"Whether it was the perky black tutu or nipple rings, Davidson's plumage did the trick."
-New York Times
Arrie Fae Bronson-Davidson
"the naughty lovechild of Modern Dance and a Burlesque Carnival”
Arrie Fae Bronson-Davidson, aka Faux Pas le Fae, is a transgender choreographer and founder of KineticArchitecture Dance Theatre.
She has studied on scholarship at The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and received her mentorship in Kurt Joss Technique/Tanztheater under the loving heart of Diana Moore.
Choreographic/Teaching residencies include Ballet Arkansas, Lone Star Ballet, Stephens College, Cottey College, University of Houston and Central Oklahoma State University. She has served on the Faculty of Houston Ballet Academy, as Director of Education for New York City Ballet and the Northeast Board of ACDFA. Arrie received an MFA in dance from Sam Houston State University and is loved by children and cats.
Major performance credits include the Sean Curran Company, International Jazz Dance World Congress, the London Tour of the Musical Drama "TEXAS," the New York Engagement of Ballet Preljocaj's "Paysage apres la bataille," Justin Vivian Bond's House of Whimsey, the New York and Rochester International Fringe Festivals, and The Box-NYC.
After I realized I was not born to be the next Baryshnikov, I was crushed and there was nothing to do but lose myself in German Expressionism and the dance stylings of Kurt Joss, followed by some good old-fashioned American masochism courtesy of Mother Martha Graham. My journey has been one of great fortune with influences from Luigi and Giordano, Pilates and Yoga, Butoh and Tanztheatre, to the generous inspiration of children at play and the great conspiracy of house cats...
My hope is a re-imagining of what dance has the potential to be through openness to diverse influences in order to create work which serves as poetic activism for the issues of self-acceptance, social equality, and continued understanding of transgender people.
I believe that technical and artistic ideals can be a beautiful springboard for exploring each individual’s unique gifts to enable them to be creative, confident and responsible contributors to our world. My goal is to utilize the technique class, the creative process, the performance experience, and intellectual and social awareness as a vehicle that may enable a bold and sensitive vision of relevance and sense of purpose. The American dance artist must command a foundation and understanding of tradition while gaining the tools to be empowered as the next generation of truly innovative dance ambassadors. In this respect, each individual may be better prepared as they continue on their journey to find a tangible expression of who they are.
The daily task and opening night are of equal importance on my personal journey to shape a dance which stirs an audience in a profound way. Thus far my best contact improv has been at rush hour on the subway...
Meghann Bronson-Davidson is from Port Perry, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and certification in Dance Science from York University in Toronto. She was a member of the York Dance Ensemble repertory company and LR Productions, and she worked with Canadian choreographers including Robert Glumbek, Yvonne Ng, Susan Cash, Terrill Maguire and Keiko Kitano. Meghann received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. NYC performance highlights include an original work by Kyle Abraham at Radio City Music Hall, assisting Michael Clark during his residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2012 Biennial, and performing with BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Meghann also performs at The Box NYC. In addition to performing, she is a body-wellness, injury prevention, and rehabilitation practitioner. Meghann joined KineticArchitecture Dance Theatre in 2013.
Dara Swisher, originally from Reading, PA, began dancing at age 3. She has forged a successful and passionate life as a dance artist, physical actor, improviser, and creator. She received a BA with Honors in Dance Performance and Teaching/ Choreography from Mercyhurst College and an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University. Dara has been performing in NYC since 2013 and her most recent credits include: the immersive theatre experience Play/Date, EndTimes Productions' The Ded Sullivan Show, and choreographing for August Strindberg Rep's Kristina. Dara is currently performing in the immersive escape experience Paradiso: Chapter 1 and is a member of bodypainter Trina Merry's core team of performers and models. Dara joined KineticArchitecture Dance Theatre in 2014 and feels blessed to be a member of such a vibrant, eccentric, and joyful company. http://www.daraswisher.com/
Brittany Posas grew up in the Raleigh/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina but immigrated to the United States from Costa Rica. Her youth consisted of mostly competitive dance, focusing on jazz and contemporary movement at the Dance Attic and then made a drastic switch to concert and modern dance upon entering college. Ms. Posas has a degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to complete a professional division program for modern dance at the prestigious Ailey School. As a scholarship student at the American Dance Festival, Ms. Posas had the opportunity to perform work by Merce Cunningham, set by Andrea Weber. She has also had the pleasure of working with such artists as Daniel Gwirtzman, Mary John Frank and Martha Nichols. Ms. Posas joined KineticArchitecture Dance Theatre during their 2014/2015 season.
Chloe Markewich is a New York City native. She received her dance training at the Alvin Ailey School and LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, and was a national YoungARTS award winner in Modern Dance. She then went on to Princeton University, where she received a BA in Psychology and a Certificate in Dance. While at Princeton, Chloe had the honor of working with choreographers including Susan Marshall, Rebecca Lazier, Camille A. Brown, Zvi Gotheiner, Tina Fehlandt, and Jill Johnson. In New York City, Chloe has performed with companies and choreographers including Nadine Bommer Dance Company, The Moving Beauty Series, Built For Collapse, Hee Ra Yoo and Dancers, Ensemble Dance, Sophia Schrank, Jaqueline Buglisi, and more. In Vienna, she had the opportunity to dance in an original work by Milton Meyers at the ImPulsTanz Festival. She has also presented her own choreography in NYC at the DUMBO Dance Festival. Chloe is thrilled to be in her second season with KineticArchitecture Dance Theatre!
Chiu Yi Chiang
Chiu Yi was born in Taoyuan, Taiwan and has been dancing since the age of 7. She received her Bachelor Degree from Taipei National University Of The Arts. Chiu Yi has worked with Focus Dance Company, Xavier Le Roy at the 2016 Taipei Biennial, and was invited to attend WDAS ChoreLab in Singapore. After traveling through EU and Singapore, she is now in New York to explore every possibility in dance.
The KADT Extended Family & Collaborators
It takes a village...
After cultivating her design skills and southern charm while growing up in Florida, Lori Gassie packed up her bags and moved to New York City. She has been designing costumes for theater, dance, film, and burlesque performers ever since. She graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a degree in Apparel Design. From there, Gassie designed couture bridal wear under Suzanne Perron, custom dance costumes for Kenerly Kreations and Art Stone Theatrical, and is currently a lead designer for Rubie’s Costume Company. Her designs can also be seen on stages and performance artists throughout New York City. She loves taking a concept or character and bringing it to life through her costumes. Anything from sexy ballet dancers to children’s theater to sci-fi aliens, she loves to design and create it all. Gassie is also a proud member of the Arts of Fashion Foundation. www.lorigassie.com
Miss Cherry Delight
Mistress Of Ceremonies Extraordinaire
Miss Cherry Delight is a title holding burlesque performer (Miss Coney Island 2013), singing siren, comedienne and ukelele playing-bullwhip cracking- fire eating Mistress Of Ceremonies extraordinaire. When she is backstage, she goes by Drea Lorraine, a professional makeup artist and hair stylist specializing in Beauty, SFX, Drag, and Fantasy. Contact her at CherryDNYC@hotmail.com for rates as a performer or stylist
Juliet Jeske is normally a comedian and writer but enjoys shooting and editing various video projects around New York City. She is currently the resident video mistress for !BadAss! Burlesque. You can see more of her video creations at the !BadAss! vimeo account and at her self-titled youtube account. Juliet loves working with dancers, and capturing their beauty on film. www.julietjeske.com
Caitlin Shea Photography
Photographer at Large
Caitlin Shea is based out of Queens, NY and is presently a student attending St. John's University. She is heavily involved in exploring queer subcultures and community through fashion and photography, as well as documenting local musicians from her childhood residence of Western Massachusetts. Her work has been featured on the albums of local bands, and she is the head social media manager for The Leafies You Gave Me, Mad Habits, and Dale Jones Enterprises. She presently hopes to branch into more commercial ventures such as weddings, music performances, parties, and other events. www.caitlinsheaphotography.com
KADT's Dance Dog
Clark the dog was rescued by his mommies and now serves as KineticArchitecture's official dance dog.
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