Beyond The Bang Group
NYC dancers from David Parker's The Bang Group bring their work to The Dance Hall in Kittery for a night of exquisite and innovative dance performance in an intimate venue.
Louise Benkelman, originally from Helena, Montana, graduated magna cum laude with honors from Roger Williams University, attaining a BA in Dance Performance. She has created work for the West End Theatre, Judson Memorial Church, Westfest Dance Festival, Gibney, Arts On Site, the Actors Fund Arts Center, Fusionworks Dance Company, RWU, and the American College Dance Association Gala 2016. Aside from her work with Tommy, Louise is currently dancing and touring with The Bang Group, and exploring solo choreographic ideas.
Tommy Seibold began dancing at age of five at his mothers' school in Stoneham, MA. He continued his training at the Five College Dance Department, graduating from UMass with a BFA. He is currently dancing and touring with The Bang Group, and is a collaborator/performer with Louise Benkelman, and the NYC-based company, Heath in Progress.
Amber Sloan is a New York City-based choreographer, performer and teacher whose work has been presented by Roulette Theater, Danspace Project, Stuffed at Judson Church/Bailout Theater, Dixon Place, Soaking WET at the West End Theatre, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Green Space, Dance Safari, Spoke the Hub, 92Y, as well as a 18 year commissioning relationship with DANCE NOW NYC. Outside of New York, her work has appeared in theaters and festivals in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, DC, and Mexico City. She was a 2015 Schonberg Resident at The Yard on Martha's Vineyard and has received space grants from organizations including Gibney Dance Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Spoke the Hub and Mana Contemporary. As a performer, Sloan has been a member of The Bang Group since 2002. She has also performed in work by Keely Garfield, Doug Elkins, James Waring, Sara Hook, and Stephan Koplowitz. She teaches dance composition at the Ailey School, serves on the board of Dance Omi International Collective, and co-directs Women in Motion NYC. Sloan holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was honored with the Beverly Blossom/Carey Erickson Alumni Dance Award.
The collaborative trio LMnO3 (Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis and Donnell Oakley) met in 2010 while working with Doug Elkins in Fräulein Maria, joyfully launching into a choreographic partnership in 2014. Their first evening-length piece, B.A.N.G.S.: made in america, was commissioned by DANCE NOW NYC and premiered in 2016 at Joes Pub at The Public Theater. LMnO3 took B.A.N.G.S. on the road to American Dance Festival, SUNY Brockport, MusikFest in PA, DANCE NOW Boston, Denvers Clocktower Cabaret, The Yard on Marthas Vineyard, Dance Place in DC, and Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL with an encore presentation at Joes Pub in 2017 by DANCE NOW. Their second album, More Like Your Mom, began at Triskelion Arts in May 2017, and appeared at 92Y and DANCE NOW Boston in 2018. Short works and excerpts have been performed at Judson Church, WestFest, Triskelion Arts, Gibney Dance Center, New Haven's Elm City Dance Collective, and The Yards Follies: Women Dance the Comic. Residencies include DANCE NOWs Silo, The Lumberyard, SUNY Brockport, The Croft, Peaceable Barn, Fourth Arts Block, The Floor, and The Joyces Artist Residency Center at Gibney.
Beyond The Bang Group, an annual New York festival curated by David Parker
since 2017, celebrates dancers from The Bang Group and affiliates past and
present by showcasing their choreography in a mixed bill format.
This evenings performance has been curated by current Bang Group member,
Louise Benkelman, produced by Drika Overton and sponsored by David Parker.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door
The Dance Hall (View)
7 Walker St.
Kittery , ME 03904