"An unconventional choreographer experiencing a surge of recognition" The New Yorker
"Westwater reminds us we are irrevocably connected to that original ooze and the blunt impulses contained in it." The Village Voice
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new work in development
April 10-17, 2023
new work in development
Chocolate Factory Theater
April 20-29, 2023
Foregrounded and in profile,
the long hair of a dancer
whose eyes are closed is
suspended above her head.
Other dancers behind her are doing
seemingly striking or
grasping the air.
photo Ian Douglas
Creatives of PARK
ILONA BITO (performer, PARK: Ephemera) has performed with Kathy Westwater since 2012 as well as with Daria Faïn/The Commons Choir since 2015, and with Gamelan Dharma Swara since 2018. Bito’s choreography has been presented by Movement Research at the Judson Church, STooPS, PPL, BKSD, and more. They teach Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Dance to all ages. Ilona holds a B.A. and MS. Ed. from Sarah Lawrence College, and became a mom in 2020.
MARISA CLEMENTI (performer, PARK: Ephemera, Wanderings & Moundscapes) is a mover, maker, and vocalist whose artistic practice layers pop, postmodern, and flamenco traditions with plant medicine, writing, illustration, and nourishing food. She regularly collaborates with Storm Thomas/ Theater but Dance and Tatyana Tenenbaum, and is excited to be joining Kathy Westwater's work this season. marisaclementi.com, @mclementi
thomas f. defrantz (performer, PARK: Ephemera) Directs SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, group explores emerging technology in live performance applications. Believes in our shared capacity to do better and engage creative spirit for a collective good that is anti-racist, proto-feminist, and queer affirming.
JAE LEE (visual artist, art director, PARK: Ephemera, Wanderings, Moundscapes) has designed stage sets for dance for over two decades. He’s a licensed architect working in New York City, and has worked with numerous firmsincluding Peter Marino Architect, where he practices currently since 2013, m-USE Architects which he co-founded in 2003, and Jeffrey Beers International, where he was a director of architecture and interior design for over ten years. His architectural practice and encounters with e veryday materials inspire his designs for performance.
CLARINDA MAC LOW (dramaturg, PARK: Wanderings & Moundscapes) started out working in dance and molecular biology in the late 1980s and now works in performance and installation, creating participatory events that investigate social constructs and corporeal experience, and a professor in digital arts, and a former HIV/AIDS medical journalist. Mac Low is Executive Director of Culture Push, an experimental organization that links artistic practice and civic engagement, and co-director of Works on Water, an organization that supports art that works on, in, and with waterways in response to a changing climate. In addition to work with Westwater, Mac Low has also “performed” dramaturgy for Katy Pyle’s Ballez, David Thomson’s he his own mythical beast and Gender/Power (Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey).
Drummer SEAN MEEHAN (musician/composer, PARK: Ephemera, Wandeings, Moundscapes) began performing in the 1980s at the Amica Bunker series for improvised music, located at the Anarchist’s Switchboard and later ABC No Rio in New York City. He has been presented at prestigious venues including Instal Festival (Glasgow), The Whitney Biennial, Lincoln Center, and Goethe-Institute (Hanoi), but he primarily performs at small, informal spaces and artist-run festivals. Recent projects include On the Sensations of Tone, a highly abridged audiobook of Hermann von Helmholtz’s seminal text from 1863, and Magazine, for solo cowbell. He received a 2020 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants for Artists award.
RODERICK MURRAY (lighting designer, PARK: Moundscapes) has been designing lighting and installations for dance, music, and opera internationally since 1989. He received a 2001 Bessie award. This is his third project with Kathy and Jae! Murray has also designed many projects for Kimberly Bartosik (BAM Next Wave, others), Ralph Lemon, Benjamin Millepied, LADP, Dusan Tynek, Wally Cardona, Yanira Castro, and Luca Veggetti. He also designed for Karen Sherman, Sekou Sundiata, Yasuko Yokoshi, Ethel, Bill Young, Roseanne Spradlin, NYCBallet, Ballet di Roma, ABT, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Lyon Opèra Ballet, Ballet Collective, Melinda Ring, Donna Uchizono, Cori Olinghouse, Paul Simon, and many others.
GLENN POTTER-TAKATA (performer, PARK: Ephemera) is a Bronx-based artist working at the intersection of Japanese religious ritual and butoh. His work centers a Japanese-American experience, and is preoccupied with the consumer culture runoff from the Japanese archipelago. Glenn is a 2022 Bronx Dance Fund recipient and a current Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. He received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where he focused in multimedia performance.
ALEX ROMANIA (performer, PARK: Ephemera, Wanderings & Moundscapes; visual artist, PARK Ephemera) makes multidisciplinary work at the crux of expansive task and deteriorating form, investigating bodies of cultural debris amidst the invisible everyday. Romania’s work delves into spaces of the unimaginable, staring into the unknown to consider a crude and splendid humanity. Romania has presented work internationally, is a member of bands B!G, CÜLT, and W.O.R.M. Has held residencies with Movement Research, MacDowell, and Djerassi, and is currently working on a feature film together with Stacy Lynn Smith.
A native of Detroit, RAKIA SEABORN (performer, PARK: Ephemera, Wanderings & Moundscapes) is a writer, choreographer and performer whose work has appeared at JACK, Dixon Place, La Mama E.T.C., The Tank, AUNTS, chashama and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Seaborn has worked with Kathy Westwater, Dianne McIntyre, Rashaun Mitchell, Jodi Melnick, and Meta-Phys Ed. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2007, earning a Bachelors of Art in Dance with a concentration in Choreography, and in 2014, she gained an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a 2018 Mertz Gilmore Late Stage Creative Stipend recipient. Her latest work, A RUIN, had its world premiere at JACK in May of 2022. Instagram: @rakiadances www.rakiadances.com
STACY LYNN SMITH (performer, PARK: Wanderings & Moundscapes) is a neurodivergent, mixed race/Black performance artist, choreographer, director and Green Circle Keeper at Hidden Water (by and for those affected by CSA). Psychic Wormhole (their research platform) reckons with the devastations of trauma and its relationship to memory and the body, ultimately centering the body as memory-keeper and radical creator. They are currently developing their abstract memoir, a film, RECKONING, in collaboration with Alex Romania. Smith has been awarded a 2022 BAF Community Arts Grant, an upcoming Djerassi Residency and is a 2022-2024 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.
NATTIE TROGDON (performer, PARK: Ephemera, Wanderings & Moundscapes) is a performer, choreographer, and educator residing in Brooklyn, NY. Part of a collaborative duo with her life and creative partner, Hollis Bartlett; she creates dance works, films and research based practices aimed to disrupt assumptions of performance and personhood. Born and raised in rural North Carolina, she is a graduate of the high school program at UNC School of the Arts and received her BFA with honors from SUNY Purchase. www.nattieandhollis.com @nattietroggie
LU YIM (performer, PARK: Ephemera & Wanderings) is a dance artist living in Queens, NY. Yim’s work is influenced by their peers and by community care practices. Recently their choreographic work has been shown at Vacation Gallery (NYC), Center for Performance Research (NYC), and collaboratively at ICA London and No Gallery (IL).