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Dancer/choreographer/producer Daniel McCusker has been showcasing his dance and dance-like “discoveries” since the spring of 2008.

McCusker had been wondering how to shine a light on his own creative preoccupations as a dancemaker, concerns that include non-narrative dances that “require a mentally and emotionally active audience to imaginatively complete them. These are pieces that use form and structure to convey content.” …he gathered some friends and associates and came up with a coherently beautiful “salon” of dance and video works he called “THISTHAT Show No. 1. May there be No. 2, and No. 3, and up into double digits.
—Debra Cash, Boston Phoenix

Providing new possibilities for participating artists and responding to audience demand, this year ThisTThAt moves to a new venue and a new schedule. In collaboration with the Central Square Theater, Daniel McCusker Dance Projects presents tHIsTHat Show #4 & #5 at the Central Square Theater.

Celebrating a broadly defined group of local dance-makers, dance, theater and installation artists, these performances showcase a group who are very different from each other other but all of whom share interests in structure, the possibilities of process and the intuitive. Many of the works present a non-linear and non-narrative field in which moments of connection and beauty are revealed where least expected.

Thursday January 12 7:30
Friday+Saturday January 13+14 8:00

Central Square Theater 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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Dance + Other Works by

Lara Binder/Sheriden Thomas
Adriane Brayton
Nell Breyer
Audra Carabetta
Brian Crabtree

Lara Binder/Sheriden Thomas

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work-in-progress

  • Lara Binder, movement
  • Sheriden Thomas, text

Lara Binder - Artistic director of B-Dance, has extensive experience as a dancer, teacher, producer and choreographer in San Diego, California. She has had the opportunity to train and perform with Faith Jensen-Ismay, Michael Mizerany, John Malashock, Allyson Green Dance, Joe Alter Dance, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, the PGK Project, Patricia Sandback and Dancers and Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater at events such as Bravo San Diego, Celebrate Dance Festival and Trolley Dances. In 2005 Lara graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and was named the Outstanding Graduate in Dance for San Diego State University. Since then she has performed nationally and abroad with Malashock Dance Company and Mojalet Dance Collective. Lara is also the co-founder and producer for IGNITE, an annual choreography showcase in San Diego. Lara and her husband are enjoying their new home in Jacksonville Beach, Florida where she is excited to be working with James Morrow – The Movement, Braided Light Dance Project and teaching at The Ballet Arts Center.

Sheriden Thomas began her professional career at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis on a Bush Fellowship. She has acted and directed in Los Angeles and New York City as well as regionally for over 35 years. Sheriden has directed for The Company Theatre in Los Angeles; Manhattan Class, WOW Cafe Festival and Women in Theatre in New York City; and Queer Soup in Boston. Since joining the Tufts University faculty, her directing has been seen in A Piece Of My Heart, Hay Fever, The School for Scandal, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Hedda Gabler and The Importance of Being Earnest. Sheriden received The Dallas Theatre League's Leon Rabin Award as Best Supporting Actor for multiple roles in Angels In America. In New York City, she won Theatre Week Magazine’s Straw Hat - Best Actress Award for Didi in Constance McCord's gender-mixed production of Waiting for Godot. In Boston she has acted for Stoneham Rep in The Porch and Steel Magnolias. She received a IRNE nomination for her performance of Mrs. Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound for the Publick Theatre. Sheriden is currently a Senior Lecturer, Acting/Directing at Tufts.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsQUflv0hIE

Adriane Brayton

Here

  • Dancers: Adriane Brayton and Joe Gonzalez
  • Music: Si tu n'étais pas là (1934) by Fréhel
  • Musician: Richard Schenk

In-progress

  • Dancer: Wayne Ong

Adriane Brayton, born in Boston, began dancing at a young age with Anna Myer, and Boston Dance Company. She later attended the Boston Arts Academy where she was able to perform the works of Jose Limon, Pedro Ruiz, and Nathan Trice. Adriane is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she studied with faculty David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson, Shani Collins, and Derrick Yanford. While in college she was able to perform the works of Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Nicholas Leichter, Colleen Thomas, Laura Dean and Kyle Abraham. Her work, And Then There Were Two was selected for inclusion in the American College Dance Festival in 2009 and was also performed at the This/That show in Boston 2009. Adriane’s newest work Sound Bite was most recently performed at the Shared Choreographers Concert at the Dance Complex in Cambridge 2011. After graduating in 2011 with BAs in Dance and Biological Sciences, Adriane moved to Boston to follow her passion for dance. She is currently working with Anna Myer and Dancers and Weberdance.

Nell Breyer

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Image from Perspectives on a Dance in Sol LeWitt’s “Bars of Color Within Squares (MIT)” by Nell Breyer © 2011 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Video and performance extracts

Including extracts from “Perspectives on a Dance in Sol LeWitt’s ‘Bars of Color Within Squares (MIT)’”

  • Dancers: Sarah Baumert, Sarah Witt, Theodossis Issaias, Kate Ladenheim, David Glista, Catherine Murcek, Mariah Steele

Nell Breyer’s choreography and video installations have been shown in the US, Canada, Europe, the UK and Bangladesh. Her work focuses on the intersection of dance, new media, and visual art. She was a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and Program for Art, Culture & Technology (2002-2010); a Baryshnikov Art Center/Summer Stages Fellow (2008-9) and Dance Theater Workshop digital ARM Fellow (2003-4).

Video: http://vimeo.com/8442350

Audra Carabetta

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Cast of Roots from Across the Ages Dance performance
photo by James McCalmont

Roots

  • Music: "Reverie" by Ludovico Einaudi, "Don't Worry" by Zoe Keating
  • Dancers: Brianna Bailey, Alison Ball, Leah Bergmann, Jackie Flynn, Andria LaRocco, Rebecca Lay, Eliza Mallouk, Marcie Mitler, Allison Ryan

Rewind

  • Music: Yay by Nick Zammuto
  • Dancers: Jillian Grunnah, Audrey LaVallee, Tara McCrystal

Audra Carabetta holds an MFA in dance from Smith College and a BFA in dance from UMass Amherst. She has been on faculty at Amherst College, Smith College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bridgewater State College, Holy Cross College, Ballet Arts Center of Winchester and Acton School of Ballet. Audra has performed with choreographers and companies such as: Lorraine Chapman The Company, Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, Brian Crabtree, Daniel McCusker, Marcus Schulkind, Weber Dance and the Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company. Choreographically, Audra has received attention via awards and grants, and her work has been presented at various venues.

Brian Crabtree

WALTZ, ADJUST

  • Dancers: Alison Ball and Eleanor Duckworth
  • Music: The Civil Wars

Brian Crabtree has been dancing and making dances for thirty five years in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and his hometown of Portland, Maine. For eight years he was a member of Ram Island Dance Co. under the direction of Daniel McCusker. Since moving to Boston in 1994, his own work has been produced by the Boston Center for the Arts, Dance Umbrella, World Music, Green St. Studios, and the Cambrdge Arts Council. He continues to make work with his pickup ensemble, Brian Crabtree and Dancers. He studied dance and composition with Dan Wagoner, June Finch, Viola Farber, Mark Morris, Margaret Jenkins and many others.

Dancer/choreographer/producer Daniel McCusker has been showcasing his dance and dance-like “discoveries” since the spring of 2008.

McCusker had been wondering how to shine a light on his own creative preoccupations as a dancemaker, concerns that include non-narrative dances that “require a mentally and emotionally active audience to imaginatively complete them. These are pieces that use form and structure to convey content.” …he gathered some friends and associates and came up with a coherently beautiful “salon” of dance and video works he called “THISTHAT Show No. 1. May there be No. 2, and No. 3, and up into double digits.
—Debra Cash, Boston Phoenix

Providing new possibilities for participating artists and responding to audience demand, this year ThisTThAt moves to a new venue and a new schedule. In collaboration with the Central Square Theater, Daniel McCusker Dance Projects presents tHIsTHat Show #4 & #5 at the Central Square Theater.

Celebrating a broadly defined group of local dance-makers, dance, sound and visual artists, these performances showcase a group who are very different from each other other but all of whom share interests in structure, the possibilities of process and the intuitive. Many of the works present a non-linear and non-narrative field in which moments of connection and beauty are revealed where least expected.

Thursday January 19 7:30
Friday+Saturday January 20+21 8:00

Central Square Theater 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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Dance + Other Works by

Sarah Baumert / Sara Smith
Caitlin Corbett
Heidi Henderson
Kristy Kuhn
Rita Maas
Morgan Packard

Sarah Smith / Sara Baumert

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Video still from What she saw and how it felt

What she saw and how it felt

  • Performer: Sarah Baumert

Sarah Baumert is a dance artist and choreographer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts currently working with local choreographers Daniel McCusker, Sara Smith, and Nell Breyer. She has worked frequently with international artists including UK Choreographer Sean Feldman , Austrian Willi Dorner and Berlin based Xavier LeRoy. As a company member of the Zenon Dance Co. she has performed the works of Tere O'Conner, Trisha Brown, Jeanine Durning, and Keely Garfield. Sarah received a BFA in dance from the University of Minnesota, she is a yoga educator, and is a 2011 grant recipient from the Somerville Arts Council.

Sara Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer and archivist who lives in Western Massachusetts. She has collaborated on multiple performance projects over many years with Karinne Keithley, including choreographing Spinozan Calisthenics for Keithley's "Montgomery Park" which won a 2011 Bessie Award. Sara has an MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College and her performance works, installations and sound designs have been seen and heard at venues throughout the Northeast, including Catch!, Danspace Project, Green Street Studios, Here Arts Center, Joyce Soho, LaMama, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and the too short-lived Ur, among others. She is also the editor of KINEBAGO, a forum for writing about New England dance and movement-based performance.

Means To An End

  • Dancers: Audra Carabetta and Brian Crabtree
  • Music: Bon Iver

Brian Crabtree has been dancing and making dances for thirty five years in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and his hometown of Portland, Maine. For eight years he was a member of Ram Island Dance Co. under the direction of Daniel McCusker. Since moving to Boston in 1994, his own work has been produced by the Boston Center for the Arts, Dance Umbrella, World Music, Green St. Studios, and the Cambrdge Arts Council. He continues to make work with his pickup ensemble, Brian Crabtree and Dancers. He studied dance and composition with Dan Wagoner, June Finch, Viola Farber, Mark Morris, Margaret Jenkins and many others.

Caitlin Corbett

I'm Like, No Way (work-in-progress)

  • Dancers: Leah Bergmann, Jimena Bermejo-Black, Rebecca Lay, Kaela Lee, Nicole Pierce, Lindsey Ridgeway

Caitlin Corbett, artistic director of Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, has presented work in the Boston area since 1984. Caitlin received her BA from Bennington College where she studied with Martha Wittman and Judson choreographer Judith Dunn. She also holds a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She has danced with Johanna Boyce, Lisa Kraus, Wendy Perron and Susan Rethorst. In spring 2009, she received a Fulbright fellowship to teach and create new choreographic work in Helsinki, Finland. She has received commissions from Dance Umbrella and First Night as well as grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Cambridge Arts Council and a Carnegie Foundation Copper Scholarship. Caitlin is a Professor at Salem State University where she teaches dance.

Heidi Henderson

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sad solo from Pine

choreographed and danced by Heidi Henderson

  • Music:  "Oo Baby I Love Your Way" by Michael Frampton, arranged by Michael Wall

Heidi Henderson, choreographer for elephant JANE dance, a pick up company in RI, is a three time recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship. Heidi has danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, Sondra Loring, and Paula Josa-Jones. Heidi is a contributing editor at Contact Quarterly, a vehicle for moving ideas. Heidi received her BA from Colby College and her MFA from Smith College and is in her ninth year on the faculty at Connecticut College. She has been teaching at the Bates Dance Festival for many years.

elephant JANE dance has performed at the South Bank Centre in London, in New York City, at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Festival, at The International Festival of Dance in Taegu, Korea, at the Bates Dance Festival,  and at many venues in New England.  Most recently elephant JANE dance premiered Pine, a trio, at the Flynn Space in Burlington, VT. 

Video: http://vimeo.com/9325424

Kristy Kuhn

Holding Pattern

  • Dancers: Sara Fenstermacher and Kristy Kuhn
  • Music: Max Richter, Yann Tiersen

Kristy Kuhn planted herself in Boston in 2009 after happily dancing and teaching in and around NYC for many years.  She has worked with Gibney Dance, Jenni Hong Dance, Treehouse Shakers, Stephan Koplowitz and other wonderful artists in NY, in addition to Weber Dance, Prometheus Dance, Kelly Donovan & Dancers and Stephanie Heroux in Boston. Kristy received her MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in Biology and dance minor at Bucknell University where she taught as a Visiting Professor of Dance in 2009 and 2011. She has taught in a variety of settings including Bridgewater State University, Long Island University/CW Post, Nassau Community College, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Summer Program and Dance New Amsterdam.  Kristy is currently dancing with Weber Dance, teaching at Charlestown Yoga and OMBE and loves integrating her passions for movement, science and living/learning/growing through her studies and teachings of yoga and dance.  She would like to thank Daniel McCusker for this wonderful opportunity, Sara for her kind spirit and beautiful dancing and The Dance Complex for producing the first version of "Holding Pattern" as part of the October 2011 Shared Choreographers' Concert.  

Rita Maas

Extractions

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Video still from Extractions

Rita Maas is a photo-based artist who has exhibited her work internationally for over 10 years. She is currently included in an exhibition entitled Missing, Presumed Dead which is touring the continent of Australia and Tasmania. She has had several solo shows including one at the Lishui Photo Festival in Lishui China and at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester MA. Her photographs have also been included in group shows at Museum of Fine Art Houston and Chelsea Art Museum, New York. Her series, Reality TV 2009 was included in the Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography, Vol. 2, published by Humble Arts. Her work is included in museum, corporate and private collections.

Maas lives in the New York area and is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts program at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

www.ritamaas.com/fineart/

Morgan Packard

Thicket

Thicket is an audiovisual art piece, toy, and instrument, distributed as an iPhone/iPad app. Thicket transforms simple gestures on the screen it inhabits in to mesmerizing visual patterns and kaleidoscopic sound.

Thicket embodies the combined strengths of two programmer/artists: Joshua Ott, a visual artist, and Morgan Packard, a composer and musician. Nearly a decade ago, both Ott and Packard realized that they heard their own creative voices most clearly when designing processes, rather than finalities, that many of their most interesting ideas were best expressed in code, rather than traditional media.

After exciting and productive years of performing with their own, separate software creations — Ott’s SuperDraw for visuals and Packard’s Ripple for sound — the two decided to roll their ideas together in to a single package, to undertake a grand experiment in synergistic software, to create a single system which united both of their approaches to sound, image, and physical gesture.

The result was Thicket, an App Store release which found a surprisingly large audience. Since its launch, Thicket has been downloaded thousands of times, has caught the attention of numerous tastemakers and blogs, and was featured by Apple in its 2010 "best generative art and music apps" list, along with being quite a lot of fun for its creators.

http://thicket.intervalstudios.com