Anna Myer Dancers
 
Since its founding in 1992 Anna Myer and Dancers has performed Anna Myer's innovative choreography to a steadily growing audience throughout the Northeast, most notably in Boston and New York City, and to the acclaim of some of the country's most prominent dance critics. Myer's unique language of movement is a fusion of her classical, modern, and postmodern background. Her dances are emotionally charged and infused with a keen formal intelligence. The Company has been presented by Dance Umbrellas Boston Moves (1999), the Fleet Bank Celebrity Series (2003), Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (2002 and 2003), Summer Stages Dance (2006), and Crash Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (2007).

Myer has a long history of artistic collaboration, using live music and original scores, as well as incorporating young people in her work. Penumbra (2007), was a collaborative effort between choreographer Myer and neon sculptors Alejandro and Moira Sina. Ten children from the community had the opportunity to rehearse regularly with the company and appeared in the premiere performances. Prior to this, Myer commissioned three original works performed live with her dancers, most notably 2004's All At Once, to a new composition by Jakov Jakoulov.

"Myers choreographic voice is quietly bizarre, but it is all her own. Ms. Myer, based in Boston, seems to look at dance and life from a slightly wry but affectionate distance. And what she sees becomes transformed into odd yet affecting imagery"
Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

"In an evening rich in imagination and musicality, Myer proved she is a creative force to be reckoned with."
-Terry Byrne, The Boston Globe

"Anna Myer has proven herself to be a master choreographer who is always full of surprises and new ideas Anna Myer has gained a reputation as a post modernist. But that label used to require the rejection of both virtuosity and expressiveness, elements at the very foundation Myers riveting choreography."
Theodore Bale, Bay Windows

"Myer has devised a striking, slightly mysterious vocabulary for the upper torso; the wide ranging gestural palette for the arms and hands impart color and dimension."
- Karen Campbell, The Boston Herald

"Behind Anna Myers musical dances lies a formalists brain and an iconoclasts heart. To transmit her themes - which in this concert included the history of Italy as presented in the countrys art, musings on domestic life, and the variability of space and time - she employs a vocabulary of movement thats at once eccentric and accessible Her style represents a kind of classicism gone awry: one that concentrates on geometry and tempos and purity of line but is lit by a fierce energy and startling accents."
Thea Singer, The Boston Globe

"Choreographer Anna Myer explores heaven on earth. Originality punctuates Myers music-filled dance."
Debra Cash, The Boston Globe

Voted one of the "Ten Best Dance Events of 2001" by The Boston Globe.
Christine Temin, The Boston Globe

ARTISTS

Anna Myer
Began her dance training in 1962 with Esther Brooks at the Cambridge School of Ballet on a Ford Foundation Scholarship. After receiving scholarships from the Joffrey Ballet, The School of American Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, Myer joined the Boston Ballet. She later studied and performed with Ana Roje. In 1992 Myer founded Anna Myer and Dancers (AMAD), a modern dance company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Anna Myer and Dancers has performed throughout the Northeast, most notably in Boston and New York City, as well as at the 2005 Performing Arts Exchange in Tennessee and the 2009 Fringe Festival in Scotland. Critics in both The New York Times and The Boston Globe have hailed her work. Accolades include "Ten Best Dance Events of 2001" (Christine Temin of The Boston Globe), and "Best of Arts and Dance" (2003, 2005 The Boston Phoenix). Jennifer Dunning wrote "Ms. Myer is a master weaver" (The New York Times) while Thea Singer wrote, "...a moving confluence of music, rap, and dance sends a message" (The Boston Globe, 2008). AMAD had a feature article on Hoop Suite in The Boston Globe on June 8, 2012.

As a choreographer Myer has a long history of artistic collaboration using live music, original scores, and people of various ages and backgrounds. Examples of these processes include Myer's partnership with neon sculptors Alejandro and Moira Sin to create Penumbra (2007). Another piece, All At Once (2005), was conducted by Susan Davenny Wyner and featured nine dancers and twelve musicians; it has since been performed by various ensembles including the Julliard Student Ensemble. Street Talk Suite Talk (2008), a rap opera, juxtaposes the poetry of eight young inner-city rappers and an original score by Jakov Jakoulov.

Mayor Thomas Menino's Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events presented AMAD performing Street Talk Suite Talk at the Strand Theater reopening in 2008, which received a televised preview on WGBH and rave reviews: "Anna Myer may be the gutsiest choreographer on either side of the Charles River these days" (Thea Singer, The Boston Globe).

AMAD has been presented by Dance Umbrella (1999), Fleet Bank Celebrity Series (2003), Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (2002, 2003), CRASHarts (2007, 2012), Institute of Contemporary Art (2011) and Hibernian Hall (2009, 2011). In 2012 AMAD was presented by the North American Family Institute and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.

Funding for Myer's work has been provided by Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cambridge Arts Council, Foley Hoag Foundation, Turner Family Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts, Expedition Touring Grant. Myer recently received a Choreographic Fellowship from the Boston Dance Alliance. (See http://annamyeranddancers.org and http://hoopsuite.org .)

Jay Paris
Jay Paris is a former magazine writer, editor and author who has been published widely in national and international magazines and book presses. He began working with talented artists from Boston's housing projects in 2006, which led to his partnering with Anna Myer in 2011 to develop mixed genre stage performances. The resulting Hoop Suite ensemble has successfully toured throughout New England with the support of the New England Foundation for the Arts, The Pearson Foundation and the Scripps Foundation.

Adriane Brayton
A native of Boston, MA, Adriane began dancing with Anna Myer, Danny McCusker, and the Boston Dance Company. She attended the Boston Arts Academy, received BAs in Dance and Biological Sciences from Connecticut College, studied abroad at the University of Melbourne, and has performed works by Kyle Abraham, Laura Dean, David Dorfman, Heidi Henderson, Jose Limon, Nicholas Leichter, Lisa Race, Pedro Ruiz, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Colleen Thomas, and Nathan Trice, among others. She also furthered her dance studies on scholarship at Summer Stages Dance/Concord Academy, the American Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, and MADE in France. Adriane's original choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festival (2009 and 2011), Boston's This/That show (2009), and Tufts University's Rough and Ready show (2012), among other venues. She is so excited to be a cofounder and choreographer of the Cambridge Choreographers Collective. Adriane currently dances for Anna Myer and Dancers and Weberdance.

Joe Gonzalez
Born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. Joe Gonzalez started his dance career at the age of 13 at the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts then became an honorable academics dance major at the Boston Arts Academy, attending the National and Regional High School Dance Festivals. Joes diverse discovery in many styles from Funk to Contemporary has established him as a thinker through the arts and academics thus becoming a choreographer. Joe has participated in distinguished programs such as the Boston Conservatory summer intensive program, American Dance Festival, SpringBroad Montreal and Bates Dance Festival. In addition, he has performed master works from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Anna Sokolow, Ronald K. Brown, Paul Taylor, Sean Curran, Nathan Trice, Pedro Ruiz Jr., Jose Limon, RubberBand Dance Group, Alwin Nikolas, Cas Public and more.

Gonzalez has Co-Choreographed on the Boston Conservatory dancers with Anna Myer and Rhode Island College dancers with Adrianne Hawkins. Joe Gonzalez received his BFA from The Boston Conservatory and has attended many of the Conservatory students and facultys performances. Also performing in two commercials, Joe has traveled USA, Canada, Scotland, UK, Denmark, and India to perform. He has choreographed several original works that have been performed on national stages. Aside from being the director and choreographer of Jo-M Dance and traveling with his solo works, Gonzalez has performed with the A Major Dance Company, Deborah Able Dance Company, Prometheus Dance, Dance Orgnica and BalletRox. Gonzalez has been a dancer and collaborating artist with Anna Myer and Dancers for 9 seasons.

Jeremy Ruth Howes
Jeremy Ruth is a professional dancer, choreographer and educator in the Boston area. She graduated from the University of Hartfords Hartt School of Dance with a BFA in Dance Performance. While at Hartt she performed soloist roles in La Bayadere, Guernsey Fields, and Martha Grahams Steps in the Street. She has danced professionally with Northern Ballet Theatre and Virginia Ballet Theatre dancing soloist roles in The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and George Balanchines Serenade. Jeremy Ruth is on faculty at Dean College teaching ballet and choreographing for the Dean College Dance Company. She has created eight original works for the company. Her most recent works, 1748 and breath(less) were premired in May 2012. Jeremy Ruth has been dancing with Anna for the past nine years.

Jakov Jakoulov, Composer
Jakov is the author of three ballets, five concertos, five string quartets, scores for over 20 theatrical, TV and cinema productions as well as numerous symphonic, chamber and choral works. In recent years the Londons New European Strings Orchestra, Boston Symphony Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, Future Classics Series with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Chamber Concerts, Armenian National Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, among others presented his work. Recipient of six Annual Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University; Member of the National Honor Music Society. Has gained renowned international reputation with commissions and performances of his works in Germany, Sweden, Scotland, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Armenia, Russia, Israel as well as the United States. Recent CD recording, "Black Snow," was chosen as one of the "Top Five Classical Recordings List" of '99 by "Fanfare" magazine.

Marissa Molinar
Born into a family of Mexican Folkloric dancers, Marissa Molinar started learning folklorico from her mother at an early age. After moving to Boston, Marissa was introduced to Bharatanatyam, a South Indian dance form, and began training with Aparna Sindhoor at Navarasa Dance Academy. Marissa was introduced to modern dance in high school, studying and performing with Daniel McCusker. After a dance hiatus while at college, Marissa returned to dance upon graduating and has been performing with many choreographers in the Boston area, including Daniel McCusker, Sara Smith, and Yo-el Cassell. When she is not dancing, Marissa works as the Administrative Assistant at Boston Dance Alliance. Marissa is currently a member of both Danza Orgnica (under the direction of Marsha Parrilla) and Anna Myer and Dancers.

TiElla Grimes, Rapper
TiElla Grimes is a Creator who breathes life into new beginnings. A spoken word artist who uses her words to empower the Minds of young people, so that they can follow their Heart. TiElla is dedicated to helping young people free their Spirit, Mind and Body. She uses her words to encourage young people to be authentic instead of a carbon copy of someone elses dreams. She is currently working towards her Masters degree at Lesley University specialization in Media Literacy Education and Urban Youth Development. She is on a mission to empower young people to be their own creators of life instead of imitators. Currently she works as a Success Coach/Academic Coordinator at Pathway Technology Campusa partnership between Inquilinos Boricuas en Accin (IBA) and Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC).

Tu Phan
Tu Phan, inspired by hip hop, spoken word, and literature, has been writing poetry for about three years. His writing focuses on socioeconomic, environmental, political, and spiritual concepts, drawn both from life and people's speech and from his readings in satire, history, and spiritual literature. Tu's spoken word poetry aims to help people change their destructive habits. He lives in Dorchester and is attending Northeastern University.

Moira Pirsch
Moira Pirsch is an educator, youth worker and poet from the Midwest who began writing and performing poetry in high school and has been performed and been published in over 12 states. She recently received her Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she studied the effects of spoken word and hip hop in education. She is always working to make the world a better place in her home state of Wisconsin, her second home of Massachusetts and all-time home in Hawaii.

Erin Washington
Erin Washington began her dance training under the direction of Deena Laska Lewis at Childrens Center for Dance Education, located in Evansville, IN. At this school she studied classical ballet, and performed roles in ballets such as, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides and Firebird. In high school, she attended summer dance intensives at Nashville Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theater. After graduating from high school, Erin attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Dance. While in Tallahassee, Erin began to train more in depth in modern, jazz, and contemporary dance. She danced and choreographed with the TCC Dance Company, under the direction of Aurora Hansen, and World Ballet, under the direction of Henry Hernandez. Erin has recently graduated with her Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Antioch University New England. She now lives in the Boston area and is the Outreach Coordinator Boston Childrens Foundation. Erin joined AMAD in January 2013 and now trains with Anna in ballet.

Darnell Brown
Darnell Brown is a dancer/Choreographer who has been formally dancing since the age of fourteen in the style of Hip Hop Freestyle. In his career he has received training at the Jeanette Neil’s Dance Studio from Hip Hop teacher Ricardo Foster Jr. He has also been introduced into a new dance movement known as Krump Dancing. He has also trained with SYTYCD winner Russell Ferguson with his group called Side Street. In the year of 2010 he took training at the summer intensive at B.U known as REACH. Reach is a five-week program that trains teen apprentices in dance and choreography, developing essential skills in a structured, educational environment and provides a quality art experience to thousands of urban youth where the teens and professionals take their work "on tour." After completing this program he then Attended Dean College for further training in Dance; obtaining knowledge and training in the more technical styles of dance such as Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap for The last two years while attending the school. Recently in 2012 he taught a four week intensive at City Lights North located in Maine to youth and adults between the age range of 8 – 18 years old who were able to learn and perform a hip hop piece and a modern Piece. His future plans are to teach dance and continue growing in his career.

Mary Ellen Liacos
Mary Ellen Liacos was raised in New Hampshire and began her dance training with New England Civic Ballet, New Hampshire School of Ballet and New England School of Dance, as well as studying under Lara Little. She then moved to Boston and trained at Boston Arts Academy for high school. After high school, she furthered her dance training at The Boston Conservatory as well as Columbia College. She feels privilege to have studied with incredible dance educators such as, Olivier Besson, Fernadina Chan, Leslie Koval, Liz Lapuh, Daniel McCusker, Tommy Neblett, Diane Noya, Jennifer Scanlon, Donna Silva, Adriana Suarez , Jimmy, Vierra and Leslie Woodies, among many others. Her dancing flourished within several programs she was able to attend such as Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, RiverNorth Dance Company, Boston Dance Company and Thodos Dance. She has been fortunate enough to have performed works choreographed, by Adriane Brayton, Fernadina Chan, Sean Curran, Joe Gonzales, Jose Limon, Perdo Ruiz, Nathan Trice, Jimmy Vierra, and many others. She is currently teaching ballet and creative movement at Boston Arts Academy and at Spontaneous Celebrations and she is thrilled to be performing her first season with Anna Myer and Dancers!

Ronnie T. Thomas
Ronnie Terrell Thomas received his arts education at The Boston Arts Academy under the direction of ballet master Cosmin Marciuletiu and began his aerial acrobatic training with The Hybrid Movement Company. Ronnie has performed with Jose Mateos Ballet Theater, The American Ballet Theater, White Oak Dance Project, Quixotic Fusion Performance Ensemble, Janusphere Dance Company, Urban Dance Collective, and Anna Myer and Dancers amongst other companies. As an aerialist Ronnie has performed with the Hybrid Movement Company, Vance Garrett Productions and Rudy Benda Productions. He also performed breakdance with the NYC Tranzformerz Breakdance Crew. As a choreographer Ronnie has collaborated on dance, aerial and body2body works with the Hybrid Movement Company since 2009. As a teacher /mentorRonnie has taught for Dance Artist Classical Coaching Division, Hybrid Movement Company's Movement As Metaphor Summer Intensive Program, Edra Toth's Academy of Dance and Music Summer Intensive Program. This year Mr. Thomas will be on teaching staff for New England Movement Arts Burlington, MA.

McKersin Previlus
Gliding across the floor since the age of four, McKersin learned his first choreography from Michael Jackson - well at least Jacksons videos. One year later, he had to trade in moonwalks and pelvic thrusts for more traditional movement when he relocated to Haiti and began to study folkloric dance. After a few years of exploring cultural dances, McKersin returned to the United states and found a middle ground in hip-hop. In high school, he danced alongside school mates who were part of Phunk Phenomenon and went on to study various styles: popping, breaking, house, whacking, etc. In 2009, McKersin began to teach, perform, and choreograph for local R&B artists and colleges. He is currently Assistant Director of Bunker Hills Performing Arts program, working toward a major in Biology and Music, and developing his classical dance skills with Anna Myer.

ARTISTS

Brandon Homer
Brandon Homer is proud to be a part of this amazing mixed genre performance under the direction of Anna Myer. Homer was most recently seen in the roles of Captain Davenport in A Soldiers Play (2014 IRNE Winner for Best Ensemble (small/Fringe)(Roxbury Repertory Theater) and Pentheus in The Bacchae (A.R.T Official Selection for OUTSIDE THE BOX FESTIVAL). In pursuit of developing his craft Homer has been training in Meisner and Chekhov technique with twenty-year master teacher Scott Fielding, at the Michael Chekhov studio in Boston. Brandon was previously a nationally recognized Personal Banker at Bank of America before deciding to pursue a career in acting fulltime in 2014. He is also an avid writer and aspiring director. Homer wishes to thank his girlfriend, Carols, for loving him despite the headaches. This opportunity wouldn’t be possible without Anna Myer and Jay Paris. Thank you. www.btheactor.com

Trinidad Ramkissoon
Trinidad Ramkissoon is twenty years old and is currently pursuing his last year in high school at Boston Day and Evening Academy. He recently placed 1st place in the regional August Wilson Monologue Competition performing one of Troy Maxson’s monologues from the play Fences by August Wilson. So, he would like to give a big shout-out to BDEA for the huge role they played in making one of his dreams come true. Trinidad began performing at the tender age of eight years old. His first theatrical production was done at his elementary school, Fletcher Maynard Academy, where he took on the role as Scar in The Lion King. At the moment, Trinidad is currently taking an Artist in Training intensive session with Boston Massachusetts’ local non-profit organization, Project Hip Hop. In addition to school and extracurricular activities, he is also on tour with Central Square Theater's Youth Underground production of Money Matters, Crossing Borders, and Six Years Online. Throughout his acting career he has picked up assisting teaching roles educating elementary students and high school students at Public Gardens and Upward Bond Programs in Boston Massachusetts. Trinidad is very versatile who enjoys modeling, rapping, singing, spoken word, dancing, as well as spending time with family and friends when he actually has it. He plans to perform for the rest of his professional career, so you should definitely be able to get another chance to see him come alive on stage again.

MUSICIANS

Mark Berger, Violinist
Mark Berger, violinist and violist, has performed with many of the elite ensembles of the Boston area, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Emmanuel Music, Boston Musica Viva and ALEA III Contemporary Music Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Worcester Chamber Music Society and Music at Edens Edge, and has performed as a guest artist with QX and the Lydian String Quartets. Mr. Berger has participated in major summer music festivals including the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and the Boston Symphony Orchestras Tanglewood Music Center, where he was in residence for two summers as a member of the New Fromm Players, a chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music. In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Berger is also a composer, and his works have been commissioned and performed by many leading contemporary music ensembles. Mr. Berger has received degrees from Boston University, and is currently a PhD candidate at Brandeis University.

Sam Dechenne
Sam is an internationally touring trumpeter and composer based out of Boston, MA. Born and raised in Portland, OR he came to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music in 2003. After finishing Berklee he joined bands in the area including well-known American reggae band John Brown's Body and has toured extensively with the group across the U.S. and oversees. He also performs, composes and manages for Klezwoods and has been with the ensemble since their conception in 2007. He has his own group called Cocek!, performing his original music influenced by Eastern European brass bands. He has traveled from Madagascar, Europe and Egypt to Japan and New Zealand playing his music and as a sideman.

Antoine Fatout
Berklee College of Music graduate Antoine Fatout is a highly respected and talented drummer whose dynamic style makes him a highly sought after collaborator in the jazz and Brazilian music scenes. A native of Le Havre, France, Antoine started his musical studies at the age of 8 in his hometown’s conservatory. He went on to study music professionally at the highly acclaimed conservatories of Paris and Rouen, where he obtained his "Diploma of Musical Studies" with honors in 2009. In France, he was also a student of the drummer and body rhythm innovator, Leon Parker. With a "European Tour" scholarship from the Berklee College of Music in 2010, Antoine was able to achieve his dream of coming to the US and study performance at the renowned school. With a focus on jazz and Brazilian music, he has studied with such prominent faculty as Ron Savage, Neal Smith, and Mark Walker. During his time at Berklee, Antoine was the recipient of various distinctive awards, such as the “Vocation Prize” from the city of Le Havre (2012), the Avedis Zildjian PASIC 2013 Scholarship, and the Most Improved Drummer Award (2014) from Berklee. Antoine has played with Oscar Stagnaro, Alain Mallet, Leo Blanco, and Marcus Santos. Currently based in Boston, he is playing with the Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble Grooversity.

Mariana Szalaj
Mariana Szalaj received both her BM (2008) and MM (2010) degrees in violin performance from Youngstown State University and her certification in Music Business from the Berklee College of Music (2014) . As a professional in NE Ohio and PA, she has played with the Youngstown Symphony, the Warren Philharmonic, Opera Western Reserve, the Greenville Symphony, and the Bella Armonia Piano Trio. She also has a wealth of experience with string quartet music and performance, having been part of the Harmony Strings Quartet (2004- present). Mariana has completed two contracts with the Holland America Line cruise company; as a quartet member (2011) and more recently, as a violin and piano duo (2012). Additionally, she has worked with the acclaimed Brazilian percussionist, Marcus Santos, acting as Project Manager of his company Grooversity. Currently residing in Boston, she is working with the Boston Pops as an artistic administration intern.

Adrian Zemor
Adrian Zemor is an active cellist who is much in demand in the greater Boston area. Since 2012, he has been a student at the Berklee College of Music, where he has studied rock, folk jazz, improvisation, and classical studies. He has been a member of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, World Strings, and numerous other small ensembles. He plays professionally in recording sessions and other engagements throughout Boston, and has been a member of Berklee’s Scoring Sessions Program since November 2012. He has played with various groups at Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, the Berklee Performance Center, The Fenway Center, The Lily Pad, and First Church in Jamaica Plains. He will be graduating from Berklee in December 2014.

Adrian started playing cello at age 7, at the Third Street Music School in New York City. There he trained classically and played in orchestra and chamber ensembles. In addition to his involvement in classical groups, he also played cello in the heavy metal band Imperial Triumph