JONAH EMERSON BELL (Visual Artist) is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn NY. He uses a variety of materials including found objects, bronze and neon. Mostly making room sized installations and experiences his work. He was part of the Shadow Shop exhibition at the SFMOMA and his work was featured on the cover of the summer 2010 issue of Bookforum. He was involved in the Music Box project that was part of Prospect II in New Orleans.
SAM CRAWFORD (Sound Designer) completed both his B.A. in English and A.S. in Audio Technology at Indiana University in 2003. A move to New York City led him to Looking Glass Studios where he worked as an assistant engineer on film projects with Philip Glass and Björk. These early experiences shaped his thoughts on music and music-making profoundly, inspiring a process that relies on instinct to generate raw material and method to refine that material into finished works.
A multi-instrumentalist on electric guitar, lap steel, banjo, piano, organ, and trumpet and called one of “a fiercely intelligent, talented crew of players” by the New York Times, Crawford’s recent compositions and sound designs have included works for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (Another Evening: Venice for the Venice Biennale, 2010), Yin Mei Dance (Scent of Time for the Beijing Dance Academy, 2010), Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion (Pavement for Harlem Stage, 2012), Martha Clarke (Angel Reapers, a collaborative design with Arthur Solari for the American Dance Festival, 2011), Jennifer Nugent (I’d Go Out with You for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 2010), and David Dorfman Dance (Prophets of Funk for the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, 2011).
In 2010, Crawford’s Bessie-award winning work (Chapel/ Chapter, 2006) with the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company led to an invitation to be a featured performer at Mr. Jones’ Kennedy Center Honors Induction, where he had the honor of playing electric guitar for a live dance score to an audience that included President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and a crowd of several thousand in Washington, DC, and which was later broadcast on CBS. In the same year, his work as a guitarist and engineer was also featured in A Good Man, the PBS documentary on the making of Mr Jones’ Fondly Do We Hope, Fervently Do We Pray. Most recently, in April of 2012, Crawford performed a live sound design concomitant with Mr. Jones’ installment of the Toni Morrison Lecture Series at Princeton University.
Crawford currently resides in Brooklyn where he works as a freelance composer, designer, and engineer. He also performs in various groups in NYC and abroad, including Bowery Boy Blue (Brooklyn) and the country and western trio Corpus Christi (Rome). He is also currently completing a collaborative record of lyrical composites and instrumental improvisations with fellow composers Ted Coffey and Zeb Gould, scheduled for release in 2013.
SHAWN HOVE (Media Designer) is the artistic director of shove gently dance/theatre, received his MFA in Choreography and Dance Technology from the Ohio State University (OSU) in 2005 and his BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 1997. He is a multidisciplinary dance artist investigating and working in dance as a choreographer, dancer, collaborator, educator, lighting designer and media artist. From 2005-2010, he was on faculty in OSU’s Department of Dance, where he was a Technology and Media Advisor for faculty and student research. He also taught technology-based courses in video editing and media in performance. As co-video director, he worked for the Bates Dance Festival where he helps document the festival’s events. Hove recently worked as a collaborating production producer for the installation work of Norah Zuniga Shaw’s Synchronous Objects, Reproduced. This work is based on the website of choreographer William Forsythe's Synchronous Objects project. John Mueller’s Dance Film Archived has commissioned Shawn to help create DVDs on Loie Fuller’s Fire Dance, Leonide Massine’s Gaite Parisien and Symphonie Fantastique. Hove currently is a staff/lecturer at Connecticut College where he woks as production coordinator, teaches dance production and media in performance courses.
DAVID KYUMAN KIM (Creative Consultant) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and a member of the Associated Faculty in the Program in American Studies at Connecticut College, where he was also the inaugural director of the College’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity from 2005 to 2008. Kim has also taught at Harvard and Brown. In 2006, Kim became a board member and creative consultant/dramaturge and scholar-in-residence for David Dorfman Dance. Kim collaborated with David Dorfman on Disavowal and Prophets of Funk/Dance to the Music. Dorfman and Kim will continue their creative partnership in the new work for DDD Come, and Back again. Since 2009, Kim has served as Senior Advisor at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and Editor-at-Large of The Immanent Frame, the SSRC's blog on secularism, religion, and public life. In conjunction with the SSRC/Luce Foundation initiative on religion and international affairs, Kim is conducting Rites and Responsibilities, a dialogue forum on sovereignty, accountability, authority, and the public life of religion. With John L. Jackson, Jr., Kim is co-editing a special issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political Social Science on race, religion, and democracy. He is also co-editor of a new book series with Stanford University Press –– RaceReligion –– with John L. Jackson, Jr. and Rudy Busto. Kim is the author of Melancholic Freedom: Agency and the Spirit of Politics (Oxford 2007). He is also co-editor, with Philip Gorski, Jonathan VanAntwerpen, and John Torpey, of The Postsecular in Question (New York University Press, forthcoming). His current book project is Future Perfect, Past Conditional: the Public Life of Love.
KRISTI WOOD (Costume Designer) Design credits include: Kyle Abraham Abraham/In/Motion Live! The Realist MC, Quiet Dance, and How We Process with Camille A. Brown, Time Stands Still (concert), The Way of Water (film) and Peel (film). Costume Production: The Metropolitan Opera (current Assistant Costume Production Supervisor for New Operas). Broadway: War Horse (original Broadway cast Principal Dresser), A Chorus Line (Broadway Revival Production Wardrobe Supervisor). Dance: Jacob’s Pillow (Wardrobe Supervisor), les Ballet Trockadero de monte carlo (Wardrobe Supervisor and Diva Specialist). TV: America’s Next Top Model (Set Dresser), All my Children (Set Continuity) and Damages (Set Continuity). Ms. Wood also designs and tailors couture gowns for elite drag queens. She would like to dedicate her work to her father, Joseph Earnest Wood (1956-2007).
DANS SHEEHAN (stage manager), JACOB PINHOLSTER (media designer), ALEX TIMBERS (co-director underground),
AMANDA BUJAK (Costume Designer),
SHAUN SUCHAN (production manager), JOE LEVASSEUR (lighting designer, Disavowal), JANE SHAW (sound designer, Disavowal), MIKE VARGAS (composer), ALISON WONDERLAND (composer/vocalist), JONATHAN BEPLER (composer), CAMERON ANDERSON (set designer), JANE COX (lighting designer), BART FASBENDER (sound designer, composer), JULIE BALLARD (lighting supervisor, assistant media designer)
2014 Harkness Dance Festival, STRIPPED/DRESSED at 92Y
Prophets of Funk Southern Tour