Darrell Jones, Dancer/Collaborator
Darrell Jones has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of choreographers and companies such as Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, Min Tanaka, Ralph Lemon, and KOKUMA Dance Theater. Along with performing, Jones continues to choreograph and teach. He has collaborated with other choreographers including Kirstie Simson, Angie Hauser, Jeremy Wade, Lisa Gonzales, Paige Cunningham, and writer, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor; musicians Jessie Mano, Brian Schuler, and DJ Franco De Leon; and designer, Mawish Syed, in dance films, documentations and interactive multimedia installations. In addition to his collaborative work Jones has also choreographed and produced group projects. Jones is presently a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago. His classes are informed by his training and studies in a variety of contemporary dance techniques and traditional dance forms.
Maya Ciarrocchi, Video Artist and Projection Designer
Maya Ciarrocchi is a video artist and projection designer. Her work has been exhibited in New York at: Chashama; the Chocolate Factory; Dance Theater Workshop; the 2010 Governor's Island Art Fair; School of Visual Arts; Westbeth Gallery; Sasha Wolf Gallery; and Artisphere, (VA); Borderlines Film Festival, (UK); Hammer Museum, (CA); Moving Pictures Festival, (Canada). In addition to her gallery installations she has created video and projections for dance and theatre with such performing artists as Merce Cunningham, Ping Chong, Bebe Miller, and Donna Uchizono. Ciarrocchi has received residencies from the Kala Arts Institute (CA), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NYC), and the Ucross Foundation (WY), and is the recipient a 2006 Bessie award for her video design in Bebe Miller Company's Landing/Place. Upcoming projects include a commissioned installation for New York Live Arts and a large-scale installation centering on Mountain Top Removal mining practices in Appalachia. Ciarrocchi earned a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts.
Lily Skove, Video Artist
Lily Skove is a filmmaker and choreographer, creating for the screen, installation, and live performance. Her films have been shown at Dance Theater Workshop's Digital Series, The Ohio Short Film and Video Showcase, The San Diego/Tijuana DANCEonFILM Festival, and Dance Camera Istanbul, her music videos have been released for The Chandeliers on record labels Pickled Egg Records in Europe, and Obey Your Brain in the States, and she has worked as the video editor on Synchronous Objects For One Flat Thing, Reproduced, a website and installation made in collaboration between The William Forsythe Company and The Ohio State University. Her dance company, Skoveworks, has been presented at the Chocolate Factory Theater in New York City, the Laiks Dejot International Contemporary Dance Festival in Riga, Lativa, and Oberlin College among other venues. Skove has been on faculty at the The Ohio State University teaching in the Dance and Technology program, and has taught at Oberlin College and the Latvian Academy of Culture's Institute for Choreography in Riga, Lativa. Currently, Skove freelances in camera departments of feature films and owns the Production Company, Electric Orange Media, with her husband, TJ Hellmuth. Skove holds a Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre, U.K., an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, and a BA in Dance and English from Wesleyan University.
Michael Mazzola, Lighting Design
Michael Mazzola is a long-time Bebe Miller Company collaborator. His critically acclaimed lighting and scenery have been seen in venues all over the U.S. and Europe, ranging from opera houses to circus tents to outdoor amphitheaters. A three-time New York Dance and Performance Award recipient, Mazzola has recently been given awards on the west coast for his lighting of musical theater and drama.
Michael Wall, Sound Composition/Design
Michael Wall began collaborating with dance and other art forms at an early age and continues to work with artists, internationally. He has made work for the Jose Limon Company, Mark Haim, Lisa Race, John Evans, Lucky Kele, David Dorfman, David Grenke, Rudy Perez, Pam Pietro, Pat Mayer, K.J. Holmes, Paulette Sears, Julia Ritter, Randy James, Martha Tornay/East Village Dance Project, Jenn Nugent, Wally Wolfgruber, Heather McArdle, everything smaller, Incidents Physical Theater, Merge Dance, and many others. Wall and designer, Jamie Karczewski, have formed the company ASIMPLESOUND, LLC that produces music and resources for dance, film, and other media. Wall works full-time in the Department of Dance at Ohio State University and accompanies at the Bates Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival. His music and new recordings can be found at asimplesound.com
Talvin Wilks, Dramaturg
Talvin Wilks is a playwright, director and dramaturg. His plays include Tod, the boy, Tod, The Trial of Uncle S&M, Bread of Heaven, and An American Triptych. Directorial projects include the world premiere productions of UDU by Sekou Sundiata (651Arts/BAM), The Love Space Demands by Ntozake Shange (Crossroads), No Black Male Show/Pagan Operetta by Carl Hancock Rux (Joe's Pub/The Kitchen), Banana Beer Bath by Lynn Nottage, (Going to the River Festival), the Obie Award/AUDELCO Award winning The Shaneequa Chronicles by Stephanie Berry (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Relativity by Cassandra Medley (Ensemble Studio Theatre - AUDELCO nomination for Best Director 2006), and On the Way to Timbuktu by Petronia Paley (Ensemble Studio Theatre - AUDELCO nomination for Best Director 2008). He has served as co-writer/dramaturg for ten productions in Ping Chong's ongoing series of Undesirable Elements, and dramaturg for four collaborations with the Bebe Miller Company: Necessary Beauty, Going to the Wall, the Bessie Award winning Verge, and Landing/Place for which he received a 2006 Bessie Award for Dramaturgy.
WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE DANCE SERIES
The Women of Substance dance series is copresented by The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University and Northrop Concerts and Lectures, and focuses on women in dance.
Created at St. Catherine University in 1996, The O'Shaughnessy's acclaimed Women of Substance events have featured national and International Artists in the Twin Cities. Building on St. Catherine's outstanding reputation of developing women to lead and influence, Women of Substance has served thousands of girls and women from various backgrounds and nationalities, offering them inspiration and hope by attending performances of extraordinary role models.
Founded to encourage women to find their voice and place on life's stage, the events continually reminds audience members of all genders the importance of living lives of substance.
NORTHROP CONCERTS AND LECTURES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Northrop Concerts and Lectures, the University of Minnesota's arts presenter, is dedicated to the advancement of the education, research, public engagement, and diversity mission of the University of Minnesota through the pursuit of excellence and innovation in the performing arts, community service, and creative exchange.
Northrop Concerts and Lectures is also committed to civic engagement and community discourse. We proceed with the values of partnership and collaboration, and we are committed to bridging the intellectual and artistic life of the university with the goals and issues of the local community, the nation, and the world.
THE O'SHAUGHNESSY AT ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY
Located on the scenic main campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, The O'Shaughnessy is one of the Twin Cities' premiere venues for showcasing the arts. During the first 15 years of operation the hall was filled with classical, orchestral, and modern music. After the construction of the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, The O'Shaughnessy established itself as a venue for regional and local dance organizations such as CAAM Chinese Dance, The James Sewell Ballet, TU Dance, Katha Dance, Ballet Minnesota, Out on a Limb and countless others. In addition, the venue features performances by a number of local arts companies, hosts public events, student performances and multicultural programming with an emphasis on dance, music and theater. The O'Shaughnessy is the home of Women of Substance, which showcases the artistry and innovative work of women, both prominent and emerging in their field, whose voices need to be heard. In addition, The O'Shaughnessy hosts concerts and lectures featuring prominent artists and dignitaries.
The O'Shaughnessy holds a unique place in the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities as both an arts presenter and rental hall. The venue also has a strong focus on education, and hosts thousands of students and teachers each year from schools and institutions throughout Minnesota.