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DANCE Suzanne Beahrs Dance presents RISE Feb 5-7, 2015 Danspace Project 8pm


Suzanne Beahrs Dance

February 5-7, 2015
Thursday-Saturday at 8:00PM
$20 General / $15 Danspace members

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RISE seeks to let go and reveal itself, echoing the task so many of us undertake: uncovering who we are.

We all know what it means to “be yourself,” but why do we so often find ourselves doing it wrong?

As we grow up and grow old, we learn (and relearn) how to feel at home in our own skin. This process demands that we let go of everything that we are not, and stop acting as if we can replicate our role models. RISE, the latest evening-length dance from choreographer Suzanne Beahrs begins with letting go. Through movement that is at times airy and weighted, rhythmic and driving, Beahrs and dancers communicate the influences of our best teachers and coaches as they push us to fulfill our specific potential.

Dancers: Suzanne Beahrs, Sarah Hillmon, Julia Jurgilewicz, Monica Mordaunt, Jessica Nolan, Julie Seal, and Celine Syslo.

Original composition by Angela Don, plus music by Chopin, LCD Soundsystem, and Pianist Daniel Colalillo, playing Chopin Ballade No. 1
Text by Pablo Neruda
Lighting design: Brittany Spencer.

Suzanne Beahrs Dance investigates and celebrates the impermanent human experience through kinetically driven modern dance. The company aims to bring more modern dance to more people by presenting this choreography in live and recorded performance and through teaching classes and workshops to all levels of dancers.

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Bio</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Suzanne Beahrs dances, teaches, and choreographs in New York City. She has shown her work at NYC venues including Danspace Project, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 92nd St. Y, Judson Church, Gibney Dance Center, Dance on the Greenway (commissioned by Dance Theater Etc) and many others. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Suzanne has shown her work at the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley as 2010 Artist in Residence as well as at the West Wave Dance Festival (ODC Theater). She has been called a “rising name” by the New York Times. Suzanne has been on modern dance faculty at Dance New Amsterdam and Dancewave, and has taught at Mark Morris Dance Center, Gibney Dance Center, the 92nd St. Y, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in CA. She is Education Manager at Cora Dance in Brooklyn, where she was previously a 3G (Give/Get/Grow) Resident Artist and has set choreography on the Cora Youth Company. Suzanne has performed with Mare Nostrum Elements, Dana Boll, Clare Cook Dance Theater, and others (NY) and Ishika Seth and Dancers, Dance Ceres, Mo Miner, Christine Cali, and others (CA). Suzanne received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and her BA in Geology from UC Berkeley. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />



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Photo by Lynn Fried




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Artist Statement

I love suddenly finding myself alone in an elevator, with no one around to bump into or wonder what the heck I’m doing. When the elevator doors close, I may have only a few moments, but my arms swipe and curve, my spine arches and folds, and my legs swing and step. This is how I really feel. As a dancemaker, I try to share with others something that is like what I experience in my elevator moments, daring to reach beyond how we thought we should behave. In order to share this experience with the audience, first I try to tap into something based on some seed of intuition, feeling whatever my body does if I let go of any holding or resistance to try something out. Beyond this initial searching, the work of making dances demands a lot of questioning, revising and refining; I want to create dances that connect us with the intricacy of the present moment through movement that is as potent as it is vibrant.



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Suzanne Beahrs Dance

Our 2013-2014 Team!

Company Dancers, currently celebrating

ONE YEAR with Suzanne Beahrs Dance:

Suzanne Beahrs

Sarah Hillmon

Julia Jurgilewicz

Celine Syslo

Madeline Wilcox

Guest Dancers:

Anne Duffy

Karina Lesko

Lindsey Ridgeway

Ally Sacks

Eli Tamondong

Costume Designer    Photographer

Lauren Beirne        Nicolas Pirata

Live Stream Aficionado    Interns

Paul Galando         Aditi Datta

                      Ru Ma


Dick Beahrs

Erin Bomboy

Emelia Brown

Michele Byrnes

Carol Mendes

Molly Stinchfield

Mike Trumpis

Nicholas Van der Elst

Organizational Support

Armature Projects/Audra Lang

Cora Dance: home of our 3G (Give/Get/Grow) Residency

Dance Theater Etc: grantor of our first commission
Mark Morris Dance Center: home of an invaluable space rental subsidy program

New York Live Arts: our fiscal sponsor

Tisch School of the Arts: sponsor of the Bessie Choreography Workshop





Suzanne Beahrs Dance

Julia Jurgilewicz, Madeline Wilcox, and Celine Syslo. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

Sarah Hillmon is a native of Rochester, NY where she trained at Garth Fagan Dance and the Timothy M. Draper Center. She performed as a company member of the Rochester City Ballet and attended the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive. Sarah graduated with a BFA in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she had the privilege of performing works by talented artists including Sidra Bell, Lucinda Childs, James Martin, Pamela Pietro, Gus Solomons Jr., and Charles Weidman at famous venues including Baryshnikov Arts Center, the 92nd Street Y, and the Lincoln Center Rose Theater. Performing as part of the Danspace Project, the River to River Festival, the LaMaMa Moves Dance Festival, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) have also been prominent stepping stones in her career. In 2011, Sarah became a founding member of the RedCurrant Collective as well as a member of Lucinda Childs Dance.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Julia Jurgilewicz hails from Massachusetts where she studied ballet, modern, and jazz. After moving to NYC and graduating from Tisch School of the Arts NYU, Julia began dancing at the Metropolitan Opera and appearing in music videos, commercials, and TV shows. Her favorite dancing experiences to date include working with Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Sidra Bell, Gus Solomons Jr, LEVY dance, and The Anata Project. Today she dances with Teresa Fellion's Bodystories and creates and performs with RedCurrant Collective.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Celine Syslo received her BFA in Dance Performance on scholarship from Arizona State University in May 2010. While in Arizona, she was a member of Aaron McGloin Dance Company for two years. Following the company, she relocated to New York City shortly after graduating. She has had the privilege of working with a number of inspiring artists including Tracie Stanfield of Synthesis Dance Project, Benjamin Levy, and Jenna Riegel of Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company.  Celine currently resides in Brooklyn and is very excited to be working with Suzanne on her latest project.
Photos by Nicolas Pirata













Suzanne Beahrs Dance,
Classes at Gibney Dance Center 280, January 19-29, M, Tu, Th 2-4 pm: Details
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