white road Dance Media is an NYC-based dance company founded by Marisa Gruneberg in 2003. As a non-profit fiscally sponsored artist 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.
May 22-25, 2013 white road Dance Media perform Evergreen, their newest full length work, presented by Abrons Arts Center. The company will be in residence all week at the Underground Theatre. Reserve your tickets here and check out a preview of Evergreen below.
May 25, 2013 From 10am-2pm, Marisa & white road Dance Media will be filming a new short work at the Abrons with any and all interested NYC-based dancers. All levels welcome, please be over 18 years old. Looking for folks who would like to participate in a creative group process with an immediate, filmed performance opportunity. Be willing to investigate, invest and take some risks! Space is limited, please email wrDM.
August 22-26, 2013 wrDM Guest Artist Residency at Silo.
Feb 13, 14 & 15, 2014 Triskelion Arts Presents white road Dance Media in the premiere of their new work, Hoarse.
Marisa is a choreographer, performer, film director and puppeteer living and working in New York City. She founded white road Dance Media in 2003 and since then has been fortunate enough to have her dance works presented by WAX, the 92 Street Y, Mulberry Street Theatre, and the Joyce SoHo and produced by the Carver Center, DNA, CoolNY Dance Festival, the Comedy in Dance Festival, the Hoover Dam Collective, the Hudson River Summer Series and Triskelion Arts. Marisa is a former member of Boston's hoi polloi under the direction of Sara Sweet Rabidoux and has performed in NYC for Abby Bender, Steven Koplowitz, and Cirque This; in Austin she has performed in Trouble Puppet's The Jungle and Frankenstein under the direction of Connor Hopkins. She is currently presenting a new film project, Night Thing, and also showing Evergreen, her tenth evening length work for wrDM.
Sammy Donahue, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, moved to Brooklyn in August of 2011 after receiving her BFA from Ohio University in Dance Performance and Choreography with honors. During her time at OU and her first year in NYC, Sammy was lucky to work with many inspiring choreographers including Stefanie Batten-Bland, Donna Cicchesi, Adriana Durant, Teresa Fellion, Travis Gatling, Mickie Geller, and Marina Walchli. In addition to wrDM Sammy currently dances with Etch Dance Co. and Megan Bascom & Dancers. In March 2012 she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Sonic Yoga, and now teaches vinyasa and hatha classes at Life in Motion Yoga. Sammy is extremely excited for her second season with white road!
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Sydnie Liggett, originally from Northern Virginia, is a magna cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University with a BFA in dance. Sydnie has been fortunate to work with artists such as Doug Varone, Larry Keigwin, Nicole Wolcott, Shani Collins, Abigail Yager (of Trisha Brown Dance Company), and Bebe Miller. Currently, she works at the Mark Morris Dance Group as the School Administrator and performs with Jamal Jackson Dance Company and Kendra Portier's Band|Portier. Sydnie is delighted to be dancing with white road Dance Media and such inspirational movers.
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 New York, she has danced with NOA Dance/Nelly van Bommel, Jessica Morgan, Sidra Bell Dance NY, Charlotte Gibbons, Keila Cordova, and others. Miranda is currently pursuing her Master's in Physical Therapy at Columbia. She is happy to be dancing in her tenth season with white road.
Emily Maurer is a dancer and Pilates instructor who resides in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2009, Emily and fellow dancer, Julie Turner formed Make/Pause, a collaborative choreographic project which has performed at WAXworks, 60x60, and Collaborations in Dance. Emily is also the Williamsburg Community Lead for the BEAT Festival 2012, a new performing arts festival featuring Brooklyn-based artists. She is very happy to be in her fifth season with white road Dance Media.
Hanna is a native of Finland. She holds a dance teacher's degree which was completed in Finland and Iceland. She has taught Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and creative movement. Hanna has been working with a variety of choreographers, Tony Vezich, Jorma Uotinen and Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo dance theater just to mention a few. Currently Hanna is part of performing salsa group Fiebre Bugalu. She also holds a certificate in Thai Massage and is dreaming about going to Thailand for further studies one day.
Liz Riga, from Detroit, Michigan, received a BFA in dance performance/choreography from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Liz ventured to NYC in 2001 where she attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and received her MFA degree. After graduating from NYU, she worked extensively with Keigwin & Company, creating, performing, touring and teaching as an original member of the company until 2011. She is grateful and excited to be performing and creating with white road Dance Media.
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.
Jenny Stulberg holds an MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts as well as a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining wrDM, other company work includes Second Avenue Dance Co. (Jaclynn Vilamill), BODYART Dance Co. (Leslie Scott) and MariaColacoDance Co. (Maria Colaco). She most recently premiered new works by choreographers Kate Weare and Sydney Skybetter, and her own choreography was set on Godlight Theatre Co. as well as Second Avenue Dance Co. In addition to choreographing and performing, Jenny is also very passionate about creating dance films and is working as the Media Producer for Double Tour Media.
Sarah Zitnay is a Brooklyn-based dancer. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from SUNY, Purchase College. Since moving to NYC, Sarah has danced for Kota Yamazaki, Avodah Dance Ensemble, alex/xan: The Median Movement, York Dance Works, Meredith-Lyn Olivieri, Laura Peterson Choreography and Darcy Naganuma. Her choreography has been seen at the 14th Street Y, Triskelion Arts, House of Yes, and RoofTop Dance, BAX’s UPSTART Festival and the American Dance Guild Festival. Sarah is currently working with Nora Petroliunas/The Pharmacy Project as well as teaching and performing for incarcerated women with Avodah Dance Ensemble. Sarah is happy to be in her second season with white road Dance Media.
Over the past nine years, Marisa and white road Dance Media have had the honor of working with some truly amazing performers and creative minds.
Former longtime wrDM company members Megan Bascom and Jonathan Ciccarelli continue to be an integral part of our Night Thing film project, premiering in April 2013.
Many thanks and much love to Alli Alemi, Laura Arrington, Julian Barnett, Gabriella Barnstone, Abby Bender, Julie Bordonaro, Brynne Billingsley, Tara Lee Burns, Leah Curry, Marlena Duncan, Jessica S. Finn, Allison Harmer, Jen Kosky, Glen Meynardie, Patrik Phalen, Kendra Portier, Dana Reed, Shana Simmons, Ashley Singletary, Julie Turner and Sara K. Visser.
Evergreen is a world pulled taut by symmetrical forms and fueled by overwhelming movements, quick-fire decisions and interpersonal momentums. Additionally inspired by simulated environments, cycles of renewal and the concept of extreme dramatics in very small spaces, the performers challenge one another to fully inhabit a purlieu that is both calculated and undone, fragile yet enduring. Performed by Sammy Donahue, Sydnie Liggett, Miranda Lyon, Emily Maurer, Hanna Olvera, Liz Riga, Jenny Stulberg and Sarah Zitnay. Original score by Justin Sherburn, costume design by Joseph Blaha. Produced by Triskelion Arts, tickets now available.
Girl in White
Created for Dansens Dag 60 second dance festival in Denmark, with the topic of weight in mind.
in development for 2013-14
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 this director over the last thirteen years of creating movement and dance works. Featuring past and present wrDM performers & friends.
in development for 2014
A short form dance film adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.
New live dance project based on Tale #89.
April 4, 5 & 6 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY
North Country (excerpt)
February 8 & 9 - CoolNY 10th Anniversary Festival, Brooklyn NY
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
March 22-24 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY
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
April 1-3 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY
Deer, To Me
March 18-21 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY
I Want My 90s!!!
March 19-22 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY
March 28-30 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY
June - BOS Festival, Martha's Vineyard, MA
August - WPA Free Fest, Brooklyn NY
You're Coming With Me Young Lady
February 7-9 - Joyce SoHo, NYC
Late May Be Dark
June - BOS Festival, Martha's Vineyard, MA
August - WPA Free Fest, Brooklyn NY
March 30, 31 - Apr 1 - Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY
June - DNA, RAW Material, NYC
High Tide (excerpt)
August - WPA Free Fest, Brooklyn NY
Exile from the Party
February - Mulberry St Theatre, NYC
May - Hoi Polloi Studios, Boston MA
You'll Need Arms For That
June - BOS Festival, Martha's VY MA
February - WAX, WAXworks, Brooklyn NY
We'll Wear White After Tonight
September - WAX, Brooklyn NY
December - Works in Progress at Dancespace, NYC
Marisa is currently part of the Dancepants! collective, a group of contemporary dance artists teaching a superfun, open level modern class at Triskelion Arts. Class is from 1-3pm every Thursday. See the class schedule on Triskelion's website.
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.
Students will learn fresh new approaches in an encouraging environment on how to create movement for and structure a solo work. Conceptually driven and musical methods will be explored in detail as students work to express themselves within new ideas.
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.
Traditional ballet for the modern dancer.
Gone are the days of just boys lifting girls, and this class will help students shed those traditional views. Using repertory duet material, students will work in pairs exploring the super exciting world of sharing weight, making time and generally dancing with another. Emphasis will be placed on keeping your partner safe and learning when and how to take risks. Class will culminate in a mini-performance of the material.
New York-style pilates from certified instructors.
Vinyasa flow style yoga from a certified instructor. Emphasis placed on healthy alignment, breathwork, and listening to the body.
Basics of the ballroom dance big six: waltz, tango, foxtrot, chacha, rhumba, swing. Taught by a certified instructor, come with or without a partner.
Geared for college students who want to dance professionally in NYC. Topics like auditions, living in Brooklyn, where to take class, obtaining certifications, and survival will be covered with time for Q&A.
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.
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 NY Times, February 2007
KOOP Radio Off Stage and On the Air Interview with Lisa Scheps, October 2011
Jonelle Seitz for the Austin Chronicle, October 2011
James Rainey for The Dance Enthusiast, October 2011
Dance Enthusiast Asks Feature, Comedy in Dance Festival, April 2012
The Dance Enthusiast, February 2013
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, 2007, and 2008
Finalist, Sugar Salon, 2007
Recipient, Harkness Space Grant, Joyce SoHo, 2007
Resident Artist, Carver Center for the Performing Arts, 2011
Recipient, Mellon Foundation Space Subsidy at Triskelion Arts, 2012-13
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 any budget and encourage you to contact us!
Email email@example.com for general inquiries.
white road Dance Media Advisory Board
Gabriella Barnstone, Julie Bordonaro, Abby Bender, Brooke Broussard, Tyler Crockett, Kelly Hasandras, Carl Hillman, Reggie Hillman, Kendra Portier and Julie Turner
Special thanks to our kickstarter.com donors: Anonymous, Gabriella Barnstone, Megan & Jason Bascom, Carly Berrett, Craig Berrett, Abby Bender, Erin Bomboy, Julie Bordonaro, Linda Chanler, Michael Churchill, Nick Colvin, Zac Crofford, Eileen DePalma, Marilyn Dixon, Max Forrester, Kurt Gruneberg, Charles Gushue, Lynda Haile, Lucinda Hokanson, Carl & Reggie Hillman, Eric Johnson, Bob & Rebecca Jones, Monique LaVie, Victor Leung, Elizabeth Lyon, Sue Marcum, Mitchell Marcum, Travis Marcum, Karen & Tim Maurer, Travis Marcum, Jeremy Osborne, Thomas Palmatier, Jill Ragsdale, Kathryn Rogers, Lucia Rutter, Aaron Seigler, Megan Sinwell, Pat Whitcher, Rachel Weise, and Nathan Woody.
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