Based in Oslo, Norway, Marianne Skjeldal is a freelance dancer, choreographer and performer, producing her own performances at the intersection of dance, theatre and performance. Her works, combining movement with text and voice, are most often linked to a specific site, to space, objects and materials. For years, she has developed installations for art festivals and also worked outdoors, in public spaces and gallery rooms, as well as in more traditional stage venues. A certified masseur and yoga teacher, both the somatic and spiritual aspects of these practices are an inspiration in her artistic practice, where she examines different forms of presence and being, as well as methods for transformation and possible transcendence. Marianne has toured and worked in Scandinavia, Finland, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Russia, the US, Chile, Brazil and Ethiopia. In 2011, she was awarded a 2-year artist grant from the Norwegian Government.
Loren Crabbe is a mixed-media artist working with various tools, including her own body, as a means to create. Hailing from upstate New York, with a lifelong history of athleticism, Loren had been heavily dependent on physical labor as a means to survive. In 2008, her life was dramatically changed by a severe auto accident resulting in life altering short-term paralysis. While recovering, she quickly became aware of the importance of strengthening both the body and the mind simultaneously.
She sculpts both the human body as a Certified Physical Personal Trainer, and materials such as metal and paper as an artist. She does so while exploring the mind-body connection and the physiological responses to material and human interaction. As a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in metalsmithing and as a trained paper maker, she continues to push boundaries in all aspects of her life. As a wellness coach, Loren has developed concepts of abjection as a process to cleanse the human condition.
Based in Harlem, Autumn Kioti is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, actor, aerialist, instructor, fighter, activist, scavenger and trickster whose practice draws heavily from her American Indian roots. She combines improvisational movement and choreography using found objects, mask and puppet building from scavenged items, painting and illustration, etching and print-based work, folk arts, aerial art and circus, martial arts, theatre, film and written works.
Her work has been seen throughout the world, from Jakarta, Indonesia to New York City -- including Madison Square Garden, New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Fringe Festivals, as well as countless theatres and art galleries. Most recently her collaboration with Iranian artist Nooshin Rostami was named one of the top ten at DUMBO Arts Festival 2014.
Lesley Kernochan's music is like going on a hike with a bubble gun; she is a passionate songstress and a vibrant goofball. Her muses are diverse and sometimes quite bawdy, therefore Lesley's show is a refreshing kaleidoscope of genres and topics.* *Anything from unusual pubic hair to shamanic love may be covered.
Based between Berlin and New York, Katy Gunn is a singer and violinist performing her own unique brand of songwriting - a combination of soulful, intimate songs fusing classical and pop. Using mainly her violin and voice, Katy writes "sarcastically witty, exquisite pop", as quoted from her CD Baby review. She was most recently awarded ‘Best New Artist’ at the Copenhagen Songwriters Festival (2013), and was featured at the Peel Slowly & See festival (Netherlands) that same year. She is currently part of the duo Teenage Love, her new electro-pop project based in Denmark, which received immediate recognition from Danish National Radio shortly after its first release in August, 2014, alongside festival debuts in Copenhagen.