Sat, June 17, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$15.00 - $40.00

Perspective: Esoteric Dance Project's 2017 Spring Performance
at Links Hall
June 16th-18th 7pm

Featuring Three World Premieres--Two from Co-Artistic Directors and the third from the recipient of EDP’s Choreographer Mentoring Program, Kelleigh Harman McIntosh.

Performers: Cayla Roberts, Joanna Paul, Allie Buchweitz, Brenna Pierson-Tucker, Rebecca Robertstad-Hernandez, Christopher Tucker, Kelleigh McIntosh


Esoteric Dance Project
Esoteric Dance Project
Esoteric Dance Project (EDP) is dedicated to the development of the artist, both performer and choreographer, by providing technique-based education in a nurturing and personal environment while offering a platform for exploration of new creativity that cultivates a profound relationship between choreographer, emerging artists and the audience. By exploring a return to the craft’s technical base and employing artists skilled in their discipline, Esoteric Dance Project wants to build from the art form’s defined foundations to create original explorations of movement. It is the goal of Esoteric Dance Project to demystify the skilled craft of modern dance and lead audiences to engage, observe and appreciate both the mastery and the freedom that is this art form.
Cayla Roberts
Cayla Roberts began dancing in Sidney, Ohio. While training in Sidney, Cayla attented multiple intensives receiving training from Dayton Ballet, Ballet Met, Point Park University and Butler University. After High School Cayla went on to receive her B.F.A in dance from Wright State University where she took part in not only student and faculty dance concerts but musicals as well. After graduation from Wright State Cayla moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana where she spent a year dancing with Fort Wayne Ballet before moving to Chicago to pursue dance in a bigger city. Since moving to Chicago Cayla has had the opportunity to work with The Chicago Honey Bears, Tapestry Dance and Project 606. Cayla is excited to be working with Esoteric dance project on this new work.
Joanna Paul
Joanna Paul received degrees in Dance and Kinesiology from Indiana University. After graduating with highest distinction, she relocated to Chicago, where she currently performs with Esoteric Dance Project, Trifecta Dance Collective, and collaborates with The Friday Collective. In the spring of 2016, she completed Esoteric Dance Project’s Choreographic Mentorship Program, creating a new piece for the company. Additionally, her work has been seen on Trifecta Dance Collective and Project606 Dance, and presented with Dances in the Hall, Going Dutch Dance Festival, and the Awakening Movement Project (NYC). Joanna also teaches yoga and dance in the Chicago area.
Allie Buchweitz
Allie Buchweitz (dancer) received a BFA in Dance and a Minor in History from the University of Arizona. While at school, she performed works by faculty members including Susan Quinn, Michael Williams, and James Clouser. She also had the opportunity to learn and perform Balanchine’s Concerto Barrocco. During her senior year she performed as a dancer with the Arizona Opera in their production of Beauty and the Beast, and also taught dance for an after school enrichment program in the Tucson Unified School District. Since graduation, she has performed in Chicago as a company member with Joel Hall Dancers II, RASA Dance Chicago, and Corpo Dance Company in addition to working with numerous choreographers to perform in Dance Chicago, Chicago Freelance Dance, and the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. She has continued training at Visceral Dance Center along with teaching throughout the Chicago area. She is excited to be working with Esoteric Dance Project!
Brenna Pierson-Tucker
Brenna Pierson-Tucker (Artistic Director) co-founded Esoteric Dance Project along with her husband, Christopher Tucker in the winter of 2010. She holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Previous to that, she received her early training at Interlochen Arts Academy where she first began experimenting with movement under the direction of Tina Curran, Sharon Randolph and Kay Braden. There she received the Young Artist Award in 2002. Since then, she was invited to attend the Craft of Choreography Conference as a developing choreographer. Throughout her career, Brenna has had the privilege of performing works by artists such as Kevin Iega Jeff, Christopher D’Amboise and Sonia Dawkins as well as re-constructing works by José Limon and Trisha Brown. Her choreographic works under Esoteric Dance Project have been showcased in several venues throughout the city, including being featured in Going Dutch, Harvest Dance Festival, Blueberry Dance Festival, Dance Chicago as well as the Open Space Project and has had works performed at the Broadway Performance Hall and Velocity Dance Theater in Seattle, Washington. Brenna also teaches at Glenwood Dance Studio and is continuing her education with the study of Labanotation. She is certified in the elementary level and is pursuing her intermediate certification at present.
Rebecca Robertstad-Hernandez
Rebecca Robertstad-Hernandez began her dance training at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park under the direction of Stephanie Clemens. She received a BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. While at Columbia she had the privilege to perform in works by Pam Mc Neil, Margi Cole, Ariel Cisneros and Mark Morris. Rebecca has performed with Momenta, Innervation Dance Cooperative. IDC S.P.E.A.K.S, J. Lindsay Brown Dance, with numerous independent choreographers as well as currently performing with Tiffany Lawson Dance. Rebecca is thrilled and honored to be joining Esoteric Dance Project this season.
Christopher Tucker
Christopher Tucker (Artistic Director) has been dancing in the Chicago area for the past seven years and in the winter of 2010 helped co-found Esoteric Dance Project, alongside his wife, Brenna Pierson-Tucker. He began dancing in Commerce, MI and went on to hone his skills at Interlochen Arts Academy. While at Interlochen, he received the Young Artist Award and was also awarded the Emerging Choreographer Award from Regional Dance America. Christopher graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in dance in 2006. Since graduating he has worked with companies such as Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Mordine & Company, Same Planet Different World and individual artists throughout the Chicago area. During his career in dance, he has had the privilege of working with such known artists as Jason Ohlberg, Earl Mosely, and Joel Hall and has been featured in works by Martha Graham and José Limon.
Kelleigh McIntosh
Kelleigh McIntosh graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Biology. Through Loyola University Dance Theatre, Kelleigh had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers Sandra Kauffman, Sarah Cullen Fuller, Amy Wilkinson, and Mari Jo Irbe. She had the chance to perform a variety of classical works such as variations from La Ventana, Giselle, Esmeralda, and Paquita through her training under Randall Newsom. Kelleigh's passion for choreography grew after showing her work "Phantasmagoria" at ACDA. She then went on to premiere a duet titled "Try Me" at Eisenhower's New Dance Festival. Kelleigh's most recent choreographic endeavor will be shown in dance film "Goliath" produced by Ben Richmond.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618