Buck Wanner dances and writes, mostly writing about dance. As a writer and historian, he seeks to understand how dance has served as a mode of organizing and viewing the world. As a maker and performer, he practices dance as a way to navigate the world. He has written and edited for Movement Research Performance Journal, American Realness’s catalog Reading, and Culturebot, and performed on occasion with Catherine Galasso in addition to his own work. He is currently completing a PhD in Dance History. When not dancing or writing, he sometimes makes maps. Also likes cats.
Gideon Crevoshay is a musician from the hills of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He uses the human voice to explore the countless dimensions of sound, language, and improvisation. Gideon studies traditional and ancient forms of singing from around the world, including the US, Caucasus, and Mediterranean, finding inspiration in the wisdom contained within these traditions and how they can inform present ideas of music-making and community. Gideon teaches and tours extensively, and since 2012, Gideon has been working with the international music festival, OneBeat, having co-led projects in the US, Russia, and Turkey. Returning to NYC and working on Sempervirens brings him great joy.
Lydia Mokdessi is a dance artist in constant process with language, vibration, and effort. Beloved collaborators have included Jason Bartell, Stormy Budwig, Emie Hughes, Jordan Morley, Alexandra Pinel, Lindsay Reuter, and Nadia Tykulsker. Lydia is Editor of Culturebot, and her writing has appeared in Movement Research Performance Journal, New York Live Arts Context Notes, American Realness Reading, and others.
Megan Chu works as a non-profit administrator. But on the subway and in lines at Food Bazaar, she is thinking about dance. Her addiction to coffee only slightly hinders her love of sleeping 9-10 hours a night. Upon waking, Megan can often be found texting her long and detailed dreams to friends. Megan’s favorite meal is spicy veggie stir fry with soba noodles followed by a dessert of tres leches cake.
Peter Sciscioli is a local Brooklynite, interested in all things international and interdisciplinary. He has been singing publicly since the age of 10, and has been honored to work extensively and in a variety of capacities with composer/singer Meredith Monk since 2003. His own work has been influenced by such other creators as Jane Comfort and Daria Faïn, as well as several colleagues working at the intersections of voice and movement. Peter regularly teaches at Movement Research, and facilitates an annual residency and festival at Earthdance in Western Massachusetts under the auspices of the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium, which he initiated in 2012. Recent travels have brought him to Mexico, Honduras, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, all of which continue to inform his research. For more information, please visit www.petersciscioli.com.
Stephen Higa comes from a family of gospel singers and Okinawan folk musicians. He broke with family tradition when he turned to early European music and has been studying and experimenting with medieval music for almost two decades. In addition to medieval music he loves historic and roots music from various periods and traditions, plants, walking, and walking among plants. He has a PhD in medieval history and has spent the last several years teaching college and high school students all around the northeast.