Mary Madsen is a midwestern girl from Wisconsin holding a BFA from the University of Milwaukee-WI (2003). Mary has been collaborating and dancing with Jody Oberfelder Projects since 2013. In addition, Mary is the assistant rehearsal director and a long time performer for Third Rail Projects, Then She Fell. In past years Mary has had the pleasure of working with: Megan Bascom & Dancers, the Resonance Collective, Elia Mrak (Seattle), Regina Nejman and Company, Kelly Anderson (Chicago), John J Zullo Dance, David Appel Dance, Rebollar Dance Theater (D.C.), Simone Ferro (Milwaukee), and Foothold dance (Milwaukee). She defines herself as: always a collaborator, often a performer and occasionally a choreographer and creator. Mary is most inspired by friends, traveling, nature, and generosity.marymadsen.com
Pierre Guilbault was raised in Vancouver, B.C. and moved to New York in 2012 after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. He has a background in Ballet and Contemporary, and has studied film and theater acting in the past. Since then he has worked with Mary Siedman, Mari Meade, Pam Tanowitz, Helen Simoneau, Emery LeCrone, Lise Houlton of Minnesota Dance Theater, Katie-Rose McLaughlin O'Niel, Rebecca Lazier, Sally Silvers, and has done extensive work in and around the Merce Cunningham workshops at the West Beth and City Center spaces. He joined the Liz Gerring Dance Company in September 2014 and is also currently working with Ellen Cornfield and Pat Catterson.
Hannah Wendel is from Seattle, Washington and graduated summa cum laude from the Boston Conservatory, where she was awarded the Julie Ince Thompson Scholarship for Choreography. In her last year there, she performed as a guest artist with Karole Armitage at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston. Hannah has been dancing with Jody Oberfelder Projects since November 2015 and has toured with her to Frankfurt, Germany, Prague, Czech Republic, Washington DC and Southampton NY. Hannah has performed closely with Elia Mrak in venues in both Seattle and New York and has most recently produced, in collaboration, a series of evening length shows, Performance and a Party. She has also performed with The People Movers in New York and has starred in Nocturnal Patterns, directed Christian Sorensen Hansen at Lightbox Studios in The Bronx. She has danced in her own work at Gowanus Arts and Productions in collaboration with Groupmuse, at the Never Before, Never Again Festival at Triskellion Arts and recently collaborated with Anna Reyes on a performance, Forget All This in conjunction with Columbia University at Abrons Art Center. She traveled to the Bamff Centre in October with Anna Reyes for a residency for her newest work Plastic Identities. In addition to creating and performing Hannah is a certified yoga instructor and Reiki energy worker and hosts donation-based improvisation workshop and jams called spacejam. www.hannahlwendel.com
Emily Giovine is a Brooklyn based dancer and yoga instructor. Raised in Central New York State, she graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in English Lit in 2010 and has been living in NYC ever since. She has worked and performed with Shandoah Goldman, Stefanie Nelson, Bill Young, Jules Bakshi, the Median Movement, Emily Faulkner, and many others. You can catch her teaching weekly classes at Kula Yoga Project. emilygiovine.com
Lindsey Mandolini is a professional dancer, choreographer, and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2012) and has danced for New York-based choreographers Hee Ra Yoo (Yoo & Dancers), Regina Nejman (Regina Nejman & Company), and Erin Carlisle Norton (The Moving Architects). Lindsey began working with Jody Oberfelder Projects (JOP) as a docent during the first iteration of The Brain Piece in 2015 at Dixon Place. She continued to docent during JOP's APAP presentation 2016 and completed her synapse journey during the New York Live Arts premiere in Summer 2017. Lindsey is thrilled to join the cast of Zaubernacht and can’t wait to perform at The Museum of Jewish Heritage! In addition to JOP, Lindsey continues to perform as a guest artist with the multidisciplinary ensemble LEIMAY, under directors Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya, and manage their rehearsal space CAVE, in Williamsburg. She is cultivating her visual art practice through a studio-share with Nicholas Cueva at Underdonk in Bushwick. To connect with Lindsey, visit lindseymandolini.com
Mei Yamanaka is a dancer and choreographer from Japan. Mei moved to New York in 2008. Mei has worked and collaborated with artists including Jody Oberfelder, Tiffany Mills, Dendy Donovan Projects, Jennifer Archibald, Katy Pyle, Patricia Noworol, Dai Jian, Catherine Galasso, Oui Danse, among others. Mei's work has been seen at Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, "Split Bill" Series at Triskelion Arts, Mix Festival at HERE, and more. Mei was a "Fresh Tracks" residency artist at Dance Theater Workshop(now New York Live Arts) in 2010 - 2011. She was also residency artist at Chez Bushwick Artist In Residence in 2014 at Chez Bushwick.
Maya Orchin has worked with Luis Lara Malvacias, Davis Freeman, Zoe Scofield, Joanna Mendl Shaw, Lynn Neuman, Reut Shemesh, Madeline Hollander, Jody Sperling, Carson Reiners, Kate Sicchio, Danielle Russo, Columbine Macher and more. Her own choreography has been presented internationally in Montreal, Berlin, Israel, and most recently Moscow. In New York her work has been shown at The 92nd St Y, Judson Church, and Center For Performance Research. She was also a solo performer in the European tour of 'Room 29' with musicians Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales.
Lyla Forest Butler lives in Brooklyn and is a sixth grade student at Saint Ann’s School. She studies dance with Ellen Robbins and recently her self-choreographed piece, for Ellen’s studio, entitled “Constellations” was selected to be performed at NYLA with “Family Matters.”
In addition to dance, Lyla also loves to act, play violin and softball and has a green belt in karate. She is also an avid writer and poet. Her poem “Where I Dream” won the Walt Whitman prize for poetry in 2017. You can see Lyla on YouTube conducting interviews in her YouTube series “Lylapalooza.” Lyla is super excited and grateful to be performing “Zaubernacht”with Jody Oberfelder.
Photos by: Wowe