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02_SUSAN_INTERNET-¬serling_2015Susan Marshall Artistic Director of New York City based Susan Marshall & Company. Since 1985, Marshall has created over 40 dances on her company, as well as works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Performing frequently in New York City at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Joyce Theater, the company also tours extensively in the United States and overseas, including appearances at the Spoleto Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, the Edinburgh International Festival, Vienna Tanz, and Pina Bausch’s Internationales Tanzfestival NRW. Marshall’s work is in the repertory of other dance companies, including Kiss at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Arms at Nederlands Dans Theatre. Other critically acclaimed works by Marshall include Cloudless, Fields of View, The Most Dangerous Room in the House, Sawdust Palace, and Spectators at an Event. Recipient of a 2000 MacArthur Fellowship, Marshall has received numerous other honors including three Bessies for Outstanding Choreographic Achievement, a Dance Magazine Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an American Choreographer Award. In September 2009, Marshall was appointed Director of Dance at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

Pavel Zustiak head shot1, Gene Pittman, Courtesy of Walker Art CenterPavel Zuštiak NYC-based director, choreographer, and performer, born in the communist Czechoslovakia and trained at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. Presenting spectators with multi-sensory theatrical experiences, Zuštiak’s works for stage and public spaces center around the corporeal exploration and are often described as both human and humane. His work merges the abstract aspects of dance with nonlinear qualities of “theatre of images” into multidisciplinary works that are rich in evocative imagery and piercing emotional resonance.
Zuštiak is the 2015 Bessie Juried Award winner, a 2015-17 Princeton Arts Fellow, the recipient of 2013 LMCC President’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Practice, 2012 NEFA/NDP Production and Residency Grants and 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2010 MANCC Fellowship, and 2014, 2009, and 2007 Princess Grace Awards. His 5-hour trilogy The Painted Bird received a 2013 Bessie Award nomination for Outstanding Production. Zuštiak’s work has been commissioned by Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Abrons Arts Center, PS122, COIL Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, La MaMa, 92nd Street Y, Legion Arts, PADL West, Archa Theatre, Akcent Festival (Czech Republic), Bratislava in Movement, KIOSK Festival, Slovak National Theatre, State Theatre Kosice (Slovakia), and Bytom Intl. Dance Festival (Poland). He was an artist in residence at Walker Art Center, American Dance Institute/Lumberyard, Vermont Performance Lab, LMCC, Movement Research, BAC, MANCC, Abrons Arts Center, Czech Center NY and Grotowski Institute.
Zuštiak established Palissimo Company in 2004 as an interdisciplinary platform for the research, development and production of live art works, with a mission to attain artistic liberty and to inspire and impact audiences and the art field. Palissimo facilitates diverse artistic collaborations – notably with lighting designer Joe Levasseur, musicians Christian Frederickson, Ryan Rumery, Bobby McElver, visual artist Robert Flynt, and video designers Tal Yarden and Keith Skretch.

mgcropMelanie George Dramaturg & Audience Educator at Lumberyard (FKA American Dance Institute), working closely with premiere contemporary performing artists in the incubation of new works for the stage. Previously, she was the dance program director at American University, and Assistant Professor of Dance and Dance Education Program Coordinator at Kent State University. Melanie is the founder of Jazz Is… Dance Project, and has presented her research on jazz dance improvisation/pedagogy throughout the U.S., in Canada and Scotland. Publications include “Jazz Dance, Pop Culture, and the Music Video Era” in Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches (University Press of Florida) and “Imbed/In Bed: Two Perspectives on Dance and Collaboration” with Joan Meggitt for Working Together in Qualitative Research (Sense Publishers). Her jazz choreography has been commissioned by universities in Idaho, Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Melanie was a 2016 Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Choreography for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s production of Women Laughing Alone With Salad, and the featured dance artist at the 2017 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.


Susan Marshall & CompanyKristen Hollinsworth has been collaborating with Susan Marshall & Company since 1994. She has restaged several of Marshall’s dances including the aerial duet Kiss on Pacific Northwest Ballet. In NYC Kristen has worked with Doug Varone, Tami Stronach, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Monica Gillette, and in San Francisco with Cheryl Chaddick, Della Davidson, and Lea Wolf. She danced with the Metropolitan Opera from1998-2008 in numerous productions. Her own work has been presented in Cape Cod, San Francisco, and New York at Dancespace Project, Dancenow Festival, Flea Theater and Performance Mix Festival. Currently Kristen is working long hours lovingly raising her two children. Hvala Sasa!

Head Shot LM2Luke Miller a Bessie Award-winning artist, joined Susan Marshall & Company in 2003 and has since collaborated in the making of Sleeping Beauty and Other Stories, Cloudless, Sawdust Palace, Frame Dances, Accidental Narratives, Flock Logic, Adamantine and most recently in Play/Pause. He has set the company’s repertory on numerous universities and professional companies including Dance Alloy, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Hedwig, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Netherlands Dance Theater. Luke assisted Susan in choreographing Asphalt Orchestra for the ‘09 Lincoln Center out of Doors Festival as well as For You, a solo created in ‘10 for Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has also performed in the work of Martha Clarke, Molissa Fenley, Keely Garfield, Neil Greenberg, Bill Young / Colleen Thomas, Antonio Ramos, Christopher Williams, among others. Luke currently teaches movement for actors at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has mentored composition students at Marymount Manhattan. He has curated live performance at Location One art gallery and continues to make his own work.

imageDarrin Wright a Brooklyn based artist, is a native of Los Angeles, California where he started tap dancing at the age of six. His early trainings were taking tap classes which lead into jazz with Ian Gary; learning about choreography and performance in high school with Janet Roston; taking post-modern dance with Rudy Perez. In 1997, Darrin joined The Bella Lewitzky Dance Company as part of its farewell tour. He received his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2002. Since graduation, Darrin has had the pleasure of working with Susan Marshall, Terry Creach, Jane Comfort, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas, Yanira Castro, Jack Ferver, Tami Stronach, Amber Sloan, Nancy Bannon, Linsey Bostwick, Nina Winthrop, Linsday and Jason Dietz Marchant. Darrin teaches master classes in technique, composition and improvisation throughout the country. In 2009, he received a Bessie Award for his work with A Canary Torsi’ Dark Horse/Black Forest. Special love to Mark, Diana, Luke, Shana, Eilif, Mazzlyn, Noke and Matilda.

COPY Stop_12Kristin Clotfelter is a freelance artist residing in Brooklyn who dances, teaches yoga and blogs. In New York, she has had the pleasure of dancing with Johannes Wieland, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera and in Punchdrunk’s off-Broadway show, Sleep No More. She has also performed with Staatstheater Kassel Tanztheater in Germany, the Santa Fe Opera, Miro Dance Theatre and Eighth Blackbird. She has served as a choreographic assistant to Susan Marshall and assistant director to Mark DeChiazza. Kristin also makes her own dances and was an artist in residence at Omi International Arts Center in 2012. She graduated with honors in dance and a minor in Visual Arts from the Ailey/Fordham University program.

Julian Barnett head shotJulian Barnett is a choreographer, performer and educator who was born in Tokyo, Japan and lives in New York City. He studied dance, music and film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and choreography at the ArtEZ University of the Arts in the Netherlands. As a choreographer, Julian creates performances that examine the social-political possibilities for transformation and empathy, through the lenses of philosophy, musicology, and the supernatural. His works have been invited throughout New York and the US, Montreal, Mexico, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and since 2012, actively across Europe. His work is deeply influenced by his collaborations and he has had the luxury of performing for Steve Paxton, Jeanine Durning, Wally Cardona, Johannes Wieland, Kota Yamazaki, Daria Fain, and Benoit Lachambre as a danceWEB scholar at Impulstanz in Vienna. As an educator, Julian continues to teach, lecture, and mentor on dance, improvisation, and choreography and he has been a guest teaching artist at NYU, Princeton, Hunter College, Juilliard, and others.