“Bird of Pray” Choreography: Andrea E. Woods Performer: Andrea E. Woods Music: S. Sarkissian, Alice Coltrane Video: A. E. Woods Premiere: April 2005
Woods is a marvellous mover. Dancing for Bill T. Jones may have helped mould her beautiful slippery style . . . but everything she does looks original. – Deborah Jowitt “The Village Voice” USA
Germaul Yusef Barnes hunched over and clutched himself at the beginning of his solo, ”In/Visible Gates.” As he kept rising and falling, he came to resemble a martyr. This thin and scantily clad dancer certainly looked like an ascetic. And when he stretched his long arms toward heaven, the character he played appeared to have entered a state of mystic ecstasy. – Jack Anderson “New York Times” USA
Andrea E. Woods Artistic Director of Souloworks/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers, is a Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer and video artist. She graduated magna cum laude from Adelphi University and has since danced with Clive Thompson, Leni Wylliams and Saeko Icinohe. Andrea is a former dancer and rehearsal director of Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Co. (1989-1995). She is an American Antiquarian Society Fellow and her work and research have taken her to The Cannes International Danse Festival, Taiwan, Russia, Senegal, Morocco, Korea and throughout the US. She completed her MFA in dance technology at The Ohio State University and currently creates live performance works as well as videodances. She is currently adjunct faculty at New York University Tish School of the Arts teaching modern dance and Dance for the Camera.
Woods calls her dances Souloworks because they are works from the Heart, works from the Soul. She creates collaborative works using dance, music (especially blues, jazz and folk music), spoken word and/or multimedia as contemporary African American folklore.
Germaul Yusef Barnes Dancer, teacher, choreographer, director, anthropologist. Former principal dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for nine years – there he was the recipient of the 2003 New York Dance and Performance Award: The Bessies. He received the Arts International Grant in 2003 which fostered his anthropology study in a small village called Kwahu Tafo in Ghana, West Africa. One of his highest personal achievements was assisting and demonstrating for the legendary choreographer/anthropologist, Katherine Dunham. Mr. Barnes has also danced with Philadanco – Philadelphia Dance Company, Movement Source Inc. Dance Co and Group Motion Dance Company.
Germaul Y. Barnes is currently on staff at 92nd Street Y, Harkness Dance Center and the New Dance Technique Laboratory.
In 1991 he formed an arts organisation Viewsic Expression (VE), now based in Brooklyn. VE’s mission is to promote and present multi-media dance performances, art exhibitions, and educational residencies.