Baryshnikov Arts Presents: 4 | 2 | 3

Dance | World Premiere Commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts

March 28, 29, 30 at 7 PM
Jerome Robbins Theater
Baryshnikov Arts Center

Running time: 65 minutes

Baye & Asa by Maria Baranova

ABOUT THE WORK

What has 4 legs in the morning, 2 legs at noon, and 3 legs in the evening? 

Using the Riddle of the Sphinx as an allegorical structure, Baye & Asa reflect on humanity’s industrial history and grapple with our collective search for blame. The piece is divided into three sections for three generations of performers. 

4 | 2 | 3 was co-commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts and the American Dance Festival with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works, New York State Council on the Arts, Harkness Promise Award, Jody and John Arnhold, and Henry Elliman. 

4 | 2 | 3 was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Baye & Asa is a company creating movement art projects directed by Amadi ‘Baye’ Washington & Sam ‘Asa’ Pratt. We met when we were 6 years old. Through the personal dynamics of our relationship, we address the larger political landscape of our upbringing, struggling to show a reality of violence while communicating a necessity for empathy. The physical aggression in our choreography is a symptom of our political rage, and a yearning to personally implicate ourselves. We use our choreography to create political metaphors, interrogate systemic inequities, and contemporize ancient allegories; we build theatrical contexts that celebrate, implicate, and condemn the characters onstage.

CREDITS

Featuring: Frances Lorraine Samson, Janet Charleston, Kyle Martin, Lily Gelfand, Megan Siepka, Mikaela Brandon, Nick Daley, Leora Champagne, Kristen Lieng, Sasha Lecoq

Choreography & Direction: Baye & Asa
Composer: MIZU
Lighting Design: Serena Wong
Costume Design: Dominique Kelly
Scenic Design & Fabrication: Soren Kodak
Stage Manager: Chelsea Gillespie
Company Manager: Ankita Sharma 

ARTISTS

Frances Lorraine Samson (she/her) is a New York–based artist originally from Toronto, Canada. At 19, Samson joined the Limón Dance Company as the youngest and only international dancer. As a soloist with Limón, she has had the pleasure of collaborating with artists such as Kate Weare, Francesca Harper, Raúl Tamez, Kayla Farrish, Madeline Hollander and Aszure Barton. Her performances have been described by The Boston Globe as “absorbing, steadfast and compelling.” Additionally, she has performed for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Walt Disney World, TEDx, New York Fashion Week, Dance Magazine and Rotary International. Samson has collaborated with Grammy Award–winning artists Nona Hendryx and Jonathan Gandelsman, and in both 2018 and 2019, she was a resident artist at the Danish National Academy of Music, sponsored by the Department of Global Affairs Canada. Samson is a reconstructor for the José Limón Dance Foundation and a teacher for the Limón Institute. She has worked with prestigious institutions such as The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, LaGuardia High School and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Samson is currently working for award-winning choreographers Twyla Tharp and Baye & Asa.

Janet Charleston (she/her) has enjoyed working for many years in dance as a performer, teacher, choreographer, and rehearsal director. She is currently working with Baye & Asa, Christopher Williams, Douglas Dunn, and Taylor Stanley/Alec Knight. Charleston danced with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company for many years and performed in the 1992 world tour of Einstein on the Beach. Other artists she has worked with include Chamecki/Lerner, Kota Yamazaki, David Parker, RoseAnne Spradlin, Stephen Koester, and June Finch. Invited by Merce Cunningham to teach at his studio in 2001, she currently teaches for the Cunningham Trust and independently, and is on faculty for the Cunningham Technique Teacher Training Program. Other teaching engagements have included Sarah Lawrence College, Barnard College, SUNY Purchase, the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program, SEAD (Salzburg, Austria), and El Centro Cultural Los Talleres (Mexico City). Charleston has also taught yoga and movement for children and the elderly. Her work has been presented at venues in New York City, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Arizona, and South America. A Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile in 2008, she subsequently served as Peer Reviewer in Dance for the Fulbright organization. She holds an MFA from the University of Illinois, C-U.

Kyle H. Martin (he/him), originally from Montclair, New Jersey, began his dance training at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts. He continued his training at The Ailey School where he graduated with honors from the certificate program. Mr. Martin then went on to dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s second company, Ailey II, from 2017–2020. From there and on, Mr. Martin went to perform works by William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey, Ohad Naharin, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Rena Butler, Jae Man Joo, Andrea Miller, Pascal Rioult, Matthew Rushing, Robert Battle, and many more. He has also been featured in Dance Magazine, Out Magazine, and a Tommy Hilfiger campaign. 

Lily Gelfand (she/they) is a Brooklyn-based dancer, cellist, and teaching artist originally from Youngstown, Ohio. Gelfand received a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2018. She is currently a company member with David Dorfman Dance since 2018 and a dance accompanist on staff at The Juilliard School, working to balance both her movement and sound making practices. As a cellist, she has had the pleasure of collaborating and composing with Michael Wall, Jasmine Hearn, and Christina Robson, as well as live scoring for NPR’s Radio Diaries. Her favorite color is green.

Megan Siepka (she/they) is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer from Richmond, Virginia. She completed her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020 and in the same year debuted her professional career with VALLETO. In 2022, Siepka attended Springboard Danse Montréal where they performed in works by Johannes Wieland and Annamari Keskinen. Siepka completed additional training as a member of the inaugural GibneyPRO cohort under the direction of Gilbert T. Small II, Alexandra Wells, and Bret Yamanaka, and has completed additional study under the guidance of Andrea Miller, Ohad Naharin, Sidra Bell, Shannon Gillen, and several master educators within The Ailey School. Siepka currently works with Baye & Asa and Era Dance Company, and looks forward to joining Mark Morris’ production of Orfeo ed Euridice at the Metropolitan Opera. They have both presented work and performed at Richmond’s Grace Street Theater, Henrico Center for the Arts, Gibney’s Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Arts on Site, Spark Theatre Festival, Norfolk State University, New York Live Arts, Dumbo Dance Festival, and PAGEANT. She has also choreographed and directed movement for music videos and fashion houses such as Helmut Lang, LAPOINTE, and multi-instrumentalist music artist Vagabon.

Mikaela Brandon (she/we) is a performing artist originally from Warren, New Jersey. She is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Hubbard Street Professional Training Program (HSPro), and is now studying yoga on the path to becoming a 500Hr RYT. Brandon has worked closely with choreographers such as Hélène Simoneau, Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Stefanie Batten-Bland, Khensani Mathebula, Jennifer Archibald, Fernando Melo, Amy Hall-Garner, Adam Barruch, and more, and has traveled across the United States and Canada for both residencies and performances. She has worked for 15+ years as an actor in TV/film, commercial, and industrial projects, joining SAG-AFTRA in 2007. Brandon has worked as an educator at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Hubbard Street Dance Center, Gibney Dance Center, and enjoyed serving as Associate Artistic Director at Mckoy Dance Project || MDP. During the onset of COVID-19, she volunteered with Dance Artists’ National Collective (DANC) to help provide equitable, sustainable working conditions for dancers within the field. Currently, Brandon seeks to explore her own voice through movement, poetry/spoken word, and choreography. She is profoundly interested in how we, as a collective, can have more of a holistic, embodied experience within the oppressive frameworks of our society and culture.

Nick Daley (he/him) is a dancer and choreographer born in Connecticut. He trained at the D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre, and attended programs with American Ballet Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Pilobolus. Daley developed a love for contemporary approaches against classical forms, and pursued a degree in dance at Wesleyan University. He studied under Kate Weare Company, Doug Varone & Dancers, and Max Stone, whom he assists in and outside of New York. He has performed works by Doug Varone, Johannes Wieland, Hussein Smko, and Huāng Wén Rén, and danced on stages big and small—in outdoor venues across the globe, and at New York institutions including the Jack Crystal Theater and the Ailey Citigroup Theater. As a longstanding member of Ehrstrand Dance Collective and their partnership with 種子舞團Seed Dance, Daley has taught, performed, and presented original work in both Sweden and Taiwan.

Kristen Lieng (she/her) is thrilled to be joining Baye & Asa’s project. As a Junior Division student at The Ailey School, she is currently honing her skills in ballet and tap. Lieng has loved dance since the age of three, when she began taking classes at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. She later continued her dance education at Steps on Broadway, before joining the Alvin Ailey school.

Leora Champagne (she/her) is a 5th grader and a Junior Division student at The Ailey School, the official school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and has trained there since the age of four. Champagne has trained with Michela Boschetto, Joseph Webb, Patrick Piras and Courtney Tilford Uyar among other accomplished dance artists/instructors at The Ailey School. Champagne deeply appreciates her experiences in dance as her passion for the art continues to flourish.

Sasha Lecoq (he/him) is excited about his first appearance with Baye & Asa. Lecoq has been taking dance classes at Alvin Ailey for the past year and took dance at Harlem School of the Arts prior to covid. He is fluent in French and has been studying Mandarin for the past four years. In addition to dancing Lecoq enjoys playing video games and spending time with his sister.

MIZU (she/her) builds expansive soundscapes through her singular cello playing, from gossamer harmonic textures to lush orchestral washes. Her signature stratiform style of composition, melding self-recorded layers of her instrument with electronic manipulation and experimental production, explores themes of transformation and the infinite possibilities within queerness.

Forest Scenes, MIZU’s latest full-length, is an acknowledgment of the mystery of transcendent experiences and the thrills of self-discovery. The record deftly interweaves the organic and the synthetic, its wide range of sonic densities a reflection of its diverse origins. MIZU’S debut album Distant Intervals, released in spring 2023 on NNA Tapes, received critical praise and attention from platforms such as Bandcamp Daily, New Sounds, Stereogum, I Care If You Listen, Foxy Digitalis, and Them, and landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Classical Crossover charts.

MIZU’s performance highlights include opening for Tim Hecker at Pioneer Works in New York, a performance at The Noguchi Museum, and appearances in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, DC. Upcoming engagements include a performance at Rewire 2024 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Chelsea Gillespie (she/her) is a New York City–based stage manager focusing primarily in dance. She began her career with the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation touring as the Production Stage Manager for Ailey II, and then became the Assistant Stage Manager for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has worked as a stage manager and production manager for a variety of regional and off-Broadway theaters, as well as non-profit organizations including Pace University, Marymount Manhattan College, Chelsea Factory, New York City Center, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Parsons Dance, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow, The 92nd Street YMCA, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and The John F. Kennedy Center. Chelsea also works as an adjunct instructor and currently teaches Stage Management at Vassar College.

Serena Wong (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based freelance lighting designer for theater and dance. Her designs have been seen at Lincoln Center, Fall For Dance at City Center, the Joyce Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, among others in the U.S. and abroad—including a Celebrity cruise ship. Most recently, she has designed for choreographers LaTasha Barnes, Gemma Bond, Caleb Teicher, Leonardo Sandoval, and Bill T. Jones. She enjoys biking, baking, and pottery.

Dominique Kelly (she/her) is incredibly excited to be designing for Baye & Asa. Kelly’s past credits include Mozart/Salieri + The Bear, several McKittrick parties, and more. Other wardrobe credits include The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Sleep No More, and White Girl in Danger. Kelly is currently the Costume Coordinator for 2ST Theater. She would like to thank Amadi and Sam for bringing her on, and her family and friends for all of their love and support. 

Soren Kodak (he/him) is a designer and fabricator from Colorado. He has a passion for projects that involve outside-the-box thinking and building sets that allow for movement and play. 

ABOUT BARYSHNIKOV ARTS

Baryshnikov Arts, founded in 2005 by Mikhail Baryshnikov, is rooted in the belief that artists hold irreplaceable roles in our world, shaping perspectives, offering new approaches, and initiating crucial conversations in complex social, political, and cultural environments. Baryshnikov Arts supports extraordinary performers to experiment with unique artistic expression that asks audiences to view the world in new ways. We offer performance and commissioning opportunities, artist residencies, and more. President and Executive Director Sonja Kostich brings focus to cultivating and supporting new perspectives. With the recent rebrand of the organization in June 2023, Baryshnikov Arts expands its capacity to create multi-platform and collaborative havens for artistic expression, innovation and freedom, further committing to elevating and sharing the stories of artists of diverse cultures and histories. baryshnikovarts.org

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Dave S. Hattem, Chairman
R. Jarrett Lilien, Treasurer
Steven C. Dupré, Secretary

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Mikhail BaryshnikovFounder and Artistic Director
Sonja KostichPresident and Executive Director

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Tyler Benware, Director of Production and Operations
Jesse Campbell, Technical Director and Operations Supervisor
Natasha Bruno, Technical and Operations Manager

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Special thanks to our production crew, front-of-house staff, and volunteers.

BARYSHNIKOV ARTS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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