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Dale Andree is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music. She has performed and taught nationally and internationally with her company Mary Street Dance Theatre and under the direction of May O'Donnell, Pearl Lang, Paul Sansardo, Anna Sokolow, Elaine Summers and others. She is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Dance Association and has been actively involved in bringing improvisation and site-specific dance to the Miami community.

Joshua Bisset is a choreographer interested in improvised approaches, outdoor situations and interaction with spaces and audiences. More about his work at www.shuagroup.org

Harriet Bograd has always loved taking classes in creative movement and improvisation, and has studied over the years with Elaine Summers, Nancy Zendora, Toni Bergens, Dorothy Vislocky, Ann Smith, and Irving Burton. She is 64 years old, a Yale Law School graduate, and she currently is volunteer treasurer of Kulanu, Inc, working especially with Jewish communities in Africa. Last fall, she performed with the Shua Group in /Crowded Action/ at the Taipei Cultural Center, and she participated in Elaine Summers' "/Invitation to Secret Dancers" /in 2005. She is happily married to Ken Klein and proud mother of Margie and Sarah Klein.

Meg Chang, Ed.D., LCAT, NCC, ADTR. is a licensed dance-movement therapist and Kinetic Awareness TM teacher whose work in psychiatric and medical hospitals, Domestic Violence support groups, wellness settings, and private practice confirms her belief in the healing power of dance. A staff teacher at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, now combines mindfulness-based stress reduction with dance-movement therapy in medical settings and as a consultant to organizations.

Currently on the faculty of the Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program at the New School University, New York City and the Graduate Program in Oriental Medicine at Touro College. Publications include, "Mobilizing Battered Women: A Creative Step Forward," in Fran Levy (1995) Dance and Other Expressive Art Therapies, and "How Do Dance/movement Therapists Bring Awareness of Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Diversity Into Their Practice," in Koch & Braeunninger (2006) New Advances in Dance/Movement Therapy. In addition to numerous national and international presentations about dance-movement therapy, she presented her doctoral research in intercultural education and dance as healing at the 2003 UNESCO Conference on Intercultural Education, in Finland.

A life-long dancer, she performed in Elaine Summers "A Country House" at the No Limits Festival in 1999, and with choreographer Janet Gerson in collaboration with the Theater of the Oppressed Lab of New York. Performed at LaMama Theatre Annex in 2002 in Amnesia, a movement and text piece written and directed by Amy Guggenheim. As a choreographer, she collaborated with playwright Karen Malpede in creating performances in domestic violence shelters, and "A Salon Hosted by Georges Sand," a performance piece conceived by playwright Barbara Khan.

Jay Clayton has gained worldwide attention as both performer and teacher. She has appeared at major venues including Lincoln Center, Sweet Basil, Town Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz Alley, and the North Sea and Montmartre Festivals. She has taught at Universitat fur Musik in Austria, Bud Shank Jazz Workshop, and at City College and the New School in New York City. She has co-taught with Sheila Jordan at the Vermont Jazz Workshop, Jazz in July in Mass., Banff Center in Canada and was on the jazz faculty of Cornish College of the Arts for 20 years.
Jay's artistic versatility, so highly regarded by fellow artists, is apparent in her discography.

Davidson Gigliotti is a Video Art pioneer as well as a great chronographer of early Performance Art events in New York City. Davidson and his friends initiated various projects which shed lights onto development of Video Art, two of which can be viewed online: Radical Software and The Early Video Project

Murphy Gigliotti attended the High School of Performing Arts and Professional Childrens' School as a dancer, and New York University for Film and Dramatic Writing. As a dancer he performed with Joyce Trissler Dance Company and Indianapolis Ballet Theatre amongst others. For the last 20 years he has worked in various aspects of technical production. He has been the Associate Technical Director for the New York Shakespeare Festival and Technical Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Theatre for A New Audience, to name a few. He is currently Senior Technical Designer for the Entertainment Division of McLaren Engineering Group and adjunct faculty at New York City College of Technology in the Entertainment Technology department. He recently produced and directed "Paul Sachs Live at the Parkside Lounge", a live concert film and is in (slightly prolonged) post production for an independent feature "Drinking Games". He has the good fortune and privilege to know Elaine Summers since he was eight.

Jessica Higgins, a New York based intermedia artist closely associated with curator Lance Fung, late Fluxus gallerist Emily Harvey, The Artists Museum's Construction In Process, performed and collaborated as a youth in original Fluxus related events as a dancer and performer. She is known for her installation 'Poet Walk' and for performances of her own works and works by Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono. She trained in dance at Juilliard and Joffrey schools.

Kiori Kawai graduated from Osaka University of Arts (Musical Theatre Major), joined with Joban Kosan corp. theme park producers as a dancer-singer in Japan.
As a modern dancer, she has worked with Skymusic Inc., Elaine Summers Dance & Film, Flock Dance Troupe, Michi Dance Company, Azul Dance Theatre, H.T. Chen Dance Company, Harmonia Opera Company and more in USA.
She is also teaching body work that are based on Pilates and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, making a combination with Thai-yoga Massage, and stretching.

Alison Knowles is a native New Yorker associated with vintage avant garde events. She makes objects, books and installations which she travels to Europe. This past year she has appeared in Lyon and Newcastle.
She will be performing her 'Through Maples Turning' for Hidden Forest. It is a walk through 9 maple trees with my Bean Turner instrument. Azuki beans rush through flax paper for sound.

Thomas Kortvelyessy is a choreographer, dancer, performer, teacher, and cultural thinker, living and working in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His solo- and group works have been performed since 1998 under the name of Real Dance Company, mostly in alternative venues and public spaces in The Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, and New York City. In 2002 he originated the series con.sens.us with Eva Tremel, re-balancing art and daily life through artistic interventions in public spaces. Thomas received his MA in choreography at DANCE UNLIMITED / ArtEZ School of Dance Arnhem in 2004 where he did artistic research on Open Form Composition as a group-process. Since 1995 he is chief-editor of the forthcoming publication The Elaine Summers Improvizational Dance Score Book which he promoted most recently at Dance Palace Luxemburg as a part of ARCHITEXTURE an ongoing project by Meredith Nadler and Steve Strasser.

Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer and humanitarian is an important pioneer in American Music. Acclaimed internationally for four decades she has explored soundÜforging new ground for herself and others. Through improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation she has created a body of work with great breadth of vision. "On some level, music, sound, consciousness and religion are all one, and she would seem to be very close to that level." - John Rockwell.

Laura Quattrocchi is a contemporary dancer, improviser and costume designer. She came to New York City in 1995 from Italy to study contemporary dance. Central to her artistic development was meeting and working with Daniel Lepkoff , Elaine Summers, Joshua Bisset and visual artist Agata Olek Oleksiak who inspired her to work with materials. Laura has performed with David Parker , Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Tam Le, Kun-Yang Lin, Andrea Haenggi among others and she is a founding member of Shua Group which she co-directs with Joshua Bisset. She has also worked in collaboration with visual artist Diego Britt, Sylvestre Gobart, Virginia Valdes, Agata Olek Oleksiak and Twee-Vung Vu. Thanks Elaine for all your amazing teaching.

Rebecca Loukes is a performer, director and co-founder of Redcape Theatre based at South Street Arts, Reading, UK. Recent projects include 'The Idiot Colony' directed by Andrew Dawson (Mime Theatre Project and Absence and Presence) performed in South-East England and Underneath Thought with German choreographer Eva Schmale. She directed Traces, Fine Prints commissioned for Dance Umbrella South Africa in Johannesburg. She is Lecturer in Performance Practice at the University of Exeter and teaches yoga, taiquiquan, the awareness work of Elsa Gindler and Indian martial art Kalaripayattu.

Elaine Summers American choreographer, experimental filmmaker, and intermedia pioneer. Summers was a founding member of the workshop-group that would form the Judson Dance Theater and significantly contributed to the interaction of film and dance, as well as the expansion of dance into other related disciplines, such as visual art, film, and theater. She furthermore fostered the expansion of performing dance in new, often outdoor locations. Her movement approach Kinetic Awarenessª offers a comprehensive perspective on human movement and dance.

Summers was born in Perth, Australia and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. She came to New York in the 1950s and became part of the workshop-group originally initiated by Robert Ellis Dunn that would later be referred to as the Judson Dance Theater in its second term 1962, together with a.o. Trisha Brown, Ruth Emerson, Sally Gross, Edward Bhartonne, Carolee Schneeman, Gretchen MacLane, Deborah Hay, David Gordon (dance), and Valda Setterfield.
At Judson, Summers shared in the ongoing experiments with chance methods and pedestrian movement as part of the interest in expanding the then accepted methods of creating and performing dances. However she also embraced the more theatrical part of the collective (Aileen Passloff, John Herbert McDowell and others). Summers expanded dance into other disciplines, experimental film, visual art, and body work. In the later phase of the Judson Dance Theater she created dances that would to work with the entire environment of the performance space. She also initiated five of the total of 16 concerts of the group, one at Turnau Opera, Woodstock NY (Concert #2) and one series (Concerts #9-#12) at the Gramercy Arts Theater in New York City.

Summers worked intensively with film and its inclusion in live performance. This happened as early as in the first Judson Concert of Dance, when she went out to dance in the projection of her self-initiated chance-film Overture which she had made in collaboration with John Herbert McDowell and Eugene Friedman. Her learning of filmmaking and her experiments at Judson finally lead to her own intermedia presentation Fantastic Gardens in 1964, where she used the entire performance space, located the audience in several settings, bathed the whole space in film- and slide projections, and combined many works of music and sculpture with her own dances, many of them improvisational scores realized by the dancers.

Elaine Summers continued to make intermedia-work combining film and dance and started to train dancers in Kinetic Awarenessª, who would form her own company (a.o. Tedrian Chizik, Edward Bhartonne, Alexandra Ogsbury, Roberta Escamilla Garrison). To facilitate this process financially, she founded the Experimental Intermedia Foundation which is still active in the field of experimental music in New York today.
In 1971 the Elaine Summers Dance & Film Company premiered Energy Changes at Loeb's Student Center of New York University. The piece covers all the five phases of Kinetic Awarenessª, from slow gentle movement of body parts without active interference from the dancer, to highly energetic group interactions (with titles such as 'Bear Dance' or 'Pile-up'). The piece went into full premiere in 1973 at the sculpture garden of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, including an early use of video showing dancers located in other parts of the garden.
The Elaine Summers Dance & Film Company toured extensively in the United States of America as well as abroad, to Italy, the UK, and Australia. Concerts would regularly have parts where the audience was invited to join in the realization of dance scores which often created an awareness of basic elements of theatre dance, such as walking, or improvisation. Invitation to Secret Dancers was done in the same spirit on outdoor locations in many countries. (the latest performance was in New York City in 2005) Illuminated Workingman brought the city of Buffalo, NY, and construction work together with dance and intermedia, including several performances on location and workshops given to the public.
In 1980 Summers started to present her involvement with the sky. Skydance was shown during the 2nd Intermedia Art Festival at the University of Iowa (where she also made several film-dances as artist-in-residence) and subsequently at the Guggenheim museum. These events included balloons, planes, and large sky-objects created by Otto Piene.

Today Elaine Summers lives and works in New York City where she teaches Kinetic Awarenessª and develops Skytime.org an ongoing project that is centered around the use of the internet. Summers also continues to create new dance pieces, while parallel pursuing the creation of her Archives and the completion of Elaine Summers Dance Score Book for Fun and Performance.
- written by Thomas Kortvelyessy for Wikepedia

Taketo Shimada is a visual artist and a musician. His band Messages' first 7" EP is out from The Social Registry's The Social Club series.