collaborators-artists

ROXANNE STEINBERG - Dancer
Roxanne Steinberg’s choreography and dance has been seen worldwide with composers and musicians from around the world and has danced with Min Tanaka and Amagatsu of Sankai Juku. A founder of Body Weather Laboratory in L.A., she has performed with Oguri since 1990 and presents work in Flower of the Season, a performance series she now co-directs. She has presented her work at Dance Conversations at the Flea in NYC and has choreographed for Body Vox and artist Lauren Bon’s Not a Cornfield, Farmlab, and Strawberry Flag. She also works as Special Projects Coordinator at the Metabolic Studio in LA and is artist-in-residence Electric Lodge, Venice CA.

CAT WESTWOOD- Dancer
Ms. Westwood began training in 2005 obtaining a BTec National Diploma in Dance. In 2008 she attained a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Dance Theatre at Laban, London. That same year she formed ‘Blue Bag’, a group of movers and sound artists who’ve toured around London venues and were reviewed on Resonance FM. Cat has worked with many influential choreographers; Siobhan Davies, Charlotte Vincent, Marie-Gabrielle Roti, Oguri, Kathy Crick, Melanie Clarke, Rosemary Brant, Zoi Dimitrou, Gill Clarke and Morleigh Steinberg. Cat met the directors of Arcane Collective during a workshop in Wales in 2009. Since then she as been training and working with them. In 2010 Cat participated in Flower of the Season, Oguri and Steinberg’s training workshop, which culminated in a solo performance at the Electric Lodge. Cat created the original role in Arcane Collective’s production of Cold Dream Colour which has toured Ireland and the US since 2010.

BOAZ BARKAN- Dancer
Boaz Barkan is a performer and creator living in Denmark, with a contemporary and experimental dance and performance background. Originally studying at Cal Arts, he then worked and performed for many years with both the dance artist Oguri and dance innovator Anna Halprin.  Barkan has created numerous solo works and group works presented in the diverse venues internationally. He is currently curating a movement/sound project in Denmark and has a dance project in South Africa dealing with the environmental effects of Mining. In recent years Barkan has collaborated with several different artists in the emerging field of interactive performance, focusing on audience co-creation, and the use of interactive technology outside the traditional performance space.

SHERWOOD CHEN- Dancer
Mr. Chen has worked as a performer with artists including Anna Halprin, Min Tanaka, Ko Murobushi, Marina Abramovic, Grisha Coleman and Dohee Lee. In 2009, he formed dance collaborative Headmistress with choreographer Amara Tabor-Smith and has been a contributing performer to Shinichi Iova-Koga’s inkBoat since 2005. Since 1993, Sherwood has worked with Body Weather Laboratory training, initiated by Tanaka, as a resident member of Tanaka’s Mai Juku in rural Japan, and in work with Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg in Los Angeles. Since 2011 he has collaborated with Brazil-based artists including Pakito Lázaro and Alexandre Magno, and has trained companies including J.Gar.Cia Dança Contemporanêa, OMSTRAB, Nucléo Artistico Luis Ferron and Ghawazee Coletivo de Ação. He has been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Cap Quinze Marseille, Cultural Exchange Station in Tábor (CESTA), Centro de Estudos em Dança, Sala Crisantempo and forthcoming at Point Éphémère in Paris.

DANI LUNN- Dancer
Dani Lunn grew up in that great multi-cultural wonder that is the Los Angeles area. She received her BFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts. Dani then became co-artistic director of Swing Brazil Dance Company with whom she helped create the event “Honoring The Sea” for the World Festival Of Sacred Music. She later joined Viver Brasil Dance Company and trained in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Her passion for music and love of dance has opened the way to work with a diverse range of artists including Perry Farrell, Pink Martini, Toni Basil, Baba Olantunji, and Allesandra Belloni. Her personal work focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations with musicians, dancers, film makers

JOYCE LU- Dancer
Joyce Lu is a performing artist and educator who practices Bodyweather with Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg. Most recently she danced in Kalpa under the direction of Oguri and Hirokazu Kosaka at the Getty Museum as part of the of the opening of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival. She also practices and performs Balinese dance with Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance and Music in the Bay Area and Gamelan Burat Wangi in Los Angeles. Joyce is an assistant professor in the departments of Theatre and Dance and Asian American Studies at Pomona College.

LIZ ROCHE - Choreographer
Established in 1999, with a world – class dance ensemble, Liz Roche is the artistic director of Liz Roche Company (formerly known as Rex Levitates Dance Company). It is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies. The company tours extensively creating theatre based and site specific performances and has performed at Judson Memorial Church, New York with Movement Research 09, The South Bank Centre London, Capital Nights Festival Liverpool 08, DanceBase for the Edinburgh Fringe and The Irish Arts Festival Beijing. In previous years the company has also performed in France, Cyprus, China and the UK. The choreography of Liz Roche has been performed throughout Ireland, the UK, USA and Asia, most recently at the South Bank Centre London and Judson Memorial Church and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York.

THE EDGE - Musician
The Edge is best known as the guitarist, keyboardist, and main backing vocalist of the rock band U2. His distinctive electric guitar timbre and percussive style of playing, along with his use of digital sound processing, has been crucial in defining U2′s sound. As a guitar player, The Edge is recognized as having a trademark sound typified by a low-key playing style, an evocative, shimmering sound that is achieved with extensive use of delay effects, reverb, with a focus on texture and melody. In addition to his regular role within U2, The Edge has also recorded music for film and has written music for the Broadway musical production of Spiderman. His musical contributions to Cold Dream Colour- a dance homage to Louis le Brocquy, is his first time to compose for dance. In 2005, The Edge co-founded Music Rising, a charity initiative that provides musical instruments for the musicians, schools and churches of the Gulf Region.

PAUL CHAVEZ - Musican, Composer
Composer,instrumentalist, and sound designer Paul Chavez explores a variety of sonic terrains that draw on vernacular music, the spoken word, and environmental sounds. A native of Southern California, Chavez’s sound scores reflect his diverse background in music, audiovisual design, architecture, and sculpture. Chavez’s sonic constructs have been hailed by the LA Times as “deliriously original”. He often works under the project name FeltLike. His music has been heard in Architecture and Design Museum’s Rethink LA installation and in the dances of Oguri, Stephan Koplowitz, Sarah Elgart, Shel Wagner Rasch, Morleigh Steinberg, RailLA, Renzoku, and Melinda Ring. For more music info:www.waterrock.org

LOUIS LE BROCQUY - Artist
Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1916. Louis le Brocquy is a towering figure in the history of 20th century Irish painting. His work has received many accolades in a career that has spanned over seventy years of creative practice. Acknowledged by museum retrospective exhibitions worldwide, the artist’s work is represented in numerous public collections from the Guggenheim, New York to the Tate Modern, London. In Ireland, he was honored as the first and only living painter to be included in the Permanent Irish Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland, with his painting ‘The Family’ which in 1956 won a major prize at the Venice Biennale. In 1958 he married Irish painter Anne Madden. Le Brocquy’s inquiry into the human condition, his preoccupation with the inward isolation of the individual, and his concerns relating to marginal lives have been seminal to his motivation as a painter. His interest in the Celtic head culture informed his widely acclaimed work of evocative ‘Portrait Heads’ of literary figures and fellow artists, including William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, and his friends Samuel Beckett, Francis Bacon and Seamus Heaney. Louis passed away April 25th 2012 at the age of 96.

Throughout his lifetime, le Brocquy had paid homage to the works of a select few master painters. It is with this idea, of paying respect to the greatness of those who have come before that, Cold Dream Colour was conceived.

HIROKAZU KOSAKA - Artist
Born in Japan Kosaka, graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute in 1970. He is a Buddhist priest of the Shingon sect and a master Zen Archer. His installations include In the Mood, at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Maru, and Amerika Maru that premiered at The Japan America Theater, Jacobs Pillow, and the Colorado Dance Festival. He collaborated with architect Michael Rotondi, dancer Oguri and visual artist Wolfgang Laib with the work entitled, Verandah, that was part of a nation-wide exploration of the influence of Buddhism called The Awake Project. Caddy! Caddy! Caddy! is the sixth collaboration with Oguri. Kosaka has won grants and awards from such organizations as the Creative Capital, Durfee Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, NEA, Brody Foundation, J. Paul Getty Trust, California Arts Council, PEW Foundation, among others.

Moses Hacmon- Artist, Architect
Moses Hacmon is a collaborative artist, photographer and architect who strives to bring forth the ethereal and evocative in all mediums of his work. Constructing artistic relationships with his surroundings, Moses has turned his life into his artwork. He has been trained as a sculptor in Israel and as an architect in Los Angeles (Southern California Institute of Architecture, AIA honors award recipient, 2006). His work, including video art, architectural design, and sculpture, has been featured at various venues and events throughout Los Angeles as well as in Tel-Aviv.

Mariad Whisker- Clothes/Costume Designer
Mariad Whisker was born in Belfast and studied Fashion in Manchester. Her collections have won numerous fashion awards in Ireland and abroad, including the Late Late Show Designer of the Year Award. In 1994 she moved to Los Angeles where she continued to design for prestigious stores both in the United States and Europe, while pursuing, in her spare time, an interest in writing. Since returning to Dublin, having taken a break to study for an MA in Creative Writing at UCD, she currently divides her time between designing for her many clients in the fashion world, working on a collection of short stories and collaborating on projects such as Cold Dream Colour.