FEATURED CHOREOGRAPHERS

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Meet the choreographers whose work will be shown at The Wooden Floor's 33rdAnnual Concert: You. Me. We.


Karinne Keithley Syers is a writer and interdisciplinary artist. She is a member of New Dramatists (class of 2022, and received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Production for her operetta/museum Montgomery Park, or Opulence (2010). She teaches choreography, writing, and somatics, most recently at Yale, NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, Sarah Lawrence College and Movement Research. Her work has been seen at The Chocolate Factory Theater, Incubator Arts Project, Danspace Project, Ice Factory Festival, Prelude Festival, Dixon Place, HERE, The Club at La MaMa, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Poetry Project, P.S. 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Little Theater, Galapagos Art Space, Surf Reality, and Ur, a dance palace (2003-5) she co-founded with Chris Yon. She has been a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, a member of the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a two-time member of Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse. She instigated the playwright think tank Joyce Cho, was shortlisted for the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, and was 2014 nominee in theater for the Doris Duke Impact Award. She has an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College and a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center (2014), and engages independent scholarship as an essayist, editor of 53rd State Press (which she founded in 2007), and documentary filmmaker. With Jenny Liu, she recently completed her first film, Front Door Blue Sky, documenting the creation of new dances at The Wooden Floor. She co-hosted The Acousmatic Theater Hour on legendary free-form radio station WFMU, for which she produced several radio plays. Her sound work also airs occasionally on the Australian Broadcast Network’s Soundproof. As performer, librettist, sound designer, animator, and choreographer, she has collaborated with Big Dance Theater, David Neumann, Young Jean Lee, Sibyl Kempson, Theater of a Two-Headed Calf, Chris Yon, Melanie Ríos Glaser, Sara Smith, Paul Matteson, Yoshiko Chuma, Doug Varone at the Metropolitan Opera, The Civilians, and Talking Band. 

 

Chris Yon is a performer and choreographer. He mostly performs, choreographs, with and for Taryn Griggs. As a performer, he has worked with and for Yoshiko Chuma, Justin Jones, Karinne Keithley Syers, David Neumann, and Kristin Van Loon. Yon’s choreographies have been presented nationally and internationally at American Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, La Mama, Symphony Space, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Gershwin Hotel, CBGB's, The Knitting Factory, Walker Art Center, The Southern Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl, Philadelphia Dance Project, ODC Theater, Velocity Dance Center, Highways Performance Space, Pieter, Project Art Centre (Dublin), Tangente (Montreal), CiteDanse (Grenoble), and Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids). His work has been commissioned by The Danish National Theatre School (Copenhagen), The Wooden Floor (Santa Ana), Irish Modern Dance Theatre (Dublin) and d9 dance collective (Seattle). He has had residencies and space grants from MANCC, The Yard, SILO and BAX. Co-founder of Ur, your neighborhood dance palace in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2003-2005. Recipient: 2003 NYFA Fellowship for Performance Art, 2005 BESSIE Award for Performance, 2009 SAGE Award for Choreography, 2011 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreography, 2015 City Pages Best Choreographer. BFA, NYU.
He presently lives with his wife and daughter in Iowa City where he is pursuing an MFA at the University of Iowa.

 

Melanie Ríos Glaser serves as the Artistic Director & Co-CEO for The Wooden Floor.  Born and raised in Guatemala, Melanie is a movement artist, curator, and choreographer who received her BFA from the Juilliard School in 1994, was named a Kennedy Center Fellow in 1998, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Europe from 2003-2004. Melanie has created more than 30 pieces for various dance companies, universities, The Wooden Floor, and her own Mosquito Dance Company. Her solo and group work has been presented internationally. As a dance educator for over twenty years, Melanie has a marked interest in dance improvisation, contact improvisation, and dance composition. Melanie enjoys volunteering as a consultant for other nonprofits on issues of nonprofit management, governance, and programming.