MITSUKO VERDERY

Artistic Director + CONTEXTUAL DESIGNER

Mitsuko Verdery is a New York bred performance, dance and visual artist. She received her BFA in Visual Art from Carnegie Mellon University along with a completion of the Independent Study program at the Alvin Ailey Dance School. Mitsuko has connected her training in visual art and dance to create her own movement-based performance art in the forms of live, video and photography work. She has shown her visual and performance work at the Brooklyn Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, Miller Gallery, BRIC Arts Media Gallery, Heath Gallery, among others. Mitsuko has worked with choreographers such as: Ronald K. Brown, Sidra Bell, Earl Mosley, Jacquyln Buglisi, Francesca Harper, and Alex Ketley. Mitsuko incorporates her visual and conceptual stories to create MICHIYAYA dialogues. 

Anya Clarke

ArTistic Director + CHOREOGRAPHER 

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Anya Clarke is a practicing choreographer and dance artist. She received her BFA in Dance from Long Island University where she choreographed for the American College Dance Association. Throughout her career, Anya has worked with artists such as: Matthew Rushing, Sidra Bell, Ronald K. Brown, Earl Mosley, Clifton Brown, Alenka Cizmesija, and many more. Anya has shown her work at the Brooklyn Museum, Infinito Gallery, Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center, and more. Anya is currently a Guest Teacher and Choreographer at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. She uses her performance and choreographic experience to cultivate MICHIYAYA movement. 

 

 

 
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DANCE ARTISTS

 

COLLABORATORS

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ALEJANDRO FAJArDO [RESIDENT LIGHTING DESIGNER]

Alejandro Fajardo is a Colombian Lighting Designer and Photographer based in New York City, with experience designing plays, musicals, operas, and events around the US. Most recently, Alejandro designed The Healing by Sam Hunter for Theatre Breaking Through Barriers. Other designs include shows at La MaMa, Clubbed Thumb/ Playwrights Horizon School, The Actor’s Studio, The Curtis Institute of Music, Pace University, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival (Free Theater). Additionally, Alejandro has assisted on off-Broadway and regional productions, including Fall For Dance Festival and Flamenco Festival at New York City Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, and New York Theatre Workshop.

Alejandro began taking and developing photographs as a child and has continued to have a passion for photography ever since. Alejandro has worked in both Digital and Analog photography, and has extensive experience developing both black and white film and color film in a darkroom. Alejandro is a contributing photographer for Chance Magazine, who he joined at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial to cover and photograph the exhibits and performances. His photographs can be seen on his website and on instagram @alejofaj and @reculphotography.

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PROTEO MEDIA [RESIDENT MEDIA PRODUCTION]

Proteo Media + Performance produces creative experiences that engage live performers, film, projections, installations and other forms of visual/digital data. Headed by Kathleen Kelley and a team of collaborators across art forms, our work explores rich intersections between technology and the the body.  We value collective ways of making and alternative support structures for art practices.  You can find our work in galleries, dance performance venues, video festivals, and online literary magazines. Recent venues include: Gowanus Loft,  the Center for Performance Research, Triskelion Arts, Green Space, the SOAK Festival, the CURRENT SESSIONS, Nimbus OFFLINE series, the HATCH series, TriQuarterly Literary Journal, Philly FringeArts Digital Fringe Festival, Moving Poems blog, Small Po[r]tions Intermedia Literary Journal, and the Rutgers University Momentum Technology Videos Festival. 

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SLOWDANGER [PERFORMERS + SOUND ARTISTS]

Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson are Co-Founding Artistic Directors of slowdanger, a multidisciplinary performance duo based in Pittsburgh PA. Their work fuses sound and movement into an elusive, but illustrative combination of improvised contemporary and postmodern dance frameworks, found material, electronic instrumentation, vocalization, physiological centering and ontological examination. slowdanger uses performance as ritual practice to delve into patterns of the circular rhythm of life. Within this process, they use collected field recordings, writings, found objects and performative structures to create their episodic body of work, ‘the memory series’. With each work that is put forth, a deeper understanding is found through the practice of making. slowdanger generates a thickness of memory through filtering veiled remembrances until they are distilled to their simplest form. Repurposing their own product so it remains constantly in process. This ever evolving process is akin to the construction zone where inspiration was drawn for the name, slowdanger. Breaking ground to build upon the demolished surface using old structures to a innovate a new concept or construction. From directing music videos to scoring a play, slowdanger transforms its shape to adapt to a variety of different containers. slowdanger’s performance work has been featured across the states in venues ranging from proscenium theater settings and galleries to nightclubs and dive bars. Anna/Taylor have created with Jasmine Hearn, Maree Remalia|merrygogo, Beth Corning, Mark C. Thompson, The Pillow Project|Pearlann Porter, Jil Stifel, and Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson (s+vois). Their work has been seen at the VIA festival, The Andy Warhol Museum, Kahlon, theCURRENTSESSIONS, Honcho (PGH), The Pittsburgh Biennial, BAAD, Triskelion Arts, The New Hazlett Theater, and Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's NewMoves Contemporary Dance Festival. They have facilitated workshops at Middlebury College, Point Park University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Anna and Taylor alongside David Bernabo are curators of Lightlab Performance Series, a platform for experimental performance (www.lightlabpgh.com).

As sound designers and musicians slowdanger has created with Sidra Bell Dance New York, Colleen Hooper, the moon baby, Bill Shannon, La Squadra Records, MISC Records, and Hatch Arts Collective, 

slowdanger has been named one of Dance Magazine's '25 to Watch' for 2018. They are recipients of the BRAZZY Outstanding Dancer's Award. They were named one of City Theatre's Belfry Artist's and a two time nominees of the Carole R. Brown Creative Achievement Award's. They are recipients of a Heinz Endowment Small Arts Initiative and an Opportunity Fund Grant.