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Sisters Show Brooklyn

Brooklyn Studios for Dance
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Sisters Show Brooklyn 2018: A shared evening of dance works in progress by Ilona Bito (NYC), Danica Bito (Seattle), Tuva Hildebrand (NYC+Stockholm), Emma Hreljanovic (Seattle), and Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson (NYC). Sisters Show Brooklyn reunites these cross-country and trans-Atlantic dance artists with shared practices and values to strengthen supportive networks through dance. These works are invited again to Sisters Show Seattle in June 2018.

Saturday April 14th 8p
April 14th 10p Sisters Show Dance Party!
$10 or Donate to our Indiegogo for the Party People perk!

Sunday April 15th 8p
April 15th Post Show Q&A with the artists.


The first Sisters Show, created by sisters Ilona and Danica Bito in June 2017, included over 25 performers, 3 NYC based artists and 6 Seattle based artists, at BKSD West- a one month residency including classes, shows, and community events at Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle June 2017. This spring’s platform in Brooklyn brings this exchange to Ilona's home of NYC, and digs into Sisters Show’s emerging values: We seek to encourage longterm connections across long distances, and peer to peer reflection to nourish resiliency in movement based artistic process. When we propose to present an evening of work together at any stage of development, we are interested in unearthing the sisterhoods that unfold from the intersections of shared practices, passions, mentors, and lived histories.

Performing in Sisters Show Brooklyn 2018:

Ilona Bito is a dance artist and educator from Seattle, WA, living in NY since 2006. Her choreographic processes, currently including the series of “Tantrum Alchemy” and “Mat Time,” investigate improvisation, play, and collaborative learning, and have been presented at STooPS, Panoply Performance Lab, Glasshouse, BKSD, Bizarre, Outpost, NYC Community Gardens and more. She has performed with Kathy Westwater and The Commons Choir/Daria Fain, Brooklyn Touring Outfit/Pepper Fajans, as a co-organizer of Occupy Dance, and as a member of the Bo Law Kung Fu Demo Team. She teaches movement arts to children at Abrons Arts Center, BKSD, and with Movement Research’s Dancemakers in the Schools, and Tai Chi and Qi Gong with Mind Over Matters and in the park, to adults of all ages. She recently returned from studying Baris dance in Batuan, Bali, and choreographing a youth production of “Grease” for Youth Bridge Global in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. She is an Underscore facilitator at Movement Research, and is completing Daria Fain’s Coremotion certification program this spring 2018 and. She holds a B.A. and MS. Ed. from Sarah Lawrence College. She shares her projects online at www.ilonabito.tumblr.com.

Danica Bito dances with momentum. This power was bestowed unto her by Marlo Ariz (Martin), and has since amplified under the teachings of Michele Miller. Her weekly life delves into the magic of Seattle-based companies: AJnC Dance (under Amy J Lambert), Catapult Dance/Michele Miller, and Marlo Ariz Dance Project. Since 2011 Danica has danced for Alicia Mullikin, Markeith Wiley, KT Niehoff, Kaitlin McCarthy, Maya Soto, and many others in Seattle. She has performed at Cornish Playhouse, Broadway Performance Hall, On the Boards, Erickson Theatre, and Velocity Dance Center numerous times. Danica's current research with Kaitlyn Dye (KJ) digs into the experiences of activism, civil disobedience, and the fire that rises from within. Danica and her sister, Ilona Bito, co-produce Sisters Show, a bi-coastal platform to bridge their Seattle and New York dance communities. Danica's magic culminates when she teaches at Exitspace School of Dance, grounds herself in Tai-chi and Kung Fu at Seattle Sil Lum, and smiles at a small child.

Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson is a movement artist exploring duality and the dissolution of identity. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, this one is a 2016 Movement Research VanLier Fellow. Illuminated by mentors Sidra Bell, Daria Faïn, Jaamil Kosoko and the Unseen Hand, this one's mode of inquiry is centered around the oneness of being. shantelle aka s+vois has worked with the Alison Chase Project, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Paloma McGregor, and Urban Bush Women. Their works have been presented at Light Lab, The Space Upstairs, Dixon Place, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the New Hazlett and at BRIC with AUNTS. Currently they are collaborating and performing with luciana achugar and the Commons Choir and would like to thank Bill T. Jones, and Movement Research for their support. So thankful to all those who support this one.

Sarah Gottlieb (Chicago/Madrid) is a dance artist who, through performance and pedagogical practice, creates containers in which the body's organization of personal experience can be explored in relation to our inherently political context. Her research focuses particularly on queer identity, feminist community, and the role of movement in re-patterning trauma, especially related to sexual violence. Sarah works independently and in collaboration with artists across disciplines; is the artistic director of BodyCompass Dance Project, based in Chicago; and has presented work across the United States and internationally in Colombia, Mexico, Spain, and France.

Kaitlyn Dye (KJ) is an educator, performer, and truth seeker that lives by one life rule, momentum. Originally from the mountains of Maryland, KJ graduated magna cum laude from Slippery Rock University of PA with a BA in Dance. She has had the privilege to perform the works of Doug Varone, Robert Battle, Chad Hall, Jennifer Keller, Ursula Payne, Ellie Sandstrom, Marlo Ariz (Martin) and Paige Barnes, among others. KJ's work has been presented in San Francisco, La Rouche College, (PA), The BOOST Dance Festival (SEA), and the National American College Dance Festival at the JFK Center for Performing Arts, (DC.). KJ has danced for Seattle based companies, The Three Yells and Badmarmar Dance. She currently creates with Michelle Miller’s company, Catapult Dance and is in creative process for Maya Soto and Nico Tower's premier of Beautiful Carcass. KJ takes deep pride in being a dance educator, as she fosters empowerment and develops artistic agency in her classroom. She currently teaches a range of levels and styles at Bainbridge Dance Center, Dance Fremont and Velocity Dance Center, where she also assists as a Stage and House Manager for local artists.

Tuva Hildebrand is a performer, maker and improviser based in Sweden and New York. Currently she's researching sexual subjectivity, violence and otherness through performance, somatic practices and improvisation. The last years she has been invested in bodily agency, sexuality and abuse, philosophical discourses around the self in relation to the collective, and performed her second evening-length interdisciplinary performance "that disgusting thing called intimacy" in New York and the Netherlands 2015-2016. Tuva is currently working closely with Eva Karczag, who has a background in Tai Chi, Alexander technique, BMC and Ideokinesis. She is also in OSF (a branch of Skinner Releasing Technique) teacher training with Stephanie Skura, and started her Alexander technique teacher training with Ann Rodiger at Balance Arts Center 2016-2017. In New York she has worked with Heather Kravas and Stacy Grossfield, as well as Julie Mayo, Kim Brandt, Mårten Spångberg, and performed works at the Chocolate Factory, the Kitchen, Danspace Project, 92nd Street Y Friday's at Noon, Judson Church, Pioneer Works and JACK in New York. Her own work has been presented at Jersey City Theater Center (NJ), Dixon Place, Center for Performance Research (NY), Pacific People, Theater aan de Rijn in Arnhem (NE), Theater Düsko Radovic in Belgrade (S), and Landskrona Teater (SE). Tuva's practice stems from her background in theater, dance, stage combat/martial arts and grew up with a leftist single mother who ran a small touring circus troupe, along side a father who's a philosopher. Her passion for healing practices has led her to teach improvisation based on somatic ideas as well as Meisner technique in Sweden. Her education is from the Royal Swedish Ballet School 2004-2006, Lund's High School for the Performing Arts 2006-2009, Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds 2009-2010, and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York (2013), and had an internship with Movement Research 2013-2015. She recently studied at DOCH in Stockholm fall 2017 in order to commence with her research. Artist in residencies includes Shua Space (NJ, 2017), Jersey City Theater Center (NJ, 2016), General Oost Produktion House, Arnhem (NE, 2015), Kulturni Centar GRAD (European Center for Culture and Debate), Belgrade (S, 2009), and Landskrona Teater, Landskrona (SE, 2009). http://tuvahildebrand.com. Tuva is incredibly grateful to be invited to be a part of this sisterhood of performers.

Emma Hreljanovic is a dancer, choreographer, and film artist from Mount Vernon, NY. In May 2015, she graduated from Bard College with a BA in Dance. She currently lives in Seattle, WA training in tai chi and kung-fu with Seattle Sil Lum, dancing with Michele Miller/ Catapult Company, and performing her improvisational work at locations such as Velocity Dance Center, Studio Seven, and local Open Mics. Emma began taking dance at age three in Eastchester, NY. At Bard College, she had the opportunity to perform works by Zvi Gotheiner, Bill T. Jones, and Beth Gill. Her dance education includes contact improvisation with Amii LeGendre and studying with Bard's New York Live Arts Partnership. Since arriving in Seattle, she has performed works by Michele Miller, Stephanie Liapis, and Corie Befort.

Anaïs Maviel is a vocalist, percussionist, composer, educator, curator & healer. Her recent work has been focusing on the function of music, understood in traditional societies as essential to settling common grounds and addressing Relation. Inspired by Edouard Glissant's reflections on Creolization, she has associated her work with the inextricable currents that move spaces and people between times and lands. The contemporary context of re-formulation of self, reality and social structures led her to question the use of language, and to explore its vibratory essence in music. Involved at the crossroads of mediums - music, visual art, dance, theater and performance art - she has been an in-demand creative force for artists such as William Parker, Steffani Jemison, Larkin Grimm, Daria Faïn, Cooper-Moore, Jawole Zollar to name a few. As a composer and musical director she is dedicated to substantial creations from solo to large ensembles, and to expanding the power of music as a healing & transformative act. Her path has led her to share her music extensively in New York, as well as in multiple places throughout North, Central, South America & Europe. Her solo debut hOULe, out on Gold Bolus Recordings, received international acclaim.

We look forward to seeing you at Sisters Show!