Bethany Formica graduated with a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 1994. Currently a master lecturer at University of the Arts and performer with Cardell Dance Theater and Curt Haworth; Bethany has worked with The Kevin Wynn Collection, Sean Curran, Pearson/Widrig DanceTheatre, Martha Bowers, Michael Foley, the Sanza Nemo Collective, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, BoanDanz Action, Nichole Canuso, Megan Mazarick, Melanie Stewart Dance Theater, Myra Bazell, Lee Etzold, Kate Watson-Wallace, White Box Theatre, Group Motion, and Merge Dance, Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre (Poland), Melina Martin (Argentina), among others. She received an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts (2012), Dances in Public Spaces Grant/Stipend (2011), Rocky Award (2009), Fellowship for Choreography from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2008), and several Professional Development Awards supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance. Her work has been presented in NYC, Philadelphia, NJ, Bulgaria, Poland, England, and Italy. She was the Co-Director of REACTIONARIES from 2005-2006.
William Robinson holds a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and was awarded the school’s prestigious President’s Award, along with the 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Modern Dance award. Mr. Robinson has also taught modern dance technique based on the work of Doris Humphrey at Temple University in Philadelphia, and is currently a member of Cardell Dance Theatre and Brian Sanders’ JUNK, both based in Philadelphia. He has also worked with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Momix, Group Motion, Curt Haworth, Wally Cardona, Rennie Harris, David Crosby, and Raven Symone, the Local Dance History Project as part of the Philadelphia Dance Projects.
Maria Urrutia Cuban Born, Maria Urrutia is currently an Assistant Professor at West Chester University in the Theater and Dance Department. Her creative practice work expands into various disciplines’ including architecture, poetry, dance including Cuban rumba and America contemporary dance forms, and food making as an art practice. She also holds a M.F.A. Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College, an EdM, Dance Education Masters, from Temple University and a BFA in Modern Dance from The University of the Arts. Her scholarly work, which focuses on Cuban rumba, has been presented in London, Toronto, Montreal and Edinburgh. Additionally her teaching of Cuban rumba in Diaspora took her to Tokyo, Japan and Santiago, Chile. As an artist she has worked with Cardell Dance Theater, SCRAP and Myriam Herve-gil. Her recent work In Absence has been presented at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a curated show Indiscipline in Vermont and Trondheim, Norway.
Zachary Svoboda, a native of Kansas City, earned his BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Zachary has performed in many venues, from Philadelphia’s City Hall to house parties, as well as internationally in Paris, France, Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Tokyo, Japan. During the month of August ’11, Zachary spent his time in the woods of Martha’s Vineyard dancing at The Yard. Zachary has danced with such artists as Oscar Araiz, Wally Cardona, Jaamil Kosoko, Myra Bazell, Megan Bridge, Silvana Cardell, Akiko Kitamura, Lisa Kraus, Kenshi Nomi, and Kate Watson-Wallace/Anonymous Bodies. At Georgian Court University he serves as the Technical Director/Production Manager to the dance department, he was the Production Manager for Anonymous Bodies creation, Mash Up Body, which premiered April 2013, and has done tech work for the LiveArts Festival, Annenberg Center for the Arts, and many other local performing artists.
Mackenzie Morris recently graduated summa cum laude from Georgian Court University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and honors in dance and choreography. While attending the University, she studied under the direction of Silvana Cardell and received a scholarship to study abroad for a short period in Argentina. Recently, she has performed in Philadelphia showcases as part of local company, Open Category Dance Company, directed by former Parson’s dancer, Steve Vaughn.
Guest Performances in Supper, people on the Move! by Merián Soto, choreographer and performance artist. Soto is best known for her interdisciplinary solo, group and collaborative works that explore and reflect upon the legacy of colonialism and Latino heritage, history and culture. Soto earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from The Gallatin School Of Individualized Study at New York University and she received a Masters of Arts in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Soto is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards. In 2015 she received a fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage recognizing her 40-year career in dance performance, focusing on the body’s relationship to consciousness and creating “a dance of the future, a dance of healing, transformation, and transcendence.”
Conrad Bender- prop design, Conrad is Production Designer with 20 years experience in event and facility management, theatrical and corporate production, and lighting, sound, and video installations. He is currently the technical director of PhildephiaFringe Arts and is a production designer at MC3. He began his career with a degree from Swarthmore College.
Nick Zammuto has produced music and videos for many projects and collaborations over the last 12 years, most notably for his sound collage project ‘The Books’ and more recently his four-piece band ‘Zammuto’. He has toured extensively worldwide, with a show combining live performance with tightly synched video projections consisting mostly of found footage from VHS tapes and photo collections. He has also been working on a series of interactive sound sculptures and visually oriented musical instruments. He built his studio from a ramshackle tractor garage on his family plot high in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Over the years he’s gathered a strange assortment of acoustic and electric instruments, synthesizers, drums, and vintage production equipment. His sound sculptures are focused on making sonic concepts visual through a synesthetic approach. Sound vibrations are translated to visual motion by various means, such as speakers blowing puffs of air into kitchen spoons, or lasers reflecting off of vibrating auto-parts.
Jennifer Baker curator of Portraits of People on the Move Exhibition, Set and Costume Design Jennifer Baker is a painter and sculptor working in Northern Liberties since 1978. In 2014, Baker curated an exhibit about the history of Northern Liberties “Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between” for the Philadelphia History Museum Community History Gallery. Recent shows of her art have included “Jennifer Baker and Fara’h Salehi” at Art 101 in Brooklyn, “Northern Liberties: A Transformation” at Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, and “The Developing Form of Sculpture” an NEA funded project at Burlington County College Art Gallery in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) and the Art Students League in New York. Baker has shown her work at Art 101 and Pleiades Galleries in New York and Nexus Gallery, F.A.N. Gallery, More Gallery, and The Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. She was selected for a Challenge Exhibit at Fleisher Art Memorial in 1997.
Past Performers and Collaborators: Jumatatu Poe. Olive Prince, Adrian Plascensia, Leanne Grieger, Mina Estrada, Shavon Norris, John Luna, Ana de Orbegozo (Visual artist) Patricia Arnillas (Visual artist), Jennifer Baker ( visual artist), Manfred Fishbeck (Choreographer), Myra Bazell (Choreographer), Madison Cario (Lighting designer/ dramaturge), John Lewis (Composer), MiguelMagud (Composer), Jorge Perrin (Visual Artist) Melian Martin (Argentina) Matias Etchebery (Argentina).