2016 Dance Omi Residents
Jennifer Edwards' (USA) choreographic work has been shown in venues including Joe's Pub, PS122, The Labyrinth Theater, The West End Theater, and Governors Island, as well as a variety of unlikely places like Martha Stewart's Whole Living website and the streets of Shanghai. She is currently a Visiting Artist at Point Park University, teaching dance history, improvisation, and entrepreneurship. Known for her work in both dance and spoken word, Edwards has earned titles including Sister Spit Slam Champion, a Fresh Fruit award for best short play, and her spoken word album "exposed" won an Indy Girl Music award and was nominated for Just Plain Folks and Outmusic awards. Her writing appears in the International Museum of Women, Dance Magazine, and the Huffington Post. Jennifer holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and is the co-founder of Edwards and Skybetter | Change Agency, a firm focused on facilitation and strategy.
Jasmyn Fyffe (Canada), Toronto based award winning choreographer/ dancer is described as "a young artist whose body of work is developing in a style all her own" (Sway magazine – Anya Wassenberg). Fyffe was the winner of the 2013 Frankie Award (in Montreal) for most outstanding choreography/ choreographer for her 50 min work "Pulse." She is the director of "Jasmyn Fyffe Dance," choreographing for the past seven years and creating a total of twelve works. She also works independently and has performed/choreographed in Toronto, Brooklyn NY, Montreal QC, North Bay ON and Sinop, Turkey. To name a few, commissions include: Dance Ontario, Iona Secondary School, Early Haig Secondary School, Ballet Jorgen, Wish Opera, K'aeja D'dance and Obsidian Theatre. Jasmyn has performed in the touring musical UMOJA and she has worked with: Nelly Furtado, Gadfly, Hanna Kiel, Julia Cratchley, Debra Brown, Julia Sasso, and many more. "Fyffe is an indisputably talented performer and dancemaker," says The Dance Current.
Rita Góbi (Hungary) was born in Novi Sad, Serbia. She studied at Regular Ballet School in Novi Sad and Hungarian Dance Academy for professional dancing, choreography and pedagogy. Góbi recieved a scholarship at Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. She started her career by working at Ballet Pécs, Yvette Bozsik Company, The Symptoms, Performance Sirkus (Finland), L1 Dance Lab, and Theatar Mimart (Serbia). She worked with choreographers like: Anna Réti, Klára Pataky, Robert Lingren, Aniko Zsalakovics, Éva Duda, and Krisztián Gergye. In 2006, she founded the Góbi Dance Company. They are continuously creating new, transdisciplinal performances. She also performed as an actress in theatre and film productions, especially with Miklós Jancsó. Her work was awarded several times: the Prize for best solo choreographer at Solo Dance Festival (Budapest). In 2015, she was awarded the Best Dance Performer Award in The Hungarian Contemporary Dance Category, 2nd prize in Krakow at 3....2....1....Dance Competition, and 1st prize in The Cologne Dance Festival.
Hye Young Ju (South Korea), graduated from The Korea National University of Art from the Department of Dance with a major in choreography in 2015. Young Ju is the co-president of a group called "Sangbang," where she is currently leading a contact improvisation workshop. Her choreographic works include, No.N48, Encounter me 1-solo, Encounter me 2-duet, Nice morning joint design (choreograpic work), Department of Education for Trio, The two of us, Make a space, On the water, and Dream of Lake. Young Ju has participated in the Seoul Improvisation Dance Festival for the past two years.
Iola Karpenka (Belarus) At the age of 17, she moved to Prague dreaming about personal and artistic freedom. Karpenka studied art, languages, theater, and dance. She collaborated in a number of interdisciplinary dance/movement projects, largely influenced by poetry, feminism, and visual arts. Her current occupations include movement artist, visual experimentalist, wanderer, researcher, dance professor, and bridge walker. "I am fascinated by movement, stillness, sound, silence, rhythms and chaos. I love colors, yet I often wear only black. I know nothing, and this knowledge calms me down. I see my life as a wonderful collage, where the playful fragments of joy and pain dance together and make each other laugh."
İdil Kemer (Turkey) graduated from Bosphorus University Department of English Literature in 2002. She began dancing during her MA studies in Middle East Technical University in Ankara. From 2005-2008, she was an active member of CATI, Contemporary Dance Artist's Association in Istanbul. In 2008, she received her first DanceWEB scholarship from Impulstanz Vienna. Upon her return, she decided to do yoga teacher training and support her living solely with movement and dance practices. From 2010-2012, she met and performed with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods and fellow Turkish dancers in "Off Course" and was also part of "Atelier" process in 2011. She studied Skinner Releasing Technique in Istanbul during that time and the technique has become an important influential base in her relationship with dance/ performance. In 2014, she received a second scholarship from DanceWEB
Michael O'Connor (USA) (BFA/AMCh) is a choreographer, dancer, improviser, and teacher living in Vienna since 2007. He was a long time company member with Cie. Willi Dorner from 2003-2010 performing in a variety of stage works and setting the renowned piece Bodies in Urban Spaces in over 30 cities. He was listed in the 2008 BalletTanz Magazine as the 'dancer to watch' in Vienna and in 2009 became the branch facilitator for the Field organization at TanzQuartierWien. Michael has received residencies at ImpulsTanz and The Place in London. He has taught creative practice and contemporary technique at SNDO in Amsterdam and in Henny Jurriens Foundation, Tanzlabor 21, and Marameo. Additionally he was guest faculty at Arizona State University, SEAD, HfMDK in Frankfurt and festivals such as ImpulsTanz, DanceUmbrella, Philly Live Arts and Tanz im August. In 2014, his piece TERTIARY was nominated for the Prix d'Jardin.
Sarah Beth Oppenheim (USA) hails from the Wild, Wild West, where she had trouble cutting on the dotted black line, so she read Steinbeck and became a modern dancer instead. She graduated from SUNY Purchase and founded her first company in Berlin. Ever since, she has created big movement for small spaces with a good view of a crescent moon. She's taught for nineteen years, self-produced site-specific choreography for ten years, and added up the importance of dance times infinity, but she hates math. She's also led tours at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, cleaned houses for a generously-tipping stripper, and performed for Baryshnikov with kale in her incisors. She is currently pursuing her MFA at University of Maryland while serving as Associate Director of Greater Washington Dance Center. Her company Heart Stück Bernie can often be found dancing in something like a stairwell, while pushing play on something like a boom box.
Farid Ayelem Rahmouni (France) works as a dancer for different companies that vary from contemporary, physical theatre, and circus. "I like to adapt, and find different ways to move according to the space where I evolve. As a choreographer I work with the idea that dancing is old and all of the body has a way for it. It's like a collective old memory common to the whole body." He is a dance writer in Benesh choreology.
Gerard Van Dyck (Australia) has a dance career that has spanned 20 years. His training and performance experience includes, contemporary dance, slapstick, acting, puppetry, and motion capture performance. Gerard currently performs, choreographs, teaches and critiques dance and is respected nationally for his work within the art form. As Creative Director of KAGE he has performed in and contributed choreography to most of KAGE's award winning works. In 2001, Gerard created his first solo work THE COLLAPSIBLE MAN and through touring regionally and nationally he clocked up 50+ performances. He has toured extensively with BalletLab and Polyglot Puppet Theatre, and worked with artists such as Nat Cursio, Danielle Micich, Eleventh Hour Theatre, Legs on the Wall, and desoxy Theatre. Gerard has choreographed and performed in music videos, directed circus and comedy, and provided dramaturgy for ballet. Gerard also teaches dance and movement across Melbourne and is a regular dance segment host on Triple R's Smart Arts program. He is a Marriage Celebrant and is a dance panel member of the Green Room Awards Association.
Ryuji Yamaguchi (Japan/Jordan) was born in Japan and spent much of his early life between Japan and the US. After graduating from Harvard University in 2003 with a degree in East Asian Studies, Ryuji moved to New York, where he presented his own work, performed with various artists and worked extensively with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks. In 2007, Ryuji was invited to Jordan as the dean of residential life and director of dance, to open a new coeducational boarding high school, King's Academy. In the last nine years, Ryuji has collaborated with numerous Jordanian and Palestinian artists, and has invited over 40 Japanese and American artists to Jordan. As assistant director and producer to Yoshiko Chuma, Ryuji has created six major productions in Jordan and Palestine. In 2013, Ryuji founded Jordan Youth Dance Exchange and has contributed to the growth of high school dancers in Jordan.
Stephanie Miracle (Guest Mentor, Dance Omi Alumna 2012) is an American born independent choreographer and performer currently based in Essen, Germany with her husband visual artist Jimmy Miracle. She earned her MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland and a BA in Dance from Belhaven University. She is a teacher of Klein Technique™ and holds the prestigious honor of being a 2014/15 German Fulbright Fellow in the Performing Arts. In 2015 she joined as a full-time dancer with the Folkwang Tanzstudio/FTS. She also works in collaboration with Henrietta Horn (DE), Carla Jordao (PT), Ana Farfan (MX), Paola Ponti, (IT) and Anna Shchkleina (RU). She is the director of Fakers Club, a site-specific performance experiment based on film and serial television. Stephanie's choreography has been described as "iconic and nuanced...with an irreverence that makes you smile unconsciously"(Rick Westerkamp, 2014). Miracle's works are crafted with a cinematic sensibility and follow subtle narrative threads. In addition to proscenium theaters her unique aesthetic finds special significance in common spaces (parking lots, bus stops, woman's prisons, hallways, staircases, and rooftops). Awards include the Smith Scholarship Grant to attend ImPulsTanz in 2012, DC Innovation grant in 2013, Bates Dance Festival Merit Scholarship 2013, Goldhaber Travel Scholarship 2014, and NextNOW new work grant 2014. Her collaborative piece Drafting Plan was awarded Best Duo at Barnes Crossing Festival 2015 in Cologne and at the 2016 SzoloDuo Festival in Budapest. She is honored to be a 2016/17 Artist in Residence at Spark and Echo Arts.