DIRECTORS, DANCERS & GUEST ARTISTS
BRIAH Danse is on a journey to express our times through collaborating with visual and performing artists local, national and international. Jayne Persch is dedicated to the legacy of dance as a universal language of dance and the collaboration of artists to represent our times. To that end the company presents works from the 'trusts' of the masters in clung: Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Gerald Arpno, Bruce Woods and reaches into the future with new works from contemporary choreographers
BRIAH is a company of classical and contemporary dancers bringing a new voice in contemporary ballet to Colorado with a blend of classically trained ballet dancers and contemporary/modern dancers. In2018-19 season, dancers include: Sharon Wehner and Domenico Luciano with Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner from the Tudor Trust, Valerie Madonia setting new work.
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Guest Artists have included Jennifer de Palo guest performer; together with guest artists Vincent Hardy artist/performer and choreographer , Martin Lofsnes, choreographer, artist and Artistic Director of 360 Dance -NYC and David Zurak, performer, and choreographer supporting and continuing to work with BRIAH.
JAYNE PERSCH ~ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
JAYNE PERSCH began BRIAH /Colorado as a fulfillment of a dream and to carry on the traditions of Jayne Persch & Company/BRIAH Contemporary Danse. Her goal was to give visual voice to dancers, visual artists, musicians, dreamers and journeymen who live through their art. and to share her connections nationally and internationally with artists collaborationg through BRIAH - including the Bogliasco Foundation; Alda Fendi Foundation; Festival OFFd'Avignon and the Morton E. Goulder Trust.
Ms. Persch has danced with some of the finest dancers and companies in the history of dance including Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, the Royal Ballet (London) and American Ballet Theatre. She has taught and worked as a dance therapist through Europe in Italy, Nederlands, Denmark, Germany and Spain at the Royal Danish Ballet, Accademia Nazionale de Roma; served as Artistic Director, Associate Director and Choreographer for many small companies throughout the US and Europe. She presenting her work at Festival OFF d'Avignon and Montpelier, France and through the MacDowell Colony in the US. She has created more than 40 works, collaborating with visual artists; composers such as Michael Torke, Alvin Singleton, the Copland Trust, and fellows from the MacDowell Colony. Jayne holds a Master of Arts degree in Dance. She is certified through SIDI and has presented her work at IADMS, International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She is a member CID-UNESCO .
Sharon Wehner is originally from San Jose, California. She trained with Jody White and David Roxander, San Jose Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and San Jose/Cleveland Ballet.
Ms. Wehner is former Principal Dancer with Colorado Ballet
has performed many lead roles with the Company. including Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Medora in Le Corsaire, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppelia, Mina in Dracula, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, the Principal couple in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes and Rubies, Antony Tudor’s Leaves are Fading, and Twyla Tharpe’s In The Upper Room. She has been honored to have solos and pas de deaux created on her by choreographers Edwaard Liang, Mathew Neenan, Christopher Wheeldon, Darrel Grand Moultrie, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Brian Reeder and Toru Shimazaki.
In addition to Colorado Ballet, Ms. Wehner has also performed with The Washington Ballet, Oakland Ballet and Amy Seiwert’s Imagery.
She has also been a guest artist at the Vail International Dance Festival,
and in Japan in the Aoyama Ballet Festival, and the National Ballet of Japan’s Golden Ballet
Domenico Luciano was born in Naples, Italy and in 1999, he graduated from Royal Teatro di San Carlo Ballet School in Naples. That same year, he joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany. After dancing with several companies in Europe including Europadance in France, Maggio Danza in Florence, Teatro Dell’Opera in Rome and Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Domenico joined Tulsa Ballet in 2004 as a Demi-Soloist. In 2005, he joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston as Principal Dancer. He joined Colorado Ballet in 2013. His repertoire not only includes many of the classical principal leading roles, he also excels in contemporary works.
As an international Principal Guest Artist, Domenico has danced in productions with Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Quad Cities, The Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Atlanta Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, National Ballet of China and The New National Theater in Tokyo. He has also been invited to various national and international galas and dance festivals. Pointe Magazine named him “Standouts: Our 12 favorite performances of 2009.”
Domenico Luciano is working with BRIAH as both a dancer and choreographer for Project '19 .
Chauncey Parsons Born in Santa Barbara, California, Chauncey Parsons began dancing at age 12, at the Santa Barbara Ballet Center, under Michelle Pearson and Denise Rinaldi. At 15, he was accepted into the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C., where he trained for three years under Vladimir Djouloukhadze. After graduating, he performed for the State Street Ballet, under Rodney Gustafson, for two years. In 2002, he joined the Colorado Ballet as a soloist under Martin Fredmann, and in 2004 was promoted to the rank of principal dancer. In 2008, he joined OBT as a soloist under Christopher Stowell, and was promoted to principal in 2009. Over the course of his career he has danced a wide variety of roles, including Basil in Don Quixote, Count Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. Further, he has danced leading roles in Balanchine’s Rubies, Emeralds, Tarantella, The Nutcracker, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Michael Pink’s Draculaand The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo, Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero and Never Stop Falling (In Love), Paul Taylor’s Company B, and others. BRIAH is excited to see him reconstruct Antony Tudor's Romeo.
Emily is from Argyle, TX and began her professional training under Marina Almayeva. In 2006, she was a Finalist at World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. Emily won first place in the classical division at the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix Regionals. Emily was one out of a hundred participants worldwide who qualified and competed in the 2010 Varna International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. In 2014, she went to the USA IBC in Jackson, MS. During her career, she has danced professionally with Alabama Ballet, Ballet Tucson and Boulder Ballet and has performed multiple principle and soloist roles. She danced in the Vail Dance Festival in 2015 and 2017. She joined Colorado Ballet in 2014.
Emily has danced in these selected roles: in Flower Girl in Don Quixote, Little Russians in George Balanchine's Serenade, George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, Antony Tudor's Lilac Garden, Antony Tudor’s Continuo, Daniel Precup's Bolero
Third Act Raymonda, The Wedding Pas de Deux from Don Quixote, The Fairy Doll Pas de Trios staged by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner "Scherzo" in Christopher Wheeldon's A Midsummer's Night Dream, Cygnets and Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Pink in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, and is dancing with BRIAH through the courtesy of Colorado Ballet.
Nic Pelletier was born in Quebec City, Canada. He moved to California when he was eight, where he attended the San Francisco Ballet School for 10 years. He completed his training with Canada’s National Ballet School in 2010 and joined Alberta Ballet in 2011. During his six years with the Company, he had the opportunity to dance many principal roles. He also had the pleasure of working closely with Jean Grand-Maître in the creation of many new works throughout his time at Alberta Ballet, including pas de deuxs and solos. This is his first season with Colorado Ballet,
Dance training and awards: San Francisco Ballet School for 10 years
Graduated from Canada's National Ballet School in 2010
Joined Colorado Ballet: 2017 Selected roles and ballets: Dracula in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula Romeo in Jean Grand-Maître's Romeo and Juliet Divertimento No. 15 Four Temperaments Swan Lake Giselle Cinderella Don Quixote Madame Butterfly Othello The Nutcracker John Neumeier's Yondering George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes
Fernanda from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She trained at the Escola Estadual de Danca Maria Olenewa in her hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was later was awarded a full scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet. Upon graduating she joined. The Washington Ballet under Septime Webre as a Studio Company member, where she performed in classics such as Le Corsair and Giselle, as well as in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Theme and Variations and Who Cares? Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove and Trey McIntyre’s Blue Until June Suite.
She joined Colorado Ballet in 2014 and again in 2016, and has since had the opportunity to perform in masterpieces by Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Twyla Tharp and Val Caniparoli.
As an instructor, Ms Oliveira has administered classes in her native Rio de Janeiro, in Washington, DC and Oklahoma City, and she has been been teaching with the Colorado Ballet Academy since 2015. Since she began exploring her passion for choreography in the past few years, Ms. Oliveira has created two ballets for Colorado Ballet, Saudade (2017) and All Strings Attached (2018), presented at Colorado Ballet’s Attitude on Santa Fe program.
Fernanda is working with BRIAH through the courtesy of Colorado Ballet.
Francesca Mastrocci originally from Miami, Florida, Francesca Martoccio received her early ballet training at Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and at the New World School of the Arts. In May 2016, Francesca graduated from SUNY Purchase where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a Ballet Concentration. She performed several roles with Purchase Dance Company. In 2014, Francesca was chosen by the faculty to study abroad in Hong Kong, China at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. After graduating, Francesca joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company for the 2016-2017 season and was promoted to the Company in 2017.
Cella will join BRIAH 2019-20
Arianna Ciccarelli is from Bristol, Connecticut. She began dancing ballet at age 12 and studied in the pre-professional resident program at The Nutmeg Conservatory for The Arts. She also spent her summers training at The School of American Ballet, English National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Washington Ballet. Arianna was a member of the Colorado Ballet Studio Company during the 2013-2014 season. Before joining Colorado Ballet in 2016, she spent two years dancing with Ballet Arizona. Selected Roles at Colorado Ballet: Selected roles and ballets:
Little Mermaid in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s The Little Mermaid, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Crystals, Spanish and Marzipan in The Nutcracker, Cygnets in Swan Lake. More about Arianna:
In 2017, she danced in the title role of Little Mermaid in The Little Mermaid. Performing with BRIAH through the courtesy of Colorado Ballet in 2019-20
Alexis comes to BRIAH as an accomplished dancer and Ballet Mistress of Company C based in California dancing roles from choreographers Charles Anderson, Alexandre Proia, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor. She is also guest artist with Kim Robards Dance, Berkeley City Ballet, and Oakland Ballet, performing works from Carlos Carvajal, Robert Garland, Francesca Harper, Margaret Jenkins and Ron Giudi. Alexis danced in the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony with Kim Robards. Alexis graduated from Julliard and danced with the Julliard Ensemble with Desmond Richardson in Picasso Dances by George Faison, as well as works by Colin Connor, Adam Hougland, Igal Perry, Abdur Rahim-Jackson, Mauricio Wainrot, Reginald Yates.
Jean is from San Antonio, Texas, Always looking for challenges, she has led a life full of experiences and growth. She attended Mayra Worthen Ballet School and danced with the junior company, Texas Ballet Concerto in San Antonio, Texas, in her teen years. Throughout these years she had the privilege to attend summer programs with Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, at the age of 13, and Pacific Northwest Ballet at the age of 16. Before joining Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet at 18 in January 1997. During her career she was fortunate to have worked with artists such as Paul Mejia, Suzanne Farrell, Kevin O’Day, Trey McIntyre, Tim O’Keefe, Deborah Hadley, Bruce Simpson and Ben Houk, to name a few. After retiring from the ballet Jean obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Baylor University and went on to specialize as a Labor and Delivery nurse in the civilian sector. She then commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force After separating from the military and becoming part of the Reserves, she continued on to obtain her Master’s of Science in Nursing in Women’s Health from Vanderbilt University. Jean is certified and licensed as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Colorado, and is happy to be helping the lives of many women through all stages of life as she works at South Denver OBGYN & Midwives. She is married to photographer, Jensen Walker and mother of two, 10 year-old Genevieve, and 8 year-old Julian. Though these last 15 years have been full of enriching experiences and growth for She is now exhilarated to return to explore dance again and believes with life’s experiences she has more depth and passion to share in what can be portrayed in her movement and artistry.
Molly Groeschl, a Montana native, is currently a company member with Ballet Tucson. She has trained year-round at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet West, and spent summers with American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Orlando Ballet School. Molly graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah with a B.F.A. in Ballet Performance and Nutrition Minor while dancing with Ballet West and Utah Ballet. She has performed professionally with Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet West, and with Colorado Ballet's Studio Company prior to joining Ballet Tucson in 2017. Molly has had the privilege to perform leading roles such as Pigtail Girl in Lichine's Graduation Ball, Demi-Soloist in Balanchine's Walpurgishnaut, Principal (Pink) in Arpino's Birthday Variations, and Lead Trio . This will be her first appearance with BRIAH Danse, and she is thrilled to be
Martez McKinzy (Guest performer)
Originally from Kansas City, MO, Mr. McKinzy studied with Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey under the direction of Tyrone Aiken. Having been a member of Cleo II and an apprentice to the company, he was member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble for three seasons, and is now guesting with the Ensemble and other area companies. Guest Artist through the courtesy of Cleo Parker Robnson Dance.
Antony Tudor Ballet Trust
Antony Tudor/Antony Tudor Trust
Tudor is generally accepted as of the great originals of modern dance forms. Along with George Balanchine, he is seen as a principal transformer of ballet into a modern art, but of a genius that uses, rather than proceeds from, ballet forms. His work is usually considered as modern “psychological” expression, but — like their creator - of austerity, elegance and nobility, remarkably primarily using only classical forms. Mikhail Baryshnikov said, "We do Tudor's ballets because we must. Tudor's work is our conscience.' A disciplined Zen Buddhist, Tudor died on Easter Sunday in his residence at the First Zen Institute of America, aged 79.
Thirty of Tudor's dances have been documented in Labanotation by the Dance Notation Bureau. The scores' introductory material contains history of the dances, cast lists, stylistic notes, background on Tudor, and information needed to stage the works (costumes, sets, lighting, music).
The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust was established to continue staging Mr. Tudor’s works. His Last Will and Testament appointed Sally Brayley Bliss as the sole Trustee of his ballets upon his death in 1987. In 2019, Amanda McKerrow was appointed Sole Trustee of the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust.
Amanda McKerrow - Répétiteur
Amanda McKerrow is one of America's most acclaimed ballerinas. She has the honor of being the first American to receive a gold medal at the lnternational Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1981. Since then she has been a recipient of numerous other awards, including the Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship. Ms. McKerrow was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began her ballet training at ! the age of seven at the Twinbrook School of Ballet in Rockville, Maryland. She later studied with Mary Day at the Washington School of Ballet, where she danced with the company for two years and toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. McKerrow joined the American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1982, was appointed a soloist in 1983, and became a principal dancer in 1987. Her repertoire includes: the leading roles in Cinderella, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, La Bayadere, Coppelia, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, and The Nutcracker. She has been acclaimed for performances of shorter works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Sir Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, and Juri Kilian. Ms. McKerrow has created roles in ballets by choreographers such as Twyla Tharpe, Clark Tippet, lames Kudelka, Agnes DeMille, Choo San Goh, and Mark Morris. She has also appeared as a guest artist throughout the world.
In 2000, together with her husband John Gardner, Ms. McKerrow began working for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust, staging and coaching his superlative Leaves Are Fading around the country. She has also staged numerous other ballets for professional companies and schools across the United States. During her last ten years performing as a principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre, she spent as much time as she could working with students and young dancers. Upon her retirement from ABT in 2005, she has devoted the majority of her time to teaching and coaching this great art form that she loves so much.
John Gardner - Répétiteur was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and began his ballet training at age 12 with Gwen Ashton in Lafayette, and subsequently trained at the National Academy of Arts in Champagne, Illinois, under the direction of Michael Maule. He received a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) at the age of 16 and joined ABT's second company three months thereafter, in 1977. In 1978 he joined ABT's main company and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1984. Mr. Gardner's diverse repertoire included many soloist and principal roles, representing an extensive range of styles and giving him the opportunity to work with some of the great ballet choreographers of the 20th century, including Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes DeMille, and George Balanchine.
In 1991, Mr. Gardner joined Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, affording him the opportunity to work closely with choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, and Martha Graham. Mr. Gardner created numerous roles during his time with the White Oak Dance Project and toured extensively in Europe, the United States, Asia, and South America. He returned to ABT in 1995, where he danced a wide variety of roles with the company until 2002. In 2000, Mr. Gardner, together with his wife Amanda McKerrow, began working for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust, staging and coaching his superlative ballet, Leaves are Fading, around the country.
During the course of his career, Mr. Gardner has achieved an excellent reputation as a master teacher and coach for ballet on both the professional and student levels, and has staged numerous ballets for professional companies and schools across the United States.
Granted to BRIAH Danse: For Project '19, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, repetiteurs for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust, staged " The Leaves are Fading - Pas de Deux #2, and worked on the reconstruction of "Cereus" and 'Romeo's Farewell from Antony Tudor’s full length“Romeo and Juliet” .
Guests & Artists 2012-17
Vincent Hardy ~ Guest Artist/Choreographer - BRIAH
Vincent’s abilities earned him a scholarship to the Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego. He attended Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance, and was hired into Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2011, directed by former Alvin Ailey members Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. After touring with Complexions throughout the US, Italy and Israel, Vincent returned to California to pursue a career in commercial dance, performing and teaching choreography. His teaching credentials include serving on the faculties of Maple Conservatory (Irvine, California), Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (Kent, CT), The Academy of performing Arts (San Diego, CA), and Ad Deum Dance Company (Houston, TX). While holding these various positions, his responsibilities included instructing, rehearsing, and choreographing. Vincent recently received his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) studying choreography and sacred dance. Vincent Hardy was also formerly the Director of Stage Production at Belhaven University (BU). He is currently lives in Dallas Texas where he is an instructor and choreographer for the Dance Revolution touring covention and company.
Jennifer de Palo-Peterson ~ Guest Artist - BRIAH
Jennifer holds a BFA magna cum laude from The Boston Conservatory, was a Principal with the Martha Graham Dance Company since 1997, was a soloist with Buglisi/Foreman Dance Theatre and Ballet Hispanico, and performed as a guest artist with Boston Ballet Night of Stars in 2011.
She is the owner/founder of 212body a Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yoga, Dance and bodywork studio on the upper west side of nyc at 71st and broadway and it is dedicated to mindful healing movement. She is nw the owner of Gyrotonic Bodhi in Boulder, CO.
Jennifer and her family recently moved to Colorado and since landing she has become a member of Deena and Gabe Selko's MOTH Poetic Circus, was recently asked to join Jayne Persch's BRIAH Danse as Associate Artistic Director and Ballet Mistress as well as a dancer, she will join Katie Elliot's 3rd Law Dance Theatre for her Bach Uncaged starting in December and is excited to teach company classes for David Reuille's Apex Dance Company.
She was honored to receive the Princess Grace award and Coca-Cola awards for artistic excellence as well as Ballet 2000's Best Dancer in Cannes along with her Graham partner Maurizio Nardi.
Jennifer has set two of Graham's masterworks for the University of South Carolina, taught master classes throughout the world while touring and teaches residencies at Centro de Andalucia de Danza in Seville Spain and Ballet Nacionale in Queretaro, Mexico and was Ramon Oller's Metros, ballet mistress on tour.
MARTIN LOFSNES GUEST ARTIST & CHOREOGRAPHER was born in East Germany and grew up in Norway. He founded 360° Dance Company in 2007 as a place for dance artists to grow, experiment and expand their horizons, through presenting classic modern dance works and contemporary commissions. Dance is a living art-form and 360 exists to be a part of connecting with our heritage as we move into the future. Choreographing new works for 360 as well as licensing and commissioning works by other contemporary artists, Martin hopes to keep developing his own artistic voice, while creating an exciting, nourishing environment for dance artist at any stage of their careers. Before 360, Martin performed as a Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 19993- 2006. He also appeared in Matthew Bourne’s Broadway production of ‘Swan Lake’ and performed with Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Pearl Lang Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/the Group and Errol Grimes Dance Group. In addition to original choreographic works for 360°, Martin’s choreography has been commissioned and produced by Kanopy Dance Company (Madison, WI) and The Ailey School.Martin received his early dance training in Ballet, Jazz and Graham in Norway with Kirsti Skullerud and Øyvind Jørgensen. 1990-92 he studied at London Contemporary Dance School/The Place with wonderful teachers like Clover Roope, Ronald Emblen, Jane Dudley and Susan McGuire. He came to NYC on a scholarship to the Ailey School in ‘92 and studied at the Martha Graham School while performing with the Martha Graham Ensemble. Martin is on the faculty of the Ailey School and Purchase College/SUNY. Teaching credits include Martha Graham School, La Guardia High School, State College of Dance (Oslo, Norway), Ballet de Monterrey, Monterrey, MX, CENADAC, Queretaro, MX. He is a member of the Arts Advisory Committee of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and is also the Custodian of Jane Dudley’s master work “Time is Money,” responsible for licensing and restaging of the piece on behalf of the Jane Dudley Estate.
David Zurak. Guest Artist & Choreographer - BRIAH
David Zurak is a physical theatre artist exploring facets of the human psyche and consciousness via elements of dance, theater and film. He has most recently been a Dartmouth Artist-in-Residence with New York Theatre Workshop and graduated from the University of Southern California with a MFA in Acting. Formerly a lead dancer with the Martha Graham Company and the Lucinda Childs Company, he has also performed with Robert Wilson, Richard Move, Sean Curran, John Kelly and David Gordon and has served on faculty at UC Irvine, the LABAN Center and the Martha Graham School. More info www.dzurak.com. We remember David - rest now.
CONTRIBUTING & COLLABORATING ARTISTS:
Composer, musican, Videographer
John will debut his new album and created work for BRIAH - 'Infinity's Edge' in April 2016 Performance in Colorado 2016-17.
Karen Feuer Schwager
Contemporary Visual Artist
KAREN FEUER-SCHWAGER is an international artist currently living in Laguna Beach California. Her former domiciles include France, Switzerland, New York, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.
Ms Feuer-Schwager is an experimental artist who works on unusual support materials such as Plexiglas, Polaroid film, tea bag paper and site-specific installation. Besides painting on non-conforming materials, she creates installations using polymer skins on glass. Her installations include” Traces”, OsCene 2004 at the Laguna Art Museum, curated by Tyler Stallings; “Traces of Spring”, Grand Central Art Center 2005, curated by Andrea Harris and Dennis Cubbage, “Curtain” a tea bag paper weaving installation, 2008 Coastline College Gallery in the “Drawing Extended” curated by Jay Sagen.
Her work as an artist working with installations took on a new dimension last February 2013, owing to her collaboration with dancer, choreographer, teacher/ballet master, Jayne Persch*, working with the Boulder Ballet Co. Ms Persch choreographed several dances in the program " STEPPING OUT”. Karen’s wall sculpture SHAPE SHIFT from her GARMENTAIZATION PROJECT were the inspiration for Ms Persch's choreography. The two are now combining their talents again to collaborate on Dance performances with Ms Persch's dance company BRIAH DANCE.
Karen has had a long career as both an artist and an educator. Besides being formally educated in the arts, she has had the good fortune to have two mentors:Her Father, Otto Feuer, her very earliest influence on her artistic development, was one of the creative cartoonists in Max Fleisher’s Studio during the late '30's early '40's. An excellent draftsman with a whimsical personality, he initiated the redesign of the iconic character Betty Boop to make her the sexpot cartoon of the 20th century. Don Stacy* who influenced the direction her art would take up to the present.
Julia Emery has been playing the cello for seventeen years, and graduated in 2013 from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music with a degree in Cello Performance. Her primary teacher was Richard Slavich. In the fall of 2011 Julia studied abroad at the University of London-Goldsmiths, during which she was principal cellist in the Goldsmiths Sinfonia. While abroad, she also studied privately with cellist Alice McVeigh.
Beyond playing music in the concert hall, Julia has been deeply involved for many years in playing music for communities of elders and for people who are ill and dying. These communities include the Presbyterian St. Lukes Oncology Wards in Denver, the Boulder Senior Center and clients of Windhorse Elder Care. Currently, she also serves on the Council for the Boulder based organization Conversations on Death, which focuses on events aimed at awareness, education and advancement of knowledge and understanding of the death and the dying process. Julia has also collaborated with a variety of artists and ensembles spanning a wide range of artistic interests, backgrounds and mediums. These include Sound Circle Eurythmy and the Playground Ensemble.
Julia aspires to use her love and knowledge of music as a way to help others through difficult times in their lives, as well as a means of bringing cultures together and promoting better cross-cultural knowledge and understanding.