RTGPC : Dancer/Performer Bios - 2019
Larissa Asebedo (Dancer: Performance Collage #2: Tripod and Shadow Box is originally from the Denver area where she began her training in classical ballet. She attended the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College where she had the privilege of studying abroad in Perth, Australia during her third year. As she completed her B.F.A. she worked with Kyle Abraham, The Merce Cunningham Trust, and Xan Burley. Recently, she has worked professionally with Mei Yamanaka, Daniel Gwirtzman, Mizanty Moves, and Fooju Dance Collaborative. Larissa is currently based in NYC as a performer, creator, and teaching artist and is excited to be showing her own work at Triskelion Arts this April.
Jacqueline Calle (Dancer: Performance Collage #3: Safety Dance)graduated from The conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase in 2017 with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Arts Management. Where she had the pleasure of performing works by Bill T. Jones, Jose Limon, Wallie Wolfgrubber, Alexandra Beller, and Merce Cunningham among others. Most recently, she has been dancing with The Metropolitan Opera and freelancing in projects with Arthur Pita and Vladimir Varnava. She has also been performing and touring a Min-Event through the Merce Cunningham Trust with A-Y/Dance Company. She has extensive performance experience in modern/contemporary thoroughly enjoys collaborative experiences.
Kirsten Reynolds (Dancer: Performance Collage #2: Tripod and Shadow Box), of Harbor Springs, Michigan, began her early training in classical ballet under Heather Raue. She graduated in 2017 with BFA degrees in Ballet and Modern Dance from Texas Christian University's School for Classical and Contemporary Dance. Since moving to NYC, Kirsten has performed with Rachel Thorne Germond Performance Collage, [insert dance company title here], Ninja Ballet, Nuo Spiritual Dance Company and appeared in Jacqulyn Buglisi's Table of Silence and Regina Opera's Aida and Hansel and Gretel in addition to working as a freelance dancer.
Tasha Taylor ( Dancer: The Prudent Sky) has performed extensively with many choreographers including Pat Cremins, Steve Gross, Dean Moss, Lynn Shapiro, Matthew Brookoff, and RoseAnne Spradlin. She received a "Bessie" Award for her performance in Spradlin's Underworld. Tasha is excited to return to dance with Rachel and RTGPC . A Feldenkrais® practitioner since 2006, Tasha teaches classes at Movement Research and maintains a practice on the Upper West Side focusing on performing artists interested in improving their self-use. Tasha delights in improvisation and poetry and is curious about the relationship between movement, feeling and learning.
Sally Rhoades (Dancer: Performance Collage #3: Safety Dance) is a choreographer, writer, director, poet, performer, has presented work across the U.S. and in Canada. She was born in Malone, N.Y. She has created works such as: The Gatherer, Chopin, Satie, My father’s dream. I kissed truth gently on the lips, Possession, I am watching a bluebird outside my window, Pomegranates and Roses, a Love Story, Howl, a Poet Dances, “I am Wing,” she said.“I am Wing”, Here, and Happy, and Beautiful. She performed in Palissimo’s Bastard(2017), Chemeki/Lerner’s film Eskasizer(2015, 2016), Luis Lara Malvacias’s Sooner Than You Think(2009) and in Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Score, directed by Karen Nelson(2001). She received her MA in Creative writing at the University of Albany in Albany, NY in 1995, where she studied women’s contemporary poetry, playwriting, directing and performance. She, also, practiced as a Registered Nurse for ten years, receiving her degree in 1977. She is married to Hasan Atalay and has two daughters, Alev and Sara.
Irene Siegel (Dancer: Performance Collage #3: Safety Dance) is a Brooklyn-based performer, educator, community organizer, writer and translator. She has been art making in theaters, streets and other contingent spaces throughout the US & internationally for decades. Some favorite projects include co-creating and performing in the 2018 Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee’s social-justice Purimspiel; JVP-NYC’s Bubbie Brigade and Cirque du Javoip; and Sarah Cameron Sunde’s 6 hour environmental installation at Baryshnikov Arts Center; co-directing, teaching and performing in passTRESpass workshops and productions with refugees, internationals and community members in Athens and NYC; and teaching dance, yoga and physical theater in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank and rural Kenya. Irene has also enjoyed creating and performing with Maxine Moerman, Roseanne Spradlin, The Butoh Rockettes, Rococco Dance Theater, SoGoNo, The Adaptors, Diego Pignon, Mikerline Pierre, and others; and as a founding member of There’s No Law physical-theater collective. Her solo and collaborative work has been presented by NY venues including Triskelion, Roulette, the Brick Theater, Dumbo Dance Festival, Spoke-the-Hub, and the Knitting Factory, as well as sites in California and Europe.
Irene has extensive training in Action Theater and butoh, as well as ballet, contemporary & African-Diasporic dance, Theater of the Oppressed, voice, somatics and a 30 year yoga practice. She has taught, researched and published on Arabic, Francophone, Islamic and Jewish cultural-studies, as well as gender, and performance-studies at UC Berkeley & Hofstra University, in Palestine/Israel, and in North and West Africa; and teaches Arabic language; arts-based Hebrew and Jewish studies; writing, yoga, and movement to kids and adults.
Irene has been involved in social justice activism and community organizing in the US for decades; and has also conducted human rights fieldwork and offered advocacy and translation services in Palestine/Israel,Egypt and Greece. She organizes extensively with Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, The Jewish Vote, and No Separate Justice, often in coalition with the Arab American Association of New York, DRUM/Desis Rising Up and Moving, Make the Road, New Sanctuary Movement, Jails Action Coalition, Democratic Socialist Association and others. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature (Arabic / French) from UC Berkeley.
Jessie Winograd (Dancer: Performance Collage #3: Safety Dance) has worked with numerous NYC choreographers including Barbara Mahler, Pele Bauch, Donna Costello, and Trina Mannino, and with devised theater companies Brain Melt Consortium and Vagabond Inventions, among others. She has performed her own choreography in NYC and in Iceland. As a longtime student of Klein Technique, a bodyworker, and a somatic movement teacher, she integrates her deep understanding of anatomy and movement into her artistic practice, and is currently developing and directing Chapter 1, Section 1 of The Dancing Mania, a devised dance-theater piece based on the dancing plague of 1518.
RECENT PERFORMERS WITH RTGPC (2010-2018)
New York, NY
Roni Gross - Performance Collage #3: Safety Dance (duet version)
Megan Thompson - Under the Rainbow and Rejoinder
Jennifer Stone - Rejoinder
Ashley Budy Whitlinger - Precious Unfolding
Students at Old Dominion University - 2010-2014
1990 - 2014 List of Dancers/Performers with RTG Dance, NFP and 2014-2018 with RTGPC (aka RTG Dance).