineer for WNYC’s documentary special Living 9/11, and a team recipient of the Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma in 2012. Jim has been teaching audio at The New School in New York since 2007, where he advises a web radio project at The New School for Public Engagement (Media Studies and Film) and Eugene Lang College (Music; and Cultural Studies and Media). His Airspace mobile radio booth project was awarded a 2010-2011 Innovations in Education Fund grant.
Lauren Grace Bakst is a dance maker, performer, feminist thinker, and writer. Her works have been previously seen in DraftWork at Danspace Project, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Bodega (Philly), MR's Open Performance, Dance New Amsterdam as a part of Raw Material, and The Drake Theater as a part of topos topio (Philly).
Julia Kelly grew up on the Virginia coast of the Chesapeake Bay and now hails from Brooklyn. She may owe her early fascination with human expression to her mother’s piano and the American movie musical. Julia holds a B.A. in Dance and Theater, summa cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a certificate from the Professional Studies Program of the Limón Institute. She has performed the work of Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow and José Limón – recently on the Limón Dance Company’s inaugural tour to China as well as in solo performance. Julia is a company member with Benn Rasmussen/Ardent August and Riedel Dance Theater and has enjoyed contemporary projects with Geraldine Cardiel, Clare Cooke, Alan Danielson, Betsy Miller, and the American Dance Legacy Institute under Carolyn Adams. She is a proud artist representative to the Advisory Committee of Dance/NYC. This is her second great adventure with Adrienne and VIA.
Jung-eun Kim (aka j.e.) is a dancer, choreographer and media designer. She holds a MFA in Dance from ADF/Hollins University and MALS in Visual and Performing Arts from Hollins University. Je has been a guest artist at Dickinson College, Hollins University, The Modern Dance Promotion of Korea, and The University of the Arts. She has worked with artists such as Amanda K. Miller, Sarah Skaggs, Helen Simoneau Danse, Adrienne Westwood, Jen McGinn, Emily Wexler and Jane
Comfort & Co. Venues where her works have been shown include: Race and New Media Conference at SUPERFRONT, Pop up Performances at One Arm Red, Movement Research at the Judson Church (New York); Current Gallery (Baltimore); paraphrase/NEXUS at CRANE ARTS, Current at Mascher Space Cooperative, Studio 34 and Painted Bride Center (Philadelphia); Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke); Grimsby Minster(UK). Je hails from Seoul, South Korea. www.jekim.org
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