IOWA DANCE 2017: Dancing our Visions
April 28-30, Downtown Iowa City
Produced by InterDance
OUR INVITED ARTISTS BIOS
Jesse Factor works at the intersection of various performance traditions to render a unique hybrid. Blurring notions of humor/terror, male/female, glamour/abjection with a sense of risk and abandon, Jesse revels in the possibilities of the hyper-theatrical body. Valuing the queer, the magical, the transgressive, and the inherent strangeness of dance, Jesse repurposes archival material only to disrupt it in some way (queering the archive) making space for something new and fabulous. Jesse’s work has been selected for presentation at ACDA, Iowa Dance Festival, Midwest RADFest, Suite Summer Festival at Socrates Sculpture Garden, Greenspace, and the Tank. Jesse danced professionally for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Graham II, and the North American Tour of Cats. He is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Iowa and holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Autumn Eckman is currently an MFA Candidate in Choreography at the University of Iowa. Prior to her studies she was an Instructor of Dance from 2009- 2015 at Northern Illinois University. She is a former dancer for companies including State Street Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Giordano Dance Chicago, Lucky Plush Productions and Ron De Jesus Dance. She is currently a member of the The Cambrians.
Autumn's directorial credits include: Director of Giordano II and Assistant Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer of Giordano Dance Chicago. As the 2014 Artist-In-Residence for State Street Ballet she recreated a full length version of the ballet, Scheherazade. She has created original works on companies including DanceWorks Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago, Missouri Contemporary Ballet and the Big Muddy Dance Company and was a recipient of the 2013 Choreographic Fellowship at the University of Kansas. Dance Magazine's Wendy Perron named her work "JOLT" for the Giordano Company as a Top Pick of 2012. She was named a “Top Player in the Arts" in Newcity Publication, a "Stand-Out Choreographer" in the Chicago Tribune, and an awardee of “New Choreographic Voice" for Dance Chicago.
Ellen Bromberg is a choreographer, filmmaker, media designer, curator and educator. A former dancer and choreographer with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theater, she has received numerous awards for her work including a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Bay Area Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, a Bonnie Bird American Choreographer Award, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the George Soros Foundation, among others.
Ellen’s screen works have been presented on public television stations, online channels, and at numerous International dance film festivals including Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival, Cinedans Amsterdam, VideoDanza, Buenos Aires, and Dance Camera West, Los Angeles, to name a few. Recent work focuses on the integration of media in performance and she has designed video for stage and installations in her own work and in collaboration with other choreographers including Della Davidson, Zvi Gotheiner, Pat Graney, Deborah Hay, Stephen Koester, Victoria Marks, Douglas Rosenberg, Doug Varone among others. Ellen is a recipient of a 2012 Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award and is the founding director of the University of Utah International Screendance Festival, which began in 1999.
Ellen has also designed the first Graduate Certificate in Screendance, in collaboration with the Department of Film and Media Arts, which is now in its seventh year.
Ramon Flowers is a renowned dancer/singer/actor/teacher/choreographer/activist.
Flowers began his formal dance training on scholarship at both the School for the Pennsylvania Ballet, and later attended the School of American Ballet. Four years after joining the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, as the first African-American male dancer, he moved to Europe as a principal ballet dancer for 12 Years. He spent seven years with the legendary, internationally renowned Maurice Béjart, performing in major cities in over 60 countries on every continent. He later moved to Germany to dance with William Forsythe, director of the Frankfurt Ballet, and then to Madrid to work with choreographer Nacho Duato and the Compañía Nacional de Danza de España. He returned to North America to dance with Montreal`s Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, where repertoire encompassed pieces by all the choreographers for whom he’d danced in Europe, as well as the works of George Balanchine, which were very familiar to him because of his first training as a teenage student. He then left Canada to return to his first love for dance, musical theatre, and was featured in several Broadway shows, including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Cats, The Lion King, The Green Bird, The Boy From Oz, and Hot Feet, as well as National Tours, commercials, film, and Television. Ramon is a current MFA candidate at the University of Iowa, with anticipated graduation in May, 2017.