Announcing the Panelists for 2019-20 EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies!

Katie Cox

We are pleased to announce this year’s amazing group of panelists for the fifth round of the 2019-20 EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies! The panel met on May 21, 2019 to choose four teams from 66 applicants . Each artist receives a three-month residency at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) plus a $1,500 stipend. Click here to find our who this year’s resident artists are.

“The dance field needs EtM’s Choreographer + Composer Residencies  — that much was absolutely apparent from this round’s impressive applicant pool,” said panelist and former EtM Choreographer-in-Residence Ursula Eagly.  “It was a joy to get to know work from a wide range of traditions and aesthetics.”

“It was an honor to participate as a panelist for EtM,” said choreographer Laura Peterson.  “As a choreographer I understand the amount of work required to apply for every opportunity. The need for rehearsal space and funding remains critical and the overwhelming amount of highly qualified artists made the selection process very difficult.”

Here are this year’s panelists: 

URSULA EAGLY is a choreographer based in New York City since 2000. Her works are characterized by a “rabbit-hole logic” (New York Times), and her research considers the potential of porosity. Works have been commissioned throughout New York City, and her interest in different artistic contexts has drawn her to sustained projects in the Balkans, East Asia, and Mexico. She recently premiered a piece for psychosocial motor systems at Danspace Project, and her previous project, an iterative work performed in multiple mediums, is still available as a vinyl LP from The Chocolate Factory.

LAURA PETERSON is a NYC-based dance artist creating works that challenge the limits of physicality and reframe performance spaces. Laura’s pieces address the intersection of the materiality of the body and the physical world. For the last few years she has been using large-scale paper and detailed choreography as mediums to examine how we inhabit tactile environments. This fall Laura performed her work SOLO as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done at the Judson Dance Theater Reassembled event. Laura’s works have also been presented in the US at HERE Arts Center (NYC) where she was part of t! he HARP program from 2009-2011, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, and internationally in Europe and South America. Laura created work for Pennsylvania Ballet and Hartford Ballet, and made two short works using Nick Cave’s Soundsuits in conjunction with Balance Dance Co. and Boise Art Museum. She received a Fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, and residencies and commissions at the Marble House Project (VT), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, (NYC) Queens Museum of Art, Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) in 2018.

JODI MELNICK is a NYC based choreographer, dancer, and teacher. Melnick is honored with a Doris Duke Impact Award (2014), a Guggenheim Fellow (2012), a Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant (2010-2011), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2011), two Bessie Awards for sustained achievement in dance (2001 and 2008), a Gibney DIP Residency Grantee, and a two year extended Life grantee awarded from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (LMCC).  Melnick is a 2019 Center for Ballet Arts residency fellow. Melnick has collaborated with choreographer Trisha Brown,dancing in the Twyla Tharp dance company (1990-1994, 2009), performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov (2005-2008), and continued creative experiences with Sara Rudner, David Neuman, Yoshiko Chuma, John Jasperse, Vicky Shick, Beth Gill, Rashaun Mitchell, Jon Kinzel, Paul Kaiser, Liz Roche, Charles Atlas, David Michalek, Yvonne Rainer, and Sibyl Kempson. Melnick is an adjunct professor of dance at Barnard College at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College (undergraduate and graduate), and guest teacher at The New School, New York University in the Experimental Theater Wing and dance department, and The Trevor Day School (middle and high school).

GUS SOLOMONS JR is a dancer, mentor, actor, and writer, who danced with Donald McKayle, Pearl Lang, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham before founding Solomons Company/Dance (1972-94) and PARADIGM (1996-2011). Currently, he continues performing as a guest artist in the U.S. with art makers John Heginbotham, Lawrence Goldhuber, and others, and in Europe with Richard Siegal, Johannes Wieland, and Alexandra Bachzetsis, et al.


EtM is grateful to the Mertz Gilmore Foundation for their renewed support of the EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies.


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