WINTER 22 ARTISTS

NEW CREATIONS BY MARK CASERTA, ETHAN COLANGELO & JAKEVIS THOMASON

January 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2022 | CORNISH PLAYHOUSE
January 26, 2022 | VASHON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
January 27, 2022 | WHIDBEY ISLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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MARK CASERTA

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Mark Caserta, from Philadelphia, PA, graduated from the University of the Arts School of Dance with a BFA in 2010. He danced professionally with international touring companies Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal and Camille A. Brown & Dancers since then. Caserta has been awarded the Philadelphia Rocky Award for Outstanding Dance Performance, The Patrick Swayze Scholarship from Complexions Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet Choreography Award. He was a 2018 Emerging Choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal and premiered his first full evening length work ‘BIG KID’ at Gibney NY POP Performance Series in February 2019. Caserta was commissioned to set new works on Pennsylvania Ballet II, Grace Dance Theater, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Kit Modus, and Whim W’him. He was named the 2019/2020 EMERGE Award Recipient with Gibney Company & Springboard Danse Montreal. Caserta has presented work at Wanderlust Dance Festival, The Austin Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Festival, The Banff Center for Performing Arts Choreographic Gesture, The Boston Dance Festival, Steps On Broadway Choreography Lab, and the Brooklyn Dance Festival. He has also created work on the University of the Arts School of Dance and Pace University. Caserta was co-director of The Thriving Artist Project from 2017-2020, and was also on faculty teaching Ballet, Contemporary Ballet and Movement Research at Dance industry Performing Arts Center. He currently is a freelance teacher, dancer and choreographer creating new work for his own project.

CHOREOGRAPHER

ETHAN COLANGELO

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A native of Toronto, Ethan Colangelo is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School where he received the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreographic Promise. Colangelo began his training at Canada’s National Ballet School and furthered his dance endeavors at Elite Danceworks prior to attending Juilliard. He has performed repertoire by Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, Jose Limon, and Mark Morris, and has been in new creations by Roy Assaf, Stephan Laks, Miceala Taylor, and Jasmine ElliIs to name a few. Currently he dances for BODYTRAFFIC in Los Angeles. Colangelo presented his work at Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors Showcase in 2016, ’17, ’18, and ’19. In 2016, he was one of three selected for a choreographic residency at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Gaga Summer Intensive and was one of 10 selected to present work at Reverb Dance Festival NYC. In 2017, Guillaume Cote, Associate Choreographer of the National Ballet of Canada, invited Colangelo to create work at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur in Montreal, where he presented two separate pieces. Recently he has presented work at the APAP 2018 showcases and was one of nine choreographers selected internationally for the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition. Furthermore he choreographed for the Historical Performance division at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, collaborated on a piece at Baryshnikov Arts Center as part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial, and choreographed for Juilliard’s 2019 Senior Production Concert. Colangelo is looking forward to a new creation with Whim W’Him this summer and to participating as an emerging choreographer in Springboard Danse Montreal 2020.

CHOREOGRAPHER

JAKEVIS THOMASON

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Jakevis Thomason is from Greenville, SC and started his training at Dianne’s School of Dance. He decided he wanted to keep pursuing his passion for dance during high school and discover more than just the competitive dance industry, eventually leading him to being a part of the USC Glorya Kaufman Class of 2020. Here he learned from faculty and other students the complexities that the art form of dance offered and expanded his knowledge about artistic movement. Thomason enjoys exploring his teaching skills and choreographic voice in combination with the hybrid movement and vocabulary that USC Kaufman has introduced to him and sees himself as bringing this movement knowledge to the commercial, concert, Broadway and studio scenes of dance. He looks forward to performing and teaching as long as he can in his career in hopes of one day being able to choreograph and creative director for musical artists on tour, Broadway shows, and dance companies across the world.

CHOREOGRAPHER

MARK CASERTA

he/him/his

Mark Caserta, from Philadelphia, PA, graduated from the University of the Arts School of Dance with a BFA in 2010. He danced professionally with international touring companies Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal and Camille A. Brown & Dancers since then. Caserta has been awarded the Philadelphia Rocky Award for Outstanding Dance Performance, The Patrick Swayze Scholarship from Complexions Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet Choreography Award. He was a 2018 Emerging Choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal and premiered his first full evening length work ‘BIG KID’ at Gibney NY POP Performance Series in February 2019. Caserta was commissioned to set new works on Pennsylvania Ballet II, Grace Dance Theater, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Kit Modus, and Whim W’him. He was named the 2019/2020 EMERGE Award Recipient with Gibney Company & Springboard Danse Montreal. Caserta has presented work at Wanderlust Dance Festival, The Austin Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Festival, The Banff Center for Performing Arts Choreographic Gesture, The Boston Dance Festival, Steps On Broadway Choreography Lab, and the Brooklyn Dance Festival. He has also created work on the University of the Arts School of Dance and Pace University. Caserta was co-director of The Thriving Artist Project from 2017-2020, and was also on faculty teaching Ballet, Contemporary Ballet and Movement Research at Dance industry Performing Arts Center. He currently is a freelance teacher, dancer and choreographer creating new work for his own project.

CHOREOGRAPHER

ETHAN COLANGELO

he/him/his

A native of Toronto, Ethan Colangelo is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School where he received the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreographic Promise. Colangelo began his training at Canada’s National Ballet School and furthered his dance endeavors at Elite Danceworks prior to attending Juilliard. He has performed repertoire by Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, Jose Limon, and Mark Morris, and has been in new creations by Roy Assaf, Stephan Laks, Miceala Taylor, and Jasmine ElliIs to name a few. Currently he dances for BODYTRAFFIC in Los Angeles. Colangelo presented his work at Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors Showcase in 2016, ’17, ’18, and ’19. In 2016, he was one of three selected for a choreographic residency at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Gaga Summer Intensive and was one of 10 selected to present work at Reverb Dance Festival NYC. In 2017, Guillaume Cote, Associate Choreographer of the National Ballet of Canada, invited Colangelo to create work at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur in Montreal, where he presented two separate pieces. Recently he has presented work at the APAP 2018 showcases and was one of nine choreographers selected internationally for the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition. Furthermore he choreographed for the Historical Performance division at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, collaborated on a piece at Baryshnikov Arts Center as part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial, and choreographed for Juilliard’s 2019 Senior Production Concert. Colangelo is looking forward to a new creation with Whim W’Him this summer and to participating as an emerging choreographer in Springboard Danse Montreal 2020.

CHOREOGRAPHER

JAKEVIS THOMASON

he/him/his

Jakevis Thomason is from Greenville, SC and started his training at Dianne’s School of Dance. He decided he wanted to keep pursuing his passion for dance during high school and discover more than just the competitive dance industry, eventually leading him to being a part of the USC Glorya Kaufman Class of 2020. Here he learned from faculty and other students the complexities that the art form of dance offered and expanded his knowledge about artistic movement. Thomason enjoys exploring his teaching skills and choreographic voice in combination with the hybrid movement and vocabulary that USC Kaufman has introduced to him and sees himself as bringing this movement knowledge to the commercial, concert, Broadway and studio scenes of dance. He looks forward to performing and teaching as long as he can in his career in hopes of one day being able to choreograph and creative director for musical artists on tour, Broadway shows, and dance companies across the world.

COMPOSER – JAKEVIS THOMASON CREATION

DEVAN MONROE

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Devan is a producer, composer, and musician based in Los Angeles, California. His musical influence originated from his family in Houston, Texas, where he was surrounded with sounds of Gospel, R&B, and Soul. Due to his family’s influence, Devan began playing drums at a young age. Having the opportunity to play at venues such as church services, school performances, and jazz festivals, his musicianship developed as he grew older. As he progressed in his musical journey, Devan attended the University of Southern California where he studied under Patrice Rushen, Ndugu Chancler, and Will Kennedy. His exposure to the music industry allowed to perform and collaborate with artists such as Bran Movay, Brandon Banks, and Ayoni. Throughout all of his music, he hopes to impact all who hear it and encourage people to embrace their creativity.

COMPOSER – UNDERLOVE

SLOWDANGER

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slowdanger is a multidisciplinary performance entity based out of Pittsburgh PA, founded by taylor knight and anna thompson. They build saturated performance and sound worlds through the use of embodiment, technology, vocalization, electronic instrumentation and dance performance frameworks. The more they engage in this collaborative work, the more they recognize the manifestation of their work as a non-binary entity that is one body amassed of multiple bodies in space. From directing music videos to scoring plays, slowdanger transforms their shape to adapt to a variety of different containers. Their work has been featured across the U.S. and Canada in venues ranging from proscenium theater and gallery to nightclub and dive bar. Throughout their extensive and eclectic performing career slowdanger has opened/shared the stage with notable music acts such as Yaeji, Abdu Ali, serpentwithfeet, :3lon, the Moon Baby, Babyteeth/Rivka, Joy Postell and more. They have created sound scores for dance for Gibney Dance Company, Francesca Harper, MICHIYAYA Dance, Bill Shannon, Sidra Bell, Dorchel Haqq, Mark Caserta, Jasmine Hearn and more. Their dance and sound work has been shared/featured internationally at venues/festivals such as Hot Mass, Honcho, Detour, Kahlon, VIA Festival, Usine C, Place des Arts, Dance Place, the Kennedy Center, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Music Hall, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. They were one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2018 and creatives in residence at CMU’s Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry in 2019. www.slowdangerslowdanger.com

LIGHTING DESIGNER

MICHAEL MAZZOLA

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Michael’s critically acclaimed lighting and scenery has been seen in venues all over the USA, Europe, and Asia, ranging from opera houses to amphitheaters to circus tents to hay barns. The 3-time New York Dance and Performance Award winner has designed lighting and scenery for many dance companies, in the USA, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Cuba. He designed lighting and video for the 2015 Presidential Scholars Awards, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Michael has also been Senior Scenic Designer on two Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts, as well as the 2015 Lincoln Awards at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for Uplight, Inc, based in NYC. Some of his performance photography has been published in Liz Lerman’s book “Hiking the Horizontal”, as well on the websites and marketing materials for Bebe Miller Company and Rachel Tess Dance.

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

BECCA BLACKWELL

she/her/hers

Becca has been our production stage manager for the past 5 seasons and has been freelancing across Seattle for 11 years. She is also the Technical Director for Dance Church GO’s filmed residencies. Becca freelances as a stage manager, lighting designer, concept artist, and dancer. Becca brings the artist’s concepts to fruition by facilitating the environment, space, and visual landscape, as well as occasionally taking to the stage herself.

COMPOSER
CONVENIENT ARRANGEMENTS

DEVAN MONROE

he/him/his

Devan is a producer, composer, and musician based in Los Angeles, California. His musical influence originated from his family in Houston, Texas, where he was surrounded with sounds of Gospel, R&B, and Soul. Due to his family’s influence, Devan began playing drums at a young age. Having the opportunity to play at venues such as church services, school performances, and jazz festivals, his musicianship developed as he grew older. As he progressed in his musical journey, Devan attended the University of Southern California where he studied under Patrice Rushen, Ndugu Chancler, and Will Kennedy. His exposure to the music industry allowed to perform and collaborate with artists such as Bran Movay, Brandon Banks, and Ayoni. Throughout all of his music, he hopes to impact all who hear it and encourage people to embrace their creativity.

COMPOSERS
UNDERLOVE

SLOWDANGER

they/them

slowdanger is a multidisciplinary performance entity based out of Pittsburgh PA, founded by taylor knight and anna thompson. They build saturated performance and sound worlds through the use of embodiment, technology, vocalization, electronic instrumentation and dance performance frameworks. The more they engage in this collaborative work, the more they recognize the manifestation of their work as a non-binary entity that is one body amassed of multiple bodies in space. From directing music videos to scoring plays, slowdanger transforms their shape to adapt to a variety of different containers. Their work has been featured across the U.S. and Canada in venues ranging from proscenium theater and gallery to nightclub and dive bar. Throughout their extensive and eclectic performing career slowdanger has opened/shared the stage with notable music acts such as Yaeji, Abdu Ali, serpentwithfeet, :3lon, the Moon Baby, Babyteeth/Rivka, Joy Postell and more. They have created sound scores for dance for Gibney Dance Company, Francesca Harper, MICHIYAYA Dance, Bill Shannon, Sidra Bell, Dorchel Haqq, Mark Caserta, Jasmine Hearn and more. Their dance and sound work has been shared/featured internationally at venues/festivals such as Hot Mass, Honcho, Detour, Kahlon, VIA Festival, Usine C, Place des Arts, Dance Place, the Kennedy Center, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Music Hall, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. They were one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2018 and creatives in residence at CMU’s Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry in 2019. www.slowdangerslowdanger.com

LIGHTING DESIGNER

MICHAEL MAZZOLA

he/him/his

Michael’s critically acclaimed lighting and scenery has been seen in venues all over the USA, Europe, and Asia, ranging from opera houses to amphitheaters to circus tents to hay barns. The 3-time New York Dance and Performance Award winner has designed lighting and scenery for many dance companies, in the USA, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Cuba. He designed lighting and video for the 2015 Presidential Scholars Awards, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Michael has also been Senior Scenic Designer on two Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts, as well as the 2015 Lincoln Awards at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for Uplight, Inc, based in NYC. Some of his performance photography has been published in Liz Lerman’s book “Hiking the Horizontal”, as well on the websites and marketing materials for Bebe Miller Company and Rachel Tess Dance.

PRODUCTION
STAGE MANAGER

BECCA BLACKWELL

she/her/hers

Becca has been our production stage manager for the past 5 seasons and has been freelancing across Seattle for 11 years. She is also the Technical Director for Dance Church GO’s filmed residencies. Becca freelances as a stage manager, lighting designer, concept artist, and dancer. Becca brings the artist’s concepts to fruition by facilitating the environment, space, and visual landscape, as well as occasionally taking to the stage herself.

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