CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance
CORE 2018 Season Guest Artists (choreographers and performers)
WITHOUT (within) BORDERS Feb. 23-25 at the University of Georgia Department of Dance
Support to provide guest artist residencies are provided by:
Jane Willson Endowment, UGA Franklin College, UGA Department of Dance and CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance
Bebe Miller, Choreographer
Bebe Miller has received four New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation and many others. She was a United States Artists Ford Fellow, received one of the first Doris Duke Artists Awards and a New York Live Arts’ 2013 David White Award, and was a 2015 Movement Research Honoree. A Distinguished Professor in Dance at The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Humanities from 2000–2016, Miller received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Ursinus College in 2009.
Miller’s vision of dance and performance resides in her faith in the moving body as a record of thought, experience, and beauty. Her aesthetic relies on the interplay of a work’s idea, its physicality, and the contributions of company members to fashion its singular voice. Seeking to expand the language of dance, Bebe Miller Company’s work encompasses choreography, writing, film, video and digital media. Committed to keeping dance available to a wide spectrum of people and to further the conversation about the role of arts and creativity in our culture, BMC is dedicated to providing access to the creative process and expression to diverse communities. Bebe Miller Company was formed in 1985; since then, Miller has created more than 50 dance works for the company that have been performed in nearly 400 engagements worldwide. BMC has been commissioned and presented by leading venues including 651 ARTS, BAM Next Wave, DTW, Jacob’s Pillow, Joyce Theater, PICA, REDCAT, Walker Art Center and Wexner Center for the Arts. The company’s newest project, Vault, is a series of artist-driven national convenings, meant to share innovative methodologies for documenting, archiving and sharing the dance-making process. Activities with artists, presenters, curators, archivists, scholars and technologists range from peer-to-peer and intergenerational mentoring, informal “campfire” talks, formal presentations on recent practices, and resource-sharing. Gatherings have been held in New York City and Seattle, and plans are afoot for a gathering in the Columbus area in 2018.
Shawn Evangelista - Movement Enthusiast, B.A. Kennesaw State University
The joy of my life has been in examining the ways we move. Utilizing the "hows" and "whys" to engage with kinetic form to create/present transformative and self-revealing glimpses of the somatic embodiment. I seek to highlight the intersection that we encounter, although having differing experiences with the impact of western imperialism and colonization. Through honest and thought invoking artistic expression, I hope to promote peace, sustainability, and humanity. I would like to thank Master Teacher, Bala Sarasvati, for being a pivotal influence throughout my career.
In addition to creating my own work, I currently also serve as a performing artist with Kit Modus, Full Radius Dance, and Liquid Sky.
photo credit: Daley Kappenman
Mario Vircha, Dancer, choreographer and professional trainer
Mario has a MA in dance of the National University of Costa Rica and is currently formal member of the National Dance Company of Costa Rica since 2010, where, in addition as a dancer, he has served as assistant director, choreographer and Professor of Contemporary Technique. He is in charge of Program "Contacto Independente" of this same company. Choreographer and teacher of the company "The Garage, " Mario has been in resident in the departments of Modern Dance of the University of Utah and the Department of Dance at the University of Georgia, USA and has been a guest choreographer and performer in CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company annual season performances, held in Athens-USA from 2008 to 2011 and 2016. He was been invited as a guest artist by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies of the University of Michigan in 2016 and 2017. His works have been part of the repertoire of the National Dance Company and Dance Company Chamber Danza UNA. He has toured as a dancer and teacher in important festivals of dance in USA, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Argentina and Spain. Mario has directed his own Choreographic project Mario VirchaDanza since 2011.
Note: Unfortunately Mario Lopez was not provided a visa, and we hope to reschedule in the near future.
Mario López Gómez - Dancer, choreographer and professional trainer
Graduated from Conservatorio El Barco directed by Jimmy Ortíz (TND 2009). Dancer for the Compañía Nacional de Danza de Costa Rica (2010-15) and Danza Universitaria of UCR (2015-2017). Contemporary dance technique teacher in the Taller Nacional de Danza de Costa Rica (2008). Parkour instructor. Dance teacher in El Parque La Libertad (dance and circus school). Dance teacher and trainer for Metamorfosis Circus Company since 2011. Creator of ZoO Desplazamiento Workshop and has taught master classes in El Salvador, Colombia, México, Guatemala and Costa Rica. He was awarded Best Dancer in the XII edition of Festival de Coreógrafos Graciela Moreno at the National Theater of Costa Rica in august of 2013. In Costa Rica he has taught ZoO Desplazamiento Workshop in Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica,Taller Nacional de danza y Teatro Popular Melico Salazar and Conservatorio de Castella. Mario has performed in national and international art festivals since 2010.
photo credit: Samajel Silvestre, Guatemala