Bryce Dance Company. White Noise. A production at Mark Morris Dance Center

by Heather Bryce

NY

2017 has been an exciting year of growth and change for Bryce Dance Company. We just entered our 11th year as a company! As we approach our second year based in New York City, we are looking forward to expanding our reach, offering expanded educational programming, engaging new audiences, and growing support for our dance artists, administrators, and collaborators.

In order to continue to expand our visibility and to grow as a company, we need your support. We are raising $8,500.00 to support White Noise - our upcoming production which will premiere at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY on June 10th, 2017. Through your generous donation, we will bring new performance works to life and directly support the individuals working with the company. Your donation will cover the cost of renting space and documenting our first self-produced performance as a NYC-based company and will allow us to compensate the dancers and collaborators involved in this exciting and innovative production.

White Noise includes a series of performance pieces with original music based on relationships, community, and moving past fear in a time where information is always at our fingertips and facts have become flexible. The works in this production explore the walls we build that separate us from each other and asks us to consider how we can maintain empathy and personal connection in a time that seems to encourage disconnection, political extremes, self-obsession, and fear of those who have different beliefs or come from different backgrounds.

Bryce Dance Company is a seven-member professional contemporary performance company under the direction of Heather Bryce. The Company has been presented at Theaters, Galleries and Festivals across New England, NYC, and beyond.  Artistic Director and Founder of the company, Heather Bryce, has received national attention, awards, and grant funding for her innovative, community-engaged choreography and performance work.

Our Mission: 

Bryce Dance Company believes that art has the potential to inspire positive social change. We create work for the stage with professional dancers; works in alternative spaces; and frequently work collaboratively with communities and organizational partners. 

We often invite alternative populations (i.e. elders and people without formal training) into the creation of new work. We believe in exposing new audiences to dance and making dance accessible. We often present professional work in public spaces, make the process of creating work visible and facilitating dialogue between the audience and the artists. For more information about the company please visit www.brycedancecompany.com

Biographies

Artistic Director/Founder:

Heather Bryce started Bryce Dance Company in 2006 in Boston, MA. In addition to running the company, Heather currently works as a Teaching Artist and administrator for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and a Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education, SUNY Purchase, and The Center for Arts Education. She holds her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. 

Dancers:

Anne Carr has performed works by notable choreographers such as Donald McKayle, Bill T. Jones, Jiri Kylian, Idan Cohen, Alex Ketley, and Summer Lee Rhatigan, among others. She graduated with honors from University of California, Irvine, where she earned her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and her B.A. in Literary Journalism. During her time at UCI, she was honored to be a member of Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble. A native of Long Beach, CA, Anne began dancing at the age of three. She completed her early training at Long Beach Ballet Arts Center, later moving to the Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine, California. She spent several summers studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, as well as at the American Dance Festival at Duke University in North Carolina. Anne was previously on faculty at DanceLova Dance Academy and Newport Dance Theater.

Born and raised in Boston, Dana DeFabrizio began her dance training at the age of 6. She trained in various dance styles including Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. She attended the Hartt School Conservatory under the direction of Steven Pier. Dana graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor in Fine Art and began to pursue her love for performance teaching choreography fitness and travel. She explored dance from California to Brazil to Europe. Finally, found her new home in New York City, and has remained here for the past two years, instructing dance and performing with Descavich Choreography and Kelley Donovan and Dancers.

Dominique Lockett is a recent graduate from American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), in New York. He has trained in various dance styles including in Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap. Dominique has been dancing since he was in the third grade when he found his love for dancing with the Colours Performance Arts Program. He has also danced with Rampage from Howard University in Washington, DC, Arts Collective Dance Company at Howard Community College in MD and EnKore Dance Company in Laurel, MD. 

Katie Wilson is an NYC-based dancer, administrator, and Pilates instructor. She takes to heart the creed of jazz maestro Luigi: “Never Stop Moving.” A Skidmore College graduate with degrees in dance and English, Katie completed the José Limón Dance Foundation’s Professional Studies Program and works in the Foundation’s office. Katie has performed works by Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, and José Limón, as well as contemporary choreographers Kathryn Alter, Robert Battle, Brian Brooks, Alex Ketley, and Ohad Naharin. Most recently, Katie danced with Born Dancing Inc. and Dancing Legacy, the performing arm of the American Dance Legacy Initiative. In addition to her 20-year dance habit, Katie is hopelessly addicted to both books and cookies. 

Kelsey Gangnath was born and raised in Trumbull Connecticut where she began her training at the age of six. She continued her extensive training with the Regional Center For The Arts during high school and the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut. Where she became proficient in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary and character and folk dance. Kelsey receive her B.F.A at Adelphi University in 2014 under the direction of Frank Augustyn, Catherine Denisot-Lawrence, and Orion Duckstein. During this time Kelsey studied and performed works by companies such as Taylor 2, Netherlands dans theatre and Martha Graham. Most recently Kelsey received her Master of Science from Sarah Lawrence College in Dance/Movement therapy.

Originally from San Jose, CA, Megan McBrian began her dance training at the age of two and has studied extensively in the styles of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and modern throughout her career. She received a B.F.A. in Dance from San Diego State University where she studied under Joseph Alter, Jess Humphrey, Leslie Seiters and Kathryn Irey. For two of her four crucial years of growth in college, Megan was additionally a member of the SDSU Dance Company where she continued to perform and adapt her personal movement aesthetic. She has attended programs including the American Dance Festival six-week school, ADF Winter Intensive 2015 and the San Diego Dance Theater Summer Workshop.

Yurie Nishi is originally from Japan. She has trained in ballet since she was 5 years old, and Jazz and Hip Hop since she was 18 years old. She graduate from Major of Health&Sports at Mukogawa Women's University in 2015. Since coming to NYC in 2015, she has been studying at Peridance Capezio Center. In 2016, She attended and received a scholarship at Houston MET dance summer intensive and Conteur summer intensive in Toronto. In addition to joining Bryce Dance Company, she is currently apprenticing with Neshamha.

Composers:

Composer/ Sound Designer, Jason Beaudreau lives and creates in a small rust-belt city in Western New York. Jason has been composing and performing with Bryce Dance Company since 2012. His work revolves around finding, and examining, connection with an eye towards honoring the inter-connected-ness of all things. Jason has had a daily music and movement practice since 1979. He runs a community-based music school and Aikido Dojo within earshot of one of the natural wonders of the world. Education: MFA Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College. B.S. Music Composition, SUNY New Paltz. B.S. Jazz Guitar Performance, SUNY New Paltz.

Spencer Snyder (b. 1988) is an American concert and film composer from New York City.  Snyder began his professional studies at the Collective School of Music in Manhattan. Then, after a brief stint at Berklee College of Music in Boston he went on to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he completed a BFA in jazz performance.  Snyder also studied briefly at the Juilliard school and has attended such notable workshops as the ASCAP film scoring workshop in New York. He has studied with such distinguished composers as Conrad Cummings, Charles Fussell, Sonny Kompanek, and David Del Tredici. Snyder is attending the City College of New York where he is earning an MA in classical composition. Snyder’s concert works have been performed by The Manhattan Symphonie, Ensemble Mise-En, 8 Strings and a Whistle, The Mother Falcon String Quartet and many others.  Upcoming premieres include a duo for flute and piano by Novelette 13 and a chamber opera by Fresh Squeezed Opera Company. Incredibly active in new music in New York City, he maintains a busy composing and teaching schedule. 

Guest Artist:

Guest choreographer and former company member, Sunny Hitt, is a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer, teacher, and yoga instructor. She performed with Bryce Dance Company in 2007 in the company’s early years in Boston. In 2014 she had the pleasure of performing Sara Rudner and Christopher Janney's historic solo "Heartbeat" at the Gramercy Theater. In 2015 she performed in the ensemble of "The Tempest," as part of The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, under the direction of Michael Greif. Sunny performs regularly with The Dance Cartel. She is a movement instructor at Playwrights Horizons Theater School (NYU), and a teaching artist at Abrons Arts Center. She holds a BA in Dance from Marlboro College. (www.sunnyhitt.com)

Company Administrator & Stage Manager:

Maria Kofman is a recent graduate of the Cooper Union with a Bachelor of Fine Art.  She works with performance, garment construction, text and video installation.  She has shown work at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the 41 Cooper Square Gallery in New York City and appeared in performances at the Dixon Place Theater, 41 Cooper Square Gallery and 7 East 7th Street in NYC. 

Funding

We are asking for your support so that we can cover the production costs and to pay all the performers and collaborators involved in this exciting project. Donations contributed to this production will directly cover dancer stipends, composer fees, space rental, administrative fees, and marketing efforts. Your donation will directly support Bryce Dance Company in fulfilling our mission, reaching new audiences, gaining traction in our new home, and expanding our programming.

Your donations will help defray the costs of: 

-Marketing/Press Materials: $400.00

-Photography: $500.00

-Videography: $500.00

-Dancer fees: $1400.00

-Production and space rental fees: $3500.00

-Musical composition and live performance: $800.00

-Administrative costs/Rehearsal rental fees: $800.00

-Stage manager: $100.00

-Travel & Lodging: $500

 

If our $8,500.00 goal is met, and we exceed this amount, we will use the funds to increase payment for all artists. We will also be able to pay other costs not specified above, including payment for our guest artist, and high quality video editing to support outreach and development.

Thank You!

Thank you for your consideration and interest in our project. If you can contribute financially to this production you will be directly impacting each of the incredible artists and collaborators who work with Bryce Dance Company and you will be providing an opportunity for the company to expand our reach and grow in our new home. We greatly appreciate your support in our mission to create positive change and community engagement through the arts! Without you we could not do the work we do, thank you for your time and attention. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with you.