Meredith Bove is a dancer, teacher and choreographer currently based in the Washington, DC area. She approaches movement as a mode for understanding the body as a process-oriented, unfixed, and continuously evolving entity. Her work has been seen at various venues and festivals in the US and in Berlin, Germany. As a performer, she has appeared in the work of Jérôme Bel, Luis Lara Malvacías, Sharon Mansur, Stephanie Miracle, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Jillian Peña, and Erica Rebollar among others, and has enjoyed collaborations with dancer/choreographer Andrea Jenni, and conceptual artist Luke Munn. Meredith has taught at Hollins University, Montgomery College, The Dance Exchange, and The Collective (Baltimore). She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an MFA from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. meredithbove.wordpress.com
Matthew Cumbie is a dance maker, educator, and collaborator based in Washington, DC, and is a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator for Dance Exchange. His work looks at how storytelling and dance performance can shift perspective, unearth history, celebrate the individual and the shared, re-imagine our future, and create collective wisdom. He has been commissioned by Texas State University and Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and has shown work in places ranging from the non-traditional, like in cars and online symposiums, to the more theatrical, like at Harvard University and major theaters. His interest in collaborative processes has led him to work with artists Keith Thompson, Sarah Gamblin, jhon stronks, Paloma McGregor, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, among others, and to co-found Big Rig Dance Collective. With Dance Exchange, Matthew collaborates in and out of the studio with a range of artists, activists, community members, environmentalists, and others committed to creative research and embodied scholarship. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University.
Zachary Z. Handler
Having collaborated with various dancers and dance companies across Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia, Zachary Z. Handler is most energized when photographing dance performances off-stage and outside the studio. By utilizing non-traditional sites, such as a historic school for girls, a grandmother’s pristine living room, or a city diner, the audience is invited to re-imagine their relationship to the dance work.
Over the past twelve years, Handler has worked with such arts organizations as the Museum of Modern Art, Quest Visual Theatre, and the Creative Alliance, providing community and access programs for persons with disabilities. Handler has also traveled both nationally and internationally, promoting and teaching arts education classes to deaf and hard of hearing youth in foster care.
Handler received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2003 and his Masters in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College. Currently residing in Baltimore, Handler works for the Baltimore Medical System as the Deaf Services Program Manager. Always on the lookout for creative, collaborative opportunities in both professions, Handler enjoys the appropriation of found objects, the company of 1970s cinema, and the color pink."
Sarah Beth Oppenheim
Sarah Beth Oppenheim hails from the Wild, Wild West, where she had trouble cutting on the dotted black line, so she read Steinbeck and became a modern dancer instead. She graduated from SUNY Purchase and founded her first dance company in Berlin. Ever since, she has created big movement for small spaces with a good view of a crescent moon. She used to clean house for a stripper who tipped very well, she once met Baryshnikov with kale in her incisors, and she danced on a Noah Baumbach film set before landing in the middle of the country’s worst traffic (DC Metro Area), where she has lovingly driven to rehearsals for Stephanie Miracle, Tzveta Kassabova, Sharon Mansur, Robin Neveu Brown, Colette Krogol & Matthew Reeve’s Orange Grove Dance, and Jessie Laurita-Spanglet. Oppenheim is currently pursuing her MFA at UMD while serving as Associate Director of Greater Washington Dance Center. Her company Heart Stück Bernie is usually found performing in something like a stairwell, while pushing play on something like a boom box. But the company recently made its proscenium debut at Dance Place as a 2015 award recipient of Dance Metro DC's Choreographers' Commission program. More stairwells and stages to come, including a Kennedy Center Commission in Fall 2016. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
By turns nocturnal, reflective, funky, and cinematic, the music of electric violinist and composer David Schulman is a weave of jazz harmonies, shimmering orchestral textures, and frolicsome grooves. An avid collaborator with modern dance companies, David has created, performed and recorded original dance scores heard at The Kennedy Center, Kunst-Stoff Arts, and the Paul Taylor Studios. Selections from David’s debut album, “Quiet Life Motel,” have been heard nationally on NPR . His sound has been called “mysterious and beautiful” by the Washington Post. His music is available at quietlifemotel.com