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We are thrilled to introduce the participants in our 2014 DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive. The following choreographers will participate in a three-month choreographic mentorship process with Doug Varone, culminating in a showing of new works and works-in-process this September in NYC. 

Matthew Henley is currently an Assistant Professor at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.  In 2013, he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences from the University of Washington.  In his academic and artistic work he examines the reciprocal relationships between body, mind, and culture.

Sam Householder's natural habitat is Brooklyn, NY, his artistic talents range widely from dance to fine and culinary arts and is bridging the gaps between the two. He is currently creating art inspired by the city's layers of energy and human condition in urban flux.

Mauriah Donegan Kraker is happy to be back in the Midwest after some years wandering New York and Asia.  She has created site specific projects on printing presses in Germany, in rivers in the Midwest, under bridges in Taiwan, and in Bangkok’s zombie buildings.  She’s happiest on her bike or with a book.

Nathalie Matychak, a native New Yorker, is a dancer, choreographer and movement investigator who has been privileged to create and show work with her project-based dance company, MATYCHAK, since 2011. When she is not in the studio, you can find her combing the streets for crossword puzzles, dabbling in astrology, dreaming up new cupcake recipes and indulging her addiction to coconut oil.

Mari Meade Montoya is a choreographer, dancer and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. She began her company, Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC) in 2009 after she received the Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education, and is a teaching artist at New York City Ballet. She enjoys bringing people together, clapping a little too loudly, and collecting fresh eggs from her chickens.

Jamie Erin Murphy, of Pittsburgh, PA, finds inspiration for her dance works within the physicality of the human body and its experiences. She finds a strange comfort in awkward situations and enjoys burying her toes in the sand.

Kensaku Shinohara lives in Queens, NY, originally from Sapporo, Japan, has a strong soul to create dance to unite community. He is always looking to the voice of people.

Jesse Fort White was born and raised in Tennessee, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His hobbies include not cooking, denim, and drag. Jesse is interested in making dances out of memory, awe, witness, and disaster.

Today’s the day! Come see #MATYCHAK perform in collaboration with #alisanadolishny as part of #spokethehub’s #localproduce festival at #greenspacegarden! FREE SHOW! 222 5th Avenue in Park Slope from 5pm-6pm. Kid-friendly and interactive, as the audience has the opportunity to inform the piece as it happens live! There will be flowers, crayons, and several games of chance… Come out!

Thinking out of the box at tonight’s #matychak #rehearsal with @tsderricotte and @actuallyitsalex #badjoke #dance #gdc #nyc (at Gina Gibney Dance Center)

Once upon a time, I fell in love with a local band and decided to get their attention by creating an impromptu dance video to my favorite song of theirs. Well, I guess it worked because it led to me and two of my partners in crime collaborating with them on an improv-based dance film about our unending desire to just DANCE.

So here it is, Aabaraki and MATYCHAK give you “Dance-Shee” because really - who doesn’t want to watch some beautiful ladies dance to a kickass song?

Preliminary concept sketch for #DIG by Alisa Nadolishny.

#dig2014: Day 29-42

Just a note: I won’t be posting everyday on tumblr any longer, only the compilation videos. To follow our process DAILY just “like” MATYCHAK on Facebook by clicking here!

Our second compilation video! Day 15-28 #dig2014

Tomorrow, I leave for a vacation to Florida. Let’s take #dig2014 on the road!

After making movement on the fly, here’s one in a familiar location. #dig2014

Yes. #dig2014