Dance Events Announced at Delaware County Dance Film Festival
The Andes Dance Collective, founded by dancers/choreographers Gloria McLean, Columbine Macher, David Capps and songwriter/performer Marshall Coid, is proud to present the DELAWARE COUNTY 2ND DANCE FILM FESTIVAL AND WORKSHOP, bringing new dance events and music in the Catskills Region of Delaware County. This year, over two 4-day weekends, July 21-24 and August 4-7, the Festival will include two dance/music performances (firsts), film screenings and dance workshops.
FESTIVAL DANCE SHOWS:
Saturday, July 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Open Eye Theater with guest artist/choreographer/educator Joy McEwen
Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY
Saturday, August 6, 7:30 p.m. at Kirkside Pavilion Roxbury, joined by guest artist/choreographer/educator Maxine Steinman
Kirkside Pavillion Roxbury, Kirkside Driveway Off State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY
Suggested donation is $20, although all are welcome and encouraged to attend – no one turned away!
The performances feature choreography and direction by renowned ADC artists Columbine Macher and Gloria McLean, and will be performed to an original score by Marshall Coid joined by guest percussionist Michael Suchorsky. The ensemble will consist of dancers from New York, local areas and the United States. They will create work that explores movement, sound and choreographic interpretations of selected cinematic techniques, seamlessly integrating pre-choreographed sections with inspired improvisational/choreographic material developed collaboratively during training/rehearsal sessions. /workshop research.
BIOS of GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS AND DANCERS
Columbine Macher (founder, dancer, choreographer, dance teacher) began her professional dance training in her native Germany at the Folkwang Hochschule under the guidance of Pina Bausch. In 1987, she moved to New York to continue her studies at the Martha Graham School, the Limón Institute and the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Since then she has performed and taught extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Described by The New York Times as “a dancer of tremendous dramatic power”, Columbine performed for 15 years as a soloist with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company. She has also performed with Ze’eva Cohen, Amanda Miller, Maxine Steinman, filmmaker Kathy Rose, Xavier Le Roy at MoMA PS1 and in Bessie’s award-winning MoMA exhibition “Judson Dance Theater – The Work Is Never Done” in ” Dance Constructions”.
Columbine’s solo and collaborative dances have been performed in venues across New York City including Merce Cunningham Studio, Center for Performance Research, Kumble Theatre, 92 St. Y Harkness Dance Center. She also creates experimental dance films in 16mm, which have screened at festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; at Brooklyn Studios for Dance: in Austin, TX; the American Dance Guild’s “Bare Bones Festival”; and the Film Makers’ Coop in New York.
Columbine has served on the faculties of the Ailey School, Ballet Hispanico and the Limón Institute in New York and has taught as an adjunct professor of modern dance at universities such as Saint Elizabeth University, University of Long Island and Hofstra University. Internationally, she has been a guest artist at the Kuopion Konservatorio in Finland, the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and the Artez Dansacademie in the Netherlands, the Tsai Jui-Yueh Dance Foundation in Taipei/Taiwan and the Korean National University of the Arts in Seoul. She holds a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and a Masters in Dance from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
Joy McEwen (guest dance artist) was recently a guest artist for the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company in the spring of 2022. She danced professionally in New York City as a principal dancer with Erick Hawkins Dance Company. Additionally, she has performed with Nancy Meehan Dance Company, Gloria McLean/LIFEDANCE, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, Kipos Dance Company, among others. She founded the New York-based Wellspring Project (Dance). Performance highlights included appearances at the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center and Joyce Theater. She has toured internationally, including Canada, Switzerland, Yugoslavia and Portugal. Ms. McEwen was a visiting instructor at UNLV, Marymount Manhattan College. Hunter College and the American Dance Festival. She was also on staff at Yeshiva University / Stern’s College for Women / Ms. McEwen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Masters in Performing Arts-Dance and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.
In 2021, Ms. McEwen retired from the Department of Purdue Bands & Orchestras, where she was Auxiliary Manager and coach of the Golduster Dance Team. At Purdue, she also taught and choreographed in the drama department of the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts. She has also taught at the College of Health and Kinesiology. In 2012, Ms. McEwen was named Dance Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Gloria McLean (founder, dancer, choreographer, dance educator) is the artistic director of LIFEDANCE/Gloria McLean and Dancers. She choreographs, teaches and performs from her base in New York and Andes, NY. LIFEDANCE is dedicated to the integration of body, mind and spirit through the creative process. McLean’s dances often collaborate with new music, art, language and environment. Her choreography has been performed in New York and abroad, including at the American Dance Festival, festivals in Ireland, Paris, Montreal, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Korea and China. In October 2019, she produced “Lucky Dragon 5 Voyage to Hope”, with sculptor Ken Hiratsuka, bringing together artists from around the world on the theme of world peace in memory of those who perished during the Bikini Island nuclear tests in 1954. In June 2018 in Beijing, McLean collaborated with leading Chinese avant-garde choreographers Wen Hui and Ken Hiratsuka to produce “Stone.Paper, Line. Sky. Water” – dance interacting with drawing, stone carving live, water and audience in the unique 3-story architectural space of painter Huang Rui’s cloud pavilion. In 2012, McLean’s “Dancing Without Illusion” paid tribute to painter Will Barnet. His “Twice Marked” video was exhibited at the Brattleboro Museum in 2008 and at the ADF Dancing for the Camera Festival in 2009.
Teaching credits include: Modern dance teacher for two years at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea (2009-2011); Henry-Bascom Visiting Professor at UW/Madison (2000); George Washington University (1997 and 2000). Adjunct positions and guest artist residencies at Manhattanville College, American University, Dowling College, Hofstra University, University of Texas/Edinburgh, and San Marcos, and many more. She first gained acclaim as a prominent member of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company from 1982 to 1993, performing major female roles in repertoire, teaching at the Hawkins School, and touring the United States and abroad. . Currently, McLean is president of the American Dance Guild which produces live and online festivals. She teaches live and via zoom.
“I do dances to celebrate human existence, the miracle of the expressive body, with other artists, people, places, forms, media, with ideas that inspire us and speak to our common condition. I am. It dances .”
Maxine Steinman (Guest Dance Artist) originally from Brooklyn, has been teaching and choreographing at Montclair State University for 20 years. Her choreography has been presented at Dance Space, Teachers College, New Dance Group, Urban Artworks, Limón Institute, Peridance, American College Dance Festival and 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, among others. Internationally, Maxine has been invited to Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and Cyprus to teach, choreograph and perform her work. She has also been commissioned to create works for Montclair State University, Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College, Ailey School, and international schools and conservatories. Maxine received commissioning grants from the O’Donnell-Green Foundation for Music and Dance to collaborate with composers Dred Scott and Matthew Ferry in 2009 and 2011. Maxine has performed with Eleo Pomare (age 12), Denishawn Repertory Dancers , Mafata Dance Company, Robin Becker, Regina Larkin, Sue Bernhard, Spiritdance, Dance Imprints and in the LINKS project (Limón Initiative Nurturing Kids) with the José Limón Dance Company, among others.
With a grant from the Brazilian Consulate, Maxine performed sections of Jose Limón’s dances for Isadora in São Paulo, Brazil. She has taught at the Limón Institute, Ailey School, Hofstra University, and Marymount Manhattan College and is currently the BFA Dance Program Coordinator at Montclair State University. She was director of the LINKS project for the Limón Foundation and stages excerpts from “A choreographic offer” by José Limón for universities. Maxine holds a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University and an MFA in Dance Education from Teachers College Columbia University and an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts .
Michael Suchorsky (guest musician) has spent decades performing and recording around the world in a wide variety of musical genres, from Middle Eastern jazz to micro-tonal to punk rock. He has performed at venues ranging from the CBGBS in New York to the jazz festivals of Berlin, Montreaux, Zurich, Copenhagen and Bologna, the Mores New Music Festival, the Fête de l’Humanite (Paris) and the Lincoln Center in New York. His longstanding worldwide touring and recording includes associations with Lou Reed, the Soldier String Quartet, jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, French rock legend Jacques Higelin and other major artists.
Michael has composed music for film, TV, dance and numerous bands, including his joint collective project The Everyman Band, which has released albums for ECM, and has enjoyed extensive touring in Europe and the United States. United. The group was voted one of the best new electronic groups. bands in the Down Beat 31st Annual International Critics Poll. Another composition was a choir for the Delaware County Complaint Choir (DCCC), in which part of the libretto was based on complaints sent in by locals.
Trained at Berklee College of Music and privately with Joe Morello, Michael performed on the Shelly Hirsch/Simon Ho CD “Where Were You Then?”, released on John Zorn’s Tzadiks Key series. He secured a recording contract with iconic producer Tom Wilson, and even had a brief stint with the 1910 Fruit Gum Company. Michael’s years of collaboration with numerous choreographers and dancers have contributed significantly to the evolution of the Andes Dance Collective and their Delaware County Dance Film Festival.