white road Dance Media

Welcome!

white road Dance Media performing High Tide.

white road Dance Media is an NYC-based dance company founded by Marisa Gruneberg in 2003. The company is represented by Pentacle/Danceworks as a Gallery Artist and as non-profit fiscally sponsored project through Fractured Atlas. wrDM is committed to creating and performing contemporary dance work that is intellectual, accessible, and artistically refined. Movement is everything, exploration is a must, new territory demands our attention.

Upcoming

February 19, 27 & March 7 2015 Triskelion Arts Presents NEON BRAVE.

April 24 & 25 2015 New duet The Lion and the Bull presented by Pentacle in Boston MA.

May 18-27 2015 New full length work Wasted begins to take shape with an Artward Bound residency at Earthdance in MA.

October 2015 Wasted continues with a residency at Silo DanceNOW in PA.

TBD, 2016 wrDM's thirteenth live work, Wasted, a multimedia performance adaptation of TS Eliot's The Waste Land, premieres in NYC.

Company & Collaborators

Marisa Gruneberg, Director

Marisa is a choreographer and filmmaker creating work in New York City. Her passion is building new worlds with moving images.

Sammy Donahue, Performer

Sammy Donahue is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and received her BFA with honors in Dance from Ohio University. In August of 2011 she moved to Brooklyn NY, and since then has had the joy of being continually inspired and pushed by the countless stellar artists in this city. In addition to her work with wrDM, where she is in her fourth season, Sammy most recently joined Nadine Bommer Dance Company, the NYC branch of Nadine’s Israeli performance group. She also currently performs with Megan Bascom & Dancers (MB&D) and has previously been lucky to work with many companies including Brynne Billingsley & Artists, DanceTheYard, and MADArt Creative. When she isn't dancing, Sammy lives an administrative life acting as studio manager for Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, company manager for MB&D, and taking on freelance projects when she can. And on her rare but blessed days off, she fills her time with stories of all kinds: reading, watching, and listening. Sammy would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support and Marisa for the ongoing opportunity to delve deeper into the unknown with wrDM.

Andy Dickerson, Resident Lighting Designer

Andy's lights are awesome. Just watch. Visit Andrew Dickerson Lighting to read more!

Sydnie Liggett, Performer

Sydnie Liggett, originally from Northern Virginia, is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BFA in dance and a minor in communications. In college she was fortunate to work with choreographers Doug Varone, Larry Keigwin, Nicole Wolcott, Shani Nwando Ikerioha Collins, Abigail Yager (of Trisha Brown Dance Company), and mentor Bebe Miller. After moving to New York in 2010 she has focused on a career in Arts Administration. Previously working as the Education Programs Coordinator at the former Dance New Amsterdam until 2012, Sydnie is currently the School Director of The Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY. She also currently serves on the 2014-2015 Dance/NYC Junior Committee. She manages to maintain performing by dancing for the Median Movement, Jamal Jackson Dance Company, Kendra Portier|BANDPortier, and white road Dance Media.

Miranda Lyon, Performer

Miranda Lyon grew up in Erie PA as the product of musical parents. She attended SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and received her BFA in 2004. Here in NYC, she has danced with NOA Dance/Nelly van Bommel, Jessica Morgan, Sidra Bell Dance NY, Charlotte Gibbons, Keila Cordova, and many others. Miranda is a recent graduate of Columbia University, receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy with honors in 2014. She is incredibly happy to be dancing in her fourteenth (!) season with white road.

Chad Raines, Composer

Chad is a Composer/Sound Designer/Performer currently living and working in dubious circumstances. He does this stuff a lot. He performs his music as The Simple Pleasure and is probably on tour. See chadraines.com.

Justin Sherburn, Composer

Justin Sherburn is a musician, composer, and musical director based in Austin, Texas. He has produced scores for award winning theater, dance, film, and television. Justin currently records and tours with the rock group Okkervil River and Glovertango, a traditional Argentine tango orchestra. If you enjoyed the soundtrack for North Country, you can download it for free at Montopolismusic.

Alexandra Taylor, Performer

Alexandra Taylor is a dance artist, creating, educating, and performing in NYC and throughout the U.S. After receiving her MFA from U of Oregon in 2010, she moved to the city and founded (Alex)andra Taylor Dance, a project-based modern dance company, and co-founded TRANSForm Dance Collective, a teaching residency and performance group, with eight other transnational dance educators and performers. This is Alex's first season with white road and she cannot even begin to express how truly pumped she is for this journey!

Past Company Members

Over the past ten years, Marisa and white road Dance Media have had the honor of working with some truly amazing performers and creative minds.
Many thanks and much love to Alli Alemi, Laura Arrington, Megan Bascom, Julian Barnett, Gabriella Barnstone, Abby Bender, Julie Bordonaro, Brynne Billingsley, Tara Lee Burns, Jonathan Ciccarelli, Leah Curry, Marlena Duncan, Jessica S. Finn, Allison Harmer, Jen Kosky, Emily Maurer, Glen Meynardie, Hanna Olvera, Patrik Phalen, Kendra Portier, Dana Reed, Liz Riga, Shana Simmons, Ashley Singletary, Jenny Stulberg, Julie Turner, Sara K. Visser, and Sarah Zitnay.

Current Projects

NEON BRAVE
Spring 2015
New full length live dance work, a quartet with an original score by Chad Raines. For a press release of NEON BRAVE, please click here.

The Lion and the Bull
Spring 2015
New short length live dance work, a duet. Music by Justin Sherburn.

New York Loves You
begins shooting Spring 2015
Original vimeo-based short film series.

Collected Ghosts
ongoing, 2014-6
A full length dance film project with the mission to collect a series of connected solos performed by the many dancing bodies who have inspired, challenged and amazed wrDM over the past thirteen years of creating movement and dance works. Featuring past and present wrDM performers & friends.

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TBD, 2015
A short length dance film adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.

Untitled Windsor Ruins Project
TBD, 2015
Untitled site-specific dance film project at Windsor Ruins in Claiborne County, MS. Generous permissions provided by the Mississippi Department of Archives & History.

Night Thing
new full length version coming 2015!

Past Performances & Events

2014


Guest Artist Residency
October 2-5 - Silo Kirkland Farm, Springtown PA

Hoarse (condensed)
April 1 & 2 - Dixon Place, New York NY

Hoarse
Feb 13, 14 & 15 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY

2013


Guest Artist Residency
August 21-25 - Silo Kirkland Farm, Springtown PA

Evergreen
April 4, 5 & 6 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY

North Country (excerpt)
February 8 & 9 - CoolNY 10th Anniversary Festival, Brooklyn NY

2012


Evergreen preview
November 7 - Open Performance with Movement Research, New York NY

Guest Artist Residency
April 25-28 - Silo Kirkland Farm, Springtown PA

Mick Jagger Sings Barbra Streisand's Hits!
April 12 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY

Night Thing
March 22-24 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY

2011

North Country
October 27-30 - Boyd Vance Theatre, Austin TX

Deer, To Me
October 20-23 - Boyd Vance Theatre, Austin TX

Deer, To Me (excerpt)
September 17 & 18 - Hudson River Summer Series, New York NY

North Country (excerpt)
August 19 - Hoover Dam Collective, Brooklyn NY

Mick Jagger Sings Judy Garland's Hits!
April 15-17 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY

North Country
April 1-3 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY

2010

Deer, To Me
March 18-21 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY

2009

I Want My 90s!!!
March 19-22 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY

2008

Anna
March 28-30 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY

Anna (excerpt)
June - BOS Festival, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Anna (excerpt)
August - WPA Free Fest, Brooklyn NY

2007

You're Coming With Me Young Lady
February 7-9 - Joyce SoHo, NYC

Late May Be Dark
June - BOS Festival, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Anna (excerpt)
August - WPA Free Fest, Brooklyn NY

2006

Character Assassination
March 30, 31 - Apr 1 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY

High Tide
June - DNA, RAW Material, NYC

High Tide (excerpt)
August - WPA Free Fest, Brooklyn NY

2005

Exile from the Party
February - Mulberry St Theatre, NYC

Peach Dream
May - Hoi Polloi Studios, Boston MA

You'll Need Arms For That
June - BOS Festival, Martha's VY MA

2004

White Room
February - WAX, WAXworks, Brooklyn NY

We'll Wear White After Tonight
September - WAX, Brooklyn NY

2003

White Room
December - Works in Progress at Dancespace, NYC

Video

Classes and Workshops

wrDM can offer many exciting classes and workshops in conjunction with or separate from a residency program. All the classes listed below can be tailored to suit student ages and levels from beginner to advanced; the range and amount of material covered will be dependent on workshop or class duration.

Making Dances (taught by Marisa)

Students will learn fresh new approaches in an encouraging environment on how to create movement for and structure a solo work, with emphasis placed on movement invention and craft. Conceptually driven and musical methods will be explored in detail as students work to express themselves within new ideas.

Just Shoot Yourself! Dance Filmmaking (taught by Marisa, assisted by wrDM video collaborators)

The intersection of dance, film & new technology is an amazing one, with possibilities popping up left, right and center. In this class students will jump right in and learn basic camera operation/navigation techniques, and then construct and screen their own 3-5 minute dance films using professional camera equipment and Final Cut X editing software. DVDs or vimeo uploads of the students' final projects provided.

Modern Technique (taught by the company)

Utilizing wrDM phrasework and movement vocabulary, students will be led through an energetic, musical and dynamic modern technique class. A thorough yoga based warm-up will be followed by basic weight shifting, upside-down work, and easy across the floor partnering before culminating in a large repertory-based movement phrase.

Ballet Technique (taught by Miranda)

Advanced level, kick ass ballet for the modern dancer.

Partnering (taught by Marisa with the company)

This class will help students shed traditional partnering views- anyone can lift anyone, after all! Using repertory duet material, students will work in pairs exploring the super exciting world of sharing weight, making time and reading/anticipating one another. Emphasis will be placed on keeping your partner safe and learning when and how to best take risks. Class will culminate in a mini-performance of the material.

Yoga (taught by Marisa or Sammy)

Vinyasa flow style yoga from a certified (Yoga Alliance RYT) instructor. Emphasis placed on healthy alignment, breathwork, and listening to the body.

Big Bad Wolf City: Dancing in NYC (taught by the company)

Geared for college dance majors who want to dance professionally in NYC. Topics like auditions, living paycheck to paycheck, where to take classes, obtaining yoga/pilates/massage/PT certifications, and general survival will be covered with time for Q&A.

Repertory and Residencies

wrDM offers residency programs for colleges and universities, Lec-Dems for colleges and communities, and performances for all audiences.

Residencies, designed for college and university settings, can be as short as a few days or as long as a few months. While the company is in residency, Marisa will create a new work for or set an existing repertory work on selected dancers. The company will also teach classes during their stay. Please see Classes and Workshops for a list of offerings and detailed descriptions.

Lecture Demonstrations, which give an inside perspective from both Marisa and the dancers, are suitable for any audience, college and otherwise. Communities that want to learn more about how dance works, but do not necessarily want to take a dance class, will find this format particularly engaging. Audiences will have ample time for questions and will feel encouraged to ask them. Lec-dems are most successful when presented in conjunction with a performance.

wrDM can perform selected works from their repertory in a high or low tech environment: formally, on a stage with lights and sound, or informally, in a studio, gymnasium, or any community space. Outdoor shows are also possible. wrDM prides itself on being able to perform in any space and we encourage you to contact us.

Press, Honors and Awards

Press
Byron Woods for Independent Weekly, Durham, NC July 2003
Feature in Block Magazine, Brooklyn, NY June 2006
Preview in About Town, The New Yorker, February 2007
Claudia LaRocco for The NYT, February 2007
KOOP Radio Off Stage and On the Air Interview with Lisa Scheps, October 2011
Austin On Stage Preview, October 2011
Jonelle Seitz for the Austin Chronicle, October 2011
James Rainey for The Dance Enthusiast, October 2011
DE Asks Feature, Comedy in Dance Festival, April 2012
Audience Response in The Dance Enthusiast, April 2013
Trina Mannino for DE Asks Feature in The Dance Enthusiast, February 2014
Brian Carey Chung for Pentacle, February 2014
Theo Boguszewski for The Dance Enthusiast, Pentacle Gallery Showcase, April 2014
Dance Magazine blog preview, January 2015
Postcard Feature in The Dance Enthusiast, February 2015
Charmaine Warren preview, February 2015
Interview with Broadway World, February 2015
Siobhan Burke, NYT Dance Listing, February 2015

Honors/Awards (Awarded to Marisa for her work with wrDM)
Recipient, Harkness Space Grant at the 92 St Y, 2004-5
Selected for DNAs curated RAW Materials performance series, 2006
Recipient, Space Grant, Triskelion Arts 2006
Nominee, Joyce SoHo Artist in Residence, 2006 and 2007
Selected as a performing company in the WPA Free Fest, 2006-8
Finalist, Sugar Salon, 2007
Recipient, Harkness Space Grant, Joyce SoHo, 2007
Artist in Residence, Carver Center for the Performing Arts, 2011
Silo/DanceNOW Artist Residencies, 2012-15
Recipient, Mellon Foundation Space Subsidy at Triskelion Arts, 2012-15

Contact

wrDM is available for performances, college and university residencies, classes and workshops, and community outreach, either as a full company or as a condensed group. We can work within most any budget and encourage you to contact us!

Press inquiries regarding NEON BRAVE please contact wrDM publicist Adria Rolnik. For a press release of NEON BRAVE, please click here.

Presenters please contact Doug Post, Gallery Artist Representative at Pentacle/Danceworks.

Email hello@whiteroaddancemedia.com for general inquiries. Performers, please know that we are not auditioning at this time but are always happy to receive emails with your reels and resumés for consideration!

white road Dance Media Advisory Board
Gabriella Barnstone, Julie Bordonaro, Abby Bender, Brooke Broussard, Tyler Crockett, Kelly Hasandras, Carl & Reggie Hillman, Rebecca Jones, Kendra Portier and Julie Turner

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