51 | #Paloma McGregor - Social Injustice, Black Lives Matter & Dance Pt
On this episode of Social Injustice, Black Lives Matter & Dance Pt 1, your co-hosts Azaria and Reyna interview Director of Angela's Pulse and Dancing While Black, Paloma McGregor. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about centering black voices, inclusivity, how to turn energy toward the visions we want to manifest, dance lineage, liberation practices, and advice for companies and individuals who want to change.
49 | #JacobJonas - Jacob Jonas The Company
On our second episode of Dance Trends month, your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview choreographer, creative director and the Artistic Director of Jacob Jonas The Company, Jacob Jonas. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about family, curiosity, integrity, what it means to be a successful artist, protecting company image/brand and dancer’s, return on investment for dance degrees, cultural relevancy, tips for growing online communities, and advice for how to spend time creatively during COVID-19. Special thanks to Matt Kent of Pilobolus for connecting us for this interview.
48 | #JenniferWeber
On our first episode of Dance Trends month, your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview (pre-Covid) Lucille Lortel and Bessie-Award nominated choreographer, Jennifer Weber. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about Jennifer’s career as a physical storyteller, how to plug into the commercial dance world, rehearsal environments, female voices in hip hop, and her experiences creating for The Hip Hop Nutcracker, the new West End Musical &Juliet, and Disney’s Zombies 2 movie. Special thanks to LSG Public Relations for connecting us for this interview.
47 | #ClareCroft
On our fourth episode of Pride Month, your co-host Martheya interviews dance historian, theorist, dramaturg, curator, and author, Clare Croft. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about Dancers as Diplomats (book), queerness in relation to LGBTQIA+ and ways of challenging normativity, tips for writing and avoiding writer’s block, different ways of seeing and making dance, the editing process of Queer Dance (book), and dramaturgy. Special thanks to Paty Lorena Solórzano for connecting us for this interview.
46 | #MatthewCumbie - Matthew Cumbie Projects
On our third episode of Pride Month, your co-hosts Azaria and Reyna interview Washington, DC based collaborative dancemaker and artist educator, Matthew Cumbie. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about Matthew’s memories of dance and coming out, Matthew Cumbie Projects, his time at Dance Exchange, the value of intergenerational LGBTQIA+ art communities, dance as a social act, fear of failure and perfectionism, and how people connect.
45 | #ColbyCalhoun
On our second episode of Pride Month, your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview Colby Calhoun. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about queerness, creating the ‘1st Annual Gay Show’, the representation of the LGBTQIA+ community, profiting off marginalized demographics, using fear as a strategy to build support, and how to let people speak for themselves.
44 | #KeithHennessy - Circo Zero
On our first episode of Pride Month, your co-hosts Azaria and YeaJean interview Keith Hennessy the Creator and Artistic Director of Circo Zero. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about grant writing to help independent artists during COVID-19, receiving/giving with eye gaze vs. the camera, queerness as a way of thinking about LGBTQIA+ in relation to society at large, collaborating across lines of difference, is Contact Improvisation sexy, touch post-pandemic, and Keith’s current research interests.
39 | #JesúsMarioLozano
On our fifth episode of World Dance month your co-host YeaJean interviews colleague Dr. Jesús Mario Lozano the Academic Director of the Art Department (Director Académico Departamento de Artes) UDLAP. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Jesús Mario’s filmmaking and academic career, using language barriers to reinvent yourself when studying internationally, the pros/cons of teaching art in a university setting, dramaturgy in theater and dance, and how social media and video streaming affects filmmaking and the viewer experience.
37 | #KibbutzContemporaryDanceCompany - KCD
On our third episode of World Dance month your co-hosts Reyna and Martheya interview Yoni Avital the International Director of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC). In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about and the history of Israel and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, the International Dance Village, KCDC programming, innovative and primal work of Artistic Director Rami Be’er, and advice for emerging artists interested in auditing for the summer programs or KCDC.
35 | #BettinaWagnerBergelt - Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
On our first episode kicking off World Dance month your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview Bettina Wagner-Bergelt the Intendant and Artistic Director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Bettina’s career negotiating abstract dance and contemporary storytelling, the meaning and process of Pina Bausch’s courageous, innovative, and provocative artistry, and what we can learn from the Coronavirus and social distancing.
31 | Na-yeKim - Na-ye Kim Movement Collective
On our first episode in celebration of Women’s History Month your co-host YeaJean interviews Na-ye Kim. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Na-ye Kim’s career as a professional; dancer for Trisha Brown Dance Company and Mikhail Baryshnikov among others, choreographer, and international educator. She shares advice for emerging artists using social media, learning how to take rejection, understanding the ecology of a country when working internationally, and the importance of having an artistic voice in order to survive.
28 | #McKinleyWillis
On our second episode in celebration of Black History Month your
co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview McKinley Willis. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about McKinley’s career as a professional dancer. She shares why pursuing a BFA in Modern Dance is a way of preparing for the future, the importance of considering location when picking a school, tips for creating your network, black female artists to follow, and how she thinks about body image.
26 | #Yin Yue - YY Dance Company
On this episode your co-host YeaJean interviews Yin Yue the Artistic Director of YY Dance Company. On this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Yin Yue’s career as a choreographer. She shares how she gets inspired, tips for emerging choreographers, the difference in responsibilities between artistic director vs. choreographer, the importance of editing your social media, and how she developed a hybrid of contemporary dance language called FoCo Technique.
24 | #ElijahGibson - Social Movement Contemporary Dance
On this episode your co-host Martheya interviews Elijah Alhadji Gibson the Founder and Artistic Director of Social Movement Contemporary Dance. On this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Elijah’s academic and professional career, the importance of preparedness and recognizing the source of things, his identity in relation to performance and choreography, and the human condition.
21 | #SandraParks - Women In Dance
On this episode your co-hosts Azaria and Martheya talk with the founder of the Women in Dance Leadership Conference, Sandra Parks. On this episode, we go behind the screen of the Women In Dance Leadership conference. We unpack Sandra Parks career path. We discuss her strategies for supporting female voices in the dance world across many platforms and redefining equality. She offers what to consider when curating a conference to create a space for all voices of dance in mediums of film, live performances, workshops, presentations, and more. Sandra offers transparency on the financial realities of creating a conference, how to ask for help, and her visions for the future of Women In Dance.
19 | #LynnLane
On this episode your co-hosts Martheya and Reyna interview Lynn Lane. Lynn Lane is the founder/artistic director/sound artist of The Transitory Sound and Movement Collective (TSMC). On this episode, we go behind the screen of Lynn’s career discussing the goal of dance photography, light/shadow/movement, bad dance photography, tips and tricks for studying dance photography, the importance of a private creative process, how TSMC blurs the lines as an experimental sculpture that lives and converses in front of their audience, and how social media opens a global dialogue.
16 | #JordanFuchs
On this episode your co-hosts Martheya and Reyna interview Jordan Fuchs. On this episode, we talk about starting an improvisation festival for dance, leveraging resources you have, how to create dance culture as a space for exchange, strategies for staying connected to the dance world, using Facebook groups in dance-making process for integrating documentation and communication, curating publicity content for a university dance department, and new ways of learning dance in the digital world.
13 | #OjeyaCurzBanks
On this episode your co-host Azaria interviews dance teacher, choreographer, ethnographer, and filmmaker with a focus on dances of the African diaspora, Dr. Ojeya Cruz Banks. On this episode, we talk about what Black dance signifies, the importance of cultural context and dance world view, research via social media conversations, and how dance is represented and conceptualized in the media.
9 | #GretaSchoenberg - San Francisco Dance Film Festival
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Martheya interview Greta Schoenberg the founder of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF). On this episode, we talk about developing a career in dance post graduation, starting the San Francisco Dance Film Festival/Dance Film SF, shifts in camera and film technology and distribution, evolution of art promotion, and how social media creates a larger field of artists which yields more risk taking and innovative art making.
5 | #ChrisCoatesMitchell
On this episode your co-host Azaria interviews NYC based dancer, teacher, choreographer, and photographer, Chris Coates-Mitchell. On this episode we talk about tips for transitioning into the professional dance world, creating social media personas/branding, making money with dance photography, and how dancers are getting jobs based off of social media following.
3 | #CharlesSantos - TITAS Presents/Dance Unbound
On this episode your co-host Martheya interviews “Dance Visionary” (Austin Chronicle) Charles Santos. On this episode we talk about how social media influences the curatorial process for presenting organizations, how different generations engage with social media, hate mail and constructive criticism, supporting local arts communities, and companies to follow on social media.
38 | #AnaMariaAlvarez - CONTRA-TIEMPO
On our fourth episode of World Dance month your co-host Reyna interviews Ana Maria Alvarez the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of CONTRA-TIEMPO. In this episode we go behind the screen in celebration of CONTRA-TIEMPO’s 15th anniversary and talk about Ana Maria’s career rooted in politics and dance, advice and questions to consider for starting a dance company, collaboration and crediting dancers, using Patreon to facilitate a deeper level of connection with the company, and practices for nourishing oneself and manifesting ideas.
36 | #JudithSánchezRuíz- JSR Company
On our second episode of World Dance month your co-hosts Azaria and Reyna interview Judith Sánchez Ruíz (CU-US-GE) Director of JSR Company. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Judith’s labyrinth of a career path across Cuba, America, and Europe. She shares the impact of dancing for Trisha Brown Dance Company, why organizing a company was a practical solution for acquiring funds and researching with collaborators, the value of framing learning outcomes for classes, and strategies for following your artistic voice.
32 | #RoxanaBarba
On our second episode in celebration of Women’s History Month your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview Roxana Barba. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Roxana Baraba’s career as a dance choreographer, arts administrator, and filmmaker/producer/director. She shares her creative process for dance films, important tips to consider when working with collaborators, and the value of clarity in vision when creating work. Special thanks to Sandra Parks and the Women in Dance Leadership Conference for connecting us for this in-person interview.
29 | #TheresaRuthHoward - MoBBallet
On our third episode in celebration of Black History Month your co-host Azaria interviews Theresa Ruth Howard of MoBBallet. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Theresa Ruth Howard’s beginnings with Dance Theatre of Harlem, the creation of MoBBallet/interactive digital resource for educators, roll call, her viral article ‘Is Instagram Changing the Dance World’s Value System’, and strategies for navigating the world in a black body.
27 | #BrendaDixonGottschild
On our first episode in celebration of Black History Month your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview Brenda Dixon Gottschild. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Brenda Dixon Gottschild’s career as creator, author, scholar, educator, and leader in the dance world. She shares what it was like growing up in the revolutionary community of Harlem, New York through the 1930’s-1960’s, the difference between activist vs. hater, the importance of having a supportive network of people as your allies, and tips for writing and staying present in the moment. Special thanks to Sandra Parks and the Women in Dance Leadership Conference for connecting us for this in-person interview.
25 | #MiguelGutierrez
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview Miguel Gutierrez. On this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Miguel’s approach to creating and performing, advantages / disadvantages of social media, the audience as a group of individuals who are ready for an experience, creative process tips for tricking yourself into different mental states, and teaching practices. Special thanks to the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival on connecting us for this in-person interview.
23 | #MattKent - Pilobolus
Kicking off season 2 your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview Matt Kent one of the Artistic Directors of Pilobolus. On this episode we go behind the screen and talk about the value of synchronicity and working collaboratively in the creative process, the challenge of managing logistics and creativity, ‘neural mirroring’, and a surprise contribution from Emily Kent, Pilobolus’ Education Director, on what Pilobolus looks for at company auditions.
20 | #TDIF2019
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview artists, teachers, performers, and attendees at the annual Texas Dance Improvisation Festival (TDIF). On this episode, we go behind the screen of TDIF facilitating a roundtable discussion with Blake Nellis, Chrissy Nelson, and Lily Sloan of Big Rig Dance Collective. We uncover their varied career paths and relationship to dance and improvisation. We discuss and define improvisation in relation to processes, practice, and transferable skills. We share conversations on how the current issues of consent in relation to the #metoo movement affect the culture of improvisation. We unpack the evolution and offerings of TDIF.
17 | #LelaAishaJones - FlyGround
On this episode your co-host Azaria interviews Dr. Lela Aisha Jones. On this episode, we talk about Jones’ creative process and her work that lead to a Bessie nomination, Black and African diasporic performance, how to locate your activist self, identity and spiritual wholeness, creating a system of online connections, and useful tips on how to balance the challenges of being a freelance artist.
14 | #TamishaGuy - A.I.M
On this episode your co-host Martheya interviews Kyle Abraham’s Abraham In Motion, Dancer and Rehearsal Director Tamisha Guy. On this episode, we talk about auditions, using social media as a platform to offer encouragement, podcast recommendations, scheduling tips, saying ‘No’ to avoid burnout, going behind the screen of Merce Cunningham Night of 100 Solos Facebook Livestream, and using the digital space to create more of an audience for dance.
10 | #DatNguyen - MotionVivid
On this episode your host Martheya interviews Dat Nguyen the founder of MotionVivid. On this episode, we talk about how to stay “woke” in present times (the influence of spectacle on death, politics, and social media), important things to consider when naming your dance company in the digital age, deciding what to post and caption, supporting LGBTQIA+ artists, proactive tips for taking photos of dance, and using social media as a reflection resource.
6 | #XinYing - Martha Graham Dance Company
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Martheya interview Principal dance of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Xin Ying. On this episode we talk about what it is like to be a principal dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company, connecting with human emotions, how to handle post show feedback via social media, and negotiating negative comments in the digital space.
4 | #AbigailWoodMeczywor - Jacob's Pillow
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Martheya interview Abigail Wood Meczywor the Director of Marketing and Communications for Jacob’s Pillow. On this episode we talk about investing time in creating quality content, the value of storytelling- showing the art making process through a personal lens, and the importance of consistency in the digital space.
2 | #JamieBenson
On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Martheya interview “Insightful & Irreverent” (LA Weekly) Jamie Benson. On this episode we talk about curating social media content, creating relationships in the digital space, running our own media agency, and strategies for crowdsourcing ideas for dancemaking.