Barbara Gail Montero : philosopher/dancer
Barbara is interested building bridges between the performing arts and the big questions of philosophy. In addition to her current work with Logos Dance Collective, she is an associate professor of philosophy at the City University of New York. She is the author of Thought in Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind, Oxford University Press (2016) and has received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Prior to her career as a philosophy professor, she was a professional ballet dancer with North Carolina Dance Theater, Oregon Ballet, and Florida Ballet. She has been a guest choreographer for the Princeton University Dance Program and the University of Chicago Ballet Group.
Gregory Kollarus : actor/singer/dancer
Gregory trained at the Joffrey Ballet School, the Martha Graham School, and Long Island High School of the Arts. He currently performs with independent choreographers, choreographs for musical theater, and teaches dance at The Studio on Long Island. Recently, he has been seen in West Side Story at the John Engeman Theater, and in an interactive incarnation of Carrie, the Musical at Long Island’s SoLuna Studio. He has also appeared in competition winning performances with xyz nyc (dancing with Barbara) at The Tank. Greg values innovation in the arts and enjoys collaborating with others who are similarly willing to risk making inroads into uncharted territories.
Patra Jongjitirat : designer/map-maker/dancer
Founder of As the Crow Walks, a graphic design and mapmaking studio, Patra focuses on creative projects inspired by movement through the urban environment. She is an alumna of the Women in Dance choreographers program by Legros Cultural Arts and her choreographic work, in collaboration with musicians, composers, actors, and visual artists, has been shown at Judson Church, the Ailey Citigroup Theater and presented by the public arts organization No Longer Empty. She has danced for Ben Munisteri, Joanna Haigood/Breaking Ground, Lauren Hale Dance, and Marjolayne Auger in New York and traveled with Duhon Dance and Ballet Mink to Denmark for their 2015 project at Dansekapellet. She holds a degree in Architectural Studies from Brown University.
Theresa Duhon : choreographer/dancer
Theresa received her BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has performed with numerous New York choreographers, including Karl Anderson, Guta Hedewig, Kathleen Dyer (KDNY), JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Sean Curran, and Luis Lara Malvacias, as well as with Ballet Mink Colbert (of Nevada). Theresa’s choreography has been shown in two of her own full-evening concerts, as well as at Hatch, Red Shoes, OASIS, dancenow RAW showcase, and New Choreographers on Point ‘Previews’ in New York, and in Texas, Massachusetts, and Utah, as well as Denmark. She has received choreographic commissions from both individuals and organizations, including seven recent productions with Medicine Show Theatre, as well as an iLAB mini residency with collaborator, biologist Colin Grubel for work exploring the connections between the study of cormorants and choreographic processes.
Dean James Beckwith : playwright/performance artist/songwriter
Dean is devoted to developing emergent complexity through ensemble improvisation. He has danced with Hyunju Lee Dance Company, International Culture Lab, the Parcon Project, and most recently as one moving part in Rob Reese’s Bridges Performance Ensemble. Performance art credits include the Coney Island Butoh and Theatre festival, Rescuing the Lost Imaginary, and From Dust to Dream, a satirical lecture about our decentralized future. He is currently workshopping his new musical, Neurogenesis, which explores the human capacity for changing old habits in the face of new technologies.
Dmitri Tymoczko : composer/pianist/philosopher
Dmitri studied music and philosophy as an undergraduate at Harvard University, philosophy on a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford University, and received his Ph.D in music composition from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a Professor of Music at Princeton. His music—which is polystylistic and mercurial, drawing on genres from the Renaissance to rock—has been commissioned and performed by the Amernet Quartet, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, the Brentano Quartet, the Corigliano Quartet, Flexible Music, Gallicantus, the Gregg Smith Singers, the Illinois Modern Ensemble, Janus Trio, the Kitchener/Waterloo symphony, Network for New Music, Newspeak, Pacifica Quartet, Synergy Vocal Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion Quartet, Ursula Oppens, and other groups. In addition to his Rhodes Scholarship, he has been honored with a Guggenheim fellowship, the Leonard Bernstein fellowship from Tanglewood, a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Block lectureship from the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. His book, A Geometry of Music (Oxford), has been described as “a tour de force,” and his two CDs, Beat Therapy and Crackpot Hymnal, are available from Bridge Records.
Jules Salomone : philosopher/performer
Jules studied philosophy in Paris at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and at the Sorbonne, where he defended his master’s thesis, which was a comprehensive analysis of the central themes in the work of Henri Bergson and Jan Patočka, including their thoughts about dance and rhythm. During some of this time, he also worked as a radio broadcast journalist for France Culture (the French equivalent of NPR) on “Les Nouveaux Chemins de la Connaissance,” a daily philosophy-themed radio program which explored, among other philosophical topics, Proust’s conceptions of gender and race. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Philosophy Department of The Graduate Center (CUNY) where he is writing about coordinated and collective actions, as well as the norms of cooperation built into such practices. In addition to these academic pursuits, Salomone played piano at the Toulouse National Conservatory and still maintains a love/hate relationship with Chopin’s Études. He also directed the dramatic short film April Chicago May.
Nora Fox : songwriter/musician/dancer/actress/choreographer
Nora has performed with Michelle Bach-Coulibaly’s interdisciplinary Dance Theatre Company, New Works & World Traditions, touring throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and the Mediterranean. She has choreographed and danced in film, performed in NY Women Center Festival, Bowery Ballroom, City Winery, Brooklyn Bowl, Rockwood Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Judson Memorial Church, NY Musical Festival, and the Ailey Citigroup Theatre. She has shared the stage with artists ranging from M.I.A. to Richard Chamberlain and Jonathan Batiste. Fox is currently working on her debut album, drawing from traditions of soul, folk, classical, and pop, which is due to release this year.
Richard Inkyu Kim : musician/dancer/improviser
Richard mostly improvises. As a violist, he currently performs with the Raving Jaynes, who combine improvised dance and improvised comedy, and has collaborated with dancers/movers such as Rebecca Bone, Melanie Rios Glaser & The Wooden Floor (formerly St. Joseph’s Ballet), and Anya Yermakova, and with ensembles/bands such as The Rug-Outs, People, and Creative Arts Orchestra. His improvised music is featured in the award-winning film Advantageous, currently on Netflix and iTunes. As a contact improvisation dancer since 2002, he teaches classes, organizes events, dances, and blogs about contact improvisation at contactimprovblog.com. He has a master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Music from Yale.