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This profile was last updated on 3/24/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Principal Dancer

National Congolese Dance Company
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Everybody's Creative Arts Center
Web References
Sustained Achievement - Isadora Duncan Dance Awards
izzies.org, 24 Mar 2011 [cached]
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Center in Berkeley - founded by David Nadel in 1973 to serve the Bay Area's interests in multi-cultural participatory music and dance
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Pick School of Ballroom Dancing - teaching ballroom dancing to San Francisco since 1961
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MALONGA CASQUELOURD was born in Douala, Cameroon in 1947. As a principal dancer of the National Congolese Dance Company and as a resident choreographer and performer with Le Ballet Diaboua, a Congolese repertory company based in Paris, he attracted an international following.
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His last projects included Kusum Africa, a dance-theater performance showcasing the collaborative works of African director/choreographers; Malaki Matanga 2003: Congo of Yesterday & Today; and Wa Dia Fua Yiko Dio, a project exploring themes of cultural inheritance and exchange between urban/hip hop culture and traditional Congolese culture, to be completed in the Summer of 2005.
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LOU HARRISON, one of North America's most original and influential composers, was best known for his luscious, prolific music for symphony, gamelan and percussion orchestras, chamber ensembles, choral groups and operas.
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Since its groundbreaking debut, the Festival was lauded as the largest and most influential Butoh Festival in the United States, and took the lead in popularizing the art form in this country. More than 100 artists from Japan, Europe, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and the U.S. either made their Bay Area debuts at the San Francisco Butoh Festival, or premiered new works at the Festival.
2004 (2002-2003 season) - Isadora Duncan Dance Awards
izzies.org, 1 Jan 2003 [cached]
In East as Center, presented at
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was born in Douala, Cameroon in 1947. As a principal dancer of the National Congolese Dance Company and as a resident choreographer and performer with Le Ballet Diaboua, a Congolese repertory company based in Paris, he attracted an international following.
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York City (1972), and Diata Diata, an all women's Congolese drum ensemble (1990). He was instrumental in establishing Everybody's Creative Arts Center, known today as Citicentre Dance Theatre in downtown Oakland, and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. He served on the faculty at many institutions, including New York University, Stanford University, and San Francisco State University, where he taught for 26 years.
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collaborative works of African director/choreographers; Malaki Matanga 2003: Congo of Yesterday & Today; and Wa Dia Fua Yiko Dio, a project exploring themes of cultural inheritance and exchange between urban/hip hop culture and
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LOU HARRISON, one of North America's most original and influential composers, was best known for his luscious, prolific music for symphony, gamelan and percussion orchestras, chamber ensembles, choral groups and operas.
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half and stole the show as "Buster" in Daddy Long Legs.
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The Izzies will join forces with Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week and the website Voice of Dance for the first ever Bay Area Dance Awards evening, presented in association with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
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The program will bring together Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week's annual awards, a new Voice of Dance "Dance Critic of Merit" award, and the Izzies in a shared production.
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Awards are bestowed in ten categories to Bay Area dancers, choreographers, their collaborators and composers as well as to others who contribute to the advancement of the dance community.
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In April 2003, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company: Three Decades of Dance transformed the vast Herbst Pavilion into a living museum of dance history.
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In East as Center, presented at ODC Theater during Das' artistic residency, each master portrayed distinct characters in stories excerpted from the Ramayana, with the cast augmented by their disciples.
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Malonga Casquelourd was born in Douala, Cameroon in 1947.As a principal dancer of the National Congolese Dance Company and as a resident choreographer and performer with Le Ballet Diaboua, a Congolese repertory company based in Paris, he attracted an international following.
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His last projects included Kusum Africa, a dance-theater performance showcasing the collaborative works of African director/choreographers; Malaki Matanga 2003: Congo of Yesterday & Today; and Wa Dia Fua Yiko Dio, a project exploring themes of cultural inheritance and exchange between urban/hip hop culture and traditional Congolese culture to be completed in the Summer of 2005.
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Lou Harrison, one of North America's most original and influential composers, was best known for his luscious, prolific music for symphony, gamelan and percussion orchestras, chamber ensembles, choral groups and operas.
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SF Performances presents Batsheva Dance Company in "Deca-Dance", tour-de-force excerpts by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin including "Naharin's Virus" to "Sabotage Baby", Mar. 10-13, 8pm, Mar. 14, 2pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St (Third), SF, 415-398-6449, www.performances.org.
2004 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Winners
www.izzies-sf.org, 1 Jan 2004 [cached]
In East as Center, presented at ODC Theater during Das's artistic residency, each master portrayed distinct characters in stories excerpted from the Ramayana, with the cast augmented by their disciples.
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MALONGA CASQUELOURD was born in Douala, Cameroon in 1947.As a principal dancer of the National Congolese Dance Company and as a resident choreographer and performer with Le Ballet Diaboua, a Congolese repertory company based in Paris, he attracted an international following.
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His last projects included Kusum Africa, a dance-theater performance showcasing the collaborative works of African director/choreographers; Malaki Matanga 2003: Congo of Yesterday & Today; and Wa Dia Fua Yiko Dio, a project exploring themes of cultural inheritance and exchange between urban/hip hop culture and traditional Congolese culture, to be completed in the Summer of 2005.
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LOU HARRISON, one of North America's most original and influential composers, was best known for his luscious, prolific music for symphony, gamelan and percussion orchestras, chamber ensembles, choral groups and operas.
NYS danceForce
www.danceforce.org [cached]
Residencies provide multiple opportunities for the public to observe dance artists while creating, rehearsing and in performance and to interact with the artists. Thus, sustainable audiences are built through long-term relationships between the public and artists.
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Artists were expected to utilize the facilities by working full days at their craft during the residency.
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Company XIV, artistic director Austin McCormick, and Project 44, artistic director Gierre Godley, were selected.
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Company XIV, from Brooklyn, was in residence from April 29 to May 5, 2013, and Project 44, based in Queens, NY, was in residence from June 3- 9, 2013.
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Promotion of the residencies and showcase performances reached Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia and Greene counties, the Albany area and New York City.
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Rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons were open to the public.
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Residencies are recognized as one of the most effective ways to provide a productive and creative working environment for all dance artists, choreographers, and dance companies.
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Dance companies and projects of any size will be encouraged to apply.
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Professionalism is a high priority in selecting the final dance artists.
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Michael Mao Dance performed "Weaving," "Lorca Libre," "China Moves," "Andante Amoroso," and "Crossings.
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Total run time of the show was 1 hour 20 minutes.
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His choreography has received funding from the Polaroid Foundation, the Dolfinger McMahon Foundation, and the American Dialogue Program, a project of the National Task Force on Presenting and Touring the Performing Arts funded by the National Endowment, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the Rockefeller Foundation, Mostly recently from the George Soros Open Society Foundation.
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Michael's FireCracker™, a 1930's Shanghai-Jewish setting of "The Nutcracker," opened at the PerformIng Arts Center, Purchase, New York in December 2002, In 2002-2003 his works toured Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing, and Suzhou.
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Michael's works have also toured Mexico, Europe, throughout the United States and in 2009 and 2010, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
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The planning process commenced between Diana Cherryholmes, executive director, John Chicherio, Performing Arts Director and Sophie Myrtil-McCourty, Pentacle.
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John and Diana fell in love with the company and "Pavement" which they saw in January 2013 at Danspace.
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Planning progressed regarding logistical details with Amith Chandrashaker, technical director and Libby Koba, company manager
New partner is Canon USA who is coming aboard as a title funder for the Festival. We have previously partnered with the Town of Huntington who owns the venue (Chapin Rainbow Stage) and Tri-Community Youth Agency.
We promoted the performance and Lec/Dem utilizing our standard methods of Facebook, Arts Cultural News (90,000 distribution), posters and flyers, press releases.
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Another 100+ non-dancers had a full movement class with Monica.
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Materials were made available to all dance teachers for distribution and many students saw company video and other information in advance.
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Monica Bill Barnes returned to The College at Brockport's Department of Dance for a choreographic residency that provided a week of personal work time.
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Rehearsals were closed and there was no pressure on the artist to plan a performance or even a talk - rather, three "Reports" were scheduled, to be used as Barnes chose, simply to share something of her work process during the residency.
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Although 2013/2014 is a non-funded year for me, I am spearheading the creation of this program as a co-sponsorship between the College at Brockport Department of Dance and the New York State DanceForce.
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Acquisition is the responsibility of the Brockport faculty member applicant.
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Rehearsals took place during May and June to prepare for performing "Guardian Angels" excerpts at the Huntington Summer Arts Festival with Long Island Dance Consortium.
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Two new partners will be joining the project in 2012-13 and 2013-14 respectively: the dance department of Hofstra University, chaired by Rachel List, located in Garden City, Nassau County, NY and NYS DanceForce member Cynthia Williams and her dance community of Hobart and William Smith Colleges located in the Finger Lakes region of Geneva, NY.
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Two new partners will be joining the project in 2012-13 and 2013-14 respectively: the dance department of Hofstra University, chaired by Rachel List, located in Garden City, Nassau County, NY and NYS DanceForce member Cynthia Williams and her dance community of Hobart and William Smith Colleges located in the Finger Lakes region of Geneva, NY.
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In Undercover Playground, I worked with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (ESDC) to create a spontaneous performance that happened at playgrounds over a seven week period of time in the late summer and fall of 2011 in six NYS counties.
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During July and early August, local playgrounds were "scoped out" on weekend afternoons to ascertain if 1) the layout and equipment of the site was conducive to the performance work and 2) if they were heavily trafficked locations.
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Starting with the last weekend in August, ESDC performed Undercover Playground on weekend afternoons in public playgrounds.
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An overall press release about the project was issued in early August which yielded a small article in the Times Union right before the project's kick-off.
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However, it does open up a potential opportunity if the project lives on in future seasons.
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Counties being considered are Columbia, Greene, Schoharie, Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton.
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Starting with the last weekend in August, ESDC will perform Undercover Playground on weekend afternoons in public playgrounds.
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Each year, the UAlbany Counseling Center and Middle Earth Peer Assistance Group host "Sexuality Week" for a two-week period in February. The program is a panoply of guest lecturers, workshops, films, exhibits, information sessions and other events related to gender issues, HIV/AIDS, relationships, identity and reproductive health with the hope to meet the needs of the students as well as to provide a retrospective and prospective look at the issues.
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Multiple performances of the company's "Women, Sex and Desire" are being planned.
The show is part dance, part theatre, part lecture and is a multi-media investigation on how women navigate sex, desire, choice and perception. Movement, personal stories and video imagery combine to tackle powerful personal and political issues under discussion nationwide. Women, Sex, and Desire opens a dialogue around women's sexuality, desire & choice and creates an opportunity for self-reflection.
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Women, Sex and Desire was created through focus groups, interviews, identity workshops and web logs which helped provide narrative material for the choreography.
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Performances will be offered free to UAlbany students and admission will be a nominal charge for all others from the University community as well as the general public of the Capital Region.
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In 2012-13, DF member Kim Engel brought Gesel Mason to the Capital Region for two residencies - one for four days for the artist's full company at UAlbany and one for seven days for Gesel herself at the Emma Willard School in Troy.
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Several of the nation's leading contemporary African-American choreographers, including Bebe Miller, Donald McKayle, Reggie Wilson, Andrea Woods, David Roussève and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, have set original and historical works on soloist Gesel Mason who has also been commissioned to create works for this performance work.
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These artists demonstrate the diversity of work by, for and about African-Americans; their visions push Black Dance in America beyond stereotypes and color boundaries and encompass almost seven decades of choreographic vision. The performances in February are being planned to coincide with Black History Month.
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Taiwan-born Kun-Yang Lin, with whom I worked on several occasions during his artistic development as a dancer and choreographer in the United States -- including two prior DanceForce projects -- has recently established a successful company and movement center in Philadelphia.
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I then initiated contacts with the following stakeholders in Buffalo's dance community: Professor Melanie Aceto and Dept. Chair Tom Ralabate from the University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance (winter 2011); Professor Joy Guarino and Acting Chair Donn Youngstrom from Buffalo State College Department of Theatre and Dance (spring/summer 2011); Head of Upper School Aranya Maritime and Head of
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