About Us 2017-08-21T22:34:06+00:00

OUR MISSION

Periapsis Music and Dance believes in the artists of today and in the body of work that they are creating. The extraordinary choreographers and composers of our time have the vision, voice, and skill to create collaborative works of intrinsic artistic value worthy of performance, study, and preservation. Our mission is to cultivate this new concert repertoire at the intersection of dance and music by actively contributing to it with our ensemble and by facilitating and encouraging such collaborations in the community.

This is an exciting time for music/dance collaborations! Individuals throughout the arts world are discovering the invigorating creative energy that comes when choreographers and composers collaborate, and when dancers can perform with live music. And artists and audiences alike are reveling in the new visual, musical, and theatrical possibilities that come with such combinations. But beyond discrete performance projects, a handful of grantmakers, and the mission of some individual artists, no organization has stepped forward to treat this burgeoning genre in a comprehensive way, both as a laboratory for artistic exploration and as a community resource. This is the role we envision for ourselves as Periapsis grows and develops.

PEOPLE

Board of Directors

Maria Conelli
Dean, School of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts at Brooklyn College

Jonathan Howard Katz

Betty Kreitzman
Auditor, IRS (retired)

Laurie Fraser Manifold
Visual artist

Edward Petrou
Civil engineer (retired)

Staff

Executive and Artistic Director
Jonathan Howard Katz

Development Associate
Quincie Hydock

Publicist
Geena Russo

Resident Choreographers
Erin Dillon
Hannah Weber

See below for artists.

Artistic Advisory Committee

Janis Brenner
dancer/choreographer

Emily Bufferd
choreographer/producer

Christopher Caines
choreographer

Seán Curran
Chair of Dance, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Jason Eckardt
composer

Tania León
composer/conductor

Ursula Oppens
pianist

Martin Piecuch
conductor

Stephen Pier
Director of Dance, The Hartt School

Jeffrey Zeigler
cellist

PEOPLE

Board of Directors

Maria Conelli
Dean, School of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts at Brooklyn College

Jonathan Howard Katz

Betty Kreitzman
Auditor, IRS (retired)

Laurie Fraser Manifold
Visual artist

Edward Petrou
Civil engineer (retired)

Staff

Executive and Artistic Director
Jonathan Howard Katz

Development Associate
Quincie Hydock

Publicist
Geena Russo

Resident Choreographers
Erin Dillon
Hannah Weber

See below for artists.

Artistic Advisory Committee

Janis Brenner
dancer/choreographer

Emily Bufferd
choreographer/producer

Christopher Caines
choreographer

Seán Curran
Chair of Dance, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Jason Eckardt
composer

Tania León
composer/conductor

Ursula Oppens
pianist

Martin Piecuch
conductor

Stephen Pier
Director of Dance, The Hartt School

Jeffrey Zeigler
cellist

Core company:

Aminda Asher
Aminda AsherCello
Celia Hatton
Celia HattonViola
Isaac Owens
Isaac OwensDancer
Lauren Cauley
Lauren CauleyViolin
Elisabeth Jeffrey
Elisabeth JeffreyDancer
Adrián Sandí
Adrián SandíClarinet
Demetria Charles
Demetria CharlesDancer
Jonathan Howard Katz
Jonathan Howard KatzArtistic Director/Piano
Hannah Weber
Hannah WeberChoreographer/Dancer
Erin Dillon
Erin DillonChoreographer/Dancer
Sarah Mullins
Sarah MullinsPercussion

Associate artists:

Alia Kache
Alia KacheDancer
Michaela Catherine McGowan
Michaela Catherine McGowanDancer
Marissa Wiley
Marissa WileyDancer

Core company:

Jonathan Howard Katz
Jonathan Howard KatzArtistic Director/Piano
Erin Dillon
Erin DillonChoreographer/Dancer
Hannah Weber
Hannah WeberChoreographer/Dancer
Aminda Asher
Aminda AsherCello
Lauren Cauley
Lauren CauleyViolin
Demetria Charles
Demetria CharlesDancer
Celia Hatton
Celia HattonViola
Elisabeth Jeffrey
Elisabeth JeffreyDancer
Sarah Mullins
Sarah MullinsPercussion
Isaac Owens
Isaac OwensDancer
Adrián Sandí
Adrián SandíClarinet

Associate artists:

Alia Kache
Alia KacheDancer
Michaela Catherine McGowan
Michaela Catherine McGowanDancer
Marissa Wiley
Marissa WileyDancer

HISTORY

Periapsis Music and Dance was founded in the fall of 2012 by composer/pianist Jonathan Howard Katz and dancer/choreographer Leigh Schanfein in response to the growing gap between dance performance and live musical performance in the NYC arts scene. Inspired by our own experiences creating art together, we wanted to give others in the dance and music communities opportunities to collaborate on new performance pieces. Jonathan and Leigh created several new repertoire works together, including two that they had first developed pre-Periapsis, as well as some pieces with other collaborators.

As we began our third season, we welcomed choreographers Erin Dillon and Hannah Weber to our company. Erin had been a guest choreographer in our first season, and Hannah started with us as a featured dancer in Laid upon the children. Both participate in the ensemble as dancers, too, and the contrast between their unique artistic styles has enriched our repertoire. Leigh departed from the ensemble in the winter of 2015, and our core company coalesced into an ensemble of roughly six dancers and six musicians.

From our fourth season on, we’ve focused on two equally important areas. First, we’ve been building our own artistic voice and our own repertoire, creating a wide variety of work with our resident artists and commissioned guests and becoming recognized as a leader in interdisciplinary artistic creation. And second, we’ve formalized and expanded programs that serve the larger dance and music communities—the Periapsis Open Series, the Emerging Artist Residencies, and our online resources—and are making a positive impact in New York City and beyond.

Please explore our website to learn more, and be sure to sign up for our newsletter and connect on social media to stay informed!

January 2017

Tra:verse Re:verse, the first piece on our first program, February 2013. Photo by Lucas Chilczuk.

Periapsis Music and Dance is a partner of Inception to Exhibition (ITE) and a presenter partner of Composers Now.Composers-Now-logo-web

STATS

Our repertoire contains work by the following choreographers:

Joshua Beamish, Seán Curran, Erin Dillon, Leigh Schanfein, Miro Magloire, Helen Simoneau, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Manuel Vignoulle, Hannah Weber, and Hee Ra Yoo

and the following composers:

Kati Agócs, Bach-Busoni, Richard Carrick, Elliott Carter, James Holt, Shawn Jaeger, Jonathan Howard Katz, and Mary Kouyoumdjian

We’ve performed at the following venues:

Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Symphony Space, GK ArtsCenter, Roulette, Kumble Theater, Arts On Site, Spectrum, Peridance Capezio Center, ShapeShifter Lab, Steps on Broadway, Dixon Place, Elebash Hall, the Actors Fund Arts Center, the Secret Theatre, LeFrak Concert Hall (Queens College), Opperman Music Hall (Florida State University)

For a rundown of the artists we’ve presented through our service programs, visit our services page.

PRESS

Read about us here in a 2017 feature in Dance Informa magazine!

Reviews:

Cecly Placenti in Critical Dance about The Portrait Project:

“Like the other pieces on the program, yet completely unique to Vignoulle’s vision, Twine plays with the music, speaks to it, in lush suspensions and ultra quick, cat-like movements. The fluid quality of both the music and the dance is especially pleasing . . .”

“In Reflection by Katarzyna Skarpetowska, . . . [d]ancer and musician seamlessly switch roles and use the bench and each other as supports. McGowan is an intense and magnetic dancer. Technically strong and expressive, my eye is drawn to her over and over . . .”

“Dancer Erin Dillon embodies the quirky intricacies of Curran’s choreography beautifully, at times sinuous and fluid, at others percussive and staccato.”

Karen Shapiro in Wet Paint about The Unfinished Pattern:

“Schanfein’s choreography is gorgeous and lush. . . . There is lovely detail in unexpected places . . .”

Sofia Stempek in informal floor about our inaugural concert:

“From the last, Periapsis is urgent and wonderfully greedy with time and space. . . . Dance and music are often linked, and in Periapsis neither art form upstages the other . . . making no part of the evening unsatisfying.”