Our guest artist program is funded by an annual initiative by the Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. Guest artists come from all across the nation to teach master classes, set work and perform for Texas A&M students, faculty, staff as well as for audiences within the community. Past guests have included Katherine Duke (Erick Hawkins Foundation), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Gary Galbraith (former Martha Graham Principal Dancer), Ballet Hispanico, Hubbard Street Chicago, ClancyWorks Dance Company, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, Jane Weiner (Hopestone Dance/Houston), Core Performance Dance Company, Millicent Johnnie, Terry Duncan among others. For further information about this program or other activities by the Academy go to their website at http://academyarts.tamu.edu.
Students with Denise Vale from the Martha Graham Dance Company. Photo by: MSC OPAS
2016-2017 Guest Artist Residencies
Fall 2016 Guest Artists
Kathy Dunn Hamrick Guest Artist Residency | October 16-23, 2016
Kathy Dunn Hamrick received an MFA in performance and choreography from Florida State University. She has been dancing, teaching and choreographing in Austin Texas for over twenty years. During that time, she as accumulated numerous awards for her choreography, including “Best Choreographer,” “Best Duet,” and two “Best Dance Concert” awards by the Austin Critics Table plus nominations for Best Dancer, Best Ensemble, Best Lighting Design and Best Original Score. Kathy’s work has also earned critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, and Toronto’s Globe and Mail. Kathy often teaches at professional conferences and directs artist residencies for high schools and universities. As well as being artistic director of Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, Kathy teaches dance at Austin Community College and at Hamrick/Warren, a professional modern dance studio located at Café Dance.
Spring 2017 Guest Artists
Jennifer Deckert | February 8-10, 2017
Jennifer Deckert is a native of St. Louis, Missouri where she began her training with Alexandra Zaharias. She received a BFA in ballet performance from University of Utah, performing with Character Dance
Ensemble, Eastern Arts Ensemble, and Utah Ballet. She continued to perform with Utah Ballet and choreograph for department productions as she received her MFA in ballet teaching, choreography, andresearch. Jennifer was then invited to join Roxey Ballet, under the direction of Mark Roxey. While with Roxey Ballet she had the opportunity to further develop her performing, teaching, and choreography skills while performing and showing her choreography in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and surrounding areas.
During her performance career she has performed such leads as Myrtha in Giselle, Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Prelude in Les Sylphides, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the principle role in Paquita. She has made guest teaching appearances at the Mid-States Regional Dance America festival, Matheny Arts Access School, and numerous summer dance intensive programs.
Jennifer joined the faculty of University of Wyoming in the fall of '06 where she teaches advanced ballet and pointe technique, dance history, and modern dance technique.
Eisenhower Dance | March 25-31, 2017
Eisenhower Dance has spent the last 25 years giving life to the repertoire of internationally known choreographers, as well as the highly acclaimed work of Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower. Established inmetro Detroit by Eisenhower in1991, the Company presents an annual subscription series and tours internationally. The company has performed works by choreographers EdgarZendejas, David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch, Ron de Jesus, Gina Patterson, Lauren Edson and Harrison McEldowney, to name a few. The Company’s mission of collaboration has resulted in performances with the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Warren Symphony, the Immigrant Suns, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, the Rackham Symphony Choir, the Motor City Lyric Opera and the Toledo Opera, among others.
Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts:
master classes offered during the 2016-2017 Season
**The following guests are part of the performing season for the Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. As part of their performance schedule AVPA requires guests to work with students on campus. We are lucky to be involved in this wonderful program.
3rd Rail Dance Theatre | January 30 - February 5, 2017
Hailed as one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive and experiential dance-theater, Third Rail Projects, led by Artistic Directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett, is dedicated to re-envisioning ways inwhich audiences engage with contemporary performance. They have made work in New York, nationally, and abroad for over 15 years. Their award-winning immersive hit Then SheFell, was named as one of the “Top Ten Shows of the 2012” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, and acclaimed as one of the best theater experiences of 2013 by Vogue magazine. The company continues Then She Fell alongside its current immersive hit The Grand Paradise which opened in February 2016. Meanwhile, the artistic directors and company work nationally on new immersive and site-specific projects and internationally through the newly launched Global Performance Studio (GPS), which combines Third Rail Projects’ creative and educational offerings through a program of cultural listening and exchange. Third Rail Projects has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards for Then She Fell (2013) and Vanishing Point (2008). Third Rail’s artistic directors were also recently named among the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine.
Fundamental to Third Rail Projects is the notion of re-imagining contexts for presenting contemporary work, as exemplified by a history of creating work sought after by both avid dance and theater goers as well as underserved populations and those seeking unique experiences. Collaboration is integral to all of Third Rail Projects’ endeavors, both in the creative process as well as the intersection with each new site, community, and cultural landscape in which they work. This manifests in numerous points of inquiry and programmatic objectives that foster artistic exchange and shared practice across unique communities.
*information from thirdrailprojects.com