The Cronus Land collaborators
in alphebetical order
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Natalia Alarcón is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she obtained a BA in Dance Performance. She began her training in ballet and modern dance in Orlando, FL under the direction of Eliza Harwood-Watson and Leah Marke. Natalia’s commitment to education and community engagement is a fundamental aspect of her development as an artist and choreographer. Currently, she is a founding member of The Coincidentals, a choreographic collective which produced its premiere performance, Sweater Weather, in February 2015 in Chicago. In her latest work, Politics of (in)accessibility, Alarcón examines the issue of accessibility in contemporary concert dance and performance and the role capitalism plays in the distribution of power and resources. She has recently performed in works by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Parijat Desai Dance Company, Khecari and Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago.
Julia Antonick is a dancer and choreographer whose movement and choreography reflect a digestion of modern/contemporary dance and Indonesian dance with an emphasis on kinetics, filigree, and partnering work. She has been immersed in an ongoing duet collaboration with her partner Jonathan Meyer since 2007 that focuses on the research and investigation of duet based movement forms and the performative crafting of those queries and since 2006 she has been making work with percussionist Joe St.Charles. With Meyer, she has served as Artistic Director for Khecari since 2010. Julia graduated from the Chicago Academy for the Arts with the Dance Department’s Award of Excellence and received her BFA in dance from CalArts. She has received choreographic residencies at Djerassi, Ragdale, Links Hall (LinkUp), the Chicago Cultural Center (DanceBridge), The Storefront Theater, and was chosen for The School at Jacob’s Pillow Modern/Contemporary workshop and Mordine’s Emerging Artist Mentoring Program. She has received grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Illinois Arts Council, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, The Weasel Fund, Community Arts Assistance Program, was awarded the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Grant for 2009/2010, received honorable mention for the 3Arts award in 2012 & 2013, and is a US Artists Fellowship nominee along with Meyer for 2015. Julia is currently an artist in residence at Indian Boundary and Revere Parks in Chicago through Khecari and is currently developing a new work Orders from the Horse with her partner Jonathan Meyer, which investigates surrender in improvisation and was one of six US dance project shortlisted for The Kevin Spacey Foundation’s Artists of Choice Award in 2015.
Sabrina Danielle Baranda began her dance training at Oakland School for the Arts under the direction of Reginald-Ray Savage. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, with a concentration in Performance, and a Minor in Early Childhood Education at Columbia College Chicago. Sabrina’s past performances include works by Savage Jazz Dance Company, Merce Cunningham, Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company, Parijat Desai Dance Company, Khecari, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, The Seldoms, Zephyr Dance and various performance art installations by ROOMS Gallery/ TKesh Productions. After understudying with Khecari in Oubliette, Sabrina is thrilled to return for The Cronus Land. Additionally, she is currently working with Zephyr Dance and Ginger Krebs.
A native of the Chicago suburbs, Chloe Bigelow began her formal dance training at the age of twelve in Orland Park at the American Dance Center. In high school, Chloe started taking classes at the Lou Conte Dance Studio (LCDS) and also participated with the Inaside Chicago Dance Youth Training Professional Program (YTP), as well as being a member of the Midwest Dance Collective (MDC), under the direction of Ellen Werksman Smith. Chloe spent a year at the University of Iowa as a Dance and Art History major, before returning to Chicago to continue her training at LCDS as a scholarship student. While at the University of Iowa, Chloe she participated in the Dance Department’s Dance Gala and was featured in Armando Duarte’s premier performance of Noiva. Last year, Chloe was selected to participate in the Hubbard Street Summer Intensive, and she has just returned this year from spending her summer training with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance; specifically studying Forsythe and Gaga methodology. Some of Chloe’s past performances have included works set by: Jon Sloven, Alejandro Cerrudo, Loni Landon, Robert Moses, and Ohad Naharin. This is Chloe’s first performance as a professional Chicago dancer, and she is excited to debut with Khecari in The Cronus Land. She is grateful to Jonathan and Julia for this opportunity and additionally would like to thank all of the dance professionals who have mentored and guided her along the way.
Raechel Hofsteadter began her dance training at an Irish Step academy in the Northwest Chicago Suburbs. She graduated from the University of Iowa in May 2014 Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance, BA in Health and Human Physiology, and Certificate in Entrepreneurship in the Performing Arts. Shortly thereafter Raechel moved to Chicago where she worked with J. Lindsay Brown and Company, the Nexus Project, and started her own collaboration, The Shade Collective, which received High Concept Laboratory sponsorship in Spring 2015. Raechel currently works with Khecari, The Leopold Group, and continues to collaborate closely with Zach Bird and The Shade Collective.
Chih-Hsien Lin, originally from Taiwan, is a mover, choreographer, movement educator, and a registered dance/movement therapist. She is currently working on her LinkUP residency for the 2015 term while completing Movement Pattern Analysis Certificate (MPAC) from Columbia College Chicago. She has been involved in both Taiwanese folk/ethnic dance, improvisational, and modern/contemporary productions worldwide and at Links Hall, The Dance Center, and Hamlin Park, working with a variety of artists in and around Chicago including The Inconvenience, CMC, Mid-to-West Production, Ben Law, Kristina Fluty, Michel Rodriguez, Jennifer Kyle, Kaitlin Fox and Sarah Gottlieb. Chih-Hsien works during the day as a dance/movement therapist at Bethany Retirement Community with dementia clients; her expertise in deep listening, empathic embodiment, and kinesthetic moving become useful channels to help dementia people to find stability as well as possibility in late year living. Human connections and the loving relationship with her husband Ben Law consistently inspire her in her dance making and performing. Overall, the authentic process of moving and being largely drives Chih-Hsien in her day-to-day life.
Sam Link is a Chicago, IL based designer and furniture maker. Born in Shenandoah Valley, VA. Sam’s early exposure and appreciation of natural forms lead him to earn a BS in Biology from Bard College in 2013. He spent the subsequent years building furniture with Fern Handcrafted and working for sculptor Nicole Cherubini in Hudson, NY. In 2015 Sam and Lydia Meyer created Laylo Studio as a collaborative outlet for furniture and sculpture.
Raised in Bartlett, Illinois, Emily Loar graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in dance in May 2014. Since graduating, Loar has worked as a performing artist with Mags Bouffard and Kasey Foster, and has also danced with Peter Carpenter Performance Project in an excerpt of “Rituals of Abundance for Lean Times #10: Entanglements of Power.” Loar performs as a guest artist with the collective known as The Coincidentals, and is a current company member with Project Bound.
Rachel K. Levy (Lighting Designer) is excited to be working on her first production with Walkabout Theatre and MoonFool! Her credits include: STORM (Walkabout Theater), Accidentally, Like a Martyr (The Red Orchid Theatre), American Revolution (Theater Unspeakable), Ecstasy (Cole Theater), Language Archive, Ivanov, and Melancholy (Piven Theatre), House of Blues New Orleans (Resident Lighting Designer), Khecari, Piedra de Sol (Getty Villa, Los Angeles, CA), The King and I (Asst. LD, Vivian Beaumont, NYC), Wallenda Tightrope Live (Lighting Director, Chicago, IL), WarHorse (Asst. LD, Vivian Beaumont, NYC and Royal National Theatre, London, UK), South Pacific National Tour (Asst. LD), and So You Think You Can Dance Seasons 7-10 (Lighting Director, Los Angeles, CA). Rachel has also received two Primetime Emmy Award Certificates for Best Lighting for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Show (So You Think You Can Dance 2011, 2012), will be a 2015 Designer in Residence for the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and holds a MFA in Production and Design from California Institute of the Arts.
Born in Beaumont, Texas; Amanda Maraist graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2014. She has studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Texas Dance Improvisational Festival, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and the American Dance Festival. She has also performed with Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (DGDG), Gaspard&Dancers; and currently dances in Chicago with BodyCompass Dance Project, Salty Lark Dance, and Khecari.
A gymnast in high school, Jonathan Meyer discovered dance at Oberlin College in 1990. After a capoeira immersion in Brazil with Maestre Medicina, he returned to college to receive an undergraduate degree in dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He spent time in Montreal, Utah, Amsterdam, and New York, alternating between the dance world and work with at-risk youth in wilderness therapy programs. In 2002 he founded Khecari in Taos, New Mexico, before relocating to Chicago in 2006. Shortly thereafter he began his intensive collaboration and partnership with Julia Rae Antonick, with whom he currently runs the company. Meyer has been a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist, an artist in residence at Djerassi and Ragdale Foundations and through LinkUp and DanceBridge in Chicago, and has received support from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Lydia Meyer is an artist and designer based in Chicago, IL. She received her BA in studio arts and BS in biology from Bard College in 2014. After graduating she worked closely with installation artist Judy Pfaff on large scale, site-specific sculpture. Her ecological training and study of nesting birds remains the groundwork for her artistic application. She is now involved with various projects including The Cronus Land, the film Mamamoon, and furniture by Laylo Studio.
Sarah Morgan is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator in Chicago. Classically trained in low brass and percussion, she found her creative voice when she taught herself how to play the accordion. Sarah uses amplification, effects pedals, and her singing voice to manipulate the expressive quality of the accordion and create a dynamic sonic experience. She is a founding member of the chamber-pop band Dastardly, whose 2015 debut full length The Hollow was called “glorious” and “gorgeous” by the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye. She previously collaborated with Khecari on Oubliette and Esther & the Omphali. She has worked as a music educator in Chicago Public Schools, Montessori Schools, and Early Childhood Centers across Chicago. Sarah is the Associate Program Director at Intonation Music Workshop, where she manages curriculum, assessment, and instruction for in school and after school rock band programs across the city.
Sara Nelson received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida in 2014, along with a certification in Dance in Healthcare. Her background in theater and passion for dance, creativity, and community outreach led her to the city of Chicago where she is very active in the arts scene. Sara is currently dancing with Khecari, Core Project Chicago, and The Coincidentals. Additionally, she is an instructor with the Chicago Dance Institute, bringing dance to underprivileged populations in the Chicago Public School system. Sara is both extremely grateful and thrilled to be a part of Khecari’s The Cronus Land.
Jordan Reinwald began her dance training in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago under the direction of Bonnie Brooks in 2012, Jordan has danced for many Chicago artists including Winifred Haun, The Civic Ballet, Emily Stein, The Inconvenience, The Laboratory Dancers, Isabelle Collazo, and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater. She had the pleasure of making her Khecari debut in 2013 as a dancer in Julia Rae Antonick’s cresset: vibrant and rusting, which she performed at the Dance Center of Columbia College, Revere Park, and on tour in Minneapolis and Portland. Jordan was chosen as one of two dancers to travel to Barcelona, Spain, this fall, to showcase work by choreographer, Marc Macaranas. Jordan teaches dance and movement through The Chicago Moving Company and as a guest teacher at The Jillana School. She is the Development Director for The Cambrians and a dance critic for Clef Notes Journal and Lines on Lines Dance Blog.
Molly Ross is a Chicago based performer and dance maker. Originally from Michigan, she was first introduced to modern dance by Eileen Cropley (the Paul Taylor Dance Company). She then went on to study movement at the American Dance Festival, the University of Michigan, the London Contemporary Dance School, and most recently spent time training in Northern Israel on Kibbutz Ga’aton. Since relocating to Chicago in 2014 she has worked with Hedwig Dances, and her current projects include Khecari and CDI/Concert Dance Inc.
Dylan Roth received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Dance Performance and a minor in Business Management at Columbia College Chicago in spring 2012. There she performed in works by Jennifer Archibald, Kim Goldman, Darrell Jones, Pam McNeil, Taisha Pagget, Michel Rodriguez, and the 2011 Merce Cunningham MinEvent. Professionally, Dylan has performed with Bodies in Urban Spaces, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s Emerging Artist’s Ensemble, Esoteric Dance Project, Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre, We Stand Sideways Dance, and The Space Movement Project. She has performed in various festivals in the Chicago area, and has toured throughout the Midwest. In addition to dancing with Khecari, Dylan has also been working with independent choreographer Carson Reiners.
Joe St.Charles is a percussion composer, performer, improviser and teacher who has been working in Chicago since 2001. He has performed at various galleries, music venues, festivals, and institutions throughout the city including The Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, Pritzker Pavilion, Curtiss Hall, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Ruth Page Center for Dance, and The Arts Club of Chicago as well as commissioned performances at The University of Chicago and The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. He has also been a guest accompanist working with students through the dance department of Columbia College, a resident artist at The LaSalle Language Academy as well as a guest composer/performer at The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids Michigan and has received the CAAP grant from the City of Chicago. He has worked in close collaboration with choreographers Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer over the past seven years as well as collaborating with many other Chicago artists. Joe also releases percussion recordings under the name Owleater and teaches students both young and old on Chicago’s north side.
Cristina Tadeo is a dance artist and graphic designer who is interested in the intersection of performance, visual design and documentary. Her choreographic works are highly collaborative and often engage with video, object art and set design, as well as original sound composition. She has been awarded a City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Individual Artist Program Grant for the development of her recent research & performance project, Bread & Butter, as well as a matching grant and additional support from 3Arts’ Artist Project Program. Cristina has performed with various dance artists in Chicago including in work by Paige Cunningham Caldarella, Hope Goldman and Isabelle Collazo, among others. Her other assorted collaborations in dance have included arts administration, sound design, video documentation and graphic design. Cristina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dancemaking from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. This is her first performance with Khecari. More information can be found at www.cristinatadeo.net
Timothy Young is a musician, composer, and performer interested in the decorative, concrete, and narrative aspects of songwriting and music making. Born and raised predominantly in the city of Chicago, he has performed at various venues throughout the Midwest and East Coast areas of the United States. He is the composer and director for the music collective, Passerines, and has collaborated with other musicians and artists including Quinn Tsan, Zeshan Bagewadi, Dav Yendler, and Exit Ghost. He has also contributed music for Screen Door Productions, based in LA. Timothy Young graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Art Design, year 2013.