Nitzan Bardichev (Collaborator / Performer)
Born and raised in Israel, Nitzan Bardichev started her dance training at the age of ten. After graduating from high school (majored in dance with distinction), she completed a two-year obligatory service in the Israeli Defense Forces, as a sniper instructor. In the years 2010 -2011 she attended the DeDe Dance professional training program directed by Yaara Dolev and Amit Goldenberg. In 2012 Nitzan joined Kolben Dance Company, directed by Amir Kolben, where she danced for three seasons. As part of the dance company, Nitzan performed in domestic and international tours. Also, she was selected by the dance company as a teacher and taught masterclasses of technique and repertoire throughout Israel. In addition, Nitzan created various choreographies ; a solo, two duets and ensemble, while dancing at the company. During her third year in the company, Nitzan began her studies in Law School (graduated with honors). Between the years 2018-2019 she completed her internship at the Israeli attorney general office. Nowadays, Nitzan works as a dance teacher, practices law and dances for ‘Shlombal’ ensemble – improvisation group of performers, directed by Shlomit Fundaminsky. She recently took part, as a dancer and as a creator, in a multidisciplinary art project by the poet and the artist Amit Zarka, among other theatre artists, musicians, poets, and dancers.
Jack Beuttler (Visual Design)
Jack is an Oakland based producer and designer. He’s the Director of Production for ODC and the Production Manager for the Sun Valley Music Festival in Idaho. He’s toured nationally and internationally with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Van Anh Vo, and Flyaway Productions among many others, and is thrilled to have been a part of bringing The Forgotten Empress to Pakistan in 2017. Jack is honored to have received a 2019 Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design for Flyaway’s The Wait Room. Most recently Jack produced the feature opera film Goodbye, Mr Chips. www.jackb.info
Joel Davel (Musician)
Mr. Davel is a percussionist who combines his classical training with intimate knowledge and use of electronic music resources. Davel’s diverse career and influences range from traditional acoustic folk and classical music to the highly experimental. Davel has been a member of the Paul Dresher Ensemble’s Electro-Acoustic Band since 1999 and his also works with Dresher as part of the Dresher-Davel Invented Instrument Duo and Double Duo (a quartet). Other notable close collaborators include Amy X Neuburg, Jack West, John Duykers, Guillermo Galindo, and Vân-Ánh Võ. He has composed and performed live for several dNaga dance productions and appeared in theater productions for The California Shakespeare Theater, West Edge Opera, and South Coast Repertory. As a mentee of electronic music pioneer Don Buchla for over 20 years, he continues the design of electronic music instruments, including continued refinement of the Buchla Marimba Lumina — Davel’s signature instrument. Davel holds a Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University and MFA from Mills College.
Mary Domenico (Costume Designer)
Mary is an award-winning costume designer and small business leader in the commercial photography industry. She has worked as a costume designer in the Bay Area since 2001 and her costuming has been presented at Carnegie Hall, toured internationally, and was featured on the cover of the New York Times, among other publications. She has collaborated with a number of dance companies (including ODC, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Liss Fain Dance, RAWdance, and Robert Moses' Kin, among others), as well as numerous theater and opera companies. Her collaborations with photographer RJ Muna have won recognition from American Photographic Artists and Graphis publications. Mary received a BFA in apparel design from the Rhode Island School of Design and additionally has spent years as a set tailor for clients that ranged from Vogue to Vanity Fair. In 2014, she founded a unique family of companies that serve the commercial photography industry: LuLu Artists Collective & Blackbird Tailors, representation agencies for production artists and tailors; BULA Billing, which provides accounts payables and fiduciary services; and OOTB Solutions, a production payroll company. Nicknamed "Miracle Mary" early in her career for her skill at pulling off the seemingly impossible, Mary continues to create and evoke the unimaginable through her costume designs and business ventures.
Paul Dresher (Composer)
Paul Dresher is an internationally active composer noted for his ability to integrate diverse musical
influences into his own coherent style. He pursues many forms of musical expression including experimental opera/music theater, chamber and orchestral composition, live instrumental electro-acoustic music, musical instrument invention, and scores for theater and dance. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition in 2006-07, he has received commissions from the Library of Congress, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, Kronos Quartet, San Francisco Symphony, Zeitgeist, San Francisco Ballet, Seattle Chamber Players, Present Music, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Brenda Way/ODC Dance and Chamber Music America. He has performed or had his works performed throughout the world at venues including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Festival d ’Automne in Paris, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, and the Minnesota Opera. Recent works include Breathing at the Boundaries (2020), Trace Figures (2019); Crazy Eights &Fractured Symmetries, commissioned and premiered by the Berkeley Symphony in 2016, Family Matters (2014) - a duo for TwoSense - cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianist Lisa Moore, Concerto for Quadrachord & Orchestra for the Berkeley Symphony, and Two Entwined (2011) - commissioned by pianist Sarah Cahill and premiered at the Spoleto Festival USA. In 2015, Dresher entered an entirely new arena with Sound Maze, a hands-on installation of his large-scale invented musical instruments created in collaboration with Daniel Schmidt. Sound Maze, has been presented at OZ in Nashville, the Esplanade Theater in Singapore, Fort Mason in San Francisco, the Mondavi Center at UC Davis, the Napa Valley Museum, USC’s Fisher Museum, UNC Chapel Hill’s CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio and at The Doseum in San Antonio. In the fall of 2022, it will travel to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Rinde Eckert (Writer/Performer)
Rinde Eckert is a writer, composer, singer, actor, and director whose theater, music theater, and dance theater pieces have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, a Marc Blitzstein Award (from The American Academy of Arts and Letters), an Obie Award (And God Created Great Whales), a Grammy Award (Lonely Motel), an Alpert Award for Drama (2009), and a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2012). He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2007 for his Orpheus X. In 2014 he made his debut as principal soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Steven Mackey’s oratorio Dreamhouse, with whom he co-wrote the libretto. In addition to three opera librettos written for composer Paul Dresher (Slow Fire, being the most extensively toured), Eckert has also written and directed two of Paul’s staged works for instrumentalists: Sound Stage (with Zeitgeist) and Schick Machine (with Steven Schick). Rinde wrote the libretto for and sings the lead role in Aging Magician with music by Paola Prestini, (just given its west coast premiere at San Diego Opera). In 2019 he toured with the Kronos Quartet in My Lai, by composer Jonathan Berger, a mono opera for him and multi-instrumentalist Van Ahn Vo. Rinde has collaborated with Margaret Jenkins and The Margaret Jenkins Dance Co. on many pieces, among them Shelf Life, Woman/Window/Square, Breathing at the Boundaries and two solos (music and/or text): Steps Midway and Wasn’t it This. He and Margaret have also created and performed four duets: Shorebirds Atlantic, and so they…, Shadows and Water, and the recent Migratory Passages for ODC’s online Theater Festival.
Irit Amichai Gabinet (Collaborator / Performer)
Born and raised in Israel, Irit Amichai Gabinet started her dance training at the age of seven. After graduating from highschool (majored in dance), she completed a two-year obligatory military service in the Israeli Air Force and joined Fresco Dance Company as an apprentice. In the years 2006-9, she attended The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program, in Toronto, Canada.
Upon graduation, she worked with choreographers such as Allen and Karen Kaeja, Jennifer Dallas and Ben Kamino. In 2010, Irit returned to Israel and joined Kolben Dance Company, where she danced for five seasons. In her third year in the company, she was appointed as the company's rehearsal director, a position she held until 2016, and later again between 2019-2020. Irit teaches contemporary dance since 2010 and her own choreography was presented in various festivals and venues in Toronto, Jerusalem and Tel- Aviv, among others. Irit is a wife to Itai and a mother to two daughters, Gali and Danni.
Indranil Ghosh (Collaborator / Performer)
Indranil Ghosh joined Ananda Shankar Centre for Performing Arts in 2000 and graduated from the institute in 2007 by securing 91% and received the institutional International Scholarship as a recipient of the Uday Shankar Award for Excellence in Dance from Ananda Shankar Centre for Performing Arts at The Place in London in 2008. He received the Dean’s Scholarship for a month to Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England. He was awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship to England from 7th September, 2014 to 6th December,2014 and was trained in different prestigious institutions like Ace Dance and Music, Greenwich Dance Agency, Northern School of Contemporary. He participated at several prestigious events both in India and abroad including Kolkata Karnival, Inaugural programme of the Asian Games in Doha, Children’s Film Festival, Indo- French Opera ‘Padmavati’,‘Purush’ choreographed by Robert Moses at the Serendipity Arts Festival in 2017 at Goa and the North American Bengali Conference in 2009, 2011,2013, 2015, 2017. He also portrayed the ‘LEAD ROLE’ of Uday Shankar in the documentary film ‘ A LIFE IN DANCE : PANDIT UDAY SHANKAR’ by Dishari Chakraborty. He has attended several workshops on various dance techniques conducted by eminent dancers and choreographers like Tanusree Shankar, Mamata Shankar, Navtej Singh Johar, Ranjan Mullarat, Ranjit Singh, Margaret Jenkins, Mary Carbonara and Ronnie Shambik Ghosh.
Guanglei Hui (Collaborator / Performer)
Guanglei Hui, from China, established his own company Cross Move Lab, after working for twenty years as an independent artist, choreographer, and dancer. He studied at The Bishkek of Arts (B. Beishenalieva) from 2001 to 2003, and earned a degree in Choreography/Russian Classical Ballet Performance with Education. During his study, he competed in the Bishkek International Dance Competition and won second place. In 2005, he joined Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the first modern dance company in China. In 2008, as part of GMDC, he performed in an anniversary celebration of Pina Bausch Dance Company in Germany; in 2011, he worked as an invited choreographer in Yokohama Dance Collection; in 2012, he was invited by the International Choreographers Residency Program (ICR) participating in the American Dance Festival. In 2013, he joined White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company; in 2014, he began working with Shen Wei Dance Arts; in 2016, he was invited to Taipei Dance Round Table Project to work on a new original piece. In 2017, he began teaching in the Queens College. In 2018, he received Artist Commissioning Program Grants from Queens Council on the Arts and started teaching in Peridance Capezio Center. He has toured in more than twenty countries, participating in international arts festivals, he is also a co-founder of Touch Contact Improvisation in China. He has worked with renowned international artists including Sang Jijia ( from William Forsythe Dance Company), Yin Mei ( YMDC Artistic Director ), Margaret Jenkins ( MJDC Artistic Director), Shen Wei (Shen Wei Dance Arts Artistic Director), Hou Ying (HYDT Artistic Director), Jodi Melnick, Cheng-Chieh Yu (UCLA Dance Professor), Young Soon Kim (WHITE WAVE Dance Company Artistic Director), Lane Gifford (LaneCoArts Artistic Director). He has toured to international arts festivals in more than twenty countries.
Amir Kolben (Collaborator)
Amir Kolben is the founder of Kolben Dance Company, and has been its artistic director and choreographer since its inception, as well as the Dean of the Dance Faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Kolben performed for many years as a dancer with Batsheva Dance Company as well as with the Israeli Ballet, the Opera Ballet in Freiburg, and in the United States. Kolben is one of the founders of Tamar Company – a landmark in the landscape of Israeli dance as the first fringe dance company in Israel – in which he co-founded the large school for contemporary dance in Ramla. Later, he served as the company’s artistic director. In 1996, Kolben founded Kombina Dance Company, which in 2006 became Kolben Dance Company. His activity in the field of dance spans almost four decades, during which he has become one of the most recognized and acclaimed figures in contemporary Israeli dance.
Yahui Lu (Collaborator / Performer)
Yahui Lu is an independent choreographer and dancer. From 2004 to 2012, she worked with Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Beijing Dance Theatre, and Hou Ying Dance Theater. 1996 She graduated from Chinese dance of Guangdong Dance school, 2004 She graduated from Modern Dance department of the Fine Art school of the SunYat-sen University. She has worked with many renowned international artists including Sang Jijia, Zhang Xiaoxiong, Margaret Jenkins, Wang Yuanyuan, Hou Ying, and has toured to international arts festivals in more than twenty countries. As a choreographer, her work includes “This Place Is…”, “Same Feeling”, “No Hesitation”, “Nineteen Floors Underground,” “Drowning”, “Walk Gracefully Once”, etc. She relocated to New York in 2013, where she started working with many choreographers and dance companies. Including Yin Mei(YMDC Artistic Director), Shen Wei (Shen Wei Dance Arts Artistic Director), etc. She returned to China in 2015 and created the new work “Face to Face 1” and "Face to Face 2", which was invited to participate in the 32nd Annual Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. In the same year, she choreographed a new piece called "Between N39° and N40°", which was shown in The 17th China Shanghai International Arts Festival Rising Artists' Works. In 2016 she relocated to New York where she has been dancing with Shen Wei Dance Arts. In 2018, she received New works project Grants from Queens Council on the Arts.
Joyita Pal (Collaborator / Performer)
Joyita Pal was born and brought up in a small town near Kolkata named Kharagpur. She graduated from Presidency College Kolkata in English Literature and pursued a masters in Linguistics from University of Calcutta. She was trained in Uday Shankar Style of Dance from Tanusree Shankar Dance Academy. She is also trained in the classical forms of Odishi and Natya Shastra. A recipient of the Uday Shankar Award, Joyita participated in the Summer Intensive Workshop in The Place, London in 2015 where she received training in a few contemporary dance forms of level one. During her training at the Tanusree Shankar Dance Academy she has participated in several dance workshops on different techniques. She is associated with Tanusree Shankar Dance Company since 2014, performing all over India and a few cities in U.A.E. Joyita is also a teacher at Tanusree Shankar Dance Academy.
Michael Palmer (Writer/Artistic Associate)
Poet and translator Michael Palmer has lived in San Francisco since 1969. He has worked with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company since its inception and has collaborated with many visual artists and composers. His most recent collections are Little Elegies for Sister Satan (New Directions, 2021), The Laughter of the Sphinx, (New Directions, 2016), Madman With Broom (selected poems, with Chinese translations by Yunte Huang, Oxford University Press, 2011) and Thread (New Directions 2011). Among his awards, Palmer has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lila Wallace – Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award, two National Endowment for the Arts grants in poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, and in 2006, the Wallace Stevens Prize from the Academy of American Poets. In June of 2012 he received the Arts and Letters Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has taught at various universities in the United States, Europe and Asia, and his writings have been translated into more than thirty languages.
Tanusree Shankar (Collaborator)
Tanusree Shankar (Artistic Director, Tanusree Shankar Dance Company) based in Kolkata, India is one of the leading dancers and choreographers of contemporary dance in India. Her choreography is not a combination of classical dances, but is outstanding and original, giving concrete shape to the music that inspires it. It is based on the Uday Shankar Style of Dance, following the path shown by the legendary genius, Uday Shankar who along with Anna Pavlova took this dance form to foreign shores in the early 30’s. The style is Indian in origin and spirit, modern in presentation, universal in appeal. She travels with her troupe extensively around the world. Her notable productions include ‘Uddharan’ (Upliftment of the Soul), ‘Chirantan’ (The Eternal), ‘The Child’- both based on Tagore’s work, ‘We the Living’ based on Jelaluddin Rumi’s poem, Human Being. She is working on ‘Maati’ (Soil) which is based on displacement of people. Tanusree is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2011 for her contribution towards Creative and Experimental Dance. She has conducted Master Classes at premier institutions in U.S.A and held various workshops in Reading for the WOMAD Festival, Birmingham and Leeds in UK. She has conducted classes at the Laban Centre (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London) for the BA 2 students and has again been invited to hold classes this year. She has also acted in films like ‘The Namesake.’