Performers Current:
Michael Jahoda
Christina Robson
DeAnna Pellecchia
Alison Manning
Kaitlin Morse
Halee Beucler

Performers Past:
Ruth Bronwen
Pape N'Diaye
Harriett Jastremsky

Cinematography:
Mkrtich Malkhasyan

Musicians/Composers
Roger Miller
Noune Karapetyan
Jessica Rylan
Chris Brokaw
Anton Batagov
Seth Barger
Andy Bergman

Costume Design
Laura Coulter
Jodi Leo
Anna-Alisa Belous


Production

Harut Kbeyan
Melik Karapetyan

 

COLLABORATORS

Performers Current:

Michael Jahoda (dancer/choreographer/performer)
is a teacher, performer and choreographer from Schenectady, New York, currently living in Boston. In 1987 he received a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in NYC and later joined The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. From 1988-1995 he was a principle dancer with Jennifer Muller/The Works in NYC. Michael lived in the Netherlands for 10 years, teaching and dancing extensively throughout Europe. He continues to teach at De Rotterdamse Dansacademie in Rotterdam and Henny Jurriens Stichting, Amsterdam. In 2001, together with Finnish video artist Pasi Granqvist he started "the Phillip Project" – a series of interrelated multi-media episodes that he continues to develop (www.phillipproject.com). In 2005 Michael moved back to the States. In Boston, he is a guest faculty member at Boston University and the founder of the "white box project", a new performing arts initiative that focuses on artistic research and collaborations producing a series of site-specific improvised performance-events.

DeAnna Pellecchia (dancer)
is a dancer/aerialist, educator and choreographer committed to creating inter-disciplinary, multi-media dance performances via collaborative process. The Boston Globe has called DeAnna “intense…a committed and daring performer”. The Boston Herald has described her as, “"stunning…one of the area's finest artists…” DeAnna is co-founder/choreographer of Kairos Dance Theater as well as a founding member, Rehearsal Director and Assistant Choreographer for Bennett Dance Company. She is currently performing with LOSTWAX and Paula Josa-Jones/ Performance Works. In the past, DeAnna performed with Nicola Hawkins Company, Akhra: the Dancing Grounds and Ipswich Moving Company. DeAnna's movement training extends beyond traditional dance technique to include stilt walking, horse handling, Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira, Wushu spear, and various forms of aerial dance. She received a BA in Dance Performance with a dual minor in Business Management and Latin from Roger Williams University. Ms. Pellecchia has taught dance and/or made original works at universities and institutions throughout New England including Boston Conservatory and Boston Ballet, among others; she resides on the dance faculty at Boston University and The Cambridge School of Weston. DeAnna is also a practicing ACE-certified personal trainer. She would like to thank Kinodance Company for this opportunity to share the stage with such an array of incredibly brilliant artists. Links: www.deannapellecchia.com

Performers Past:

Ruth Bronwen (dancer)
Pape
N'Diaye (dancer)
Harriett Jastremsky
(dancer, choreographer)


Musicians/Composers
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Roger Miller (composer)
Mr. Miller was born in 1952, grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and began studying piano at age 6. A teenager during the turbulent '60's, when he sites witnessing Jimi Hendrix in a small club with only 100 people in attendance as a turning point. He's been composing music since 1969, formally studing composition at California Institute of the Arts and piano at the University of Michigan, as well as being actively involved with free jazz improvisation. He moved to Boston in 1978 (studying to become a piano technician), and shortly co-formed Mission of Burma on guitar and voice, the post-punk band that made his music known. He continued playing keyboards and other instruments during and after Burma, resulting in over 40 CDs under his band leadership. He has performed at the Lincoln Center and Town Hall in New York; The I.C.A. and M.F.A. in Boston; and in theatres and festivals all over the US and Europe, Canada and Mexico. Currently, he plays keyboard for the internationally acclaimed silent film accompanying ensemble The Alloy Orchestra; plays guitar and sings for the reincarnation of Mission of Burma; plays keyboards and sings for The Binary System. He has composed numerous soundtracks for cutting edge TV commercials and documentaries, and teaches guitar lessons out of his home.

Noune Karapetian (opera singer)
Soprano Noune Karapetian’s career has been marked by critical praise: OperaOnline called her an extraordinary talent. Boston Phoenix commented on her distinctive timbre and lovely stage presence. Most recently Ms. Karapetian created the role of Violetta in La Traviata with Granite State Opera to rave review from Seen and Heard International, which called her singing “breathtaking” and her final act aria “heartbreaking”. Other engagements of 2008-2009 season include the role of Micaela in Carmen with two companies - Chorus Pro Musica and Pacific Repertory Opera and Giovanna in Ernani with Opera Boston 56
In the previous seasons Ms. Karapetian performed the role of Nedda in I Pagliacci with Granite State Opera, which was awarded the “Best Opera of 2006-2007 season in the Northeast” by OperaOnline. Other roles include the title role of Suor Angelica with Opera Providence, Gianetta in L’Elisir D’Amore, Mimi in La Boheme, First Lady in Magic Flute with the Granite State Opera, Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Longwood Opera, Livia in Game of Cards, Iolanta in Iolanta (Tchaikovsky), the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. http://www.NouneKarapetian.com/

Jessica Rylan (sound artist & electronic musician)
lives and performs in the Boston area, where she grew up. The main focus of her work to date has been the design and construction modular synthesizers which use analog electronic circuits to create a diversity of sounds. She uses her synthesizers in installations at galleries and also in her high-energy, live musical performances. She has created sound installations for such places as the LIST Gallery for Visual Arts at MIT, the Boston Center for Contemporary Art, Bard College, the Berwick Research Institute and the Massachusetts College of Art. Rylan has an MFA in electronic music from Bard College, Avondale-on-Hudson, New York and has received grants from the Penny McCall Foundation and the LEF Foundation. Links: http://www.irfp.net/

Anton Batagov (composer/pianist)
one of the most influential Russian composers and performers, born October 10, 1965 in Moscow, studied with Anna Kantor at the Gnessin School (piano) and with Tatiana Nikolayeva at the Moscow Conservatory (piano and composition). Prize-winner at four competitions: Concertino-Prague (1981), the All-Soviet Piano Competition (1985), the Tchaikovsky Competition (1986) and the Sydney International Piano Competition (1988). Performances in Russia, most European countries and the U.S.A. Links: http://www.batagov.com/

Andy Bergman (sound design)
is a composer, arranger, andclarinetist/multi-instrumentalist with performance credits including the Philadelphia Folk Festival 2006, the New Repertory Theatre, First Night Boston 2005/2006, ImprovBoston, and CRASHarts Ten's The Limit for which he performed an original score with Oneon Dance. He is currently co-producing a new world music album with the Guy Mendilow Band. -- http://music.kellysgreen.com/

Chris Brokaw (guitarist)
was born and raised in and around new york city. after attending oberlin college, he moved to boston, where he continues to reside in 1990, he began recording and performing internationally with CODEINE, with whom he played drums and guitar on 2 records for SUB-POP. in 1992, he left that band to pursue songwriting, singing and guitar playing with COME, who recorded four albums for MATADOR and toured internationally over the course of 10 years. since 2002, chris has recorded four solo albums: the instrumental "RED CITIES" (ATAVISTIC/KIMCHEE/12XU, 2002), the solo acoustic "WANDERING AS WATER"(NORMAL, 2004), the film score "I WAS BORN, BUT" (ATAVISTIC/12XU, 2004), and the rock/vocal "INCREDIBLE LOVE" (12XU/ROCK ACTION/ACUARELA, 2005). he has also performed on over 2 dozen other recordings, performing as a member of the following bands: THE WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY, THE NEW YEAR, PULLMAN, CONSONANT, and THE EMPTY HOUSE COOPERATIVE; as a guest on recordings by COBRA VERDE, MANTA RAY, ROSA CHANTSWELL, KARATE, and VIA TANIA; and as an accompanist to recordings and performances by STEVE WYNN, EVAN DANDO, THALIA ZEDEK, ALAN LICHT, TARA JANE O'NEIL, crime writer GEORGE PELECANOS, and RHYS CHATHAM.

Seth Barger (sound design)


Cinematography
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Mkrtich Malkhasyan (cinematographer)
is one of the most accomplished and renown cinematographers in Armenia. In 2009, he received a special prize in Cinematography at the Newport Beach Film Festival for the film NORA, directed by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton. He has shot a dozen of features, hundreds of music videos, TV series and documentaries. Mkrtich is a graduate of the Film Department at the Yerevan's Abovyan State Pedagogical Institute, Studio of Albert Yavuryan (Sergei Parajanov’s cinematographer) and a member of the Cinematographer's Guild of Armenia.


Costume Design
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Laura Coulter (costumes)
has designed and built theatre and dance costumes for the Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Boston Arts Academy, the Huntington Theatre and the American Stage Festival in Milford, NH. She has a BFA in textile design from Rhode Island School of Design.

Jodi Leo (costumes)

Anna-Alisa Belous (costumes)


Production
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Melik Karapetyan (producer, filmmaker) is founder of ART-FILM LLC a private company that has a goal to revitalize Armenian cinema and promote contemporary Armenian film production in the international market. ART-FILM collaborates with major stakeholders to introduce classic films and other non-commercial audiovisual products provide free access to audiovisual information to wider audiences, as well as to organize regular public screenings for informational and educational purposes.  Since 2002, ART-FILM has organized numerous public events in partnership with British Council, Goethe Institute, Open Society Institute, American University of Armenia, a number of foreign embassies, Armenian Society for Cultural Exchange (AOKC), Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists (AFCCJ), the Noreon Arts Resource Center and other foreign and local institutions.

Harut Kbeyan (line producer)


We have also had the pleasure of working on set building with Bryan Long and Michael D. Andelman, sound with Doug Mckenzie, photography with Asa Chibas and film documentation with Jeff Silva, Bob Nesson and Michael Richardson. Many thanks to Peter Stankiewicz for his early feedback and artistic support.

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