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Artistic Director

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

2020-2021 SEASON

QUINCEAÑERA

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Artistic Director

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

2020-2021 SEASON

QUINCEAÑERA

OCT 1-4

Evolving/Revolving

NOV 19-22

SCD + Piazzolla collaboration

with Ann Pilot

JAN 29–31

Dance Makers

APR 30–MAY 2

Tribute to Muriel G. Mayers

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To become a Producer,

contact Dan Barzel: Dan.Barzel@gmail.com


FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD

It is with great joy that we present to you our

15th anniversary season: Quinceañera.The traditional

Quinceañera celebrates a girl’s fifteenth birthday and

her transition and coming of age.

“Quinceañera” couldn’t be a better description of our

coming-of-age this season. We are marking our growth

from a young company to one that has transitioned into

adulthood. We are continuing to come into our own —

all while facing the enormous challenges of performing

in the age of COVID.

It is you — our patrons, funders, volunteers, and audience — who make this work

possible. Your commitment over the past 15 years has been remarkable, and your

support has played a big role in helping us become the strong company that we

are today. Your dedication during this difficult time has been nothing short of

remarkable and uplifting. Your presence at our events is critical and your ongoing

support provides a foundation of our company.

Our 2 1/2 year-old studio is bustling with activity daily with safety guidelines

in place. In addition to our company practice sessions, our studio houses

workshops and ongoing classes in Improvisational Dance, Latin Fusion, Beginning,

Intermediate, and Advanced contemporary, Pilates, Yoga, our Student Training

Company (SCDE), and last but not least, our “In Studio” performance series. This is

a testament to the energy contemporary dance creates.

Despite the difficult conditions COVID poses, our dancers remain committed to

creating performance art with even more vigor and enthusiasm than ever. The

vision of this company is being realized in spite of producing in a challenging

environment — and this is reason enough to celebrate.

We send a special thanks to our indefatigable Artistic Director, Leymis Bolaños

Wilmott, and our company dancers who pour their heart and soul into Sarasota

Contemporary Dance and every performance.

We applaud all of you who have been of support. We thank you. And we are

grateful you are on this journey with us.

Dan Barzel, President

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FROM THE FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Our 15th birthday is a pivotal moment in the history of Sarasota Contemporary Dance.

Among Latino and Caribbean people like me, fifteen years is also an important

milestone in a girl’s life. My first job choreographing was at the youthful age of

thirteen, when my cousin asked if I would create a lively duet for her and her brother

for her Quinceañera. These parties can be lavish and expensive, or they can be at

home, intimate and surrounded by family and friends. Girls wear long, flowing gowns

(often made by their great aunts), crowns or flowers adorn their hair, and there is

always one dance with that special man—your dad. When I helped my cousin with

her dance, my family praised me for my creativity and ability to utilize her strengths,

especially considering she was known for being the least coordinated on the dance

floor! It was in creating this duet that I realized my God-given talent to see the

strength of others while cultivating growth in their skills.

Through the last fifteen years, Sarasota Contemporary Dance has exponentially

broadened its reach and adapted to uncertainty—and this year is no different. This

year reminds me of the resilience passed down from my grandparents to myself.

Being a first generation Cuban American, there is a responsibility to do better,

to strive for more, and to not give up. I have stood on the shoulders of survivors,

innovators, dreamers—all the while acknowledging the sacrifice they made to come

to our country.

At SCD, we continue to provide members of our community, and now our extended

online audience, with plentiful opportunities to enjoy contemporary dance from

the theater or their homes. Today, SCD excels at bringing innovative dance to our

neighbors by offering energetic dance programing, while continuing to lay our

foundations as the training ground for contemporary dance in our region.

With this season marking the Quinceañera of the company, I continue to uphold the

cornerstone values of SCD that were established fifteen years ago: to bring the joy of

dance to others, to advocate for dance artists and choreographers, to be a nurturing

hub for aspiring and professional artists, and to make dance accessible to all.

Therefore, this Quinceañera for Sarasota Contemporary Dance is part birthday

party and part rite of passage, asserting SCD’s position as a leader in our cultural

community, and symbolizing our growth into a strong and flourishing organization.

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, Artistic Director

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ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

AND CHOREOGRAPHER

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, a Cuban-American

artist, mother, and teacher with rhythm inextricably

in her bones, found her voice through dance at an

early age. As the Founder and Artistic Director of

Sarasota Contemporary Dance, she has the privilege

of using those bones to create art that has been

called “stunning and imaginative” by Carrie Seidman

of the Herald-Tribune. As an Artist-in-Residence at

New College of Florida, she has the opportunity

to share her love of dance and to be an influential

member of Florida’s dance community. Featured

in Sarasota Scene Magazine’s Arts & Cultural Issue:

Ladies of the Arts, Leymis has been the recipient

of numerous artistic achievement and leadership awards throughout her career.

She was honored to receive the Dance Magazine award for “Southeast Best

Choreographer” and was listed in Sarasota Magazine as one of the Top 28 Most

Powerful People in the Arts. Her 80+ dance works include collaborations with artists

and organizations of various disciplines from musicians to museums. Collaborative

highlights include: Sarasota Orchestra, Choral Artists of Sarasota, Westcoast Black

Theater Troupe, Asolo Rep, Salvador Dalí Museum, Kaleidoscope, John and Mable

Ringling Museum, Art Center of Sarasota, Stephen Miles of New Music New

College, composer Eduard Cosla, percussionist Scott Blum, Mark Dancigers of NOW

Ensemble, multitalented Francis Schwartz, and legendary principal harpist, Ann

Hobson Pilot. Her works have been performed nationally at the John F. Kennedy

Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC, Colony Theater and Jackie Gleason Theatre

in Miami, and internationally in Ramallah, Argentina, and Spain.

Leymis pioneered the Dance and Healing certificate at the University of Florida and

holds a Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography from Florida State

University. Her research in dance as a healing art form and its ability to harness and

foster community building came to fruition in 2006 when she and Rachael Inman

founded Fuzión Dance Artists, now Sarasota Contemporary Dance.

Leymis is a professor of dance at New College of Florida, a certified Pilates instructor,

and through her Dance for PD certificate experience founded and developed the

dance program at Parkinson’s Place in 2012. She served as Vice President of the

Florida Dance Association from 2013-2017 and is a member of the Arts and Health

Coalition in Sarasota. Her most precious honor, however, is being married to her

husband, Kavin, of fourteen years and mother to eleven-year-old Charles Edward

and four-year-old, Valda Elizabeth who inspire her dance-making daily.

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DANCERS

Rachel Lambright (Dancer/Rehearsal Assistant) is

a graduate of the University of South Florida, earning

a BFA in Dance Performance with a Modern Dance

concentration. During her undergraduate career, she

presented original choreography and performed in

works by national and international dance artists

alike, such as Ohad Naharin, Robert Moses, John Parks,

Bliss Kohlmyer, Jeanne Travers, and Andee Scott. She

has presented choreographic work in SCD’s “Voices” productions showcasing

rising choreographers as well as in St. Petersburg, FL, as part of MOMENTUM:

Choreographic Mentorship, curated by Alex Jones of projectALCHEMY. Rachel

continually finds joy in pursuing her interest in dance film, bringing honesty and

emotion to the forefront. Her film “Introspection” is an official selection of Austin

Dance Festival 2020. She is grateful for another year of growth with SCD as she

continues to develop her artistry.

Melissa Rummel (Dancer/ Studio Coordinator)

was raised in Dryden, Michigan where she started

dancing at the age of seven. She graduated from

Belhaven University with a BFA in dance, emphasis

on modern dance and choreography. She has trained

with companies such as Eisenhower Dance Ensemble,

RiverNorth Chicago, Ad Deum Dance Company, and

Sarasota Contemporary Dance. This is Melissa’s sixth

season with Sarasota Contemporary Dance and third

as Studio Coordinator. Melissa is the Associate Director

for SCDEnsemble (Student Training program). She is passionate about teaching

and currently teaches with SCD and Woodland Fine Arts Academy. She also enjoys

fitness and the positive effect it can bring to others, and she strives to find new

ways to combine her love of dance and fitness. This year she wants to continue to

stretch herself as a performer, choreographer, and teacher.

Zoe Austin (Dancer) was born in Montreal, Canada

and raised in Sarasota, FL. She attended New World

School of the Arts where she humbly graduated as

valedictorian with a BFA. She is trained in ballet,

Horton, Limón, and Graham techniques and was

honored to perform works by Michael Foley, Robert

Battle, Bill T. Jones, Sean Curran, and Darshan Singh

Bhuller while also creating and performing works of

her own. In the summer of 2015, she received the Rosie

Herrera full tuition scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival, working

with artists Jennifer Nugent, Pamela Pietro, and Sara Procopio. Zoe is currently

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esiding in her hometown of Sarasota, FL, where she has started a family of her own

and gained a new family in SCD. This is her second season with the company and she

is beyond blessed and excited to continue her journey and growth as an artist.

Juliana Cristina (Dancer) was born and raised in

West Palm Beach, FL and began her dance training at

the age of six. A graduate from the University of North

Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Where she holds

a B.F.A Degree in Dance under the direction of Dean

Susan Jaffe and Associate Dean Brenda Daniels. During

her time at UNCSA, Ms. Cristina has had the pleasure

of performing works by Azure Barton, Brenda Daniels,

Kira Blazek, Helen Simoneau, Martha Graham, Ming

Lung-Yang and alumni Juel D. Lane. Ms. Cristina was awarded scholarship from

both UNCSA dance, and academic departments. Juliana has had the opportunity

to further her study through summer intensives such as Nashville Ballet, Ballet

Florida, Ballet Palm Beach and the New York City Rockettes. Juliana has performed

in multiple productions of the “Tales of Hoffman” with The Palm Beach Opera.

Her passion for dance has driven her to volunteer in her community, sharing her

knowledge of dance with younger generations. She has performed for Big Brothers

Big Sisters of America to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Mrs. Cristina currently resides in Sarasota, Fl and is a company member for the

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company. As well as on faculty at The Sarasota Ballet,

Teaching Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz.

Sea (pronounced as “Say”) Lee (Dancer) Born

and raised in South Korea, Sea (pronounced as “Say”)

Lee was trained both conservatively and professionally at

SunHwa Arts High School under the direction of Seung

Yup Hong. She received a BFA with Cum Laude honors

from University of Florida and MFA with fellowship from

Hollins University/ American Dance Festival. Sea has

performed in the works of such diverse artists including

Neta Pulvermacher, Kristin O’Neal, Michael Foley, Kraig

Bopi Patterson, Ming-Lung Yang, Ella Ben-Ahron, Seungyup Hong, HeJin Jang,

Thomas DeFrantz, Kevin Guy, and Renee Robinson, and danced professionally with

Moving Current Dance Collective where she performed in the original works of Heidi

Henderson, Victoria Marks, Doug Guillespie, Somebodies Dance Theater, Cinthia

Hennessy, Jack Clark, and Orange Grove Dance.

Sea has been on the faculty at the University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College and

Cypress Creek middle school. Sea’s choreography has been presented by Co-motion

Dance Theatre (2013, 2014), HCC Dance Ensembles (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019),

ACDFA in University of North Carolina Greensboro (2013) and Florida State University

(2011), University of Tampa (2015, 2016), Moving Current Dance Collective (2019)

and presented at Hollins University, NewGrounds Festival, and the American Dance

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Festival. As an art advocate, she has served as a review panel for Creative Pinellas and

Emerging Artist Grant (2016, 2017), which awards grants to winners in various genres

of arts. Sea currently serves as a dance faculty at Hillsborough Community College

and teaches and performs with a physically integrated dance company, REVolutions

Dance, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Sea recently moved to the Bradenton/Sarasota area from Tampa to continue her

second season at SCD as a company member/teaching artist, and is falling in love with

the community and people that she is surrounded by every second. She is incredibly

thankful to be able to dance with warmth and support from SCD family through this

very special time, and wishes to give back such joy to the community through the art

of dance during this season.

Jessica Obiedzinski graduated with a BFA in

Dance from the University of Florida in 2010 and a

Master’s Degree in Science in Tourism and Hospitality

Management in 2012. Jessica moved to New York in 2013

and danced with Beth Soll and Vencl Dance Company,

Elizabeth Streb, and Laurie Devito. She has performed

at St. Mark’s Church, Triskelion Arts, The Center for

Performing research and Gibney. Recently back to her

native Florida, Jessica created work in Tampa in collaboration with Sea Lee, for the

New Grounds Festival presented by Moving Current and Choreographed for SCD’s

summer dance intensive in June, 2019. She was granted the Individual Artist Award

through the St. Pete Arts Alliance to present a new work, combining photography

and dance. In addition to performing alongside Helen Hansen-French and Crystal

Delguidice, she is also a company member of Kellie Harmon’s RogueDance in St.

Pete. This is Jessica’s first season joining Sarasota Contemporary Dance. She is thrilled

to continue her dance career in full force and looks forward to performing and

choreographing in Florida for many years to come.

Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers (Dancer), nominated

for Best Female Dancer in Australia in 2009, has

performed throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, and

the United States with Australian Dance Theater and

Cloud Gate 2. Previously Assistant Professor at the Taipei

National University of Arts, she has danced with and

choreographed for Sarasota Contemporary Dance since

2012. In 2013, Xiao-Xuan co-choreographed Dreamfall

featuring music by NOW Ensemble with Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. She has also danced

as a soloist in Leymis’ Summer Days, of which the Sarasota Herald Tribune wrote,

“With…Dancigers’ total ownership of the characterization, it was stunning.” She

was also a soloist in Gerri Houlihan’s Every Little Movement, of which the Bradenton

Herald wrote, “A highlight on opening night was the long and unspeakably

gorgeous solo by Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers. If you appreciate dance at all, you

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find yourself wishing the solo would never end.” In 2017, she choreographed and

performed the solo Signal for New Music New College to music by Luciano Berio,

with the Herald Tribune calling the performance “stunning...precise Xuan also the

dance instructor at Parkinson’s Place in Sarasota, and recently has starting her new

position as the associate Director of Sarasota Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

APPRENTICES

Eugenia Titterington graduated from New

College of Florida in 2019 with a B.A. in Literature and

Performance Studies. Her senior thesis, “Performing the

Possibility of Difference: Analyzing Race, Movement,

and Performance in the Works of Pearl Primus and Ira

Aldridge”, investigated the moving body’s ability to

evoke dialogues of collective cultural memory amongst

audiences. She has collaborated as a performer,

choreographer, and movement consultant for Sarasota

Contemporary Dance, The John and Mable Ringling

Museum, New Music New College, Ringling College of Art and Design, and New

College of Florida to name a few. She has been the recipient of the John Ringling

Tower Grant and Andrew W. Mellon Grant. Eugenia was a founding member of SCD’s

professional-training company, SCDE, before she transitioned into her current role as

an apprentice with the company. Alongside her development as an emerging artist,

Eugenia continues to hone her skills in arts administration, serving as the coordinator

for the Andrew W. Mellon grant at New College of Florida.

Samantha Miller was born and raised in

Kendallville, Indiana. In 2013 she moved to Philadelphia

to attend The University of The Arts where she was able

to perform works by Curt Haworth, Douglas Becker,

Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Jen McGinn, Sidra Bell, Robert

Burden, and Lauren Putty-White. Samantha performed in

the Philadelphia Fringe Art Festival in 2015 and received

her BFA in Dance in 2016. After graduating, Samantha

moved to St. Petersburg, FL. There she has worked and

performed with Helen Hansen-French, Lauren Slone, she

is a member of RogueDance Company, and is a teacher and choreographer at the

JeanneLynn Dance Studio. Samantha is excited to continue her dance journey as an

apprentice with the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company.

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CHOREOGRAPHERS

Collette Krogol & Matt Reeves

Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves are dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and

teaching artists. They have been making work collaboratively for over ten years as the

Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance,

a multimedia dance company that creates

visually athletic experiences through

the lenses of dance, film, and design. In

2017 they were selected as the ‘Audience

Choice Award’ winner of the 34th Annual

Choreographers Showcase for their work

Holding, Here, which was described by

Dance Metro DC as a “magically spun…

visual tale of suspension, tension, and

community within a multilayered moving painting”. They hold Masters of Fine Arts in

Dance from the University of Maryland and Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the

University of Florida.

Krogol and Reeves’ work has been produced for gallery dance-cinema installations,

film festivals, underground tunnels, city streets, black box theatres, and concert

stages ranging in location from Rauma, Finland to Brooklyn, New York to Mt.

Rainier, Maryland. Though both originally hail from Florida, the company’s life has

been spent in New York City and within the greater DC/Baltimore area. As Orange

Grove Dance, they have

taught master classes and

workshops, as well as set

repertory across the United

States and Europe. Their

work has been produced

and presented extensively

internationally by The

Finlandia Foundation,

The Jerusalem Academy

of Music and Dance,

Lönnström Taidemuseo,

Raumars AIR, Officina

Creativa, CerCCa, and

Klaustrid at Skriduklaustir. On screen, they have produced three independent dance

films that have shown in cities from Munich, Germany to Boulder City, Nevada while

their most recent film The Archetypes was nominated for an ‘Arthouse Film’ award by

the Stockholm Independent Film Festival and was awarded ‘Best Dance Film’ by the Et

Cultura Film Festival.

Visit their Website to learn more: http://www.orangegrovedance.com/

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Doug Gillespie

Douglas Gillespie (Guest Choreographer) is a Brooklyn-based artist involved in

the making, teaching, and embodying of dance as an art form. Gillespie is an avid

dance maker, choreographing group works for Moving Current Dance Collective,

Doug Varone DEVICES, and Sarasota

Contemporary Dance. He has also

created his own student commissions

for Hillsborough Community College,

Cleveland State University, University

of Florida, and Santa Fe College; two

of these works have premiered at

American College Dance Association.

In 2015, Gillespie created his first solo

project, Echo, for Assembly Dance

Theatre in Taipei, Taiwan, which had its

U.S. debut in 2016. Gillespie was an originating member and creative contributor

throughout Kate Weare Company’s first decade, and he currently serves as a Guest

Artist, teaching on behalf of the company and assisting on commissions. Gillespie

also teaches at colleges and dance centers around the world, most recently at

The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch Summer Program, Mark Morris Dance Group, and

National Taiwan University of the Arts, and he is on faculty at Gibney Dance Center

in New York. He has performed in Punchdrunk Emursive’s Sleep No More and

Third Rail Projects’ Then She Fell. Gillespie was born in San Diego, CA, raised in

Jacksonville, FL, and received his BFA in dance from Florida State University in 2005.

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MUSICIAN

Mark Dancigers

Mark Dancigers is a composer of chamber, orchestral, film, and solo instrumental

works, and the electric guitarist for the new-chamber music group NOW Ensemble.

Praised for his “entrancing”

music in the New York Times,

Dancigers creates scores

that are melodically driven,

texturally imaginative, and

sonically vibrant. He holds

degrees in music from Yale,

the Yale School of Music, and

Princeton University, and is

Assistant Professor of Digital

Media and Music at New

College of Florida.

PHOTO BY ANJA SCHUTZ

He scored the film “The Measure of All Things” by Oscar nominated director Sam

Green, which premiered at the Sundance Festival with a live soundtrack performed

by yMusic. The film score has been performed subsequently in the Netherlands,

Greece, the U.K., and venues around the United States. Dancigers also co-scored,

with Troy Herion, the feature documentary “The Dog” about the life of John

Wojtowicz, the subject of “Dog Day Afternoon”.

Dancigers has collaborated with New York City Ballet choreographer Justin Peck for

a pas de deux called “The Bright Motion”. He has also collaborated with New York

City Ballet choreographer Troy Schumacher and his group Ballet Collective on a pas

de deux, “The Last Time This Ended”. The latter was praised in the Huffington Post

as “creeping, majestic, and fantastical; it feels textured, like if you could touch the

music, it would prick you.”

Mark Dancigers’ music has been performed at the the Guggenheim Museum,

Bilbao Spain, Apples and Olives Festival in Zurich, the Nordernzon Performing Arts

Festival in the Netherlands, The Athens Concert Hall, Greece, Sydney, Australia,

Carnegie Hall, Miller Theater, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, BargeMusic, the

Kitchen NYC, Arts Brookfield at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden, the Bang

on a Can Marathon, the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, the

Skaneateles Festival, and numerous other venues.

His orchestra music has been performed by the Alabama, Minnesota, Cabrillo, and

New York Youth Symphony Orchestras.

As an album producer, his credits include pianist Michael Mizrahi’s “Currents”

(2016) and “The Bright Motion” (2012), which made the Top Ten Best Classical

Releases of 2012 in both Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago.

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Dance Makers

Artistic Director: Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

Producing Sponsor: Sam Alfstad

January 29, 2021 at 7:30 pm

January 30-31, 2021 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

LIVE from SCD’s Home Studio

Inner Island

Choreographers: Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves

Rehearsal Assistant: Rachel Lambright

Music: The End of the World by Skeeter Davis

Video and Sound Design: Matt Reeves

Dancers Program A: Sea Lee, Melissa Rummel, Monessa Salley,

Eugenia Titterington

Dancers Program B: Zoe Austin, Juliana Christina, Jessica Obiedzinski,

Eugenia Titterington

Costume: Dancers’ closet

Inner Island is an original quartet choreographed by Matt Reeves and Colette

Krogol of Orange Grove Dance in Washington, D.C. Inner Island exists as a

lighthouse on the edge of a secluded, unsteady cliff where technology serves

as a soft beacon of light and a narrow navigational aid. Due to COVID-19,

Choreographers Krogol and Reeves were unable to be in the physical space with

the company and created the entire work through Zoom and video technology.

Social distancing of 6 feet was mandatory between company members out of safety

and these unique circumstances deeply influenced the choreographic journey of

this work. Inner Island reflects the disparate sensations of connection and isolation

that have been experienced by many in the face of the global pandemic and asks

us to reconsider what is absolutely essential to maintain our humanity when we are

unable to embrace each other.

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Etudes 1, 2, 3

Composer/Musician: Mark Dancigers

Choreographer/Dancer: Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

Collaborator/Projection Designer: Logan Gabrielle Schulman

Rehearsal Assistant: Rachel Lambright

The Etudes are a series of studies that are aiming to communicate broad and

sweeping expression, and movement, by starting with small ideas and pushing out.

An etude is an interesting musical structure, in that it has to be both a technical

study and emotionally moving music. As the etudes progress from the first to the

third, they become increasingly broad in scope. In the third etude, this distinction

between “technique” and musical communication disappears, and there is a direct

and sweeping sense of phrases that involve the viewer in cycles of movements.

This project grew out of the extensive previous collaborations between Bolaños

Wilmott and Dancigers, as well as their work as educators at the New College of

Florida. The choreography for this work, commissioned originally by New Music

New College, created the opportunity for Bolaños Wilmott and Dancigers to

work side by side as creators, while simultaneously their students were exploring

solo dances. The “Etudes”, or studies, embody the way that experienced artists

themselves are always deepening their work.

I live under your skin

Choreographer: Douglas Gillespie in collaboration with the SCD dancers

Music: Andrew Manze & Giuseppe Tartini “The Devil’s Sonata and Other Works”

Sonata in A Minor: X. Variation V, I. Cantabile, VI. Variation I, IX. V. Aria

[with variations], Variation II, Variation IV, L’arte del arco: Variation 10 and

20, IX Variation IV.

Dancers: Zoe Austin, Juliana Cristina, Sea Lee, Samantha Miller, Jessica Obiedzinski,

Melissa Rummel, Monessa Salley

Rehearsal Assistant: Rachel Lambright

Empathy - Poem by Rajesh Thankappan

I live under your skin

You too live under mine,

For human hopes and emotion

Under our skin do rhyme.

So let me mourn your loss

While you partake in happiness mine,

For how sweet it is to hear the temple bell

When they do together chime.

We breathe in the same air

We live in the same time,

So why not we share our togetherness

And lead a life sublime?”

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Production Team

Lighting Designer .................................................................................................Ryan Finzelber

Stage Manager and Sound Technician....................................................................Alex Pinchin

Technician/Operator...........................................................................Logan Gabrielle Schulman

Board Operator...........................................................................................Eugenia Titterington

Live Broadcast.............................................................................. Integrated Media Productions

New College of Florida Intern/Costume Alterations..............Alexandria Anderson-Whittaker

Green Room Volunteers...............................................................Ron Gibson and Jerry Unland

Costume/Props Storage Volunteer......................................................................Syclla Liscombe

All music rights by agreement with ASCAP

Thank you to our Sponsors and Media Partners:

SRQ

SRQ

Funding for our digital theater offering was provided by the Community Impact Grant

by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

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CREW

Ryan Finzelber (Dance Makers Lighting Designer) is a

local scenic and lighting designer working in the Sarasota

area. Recent scenic and lighting credits include The Niceties,

Incognito, Echoes (Urbanite Theatre), Companion Piece,

Every Brilliant Thing, The Arsonists, Adaptive Radiation

(Denizen Theatre), Hir, The Threepenny Opera (Jobsite

Theatre). Recent awards: Theatre Tampa Bay – Outstanding

Lighting Design, A Skull in Connemara (2017), Imagining

Madoff (2015), The Threepenny Opera (nom) (2018), Five

Lesbians Eating a Quiche (nom) (2016), Creative Loafing Best of the Bay – Lighting

Designer (runner up) (2017). Visit www.finzelberdesign.com for information and

production photos!

Celeste N. Silsby Mannerud (Season Lighting

Designer) is co-founder of Flip Flop Productions and

specializes in design and archival for theatrical and private

events. She received her BA in theatre design from USF

and her MFA in design management from IADT, and her

repertoire includes lighting design and production video/

photography for local and international dance and theatre

companies; stage lighting instruction at various Florida

colleges; and production management, technical/artistic

design, and lighting/audio installations for the Dali Museum, Tampa Museum of

Art, L’Unione Italiana Ybor City, and ArtLab Studios in Germany. Aside from her

“real job,” Celeste is in the midst of renovating an old Airstream to tour the U.S.

and is most at peace when under sail with her husband, Andreas, and son, Cobyn.

Logan Gabrielle Schulman (Technician) is a theater

designer, director, performer, and visual artist working

between both Philadelphia, PA and Sarasota, FL. They received

their BA with Honors in Theater and Religious Studies from

the New College of Florida, and their acting education from

Stella Adler’s Studio for Actor Training in New York. Logan

has created work for DopoLavoro Teatrale (Toronto), the

University of Pennsylvania (PHL), Enya Kalia Creations (NYC),

Renegade Theater (PHL), the Chautauqua Institution (NY), and

InterAct Theatre (PHL), among others. Their work has been supported in residencies

and grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Florida Humanities

Council, Bread & Puppet Theater, the Chautauqua Institution, Headlong Dance

Theater, Philadelphia Directors Gathering, the Directors Lab North (Toronto) and

the Directors Lab West (LA). Learn more at loganschulman.net.

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Alex Pinchin (Sound Engineer/Stage Manager) is a

multimedia designer based out of Sarasota. He works

with several companies in the Sarasota area designing

lights, sound, and projections. He is also one of the new

Production and Design teachers at Booker High School. He

uses his connections with local theaters to give students an

opportunity to experience a side of productions that they may

not normally have.

ADMINISTRATION

Raychel Ceciro (General Manager) has been working

administratively and creatively in the arts since her days

at the New College of Florida, where she first met Leymis

and graduated with honors in 2018. Raychel has worked in

administrative and managerial positions at the Koresh Dance

Company, National Constitution Center, and New College

of Florida, and couldn’t be more thrilled to be working

alongside Leymis as the new General Manager at SCD. In her

performance career, Raychel has had work featured at the

Annenberg Performing Arts Center at the University of Pennsylvania, 954 Dance

Movement Collective, Ursinus College, the Shoebox Theater Festival, the Ringling

Museum of Art, the National Association of Interpretation, Vox Populi, and with

the Windmill Theatre Company at NCF. Her artistic work has been supported by the

Mellon Foundation, Florida Humanities Council, Sarasota Arts and Cultural Alliance,

and the Florida Public Archaeology Network.

Karina Herrera Marketing Coordinator) recently

joined Sarasota Contemporary Dance in August of 2020 as

the company’s new Marketing Coordinator and Volunteer

Coordinator. Karina is a multifaceted videographer,

photographer, graphic designer, illustrator, musician and

marketer. Her work has been featured in VVWS and Bridge

Builders for Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, LLC, Enrique Pino

Photography, Suncoast Community Church, 81aStudios,

and the Music Department at State College of Florida. She

is also a bilingual first generation Peruvian/American Sarasota native and recent

graduate from Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL), where she earned her

BBA in Marketing. In her marketing career, she has worked for the Voice + Visibility

Women’s Summit as a Marketing Intern in 2019-2020 when she was able to witness

Leymis and SCD perform for VVWS’s first annual Summit in February of 2020 at the

Hyatt Regency. Karina is an advocate for the arts in the Sarasota Community and

feels welcomed into the SCD family.

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MAKE DANCE

DONATE HERE

Produce Tribute to Muriel G. Mayers

this Spring $25,000

• Produce entire production

• Two tickets to Tribute

• Attend rehearsals

• Exclusive dress rehearsal access to Tribute for you and a guest

• Name recognition on all production publicity

• All benefits at the Sustainer level

Dance Sponsors $7,500

• Sponsor a dance work

• Two tickets to a performance of your sponsored work

• VIP access to in-studio showcase of your choice

• Name recognition in program insert

• All benefits at the Devotees level

Sustainers Over $10,000

• Name in program and newsletter

• Exclusive dress rehearsal access to a production of your choice

• VIP access to in-studio showcases of your choice

• Private dance class for you or a friend with an SCD teaching artist

of your choice

• Full access to all virtual theater productions

• Special gift package from the company

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Happen

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Devotees $5,000–$9,999

• Name in program and newsletter

• Invitation to watch rehearsal (virtual option available)

• Private dance class for you or a friend with an SCD

teaching artist of your choice

• Access to 2 virtual theater productions of your choice

• Special gift package from the company

Contributors $2,500–$4,999

• Name in program

• Invitation to watch rehearsal (virtual option available)

• Personal shout-out in newsletter

• Access to virtual studio showcase of your choice

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Supporters $1,000–$2,499

• Name in program

• Invitation to watch rehearsal (virtual option available)

• Personal shout-out in newsletter

Enthusiasts $100–$999

• Name in program

• Invitation to watch rehearsal (virtual option available)

Admirers $99 and below

• Name in program

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SCD + Piazzolla was

Recorded and Broadcasted by

Integrated Media Productions

At Integrated Media Productions we exist to help people

capture their vision & clearly communicate it to the world!

Sarasota Contemporary Dance is where IMP’s founder Brett

Hoehne met his wife Molly, a company dancer at that time. He

is excited to bring his craft of production & design as well as

his team of industry professionals along to help SCD connect

their community through the internet and live broadcast.

www.integratedmedia.productions

Artistic Director

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

Audience Survey

We want to hear from you!

Your answers to this quick survey will provide

valuable feedback on our performance and

marketing efforts, as well as meaningful data for

our Sarasota County Tourist Development grant.

Thank you!

TAKE SURVEY

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SCD!

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Improvisation / Pilates / Yoga

SPECIALIZED CLASSES FOR ALL AGES AND ABILITIES

Ages 5 to adult! Beginner to advanced!

Drop in, class card, and unlimited month pricing available

Show this ad for a FREE CLASS (new students only)

Artistic Director

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

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SARASOTA

CONTEMPORARY

DANCE

ENSEMBLE

SCDE is a training company for students who desire

a professional career in dance. SCDE is led by current

Sarasota Contemporary Dance company members,

Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers and Melissa Rummel.

Required Age: 14 & up

Ability: Intermediate – Advanced

Dates: August 2021 – May 2022

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

classes@sarasotacontemporarydance.org

941.260.8485

sarasotacontemporarydance.org

Artistic Director

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

SARASOTA CONTEMPORARY DANCE IS A NON-PROFIT 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION

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CONTRIBUTORS TO

SARASOTA CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Thank you to everyone who has generously donated from September 19, 2019 to

September 29, 2020. All contributions are vital to our growth as a dance company.

Without your generosity, this 15th year celebration would simply

not be the amazing reality it is.

SUSTAINERS

OVER $10,000

Sam Alfstad

Shane Chalke

Norbert Donnelly

Shirley Foss

CONTRIBUTORS

$2,500 - $9,999

Lynn Blackledge

Jaime Still

Jack Shapiro

SUPPORTERS

$1,000 - $2,499

Colby Appleby

Dan Barzel

Janice Bini

Michael Chambers

Susan Feltus

Bernard Friedland

Pat Kenny

Robin Klein-Strauss

Karen Lanese

Muriel Mayers

Janice Newman

Charles Pishko

Harry Sperber

Gilbert Waters

ENTHUSIASTS

$500 – $999

Jonathan Berg

Terry Black

Peter Carlin

Joyce Cooper

Ronda Gallehue

Pocha Horton

Richard Johnson

Jeanne Keen

Alden Keyser

Lowell S Lakritz

Lorraine Lambright

Marcella Levin

Hal & Marlene Liberman

Rob McLain Jr.

Charlotte & Charles Perret

Dennis Revicki

Jose Luis Rodriguez

Carlos Ruiz

Joan & James P. Sprouse

Judilee Sterne

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SUPPORTERS $100 - $499

Lenna Andrews

Carol Arscott

Natacha Austin

Jonathan Barzel

Adam Barzel

Jerry Bilik

Jose Bolaños

Terry Brackett

Michael Brooks

Marsi Burns

Dara Capley

Andriana Chaine

Jan Chester

Maria Cisneros

Sara Coffou

Jennifer Cole

Ronald Collier

Karen Corash

George Dancigers

Donna De Poalo

Drew Deininger

Andrea Deline

Edward Eliasberg

Anna Lee Ernst

Laura Feder

Sheila Foley

Patricia Gebauer

Maureen Gebhardt

Carol Gerber

Ronald Gibson

Leonard Goldberg

Joan Golub

Anamaria Gonzalez

Amy Gordon

Don Gregori

Helen Habbert

Gerri Houlihan

Pat Houppert

Sheila Humphreys

Susan Jacobs

Moni Joblin

Mark Kauffman

Jeanne Keen

Donna Labik

Julie Leach

Kim Livengood

Deb & Jeff Lombard

Peter MacKinnon

Richard Mallen

Mike Marraccini

Amanda Mason

Stephen Miles

Sarah Miller

Mary Miller

Nilla Orthen Gambill

Hazel Pankhurst

Cyd Pearl

Ann Pilot

Thanapon Pongmee

Robin Powell

Angela R Rauter

Joan Ravin

Terry Rixse

Winny Rush & Tom Roberts

Joanne Rodland

Elsa Rohow

Remey & Julie Rubin

Sharon Rusnak

Bessie Sanders-Gordon

Dwayne Scheuneman

Christine Schlesinger

Russell Scovill

Barbara & John Severini

Arthur Siciliano

Ronald Silver

Sue Spigel

Hiong Stanley

Pat Steck

Tamara Strang

Gerald & George Swartz

Deborah VanEvery

Donna Waks

Robert Weiss

Fred & Katie White

Kavin Wilmott

Jack Winberg

Dawn Zapiec

FOUNDERS CIRCLE

The Founders Circle is a funding initiative

through which Sarasota Contemporary Dance seeks to

establish a circle of ten leadership funders committed to

a three-year giving term ($10,000 per year), which will

further secure the Company’s ever bright present and

future. To become a member of our Founders Circle,

please contact Dan Barzel: Dan.Barzel@gmail.com

Sam Alfstad

Steve & Lynn Blackledge

Shane & Monique Chalke

Norbert & Ann Donelly

Steve & Isabella Lehrer

Janice Bini & Dean Scarborough

Shirley Foss

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Constance Anderson

Amir Arbisser

Valerie Barreiro

Lara Bessa

Lysell Bolaños

Elisha Byerly

Kathleen Candales

Joyce Cekander

Jamey Clauson

Linda ClenDening

Nicole Connaughton

Alexander Dilan

Arlena Dominick

April Flakne

Alan Freedman

Lonnetta Gaines

Madyson Greeman

Jeanne Hamil

Ashley Hassler

ADMIRERS Up to $99

Harriet Hobson

Joseph Holt

Carlos Javier

Linda Joffe

Laura Kinyon

Jean Kirshenbaum

Peter Kretzmer

Valarie Law

Judith Levine

Victoria Leyva

Rochelle Lipson

Priscilla Liscombe

Karen Lowsky

Colleen Martin

Hedda Matza-Haughton

Elaine Merker

Geraldine Morgan

Ann Murphy

Patryk Obiedzinski

Mark Ormond

Brynn Passaro

Lorelei Paster

Dean Paul

Mariel Purdon

Andrea & Dr. Charles Reich

Tere Reis

Dallas Robinson

Linda & Louis J. Rucci

Heather Schimmel

Rose Schimmel

James Stewart

Eugenia Titterington

Margaret Winter

Kirk Winters

Jane Yoder

Queen Meccasia Zabriskie

All contributions are vital to our growth as a dance company.

Without your generosity, this 15th year celebration would simply

not be the amazing reality it is. Your support is going towards

the growth and sustainability of our SCD family.

DONATE HERE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dan Barzel – President

Michael P. Marraccini – Vice President

Jeff Lombard – Treasurer

G. Robert McLain, Jr. – Secretary

Sam Alfstad – General Board

Shane Chalke – General Board

Norbert P. Donnelly – General Board

Muriel Gordon Mayers – General Board

Jack M. Shapiro – General Board

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Artistic Director

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

Audience Survey

Your answers to this

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Thank you!

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Thank you for supporting SCD!

Join us for our next performance

April 30 – May 2.

Artistic Director

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

1400 Blvd of the Arts, Suite 300, Sarasota, FL 34236

info@sarasotacontemporarydance.org | 941.260.8485

SarasotaContemporaryDance.org

SARASOTA CONTEMPORARY DANCE IS A NON-PROFIT 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION.

SCD PHOTOS BY SORCHA AUGUSTINE

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