NCDF/ADF: Here and Now Adjudicators
May 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
You’ve read about the four NC artists chosen to present work at the upcoming NCDF/ADF show in June–now you can read about the folks who did the choosing! All the video submissions were collected and sent off to three nationally recognized choreographers with connections to the American Dance Festival: Mark Dendy, Adele Myers, and Zoe Scofield. Here’s a glimpse into the careers of these three choreographers!
Describing Mark Dendy as unique would be an understatement. As an adjudicator, he brings many things to the table, including his southern Appalachian heritage, dance history, and experience as a post-modern dance theater artist in New York City. He has had quite a successful career in experimental dance theater, grand scale site specific works, performance, opera, improvisation, cabaret, night clubs, Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theater. In 1983 Mark founded a company which has performed at numerous national and international venues including the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Jacobs Pillow and many more. Some of Mark’s most exciting commercial work has included the Broadway production of Taboo, Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera, a national tour of Pippin and the Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes. His passion for sharing his gifts with young artists has led him to teach all around the state of North Carolina as well as in New York City at Julliard and NYU. Currently Mark is inspired to create a solo dance theater work drawing on his experience as an accomplished actor, dancer, writer and choreographer. He is also committed to continuing his grand scale site specific works and teaching as a guest artist for many companies. Read more about him here.
Our next adjudicator is a certified daredevil. Adele Myers’ career as a mover began with ballet in addition to track and field events, baton twirling, balancing on top of big red oil drums rolling down steep hills, and other fearless feats of childhood. This may explain why Adele is the type of dancer/choreographer she is and why she describes herself as an “athlete of the heart.” At Sarah Lawrence College, Adele studied choreography then packed up and headed to NYC where she continued her athletic theatrics with Joy Kellman/Co. for six years and was a guest artist with many other companies including Momix. In search of a Master’s degree, Adele went to FSU where she met Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and served as her choreographic assistant resetting work on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Adele created a company inspired by her time at FSU which is now a New England based contemporary company comprised of four women. Adele Myers and Company have been presented in NYC and in over 50 venues in the New England area receiving support from many festivals and awards. From 2006 to 2013 she was on faculty in the Dance Department at Connecticut College and prior to that taught for two years in the Dance program at Tulane University. Adele currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and two children. Catch her performing at ADF this summer!
Zoe Scofield comes to us from Seattle. Her background in ballet and Ashtanga Yoga have contributed to her signature modern dance choreography. Zoe has danced with Prometheus Dance and Atlas Moves among other choreographers in Toronto, Boston and Seattle. In 2005 Scofield began her collaboration with video/visual artist Juniper Shuey. Their collaboration continued and in 2007 they formed a company called zoe | juniper, creating dance, video installations and photography works. Their work has been presented at many venues and festivals including Jacobs Pillow, Bumbershoot, Bates Dance Festival, Spectrum Dance Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, and Frye Art Museum.
A big thank you to these accomplished artists for lining up the four NC choreographers taking the ADF stage in June!
For tickets or more information about the performance, visit the ADF website.