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About the Choreographer

Alaine Handa is attracted to work that engages audiences from a sociological context. Her choreography has been described as “quirky, honest, athletic, and lyrical.” Alaine received her B.A. from UCLA’s department of World Arts & Cultures in dance studies. In Los Angeles, she has worked with Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Mandala Danceworks, Space + Movement Exchange, Victoria Marks, among others. Since relocating to New York City in 2005, she has performed for Larry Keigwin + Company, Sasha Soreff Dance Theater, Open Floor Dance, The Movement Collective, High Frequency Wavelengths, Gabrielle Lansner & Company, Scott Lyons & Company, and Stephanie Liapis. Her own work has been shown at Toronto Fringe Festival, Dance Forum, University Settlement, Abrons Art Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research, Merce Cunningham Studio Theater, Meridian International Children’s Festival, Capital Fringe Festival, Cool New York Dance Festival, and various other venues.  Ms. Handa has lived in Indonesia, Singapore, Los Angeles, and New York. For more information please visit www.alainehanda.com.

Biographies of the dancers:

Laura Lamp was born in Fairfax, Virginia. She started studying dance at a young age, and has since performed in the U.S. and Italy. She is grateful to have studied with generous teachers at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, North Carolina School of the Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Laura is a 2009 graduate of George Mason University with a BFA in Dance. In New York, she has enjoyed dancing for Mayumi Ishino, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Alexandra Sachs, Geneva Cockrell, Giada Ferrone and Melanie Lalande. Laura also enjoys photography, traveling and exploring other cultures.

Ezekiel Oliveira is originally from Portugal where he studied new circus and contemporary dance. He graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2007 and has since performed works by Tamzin Fitzgerald, Hofesh Schechter, Stephan Koplowitz, Henrique Cabrera, Helene Blackburn and Libby Seward. With Balbir Singh Dance Company he created Decreasing Infinity (amongst other works) which is still touring internationally.  He was guest dance artist for DisGo in 2010 and in 2011 Ezekiel created Blake Diptych, Innocence and Experience in collaboration with Fleur Darkin Company. In  2012 he became the Artist in Residency at Centre Stage School of the Arts in Singapore, lecturing, creating, performing, collaborating and teaching choreography and contemporary dance.

Belinda He grew up in Singapore and received a BA in English Literature before moving to New York City to pursue graduate studies in dance. She is the Artistic Director of SINecdoche Dance, a New York based dance company, and also dances regularly with Anneke Hansen and Kathy Westwater. Belinda is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner whose practice revolves primarily around dance and movement (re)education.

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