Alan Danielson creates and teaches contemporary dance in the Humphrey/Limón tradition. He is the School Director of the Limón Institute in New York and directs his own company – ‘Dance by Alan Danielson’. As a master teacher of both dance and music, he trains teachers and accompanists.
Geraldine Cardiel was born and raised in Mexico City. She holds a degree in Modern Dance from the Américas University in Mexico and has successfully completed the Professional Studies Programme at the Limón Institute in New York. From 1999 – 2002 she received grants from the Mexican Foundation for Culture and the Arts and the Limón Insitute to study and present her work in New York. Geraldine is a Feldenkrais practitioner and is a frequent guest at international festivals and schools.
Kate McMonagle trained at the London Studio Centre and Millenium Dance 2000 gaining a Professional Diploma in Dance Performance. She has a BA Hons Dance Studies (Science ) from Middlesex University and is completing a MSc in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton. Kate trained to become a Humphrey-based technique teacher under the direction of Lesley Main and gained further training in Humphrey, Weidman and Limón technique with Gail Corbin, Deborah Carr and Jim May with the Doris Humphrey Society in Chicago. In 2009 she was awarded a Lisa Ullmannn scholarship to return to the USA to further her Humphrey-Weidman training. Kate is a trustee of the Doris Humphrey Foundation UK and is a specialist in the technique and work of Doris Humphrey. Kate currently lectures in Dance at Middlesex University.
Sameena Mitta is a graduate of the professional ballet training programme of the School of Dance in Ottawa where she was the recipient of the Celia Franca scholarship. Sameena has spent over 15 years teaching, choreographing and working as a freelance dancer in Canada and abroad. In 2008 , she successfully completed a Master’s programme in Dance Creation at UQAM. She has pursued her study of Limón technique in New Yourk and following the London teacher’s programme in July 2011, she joined Jennifer Chin Dance on a Central America tour, teaching and performing contemporary Limón work.
Edel Quin lectures and researches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance. She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, alongside teaching on the pre-vocational Centre for Advanced Training programme. She holds a BA(Hons) in Dance from Chichester University and a MSc in Dance Science (Laban). Edel’s professional performance experience includes world tours with Riverdance, performing in productions in the West End and as an original member of Henri Oguike’s H20. Edel has produced multiple presentations and publications as a researcher and applied practitioner – her specialist areas include Dance Science, safe dance practice, dance fitness, experiential anatomy and somatics.
Evelyn Tuul is a performer, dance maker and teacher. She is originally from Estonia and gained her first contemporary dance experience in England. She graduated from Coventy Unievrsity in 2010 and in 2011 she completed the Professional Studies Programme at the Limón Institute in New York. She is inspired by Limón dance technique but is also very interested in somatic practices and how they enhance learning and teaching in dance and aid in the creation of dance works.
Full list of participants in the Teaching Contemporary Limón Summer School July 2011:
Lucy Angell, Nina Atkinson, Klara Burgess, Kirsty Clarke, Emma Cully, Stacey Farr, Katy Geertsen, Jessica Green, Seri Hodges, Alexandra Kolb, Beata Kovacs, Kate McMonagle, Tia McThredder, Sameena Mitta, Rose Payne, Bethan Peters, Edel Quin, Kelly Sangiuseppe, Evelyn Tuul, Manuela Vesco.
Our thanks to all of these dancers for their generosity, enthusiasm and thoughtfulness during the summer programme and their willingness to release their images in photographs and video for the website.
The Limón Project team:
Erica Stanton has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence college, New York where she was the recipient of the Bessie Schönberg Scholarship. As a choreographer, her work has primarily focused on inclusive practice and collaborating with musicians. Erica has been teaching Limón technique since 1986 and has led classes for professional dancers and dance students throughout the UK. Erica is a principal lecturer at Roehampton University where she leads the MFA Choreography programme.
Simon Ellis is a New Zealand born independent performance maker and performer. He has a practice-led PhD (investigating improvisation, remembering, documentation and liveness) and is currently Reader in dance at Roehampton University in London where he specialises in practice-led research methods. His choreographies have included site-specific investigations, screendance, installation, webart, and conventional black box works. In 2008 his solo performance Gertrud was a finalist in the Place Prize, and his screendance project Anamnesis was awarded Best Film at InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technology in Portugal. www.skellis.net
Gemma Donohue graduated from the MFA in Choreography at Roehampton University in 2010. As a choreographer, her interests in film and photography have led to collaborations with Petr Nikl, The Balanescu Quartet, Simon Stephens, Irven Lewis and Mehrdad Seyf and to solo projects which range from site-specific installation to staged dance works. Gemma currently teaches freelance both in further and higher education and also in the commercial sphere, teaching movement to circus and opera performers.
Lil Boyce is a writer, interviewer and editor. She first worked with words within visual art, having trained in Fine Art (Painting) at RMIT University, Melbourne. For 10 years, Lil exhibited work that increasingly integrated text. Gradually, interviewing, writing and editing became her primary practices. Lil now lives in London and works with artists, arts organisations and researchers, and also with corporate and not-for-profit organisations.
Benedict Johnson is a photographer. He lives and works in London, and is currently Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, London. www.benedictjohnson.com