The KSU Choreographic Residency program invites two nationally-emerging or mid-career choreographers to the Department of Dance each summer for a four-week residency to create two world premieres with the KSU Dance Company. Invited choreographers will audition and select dancers, preferably for ten students, for which they will create an original choreographic 30-minute group work. The residency culminates in two fully produced pieces, presented as a double bill in our state-of-the-art KSU Dance Theater. A panel of industry and university professionals will review and select choreographers. The department will announce the recipients of this residency in the spring.
The residency is designed to support the creative process of emerging or mid-career artists with an emphasis on innovation and movement invention. The goal of the residency is to increase students' access to the professional practice of dance while further enhancing and enriching their dance education at KSU. The resident choreographers receive a $5,000 honorarium. Housing, travel, and per diem are included in the honorarium. The Dance Department will provide additional travel funds of up to $1,000 to return to KSU at the beginning of the fall term for rehearsals and performances.
This program is made possible by the Eleo Pomare–Glenn Conner Dance Endowment, which is funded by a generous gift from Jay and Debra Yunek. The Eleo Pomare-Glenn Conner Dance Endowment honors their late uncle, Glenn Conner, and his partner, Eleo Pomare. Eleo Pomare was known for his artistic range and his innovative approach to choreography. He was a prolific choreographer whose work often focused on instances of social inequality and injustice.
Eleo Pomare–Glenn Connor Dance Endowment
The choreographic residency is made possible by the Eleo Pomare–Glenn Connor Dance Endowment
Lior Lazarof(she/her) is an Israeli dance artist. Studied in the Sadna- professional
dance program located in Kibbutz Ga'aton, and Graduated from The Jerusalem Academy
of Music and Dance 2016. She then moved to Europe to further her artistic research.
Lior developed her body of work with the support of Life Long Burning, SIN culture
center(HU) and L1 association(HU).
She was awarded residences by Divadlo Dance Theater- Slovakia, Ultima Vez Dance Company-
Brussels, Kinitiras- Athens, Workshop Foundation- Budapest, Faber- Spain, Stage Center-
Tel Aviv, and was commissioned to create work by Haifa Museum, Cialo/Umsyl foundation(PL),
and Jaffa to Agripas Dance festival.
Her work has been presented in Poland, Spain, Czech Republic, Canada, Bulgaria, to name a few. Lior taught and set her choreographic work for various professional and non-professional dance programs world-wide.
In 2019 She was selected as an Emerging Choreographer in Springboard Danse Montreal, in 2022 she was selected for the ATLAS program for choreographers in Impulstanz.
Lior is a member of The Israeli Choreographers’ Association.
Australian-born, Nicola started her dance training in Adelaide, South Australia, where she developed her passion for performing a variety of dance styles. In 2009, Nicola completed her tertiary schooling and achieved her South Australian Certificate for Education (SACE) in Dance and Choreography and in Visual and Dramatic Arts with an Honours grade. After winning the RAD Kathleen Short Memorial Award and the silver medal in the RAD Genée awards in Singapore, Nicola started her professional dancing career in Queensland Ballet’s Trainee program in 2010 under the direction of François Klaus. Moving to Europe in 2012, Nicola danced briefly with Dortmund Ballet, Germany, before moving to the Ballet van Vlaanderen, (formally known as Royal Ballet of Flanders) in Belgium in 2013, where she was promoted to Demi-soloist
in 2017 and is currently still dancing.
Through her time as a professional Nicola has worked in a broad spectrum of full-length classical repertoire, and in a timely manner became more exposed and invested in contemporary dance and modern dance approaches. Through her time with the Ballet van Vlaanderen she has had the opportunity to dance contemporary repertoire and creations from renowned choreographers such as William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Sidi Larbi Cherkoui, Ohad Naharin, Akram Khan, Jiří Kylián, Alexander Ekman, Pina Bausch, Martha Graham, Johan Inger, Anne-Theresa de Keersmaker, Merce Cunningham, Wayne McGregor, Andonis Fondiadakis, and many more, performing on many international stages, film, Galas and Festivals. This variety of repertoire has exposed her to many choreographic dance methods such as Gaga, Limon technique, Cunningham method, Graham method, Forsythe improvisation methods, Stream Flo methods
(Heidi Vierthaler), and Counter technique (Anouk van Dijk).
Through the Ballet van Vlaanderen’s in-house choreographic program, Choreolab, Nicola has been able to develop her artistic voice and movement vocabulary by creating stage work with the company’s dancers. Through this platform, she has been able to create 6 professional stage works and 3 dance films. In 2021, her work ‘The Glass Ceiling’ won her the Hamburg Junior Ballet commission prize at the 35th Hannover Choreographic competition and was voted ‘New name to watch’ by Gerard Davis in the 2021 Dance Europe critics choice awards.
Nicola is currently undertaking a part-time Bachelor’s in Psychology majoring in Sociology through the University of South Australia to supplement her ambition to create choreographic work that embodies intellectual nuance and explores and represents themes on the human condition in a relatable emotional context. Her aim is to create work that explores sensitive narratives that mine relevant social themes and solidify the importance of dance as a modern art form by creating an empathetic and thought-provoking experience for the audience.
Tsai Hsi Hung (Summer 2022)
Tsai Hsi Hung graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts 2011. In 2009,
she traveled to Australia as an exchange student for the Dance at Queensland Technology
University Dance Department. She has worked with the Australian Dance Theater, Tasdance,
Expressions Dance Company, and Chunky Move Dance Company Dancers.
In 2020, Hung received a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts. Shortly after, Hung's work was selected by the Joffrey Academy of Dance for their Spring 2020 Winning Works performance in Chicago. Hung was invited to Taipei National Dance Theater to perform New work this July 2020. Hung's most recent work will be featured in Ballet X's 2020-2021 season. In 2021, Hung won Western Michigan University's National Choreography Competition and will premiere a new work in 2022. For Ballet X's 2022 Season, Hung will create a new work for their dancers through the Ballet X Choreographer Fellowship. Battery Dance of New York will also premiere an original work in the summer of 2022, inspired by the paintings of Hans Hofmann. Hung will be in residence at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, in the summer of 2022 to create new work for the students of their dance department.
Hung teaches the open class at the Peridance Capezio Dance Center and NYU Tisch Dance
and /MOVE|NYC|, and is the director of the Queens Ballet Center/QBC Company in New
Chuck Wilt (Summer 2022)
Chuck Wilt is the Artistic Director of UNA Productions. Chuck has been a choreographic fellow of the Ailey Foundation NDCL, a recipient of the Rainin Opportunity Fund, and an Artist in Residence at The Launchpad, 92nd St. Y, CUNY Dance Initiative/Brooklyn College, Fusion International:Japan, Berkeley Ballet Theater and RoundAntennae.
UNA's work has been presented by the Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, Sointula and
Alert Bay, the 92nd St. Y, Fusion International, Dance Initiative, Movement Research, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out and co-presented by ODC Theater, among others.
Most recently, UNA has been co-commissioned by The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for the premiere of Grass is Green in 2022 and received support from US Artists International to tour new work to Jerusalem. Wilt has taught, created and set repertory internationally for universities, training programs, summer programs, professional companies, youth companies, high schools, and professional dancers. Chuck graduated from NYU Tisch.
Annalee Traylor (Summer 2021)
Annalee Traylor is a NYC-based freelance creator/choreographer and educator. She is
a high school graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and received her BFA
with honors from Point Park University. Her live work has been presented at numerous
venues in cities nationally and abroad including Los Angeles, NYC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta,
Huntsville, Texas, and Rotterdam, Netherlands, and her films have been shown in Seattle,
Temecula, Brooklyn, Rome, Minnesota, and at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina.
She has been commissioned by Periapsis Music and Dance, Texture Contemporary Ballet,
REED Dance, Infra Dance Company of Carnegie Mellon, Point Park University's International
Summer Dance, DanceCanvas, and Voices Carry Inc., and she has been awarded residencies
through Terra Nova, Periapsis Music and Dance, Highways Performance Space, and the
Dance Gallery Festival. Most recently, she was named Outstanding Choreographer at
the 2020 Youth America Grand Prix regionals.
Annalee feels a personal responsibility and finds joy in sharing her passion and knowledge
with younger generations. She has taught master classes throughout the United States
and been on faculty at schools on the east and west coasts. Guest teaching credits
include: Carnegie Mellon University, Sam Houston State University, Point Park University,
Slippery Rock University, Dekalb School of the Arts, and The Creative and Performing
Arts High School in Pittsburgh among others.
Omar Román De Jesús (Summer 2021)
Omar Román De Jesús (he/him), originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico, is a recipient of the 2020 Jacob's Pillow Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellowship. He has been commissioned twice by Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico to create work for the International Dance Festival of Puerto Rico, where he was awarded the Ambassador of Dance medal.
Omar has won choreographic competitions including the Joffrey Academy of Dance's Winning Works Choreographic Competition and Whim W’Him’s Choreographic Shindig, and received awards including the Audience Award at The Dance Gallery Festival, 1st place prize at the Reverb Dance Festival, and the Parsons Dance GenerationNOW Commission for their 2017 Joyce Season. He has also created work for Jacob Jonas The Company and educational institutions such as The Ailey School, James Madison University, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
His work was presented at the 2020 CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work Contemporary Dance Festival
and will be presented, online and live, at the upcoming PRISMA International Dance
Festival in Panama, the Jerusalem International Choreographic Competition, and the
Palm Desert Choreography Festival. Omar will be creating a new work on Bruce Wood
Dance this upcoming March
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