Known for bridging classical and modern idioms, Gleich Dances has been the featured company since inception of Fete de Danse in 2004. The company is the vehicle for the creative, collaborative, and educational work of choreographer, teacher and director Julia K. Gleich and has presented in New York City and throughout the United States and Europe. A renowned ballet choreographer and instructor, Ms. Gleich is currently lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and the Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre. Ms. Gleich’s choreographic residencies have included: Brooklyn Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, VT, University of Northern Colorado, CO, Island Moving Company, RI, University of California-Irvine, CA, Dancer’s Workshop, WY, and recently Norte Maar, Rouses Point/Plattsburgh, NY, among others.
Noted for their awesome atheletism and contemporary blend of theater, drama, and dance, MADBoots was co-founded in August 2011 by Jonathan Campbell (Juilliard ’10) & Austin Diaz (N.Y.U. Tisch ’11). The Company has been presented at festivals such as the Alto Jonio Dance Festival (Italy), Springboard Danse(Montreal), David Parker’s Soaking WET, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, TOES for Dance (Toronto) & DANCENOW Joe’s Pub Dance Festival (2012 Challenge Winner). Dance Magazine featured the company in their Vital Signs segment in December 2013. The 92nd Street Y presented MADboots as part of their inaugural Dig Dance: Weekend Series in December 2013, and Jacob’s Pillow granted the company a Creative Development Residency in February 2014. MADboots is looking forward to performing at Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC as part of Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates in August 2014.
Under the artistic direction of Rachel Cohen, Racoco Productions creates theatrical experiences that combine movement, the visual arts, burlesque, cinematic styles, everyday objects, and musical composition. Movement phrases and traditional forms translate textures of emotion, transporting audiences through the looking glass to where the ordinary is iconic, the mundane mysterious, and the silly sacred. Recently, Racoco has created idiosyncratic explorations of interactions between the human body and inanimate materials—e.g., clay, flour, taffy, paper, chewing gum—collaborating with composers and visual artists to blur the boundaries between the real and the imaginary.