The New Movement Residency at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance aims to support LA-based, as well as female, choreographers by providing space for them to explore, create and prepare dance work for future touring and presentations. Three artists have been selected to participate in the three-week residency, held at the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center in May and June of 2018.
There are many challenges to the creation of dance art, especially given the distinct requirements to create a dance work that will tour to various theaters and venues. Proper space to create is often cited as an ongoing issue plaguing dance-makers. Even those highly established and respected don’t have access to quality facilities. During its quieter period, USC Kaufman seeks to seize the opportunity and provide usage of its studios as part of the new residency program. USC Kaufman will also match selected residency artists with a member of its esteemed faculty to serve as a mentor during the residency, potentially serving as a dramaturg, frequently a critical need but overlooked by dance-makers at any stage in their career.
Also as part of the residency, applicants will invite USC Kaufman BFA students into the process, either to observe and document the creation of work at various stages, shadow and interview choreographers, rehearsal directors and/or dancers in the process, or serve as apprentices. The selected artists may also mentor the participating BFA students as they seek to absorb and learn through the residency.
Meet the 2018 USC Kaufman New Movement Residency Dancemakers
Ana Maria Alvarez (CONTRA-TIEMPO)
Ana Maria Alvarez‘s work traverses the world of social dance, political activism, community organzing and art making. She graduated with a degree in Dance and Politics from Oberlin College and received her Masters in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. There, her thesis work explored the abstraction of “Latin Dance” specifically Salsa, as a way to express social resistance within the US immigration battle and became the impetus for founding CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater in 2005. Alvarez is thrilled to be a part of the first New Movement Residency at Kaufman and will be creating and developing the company’s newest evening length work “joyUS justUS”.
Seda Aybay (Kybele Dance Theater)
Seda Aybay formed Kybele Dance Theater in 2003 and has since toured and won multiple awards for choreography including the 2018 Marcus Residency at Washington University in St. Louis, 2017 and 2018 Outstanding Choreographer YAGP Las Vegas, 1st Place 2016 Front & Main Festival, 2nd Place 2016 McCallum Choreography Festival, 2016 Outstanding Choreographer YAGP Los Angeles and 2015 Outstanding Choreographer Elite. Seda’s choreography deconstructs Turkish socio-cultural references and ideologies, transforming figurative language and ideas into unique gestures highlighting her choreography while infusing the DNA of her culture into movement. Seda began ballet training in Istanbul completing the London’s Royal Academy of Dance exams, graduated Santa Monica College, UCLA, and the Alvin Ailey program in NYC.
Loni Landon (Loni Landon Dance Project)
Loni Landon is an award-winning Dancer, Choreographer, and Movement Consultant born and based in New York City. In addition to creating dances for her own collective Loni Landon Dance Project, her work is commissioned by dance companies and film directors across the country. Landon is the 2013 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship winner awarded with BODYTRAFFIC. As a sought after choreographer, her work has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater, Keigwin and Company, James Sewell Ballet, Whim Whim, LEVY DANCE, The Juilliard School, BODYTRAFFIC, American Dance Institute, Northwest Dance Project, Hubbard Street II, Ballet X, Ballet Austin, SUNY Purchase, NYU, and Marymount Manhattan College.
Application timeline for 2019 residency to be announced Fall 2018.