Thursday, September 30, 2010

Member Spotlight: Edie Nadelhaft at The Affordable Art Fair‏

XL Cherry Biter No.5
oil on canvas, 36" x 36", 2009. $5400.

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce Salon member Edie Nadelhaft is participating in The Affordable Art Fair this weekend.
Congratulations Edie!

Please see details below.


New York City
September 30th - October 3rd, 2010

7 West 34th Street, 11th floor,
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York City

Booth #A200

Bolstering its grass roots mission to create exhibition and selling opportunities for unrepresented artists, The Art Bazaar is pleased to present the following artists at this Fall's Affordable Art Fair (AAF NYC) from September 30 - October 3rd, 2010:

    •    Jordan Faye Block
    •    Mary Chang
    •    Mary Jean Canziani
    •    Kinga Czerska
    •    Denitza
    •    Nicholas Papadakis
    •    Mark Perry
    •    Edie Nadelhaft

Bovine Portrait #339900
oil on canvas, 2010, 12 x 12 inches, $950

Artist Statement :: September 2010, AAF-NYC

The paintings and sculpture in this exhibit are representative of three distinct bodies of work.

The Cherry Biters are greatly magnified, highly detailed oil paintings of myself biting into a cherry. The perspective ranges from close to extreme close-up, culminating in a focal point narrow enough to exclude all contextual and biographical information. The biter is captured mid-chomp, teeth tearing at the fleshy fruit, suspended in a macabre state of pre-demolition. The cherry, half-chewed is often unidentifiable. Lusciously rendered in vivid hues, the pictures are decadent, and unabashedly sexual, but the subject is something more inclusive than lust. It is, rather, the totality of sensual pleasures involved in the experience: the visceral satisfaction of crushing the thing in one’s teeth, the burst of flavor, the succulent juice and finally, the satiation of hunger.

The Bovine Portraits in Hexadecimal Hue are a series of monochromatic oil paintings of cows. The work explores themes of existentialism, portraiture and the impact of the digital on visual experience. Each picture begins with a photograph that is digitally manipulated to produce a monochromatic "head shot", the hue for which is chosen from the 216 colors of the basic Web palette. The facial “expressions” implied by the anatomical idiosyncrasies of these subjects evoke a wide range of human emotions: the heavy brooding brow and steady gaze inspire touching associations of fear, innocence, anger, and vulnerability; large eyes and long lashes are at once charming and disconcerting. But the body of work as a whole is intended to be humorous as well-a little joke about the history of portraiture, which is largely a tale of the very rich immortalized in self-important displays of wealth and power. In creating these works, I have elevated cattle, a traditional symbol of said wealth, to that same stature.

The pills, like the actual drugs that inspired their design, are pretty, shiny things to chase away your blues or blahs. Inscribed with SMS shorthand, these pieces are a light-hearted send up of viral marketing and our culture's enduring love affair with the quick fix and snappy comebacks.

Edie Nadelhaft is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.  She studied painting and art history at S.U.N.Y. at Purchase and received her BFA, with honors, from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1995.  Since 1997, she has lived and worked on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Her paintings and sculpture have been widely exhibited throughout the United States with solo shows at Kumukumu Gallery and Dance New Amsterdam in NYC, and the Affordable Art Fair NYC in September 2010. In 2008, Ms. Nadelhaft was awarded the Platte Clove Artist in Residence Grant by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her motorcycle and bad cop shows.

EDIE NADELHAFT   195 Chrystie Street, NYC 10002 | |


glass, enamel, aluminum, ping pong balls - SOLD

OPEN ARTIST STUDIO - Hosted by The Art Bazaar Artists will be working 'live' at the AAF! See the process that goes into creating a work of art and speak first hand with the artist!

    •    Friday
    •    Saturday
    •    Sunday
    •    October 1
    •    October 2
    •    October 3
    •    6.00PM - 8:00PM (Mary Chang)
    •    2:00PM - 4:00PM (Denitza)
    •    1:00PM - 3:00PM (Denitza)

The Affordable Art Fair NYC is the place to discover and buy works of art from today's hottest young talent and well-known names, with all works priced from just $100 up to $10,000. The Affordable Art Fair is for everyone, including the art savvy collector and the first time buyer.


    •    Wednesday, September 29
    6:00PM - 9:00PM (PRIVATE PREVIEW)
    •    Thursday, September 30
    •    11:00AM - 8:00PM
    •    Friday, October 1
    •    11:00AM - 8:00PM
    •    6:00PM - 8:00PM (FREE ADMISSION)
    •    Saturday, October 2
    •    11:00AM - 8:00PM
    •    Sunday, October 3
    •    11:00AM - 5:00PM


Day Pass

Code is valid for 100 entries (2 tickets each time); expires 4pm on Sunday,
October 3

Click here for Direct Link for Day Pass

Private Preview Invitation

Code is valid for 50 entries(2 tickets per entry); expires 8pm on Wednesday, September 29

Click here for Direct Link for Private Preview Invitation


$5 off General Admission
Code is valid for 150 entries; expires 4pm on Sunday, October 3

Click here for Direct Link for $5 off General Admission
Code: ARTNY5

For more information about AAF tickets, please visit the Event Registration Website.

For further information about The Art Bazaar:
Email: art (at) - Tel: 212 242 6220

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Member Spotlight: Caren Jo Shapiro, Heidi Russell, Helene Galek, Janet Restino, and Melissa Riker in Estrogenius‏

"Nude on Belly"
limited edition of 50 C-prints
11x14" in 14x20" frame 
$250 framed  $200 unframed.

International Women Artists’ Salon is pleased to announce Salon members participating in Manhattan Theatre Source’s 11th annual Estrogenius Festival, a celebration of female voices.

Art Exhibition:  Caren Jo Shapiro, Heidi Russell, Janet Restino – September 29th-October 30th  in the gallery space of Manhattan Theatre Source

Opening reception - Wednesday, September 29th – 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Theater: Helene Galek – Week 1 – Assistant Producer;  Week 2, performing in The Open Door at Manhattan Theatre Source

Dance: Melissa Riker – Women in Motion: Inner Beast, producer - Only 2 performances!, Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd at 8:00pm,  at Joyce SoHo

Come on out to celebrate female creative voices!!!
See you there!


The 11th annual celebration of female voices opens this Wednesday, September 29th with  FREE art reception from 5pm to 7pm followed by the premiere of this year's short plays at 8pm!

The festival runs through October 30th and features 5 weeks of short plays, 6 Sola Voce performances, 2 GirlPower performances, 2 Women in Motion dance performances (at the Joyce Soho!), and their new African benefit Voices Without Borders.

Wednesdays through Saturdays,  there are nightly pre-show music on their Windowbox Stage and on Friday nights after the show they will be featuring the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival hit musical solo show Classically Trained, Practically Broke. 

In short, there's something to fit every taste and every calendar, so don't miss it!

Tickets (including ticket packages!) and more info available at:

(And don't forget to become a fan of  their Facebook page!)

Estrogenius Festival 2010 - our 11th year!

177 MacDougal St.
New York, NY 10011

estro art

works by female visual artists

The Estrogenius group art exhibition presents work of female visual artists.

Opening reception - Wednesday, September 29th – 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Show runs for duration of festival - September 29th to October 30th 
Free Admission!


177 MacDougal St, btwn 8th and Waverly Streets

Featuring artists...
Aline Ridings, Anita Cimino, Ann Firestone Ungar, Ann Sgarlata, Anne Carlino, Aurora, Caren Jo Shapiro, 
Ellen Schneiderman, Heidi Russell, Ignitia Tipton, Iris Dresin, Janet Restino, Jennie Booth, Jennifer Earhart
Kathleen Furey, Naomi Rosenblatt, Rita Wilmers, Sara Jiminez, Sue Karnet

women in motion: Inner Beast

Only 2 performances!

Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd at 8:00pm

Joyce SoHo 
155 Mercer St (between Houston and Prince)

Tickets $18 
(or become an Estro Addict and see all festival events for only $99!)

Women in Motion is the dance event of the Estrogenius Festival and has been in existence since the very first Estrogenius. 

Women in Motion 2010 is made up of commissioned dances by four choreographers. The works will be developed over the summer
and fall, and presented during the festival.

presented by

Estrogenius Festival, Kinesis Project, [QuA2D] The Queens Academy of Arts and Dance
 with Melissa Riker, Esther Palmer, Amber Sloan and Jessica Edkins

Commissioned Choreographers: Kathryn Enright, Yina Ng, Amiti Perry/æmp:dance, Anne Zuerner/RoxanneLola MovementMachine

Performers: Kathryn Enright, Corey Harrower, Yina Ng, Amiti Perry, Amy Campbell, Sophie Torok and Anne Zuerner

short play series

Our short play series anchors the EstroGenius Festival.

Each week we present five, thought-provoking plays by some of today's hottest playwrights.

week 1: 

wednesday sept. 29 to friday oct. 1 at 8pm

saturday oct. 2 at 3pm & 8pm

Producer: Jen Thatcher

Assistant Producers: Helene Galek, Catie Choate

Stage Manager: Michael Bordwell

Lighting Designer: Karen Sweeney

Costume Designer: Sarah Bertolozzi
Sound Designer: Jay Spriggs

Week 2:
wednesday oct. 6 to friday oct. 8 at 8pm
saturday oct. 9 at 3pm and 8pm

series includes…

The Open Door

For those with a bad case of nerves, the peaceful English countryside offers the promise of rest and renewal; but for a young, bored and restless girl, it affords a golden opportunity for mischief.

Adapted by: Hana Mironoff from a short story by Saki 
Directed by: Kathleen O'Neill

Featuring: Joseph Franchini*, Melissa Dougherty, Helene Galek*, 
Richard Kent Green

festival information
Manhattan Theatre Source’s Estrogenius Festival, an annual celebration of female voices, is one of New York City’s largest women’s arts festivals.

Founded by Fiona Jones in 2000, the festival debuted with a program of 10 short plays and music. Since then, it has grown into a five-week event including short plays, solo shows, music, visual art, dance, teen performances and support for African girls’ education.

Completely volunteer run, the Estrogenius Festival has provided more than 1,600 artists the chance to shine; showcased award-winning playwrights Sheila Callaghan, Quiara Alegria Hudes, T.D. Mitchell and Melissa Maxwell; presented Bessie Award-winning choreographers Marta Renzi and Jennifer Nugent; and provided scholarships for girls to attend school in Niger, ranked the poorest country in the world by the United Nations.

We take open submissions from around the world and are committed to providing opportunities to female artists - in a variety of disciplines - ranging from the emerging to the seasoned professional.

The New York Times raves that Estrogenius 
“lives up to its billing as a celebration of women’s work.”


F. 212.260.4697


177 MacDougal St, NY NY 10011


Melissa Riker has been curating and producing Women in Motion since the inception of Estrogenius.

That would be (*cough*) 11 years now....

Surprisingly, Women in Motion is the only dance series in New York City dedicated to the voices of female choreographers.

Each year, the series aims to place the work of both emerging and established female artists on stage in a supportive and development-friendly environment.

Exactly how the choreographers' work is showcased has changed and grown over the years, from a simple showcase format in the cozy Theatre Source brick-box, to dance studios in Manhattan and finally in 2010, to a full process based performance.

Thanks to a full team of WiM producers for 2010, Women in Motion:INNER BEAST has commissioned choreographers with time in rehearsal, a development showing with feedback and a final fully produced performance at a major downtown dance venue, Joyce Soho on Oct 22 and 23rd, 2010.

Melissa would not be able build this one of a kind show every year without the help of Fiona Jones, Jen Thatcher and the Estrogenius team, Jessica Edkins (2008, 2009, 2010), Amber Sloan and Esther Palmer (2010).

Janet Restino creates with her heart, hands and head in many media. She is intuitive, instinctual, sometimes impulsive.

Piano was her first love, she later took on many more loves – sculpture, drawing, painting and photography. Nature is always calling the shots.

She is now trying her hand at video and comedy. And she’s always been writing and sometimes performs as a singer/songwriter/poet Off Off Broadway.  She likes to co-mingle media. Her poetry and lyrics also find their way into her images – especially the ink drawings of nudes – adding a literary component that takes sensual visuals to the cerebral plane.

Restino is steeped in visual history from cave drawings to cartoons, from Willendorfs to windmills, frescos to fig leafs and fractals, papyrus to Polaroids to pixels.

Coming to NYC in the 80’s from Philadelphia, she “bopped around” various neighborhoods in the East and West Village and Brooklyn until settling in Hells Kitchen in the early 90’s.

Formally trained as a sculptor, she studied classically and with a master of Abstract Expressionism, she wants her two dimensional work to jump off the wall.
Her renewed interest in making small figurative bronzes celebrating the feminine spirit is timely.

She exhibits primarily in New York, in Solo, Group Shows and Arts Events.
Her clients and collectors include many well-known cultural organizations and performers in the Arts, Entertainment and Theater.

“I’m not much different than a bee making honey, a spider spinning a web. I mine the psyche and the spirit to make art.  I’m just a vessel at times – keeping myself in tune to participate in the act of creation which feels truly divine.” – Janet Restino

Russell is a self-taught fine art photographer who specializes in capturing the intersection of languages and dimensions through full-frame, non-manipulated imagery of cultural environs.  She is a native of Oxford, New York, and is currently based in New York City.

Since receiving her first camera at the age of 6, Russell has been impassioned by sharing her discoveries of daily life through photography.  As a Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Denmark at the age of 18 she had her first opportunity to see another country and culture through the lens.  She has been capturing the intricacies and the spirit of the cultural environs she explores worldwide ever since.

After graduating from Cornell University in 1988, she worked in the fields of advertising, business and human resource management, and fundraising, working at both Syracuse and Cornell Universities.  She was a board member of the Community School of Music and Arts and the President of the Ithaca-Cayuga Rotary Club while living in Ithaca, New York.

In 2004, Russell changed her career path to follow her passions in photography and international cultural exchange.  She studied at the Cornell University-in-Rome Program during summer 2004 and spent the fall semester with the Hellenic International Studies in the Arts, a small art school on the island of Paros in Greece.

After delving into being creative full-time in Europe, she moved to NYC in 2005 to continue to pursue her passions.  Since 2005, her work has been in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including her first solo exhibition held in May 2007 at NY Studio Gallery in NYC.  In 2006, she was chosen to participate in the Hungarian Multicultural Center’s Artist Residency in Budapest and was selected to exhibit work in the 8th International Festival of Artistic Photography held in Athens, Greece.  Russell was invited in April 2007 to sit on the Board of Directors for Hungarian Multicultural Center.  During the summer of 2009, she participated in a three-week certificate program held in Berlin through Transart Institute.  Since 2005 she has volunteered for Cuchifritos, a community not-for-profit gallery project of Artists Alliance, Inc., located on the Lower East Side, and supports community-building-support projects with her photography and time.

Russell also holds curatorial positions with Manhattan Theatre Source in NYC and the e-zine, The New York Optimist.  In 2008, Russell founded the cross-disciplinary, International Women Artists’ Salon.

Russell is also spreading the wings of her creative outreach by establishing an indie publishing company that combines her passions, with the mission to publish works that utilize Art as a bridge for Cultural Understanding.

Ms. Russell invites you to follow her passions and projects through, Facebook, LinkedIn

Grappling with issues of abuse, gender, femininity, masculinity, and sexuality my paintings confront the overly consumed, idealized and oppressive values inherent in society.  Through psychological, expressionist portrayals of ‘real’ human beings, my work exposes the impact of, and adaptations to a society which frequently denies the oppression and abuse inherent within it.

Defined by expressive, broad strokes of unapologetic color, the subjects of my work demand that the covert truths behind their existence be laid bare. Grappling with emotional and physical survival, conveyed through scale, color, brushstroke and occasionally text, are flawed yet remarkable individuals.

In addition to painting I am a licensed psychotherapist, who provides counseling services on the Lower East Side primarily to women and members of the LGBT community.
(Caren Shapiro)  /  /  (917-439-9103).


Ms. Galek is happily assisting the great Jen Thatcher for the 3rd year in a row! She has previously performed in 5 Estro festivals too and will play the cheerful British Aunt in “The Open Door”, for Week Two of this year’s Estro Fest!
Helene just finished her assistant producer duties for Week One of Estro and what a grand week it was! She is happily working again with director Kathleen O’Neill, having performed under her helm in Boo-Art’s premiere production of “House of Bernarda Alba.”  She is equally pleased to be acting with Richard Kent Green, who assisted her many years ago in returning to the biz. Helene recently co-starred and co-produced the much talked about production of “Jen and Liz in Love” in this year’s Fringe Festival, under her own company, BlondeBrunetteRedhead Productions (bbr). Helene has played a plethora of characters in many a Spontaneous Combustion (the 48hr short play festival) happening at MTS! She is also on the advisory board of Boo-Arts and is Casting Director at Manhattantheatresource,
Sistahs are doin’ it for themselves!

Happy 11th anniversary to all the wonderful, powerful and magical women out there! --Helene

Friday, September 24, 2010

Member Spotlight: Zofia Bogusz - Dreamgaze

International Women Artists' Salon is pleased to announce member Zofia Bogusz's participation in the group exhibition "Dreamgaze" as part of the Newark Arts Council open doors...Reception tonight, Sept. 24th...

Please join me at the opening where I will be showcasing a new painting in my "Mannequin Series".  -Zofia

"Dreamgaze"  ( September 24th - Oct. 24th, 2010)  is a contemporary arts group exhibition during the Newark Arts Council open doors.

Friday, September 24th, 5pm - 9pm

The Barat Foundation Gallery
765 Broad St.
Newark, NJ  07102
(entrance for exhibition is located on Bank St.)

"Liquid"oil and pencils in wood11in x 26in


Zofia Bogusz, a story...
The Atlantic Ocean floats perfectly between NYC and Poland. The trip I took across it as a kid, has fueled my interest in people's lives and identities. That is what my art is about. It is a collection of places visited and places to be, real or symbolic. Water and war are recurring themes that portray an experience of both disturbance and serenity. The realistic human subjects in my work make a focal connection to our common world. Graphite and wood give me control in making them refined and raw. Their environment, whether its social or natural, does not necessarily follow physical rules of space, creating a surreal free floating narrative, much like our memories. Color, oil paint, and the form of the surfaces support and enhance the atmosphere. In my work there is a strive for balance, and acceptance of the various dualities in our lives.

Zofia Bogusz

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Member Spotlight: Crystal Gregory - 4 Storeys

I am very excited to invite you to 4 Storeys, a four person show at Giacobetti Paul Gallery opening during Dumbo Arts Festival.

4 Storeys
Crystal Gregory, Daniel Clapp, JiYe Kim, and Thierry Rouyer. Crystal explores boundaries of architecture & motif. Daniel, Thierry, and JiYe present new video on the experience of observation & our relationship with the screen itself.

Dumbo Arts Festival
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
September 24th, 25th, and 26th

Giacobetti Paul Gallery
111 Front Street Suite 220
Brooklyn, NY 11201

I will be showing a large installation I am calling, Heirloom. I will be at the Dumbo Arts Festival all weekend so please come by and see the show.
All My Best,
Crystal Gregory

Antique lace and vintage damask patterns penetrate building material to create a domestic sculpture. Meticulously carved, intricate pattern compromise the integrity of the structure; deterioration and organically growing highlighted fractures. Abstract familiarity create an unfolding story with reminents of a nostalgic past.

This piece would not have been possible without the help of so many. Special thank you to Jonathan Checler and Simon Kahn, I so appreciate your wisdom, support, and help throughout this project.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Member Spotlight: Colleen Healy

International Women Artists’ Salon is thrilled to announce member Colleen Healy’s second New York City solo exhibition of her photographic work…

New Mythologies
Colleen Healy

21 September –21 November 2010

7 – 9pm

Lolita Bar
266 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002
HOURS: 5pm – 4am 

This exhibition showcases selections from two ongoing series: Gorgon and Maiden Mother Crone. Gorgon is more confrontational; entirely made up of self-portraits and exploring the subjective nature of the gaze. Maiden Mother Crone mixes images of women of different ages to examine the inherent changes of living.  Both series build on mythology, archetypes, and the Symbolist, Surrealist, Expressionist artistic movements.  Jungian psychoanalysis locates both gorgons and the maiden, mother, crone trinity as archetypes. Gorgons serve as symbols of dangerous female sexuality while the trinity of the three ages of women represent transformations undergone in a lifetime.  The Symbolist, Surrealist, and Expressionist movements illustrated psychoanalytical ideas with female forms.  In a more contemporary context, decades of feminism combined with the postmodern movement highlight the importance of the individual, often expressed through portraiture.

My photographs, made with multiple exposures on 4 x 5 sheet film and the use of solarization and experimental toning mix portraiture with figure study. The subject matter is women, young, old, and in between. They confront the viewer with the female form as actor rather than spectacle. Women of different ages, superimposed over one another, challenge standard ideals of beauty. By presenting parts of different women, I insist upon recognition of these parts as valuable to the whole. The processes I choose enhance the variability in photographic techniques and challenge any assumption that this medium is a direct reflection of reality. I approach an inner reality by overlapping abstraction and representation. The eerie reversals and understated colors of my darkroom processes enhance the juxtaposition of different female forms for a visceral evocation of archetypes. The overlay of compelling body parts: perky breasts, slender limbs, alluring eyes and lips, with unattractive ones: wrinkles, bony knees, nostrils, tricks the viewer into admiring a beautiful shape that resolves into a characteristic rarely considered appealing. With form and color I confound the perception of subject and background in order to defy ideas about women’s bodies that attract or repel.
166 Harman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221  
mobile: (917) 435-7263     e-mail:

Colleen Healy Bio
The fine art potentials of photography have always fascinated me. This medium crosses all boundaries from news to snapshots as it defines the way in which we look at the world. I am interested in exploring different ways to challenge the straight forward photographic image which places the world in a box.

I graduated the MFA program at the Hartford Art School University of Hartford after building on my undergraduate training at University of Delaware with photofinishing and alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype and gum bichromate in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I moved to New York City to further pursue the fine art aspects of photography.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Member Spotlight: Orietta Crispino, "Three Sisters Come and Go"

THREE SISTERS COME AND GO has an international pedigree; director Orietta Crispino and dramaturg Marco Casazza met over 25 years ago when he was her student at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan.  While in Italy, Crispino assisted some of the country's finest directors, including Giorgio Strehler and Massimo Castri.  She has lived and worked in New York City for the past decade while Casazza continues to work in Italy.

Set between the apparently opposite poles of Chekhov and Beckett, THREE SISTERS COME AND GO follows the lives of the three archetypical Chekhovian women and their desire to reconstitute their lives beyond their sense of profound loss. Bound to living together, each of the sisters is comically obsessed with being the most unhappy of the group.

Performances run September 29th through October 10th at Theaterlab (137 West 14th St., between 6th and 7th Ave.). 

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm with an additional performance Sunday, October 3rd at 7pm.  There is no performance on Thursday, October 1st.  Press dates are September 29th and October 2nd at 8pm and Sunday, October 3rd at 3pm and 7pm.

Below is the link to the press kit and her to our web site

I hope you can join us this fall!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Member Spotlight: Kelley Donovan, Summer Winds

Contact: Rani Welch,
The Rover SoHo presents
Summer Winds
a breath of fresh air with four on-the-verge female choreographers
Diane Tomasi, Kelley Donovan, Rani Welch and Jessica Taylor

September 25th  & 26th at 7:00pm

41 Wooster Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

$15 General Admission, tickets at the door, cash only
for reservations visit
Call (646) 808-9080 or for information.  

Photos Happily Provided Upon Request

At the end of a long hot season, we bring you Summer Winds, a dance event, curated and produced by Rani Welch, founder and Art Director of The Rover SoHo, a brand new gallery/performance venue with a vision to stretch your artistic arm, as well as your imagination. Outside out-of-the-box, rooftop ordinary to fantastical, lush, dynamic and polished indoors, highlighting the work of Diane Tomasi, Kelley Donovan, Rani Welch and Jessica Taylor, Summer Winds is a breath of fresh air with four on-the-verge female choreographers.

Summer Winds is the first event at The Rover to begin outside on the cobblestones of old Wooster Street with site specific work by Jessica Taylor accompanied by live Bass from Dane Markle-Klapp.  From there the show trickles inside and out onto The Rover rooftop for The World of Else with choreography and video installation created by Diane Tomasi. Premiering at the same venue, Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26, 7pm, at 41 Wooster Street, Floor 2, New York.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door (cash only) or for reservations visit

Culminating at the main stage, are Kelley Donovan and Dancers with Age of Unraveling, a new work exploring cycle of creation, destruction and rebuilding.  Jessica Taylor with Momentum, and Rani Welch/Tribe of Human with an excerpt from Light the Branches, a collaborative effort between Tribe of Human and The Batteries Duo ( to premiere September 18-19, 8pm at The Rover SoHo.  An excerpt from this work will be performed as a part of Summer Winds on September 25-26.

Jessica Taylor, originally hailing from St. Louis, received her BA in modern dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.  Choreography credits include the American College Dance Festival, the Amalgamate Artist Series, SUNY Purchase, Pittsburgh Playhouse Dance Company, and Squonk Opera, among others.  Currently she is a freelance choreographer and dances with Emily Faulkner and Dajhia Ingram Dance.

Diane Tomasi began Kusterflux, in 2008, and has shown work in various ‘underground’ venues in New York and Massachusetts.  Mainly places that weren’t dance spaces previously, such as The Brooklyn Barbell Club, Studio 43, and now The Rover Rooftop.  Kusterflux likes to play, the crazier the circumstances the better.       

Rani Welch
, founder and Art director of The Rover SoHo, studied with Joe Goode and Victoria Marks at The Harvard Dance Program, received her MFA from University of Iowa, studied at Jacob's Pillow with Bessie Schonberg, and improvisation at UCB Theater in NY.  She has performed in several independent films, and hosted Horror Conventions around the nation. Tribe Of Human is a dance theater experience that involves text, song, movement, intense costume and nudges to pop culture, stitching human moments and creating immediate environments, blasting it onstage to be tossed around and marinated.

Kelley Donovan has performed work by Ann Carlson and Liz Lerman and her work has been produced by World Music/Crasharts, MIT, Harvard and The Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research, The DUO Theater, The Lohan Gallery, The Cherry Lane Theater, Galaplogos and the 92nd St. Y in New York City.  Kelley studied choreography with Mark Morris and Bessie Schönberg. The company has a new blog delineating their creative process,

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Member Spotlight: Kelley Donovan, AGE OF UNRAVELING





CALL 617-388-3247 OR  


Meagan Bruskewicz, Amy Campbell, Kelley Donovan, Kristen Klein,
Anri Nakano, Kirsten Schnittker, Lucy York Struever, Sophie Torok,
Oshini Wanigasekera and Aya Wilson



Our next show is October 1 & 2 at the ICA in Boston,
with Danny McCusker and Caitlin Corbett, go to for tix!

Kelley Donovan & Dancers classes

Blog, about our process

Member Spotlight: Kelley Donovan, CREATIVE MODERN DANCE


at Moving Body Resources

3 Classes Tuesdays: Starting September 15th

112 West. 27th St., 4th Floor, NYC (Between 6th & 7th Ave)
taught by Kelley Donovan

3 Tuesdays Dance Classes Starting September 15th  6-7pm
3 Tuesdays Choreography/Performance Workshop  7-8pm
(students are encouraged to attend the early Tuesday class for warm up)

$45 /per Thursday class, both classes meet: September 15th, 22nd and 29th 

Pre-registration required.  To register call 617-388-3247 or for info.

This class is for adult dancers with a little experience and is a great place to start if you are coming back to dance or have never created dance before.  Attention will be paid to developing strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.  The class incorporates ideas from Limon, Cunningham and Release techniques.  The class will move through a warm up that builds strength and clarifies alignment principals followed by fluid phrases with an emphasis on performance quality, focus and presence.  Participants will get a chance to create collaboratively and learn how to develop movement structures that explores the basic elements of space, time and force.  The second class of the evening will focus on creating a short work of choreography over the three weeks.

Kelley Donovan has performed work by Liz Lerman and Ann Carlson and has taught dance at  MIT,  and currently teaches modern dance at Umass. Her choreography has been produced by World Music/Crasharts, MIT, Harvard and The Federal Reserve Bank in Boston and The Merce Cunningham Studio, Joyce SoHo, The Hatch, Movement Research and the 92nd St. Y in New York City. Kelley studied choreography with Mark Morris and Bessie Schönberg and other artists in Boston.
If you have any questions contact or check

Kelley Donovan & Dancers classes

Friday, September 10, 2010

Member Spotlight: Melissa Riker

Kinesis Project presents PARK DANCES in Fort Tryon Park on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010.

Family-friendly performances take place at 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:00 PM on The Cloisters Lawn.

The dancers of Pressing Empty will be framed by the amazing gardens of Ft. Tryon, with backdrops of The Cloisters and the George Washington Bridge.

next week is:
Battery Park Bosque Gardens
2PM, 3PM & 4PM
Site Specific performances winding through the imagination and gardens of Battery Park

PARK DANCES offers a beautiful and fun uptown experience for the whole family.

The event is FREE and is part of Kinesis Project's outreach programming, bringing dance to the parks of NYC.

Kinesis Project is a NYC based dance company...

Our work has been called
"...comically acrobatic, gracefully classical ... visually arresting..." -NYTimes

"...a Marx Brothers' routine with soul."
-Audience member

"...captivating, comical and very charming."

Kinesis Project is a physical, character driven, community inspired, collaborative dance organization.

Kinesis Project is a dance organization that produces dance concerts, facillitates educational programs and creates site specific performances with diverse communities. Kinesis Project produces work designed to make the soul dance and the feet fly. We are pushing the boundaries of what changes space, and people, 
by placing movement and stillness in unusual and inspiring places.

As a producing organization, Kinesis Project is proud to be a founding partner with 
Manhattan Theatre Source for their Annual Women's Work Festival, EstroGenius. 
Kinesis Project's involvement has created Women in Motion, the dance evenings of EstroGenius. Contact us with any questions at 212-942-1314

Melissa Riker is a freelance modern dancer, aerialist, choreographer and the Director of Kinesis Project dance theatre.  

Dancing and making dances in New York City since 1996, Ms. Riker has performed on stages of all sizes and celebrity nationally and internationally. She has danced in companies that excel in modern dance, partnering, martial arts, circus, moving meditation and Sufi-inspired spinning. Her movement has been called “athletic” and “serpentine,” her performances on rigging and on building roofs caused a reviewer to exclaim, “If there is a Spidergirl, it is Melissa Riker”.The New York Times said her choreography is “sometimes comically acrobatic, sometimes gracefully classical – Visually arresting” and an audience member wrote that the work is “a Marx-brothers routine with soul”.
Ms. Riker has created dances for film, theatre, operas and circus. Her text work has been commissioned and produced by multiple organizations and residencies. 

Ms. Riker has been a founder of multiple collaborative arts organizations including the Movement Salon on 3rd Avenue and 17th St in NYC and Manhattan Theatre Source in the West Village of NYC. Both organizations are now over 10 years old and going strong.

She has been a resident of the Dance Omi International Art Center as one of three American choreographers, Earthdance, a Ford Foundation Fellow, received an artistic merit award from the Foundation for Greater Atlanta in 2007, 08, and 09 and a Recipient of grants from the Puffin Foundation in 2006 and 2008.

Riker’s blog tracking her choreographic process, A Choreographer’s Blog, was named one of the 2010 top 50 blogs to be read by dance students, and was #1 in the “Written by Choreographers” Category.

Kinesis Project had its 2010 Season at Judson Memorial Church with the world premiere of Pressing Empty, an evening length performance that was met with acclaim from audiences and reviewers alike.

She was an Artist-in-Residence with West Genesee High School’s Fine Arts Department during Spring 2010 teaching dance to the wide range of students in the West Genesee Dance Department.

Kinesis Project is a dance organization that produces dance concerts, facillitates educational programs and creates site specific performances with diverse communities.
Kinesis Project produces work designed to make the soul dance and the feet fly.
We are pushing the boundaries of what changes space, and people, 
by placing movement and stillness in unusual and inspiring places.

As a producing organization, Kinesis Project is proud to be a founding partner with 
Manhattan Theatre Source for their Annual Women's Work Festival, EstroGenius. 
Kinesis Project's involvement has created Women in Motion, the dance evenings of EstroGenius. For more information click here

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Member Spotlight: Lisa Lebofsky‏

The Accretion of Events
group show
August 20 through September 30, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, August 20th 6-9pm

Volume Black (new location)
89 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006

click here for more information

click here to watch interview with Volume Black


Girls Don't Count

group show 

July 2nd through August 27th, 2010

Shadow's Space
1248 North Front St
Philadelphia, PA

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