Meet the E|MERGE 2015 Curators
Latasha 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.
Memo studied Visual and Performing Arts in his home town of Miami. He has been involved with many companies including Nettles Artists Collective, La MaMa ETC, and HaitiDansCo. He brings to his work a toolset influenced by his experience in African dance, Suzuki, sculpture, photography, Viewpoints, technology, writing, Film Art Direction, and more that allow for a wide spectrum of exploration. Memo always looks for opportunities to collaborate on experimental and mixed discipline projects and would like to thank all the E|MERGErs past and present for sharing their experience and knowledge so generously. www.MemosWorld.com
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Sarah 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!