Eternal NOW Collaborators

MARCO CAPPELLI (composer/musician)

Marco Cappelli is a renowned guitar virtuoso, Cappelli’s extraordinary artistic path began with many years of demanding music studies (Conservatorio di S. Cecilia, Rome; Musik Akademie, Basel). Since then, his diverse accomplishments have been in the classical music, jazz and avant-garde worlds, including associations with musicians Anthony Coleman, Butch Morris, Enrico Rava, Marc Ribot, DJ Logic, and Elliott Sharp, and choreographers Maddalena Scardi, Enrico Tedde, Karole Armitage, and Young Soon Kim. Cappelli is regularly invited to perform by classical music associations and by festivals of jazz music and improvised music, has participated in premieres of new works by composers such as Junghae Lee, Giorgio Tedde, and Claudio Lugo, and has produced recordings, such as The Extreme Guitar Project, featuring ten compositions written for him by leading composers of the New York City Downtown scene. Cappelli is also a charter member of the Ensemble Dissonanzen.

KATE FREER (Projection Designer)

Kate Freer (projection design) is a multimedia designer and video artist for theater, film, and installation. Recent Off-Broadway and Downtown: Sunset Baby (Labyrinth Theater); Love Machine (Incubator Arts Project); Around the World in 80 Days (The New Theater at 45th Street); PS Jones and the Frozen City (The New Ohio); Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo (La Mama, Undesirable Element Festival); Bullet for Adolph (New World Stages); Chimera (HERE, Under the Radar 2012). Regional: The Wholehearted (Arts Emerson); The Glass Menagerie (Syracuse Stage), Interior Designs (NJPAC, Jersey Moves); Pinkolandia (Two River Theater); Fahrenheit 451 (Aquila Theatre); Stuck Elevator (American Conservatory Theater);The Mountaintop (CenterStage); The Clean House (Syracuse Stage). Her installation work has been exhibited at the National Building Museum, The Hammond Museum, 3LD Art & Technology Center, Front Room Gallery, and the World Wide Words Festival (Denmark). She has taught master classes at Harvard University, Syracuse University, Wesleyan, and New York University. Kate is a founding member of Imaginary Media Artists (www.imartists.com).

SARAH CUBBAGE (Costume Designer)

Sarah Cubbage has done costume design for the following works: Dance: Dark Lark (BAM Fisher), Garden, Drop Down, Light Has Not…, Brightland, Lean-to; Kate Weare Company. Radio Show (Bessie), Brick, Number 6; Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion. Idyll; Paradigm, chor. Kate Weare. Off-Broadway: Soho Rep, Theater For a New City, Aquila Theatre Company, Urban Stages, Ohio Theatre, Atlantic Stage 2. Regional: A.R.T., Theater, Hangar Theatre, Northern Stage, Premiere Stages, Playwrights Theater of New Jersey. Assistant/Associate Broadway Design: Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, A Streetcar Named Desire, Scandalous, Godspell, Master Class, Gypsy. MFA: NYU; Member USA 829.

JAMES LEVERETT (dramaturg)

James Leverett began his career as an actor on Broadway and beyond. He created the position of director of Literary Services at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), where he helped initiate many publications, including American Theatre magazine.  He received the first Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas (LMDA) award for services to the field.His writings have appeared in numerous national and international publications, among them the Village Voice and Yale’s Theater for which he is a contributing editor.  He has worked as dramaturg throughout the United States, most recently at the Berkshire Theatre Festival (Heartbreak HouseMrs. Warren’s ProfessionCandidaWaiting for Godot) and the New York Shakespeare Festival (The Bacchae). He is professor in the Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama.

YURIY NAYER (Lighting Designer)

Yuriy Nayer (Lighting Designer) was born in Belarus, but has proudly called New York his home for almost 15 years. Yuriy works as a Lighting Designer for live performing arts in New York as well as abroad. International Credits include: Werevertumorro, a new theatrical event based on a hugely popular Mexican video blog (Mexico); Anjou, the musical (Korea, China, Mexico); The Store – YaaSamar! Dance Theatre (Jordan, Palestine, Israel). Other recent Dance Credits: Disappearances (World Premier/ MMAC) by Paul Sanasardo; recreated the lighting for Jane Dudley’s Harmonica Breakdown and Time Is Money, also at MMAC. Select New York Theatre Credits: The Shaggs (Playwrights Horizons); Bridgeboy (The Active Theatre); The Mire and With Aaron’s Arms Around Me (Negro Ensemble Company/ Cherry Lane Theatre); I Stand Before You Naked by Joyce Carol Oates, a staged reading to benefit Safe Horizon (Gerald W. Lynch Theatre); Being Sellers (59E59/ Brits Off-Broadway); Parenting101, the musical (Emelin Theatre); 348 (Dixon Place); Interchange (The Workshop Theatre); In Loco Parentis (FringeNYC ‘10); Colored People’s Time (NEC/ MITF ’10 Best Lighting Design Award); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Planet Connections Festivity Best Lighting Design Award); Two Rooms (The Active Theatre); The Sandbox (June Havoc Theatre/ MITF’ 09); The Night Watcher (Primary Stages). Other credits: The Runt of the Litter National Tour.

Eternal NOW Dancers

EMILY POPE-BLACKMAN

Emily Pope-Blackman is a performing artist, teacher, choreographer, and video artist. She is an alumnus (1991) of the North Carolina School of the Arts, received her BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from The Ohio State University and her MFA in Dance/Choreography from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed/toured with White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company, johannes wieland, Charleston Ballet Theater, BalletMet Ohio, Bridget Moore Dance, and Chimaera Physical Theater.  Currently, Emily tours as a performer in NYC as a member of White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Hilary Easton + Co., and Tamar Rogoff Productions. Ms. Pope-Blackman is the choreographer and founding member of HoverBound Performance Productions.

MEI YAMANAKA

Mei Yamanaka is a dancer and choreographer from Tokyo, Japan. In 2008, Mei came to New York. Originally trained in classical ballet, Mei searched to dance more freely and began to study hip hop, modern, and contemporary. She currently performs with Tiffany Mills Company, Jennifer Archibald, Emily Berry, White Wave Dance Company and Mana Kawamura. Also she has worked with Palissimo, Small Apple co., Mark Dendy, Oui Danse and more.Her dance company, Mei Yamanaka Works was founded in 2009. Her works have been presented at Fresh Tracks, New Steps, 2010 & 2013, Cool NY, 2012, 2013, GAP Presents | Shared Space, Under Exposed, COLLABOFEST, Dumbo Dance Festival, PMT Dance Series, The New Work, Movement Research at Judson Church and more in NYC. Mei was elected for a residency artist of Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts) Fresh Tracks in 2010-2011.

JUHWAN HWANG

Juhwan Hwang is a native of Seoul, Korea. He studied architect design and dance choreography. He has also taken many advanced composition workshops in Korea, and throughout Europe. He explored his own style and voice rather than sticking to one place of study. He has performed at Arko Arts Theater small hall, Jung Dong Theaters, Seoul Arts Center Jayu Theater, and LIG Art Hall. He was a member of TES Dance Company in Korea and then moved to USA in 2008. In USA, he has trained primarily at DNA. Juhwan has performed Kumble Theater at Brooklyn College, DMAC, Judson Church, John Ryan Theater, and Dance Space at Washington DC. He danced with Diane McCathy, Sunhwa Jung, and most recently began working with Jinju Song-Begin, Kuan-Yu Chen, Nellie Rainwater, and Karen Srikalima Harvey. Currently he is also a member of the WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company.

MISUZU HARA

Misuzu Hara is from Japan. She started learning classical ballet at the age of three and modern jazz dance at fifteen. She pursued her study in dance at Showa Academy of Music College in Japan where she majored in classical ballet. Upon graduation from College, she taught ballet technique to youth. At the same time, she was active as a dancer and performed in many projects in Japan.In 2009, she moved to New York. In the United States, she has been working with Jennifer Archibald, OUI Danse, and White Wave Dance Company. She has also worked with Nathan Trice, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Oliver Steele, Max Stone, among others.

ANTON MARTYNOV

Anton Martynov was raised in Siberia, Russia in a family of dancers and performers. At the age of 10, he was sent to folk dancing school. He continued to train in folk and ballet until he was accepted into the Dance and Choreographer College of Russia. He then went on to train at the school of Jazz and Modern Dance for 4 years. Anton has won various dancing and choreographer competitions. He has also performed in many ballets and musical theatre performances in Siberia. Anton joined White Wave Dance Company in 2012.

GUANG-LEI HUI

Guang-lei Hui, from China, began to work at White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company in 2013. He studied at The Russian National Ballet Dance Academy majoring in choreography from 2001-2003. It was at that time that he took second place in the Russian International Dance Competition. While in China, he joined the Guangdong Modern Dance Company from 2005-2011. In 2008, Guang-lei was invited to participate in the anniversary celebration of the Pina Bausch dance company, he worked with international choreographer JiJia Sang (Chinese/Germany) Sang Jijia and was selected Protégé by mentor William Forsythe as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Guang Lei was invited to choreograph for Yokohama Dance Collection in 2011. Then in 2012, he was invited to participate in the International Choreographers Residency (ICR) program at the American Dance Festival. This past winter, Guang-lei was Assistant Director and helped create work for The Guangzhou Ballet Dance Company with internationally well known choreographer, Hou Ying (Chinese/US) who was rehearsal director in Shen Wei Dance Arts.

KELLY GARONE

Kelly Garone is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Barnard College, where she studied Gender and Critical Race Studies. She performs as a solo dance artist in The Goddess Revue at the Metropolitan Room, accompanied live by opera singer Vivi La Voix. Off-Broadway she has performed in The Rocky Horror Show. As a concert dancer, she had the pleasure of working with Ben Munisteri, Laura Careless, Diego Funes, and Heather Granger, and has studied with the Limón Dance Company. A passionate practitioner of the Alexander technique, Kelly is currently researching the interface between sex, ritual, and performance.

STEVEN TRUMON GRAY

Steven Trumon Gray is a graduate from the University of Iowa obtaining a BFA in Dance and a BA in Vocal Performance. Since starting dance in Iowa City in 2007, Steven has participated in guest works, which include Trisha Brown’s “Set/Reset/Reset” restaged by Melinda Meyer’s, José Limon’s “Psalm”, Hubbard Street 2’s “The Fantastic Escape of the Little Buffalo” by Clébio Oliveira, and “Into The Night” by Martha Clarke.Steven has also participated on full scholarship with Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio, as well as the Joffrey Ballet School. In New York, Steven has danced with Company XIV, David Dorfman Dance for “Prophets of Funk” and with Jane Comfort and Company. Steven is currently free-lancing and working with White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company.

MIKELLE RINDFLISH

Mikelle Rindflish is a native of Dallas, Texas where she began her training at Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Texas Ballet Theater. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Point Park University in May of 2012. She has had the great opportunity to perform in works by Martha Graham, Ohad Naharin, Sidra Bell, Robert Battle, Jessica Lang, and Kate Skarpetowska. The Wall Street Journal noted the “…feminine beauty and command of Point Park University’s Mikelle Rindflish at the haunting center of Graham’s ‘Heretic’ (1929).” Currently Mikelle dances in NYC for White Wave Dance, Marlena Wolfe, and Alyson Laury Dance.