2015 AIR WIP program


2015 AIR Works In Progress

Artists in Residence Works in Progress Series

(artists listed in show order)

January 22 & 23 |  Thursday & Friday @ 8:00 pm

Scores / Research for Ruptured Horizon

(an evening length dance that will premiere at Gibney Dance in 2015)

Choreography: Anna Sperber

Performers : Anna Sperber and Rebecca Warner

Music: Jessica Pavone

** additional thanks to Alice MacDonald


Written and Directed by: Melanie Jones

Co-directed by: Jesse Jou

Created and Performed by: Doug Chapman, Karen Grenke, Tanya Marquardt, Tanis Parenteau, Jessica Ranville

Music: Arcade Fire

CANADIANS ARE MEAN is supported, in part, by funds from Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

January 24 & 25 |  Saturday @ 8:00 pm & Sunday @ 6:00pm

The Ballez presents
excerpts of Sleeping Beauty & The Beast

Artistic director Katy Pyle

Weaving Dance (1893)

Choreography: Jules Skloot with Katy Pyle and the performers

Performers: Evvie Allison, Kirstin Dahmer, Will Davis, Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow, Lindsay Reuter, Jules Skloot, Janet Werther

Music: The Sleeping Beauty, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Swans (1993)

Choreography: Katy Pyle with Michael Helland and the performers

Performers: Oscar Trujillo with Tyler Ashley, Michael DiPietro, Chris Giarmo, Max Steele and the Ballez company

Music: Le Cygne, Camille Saint-Saens

The Gospel According to F*ggots

Written by Aurin Squire

Directed by Zi Alikhan

Featuring: James Edward Becton, Nikki Padula, Nathaniel Ryan, and Donnell E. Smith




Anna Sperber is a choreographer and performer originally from Brooklyn NY where she is currently based.

Her work has been presented in venues including The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and The Ronald Feldman Gallery among many others. As a performer, she has worked with many choreographers including luciana achugar, and Juliette Mapp.

Sperber was as a 2013 Artist-In-Residence in the Dance in Process Series at Gibney Dance Center, a 2006-08 Movement Research Artist-In-Residence, and a 2008/09 resident choreographer of Sugar Salon through WAX and Barnard College. Her work has also been supported through residencies including LMCC at Governors Island, Harkness Dance Center, Mount Tremper Arts, and Experimental Television Center.

Sperber co-founded classclassclass.org, and was a co-curator of the MR Festival Spring 08. She has taught at Dance New Amsterdam, American Dance Festival, Hunter College, classclassclassclass, and as a guest artist at George Washington University. Sperber holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase.


Melanie Jones is a Canadian-born writer, performer and producer. CANADIANS ARE MEAN is her fourth full-length theatre work. Her solo work, ENDURE: A RUN WOMAN SHOW was presented in London during the 2012 Olympic Games and as part of the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. Jones was awarded 2012 NYIT (New York Innovative Theater) Awards for Solo Performance and Original Full-length Script and was shortlisted for the Brick Award at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her theatrical work has been presented in four countries and her work as a writer has taken her to Paris, Zambia, India and Haiti. Author of three published nonfiction books, Jones also created more than 50 episodes for CityTV, 55 videos for the LEAP PROJECT, an online course for distressed youth, and more than 25 stories for WAVES OF CHANGE, documenting the world water crisis. She was a 2013 TEDxCalgary speaker and 2014 NYFA Immigrant Artist.


Born and raised in South Florida, Aurin Squire started off as a journalist before discovering the arts in college. His articles and investigative pieces have appeared in The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, ESPN Outdoors, and many other national and international publications. After graduating with a playwriting MFA from New School and Actors Studio, he took up work as editor and documentary filmmaker. After a few years of traveling and working around the country on various commissions, he returned to New York in 2013 to attend The Juilliard School with a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship. Some of his other awards are the Le Compte Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center, Fiat Luxe Award from the New York Catholic Church, and the grand prize winner of the InspiraTO International Theatre festival in Toronto. While he calls New York his home, Squire’s plays and multimedia work have been seen around the world.


Katy Pyle is a multimedia performance artist whose works explore transformation, queer failure, and the lineage of performance. Pyle began studying ballet as a child, becoming an apprentice with Austin Contemporary Ballet at 14, and furthered her studies at North Carolina School of the Arts. She went on to study modern dance at NCSA, and then post-modern dance and Multimedia Performance Art at Hollins. Pyle moved to New York in 2002, and her performance works have been presented at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, PS122, La Mama, Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Bushwick Starr. She has been in collaborative processes with Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, John Jasperse, Karinne Keithley Syers, Jennifer Monson, Anna Sperber, Katie Workum, and Young Jean Lee Theater Company. She’s received creative support from Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Dragon’s Egg, Rockbridge Artist’s Exchange, and Mount Tremper Arts.

Jules Skloot is a dancer, performance maker, and teacher based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jules received a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to collaborating with and performing in the works of Katy Pyle, Jules has performed in New York with Sara Rudner, Peggy Gould, niv Acosta, devynn emory, Margot Bassett, and Will Davis. Jules teaches dance at the Brooklyn Friends School, and is assistant director of an arts and social justice focused summer camp for young people in Northern Virginia.


Evvie Allison began dancing with The Ballez in 2012. She has also performed in work by Vanessa Anspaugh, Anna Azrieli, Kim Brandt, Megan Byrne, Burr Johnson, Molly Poerstel, Anna Marie Shogren, RoseAnne Spradlin, Rebecca Warner, and Elizabeth Ward.

Tyler Ashley is a choreographer and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Ashley has had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth Streb, Walter Dundervill, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Biba Bell, John Jahnke, Sahra Motalebi, Yackez, Katy Pyle, Enrico Wey, Benjamin Kimitch, Michael Ingle and Rakia Seaborn. Ashley’s own work has been presented by Performa11, Friends of the High Line, Times Square Alliance, Fire Island Pines Performance Series, Dixon Place, NYPAC, Movement Research, Triskelion Arts, and Strange Loop Gallery. The work has also been seen at Art Basel Miami, The Knockdown Center, The Chocolate Factory, AUNTS, Columbia University, Danspace Project, JACK, Gina Gibney Dance Center, Arts@Renaissance, CAGE, and The Wythe Hotel.

Will Davis is a director and theatre maker. Will has developed, directed and performed his work with New York Theatre Workshop and the 2050 Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb, The New Museum, The Alliance Theatre, Brooklyn Arts Exchange ( BAX), The Lark Play Development Center, The Fusebox Festival, Salvage Vanguard Theater, The New Harmony Project, The Orchard Project, The Duplicates, The Gift Theatre, Performance Studies International at Stanford University, and The Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop. This year Will is thrilled to direct Mike Iveson’s SORRY ROBOT for the COIL festival and two productions of COLOSSAL for the Olney Theatre Center and Mixed Blood Theatre, as part of an NNPN Rolling World Premier. Will is a current member of the The Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, he holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from DePaul University and an MFA in Directing from UT Austin.

Michael DiPietro is a New York-based performer and visual artist. Since 2010 he has shown performance work at DIY and visual art spaces in NYC (some now defunct) including 3rd Ward, AUNTS at Arts@Renaissance, the Bushwick Trailer Park, chashama 1351, Flux Factory, Market Hotel, The Silent Barn and The Suffolk, and also appeared in work by Clarinda Mac Low and Pascale Rambert. michael-dipietro.com

Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow is an interdisciplinary performing artist. Venues: LaMama ETC, Dixon Place, the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, the Bowery Poetry Club, WoW Theater Cafe, Hey Queen!, Rebel Cupcake, In the Flesh, BAX, the Bureau of General Services: Queer Divison. Company member: the Ballez, AO Movement Collective, Butch Burlesque, . Works With: Coral Short, Jenny Romaine, Susana Cook, Quito Ziegler, RoszaDaniel Lang/Levitsky, and the Aftselokhis Spectacle Committee. Resident weatherman, Sarah Jenny News Network. Reigning dapperQ of the year. Co-curator of Deadline, a queer works-in-progress series. 2012 Hemispheric Institute Affiliated Emerging Artist. Miss JewSA 5772. Bingo host. Clown about town. Itinerant professor and Powerpoint aficionado. Real nice guy.

Chris Giarmo is an artist based in Queens. He is NY-based theater company Half Straddle’s resident composer, has performed with Big Dance theater since 2005 and is the creator of Kimberly Clark: internet drag sensation, party girl and beauty blogger. His solo music project is called Boys Don’t Fight. More info: chrisgiarmo.com

Lindsay Reuter is a dancer and dance-maker living in Brooklyn. Her current performance interests include repurposing/re-imagining function and what is queer embodiment. She loves performing with the BALLEZ. In addition, Lindsay works with Marissa Perel, organizes CLASSCLASSCLASS, and works as an ABA Therapist for people on the Autism Spectrum. Her most recent work, Good Evening, Strangers will be performed at New York Live Arts as part of the Fresh Tracks Residency.

Max Steele is a performer and writer from Brooklyn.

Oscar Trujillo is a third grade teacher, theatre and dance educator, and a performer. This is Oscar’s Ballez debut, yay! Oscar also performs as a solo artist and with Alicia Ohs, Organic Magnetics and Yoga Dance.
Janet Werther is a performer, scholar, and educator of dance, theater, and queer performance based in New York City. She teaches Social Issues Through Drama and Performance (aka Theatre 101) at Baruch College, and she believes in the radical humanity of live performance. Janet is happy to be in a long term relationship with the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and is grateful to Katy and the whole Ballez crew for community and dancing. Also thanks to Jen for everything. Love.

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