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Christopher Williams Dance Work in Progress Showing with Q&A

Christopher Williams Dance Work in Progress Showing with Q&A

Christopher Williams Dance will be in residency in September 2021.  During their time at Bethany, they will present a work-in-progress showing of both solo and group material for the supernatural characters in their developing evening-length work “Narcissus” performed by an all male cast of acclaimed contemporary dancers. The showing will also include a question and answer session as well as an open discussion between the dancers, the assembled audience, and Christopher Williams.



Photo by Andrew Jordan


Christopher Williams, hailed as “one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there” (The New York Times) and “the downtown prodigy” (The New Yorker) creating “extraordinary feats of visual imagination” (The New York Times), is a choreographer, dancer, and puppet artist who has created over thirty original and collaborative works in New York City and abroad since 1999. In addition to touring internationally in France, England, Italy, Spain, Holland, Colombia, Malawi, Indonesia, and Russia, as well as nationally in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Kalamazoo, Princeton, Bainbridge Island, Lewiston, Carlisle, Interlochen, Kaatsbaan, and Jacob’s Pillow, his works have been presented in many New York City venues including Lincoln CenterCity CenterThe Joyce TheaterNew York Live ArtsThe Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumDanspace ProjectDance Theater WorkshopLa MaMaP.S. 122HERE Arts Center, the 92nd Street YJoyce SoHoSymphony SpaceGalapagos Art SpaceBRIC StudioDixon PlaceThe John Ryan TheaterBrooklyn Arts ExchangeSolar OneSocrates Sculpture Park, Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, The Mulberry Street Theater, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, and One Arm Red, as well as in the Late Night Cabaret of the Jim Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, the Pesta Boneka International Puppet Biennale, and via American Opera Projects in OPERA America′s New Works Forum.

Christopher was named a choreography fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2021 and received a New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award in 2005 for his work Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (2005), as well as an impromptu Ishmael Houston-Jones “Messie” Award for his work The Golden Legend (2009), which was listed among the 10 best dance performances of 2009 by Joan Acocella in The New Yorker. He has been awarded fellowships from The New York Foundation for the ArtsThe Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Center for Ballet and the Arts, the Bogliasco Foundation for multiple residencies at the Liguria Study Center for Arts & Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy, and was granted a Bessie Schönberg Memorial Endowed Fellowship for a residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. In 2017 he was named an honoree of Exploring the Metropolis after receiving an EtM Choreographer + Composer Residency, and has been granted creative residencies at New York Live Arts as a Live Feed Resident Artist, Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic StudiesBethany Arts CommunityKaatsbaan Culture ParkJoyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, White Oak Plantation, The YardBates Dance FestivalMt. Tremper Arts, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, on Captiva Island via the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, through Movement Research, the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street YLower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Dream Music Puppetry Program, the HERE Artist Residency ProgramBainbridge Dance Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, the Anderson Center, and at Yaddo where he was named for the Charles and Candace Wait Residency in 2014. Foundations and organizations that have supported his work include the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jim Henson Foundation, the O′Donnell-Green Music & Dance FoundationLower Manhattan Cultural CouncilAmerican Music Center′s Live Music for Dance Program, the International Festival Society, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Greenwall Foundation.

Christopher has been commissioned by The Joyce TheaterNew York Live ArtsOpéra Royal du Château de Versailles/Opéra National de BordeauxEnglish National OperaTeatro Real/Perm Opera & Ballet TheaterInterlochen Center for the ArtsDance Theater WorkshopDanspace Project, the Harkness Dance Center and Harkness Repertory Ensemble at the 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia Dance ProjectsAmerican Opera ProjectsReid & Harriet DesignThe Blanket10 Hairy LegsLower Manhattan Cultural CouncilBates Dance Festival, and HERE Arts Center’s Dream Music Puppetry Program, and has set original works on students at Princeton UniversityNYU′s Tisch School of the ArtsSarah Lawrence CollegeDickinson CollegeInterlochen Arts AcademyBainbridge Dance Center, and the Chadwick School. He has also had the great fortune of collaborating with many distinguished artists including renowned opera directors Peter Sellars and Michel Fau, composers Gregory SpearsNico MuhlyRobert EenPeter Kirn, David Griffin, and Ivan Jiménez, visual designer Andrew Jordan, costume designers Carol Binion, Ciera Wells, and Timothy Westbrook, lighting designers Joe Levasseur, Kathy Kaufmann, and Carol Mullins, visual artists David R. Harper and Rosario López Parra, choreographers Patti Bradshaw and Kindra Windish, puppeteer and set designer Tom Lee, puppeteers Basil TwistLake SimonsEric Wright, and Matt Acheson, as well as with musical director Raphaël Pichon of Ensemble Pygmalion, and members of PiffaroModern MedievalThe New York Consort of ViolsSonnambula, the Sebastian Chamber PlayersLionheart, and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Anonymous 4. His collaboration with director Michel Fau and musical director Raphaël Pichon for a production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Dardanus presented at the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles won the Grand Prix du Syndicat de la Critique 2015 in the category of “best Spectacle Lyrique of the year” and his collaboration with Peter Sellars on a new adaptation of Henry Purcell’s The Indian Queen presented at The Bolshoi Theater won five Golden Mask Awards in Moscow.

Christopher has danced for Douglas Dunn + DancersRebecca LazierTere O’Connor DanceYoshiko Chuma & the School of Hard KnocksJohn KellySally Silvers, Mina Nishimura, Michou Szabo, Yvonne Meier, Jon Kinzel, Renée Archibald, Edisa WeeksRisa JaroslowNanine LinningBeppie Blankert, Wendy Rogers, Lisa Gonzales, Eliza Miller, Anita Cheng, and Elise Knudson, and has also performed for Peter Sellars, David Neumann, Fred Ho, and Charles Atlas. As a puppeteer, Christopher has worked with the award-winnning master puppeteer Basil Twist, both serving as the Ballet Captain for the puppets’ choreography as well as developing roles in his versions of the ballets Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. He has also toured in the award-winning work of Dan Hurlin (including Everyday Uses for Sight no. 3 and Hiroshima Maiden), with Phantom Limb Company, and has appeared in works by puppet artists Chris M. Green, Erin K. Orr, Kate Brehm, and Lake Simons.

Christopher was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Syracuse, New York where he began early studies of gymnastics, drama, music, and ballet. He earned a diploma from the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he studied physical theatre, acrobatics, and mask traditions from 1996-1998, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999 from Sarah Lawrence College where he studied choreography with the late Viola Farber and puppetry with Dan Hurlin. He has also studied contemporary dance and ballet most notably with Douglas DunnRebecca Lazier, Vicky Shick, Jeremy Nelson, Janet Panetta, Lance Westergard, John Jasperse, June Finch, Janet Charleston, and at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, where he received three scholarships for participation in their professional training program. He was an Affiliate Artist in the Dance/Theater departments at Sarah Lawrence College and serves on the Artist Advisory Board for Danspace Project. He lives in Washington Heights.

Christopher′s long-term project Marginalia is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Christopher’s web log “The Land of Nimbi” may also be viewed here.
Find Christopher on Instagram as @faycavalier.

Residencies and programs at Bethany Arts Community are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Westchester, and numerous individual donors.

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Artist in Residence: Open Rehearsal and Talk: Pilobolus Dance Company

Artist in Residence: Open Rehearsal and Talk: Pilobolus Dance Company

Join us March 10th at 4pm via Facebook LIVE for Open Rehearsal and Talk with Pilobolus Dance Company
Artistic Directors and Choreographers RENÉE JAWORSKI and MATT KENT, along with dancers Quincy Ellis, Marlon Feliz, Casey Howes and Paul Liu give us a glimpse behind the curtain into their rehearsal space and creative process. While in residence, these talented individuals are using their time to work on Four@Play, a program of small group works and duets as we prepare to return to live performance.

Pilobolus is a rebellious dance company. Since 1971, Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and the power of connected bodies. We continue to bring this tradition to global audiences through our post-disciplinary collaborations with some of the greatest influencers, thinkers, and creators in the world. Now, in our digitally driven and increasingly mediated landscape, we also reach beyond performance to teach people how to connect through designed live experiences. We bring our decades of expertise telling stories with the human form to show diverse communities, brands, and organizations how to maximize group creativity, solve problems, create surprise, and generate joy through the power of nonverbal communication.

Pilobolus has created and toured over 120 pieces of repertory to more than 65 countries. We currently perform our work for over 300,000 people across the U.S. and around the world each year. In the last year, Pilobolus was featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, NBC’s TODAY Show, MTV’s Video Music AwardsThe Harry Connick Show, ABC’s The Chew, and the CW Network’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Pilobolus has been recognized with many prestigious honors, including a TED Fellowship, a 2012 Grammy® Award Nomination, a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, and several Cannes Lion Awards at the International Festival of Creativity. In 2015, Pilobolus was named one of Dance Heritage Coalition’s “Irreplaceable Dance Treasures”.  Pilobolus has collaborated with more than 75 brands and organizations in finance, retail, media, fashion, sports, and more to create bespoke performances for television, film, and live events.


Artist in Residence: Anna Mayta Performance and Q&A

Artist in Residence: Anna Mayta Performance and Q&A

Artist Performance and Q&A via Facebook LIVE:
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Choreographer, Anna Mayta is premiering her new dance – “The world of humanity has two wings” – inspired by a quote from the Writings of Abdul’-Baha, Baha’i writings:   

“Humanity Has Two Wings”:
“The world of humanity has two wings – one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women becomes equal to the world of men in the acquisition of virtues and perfections, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be.” – Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 302. Baha’i writings. 

Directed, choreographed and performed by Anna Mayta
Music and sound composition: Eve Joslyn Madalengoitia
Creative guidance/collaborator and voice: Maiko Hata
Introductory quotes read by Grace Angela Henry
“Humanity Has Two Wings” quote read by Joan Belmar (Spanish), Maiko Hata (Japanese), and Eve Madalengoitia (English)
Field recordings from Hudson Valley, NY and freetousesounds.com
Created with Abelton Live

This dance piece is a sequel to Anna’s solo dance choreography called Veiled” choreographed after 9-11 (a methaphor for the plight of women in Afghanistan) Both these pieces are about the empowerment of women, and womens rights. 

About the Artist
Anna Mayta grew up in Chile and is a dance improviser, choreographer, and instructor. She graduated from Empire State College in June 2001 with a BA in Dance in Education. In November 2008, she received a certificate to teach yoga from Svyasa Swami Vivekananda Yoga University in Bangalore, India. In 2006, she was awarded a dissemination award from the Dutchess County Arts Council in Poughkeepsie, New York. Ms. Mayta has been teaching, performing, and choreographing for over 15 years. She has developed two programs throughout this time period. One is teaching the Spanish language through movement, and the other is fusion dance, which centers on the incorporation of African, Classical Indian, Flamenco, Modern and Latin dance styles. She has traveled for her work to Bangalore, Pune, Lucknow, and Bombay in India. Additionally, she has taught for The National Ballet of Zimbabwe in Africa, in England, and in the greater Boston Area. She is currently working in the Mid-Hudson Valley and directing her dance company called Mayta fusion dance based in Poughkeepsie NY.Her choreographed solos, such as “Fusion,” “Flamenco Fusion,” and “Veiled” (a metaphor for the plight of women in Afghanistan) have been performed in New York City, the Mid-Hudson Valley, Boston, and India. She has collaborated for many years with artists Gigi Oppenheimer and Jazz singer Maiko Hata. Recently Mayta performed in NYC a piece in collaboration with pianist O Zotique.

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Bethany Arts Community’s residency programs are made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government

Artist in Residence: Kyle Marshall – Work In Progress Showing

Artist in Residence: Kyle Marshall – Work In Progress Showing

Join us Sep 27 @ 1pm for a work in progress showing by choreographer, Kyle Marshall during his residency at Bethany Arts Community.

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For the public portion of his residency, Kyle shares his process with Jah, a solo tapping into of his Jamaican heritage. As a member of the diaspora Kyle has felt distant from my maternal homeland. With Jah, he is interested in examining and reclaiming his Jamaican body, diving into questions surrounding hyper-masculinity, queerness and redemption. Seen as an online lecture demonstration, viewers will have an inside look into a process of uncovering. Movement participation will be employed to have the audience consider their relationship to the bodies and homeland. 

About the Artist

Named “New to Watch” by Dance Europe Magazine, Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC) is a dance company that sees the dancing body as a container of history, an igniter of social reform and a site of celebration. Kyle Marshall Choreography has performed at venues including: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Roulette, Actors Fund Arts Center, NYC Summerstage, Wassaic Arts Project and Conduit Dance in Portland, OR. KMC has received residencies from Center of Performance Research, DanceNow at Silo, Jamaica Performing Arts Center and CoLab Arts. Commissions have included: “Dance on the Lawn” Montclair Dance Festival, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Harlem Stage. Artistic Director and dancer Kyle Marshall, is a 2018 New York Juried “Bessie” Award recipient and a 2017 NJ State Council of the Arts Fellow.


Arts Westchester

Bethany Arts Community’s residency programs are made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government

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