Dance Guest Artists
Guest faculty and special professors are brought in every semester to work with students on new choreography and reconstructed works for the annual Fall and Spring Faculty Dance Concerts. Some recent examples of guest faculty include:
Bebe Miller, Spring 2013
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bebe Miller began childhood dance study with Murray Louis at the Henry Street Settlement on Manhattan's Lower East Side. From 1976 to 1982 Miller danced with Nina Weiner and Dancers, where she developed a quietly intense, passionate style. In 1984 she formed the Bebe Miller Company with an "interest in finding a physical language for the human condition." Miller's choreography has been noted for its mix of virtuosic, athletic speed and the fragile human impulse behind it. Miller has choreographed works for the Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and the PACT Dance Company of Johannesburg, South Africa. Among her awards and fellowships are two Bessie awards for performance (1986 and 1987), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1988), and an American Choreographer Award (1988).
David Parker, Spring 2013
David Parker, Artistic Director of The Bang Group, began his career as a teenager tap dancing on the sidewalks of Boston. While attending Bard College, he was introduced to modern, post-modern and classical forms of dance and began putting them all together. He has pursued an unusually diverse performance career which includes "downtown" dance, traditional modern, classical character roles, rhythm tap, experimental tap and singing and acting. He has received numerous awards and honors for his choreography which has toured nationally and internationally and he has just been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for choreography.
Nathan Trice, Fall 2012
Nathan Trice is the Founder and Artistic Director of nathantrice/RITUALS, a project-by-project dance theater based in New York City. Originally from Detroit, Michigan Nathan completed the Alvin Ailey Certificate Program in 1993 and, since then, has worked with MOMIX, Complexions, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/The Group, DanzAiza, Burnt Sugar Arkistra, Forces of Nature Dance Co., and Heidi Latsky Dance Theater.
Catherine Turocy, Fall 2012
Catherine Turocy is recognized as one of today’s leading choreographer/reconstructors and stage directors in 17th and 18th century period performance, with more than 60 Baroque operas to her credit. She has been decorated by the French Republic as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. She received the prestigious BESSIE Award in New York City for sustained achievement in choreography as well as the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence. In 1980 she received the Dance Film Association Award for “The Art of Dancing” video produced with Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush.
A founding member of the Society for Dance History Scholars, Ms. Turocy has lectured on period performance practices around the world including the Royal Academies of Dance in London, Stockholm and Copenhagen; the Festival Estival in Paris and The Society for Early Music in Tokyo. She has served as consultant to Clark Tippet of American Ballet Theater and Edward Villella of the Miami City Ballet. As a writer she has contributed chapters to dance history textbooks, articles to Opera News and Dance Magazine, many which have been translated into French, German, Japanese and Korean. A chapter in Janet Roseman’s book, Dance Masters: Interviews with Legends of Dance, published by Routledge is dedicated to her work.
As a sought after period stage director/choreographer, Ms. Turocy has worked with singers Jessye Norman, Bryn Terfel, Christine Brandes, Howard Crook, Ann Monoyios, Julianne Baird and Drew Minter. She has worked 11 years at the Handel Festival in Goettingen, Germany where she has been lauded by the international press for her ground breaking production of Handel’s Teseo this past June. In New York, Ms. Turocy works closely with Concert Royal directed by conductor James Richman. Highlights include Gluck’s Orfeo, Handel’s Ariodante and Terpsicore, Rameau’s Pygmalion, Les Indes Galantes, Le Temple de la Gloire and Les Fetes d’Hebe,among others. In Washington D.C. she has collaborated with Ryan Brown of Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus.
Doug Varone, Spring 2012
Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone works in dance, theater, opera, film, television and fashion. He is a passionate educator and articulate advocate for dance. His New York City-based Doug Varone and Dancers has been commissioned and presented to critical acclaim by leading international venues for more than two decades. His numerous theater credits include choreography for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theaters across the country. Varone has also created works for the Limon Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rambert Dance Company (London), Dancemakers (Canada), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Bern Ballet (Switzerland) and An Creative (Japan), among others. His dances have been staged on more than 75 college and university programs. Varone received his BFA from Purchase College where he was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Honors also include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two American Dance Festival Doris Duke Awards for New Work, four from the National Dance Project and two individual New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies).
Victoria Marks, Fall 2010
Victoria Marks creates dances for the stage, for film, and in community settings. Marks’ recent work has considered the politics of citizenship, as well as the representation of both virtuosity and disability. These themes are part of her ongoing commitment to locating dancemaking within the sphere of political meaning. Ms. Marks is a Professor of choreography in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA where she has been teaching since 1995. She is a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and has been the recipient of multiple grants and fellowships from the NEA, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the London Arts Board, among others. She has also received awards for her dance films including the Grand Prix in the Video Danse Festival and the Best of Show in the Dance Film Association’s Dance and the Camera Festival.
Ms. Marks set a piece on the Fall 2010 Faculty Dance Concert that featured Hofstra dance students as well as the program’s four full-time faculty members. Ms. Marks returned to Hofstra in the spring 2011 to serve as a participant in a three day conference titled Into Sunlight: The Impact of War on the Social Body From the Vietnam Era to the Present. The conference was presented by the Department of Drama and Dance and inspired by the David Maraniss’ book They Marched Into Sunlight. Ms Marks has worked with war veterans to develop dance and film projects.
Larry Keigwin, Fall 2009
Larry Keigwin is artistic director of Keigwin + Company (K+C), founded in 2003 with its premiere performance at the Joyce Theater in Soho. K+C creates work that is accessible and entertaining while remaining innovative and intelligent. The company has performed nationally and throughout New York City in venues such as Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, New York City Center, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Duke Theater on 42nd Street, Symphony Space and NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to Keigwin’s choreographic work with K+C, his recent commissions include The New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, The NYU/Tisch School's Second Avenue Dance Company, Paradigm and California Institute of the Arts. Keigwin has also danced at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone's Le Sacre Du Printemps and Julie Taymor's The Magic Flute, in addition to his work with Mark Dendy (receiving a Bessie Award in 1998 for his performance in Dream Analysis), Robin Becker, Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, and David Rousseve.
Martha Clarke, Spring 2007
Widely considered one of the most important choreographers in America, Martha Clarke accepted an appointment from Hofstra to serve as a Presidential Scholar in the Department of Drama and Dance for the spring 2007 semester. She taught as well as choreographed students for the Spring 2007 Faculty Dance Concert. She is known for her groundbreaking, visually-inspired music theater pieces.
Martha Clarke is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (otherwise known as the “Genius Award”) and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 1984 Martha Clarke created a series of sketches based on the work of the 15th-century painter Hieronymus Bosch called The Garden of Earthly Delights, which received both a Drama Critics Award and the L.A. Drama Critics Award. Her 1986 piece Vienna: Lusthaus, which evokes the decadence of fin de siècle Europe, won an OBIE for best new American play.
In 1988, Ms. Clarke’s Miracolo d'amore was presented at the Spoleto Festival USA and at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Endangered Species, a work for performers and live animals, was created for Music-Theatre Group and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1990.
Ms. Clarke was a founding member of the Pilobolus Dance Theater before beginning her own troupe, Crowsnest, in the late 1970s. Her choreography has been performed by the Nederlans Dans Theater, the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Rambert Dance Company and Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project.