Announcing the Panelists for the 2017-18 EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies

David Johnston

We are happy to present the panelists for the third round of the EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies in partnership with the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. These experts evaluated fifty-three applications for the four residency slots, and reviewed 159 work samples from choreographers and composers.  Panels were conducted remotely over two weeks in July.

We are grateful for their time, talents, and their feedback to improve and refine our artist selection processes.

Carol Dilley has been a choreographer, performer and teacher internationally for over 30 years. With significant time spent in New York, Barcelona Spain, Seattle Washington, Sydney Australia and at Bates College in Maine, she has worked with companies and independent choreographers such as Devito and Dancers, Sarah Pogostin, and Amiel Malale in NY, Bubulus, Nats Nus and Las Malqueridas in Barcelona, as well as her own companies, Radio Suec and Carol Dilley & Co. Her most recent collaborations include work with Headlong Dance Theater, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Rachel Boggia. In addition to creative performance work, Dilley was cofounding director of La Porta, in Barcelona; developed a performance series for independent choreographers, Dance Briefs, in Sydney Australia in 2001; and created the F.A.B. Dance Showcase in Lewiston, Maine. She has been Director of Dance at Bates College in Maine for 13 years, served as Chair of the Theater and Dance Department and was a founding member of the Bates Arts Collaborative. Carol served as a Visiting Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Dance at Hunter College for the academic year 2016-17.

Raja Feather Kelly (Choreographer, Director, and Performer) Artistic Director of the feath3r theory. Kelly can be seen in the work of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Keely Garfield and Kota Yamazaki. Formerly a company member with David Dorfman Dance, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, and zoe|juniper., Kelly received a 2017 Princess Grace Award for Choreography. He is 2017 Bessie Schoenberg Fellow at the Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, a 2016 NYFA Choreography Fellow, and received the 2016 Solange Mac Arthur Award for New Choreography. His most recent work: Another Fucking Warhol Production presented at The Kitchen by The Lumberyard, choreography for Brenden Jacobs Jenkins’ EVERYBODY directed by Lila Neugabauer and Susan-Lori Parks’ The Death of The Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World directed by Lilieana Blain-Cruz.

Rebecca Lazier, originally from Nova Scotia, is a choreographer and dance educator based in Brooklyn. Her most recent work, There Might be Others, created in collaboration with composer Dan Trueman, So and Mobius Percussion, was commissioned by New York Live Arts and won a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for Outstanding Score. Her previous work Coming Together/Attica was named one of N.Y.’s 2013’s most memorable experiences by critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa and subsequently toured to Canada, Turkey and Greece, and featured in the 2014 Venice Biennale. Lazier has been an artist-in-residence at The Joyce Theater Foundation, Movement Research, The Yard, and Djerassi, Chulitna Lodge and has received grants from Harkness Foundation for Dance, American Turkish Society, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Polish Cultural Institute, Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts, New Music USA, Puffin Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Lazier teaches at Princeton University.

Nicole Wolcott called “One of today’s finest dance comedians and a knockout dancer,” by the New York Times, Nicole has enjoyed a fabulous career with dance companies, rock bands and video artists around the country and been the subject of a feature article in DANCE TEACHER magazine. Nicole co-founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and was the Associate Artistic Director and a featured dancer until 2013. She continues to assist Keigwin on a variety of projects outside of the company’s framework; including as the Associate Choreographer for the Broadway production of If/Then starring Idina Menzel. Keigwin and Wolcott just premiered their evening length duet Places Please! at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.


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