Kate Weare Company thrives because of the amazing group of talented, daring and committed artists that enrich its work.
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Julian De Leon began his dance training at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in California. In 1997 he moved to London, England to study at the Laban Center for Movement and Dance. In 2000, he joined Wayne McGregor's Random Dance Company. Julian moved to San Francisco, CA in 2003 where he danced for Kunst-Stoff, Janice Garrett and Dancers, and Margaret Jenkin's Dance Company. In 2007, Julian moved to New York City and worked for Stephen Petronio Company for seven years. This is Julian's first season with Kate Weare Company.
photo by Brian-Carey Chung's Collective Body Dance Lab
Nicole Diaz danced with Momentum Dance in Miami, FL from 2007-2009, performing as part of Art Basel and Miami Dance Festival, as well as in Momentum’s annual residency in Oaxaca, Mexico. Diaz recently received her BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida, where she worked Doug Varone, Michael Foley, Rosie Herrera and Ben Munisteri. She has both studied and performed solo work in Paris, France as part of USF’s Dance in Paris Program. Diaz is thrilled to be dancing with Kate Weare Company.
Leslie Kraus graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography in 2003, and subsequently danced with Curt Haworth and Robbinschilds as well as in her own work in New York. Leslie joined Kate Weare Company in 2006. In 2009, she was recognized for outstanding dancing in Dance Magazine’s annual list of “Top 25 Dancers to Watch.” Leslie routinely acts as Weare’s assistant director, most recently for a commissioned work on dance students at the NYU Tisch School. In 2012 Leslie joined the company Punchdrunk. She currently plays Lady Macbeth in the hit show Sleep No More. In 2009, critic Deborah Jowitt of The Village Voice wrote: “(Leslie) Kraus is amazing - demon and angel.”
photo by Christopher Duggan
Douglas Gillespie received his BFA in Dance from Florida State University and worked with choreographers Ben Munisteri, Heather McArdle and Tennille Lambert before joining Kate Weare Company in 2007. Born in California but hailing from The Sunshine State, Gillespie currently serves as rehearsal director for the company as well as Weare's directorial assistant for outside commissions. Gillespie regularly teaches on behalf of Kate Weare Company, most recently at NYU Tisch Summer Program, The Juilliard School and Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as under his own auspices at dance centers and colleges around the country. Gillespie’s own student commissions include a group work for Sante Fe College in Gainesville, FL, which was showcased at ACDFA in 2013, and a quartet for Cleveland State University in 2014.
photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang
T.J. Spaur began dancing at the age of 10 in Des Moines, Iowa. He moved to Los Angeles after high school and performed with Mandy Moore, Paula Morgan, Sir Ryan Heffington and Psycho Dance Sho, and as a member of Adam Parson's Commonality Dance Company. In 2006, T. J. graduated cum laude from California State University, Long Beach where he also danced works by Keith Johnson and Doug Nielsen. From 2006 to 2010, he was a member of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, where he performed in repertory by Karole Armitage, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, John Jasperse, Larry Kegwin, Wayne McGregor and Doug Varone. T.J. has also toured internationally to France and Italy with Alwin Nikolais Dance Theater. This is his third season with Kate Weare Company.
photo by Dallas Graham
Adrian Clark graduated from Connecticut College in 2001, majoring in dance and choreography, after which he had the pleasure of working with Jeremy Nelson, Luis Lara Malvacias, Julie Atlas Muz, Tamar Rogoth, Tami Stronach, Ori Flomin and Donna Uchizono. He has been thrilled to be an integral part of Kate Weare Company since 2005, becoming Rehearsal Director in 2009. Clark teaches technique and partnering at colleges and festivals around the country. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Allan Ulrich wrote: “Clark is cool and unpredictable...his performance basks in a hair-trigger exhibition of technique.”
photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang
Jacquelyn Elder was a member of The Martha Graham Dance Company from 2005-2011. She has performed soloist roles in Martha Graham's Diversion of Angels, Cave of the Heart, Satyric Festival Song and Serenata Morisca. Ms. Elder has had new works created on her by Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwan, Julie Bour, and Robert Wilson. She is a former member of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and Graham II. Jackie is also an avid practitioner and teacher of yoga, self-taught piano player, and currently producing/directing a documentary on The Martha Graham Dance Company. This is her first season with Kate Weare Company.
Luke Murphy is originally from Cork City, Ireland. He trained at Point Park University where he earned a BFA in Dance and English. Murphy is an original cast member of Punchdrunk's award-winning productions of Sleep No More in Boston ('09-'10) and New York ('11-'13), with Martha Clarke in Angel Reapers ('10-'11) and Pavel Zustiak in Painted Bird Part III. In addition, he has danced in the companies of Janis Brenner, Dusan Tynek, Sean Curran, Heidi Latsky and in special projects with Jonah Bokaer, John Kelly and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. His own work has been presented in NYC, Pittsburgh, Ireland and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is a 2011-2013 Artist in Residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, a 2012-2013 Resident Artist at Duo Multicultural Arts Center, a 2011-2012 Associate Artist at DanceIreland, a 2013 Artist in Residence at Dance New Amsterdam and a 2014 Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard. Murphy joined Kate Weare Company in October 2011.
Brian Jones has developed a close collaborative relationship with Kate Weare through works including Dark Lark (2013), The Light Has Not The Arms to Carry Us (revived 2012), Garden (2012), Bright Land (2011), Lean-to (2009), Bridge of Sighs (2008), Drop Down (2007) and rep works. Other dance works with Amy Seiwert (Under Covers, Dear Ms. Cline, Requiem, Slow Ride), Larry Keigwin (Caffeinated), Charlotte Boye-Christensen (Walls), Misnomer Dance Theater, others. His lighting has premiered at New York City Center’s Fall For Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater and The Joyce Soho, as well as Jacob’s Pillow (Massachusetts), Washington Ballet (DC) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco). New York Theater: Perfect Harmony (Acorn), Mother (Wild Project), The Actor’s Rap (Baruch Performing Arts), Like Love(NYMTF). Regional theater: Northern Stage (VT), Hudson Valley Shakespeare (NY), Stoneham Theater (MA), Actors Theater of San Francisco (CA). MFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts; Member United Scenic Artists.
Mike Faba is a Lighting Designer, Production Manager, and Stage Manager for theatre and dance. Faba spent two summers working as a Master Electrician at the American Dance Festival, where he got his start working in modern dance. Since then, he has worked a Lighting Supervisor for Martha Clarke's Angel Reapers, as well as Radiolab and Pilobolus' live collaboration, Radiolab Live: In The Dark. Recent designs include New Voices at the Steinhardt School at Tisch, The What Dance at the Bushwick Star, The Rub at the Magic Futurebox, and Dance Iquail! at the Harlem School of the Arts and the Painted Bride in Philadelphia.
Kurt Perschke is an artist based in Brooklyn working in public space, sculpture, video, and collage. His most acclaimed work, RedBall Project, is a traveling public project that has taken place in Paris, London, Barcelona, Lausanne, Portland, Sydney, Taipei, Chicago and Toronto, among other cities. The project won a National Award from Americans for the Arts Public Art Network. Perschke has exhibited with institutions such as Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona and the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. His video work has screened in Europe and the U.S., and at the Bronx Museum during an AIM Fellowship. This is his third set design for Kate Weare Company.
Sarah Cubbage's credits include: Drop Down, Light, Garden, Bright Land, Lean-to, Kate Weare Company; Idyll, Paradigm, chor. Kate Weare; Radio Show, Brick, Number 6, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion. Off-Broadway: Reflections of a Heart, A Year with Frog & Toad. Regional: Evita, The Wizard of Oz, 39 Steps, I Hate Hamlet, Northern Stage; The Ladies Man, Corpse!, Curtain Call Theatre; Catch-22, Aquila Theatre Company. Film: A Clerk’s Tale, dir. James Franco; So Over You, dir. Karen Odyniec, Seconds, dir. Marcin Stawarz; Welcome, dir. Maja Milanovic. Other NYC: Hater, Ohio; The Magic Flute, Gargoyle Garden, Manhattan School of Music; Don Giovanni, Hofstra; As You Like It, The Tempest, NY Shakespeare Society; Alice In Wonderland, Center For Contemporary Opera. MFA: NYU/Tisch School of the Arts; Member USA 829