Noumenon Dance Ensemble: Spring Preview

Noumenon Dance Ensemble: Spring Preview

Julie Ferrell, Jorie Goins, Caitlyn Huynh, Faith Koleczek, Alia Simon Montijo, Erin Murphy, Nikki Renfroe

Wed, April 18, 2018

7:30 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10 - $15

Spring Preview is an hour-long show that will premiere 3 new pieces of repertoire by Kristi Andarcia, Kristi Licera, and Alia Simon Montijo with a guest performance by South Chicago Dance Theater. Special thanks to Links Hall Linkages Program, South Chicago Dance Theater and Students from Dance Avondale.

Noumenon Dance Ensemble: Spring Preview
Noumenon Dance Ensemble: Spring Preview
Noumenon Dance Ensemble was founded in 2014 as an initiative to create dance with purposeful and athletic intent in the jazz discipline. In its inaugural year, Noumenon Dance Ensemble performed at several local festivals and gained recognition for the choreography of former Artistic Director Kristi Andarcia and current Artistic DIrector Alia Simon Montijo. Alia Simon Montijo became the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Noumenon Dance Ensemble in Fall 2015 and hired William Gill, Horton master teacher of Dallas Black Dance Theater. From 2015 – 2017, Noumenon Dance Ensemble has commissioned 6 choreographic explorations from female choreographers and choreographers of color and presented repertoire in 4 self-produced evening-length concerts across the Chicagoland area. Upholding its mission to elevate the perception of female dance artists, Noumenon Dance Ensemble has gained recognition from local and regional festivals for its athleticism and choreographic originality.
Julie Ferrell
Julie Ferrell
Julie Ferrell hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma where she trained under Debi Myers and Tulsa Ballet. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance, and performed works by Melissa Thodos, Autumn Eckman, Talia Beck, James Moreno, David Justin, Lane Gifford, and COHAN/SUZEAU. Julie studied worked The Cambrians, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Pat Graney. In Chicago, Julie works as a performing apprentice with Noumenon Dance Ensemble and a freelance dancer and choreographer. Additionally, she works as the Social Media Intern at Visceral Dance Center, and teaches at Chicago area studios
Alia Simon Montijo
Alia Simon Montijo
Alia Simon Montijo earned her BFA from The Ohio State University and studied with Susan Hadley, Bebe Miller, and Ming-Lung Yang of Trisha Brown Dance Company. While in college, Alia received scholarship to the American Dance Festival summer and winter intensives and performed with award-winning choreographers, David Dorfman, John Jasperse and Neta Pulvermacher. Alia began her professional career with Eisenhower Dance and since has continued her career in Chicago with Inaside Chicago Dance and the Joel Hall Dancers (JHD). She has worked with acclaimed choreographers, Kenneth Epting, William Gill, Joel Hall, Eddy O’Campo, Elijah Gibson, Laurie Eisenhower, Larry Keigwin, and Kiesha Lalama-White among many others. Alia has participated in projects Stormy Weather Rhapsody, a film by Jesse Charbonier, Wake Up! Waltz, and Hear/Here a collaborative project with Nick Cave, Visual Artist. ​In September, 2015 Alia ​stepped into the Artistic Directorship position of Chicago based company, Noumenon Dance Ensemble (NDE). Under her leadership, NDE became an exclusively female organization, committed to employing women and people of color as faculty, choreographers, dancers and production staff. Since 2015, Alia has set 4 original works on NDE that have earned recognition from the American College Dance Festival, New York City Dance Week and most recently Spring to Dance in St. Louis and have been showcased at self-produced evening-length dance concerts, Dance Chicago, and other regional dance festivals. In 2017, Alia established Dance Avondale, a dance school partnered with the Chicago Park District with the mission to provide the highest quality of dance education (available to all students) by being financially accessible and culturally sensitive. Through Dance Avondale, Alia hopes to empower the community through dance by promoting ownership of progress from youth participants, hosting activities and classes that promote family engagement and teach with the purpose of elevating self-perception and appreciation for all its students. This is Alia's third season as Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer of Noumenon Dance Ensemble and first season as Artistic Director and Primary Instructor of Dance Avondale.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/