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Dance Engineered: Science and Art Intersect

Dance Engineered: Science and Art Intersect
Sat, Apr 22

07:00 pm - 09:30 pm

From inspiration to execution—art is a science, and science is an art. Explore the intersection between creative expression and scientific exploration through this stunning performance of N o t h i n g T h a t I s N o t T h e r e from Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet. Physics, object oriented ontology, beauty, and essence crystallize in this ambient work for 8 dancers. Blurring the line between art and science, this 50-minute work was created in part during a residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, New York, and is the culmination of a physics-based study by an aerospace mechanical engineer, Dr. Leslie Lamberson, of Drexel University, and choreographer, Nora Gibson.
(this performance runs 50 minutes without intermission) This work was
made with support from
Drexel University and the collaboration with Dr. Leslie Lamberson's Dynamic Multifunctional Materials Laboratory.

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    Performance Garage

    1515 Brandywine Street

    Philadelphia, PA, 19130

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  • Speakers

    Adrianna de Svastich
    Adrianna de Svastich
    Adrianna de Svastich began her ballet training under Leonid Kozlov in Ramsey, New Jersey. She was then accepted to The School of American Ballet in New York City. She also attended various summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, and The Royal Ballet School in London. During her final year at SAB, she performed with the New York City Ballet in Balanchine’s Serenade and Chopiniana, and in Susan Stroman’s Double Feature. Ms. de Svastich was a member of Pennsylvania Ballet II for two years before becoming an Apprentice in August 2007. She was promoted to the Corps de Ballet in 2009-2011 and from 2016-present. Her performing experience with Pennsylvania Ballet includes George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Ballo Della Regina, The Four Temperaments, Square Dance, Theme and Variations, Concerto Barocco and Serenade; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert; Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake and Carnival of the Animals; John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet; Matthew Neenan’s Carmina Burana; Roland Petit’s Carmen, Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes To Shove; Ben Stevenson’s Dracula; Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee and Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. She was also featured as a Corps de Ballet dancer in the Academy Award winning film Black Swan. In addition to her career as a ballet dancer, Ms. de Svastich graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History in 2012.
    Amy Novinski
    Amy Novinski
    Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Amy Novinski began her dance training at the age of 3 at the Tulsa Ballet Academy under Moscelyn Larkin. After moving to Littleton, Colorado, she continued her training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet with private coaching and mentoring from Perm Ballet's Olga Tozyiakova. At the age of 18, she left home to study on scholarship at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During her four years there, for which she earned her BFA, she danced leading roles in ballets choreographed or set by Brandywine Ballet's Scott Jovovich, Twyla Tharp, Bolshoi Ballet's Anastasia Babayeva, and Christine Cox of BalletX. Ms. Novinski has performed in full-length ballets including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Porgy and Bess. This is Ms. Novinski's third season with NGCB.
    Barbara Craig
    Barbara Craig
    Barbara Craig​ trained at the School of Verlezza Dance and with Cleveland City Dance. Upon graduating from Shaker Heights High School, she attended Ballet Mets pre-professional program in Columbus OH, before moving to dance with Europa Ballett Sankt Poelten, in Austria for the 2013-2014 Season. In 2014, she returned to the states to be an apprentice with the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, where she has continued to train the past 3 years. In addition, she has performed with Verb Ballets in Cleveland Ohio, Opus #1 Contemporary dance and Bryan Koulman. This is her first season with Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet.
    Brian Cordova
    Brian Cordova
    Brian Cordova, ​native of Brentwood, NY, began his formal dance training in 2010 focusing in ballet and modern styles. He earned his BFA in Dance from Temple University in December 2016, completing numerous choreographic works presented in Conwell Dance Theater and the InHale Performance Series in South Philadelphia. He has also worked to become an established freelance lighting designer, presenting designs for Temple University MFA thesis concerts, Temple Preparatory School, and Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival. Brian has had the pleasure to dance with artists such as Kariamu Welsh, Charles Anderson, Lauren Putty-White, Meredith Rainey, and Kun-Yang Lin and looks forward to joining Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet for this coming season.
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    Drexel University - How Are We Quantifying Movement?
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    Drexel University - How Do Dancers Spin So Fast?
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    Drexel University - How Does Our Body Move?
    Drexel University - How Does the Body Balance?
    Drexel University - How Does the Body Balance?
    Gina-marie Battista-Shifferly
    Gina-marie Battista-Shifferly
    Gina-marie Battista-Shifferly began her early training with Forest Gehret at the Harrisburg Dance Conservatory. Her additional training included the Capital Area School for the Arts, Atlanta Ballet, American Academy of Ballet and Pennsylvania Regional Ballet. She continued her studies at the Boston Conservatory and received her BFA at Wright State University in 2009, while dancing professionally with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company. Other professional performing credits include the Brown Dance Project, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Western Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, BalletFleming, and Dance Del Bello, among others. Her choreographic career began with the Northeast Regional Dance America Festival and her work has since been performed in the U.S., Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. She is also the founder of Tarantella Designs which features her original jewelry and apparel as well as the work of other performing artists. Gina joined the company in 2014.
    José R. Mangual
    José R. Mangual
    José Raúl Mangual​ is a BFA candidate in Musical Theater at Temple University. José began his formal dance training at Temple University under the guidance of Heidi Cruz-Austin, Maggie Anderson, Jillian Harris, and Nora Gibson. Before arriving at Temple University, José received partial training at Susquehanna Dance Center, Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy, and Encore Dance Center. Since arriving at Temple University, he has portrayed Jesus in GODSPELL and Jean-Paul Marat in Marat/Sade, among others. In his spare time, José also writes, draws, people-watches, and organizes peace marches.
    Kathryn Van Yahres
    Kathryn Van Yahres
    Kathryn Van Yahres​ was born in Philadelphia, PA and received her formal training from Mariaelena Ruiz, Natasha Zeiger, and Eva Szabo at The Rock School in Philadelphia. In 2014 Kathryn completed her B.F.A, Magna Cum Laude from Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) in Pittsburgh, PA. Kathryn received the Loti Folk Scholarship Award for academic and artistic excellence as well as other artistic scholarships. During her time in COPA, she performed principal and soloist roles in George Balanchine’s ballets “Serenade” and “Valse Fantasies”, as well as Nicolas Petrov’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Kathryn has had the wonderful opportunity to dance with the companies such as Huntsville Ballet, Simerson & Co., and Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet. In 2016, Kathryn completed a two-year intensive Pilates certification program under the direction of master teacher, Karen H. Carlson.
    Leslie Lamberson
    Leslie Lamberson
    Dr. Leslie Lamberson​ is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department, with a joint appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her area of expertise is experimental mechanics of materials, with a focus in dynamic multifunctional material behavior. In 2013, Leslie was awarded a NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship, where she worked at Glenn Research Center in the Materials and Structures for Extreme Environments. Leslie holds a B.A. in Dance with honors, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering magna cum laude from the University of Michigan. She is the past recipient of an Irving S. Gilmore Fine Arts Grant, a National Arts & Letters Scholarship, and the Promising Young Dancer Award in the Carey Rose Winski Scholarship Competition. Some of Leslie’s formative dance training includes: Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, BalletMet, the Boston Conservatory, University of the Arts, Paul Taylor Dance, and the Gyor National Ballet Company in Gyor, Hungary. While pursuing her M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Leslie was a professional instructor at Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education. She has danced professionally with the Grand Rapids Ballet, Ballet Concerto, and later, Pasadena Dance Theatre while pursuing her Ph.D. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to her faculty appointment, while a postdoctoral research scholar at the Johns Hopkins University, Leslie performed as a member of Bowen McCauley Dance. She is currently an active barre instructor, certified in group fitness from the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
    Michele Dooley
    Michele Dooley
    Michele Dooley started her dance training in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. She graduated from the High School for Creative and Performing Arts under the direction of LaDeva Davis in 2013 and is currently a Senior at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. She has also been a member of Eleone Dance Theatre under the direction of Shawn Lamere Williams since 2014. She attended Bates Summer Intensive in 2013 and Ballet X's summer program in 2014. She has worked with choreographers such as Gary Jeter, Tommie Waheed Evans, Paris Lacey, Molly Misgalla, Dara Meredith, and Nora Gibson.
    Nora Gibson
    Nora Gibson
    Nora Gibson​ is an American, female choreographer evolving ballet for the 21st century. Gibson is interested in the beauty of the natural world, as evidenced in mathematics and science, and in working across disciplines to expand ballet's reach. Gibson trained at Baltimore School for the Arts, Chautauqua, and NCSA, and earned a BFA from Tisch, at NYU. In addition to performing in the genres of ballet and contemporary dance in MD, D.C., and NY, Gibson was selected to work from 2010-2013 with Lucinda Childs to perform various iconic 70s works as part of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage's Virtual Reconstruction project. Gibson has been invited as a resident artist in the US and abroad, including the nEW Festival in Philadelphia (2009-10), the CEC New Edge Residency (2009-10), the Ellen Forman Memorial Award (2011), the PHL/Poland Artist Exchange Residency (2012), the Choreographers on Campus Residency, funded through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2014), Diepenheim Werkplaats (2016), and Kaatsbaan (2017). Gibson’s choreography has been presented by New Dance Alliance at Joyce SOHO, at Dance Place in Washington DC, Philadelphia Dance Projects, and The Williams Center for the Arts. Her choreography was featured in Transfixion Films’ Dark White, presented at the 2015 Triskellion Dance Film Lab in Brooklyn, NY. Gibson’s work has received consistent critical acclaim, heralded by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "the most authoritative work in Philadelphia. . ." Gibson's work has been commissioned regularly by universities such as Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, Georgian Court University, and University of the Arts. Gibson is also a teacher, and has taught ballet and composition in the US and abroad, including Temple University, University of the Arts, the Zawirowania Festival, and many other institutions.
    Rochitha Nathanson
    Rochitha Nathanson
    Rochitha Nathanson​ is a third year biomedical engineering student at Drexel University with a concentration is neuroengineering. She is currently working on the IMPACT project to quantify dance movements into the mechanics behind them. She has previously done research with the CONQUER collaborative and worked in biomedical engineering at CHOP. She is also part of Drexel Jhalak, an all girls fusion dance team.
    Sean Thomas Boyt
    Sean Thomas Boyt
    Sean Thomas Boyt is a dancer and choreographer newly-based in Philadelphia. He currently dances for The Naked Stark, Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Co, Vervet Dance, stb x at, and SKI BALL. Sean holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa and has danced for Ballet Minnesota, Moving Arts Ensemble, Dancers in Company, Antonia & Artists, and independent choreographers including Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Jennifer Muller, Nicholas Leichter, Nora Gibson, Chris Masters, Melinda Jean Myers, and Paula Lamamie de Clairac. Sean's work has been presented at Ten Tiny Performances, LOUi, Fertile Ground, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, IUCC Experimental Microcinema, InHale Performance Series, ETC. Performance Series, iHearIC, Society of Composers Inc, 24+24, OCGOPF, and IC Open City, as well as at various University of Iowa concerts and self-produced shows and tours. He enjoys working collaboratively and incorporating physical theater, video, improvisation, and text. More information can be found on STBDancing.com. This is Sean's second season with NGCB.
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    Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet
    Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet
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