THE DYNAMITEXPERIENCE FEATURED IN:

IMAGINING

 

 

A GIBNEY JOURNAL

ISSUE 9

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PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

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MISSION

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The DynamitExperience (TDE) is a dance company that creates visceral experiences through contemporary choreography and community engagement. By examining the human condition and our relationships to each other, TDE explores movement that resonates with audiences and stimulates conversation.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

UPCOMING EVENTS

LOVE: Recognize/Reflect
Performance

DATE:

August 13th, 2022 @ 2p & 7p

LOCATION:

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

248 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

Click the link to purchase tickets and donations.

https://ticketbud.com/events/57208846-112d-11ed-b92c-42010a71701e

 

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

TDE PERFORMANCE OF "I DEFINE..."

DATE:

June 18th & 25th, 2022 7PM

LOCATION:

Picnic Performance Contemporary Dance Series with Earl Mosley Diversity of Dance 

Bryant Park

New York, New York 10018

The Jamaica Dance Festival with EMDOD

Rufus King Park (Jamaica Avenue at 150th Street)

Queens, NY 11435

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TDE 3 DAY SUMMER WORKSHOP KC

DATE:

June 15th,16th,& 17th, 2022 4pm-7pm CST

LOCATION:

Kansas City Ballet 

500 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108

THIS WORKSHOP IS GEARED TO OFFER PARTICIPANTS THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE DYNAMITE EXPERIENCE.

EACH DAY BEGINS WITH A 90-MINUTE TECHNIQUE-STYLE CLASS THAT IS ROOTED IN MODERN, BALLET, AND PILOBOLUS IDEOLOGIES. CLASS IS DESIGNED AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE INDIVIDUAL BOUNDARIES OF SPACE AND MOVEMENT RANGE.

THE REMAINING 90 MINUTES ON DAYS 1 & 3 WILL BE A "PLAY SESSION": IN A SAFE AND COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT, STUDENTS ARE CHALLENGED TO MAKE CHOICES THROUGH PROVIDED PHRASE WORK AS THEY EXPLORE NEW METHODOLOGIES, INTERPRET, CONNECT, AND RESPOND TO MUSICAL ELEMENTS TO ULTIMATELY UNCOVER THEIR MOVEMENT PREFERENCES.

DAY 2, THE REMAINING 90 MINUTES WILL BE A SIGNATURE DYNAMITE-STYLE PARTNERING WORKSHOP. IN ADDITION TO TRADITIONAL-STYLE TECHNIQUES THAT FORTIFY A DANCERS' ABILITY TO PARTNER, THIS CLASS EMPHASIZES PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE EFFECTIVE YET MEANINGFUL WAYS ONE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR ENVIRONMENT/COMMUNITY BY UNDERSTANDING THEIR INDIVIDUAL STRENGTHS.

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WEST FEST

DATE:

April 30th-May 1st, 2022

LOCATION:

Martha Graham Studio Theater (12th Floor)   

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TDE PLAY

DATE:

October 10, 2021

LOCATION:

Riverside Park 

  • WORKSHOP-STYLE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON LOVE, AND MOVEMENT EXPERIENCE/JAM.

  • This program is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps

THIS PRODUCTION IS BEING PRESENTED THROUGH BAX'S VISITOR PROGRAM, A SUBSIDIZING PERFORMANCE PACKAGE RENTAL PROGRAM, AND IS A SELF-PRODUCTION BY THE DYNAMITEXPERIENCE.   

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UNFINISHED LIVE 2021

DATE:

September 24, 2021

LOCATION:

The Shed 545 W 30th St 10001

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"LOVE": RECOGNIZE/REFLECT

DATE:

June 4 & June 11  @ 1-2PM  EST

LOCATION:

DanceWave & Online livestream 

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SOIL BENEATH: AN EMPIRICAL EXPERIENCE

DATE:

November 11, 2020 @ 8:00PM EST

November 12, 2020 @ 2:00PM EST

November 12, 2020 @ 8:00PM EST

November 13, 2020 @ 8:00PM EST

November 14, 2020 @ 2:00PM EST

November 14, 2020 @ 8:00PM EST

LOCATION:

Online livestream with link

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MALE AUDITION FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

DATE:

February 16, 2020 10:30-2PM

RSVP by emailing thedynamiteexperience@gmail.com with resume.Seeking a male dancer with contemporary modern and ballet aesthetics as well as strong partnering skills.

LOCATION:

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

248 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

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TDE PERFORMANCE OF "BARRIERS"

DATE:

June 22-24th, 2022 7PM

LOCATION:

Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center

1525 Pacific Street, 11213

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CORDS OF COMMUNITY

DATE:

May 17th @ 6:00pm, 2022

LOCATION:

La Plaza Cultural

137 Avenue C

New York,NY 10009  

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GIBNEY PLAY SESSIONS

DATE:

March 26th 10a-12p, 2022

April 3rd 10a-12p, 2022 

April 9th 10a-12p, 2022 

April 16th 10a-12p, 2022

LOCATION:

Gibney 280  Broadway New York, NY 10007

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TDE POP UP

DATE:

September 26, 2021

LOCATION:

Astor Place    

  • WORK IN PROGRESS/INFORMAL SHOWING OF EXCERPTS FROM LOVE: RECOGNIZE/REFLECT.

  • GENERAL TDE INFORMATION SESSION, AND INTERVIEWS WITH GENERAL PUBLIC ON OUR IDEAS OF LOVE.

  • This program is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps

THIS PRODUCTION IS BEING PRESENTED THROUGH BAX'S VISITOR PROGRAM, A SUBSIDIZING PERFORMANCE PACKAGE RENTAL PROGRAM, AND IS A SELF-PRODUCTION BY THE DYNAMITEXPERIENCE. 

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TDE PROCESS

DATE:

September 17, 2021

LOCATION:

Washington Park (Brooklyn)    

  • WORKSHOP-STYLE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON LOVE, AND MOVEMENT EXPERIENCE/JAM.

  • This program is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps

THIS PRODUCTION IS BEING PRESENTED THROUGH BAX'S VISITOR PROGRAM, A SUBSIDIZING PERFORMANCE PACKAGE RENTAL PROGRAM, AND IS A SELF-PRODUCTION BY THE DYNAMITEXPERIENCE. 

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DANCEWAVE TDE REPERTORY

DATE:

August 23-27, 2021

LOCATION:

DanceWave 

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DANCE ADELPHI

DATE:

November 18-21, 2020 @ 7:30PM EST

LOCATION:

Online livestream with link

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DANCE WAVE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

DATE:

(POSTPONED CHECK BACK IN THE FUTURE)

Residence from March 16-April 25,2020

performance April 25, 2020 @ 7:30 PM

LOCATION:

Dancewave

182,4th, Brooklyn, NY, 11217

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EARL MOSLEY'S DIVERSITY OF DANCE "DANCING BEYOND 2020 CANCER BENEFIT"

DATE:

January 18th, 2020 @ 3pm & 7 pm

LOCATION:

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

248 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

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ABOUT TDE

PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

Based in New York City and grounded in Kansas City, The DynamitExperience (TDE) founded 2019 by Winston Dynamite Brown and Latra Wilson, is a Contemporary Dance Company serving as a platform for creative investigations and community engagement. TDE works with the local community, specifically those that generally do not see themselves represented on stage.  By examining the human condition and our relationships, the company explores movement that resonates with audiences and stimulates conversation. At the root of this experience lies the “It takes a village” approach, born from Dynamite’s experiences growing up in Kansas City. The DynamitExperience strives to funnel that energy back into the communities that created us.

 

We believe that through performances, teachings, and creative collaborations, TDE continues to establish itself as an anchor for the communities that helped build us. Our classes and workshops are often labeled “play sessions”; understanding that this explorative, creative artistic process is essential to the healthy expression of our communities. Our company, infused in these offerings, soaks up the individual contributions of each participant and aims to reflect the essence of the community we’re serving.

 

TDE kicked off its first season with The Inaugural Show at The Mark O’Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Theater in Brooklyn, NY in January 2019. That introduction revealed a small glimpse of the trajectory of TDE; 8 new works and 12 dancers illustrating an arch between past, present and future, and insight to the direction of TDE’s current creative inclinations. Our formidable company of dedicated Artists have remained connected through the Pandemic and are looking forward to premiering Love: Recognize / Reflect in 2022.

 

MEET THE COMPANY

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WINSTON DYNAMITE BROWN

Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Winston Dynamite Brown began his dance journey at The Smith Sisters Dance Studio, later attending the Missouri State Ballet, the University of Missouri (BFA in Dance recipient), as well as Center Dance under the mentorship/tutelage of Mr. Tyrone Aiken. He additionally trained with Alonzo King (Pre-Professional), and The Ailey School's (three time fellowship recipient) summer intensives. He was the inaugural recipient of the Lorna Strassler Scholarship at Jacobs Pillow (Ballet & Modern program.


As a professional, Dynamite is currently a member of the Camille A. Brown & Dancers company. Over his career Dynamite has had the pleasure of working with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Co., Deeply Rooted Productions , Albany Berkshire Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, TU Dance, CorbinDances, Irish modern Dance Theatre ( IMDT), Ben Munisteri Dance projects, Taylor 2 and most recently, Dance Heginbotham, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Pilobolus, Sean CurranCo., Opera Theater St. Louis, Kyle Abraham/ A.I.M, and Stephanie Batten Bland Co. to name a few.

Dynamite has taught for many schools/institutions domestically and internationally as a teacher including Joffrey Ballet & Contemporary/Jazz, Ailey Camp (MO,KS,NJ,NY) and The Ailey School. He has produced works on Wylliams/ Henry Contemporary Dance Co., UMKC, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Joffrey Summer Intensive, Brooklyn Arts High School, The Ailey School ( BFA, Certificate, Junior & PPAS divisions).

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LATRA ANN WILSON

Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director

Latra A. Wilson,  a Texas native ,began her journey as a creative artist with her BFA from university of Missouri of Kansas City. Since then as a performing artist ms. Wilson has had pleasure to work with companies like  Taylor 2, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Iluminate Artist of Lights, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's production of "The Kiss" & world premiere of "Champion", Owen/Cox Dance Group, Broadway Dance Lab (cycle 4),Tony Award winning Broadway Musical After Midnight. As an assistant  for some the fields upcoming arts Ms Wilson has aided projects with Breton Follies, Abdul Latif - D2D/T, Company Stefanie Batten Bland and Broadway choreographer Josh Prince's Dance Lab New York. Ms. Wilson as a teaching artist is currently working with Alvin Ailey Arts in Education, KCFAA and COAR. Most recently Ms. Wilson previously worked with The Public theatre as assistant director of movement to Stefanie Batten Bland for the production of Eve’s Song.

Ms. Wilson is also proud to embark on a project with her husband Winston Dynamite Brown as associate artistic director for TDE. Latra is  currently being represented by LDCArtists.

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KRISTI ANN SCHOPFER

Operations Manager

Kristi Ann Schopfer (she/her) has been grooving since 3 years of age; actualizing the innately organized aspects of her personality through Arts Administration around 2012, after gaining the reputation for being “oddly over-prepared for an Artist.”  

She began her dance training in New Jersey at Dance World Academy and R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance), later touring the east coast and on Carnival Cruise Lines with Connecticut-based Dance 10 Touring company. Kristi Ann received her BFA in Dance at The College at Brockport in 2010; where she met Rebecca Sproul Gushue and has danced for Gushue Moving Arts since 2007. She worked with Barkin/Selissen Project (NYC) as both a performing artist and administrator from 2012-2019, shifting her Managerial expertise in time to help lead the Cliffs Climbing + Fitness as Assistant Manager through a global pandemic. From 2019-2021, she was responsible for: rebuilding the staffing by addressing accessibility to rock climbing as a systemic issue, restructuring employee responsibilities to reflect the evolving state of daily operations, and assisting to revive/revise outreach programs to make climbing more accessible. Kristi Ann is a CMG-Represented Stunt Performer, and has recently worked with Kate Griffler, Jeff Shortt, Janis Brenner, and at STREB Lab for Action Mechanics. Kristi Ann has been collaborating with The DynamitExperience since 2019; taking on the Operations Manager role in 2021. In addition to consuming copious amounts of coffee, she currently dances with 3rd Law Dance Theater of Boulder, CO (actively seeking airline partnerships to schlepp herself and her better-French-Bulldog-half, Stella, across states…).

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BECKY SEOW

Administrative & Studio Assistant

Social Media Manager

Rebecca Seow (she/her), a New York Native, is a recent graduate from Montclair State University. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. She has performed in works by Ohad Naharin, Jessica Lang, Bradley Shelver, Liza Gennaro, Tyler Gilstrap, Fredrick Earl Mosley, Mark Harootian, James Sutton, Keith Michael and many others. Rebecca is currently interning and apprenticing with The Dynamite Experience and has interned with The Bessie’s Organization and Emursive Productions in arts administration. Alongside her dance experience, Rebecca has filmed and edited many dance films and has worked as an editor with notable choreographers such as Liz Gerring and Stefanie Batten Bland.

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TARA BELLARDINI

Web Development

Tara Bellardini (Mine Hill, NJ)  trained with East Coast Movement under the direction of Billy Larson. She graduated from Morris County School of Visual and Performing Arts and is a graduate of The Ailey School Certificate Program. She has trained in summer intensives at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and performed in the 2013 Cedar Lake Installation Chess. Ms. Bellardini performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2014 and 2015 New York City Center seasons. She was also a part of "r-Evolution, Dream" by Hope Boykin for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in their New York City Center Season in 2016 and the Lincoln Center season in 2017.  She has worked with choreographers Adam Barruch, Norbert De La Cruz III, Ray Mercer, Darrel Grand Moultrie, Juel D. Lane,  Jennifer Archibald, Amy Hall Garner, and Alexandra Damiani and performed works by Andonis Foniadakis. She previously was a member of Ailey II from 2016-2018, toured for two months with Parsons Dance in China, was a guest artist with Owen/Cox Dance Group and recently worked with Jennifer Muller/ The Works.

Aside from dance, she has a passion for graphic design and content creation with fashion through social media.

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JESSY CRIST

Community Engagement Facilitator 

Jessy Crist, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania began dancing at the Capital Area School for the Arts. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Montclair State University in 2019. Jessy has performed in works by Winston Dynamite Brown, Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones, Shapiro and Smith, Christian Von Howard and Robyn Mineko-Williams. Crist was a scholarship student at American Dance Festival, the Hubbard Street Chicago Intensive, and Dark Circles Contemporary Company. Jessica has performed professionally with The Dynamite Experience, and VOID Movement Project. Jessy is currently a freelance artist in New York, creating her own work in collaboration with multimedia artists. This is her second year working with The Dynamite Experience.

PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

TDE COLLABORATORS

ARTISTS 2022

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KIARA BENN

LAURA COLON

JESSY DAE CRIST

YASMEEN ENAHORA

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LAY'LA KESI ROGERS

KRISTI ANN SCHOPFER

COURTNEY PAIGE ROSS

FAUSTINE LAVIE

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BECKY SEOW

HANNAH WAGNER

PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

 
 

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TDE REPERTOIRE 

"E WHAT SAY E"

WILLIAMS HENREY: 2016

"GREY"

UMKC: 2003/ RESTAGED 2016

"FINDING AL"

AILEY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: 2017

"PRISMATIC VICISSITUDES"

JOFFREY SCHOOL: 2019

"MY PETITION"

PRODUCERS CLUB THEATER: 2021

"LOVE:RECOGNIZE/REFLECT"

DANCEWAVE/BAX: 2021

"LOVE:RECOGNIZE/REFLECT"

DANCEWAVE/BAX: 2021

NOW YOGA CANCER BENEFIT: 2019

"SPACE BETWEEN"

"MB"

AILEY CITIGROUP THEATER: 2013/RESTAGED 2019

"I DEFINE"

INAUGURAL SHOWING: 2019

"IDENTIFYING(THE CONFLICT IN SELF)"

INAUGURAL SHOWING: 2019

"M/O"

INAUGURAL SHOWING: 2019

"BARRIERS"

ST. MARKS FOOD FOR THOUGHT: 2018

 

SUPPORT TDE

Family, Friends, and Artistic Community at large-- it’s that time that we reach out to you with hopes that you will contribute to our attempt to share TDE’s humanity through dance.

We know we can not do this alone. Join us in making this a reality now and in what we hope to be an extended future!

 
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PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

CONTACT

Thedynamiteexperience@gmail.com

816-723-7593

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