Chats Across Borders

In light of the long pause of international connectivity and exchange due to the Coronavirus pandemic, American Dance Abroad is launching Chats Across Borders. These 60-minute Zoom discussions over time will comprise an ongoing series of conversations among colleagues – domestic and international, artists, agents, and programmers – reflecting our individual situations and/or thinking about what the future might hold.

These first three discussions are “purist” in voices. Before cross-pollinating the dialogue, we thought it best to hear from individuals with similar responsibilities. Subsequent CHATS will invite colleagues with a range of career/job roles that reflect the global dance field.

Chat #1 – International Programmers

Chat #1 took place on May 13, 2020 and included:

Péter Ertl, National Dance Theater, Budapest, Hungary
Karen Cheung, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
Atanas Maev, director, Derida Dance Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Kirsten Seeligmüller, founder and director, Dock 11, Berlin, Germany

Chat #2 – Artists

Chat #2 took place on May 26, 2020 and included:

Kyle Abraham, artistic director, A.I.M, New York, NY
Megan Bridge, artistic co-director, FIDGET
Stuart Pimsler, artistic co-director, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Shamel Pitts, artistic director TRIBE, New York, NY
Kate Wallich, choreographer & director, Kate Wallich & The YC/Studio Kate Wallich, and founder, Dance Church, Seattle, WA

Chat #3 – Agents & Artist Representatives

Chat #3 took place on May 27, 2020 and included:

Laura Colby, founder & president, Elsie Management, Brooklyn, NY
Pamela Green, founder & president, PMG Arts, Durham, NC
Allen Moon, director of touring & artist management, David Lieberman / Artists’ Representatives, Newport Beach, CA
Sophie Myrtil-McCourty, founder & president, Lotus Arts Management, Queens, NY

Chat #4 – U.S. Artists and International Programmers

Chat #4 took place on July 3, 2020 and included:

Debbie Blunden-Diggs, artistic director, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton, OH
Dr. Danny Tan, founder and artistic director, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Singapore
Georgina Thompson, Director, Dance Forum South Africa, Bloemfontein, SA
Doug Varone, artistic director, Doug Varone & Dancers, New York, NY

Chat #5 – North, Central, & South America

Chat #5 took place on August 28, 2020 and included:

Eleno Guzmán Gutiérrez, General Director, MOVES @ Cultura UDG Streaming, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
J’Sun Howard, Independent Choreographer, Chicago, Illinois
Stephen Petronio, Choreographer & Artistic Director, Stephen Petronio Company, New York, NY
Aparna Ramaswany, Co-Artistic Director, Ragamala Dance Company, Minneapolis, MN Mirna Zagar, Executive Director, The Dance Center, Vancouver, BC
Martin Inthamoussu, President & CEO, SODRE, Montevideo, Uruguay

Chat #6 –

Chat #6 took place on October 7, 2020 and included:

Jonah Bokaer, Choreographer, Founder of Chez Bushwick, Founder of The Hudson Eye, Co-Founder of Center for Performance Research, Hudson, New York
Joan Myers Brown, Founder, Executive Artistic Director, PHILADANCO, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aaron Fernandes, CEO & Founder, Aaron Fernandes Entertainment, Mumbai, India
Risima Risimkin  Artistic Director, Dance Fest Skopje, Skopje, North Macedonia
Christopher Rudd,  Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer, RudduR Dance, New York, New York
Katya Somrak, Deputy Director, Programmer & Creative Producer, PTL – Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia,

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