Tal Adler-Arieli was born in 1989 in Israel, where he was trained at the Thelma Yelin High School of the Arts in Tel Aviv. He later graduated with a BFA from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, Larry Keigwin, and others. Tal has worked as a dancer and teacher on many projects, in the US and abroad, with Andrea Miller’s company, Gallim Dance, and with The Equus Projects, a dance company that creates site specific work for dancers and horses. Tal also dances in Montreal for Danièle Desnoyer’s company, Le Carré des Lombes, and is currently involved in her creation that will open the next Canada Dance Festival in Ottowa. He has worked with Jonah Bokaer since 2011, who sponsors his O-1 Visa for Extraordinary Ability in the Arts. In addition to Occupant, he is also involved with ECLIPSE, which isa collaboration between Jonah Bokaer and Anthony McCall, which inaugurated the BAM Fisher theatre in 2012. The America Israel Cultural Foundation generously supported Tal from 2004 to 2008.
Max Cappelli-King, raised in Madison, Wisconsin, has a deep love for both classical and modern forms of dance. Cappelli-King began formal training at the age of 12 at the Madison Professional Dance Center, and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. Now studying in his second year at Juilliard, he plans to continue his work as a performer as well as an educator. He trained in the techniques of ballet and modern, and has performed classics by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, José Limón, Ohad Naharin, and Jiri Kilian. Mr. Cappelli-King was recently an attendee at the summer workshop held by Hubbard Street Dance Company (HSDC) in Chicago, where he had the opportunity to work with the directors of the company, Glenn Edgerton and Taryn Russell. In The summer prior, Mr. Cappelli-King received scholarships to attend summer programs with The Martha Graham Dance Company, The School of American Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and The School of Ballet Chicago. In 2010, Cappelli-King was one of eight dancers chosen by Juilliard to participate in an educational outreach program that was aimed at giving local high school and middle school students a better understanding of dance.
CC Chang was born in Taiwan, and currently lives and works in New York. Chang received her MFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a resident at Dance Omi International Dance Collective, an Outer/Space Artist in Residence at New York Live Arts, a participant of the international Summer Program at Watermill Center, and received a Swing Space Residency from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and she has received the LMF Dance Fund from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. Chang has worked with Robert Wilson, Kirstie Simson, Daria Faïn, Hong-Kai Wang, and many others. She has been working with Jonah Bokaer since 2009.
Wendell Gray II started his journey in the arts at a young age of 7. He attended Dekalb School of the Arts where he studied music, dance, drama and media. He also attended DanceMakers of Atlanta under the direction of Lynise Heard and Denise Latimer. In 2015, Wendell graduated with honors from University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. He has had the opportunity to perform in the works of Sharon Eyal, Netta Yerushalmy, and Doug Varone. He has attended San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Movement Invention Project, and Launch:10 with Northwest Dance Project. Upon graduating, Wendell received the Pennsylvania Ballet Choreography Award. He was a choreographer for the 2015 Reverb Dance Festival and also the 2016, ACE Awards. Wendell is thrilled to be performing for Jonah Boaker.
Laura Gutierrez graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and received her BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She was a recipient of a 2009-2010 William R. Kenan Jr., Performing Arts Fellowship at the Lincoln Center Institute. Gutierrez has appeared at the Menil Collection (Tino Sehgal), Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (Joan Jonas), Fabric Workshop Museum, Philadelphia (Jonah Bokaer), and SCAD Museum of Art (Jonah Bokaer). Gutierrez’s own choreography has been seen at Lincoln Center Institutes, Clark Studio Theatre, Evenlyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, and Dance Source Houston’s, The Barn. She is one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch in 2014”.
David Hallberg was born in South Dakota. He began his formal ballet training at age 13 with Kee Juan Han at the Arizona Ballet School, and continued his studies at the Paris Opera Ballet School. Hallberg attended American Ballet Theatre’s “New York Summer Intensive” in 1999 and 2000 as an ABT National Training Scholar. He joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000, joined as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001, was promoted to Soloist in January 2004, and to Principal in May 2005. In September 2011, Hallberg joined the Bolshoi Ballet as the first American premier dancer. He played the Prince in Sleeping Beauty in the first ballet performance that took place on the renovated Bolshoi Theater. He later appeared in a live telecast of the Ballet, which was seen in theaters around the world. In May 2012, he performed in the Bolshoi’s first performances of George Balanchine’s Jewel. His repertoire of full length ballets with ABT include leading roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Othello, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sylvia, La Sylphide, The Bright Stream, Lady of the Camellias and Raymonda. He performs shorter works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Kurt Jooss, Antony Tudor, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, Frederick Ashton William Forsythe and Twyla Tharp. Alexei Ratmansky created roles for Hallberg in three of his world premieres, On the Dnieper (2009), Seven Sonatas (2009), and The Nutcracker (2010). He will also dance the lead role in John Cranko’s Onegin and Kashhei, and Alexei Ratmansky’s work, Firebird, during ABT’s 2012 Metropolitan Opera season. Hallberg has made been a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Bolshoi Ballet, Kiev Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Opera di Roma, Georgian State Ballet, and The Australian Ballet. He toured Russia in 2008, 2009, and 2011 with the ensemble, Kings Of The Dance, in which he danced Frederick Ashton’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits, originally created for Sir Anthony Dowell. He has performed in a work by Jonah Bokaer, Curtain, which was performed at the Festival de Avignon and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Sleeping Beauty, with Gillian Murphy at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires(2012), Gala performances in Buenos Aires, and performances with the Australian Ballet (2012). In 2010, Hallberg won the Benois de la Danse Prize for his performance as Albrecht in Giselle with American Ballet Theatre. He was also honored with the “Rising Star Award” from Georgian State Ballet and Nina Ananishvili, the Princess Grace Fellowship, and the Chris Hellman Dance Award (2002-2003). He created the David Hallberg Scholarship at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre, to mentor a young aspiring male student that chooses dance as a career. He has also created The Innovation Initiative at ABT, which facilitates emerging choreographers in the field of dance.
Suzushi Hanayagi (1928-2010), was a Japanese dancer and choreographer. She taught and choreographed classic Japanese dance forms, and contemporary collaborative multimedia performance works. She collaborated with Robert Wilson from 1984 to 1999. She studied dance with her aunt, Suzukinu Hanayagi,who taught her the Hanayagi style, a traditional Kabuki school of dance. At the age of twenty, she became a natori. She studied with Takehara Han and Yachiyo Inoue. She studied modern dance in Tokyo in the early 1950s, and presented her first modern choreography concert, with music by John Cage and contemporary Japanese and European composers, in 1957. After that, she studied at the Martha Graham School. She participated in the performance experiments happening with Fluxus and at the Judson Dance Theater. She collaborated with Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Heiner Muller, Ishmael Reed, Netty Simons, David Byrne, Takehisa Kosugi, Hans Peter Kuhn, and visual artists Hirata and Yasuo Ihara.
Meg Harper danced with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1968 – 1977, and with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company from 1979 – 1990. She began teaching at the Cunningham Studio in 1968, and was Chairman of the Faculty from 1991 – 1998. In 1994, she reconstructed Sounddance with Chris Komar for the first time since its creation in 1974. Harper began performing in Robert Wilson’s work in 1998, and most recently danced in the 2010 production of Kool – Dancing in My Mind, co-directed by Jonah Bokaer. She is currently working with video artist, Seline Baumgartner, choreographer, Marianna Kavalieratos, and theater director, Charles Chemin. She has been asked to reconstruct Sounddance for the Ballet de Lorrain, and is working with former Cunningham dancer, Thomas Caley, on this project. Harper currently teaches Qigong at senior centers throughout New York City under the sponsorship of Presbyterian Senior Services.
James Koroni is the founder of the Enforced Arch Dance Community and has completed 12 multimedia concert dance pieces. Koroni has worked with Madonna, Son Of Kick and Icona Pop. Koroni has appeared in numerous stage and film productions under the direction of Riley Thomas and Daniel Armando. He is an alumni of Broadway Dance Center and resides in Brooklyn, NY where he teaches dance. Koroni began working with Jonah Bokaer in 2014.
Logan Frances Kruger was born in Atlanta, GA, where she began her dance training with Annette Lewis. She received a BFA from The Juilliard School and has toured internationally with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Adam H. Weinert and Michelle Mola/The Troupe, of which she is a founding member. Logan is currently a member of the Limón Dance Company. She has guested with Jonah Bokaer since 2011.
Doug Letheren is an American dancer. He trained at St. Paul’s School, the Conservatoire de Rennes, and the Juilliard School. He is currently a member of Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s new company. He has worked with Aszure Barton, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, and the Batsheva Dance Company. He has participated in dance outreach projects in New York City, Peru, and Kenya. He is a recipient of the 2007 Movado Future Legends Award.
Callie Nichole Lyons is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer and aspiring filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to working with Jonah Bokaer, she has worked with Mike Esperanza, Allyson Green, Chad Michael Hall, Holly Johnston, Ryan Heffington, Pamela Pietro, Crystal Pite, Damon Patrick Rago, Will Rawls, Sonya Tayeh and Nathan Trice. Callie began working with Bokaer in 2014.
James McGinn is a contemporary performer and choreographer, working in and between dance, theater, and performance. He was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, and received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Eugene Lang College/The New School. McGinn has been greatly influenced by performing in works by Jonah Bokaer (2009-Present), Wally Cardona, Miguel Gutierrez, Ishmael Houston-Jones, John Jasperse, Jen McGinn, Judith Sánchez Ruiz, and many others. His choreographic work has been shown by various institutions throughout the United States, and was presented in the 2011 American Realness Festival. Under the financial sponsorship of Chez Bushwick, James is enrolled in the 2012-14 P.A.R.T.S. Research cycle in Brussels, Belgium, under the direction of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker.
Irena Misirlić is an Independent artist, performer, professional dancer pedagogue, and choreographer who lives and work in the Netherlands. She studied in Sarajevo under the leadership of Edina Papo. She attended the Ballet Studio of Croatian National Ballet of Split, and successfully graduated High School of Arts & High School for Classical Ballet in Zagreb. She received a first prize study grant by the Stichting Dansersfonds ’79 in 2001,and was nominated for ‘most talented young Croatian’ through the Vecernjakov citizenship 2009 Award. She graduated in 2002 from the Rotterdamse Dansacademie-Codarts. For 9 years, she worked for Dance Works Rotterdam company as one of the leading dancers under artistic direction of Ton Simons. She collaborated with Ton Simons, Jonah Bokaer, Rafael Bonachela, Leina & Roebana, Pascal Touzeau, Phillip Adams, Doug Elkins, Bruno Listopad, Stephen Petronio, Sjoerd Vreugdenhil, Andre Gingras, Lucy Guerin, Sanja Hasagić-Maier, Ruta Butkus, Samir Calixto, and others.
Catherine Miller is an American dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She is a founding Artistic Director of the dance and performance company, Walking Talking. She has also toured extensively in the companies such asDendy Dance Theater, Doug Varone and Dancers, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. This year, she originated the dance role of Thanatos in the premiere of Telemann’s ‘Orpheus’ at New York City Opera.
David Norsworthy is a Canadian dancer. He studied at the Juilliard School, and trained and toured with the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Helix Dance Project, and the OIP Dance Company in Toronto. He has performed with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, ZviDance, Embodied Poetry, Jonah Bokaer, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, David Earle, Danny Grossman, Paul Taylor, and José Limón, among others. He has performed on stages such as the Joyce Theatre, New York City Center,and the Melbourne State Theatre. In 2009, he choreographed pieces for the Tailsaw Theatre Productions in Toronto. In December 2011, he also created an installation in the Glorya Kaufman Dance Studio for World AIDS Day at Lincoln Center. Norsworthy is the founder of FRESH Dance Intensive, which is a dance workshop designed to promote a faculty of emerging choreographers/teaching artists, and he is also the co-founder of TOES for dance, alongside Kristen Carcone.
Szabi Pataki is a Hungarian performing artist working with Jonah Bokaer since 2009. As the member of Pécsi Ballet, Dance Works Rotterdam and the dance company of Oper Graz his art was presented in Spain, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Finland, Russia, Cyprus, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Romania, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, France and the United States. Szabi began working with Jonah Bokaer in 2009.
Jimena Paz is an independent dancer, teacher, and maker who shares her time, and heart, between New York, Europe, and Argentina. She is currently developing a project on foreignness, and a fictional and portable-landless Argentina. She had the pleasure to work with Vicky Shick, Susan Rethorst, the Stephen Petronio Company Constanza Macras, Iris Scaccheri, Burt Barr, Analia Segal, Virginie Yassef, Antonio Ramos, Todd Williams, and many others. Paz in a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, and is on faculty at the National Danish School for Contemporary Dance, under the direction of Jeremy Nelson. She also teaches internationally.
Sara Procopio is a Brooklyn-based dance artist, educator and arts manager. She is a founding company member and former Artistic Associate of Shen Wei Dance Arts (SWDA). From 2001-2012 her work with Shen Wei included originating roles in 10 works, performing and teaching at renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. Ms. Procopio has taught internationally at the Korea International Dance Festival in Seoul and the Paolo Grassi School of Milan, as well as colleges and universities across United States including Rutgers University, Middlebury College, Hollins University and Marymount Manhattan College. She has served as adjunct faculty at The University of the Arts since 2011 and faculty at the American Dance Festival since 2008. Ms. Procopio has also created choreographic works for young artists at the Florida School of the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Greenville Fine Arts Center. From 2012-2013, she was an Arts Management Fellow through a program of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center in conjunction with the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Professional Development Program. Ms. Procopio has worked with Jonah Bokaer since 2012.
Davon Rainey started taking tap lessons in first grade in Memphis, TN. After the director of DanceWorks heard about him in 1996, she gave him a full scholarship to study ballet at her studio. In 2000, after his sophomore year at Central High School, he was given a full scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. From there, he went on to the Juilliard School in New York City where he was, once again, given a full scholarship. After two years there, he went on to work with companies and choreographers including, Aszure Barton & Artists, Buglisi/Foreman Dance Company, Bill T. Jones Dance Company, Public Dance Theatre, Sidra Bell Dance NYC, Jonah Bokaer (2006-Present), Michelle Mola, and Company XIV.
Lilja Rúriksdóttir, a native of Iceland, moved to New York in 2008 to study with The Joffrey Ballet School. In 2009, she became the first Icelandic dancer to be accepted into The Juilliard School. She has had the pleasure of performing works by José Limón, Martha Graham, Murray Louis, Raewyn Hill, Eliot Feld, Pam Tanowitz, Nacho Duato, Andrea Miller, and Alexander Ekman, to name a few. Upon graduating from Juilliard, she received the Hector Zaraspe prize for choreography. Most recently, she has worked with Jonah Bokaer (2013-Present), Joanna Mendl Shaw/The Equus Projects, Janis Brenner & dancers, and was featured in Charlie Wan’s dance film Lean on Me. Lilja finds it a great honor to be working with Gregory Dolbashian, and the DASH Ensemble.
Betti Rollo is a contemporary dance performer from Italy, receiving a degree in Theatre Dance from the Paolo Grassi Theatre Academy in Milan in 2014. She has been working as performer for Jonah Bokaer, Robert Wilson, Mette Sterre, Christopher Knowles, Marianna Kavallieratos and Emanuela Tagliavia, among others. She also works as a trainer and curator of movement for theatre companies and schools. Rollo has interpreted the work of Jonah Bokaer since 2014, and was staged by Bokaer inside a Daniel Arsham installation in the Festival di Spoleto in Italy for 50 solo performances in 2014.
Valda Settefield is a British born dancer, actor, and American citizen. She has worked with JoAnne Akalaitis, Woody Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jonah Bokaer, Boris Charmatz, Caryl Churchill, Merce Cunningham, Graciela Daniele, Richard Foreman, Maria Irene Fornes, Carmen deLavallade, Brian DePalma, Ain Gordon, David Gordon, Ivo van Hove, Don Mischer, Marie Rambert, Yvonne Rainer, Donald Saddler, Michael Sexton, Gus Solomons Jr, Jeanine Tesori, James Waring, Robert Wilson, and Mark Wing-Davey, at venues such asA.C.T., A.R.T., BAM, Danspace, DTW, The Joyce, Joyce Soho, The Kitchen, Mark Taper Forum, MOMA, NYTW, PS 122, The Public, Soho Rep, and The Tate. She was a member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company for 10 years, and is a founding member of Pick Up Performance Co(s). She is an Obie recipient, and received three BESSIE, NY Dance & Performance Awards. She received the first in 1984, the second in 2006, and the third in 2010, for her work with Paradigm.
Adam H. Weinert
Adam H. Weinert was born in New York City. He began his training at The Royal Ballet School in London, and continued to The School of American Ballet, Vassar College, and The Juilliard School, where he was awarded Scholastic Distinction and the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Outstanding Choreography in 2008. Adam has danced with Shen Wei Dance Arts, The Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, and has worked as an Artistic Associate to Jonah Bokaer from 2006-2012, with whom he still continues to tour. In addition to his performance work, Adam has been published in the New York Times, the Juilliard Journal, and as a featured profile in New York Magazine. Weinert is the producer and choreographer of an award-winning collection of dance film shorts screened nationally and abroad, and his creations for stage have toured to four continents. In 2013, with the help of Jonah Bokaer and Chez Bushwick, Adam was honored to receive a Creative Stipend from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation to create an evening-length work at CPR – Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY.