When I see something good that reminds me what dancing can be at its most basic,
I'm faint with pleasure.
The village Voice
Seán Curran Company, which was founded in 1997, has presented 27 premieres and toured to over 65 venues in the U.S., France, Germany, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan. Presentations in New York City include Dance Theater Workshop, the Joyce Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, the Guggenheim Museum, New Victory Theater, 92nd Street Y/Harkness Dance Project, Danspace Project, Symphony Space, Central Park Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn.
In 2012, Seán Curran Company was chosen by DanceMotion USAsm (produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music) to perform and teach throughout Central Asia as cultural ambassadors of the US State Department. This journey inspired the the upcoming collaborative project, Dream’d in a Dream, between the Seán Curran Company and traditional Kyrgyz music ensemble Ustatshakirt Plus, whose repertory encompasses a unique form of Kyrgyz mountain music rarely heard in western concert settings. Dream'd in a Dream is an evening-length work that will have its New York City premiere in the fall of 2015.
The Company’s recently touring works include Left Exit — an examination of spirituality, faith, and religion commissioned by the University of Notre Dame, and Travel Songs — an evening of works with the Grammy Award-winning King’s Singers — which received tour support from the National Dance Project.
The company's artistic excellence has been recognized through funding from the Jerome Robbins Foundation, NYSCA, NEA, O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Harkness Foundation for Dance, NYFA, Greenwall Foundation, Arts International’s Fund for US Artists, Pentacle's ARC Fund, Theater Development Fund, and Altria Group, Inc.
Seán Curran (Artistic Director) began his dance training in traditional Irish step dancing as a young boy in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to make his mark on the dance world as a leading dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, with whom he received a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for his performance in Secret Pastures. Curran was an original member of the New York City cast of the Off-Broadway percussion extravaganza STOMP, performing in the show for four years. He has performed his solo evening of dances at venues throughout the United States as well as at Sweden's Danstation Theatre and France's EXIT Festival.
A graduate and faculty member of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Curran now serves as Chair of the Department of Dance. He has over 20 years of teaching experience in modern technique, improvisation, body percussion and composition as a visiting artist at the American Dance Festival, Harvard Summer Dance Center, Bates Dance Festival, Boston's Conservatory of Music, and over 100 U.S. university dance departments. Curran has created works for The Limon Dance Company, Trinity Irish Dance Company, ABT II, Denmark's Upper Cut Company, Sweden's Skänes Dance Theater, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Ririe Woodbury Dance Theater, and Dance Alloy.
Notable commercial projects include productions of Salome for Opera Theatre of St. Louis, San Francisco Opera, and Opera Montreal; Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream for The Shakespeare Theater; the twentieth anniversary production of Nixon in China, as well as Street Scene, Daughter of the Regiment, and The Pirates of Penzance at Opera Theater of Saint Louis. Choreography credits include New York City Opera productions of L'Etoile, Alcina, Turandot, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Capriccio, and Acis and Galetea; the Playwrights Horizons' production of My Life with Albertine; Shakespeare in the Park's As You Like It; and the Metropolitan Opera production of Romeo and Juliette. Curran's work has also appeared on Broadway in James Joyce's The Dead for Playwrights Horizons and The Rivals at Lincoln Center Theater.
Irish American Magazine selected Curran as one of its "Top 100.” He has been awarded several Choreographer's Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Seán Curran Company is a proud grantee of the National Endowment for the Arts. Happiest when making new work, Seán Curran hopes to continue to be an ambassador for the art of dance by building and educating the dance audiences of tomorrow.
Elizabeth Coker (Co-Artistic Director, Dancer) trained at the Washington School of Ballet and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba before joining The Washington Ballet for several seasons. She has been a member of the Seán Curran Company since 2006, and its Associate Artistic Director since 2009. Elizabeth has been creating work and performing with Ana Isabel Keilson since 2008.
Elizabeth graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in psychology and dance and earned an MA from Teachers College of Columbia University in the field of Motor Learning and Control. She is currently a doctoral student at Teachers College researching uses of motor imagery by dancers.
Elizabeth teaches contemporary technique and somatics at Tisch School of the Arts/New York University. She has taught and set choreography in university dance departments and dance companies across the country. She has assistant choreographed for and/or appeared with the Limon Dance Company, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera de Montreal, San Diego Opera and Yale Repertory Theater.
Rebecca Arends (Dancer) dances with the Seán Curran Company, Rosario, and Ana Isabel Keilson Company. She studied at The Ailey School (Oprah Winfrey Foundation Fellowship) and holds a degree in History and Afro-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Notable credits: Champion (Original Cast, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); DanceMotionUSA Tour of Central Asia (Seán Curran Company); Travel Songs: The King's Singers + Seán Curran Company; Anybodys (West Side Story, El Paso Opera); Kiss Exhibition (Tino Seghal, Guggenheim Museum). In 2014, Rebecca founded RAredancework, a non profit organization, dedicated to the performing arts. For more information please visit: www.rebeccaarends.com
Evan Copeland (Guest Artist) Born in Framingam, MA, raised in Camp Hill, PA, Evan grew up dancing at the Wevodau Dance Center and loved the oldies! He continued his training at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he received his BFA in dance and got to breifly study abroad at the Salzburg Experimental Acadamy of Dance(SEAD). He went on to work with The Seán Curran Company, as well as with Kyle Abraham/A.I.M., Wendy Blum, Stephen Koplowitz, Brook Notary, Elke Rindfleisch, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. He is involved with the Circle Rules Football Federation created by Greg Manley.
David Gonsier (Dancer) was born and raised in New York City. He came late to the dance world, starting his training while studying philosophy at Skidmore College. In modern concert dance, opera productions, and musicals he has toured across the US, Europe, and Asia. As well as performing with the Seán Curran Company, he can be found dancing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as freelancing in photography and graphic design.
Michael D. Gonzalez (Dancer) grew up in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, where he trained at Larkin Dance Studio under the direction of Michele and Shirley Larkin. After graduating from St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in 2008, he attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he earned his BFA in Dance upon graduation in 2011. While at school, he performed works by Gus Solomons Jr., Pamela Pietro, James Martin, and Lucinda Childs. He also danced with Andrew Jannetti and Dancers, the Charles Weidman Foundation, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Since graduation, Mr. Gonzalez has performed with the Metropolitan Opera and has stayed on as a performer with the Charles Weidman Foundation. He currently dances with the Metropolitan Opera and is a company dancer with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance Company and H.T. Chen & Dancers.
Michael Richman (Dancer) is originally from Omaha, NE and began his training as a vocal and instrumental musician at University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he first saw the Seán Curran Company perform. He now holds a BFA in Dance from University of Colorado Boulder. During his 8 years in Colorado, Michael had the opportunity to work with many choreographers including The Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Katie Elliott's 3rd Law Dance/Theater and Gabriel Masson Dance. He is an avid educator within the pageantry arena as well having been a performer with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps Colorguard and Oracle Winterguard before going on later to teach with many other premier colorguard programs. Michael also is Co-Artistic Director for his own dance collective called Tough Cookie Dance with his collaborator Josselyn Levinson-Dustin, creating humorous and absurd dances centered around the many issues that go along with being an artist.
Tony Guglietti (Guest Artist) received his B. F. A. in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Upon graduation he became a founding member of the Seán Curran Company and performed from 1997 to 2004 and is thrilled to return. As well as dancing with Seán, Tony has had the privilege of working and dancing with Peter Pucci, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Ben Munisteri and has also preformed on stage with the NYC Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. Tony is currently the dance director of the Pomfret School’s dance program (Pomfret, CT). He also has taught at schools throughout the northeast including Harvard University, Roger Williams University, Adelphi University, and the Groton School. Tony also holds seven scoring records for the NYU hockey team and is currently a Division I ice hockey referee. Thank you to Seán and this amazing company for the opportunity to come back and perform again.
Christina Robson (Dancer) is a New York City based dancer/performer/teacher/creator. She holds a BA in dance performance from Roger Williams University. In addition to working for Seán Curran Company since 2009, she also works with David Dorfman Dance, Monica Bill Barnes and Company, Alexandra Beller Dances, Heidi Henderson/Elephant Jane Dance, Kendra Portier | Band Portier, and The Space We Make. She has also performed in projects for Kyle Abraham, and Deganit Shemy. Rachel Rizzuto of Dance Teacher Magazine writes, "She is the modern dancer to watch of this next generation. Her ability to mold herself to any number of choreographers’ styles with ease and detail is truly exceptional."
Christina currently teaches at Gibney Dance Center, and Peridance Capezio Center. She has also been a guest teacher at Steps on Broadway, NYU Tisch (SADC), Moving Target Boston, Roger Williams University, Connecticut College, Colby Sawyer College and Hofstra.
Shane Dennis Rutkowski (Dancer) graduated magna cum laude/Phi Kappa Phi from Fordham University with departmental honors in communications and media studies. Credits include: Seán Curran Company, Alison Chase Performance, Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, Jody Oberfelder's 4Chambers, Tap Kids, and Step Up 2: The Streets. When not dancing he edits video and designs projections for many NYC based dance companies. www.shanewho.info
Rachel Salzman (Guest Artist) was born and raised in New York City, where she trained at the School of American Ballet and at the Paul Taylor School. Rachel has worked with CorbinDances, Ramon Oller, LottDance, and Jody Sperling/Time Lapse. Also a circus artist, Rachel performs her own choreography on aerial hoop, silk, and hammock as well as a fusion of dance, hand-balancing, and contortion. She performs regularly in NYC and London for the Box, Floating Kabarette, and Hiro Ballroom, among others. Recently she was part of the American exhibition at the Venice Biennale performing a 17-minute acrobatic solo on a replication of a first class airline seat.
Jin Ju Song-Begin (Dancer) is a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher from Seoul, Korea, whose work has been presented internationally in Korea, Japan and the U.S. Since permanently moving to New York in 2010, her work has been shown in many venues in NYC, including the REVERB Dance festival, Danspace at St. Marks Church, Movement Research at Judson Church, 92Y at noon and Dixon Place.
In 2012, Jin Ju founded her dance company, Da-On Dance. 2013 saw the premiere of Da-On Dance performing Song-Begin's evening-length work, THIRST at Danspace at St. Mark's Church. Current projects include the creation of neverend, an evening-length work which premiered summer 2014, and a new evening length work for Da-On Dance. Both projects will feature live music composed by Jerome Begin. Jin Ju is currently dancing with Douglas Dunn and Dancers and the Seán Curran Company, as well as several other choreographers in the city. She has been dancing with Sean Curran since 2010.
Aaron R. White (Dancer), Chicago, IL native, found dance at the age of 14. His training began in high school with Deidre M. Dawson (former member of Joseph Holmes Dance Theater) and soon intertwined with Pierre Locket of the Joffrey Ballet.
White leapt to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to acquire his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance and was the progenitor of the Outstanding Performance Award, presented by the Department of Dance.
He has also performed works by Jennifer Archibald, Germaul Barnes, Seán Curran, Paige Cunningham, Ruben Graciani, Whitney V. Hunter, Bill T. Jones, Renee Redding-Jones, Alex Ketly, Linda Lehovec, Andrea Miller, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Cynthia Oliver, Paul Singh, and Caitlin Trainor.
Immediately upon graduating with his B.F.A., White attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts to obtain his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Dance. During his time of study, he discovered the healing power of Reiki. Serendipitously, his path linked with Marilyn Vega to further deepen his energetic studies.
White loves being a member Seán Curran Company/family. Meanwhile, he continues to practice Reiki on numerous clients. He wishes to be a beacon of Light to support others, illuminate fears, and facilitate healing through Reiki, dance, and teaching. AaronRWhite.com
Joe Doran (Production Manager/ Technical Director) has worked with Armitage Gone! Dance, HT Chen and Dancers, Gabrielle Lansner and Co., and Martha Graham Dance Company, among others. He is the producing artistic director and resident designer of Equilateral Theatre Company, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2004. He recently designed an adaptation of "The Tempest" starring Olympia Dukakis for the Alpine Theatre Project. Regionally, Joe has designed for Historic Swift Creek Mill Theatre and Richmond VA’s Festival of the Arts at Dogwood Dell. He is the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Lighting Designer. He is an artistic member of Resonance Ensemble in NYC. Graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts. Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. www.joedorandesign.com
John Pendleton (Tour Manager) After several years as a guide/group leader/interpreter in the Soviet Union, China, Mongolia and other countries, John moved to work in the performing arts as interpreter/tour manager for Soviet dance and ballet companies and orchestras performing in the United States. This led to arts presentation and company management work and national and international tours with the Metropolitan Opera Presentations department, ICM and IMG Artists, the Aga Khan Music Initiative and The Edinburgh International Festival. Among John's touring arts projects were tours of the Bolshoi Opera, Ballet and Orchestra, Hamburg Ballet, NDT, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, National Ballet of China, and National Ballet of Cuba. John was also Company Manager at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. In his free time, John likes to restore and rehab houses.