Nick Duran: Lake
Monday, Nov 21 2011
9:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Lake is a new dance by Nick Duran performed with Jmy James Kidd and a special appearance by Nibia Pastrana Santiago to live gong music by Wambezi Ungowa.

A native of southern California, Nick Duran holds a MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked with Brian Brooks, Seán Curran, Neil Greenberg, Jmy James Kidd, Fiona Marcotty, Victoria Marks, Mark Morris, Dušan Týnek, and Johannes Wieland. His choreography has been presented in New York City by Dance Theatre Workshop, DanceNow/NYC, and Movement Research at the Judson Church, and by Pieter in Los Angeles, MGM Grand in San Francisco, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois, and the University of Puerto Rico. Duran teaches modern dance at California State University, Long Beach.

Jmy James Kidd designs dances and dancewear. She is part of MGM Grand but has recently been recently focusing on solo endeavors like this one. She has danced for luciana achugar, Neil Greenberg, Walter Dundervill, Sarah Michelson, Nancy Meehan, Stanley Love Performance Group and Cunningham’s Second Company. She has designed costumes for John Jasperse, Sarah Michelson, Neil Greenberg, Rebecca Bruno, Anna Sperber, and luciana achugar. In NYC, she started AUNTS, a performance perspective, and CLASSCLASSCLASS, an organization that supports new teachers of dance. Currently she is very happy to be working in Los Angeles at her studio in Lincoln Heights – Pieter on various solo projects and dancing for fellow NY transplants Nick Duran and Karinne Keithley Syers.

Born in Puerto Rico. Nibia Pastrana Santiago graduated with a BA in Dance and Women’s Studies from the University of Puerto Rico where she was part of the dance company Hincapié directed by Petra Bravo. Currently, she is completing her MFA in Dance & Graduate Minor in Latina/o Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Recently, Nibia was awarded the 2011 Tinker Fellowship for Summer Research in Latin America, for the research proposal, The Border-Body: History of Panamanian Women as Choreography. This summer Nibia was awarded the danceWEB Scholarship Programme 2011 to be part of ImPulsTanz #28- Vienna International Dance Festival, Austria. She has performed in works by Cynthia Oliver, Kirstie Simson and Nick Duran. Nibia is now developing her choreographic thesis project entitled Sweating Imperialism.

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