DANCERS

Jennifer Wright Cook is a member of the Madrid-based dance/theater company “y espacio creativo artistes” (www.y1ky.org) who commissioned and premiered her 2004 solo work, “Terror Alert: Elevated: Orange…”. She has shown her work in Madrid, New York, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. From 1998 until 2004, she performed with the Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco. She has performed in the works of Rowena Richie, Lizz Roman, Randee Paufve, Erika Shuch/Kent Nicholson, Mark Swetz/Nadia Adame, Lea Wolf, Ashley Hayes, Brian Chung, and Lenora Lee. In New York, she has worked with Neil Greenberg, Sarah Skaggs and Mark Dendy. Jennifer taught in Laos as part of a DTW Mekong Project grant.

Jill Cantaluppi-Denninger graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Modern Dance in 1997. She is a Polarity and Craniosacral Therapist. Jill has been dancing with Blum Dance Theatre since 1998.

Brandt Johnson made his stage debut as a munchkin in a grade school performance of The Wizard of Oz. He later became an investment banker, played professional basketball in Germany and England, and toured Europe playing against the Harlem Globetrotters. He finally returned to the stage and has appeared in numerous New York City productions, including a previous Wendy Blum dance, Coffin Shopping; Blue Light Theater Company’s The Pitchfork Disney (Off-Broadway); Walt Disney’s workshop of Hoopz, directed by Savion Glover and Kenny Leon; the workshop of Joe Fearless with Matthew Broderick and Rosie Perez; Black, White & Blue at Primary Stages, Phil Bosakowski Theatre; Islands at the Blue Heron Arts Center; and Endless Air, Endless Water at Center Stage. He is a Williams College graduate and has an MBA from New York University.

Despina Sophia Stamos, born in Andros, Greece, has lived and danced in NYC for over a decade. She has performed for numerous choreographers including Julie Atlas Muz, Kristi Spessard, Hikari Baba, Joanna Mendl-Shaw, and Kay Nishikawa. Stamos currently dances for Chen & Dancers and Blum Dance Theatre. She collaborates with Wen Shuan Yang in choreographic events that appear in subways, ferries, piers, as well as at PS1/MOMA, DTW’s Fresh Tracks, and PS122’s New Stuff and internationally in Austria, Switzerland, Brazil and Germany. Stamos is the founder of the Modern Dance Awareness Society.

Erin Reck, artistic director of Torque Dance, is originally from Houston, Texas. She has been a member of Jane Weiner’s Hope Stone Dance Company, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Freefall Ltd./Lynn Marie Ruse and Molly Rabinowitz Dance. She has also had the pleasure of working with David Neumann, Kinesis Project, Blum Dance Theater, and Karl Anderson. Erin, who is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, assisted in creating and directing The Movement Salon, a dance and movement center in NYC, coordinated the Midtown Main Event of the Dancenow Festival, created and produced Up! on the Roof, a dance benefit for children with AIDS, co-created Whats Moving Us, a choreographer’s showcase, and is a recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant.

Storme Sundberg, originally from Detroit, MI, has lived in NYC for all of her adult life. Storme performs regularly with Jordan Fuchs. In 2005, she performed for three weeks in Noémie Lafrance’s Agora. She has performed in a carriage house, a public park, a navy museum, in department stores on cubes, and in Hindi wedding ceremonies. Storme teaches dance to children at Spoke the Hub, in Brooklyn, and at The Ballet School of Stamford, where she has also served as the Coordinator of Outreach Programming. Her choreography has been shown at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, BRIC Studio, and Rich Forum.

Diane Vivona’s performance credits include five years as a soloist with the Lewitzky Dance Company in Los Angeles and work with the Robert Kovich Company, Ron K. Brown, Troika Ranch, and Blum Dance Theatre in New York. In academia, she has taught courses at Manhattanville College and the Fashion Institute of Technology, been awarded a Visiting Professorship at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and held a three-year, full-time faculty position at Laban Center London. From 2002-2004 Diane was Executive Director of The Field. She currently directs DV Dance.

COMPOSERS
Justin Mullens’ music has been performed in New York at Birdland, Jazz Standard, Knitting Factory, Kavehaus, Detour, Cutting Room the Savoy, BAM, University Settlement, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Joyce Soho, chashama, and Dixon Place. He has been commissioned to write in styles varying from chamber music to “post-modern” jazz. In addition to recording his own work with The Justin Mullens Quintette and the Delphian Jazz Orchestra, his writing has been featured with Dimitri Guravitch Quintet, The Los Medanos Jazz Ensemble, and Ethan Eubanks. Justin Mullens & the Delphian Jazz Orchestra, his CD released by Fresh Sound Records-New Talent “gives some indication of the mercurial, multi-faceted nature of the trumpeter/composer/arranger’s unconventional music.” (All About Jazz) The CD can be found at Tower Records, J& R Music, Downtown Sound, and on the web.

Matt Cowan (electronic music) completed his musical studies at William Paterson University, returned to his native San Francisco and quickly became one of the Bay Area’s most in-demand saxophonists. His versatility enabled him to play with everyone from the Temptations to Reggae legend Don Carlos, Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians, San Francisco’s cult rock band The Billy Nayer Show, swing diva Lavay Smith and many others. He led his own trio at the Concord Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s, Big Sur Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and more.

COSTUMES
Naoko Nagata (costume design) has had a longstanding interest in clothing and how it move on a body in motion. For many years she made her living as a biochemist ; nowadays her laboratory is the rehearsal studio and she applies her understanding of the property of materials to costuming the dancers in ways that complement both their bodies and the dance itself. She has worked for a diverse group of New York choreographers, including David Dorfman, Bebe Miller, David Neumann, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, Jeanine Durning, Nami Yamamoto, and Karl Anderson. Naoko is an avid collector and restorer of 19th and 20th century lace.