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Victoria Libertore is the guest judge and guest artist performer for the peep show-themed April round of xyz nyc. Libertore, a noted solo performance and burlesque artist, will give lively feedback and conduct informal interviews with each choreographer. Read on for more about our amazing guest judge, and get your tickets now for this week’s steamy showcase.
VICTORIA LIBERTORE is the creator of six solo shows: Camille: The Forgotten Artist, stalk(her), The Should Dream, My Journey of Decay, GIRL MEAT, and No Need for Seduction. In her work, she’s collaborated with Leigh Fondakowski, Rosalie Purvis, Jen-Scott Mobley, Shelley Butler-Hyler, Ryan Migge, Rebecca Feldman, Kimberly I. Kefgen, and Sara Laudonia. She has performed in venues such as Carolines on Broadway, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, and PS122 as well as in Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia, Provincetown, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. Libertore emcees throughout NYC as her incomparable, faux Liza Minnelli where she utilizes her improvisational skills to make “people laugh so hard that their faces hurt.” Her short plays include A Man with a Limp, How Crazy Joe Met His Wife, and Monster and Lola (Humana Festival Finalist). Libertore is passionate about encouraging other artists to create their own work, and she has curated and produced dozens of local and a few international artists with backgrounds in performance, variety arts, music, storytelling, comedy and dance. Libertore teaches performance workshops incorporating her original archetypal energy work. She was a 2008 - 2010 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Theater Artist in Residence and she has a BFA in theatre from Otterbein College where she recently taught a New Performance Workshop. Currently, she is working on a screenplay with Ryan Kipp based on the life of the world’s most infamous, female serial killer. She is collaborating with Ryan Kipp and Jennifer Tuttle on We Must Work which will be presented in New Dance Alliance’s June 2014 Performance Mix. www.howlingvic.com
FIRST PEEP: MORIAH MCADA-SMITH
Moriah is one of four choreographers competing in PEEP SHOW, the April round of xyz nyc. xyz regulars will recognize her from March choreographer Eric Williams’ dark, mysterious duet; read on to learn about her unusual movement background and get your tickets now for Thursday’s show.
Prior to her move to NYC in 2008, Irish Step Dancing was the only form of dance Moriah had ever pursued. Competing at the championship level since 2004, she now attends the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance in NYC. Moriah is a graduate of AMDA (NYC). Since moving to New York, her various dance endeavors now include: The New York School of Burlesque, the NY Swing Dance Society, the Houston Swing Dance Society, the Joffrey Ballet School and the Chamber Ballet.
FIRST PEEP: CATERINA RAGO
Caterina Rago is one of four choreographers competing this month in PEEP SHOW, the April edition of xyz nyc. Grab your tickets to see Caterina’s work, and read on to learn more about this Italian-born, Martha Graham-trained choreographer with credits ranging from the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games to Vogue magazine.
Originally from Italy, Caterina Rago obtained her BFA from l’Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome. While there, she performed with Danzare La Vita under the direction of Elsa Piperno; with choreographer Joseph Fontano, President of the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO; and as aerial dancer in Kitonb Extreme Theatre Company, directed by Angelo Bonello. In 2006, Rago was chosen to perform Ivan Manzoni’s Simbolo Della Pace at the Opening Ceremony of the XX Winter Olympic Games in Torino. After moving to New York she completed the Professional Training Program at Martha Graham Center and was invited to present her work, Eternal Return, at the 2008 Graham II New York Season. In New York, Rago has danced with I Giullari di Piazza directed by Alessandra Belloni, Nu Dance Theatre, Hunter Performance Group, Mare Nostrum Elements, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. She was a principal dancer in the Off-Broadway show Spider Dance, directed by Jeff Whiting, and toured Italy with the Martha Graham Dance Company in the original cast of Cercando Picasso, directed by Antonio Calenda and Giorgio Albertazzi. After the great success of Cercando Picasso, Rago danced in Baccanti, directed by Antonio Calenda, and Prometeo, by Claudio Longhi, at the Anfiteatro Greco of Siracusa, Sicily. Among numerous honors, Rago received an official invitation to the 33rd World Congress of the International Theatre Institute in Xiamen, China, and performed as a guest artist in Kiev, Budapest, Brussels, and Montalto Uffugo for the Ruggiero Leoncavallo Gala Opera Competition. She was movement consultant to photographer Sebastian Faena for fashion spreads in V Magazine and Vogue. Rago officially founded the Caterina Rago Dance Company in 2007. Her work was selected for White Wave Rising Series Festival 2011, Kat Wildish’s NYC Showcase at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, and for NYC Dance Week 2012 at Dixon Place. Rago most recently danced at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the opera La Nave with I Giullari di Piazza. In March 2013 the Caterina Rago Dance Company presented the evening-length NYC premiere of Fall in Autumn at the MMAC.
FIRST PEEP: Marc Andrew Nuñez
Marc Andrew Nuñez is one of four choreographers competing in PEEP SHOW, the April edition of xyz nyc. Read on to learn more about Marc, who has performed with Entity Contemporary Dance Company, BARE Dance Company, in Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, and with Rihanna. And get your tickets now to see Marc’s work on Thursday at 9pm at The Tank!
Marc Andrew Nuñez is from Los Angeles and has danced professionally as an original member of Boogiezone’s Entity Contemporary Dance Company and for Mike Esperanza’s BARE Dance Company. Marc also appeared in various film and TV performances including dancing for Rihanna (2008 MTV VMA’s). Recently, Marc performed internationally as a Lost Boy in Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan from 2011-2013. Marc has choreographed for and taught at various dance studios including Broadway Dance Center (NYC), El Puente (Brooklyn), Jimmie DeFore’s (Orange County, CA), and Jayvee Dance Center (Alhambra, CA). Marc has also received acting training from the Actor’s Conservatory at the East West Players (Los Angeles, CA). Marc holds a BFA in Dance Performance with Excellence in Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. Later this month, Marc will be dancing with Ekilibre Dance Company at Four81 Gallery in SoHo. Represented by CESD Talent Agency. Instagram/Twitter/YouTube @goodafternunez
FIRST PEEP: JOE MONTELEONE
Joe is one of four choreographers competing this month in PEEP SHOW, the April edition of xyz nyc. Read on to learn about Joe, a student at Mason Gross School of the Arts, and join us on Thursday at 9pm to see his work!
Now a senior finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Joe Monteleone has worked with choreographers John Evans, Keith Thompson, Randy James, Inbal Pinto, Julia Ritter, Kim Gibilisco, Stephanie Batten Bland, Tiffany Mills, Manuel Vignoulle, and Doug Elkins. He is currently apprenticing with Randy James’ 10 Hairy Legs. Besides Mason Gross, his choreography has been shown at the Kennedy Dancers’ “Bare Soles” and the Marie-Christine Giordano Salon. His work Mother Culture’s Us will be performed at New York City Dance Week’s NYC10 at Dixon Place. Joe is also a disc jockey and has mixed music for choreographers Doug Elkins, Randy James, and Tiffany Mills.
City Hall - the four time INNY Awards Nominee for “Best Comedy Group” tonight at 9:30 pm!
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City Hall, the award winning comedy group, returns home to The Tank.
What do you get when you combine sharply written comedy, with music, dance, puppets, with the chaotic sensibilities of the Marx Brothers? The answer is City Hall, the children’s show for adults! City Hall is answering all of life’s questions, one sketch at a time!
Everybody matters. Everybody.
Flow State - a contemporary music ensemble, Tonight at 9pm!
Flow State defies categorization, fusing classical, jazz and rock idioms to produce a sound that is polished yet ever-changing. Ben Brody founded the group in 2013 as a derivation of his EP of solo guitar music of the same name. The EP Flow State generated buzz throughout the modern, psychedelic, and new-music scenes, and was featured on WNYC’s program New Sounds Listeners Poll top 10 best releases of 2013. Shortly after the release of the EP, Brody teamed up with bassist Nick Lenchner to form the ensemble which includes saxophonists Bill Todd and Alison Shearer; electric keyboardist Jonathan Evers. Flow State has had a number of noteworthy performances and collaborations, including the premier of my “Three Episodes for Orchestra” with The Chelsea Symphony. Their performance at Mister Rogers Studio, presented by The Hoover Dam Collective, was described as “undeniably captivating”-(Event Source Connection) Flow State is excited for its future projects, particularly those that connect its ethos to current events
Bad Feelings - Part of the Storytelling Series, tonight at 7pm!
Bad Feelings is a storytelling show hosted by Nisse Greenberg that asks us to analyze how important it is to like your storyteller. These are the stories where the teller remains the bad guy/girl. These are the stories that leave us with a dirty pit in our stomach. These are the stories that don’t make you feel good - they make you feel bad. Come and feel bad.