Next Festival 2021: Multidisciplinary Collaboration, June 29

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The 2021 Next Festival of Emerging Artists presents Multidisciplinary Collaboration Workshops on June 29

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Note: Registration for June 29 enables you to attend any or all of the above events. Zoom instructions, including one Zoom meeting link for the day, will be included with your registration confirmation email.

4 PM - 5 PM Stepping with Resonance with Choreographer S. Ama Wray & Composer Derek Bermel

Dr. S. Ama Wray is an associate professor of dance and the University of California, Irvine. She is a former U.K NESTA Fellow (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts – similar to the MacArthur Awards)—an improviser, choreographer, director, teacher and scholar. She self-titles as a 'Performance Architect', receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Surrey where she developed her theory and practice of Embodiology®, a neo-African approach to contemporary dance improvisation. Her TED talk articulates its distinctions and philosophy. In 2016 an essay on her neo-African approach to dance improvisation is in Black Dance British Routes (edited by Adair and Burt, 2017, published by Routledge). In 2014 two essays on jazz dance were published in the anthology Jazz Dance: A History of its Roots and Branches (edited by Guarino and Oliver). Read full bio

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been internationally recognized for his creativity, theatricality, and virtuosity. Bermel is acclaimed for music that is “intricate, witty, clear-spoken, tender, and extraordinarily beautiful [and] covers an amazing amount of ground, from the West African rhythms of Dust Dances to the Bulgarian folk strains of Thracian Echoes, to the shimmering harmonic splendor of Elixir. In the hands of a composer less assured, all that globe-trotting would seem like affectation; Bermel makes it an artistic imperative." (Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle). Bermel and his works have received the Alpert Award in the Arts, Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, the Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center, and the Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Read full bio

5 PM - 6 PM A Joyful Process with Jonathan Alsberry

This last year has brought technology and collaboration to the forefront of all of our artistic practices. Jonathan will focus this talk on the creative process, sharing insight on various projects that yielded international original music compositions, social justice collaborations, and process centered work geared toward community building and creative stamina. He looks forward to sharing these experiences a further conversation about how we bring this new energy with us into the future with joy and patience.

Jonathan E. Alsberry, from Normal, IL, has a passion for inspiring excellence through joy and movement. He is currently the Artistic Liaison for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Jonathan, also known as Jojo, has been working internationally as a dancer, choreographer, director, and educator for the last two decades. After 15 years based in New York City he is so happy to be back home in Chicago creating poignant art with some of the most talented artists in the world. Jonathan is thrilled to connect with The Next Festival community for this exciting summer of collaboration and process. Here are a few ongoing collaborators: Aszure Barton & Artists, Lar Lubovitch, The Juilliard School, University of CA Irvine, The Chicago Academy for the Arts. Read full bio

7:30 PM - 8:45 PM KEYNOTE: The Intersection of Choreography & Film - Darshan Singh Bhuller with S. Ama Wray

Dancer, teacher, artistic director, filmmaker, and choreographer: the multi-faceted artist Darshan Singh Bhuller joins Next Fest Composer/Choreographer Workshop faculty S. Ama Wray in a conversation about his work at the intersection of multiple fields. Part of the Festival’s focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, this deep-dive into Mr. Bhuller’s work will underscore his ability to transcend labels and to embody the Next Fest ideal of the complete artist. A session sure to enlighten and inspire all artists to think big and think bold!

As dancer, rehearsal director, choreographer and teacher, Darshan Singh Bhuller's career with London Contemporary Dance Theatre spanned from 1979 to 1994. He became Assistant Director to Richard Alston Dance Company from 1994 to 1996. He was also a member of the Siobhan Davies Dance Company. Darshan has created and directed works for international companies including CeDeCe and for Companhia de Bailado Contemporaneo (Portugal), Scottish Dance Theatre, CandoCo Dance Company, Nordic Dance Theatre (Norway), London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Collaborations with other artists, choreographers, musicians and filmmakers include Graham Dean, Robert Cohan, Barry Guy, Barrington Pheloung, John Martyn and Jocelyn Pook. Darshan worked alongside Director Micha Bergese to choreograph and direct the Opening Ceremony for the Millennium Dome and as Assistant Director and Choreographer Shaolin Wheel of Life, an international production with the Shaolin Monks of China. Read full bio

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The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is a unique contemporary music festival for the modern string player as well as composers and choreographers that has been receiving rave reviews from its participants.

The festival was founded in 2013 by composer, conductor, and bassist Peter Askim, and normally takes place over two weeks in May and June with 35 young musicians, composers, and choreographers at Music Mountain in Connecticut and at National Sawdust and NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts in New York City.

Its first seven seasons featured guest artists Tony Arnold, Miranda Cuckson, Matt Haimovitz, Jennifer Koh, Nadia Sirota, Richard Thompson, Jeffrey Zeigler, and the string quartet ETHEL, and the participation of composers including Aaron Jay Kernis, Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Liisa Hirsch, Pierre Jalbert, Phil Kline, Jessica Meyer, and Aleksandra Vrebalov, and choreographer Christopher D’Amboise.

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists and Next Fest Connects are part of Next Edge Arts, Inc., a not-for-profit organization supported by tax-deductible donations.


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