Merce Cunningham Trust

2017 FELLOWS

Jean Freebury is currently on faculty at the Juilliard School and SUNY/Purchase teaching Cunningham Technique and repertory classes. Jean danced for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1992 - 2003 and began teaching at the Merce Cunningham Studio in 1996. Originally from Canada, she received her early training at The Alberta Ballet School and later London Contmeporary Dance School and North Carolina School of the Arts. Staging experience includes Merce Cunningham’s Inlets II for the American Dance Festival, Minevent for the University of Michigan, Beach Birds with Patricia Lent for the University of Texas, BIPED with Jennifer Goggans for the Juilliard School and most recently Change of Address with Patricia Lent for UNSCA and Night Wandering for John Scott Dance. She was a 2014 and 2016 Merce Cunningham Fellow, reconstructing Windows and Change of Address. Other choreographers she has danced for include Pam Tanowitz, Douglas Dunn, Kota Yamazaki, Elke Rindfleisch, Glen Rumsey, Ellen Cornfield, Makram Hamdan and Katy Orthwein. She was a collaborator of Magnetic Laboratorium directed by visual artist Marisela La Grave from 2003 - 2008 creating site specific performances in New York City. She is co-owner of Inwood Healing Arts in upper Manhattan and a licensed massage therapist since 2005.

 

Meg Harper, a graduate of the University of Illinois, danced with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1968 -1977. Harper went on to work with Lucinda Childs (1979-1990), performing in the first revival of Einstein on the Beach (1984), directed by Robert Wilson.  She has been working as an actor/dancer with Mr. Wilson since 1998, most recently performing in an installation for Hermes, in NYC. Ms. Harper was a 2013 Cunningham Fellow, staging Sounddance (1974) with Thomas Caley, for the Ballet de Lorraine, and a year later, with Andrea Weber for the North Carolina School of the Arts. She was a 2016 Cunningham Fellow, with Jennifer Goggans, staging Walkaround Time (1968), first as a workshop at City Center followed by a month of work with the Paris Opera Ballet, where it was premiered in April of 2017. She is a 2017 Cunningham Fellow, with Jean Freebury, staging Sounddance for a workshop at City Center, with performances on June 23rd, 2017. Ms. Harper taught at the Cunningham Studio from 1968 until 2006. She is currently working as a performer with Carlos Soto in “Everything Alright, an epic nothing”, to premier in the spring of 2018. Harper also works with choreographers Marianna Kavallieratos and Vicky Shick. She teaches Qigong in senior centers and churches throughout New York City.

 

Dylan Crossman grew up in the south of France and studied in London at Laban/Trinity College of Music and Dance. He moved to New York 11 years ago, becoming a founding member of Peter Kyle Dance and has worked with choreographers Wally Cardona, Christopher Williams, Ellen Cornfield, Julia Gleich, Sean Curran and Bill Young. He has also managed a turkish restaurant in Soho. Dylan became an understudy in 2007, joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 and was part of the Legacy Tour, enjoying every second of it. Dylan has worked with Melissa Toogood and Jennifer Goggans on revivals for the Cunningham Trust. Now freelance, he works with Pam Tanowitz, Kimberly Bartosik/Daela, Sally Silvers, Ryan McNamara and Sylvain Emard (Montreal). Dylan has received a Bessie Award for his work in Tanowitz's Be in the Gray With Me while Kid Birds, a project he was the teacher/choreographer for and inspired by Merce Cunningham's Beach Birds won the 2014 Artistic and Cultural Audacity Award (FR). He is a part-time faculty member at Purchase College and for the Cunningham Trust and a NYLA associate artist. Crossman Dans(c)e was created in 2013 and looks at identity issues in human behaviour. Its work has been seen in New York at DanceRoulette, La MaMa moves!, Abrons Arts Center, Judson Church, Topaz Arts and Socrates Dance Festival, at The Yard (MA), in Montreal and in Montpellier (FR). Crossman Dans(c)e also works with children and adults, using dance as a means for social integration or conflict resolution. Crossman's latest piece, Here We Are, will premiere at Abrons Art Center in June 2017, in collaboration with Hubert Lafore with music by Jesse Stiles. Check out the latest news at www.dylancrossman.org

 

Jennifer Goggans graduated 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 for students and professionals across the globe, including BIPED for the Bayerisches Staatsballet of Munich as well as the Juilliard School, Cross Currents for New York Theater Ballet, Verb Ballet and the August Ballet, Un Jour ou Deux and most recently, Walkaround Time, for the Paris Opera Ballet, and Winterbranch for the Lyon Opera Ballet and Benjamin Millepied's LA Dance Project. 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 and RoseAnne Spradlin. Goggans is currently working for the Merce Cunningham Trust as the Artistic Coordinator.

 

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 the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Trainee program. She has also taught at SUNY Purchase, Brown University, Skidmore College, the American Dance Festival, ArcDanz Festival, NYU Tisch, ABT Studio Company, Salem State College and Dance New Amsterdam. Andrea has staged Pond Way for Ballett am Rhein and Ballet Vlaanderen, Suite for Five for the CNSMD in Lyon, RainForest for the Stephen Petronio Company, Sounddance at UNCSA, and How To Pass, Kick, Fall and Run for Boston Conservatory. She arranged and staged the Events for the Merce Cunningham: Common Time exhibit at both the Walker Arts Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Andrea has also danced with Coleman & Lemieux Compagnie, Dance Heginbotham, Jessica Lang Dance, Cornfield Dance, Jonah Bokaer, and Charlotte Griffin.

 

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

 
Jamie Scott is from Great Falls, Virginia and began her professional training at the Washington School of Ballet. She attended Barnard College and graduated Cum laude in 2005. Jamie worked with Merce Cunningham as a member of the Repertory Understudy Group beginning in 2007 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009. In 2012, Jamie began dancing with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. She has also worked with Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Ana Isabel Keilson, the Merce Cunningham Trust Bill Young and Kimberly Bartosik. Jamie teaches technique and repertory for both the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Merce Cunningham Trust. She was the recipient of a 2014-2015 Princess Grace award and a 2014 and 2016 Merce Cunningham Fellow.