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Ali Fischer, a native Kentuckian, has been dancing for the last 16 years. In 1995, after receiving a B.A. in fine arts from the University of South Florida, Ali’s dance career began in Salt Lake City, UT where she worked with Repertory Dance Theater. Since then, she has worked for numerous choreographers across the country such as Nancy McCaleb, Allyson Green, John Malashock, Stephen Brown, The Lower Left Collective, Lynne Wimmer, Lindsey and Jason Dietz Marchant, Elsa Valbuena, Eun Jung Choi, and Jamie Jewett. Ali currently resides in Queens, New York where along with making dance, she also is a professional of the healing arts using massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, and yoga to complete her movement practice.

Curt Haworth is an expatriate Californian who lived in New York City for twenty years before moving to Philadelphia in 2009. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz and a MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He has an eclectic movement background ranging from athletics to modern dance and release techniques, to yoga, contact improvisation and ballet.  His work has been shown in Philadelphia at: the Annenberg Center, The Painted Bride. The CEC, and various Fringe venues; and in NYC at: The Danspace Project, LA MAMA, DNA, Symphony Space, Movement Research at the Judson Church, IFNY, Dixon Place, PS122, Metamorphosis, DanceNow, New Dance Alliance; as well as at: Rockland Community College, Bennington College July Program, and Tanecne Divadlo in Bratislava, Slovakia. He was a Movement Research Artist in Residence in 2001-2002.  Curt performed with Lisa Race’s Race Dance from 1993-2000, and toured internationally with David Dorfman Dance from 1990 to 2002, while creating over 15 original roles.  He has taught regularly at Movement Research and DNA (formerly Dance Space Center) in NYC. He has taught and set work as a guest artist throughout the United States and Europe and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

In highschool, Gregory Holt learned how to build human towers and has been experimenting in movement ever since. With a strong interest in research and shared authorship, he has collaborated with many provisional, virtual, and conceptual groups. He does on-going work with Green Chair Dance Group, in residence at Mascher Space Co-op.

Bronwen MacArthur danced as a freelance artist with New York and Copenhagen (Denmark) based companies including those of Bill Young, Donna Uchizono and Tim Feldmann, among others. Bronwen formed MacArthur Dance Project in 2007 and her choreography has been performed in NY, New England, Russia and France.  MDP is featured in a documentary titled “Coming to Grips” produced and directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Lori Petchers which was recently presented at the Hartford International Film Festival and Dance New Amsterdam in NY.  MDP and its collaborative work have been supported by the LEF Foundation, NEFA’s Regional Dance Development Initiative, the New Haven Mayor’s Community Arts Grant, Vermont Performance Lab and the Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Artist Project.  Bronwen has served as guest instructor at Connecticut College and co-taught, with Emily Coates and Joseph Roach, in the Theater Studies department at Yale University.  Bronwen moved to Philadelphia last summer.

J. Makary’s first dance film debuted at the American Dance Festival in 2006. Since then, she has developed projects influenced in equal measure by video art, classic and experimental cinema, and contemporary dance. Her work has been exhibited at NEXUS/foundation for today’s art, the Slought Foundation, and I-House in Philadelphia, and Zodiak Center for New Dance in Helsinki, Finland, among others. As part of her artist-in-residence appointment with Landmarks Exhibitions: Contemporary Projects, J. recently shot “Paloma and Raúl in San Serriffe,” an experimental 16mm film featuring two dancers and two actors. The film and a sculptural installation are on view at Powel House, an 18th-century mansion in Philadelphia, until April 4, 2010.

Oscar J. Molina: 2008 – 2010 Graduate Film Student at Columbia University and Temple University.  2007 – 2008 Curator and Director, No Borders International Film Festival, Medellín, Colombia.  2004 to 2006. Director and Curator. Film Program, Centro Colombo Americano in Medellín,  a Colombia and U. S. Binational Center. And during the same time, Director and Editor, Kinetoscopio journal, longest-running cultural publication in the history of the country and the only journal dedicated to film and film making in Colombia.  1998 – 2004. Director, producer and screenwriter for documentaries and cultural, educational, informational, and institutional films for regional and national TV stations, Secretary of Education of Antioquia, University of Antioquia, Colombian Ministry of Culture, Mayor’s Office of Bogotá,  Human Rights Colombian Office, and Bogotá’s Archive, among others.  Some of his films has been selected and awarded by La Habana Latin American Film Festival, Cuba; the Audiovisual Products International Festival, FIPATEL, France; Simón Bolívar National Journalism Award, the top journalism award in Colombia; Mexican Human Rights Festival (Contra el Silencio todas las Voces); Bogotá Film Festival, Bogotá; Cartagena International Film Festival, Cartagena de Indias; Rosario Film Festival, Rosario, Argentina; Latin American Documentary Festival, Mexico City; Next Frame Student Film Festival, among others.

Guillermo Ortega Tanus is the co-director of Da·Da·Dance Project, a duet repertory company which has been presented at many International venues and Festivals, performing works by Elise Knudson, Helena Franzén, Gerald Casel, Eun Jung Choi and himself since 2008.  As a choreographer, he strives to invent original movement vocabularies for each dance he makes. He often combines theatricality with visual metaphors. Apart from Da·Da·Dance Project, he has presented solos at Dixon Place, Newsteps Series, Merce Cunningham Studio, and Tlacochimaco in New York, and Foro Experimental, Fuego Nuevo, Los Talleres de Coyoacán, La Casa de Las Bombas in Mexico.  Currently he is a resident artist at nEW festival and a recipient of the “National Fund for the Culture and the Arts, Student Scholarship”.

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