Contemporary dance workshops

Brandon Collwes

Received his early dance training at the Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended The Juilliard School and SUNY Purchase. Collwes studied as a scholarship student at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem and twice at American Dance Festival. He became a member of the CDF Repertory Understudy Group in October 2003 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in January 2006 where he danced up until the close of the Company in December 2011.  He has worked with Michael Clark and also performed “Doubletoss”, a Cunningham piece restaged by Robert Swinston at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.  Brandon most recently performed as a guest artist with the Stephen Petronio Dance Company at ADF and Ian Spencer Bell’s group at Jacob’s Pillow.  Currently Brandon is developing a multimedia art and dance installation entitled “Winded Roof” with artists Joshua Tuason and Jennifer Rose.

Emma Desjardins

Grew up and began her dance training in Providence, RI. She moved to NY in 1999 to attend Barnard College where she trained and performed with their dance department. After graduating cum laude in 2003, she began her studies at the Merce Cunningham Studio. She became a member of the CDF Repertory Understudy Group in 2004 and was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from January 2006 through December 2011. Emma has been teaching Cunningham Technique since 2009.

John Hinrichs

Was raised in Rochester, Illinois. He graduated with a BS in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also studied dance. He joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 and participated in the farewell Legacy Tour.  He has also danced in the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre and Randy James Dance Works.



Anton Ovchinnikov

Born in 1971 in Kiev. He graduated from high school in 1988, he served in the Soviet Army (frontier troops) from 1989 to 1991. From 1991 to 1993, was three times champion of Ukraine in ballroom dancing. From 1994 to 1999 he worked in a professional dance company “Hollywood Ballet” (Kiev)He began to study jazz dance (Anna Braslavskaya (Moscow)) and Contemporary Dance (Miguel Gutierrez (USA)) at the 1995 International Festival Workshop TSEH (Moscow)Since then every year visited many major educational dance projects in Russia and Ukraine and in Europe. In 2003, he graduated from Kiev National University of Culture and Arts (DIRECTOR).In 2005, he founded the dance company O!Range jazz-ballet. In 2008, changed its name to Black O!Range Dance Theatre. Theatre takes part in all the major dance festivals in Ukraine, as well as major festivals in Ukraine and Belarus. In 2009 he graduated Kiev National University of Culture and Arts a bachelor’s degree in modern dance.Dancer, teacher, choreographer, director, photographer.
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Marie Papon

Studied in the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyon and in the National Center of Choreography of Rillieux-la-pape – Cie Maguy Marin.She’s now performer in dance companies and for many projects for stage, street performances, young audiences, workshops … She has worked with Toufik Oi, Cie Scolopendre, Cie du Nouveau Jour, Cie Wejna and for Pierre Tallaron, Ephia Gburek, Alexandre Del Perugia.She worked also with the Maguy Marin Cie, for the touring of “May B”.
In parallel, she created the Association Mâ, in which she leads her own research projects and creations. She’s also one of the founders of “LIEUES”, a shared workspace in Lyon.

Sara Wilhelmsson

Born in Sweden in 1982. In the years 2000-2004 Sara studied dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands. She worked as an apprentice with Danceworks Rotterdam, where she performed works by Ton Simons, Philipp Adams and Bruno Listopad among others. In 2006, Sara moved to Israel and started working with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company performing works by Rami Be’er between the years 2006-2009. Sara began working with Yasmeen Godder in 2009 performing in “Singular Sensation” and is a creating performer in “Storm End Come”.