Merce Cunningham Trust


Jamie Scott grew up in Great Falls, Virginia. She moved to New York to attend Barnard College and graduated with a degree in dance. In 2007 Jamie joined the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group where she had the great fortune to work closely with Merce for two years. Jamie joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 and danced his work all over the world until the company closed. She currently dances with the Trisha Brown Dance Company.


Banu Ogan was born in Ankara, Turkey and grew up in Bloomington, IN where she studied ballet with Lila Higgins and won a National Society of Arts and Letters career award in dance. In 1991 she graduated with a degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After finishing school, she moved to New York to study at the Merce Cunningham Studio and, in 1993, became a member of MCDC. She spent over seven years dancing in the company and originated roles in ten new works. Highlights included seasons at L' Opera de Paris and at La Fenice in Venice, and performing Merce Cunningham's Ocean, the last collaboration between Merce Cunningham and John Cage.  Banu joined the faculty of the Merce Cunningham Studio in 1998 and has since taught Cunningham technique in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Japan. She left the company in July 2000 and in November of that year co-directed the staging of Merce Cunningham's CRWDSPCR (1993) for the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2001 she co-directed the staging of Cunningham's Inlets II (1983) for students at New World School for the Arts in Miami, FL and in the fall of 2003 she was in residence at Columbia College in Chicago and directed the staging of MinEvent (2003). In February 2004 she was invited to stage Cross Currents (1964) for Aton/Dino Verga Dance Company in Rome, Italy. She has performed in the works of former Cunningham dancers Foofwa d'Imobilite and Ashley Chen.


Daniel Squire trained at White Lodge and at Rambert. He has performed with Michael Clark, Ian Spink, Matthew Hawkins, Merce Cunningham, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, John Kelly, Paulina Olowska, and others. He studied Shakespeare at RADA, has been a percussionist in several semi-professional orchestras, and continues to act, teach, play, dance, stage, and perform internationally. He was Curator for the Dance Program for the exhibit Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Photo: Lisa Carville)


Jean Freebury danced for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1992 - 2003. She has worked with various independent choreographers in New York including Douglas Dunn, Ashley Chen, Glen Rumsey, Ellen Cornfield, Katy Orthwein and Pam Tanowitz as well as creating work in collaboration with visual artist Marisela La Grave. Originally from Alberta, Canada she began her training at Alberta Ballet School and later at London Contemporary Dance School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and The Merce Cunningham Studio. She began teaching at the Merce Cunningham Studio in 1996 and has been on faculty at SUNY/Purchase since 2008 teaching both technique and repertory. She has staged the work of Merce Cunningham for the American Dance Festival - Inlets 2, University of Michigan - Minevent, 92nd Street Y - August Pace (excerpt), and with Patricia Lent for the University of Texas - Beach Birds.


Lisa Boudreau is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1994 - 2008. Lisa is currently a private yoga instructor. (Photo: Kate Hagerman)


Andrea Weber was a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2004 - 2011, performing roles in over 25 works. Andrea is on faculty of the Merce Cunningham Trust, teaching Cunningham Technique at New York City Center and at The Joffrey Ballet Trainee program. She has also taught at Brown University, Skidmore College, the American Dance Festival, Salem State College and Dance New Amsterdam. Andrea has staged Pond Way for Ballett am Rhein in Dusseldorf and Suite for Five for the CNSMD in Lyon. She has also danced with Coleman & Lemieux Compagnie, Dance Heginbotham, Queen of the Night, Jessica Lang Dance, Cornfield Dance, Jonah Bokaer and Charlotte Griffin.


Jennifer Goggans began dancing in her hometown of Owensboro, KY, and continued her studies at the Nutmeg Ballet in Connecticut. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase in 2000 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company that same year. Goggans danced with MCDC until the company's planned closure in 2011 and was named Assistant to the Director of Choreography during the company's Legacy Tour. Goggans has been teaching Cunningham Technique since 2005 and has taught master classes and workshops throughout the United States and across Europe. In addition, she has staged various Cunningham works including Cross Currents (1964) for the Augusta Ballet, Verb Ballet and the New York Theater Ballet, and also Winterbranch (1964) for Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project's inaugural season. Moreover, she and Robert Swinston staged Un jour ou deux (1973) for the Paris Opera Ballet and BIPED (1999) for the Bayerisches Staatsballett of Munich. Goggans has also staged Cunningham work for students at Yale Dance Theater, the Centre National de Dance Contemporaine (CNDC)-Angers, the Frank Sinatra Performing Arts High School and the Beijing Dance Academy. Goggans has performed with the Louisville Ballet, MOMIX, Chantal Yzermans, Christopher Williams, and has appeared as a guest artist with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She also studied fashion design at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology and has created costumes for Tere O'Connor's Wrought Iron Fog, as well as RoseAnne Spradlin's Survive Cycle and beginning of soemthing. She is currently working as the Studio Coordinator and faculty member for the Merce Cunningham Trust and recently completed teaching a course at the Juilliard School where she and Jean Freebury will be staging BIPED this spring.