E|MERGE 2016 Curators
Latasha Wright received her Ph.D. from NYU Langone Medical Center in cell and molecular biology. She went on to continue her scientific training at Johns Hopkins University and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has co-authored numerous publications and presented her work at international and national conferences. She is an experienced grant writer and received her training in development at the Park Avenue Armory under the direction of the Manager of Institutional Giving. The BioBus – mobile science laboratory that brings science to kids throughout the New York City Area – enables her to share her love of science with a new generation of potential scientists. The BioBus creates a setting that fosters innovation and creativity; students are encouraged to ask questions, formulate hypotheses, and design experiments. Everyday that she spends teaching students about science in this transformative environment helps her remember that science is fun. She loves sharing the journey of discovery with students of all ages. Latasha had the opportunity to be a part of Pavel Palissomo’s Painted Bird this past summer. The experience instilled in her the determination to continue to find ways to perform and collaborate with other talented artists.
Sarah Young leads organizational vision and programmatic direction, oversees development and marketing efforts, provides overall staff management, and engages in long-term and strategic planning for Earthdance alongside the Executive Director of Business and Finance, and the Board of Directors.
She is relieved that her life's journey has finally led her to Earthdance! She is enjoying a deep and long relationship to dance, and is constantly curious about the body's capacity for learning and creativity, its relationship to social constructs, and its symbiosis with the natural environment. How can we continually allow for dynamic, easeful responsiveness within clearly articulated structures? While living in New York City, Sarah had the pleasure to perform for choreographers such as Hilary Easton, Steven Koplowitz, Ann Robideaux and Alexx Shilling, Jill Sigman, and David Dorfman. She was a long-time member of the Treehouse Shakers, bringing modern dance and storytelling to young audiences, and assisted Dana Salisbury's Dark Dining Projects. Her own work has been shown at various small venues throughout NYC. She has enjoyed numerous dance festivals, and countless CI Jams. From 2008-10, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, collaborating to develop women's weaving associations in the High Atlas Mountains. With her husband, Brahim, she developed Ainabi Tours to share Morocco's rich culture with others.
Sarah is a Wisconsin native and studied dance and international arts at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study indigenous dance in Zimbabwe. Through these studies, Sarah founded Flying Art, an international exchange of art among youth which continues to connect kids through their art worldwide. She is currently a student of The Feldenkrais Practitioners' Training Program.
Shelley Etkin is an interdisciplinary artist and performer. She is an Israeli-American queer feminist mover, educator, and activist. She holds a degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Shelley's practice centralizes improvisation as methodology and pedagogy. She works to integrate her background in contemporary dance, contact improvisation, performance art, social justice, community organizing and deep ecology. Shelley's artistic research explores 'eco-somatics' through play with embodiment, sensation, perception, imagination, magic-making and transformation.
Shelley works independently and collaboratively in conversation with different environments ranging from natural to built, private nook to public square. Moving between urban and rural settings, she works with dance communities such as Earthdance and Ponderosa and is semi-nomadically based in Berlin. Shelley participated in the 2012 E|MERGE residency as a collaborator & production manager and is grateful & excited to be supporting the 2015 E|MERGE residency as part of the curation/production team! www.shelleyetkin.com
Cory Neale is an architect, double bassist, composer, sound designer, and visual artist. He is a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University School of Architecture. He has worked with a number of choreographers and theater groups, including the Walnut Street Theater, Plays and Players Theater as part of their program for 2011 PIFA, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, keila cordova dances, the E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residencies of 2012 and 2013, and Krista DeNio. He was the recipient of the American Association of Community Theater Sound Design Award in 2011 for Bootless Stagework’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. Together with Nicole Nigro, Cory is excited to continue a co-directed project engendered in E|MERGE 2013, Oracle, focusing on the special role the Oracle plays in one's existence and the individual's journey toward enlightenment.
Gregor Krammer was born in 1991 and grew up in Austria. At age 16, he got in touch with the urban dance scene of Europe, and upon graduating from high school, spent half a year travelling to New York and around Europe. Gregor moved to Winnipeg to study modern and contemporary dance at the School of Contemporary Dancers for two years, where he performed and choreographed numerous works. He now works as a freelance dancer, author, singer, drag queen, choreographer, maker of short art films, composer, and dance teacher. Having done the residency last year, Gregor’s whole year has been strongly informed by the skills he acquired through the residency. He is excited to continue gaining creative input from the various talents at E|MERGE and to create relationships that will be relevant after the residency.