Artist Statement
The Art of Prometheus is founded in a dynamic use of physical dance and a detailed use of conceptual ideas. We develop movement, movement sequences, and transitions focusing on the elements needed to convey the meaning and content of the idea that we are exploring. By collaborating with composers, visual artists and designers we can better engage the audience by immersing the viewer in a world rich in sound, dimension, texture, sometimes smell, and visual image. In this way the work can become a journey for the spectator, capturing attention and allowing passage into a world of collective conscious experience to promote a deeper understanding of dance as an art form.
 
Prometheus Dance is Company  in residence at Walnut Hill School for the Arts http://www.walnuthillarts.org

12 Highland Street Natick MA 01760

Artistic Directors Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett

As co-Artistic Directors of Prometheus Dance, Diane Arvanites & Tommy Neblett create original dance/theatre which has been performed on both coasts in the United States; and internationally in Spain, France, Denmark, Venezuela, Mexico and Ecuador. In the past thirty years, they have choreographed over seventy eight works and five operas, as well as creating The Elders Ensemble, a second company of post-professional dancers ages 60-90. Prometheus Dance has been named “One of the Years Ten Best in Dance” four times by prominent Boston news organizations Their work has been produced and/or commissioned by Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, the Joyce SoHo Theatre, La MaMa, the Kennedy Center, the Celebrity Series, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, World Music/Crash Arts, Dance Umbrella, First Night, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Opera Boston, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Emerson Stage, Harvard, Walnut Hill, Outside the Box Festival, the Riverside Dance Festival and The Yard, among others.

Ms. Arvanites & Mr. Neblett have received numerous awards for their work, including a Creativity Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, six Artists Fellowships for Choreography (most recently in 2014), a Gold Star Award for Programming and The Elders Ensemble from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a Citation for Outstanding Artistic Achievement from Governor Deval Patrick. Mr. Neblett is the Dean of Dance at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Ms Arvanites has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni from the same institution and holds a full time position at Walnut Hill.  Both Directors are adjunct teachers for varied summer programs.

The Company

Naoko Brown is a native of Nagoya, Japan. At the age of six, she was introduced to the world of classical ballet by Michiko Matsumoto. She continued her training with Barbara Banaskowski Smith in Lansing, MI. While there, she performed with the students of the National Ballet School of Gdansk in Poland, as well as students from Vaganova Ballet School in St. Pertersburg, Russia.  Brown received her B.F.A. in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. While there, she performed works by Daniel Pelzig, Sean Curran, Lar Lubovitch and José Limón. She also attended the Boston Ballet School Summer Dance Program, Ballet Intensive from Moscow, and was a full scholarship recipient at Summer Stages Dance in 2012. She has performed with Michiko Matsumoto Ballet, Urban Nutcracker, Zoé Dance and Contrapose Dance. She also dances with Jo-Mé Dance and a faculty member of Walnut Hill School for the Arts Community Dance Academy as well as Boston Ballet. This is Naoko’s twelveth season with Prometheus Dance.

Callie Chapman Korn dancer, choreographer, freelance designer, and studio owner graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. in dance in 2002. Callie has been a member of Prometheus Dance for the past fourteen years, in addition to dancing with the company, Callie is the artistic director of Zoé Dance and has presented her work throughout the greater Boston area in festivals, self-produced concerts, shared concerts and has toured with Zoe internationally.  Callie has received numerous grants and awards from the Somerville Arts Council, and was recently awarded a choreography residency at the Boston Center for the Arts.  In 2016 Callie founded Studio@550, an artist exchange center located in the heart of Central Square Cambridge which promotes the interchange between art disciplines. Callie is also a freelance graphic designer (web + print) and is the mother of two young boys. This is Callie’s fourteenth season with Prometheus Dance.

Lonnie Stanton is a Northern California native, based in Boston. Previous to her formal training, she danced around the outdoors of the rural Sierra Nevadas and her family homestead in Hawaii. Lonnie graduated with honors from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance. She has worked with Boston based: Ballet Rox, Bosoma, Zoe Dance, Angie Moon Dance Theatre, and Anna Reyes Dance. She performed with NYC based Kinesis Project Dance Theatre for their 2015-2016 season. Lonnie has produced movement for film for Neoscape (advertisement), Moe Pope (hip hop artist), Linda Tegg (photography), and Tamara Al-Mashouk (film artist). Her teaching credentials include Ballet Academy East, Harlem’s Riverbank State Park, and Brookline Ballet among others. She is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor through Yogaworks. Her work in public schools has been especially rewarding bringing dance education into the classroom through Notes in Motion and the New York City Ballet. Stanton is thrilled to return from NYC to dance with Prometheus for her seventh season with the company.

Danielle Davidson  is a dance artist currently working in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She graduated from L’Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec in Montreal and later trained in theater at George Brown College in Toronto. Upon graduation, she was invited to join Le Jeune Ballet (MTL) where she danced for three years touring Europe and North America, performing in new pieces by Thierry Malandain, Louis-Martin Charest, Denise Biggi, Jean-Grand Maitre and repertory works by George Balanchine, Roland Petit, Francoise Vaussenat, Jean Louis Morin and Brian Macdonald, among others. As an independent dancer, Danielle has worked in Canada with Ballet West, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Banff Festival Company, Opera Ontario, AmpleMan Danse, Ballet Espressivo, Debra Brown and Productions Fila 13/Lina Cruz. Since moving to the US with her husband in 2014, Danielle has worked with a number of companies on a project basis including Contrapose Dance/Ensemble Warhol, Audra Carabetta, Lorraine Chapman The Company, Jessica Howard and Zoe Dance. She currently teaches at  Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the BFA program and is a company member with Prometheus Dance. Danielle is also a choreographer who has presented work in Canada and the US, and is regularly commissioned to create dances for college and university programs. Danielle is the co-­founder of Doppelgänger Dance Collective, ­a duets performance project company in its second season, performing internationally as of this autumn. This is Danielle’s sixth season with Prometheus Dance.

Flora Hyoin Kim earned her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Originally from Seoul, Korea, Flora trained at Walnut Hill School for the Arts (2005-2006) and Boston Ballet School (2006-2010) along with numerous dance education programs including World Dance Alliance Global Summit, Dance Education Laboratory, Bates Dance Festival, Perry-Mansfield School of Theater and Dance, American Academy of Ballet and Kirov Academy of Ballet. Upon graduation, Flora danced with Prometheus Dance and Urbanity Dance including her performances at the Boston Conservatory, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art and Association of Performing Arts presenters in NYC. As a choreographer, Flora’s most recent work “Home, sweet home” has won the grand award and was selected to present at 2016 World Soldiers & Youth Unification Security Vision Presentation Contest in Korea. As a teaching artist, Flora has been teaching at the Boston Ballet School, Urbanity Dance, LINX Dance, Boston Korean School as well as Boston public schools for the community outreach program. This is Flora’s fourth season with Prometheus Dance and she is thrilled to dance her heart out!

Shoshana Moyer,  a native Bostonian, earned her BFA in dance from University of Wisconsin-Madison. During college Shoshana had the privilege of dancing professionally for the Li Chiao Ping Dance Company and Marlene Skog Dance. As a dancer, she has performed works by Bill T. Jones, Susan Marshall, Carrie Hanson/The Seldoms, Vertigo Dance Company, Ohad Naharin, Inbal Pinto, Kun-Yang Lin, Pamela Pietro, Kate Corby, Chris Walker, and Jin Wen Yu. Shoshana has toured and performed in numerous cities and countries including Brazil, Vancouver, Vienna and Israel. Following graduation Shoshana moved to Jerusalem to apprentice and dance for the Vertigo Dance Company for the 2013-2014 season. Upon arriving to Boston Shoshana began dancing with several local companies and choreographers including Intimations Dance Company, Anadry Dance, Chavi Bansal and Prometheus Dance Company. Shoshana is ecstatic to continue dancing and performing with Prometheus Dance Company. This will be her fourth season.

Jacob Regan began his dance life at sixteen when he transferred to Northwest School of the Arts, in Charlotte, NC. From there, he continued his studies of modern dance at East Carolina University, where he found a love for choreography and improvisation, adding to his modern training. Jacob has performed in works by David Dorfman, John Dixon, Patti Weeks, and Teal Darkenwald. He has attended the summer dance programs of Doug Varone and Dancers and Bill Young. Jacob recently moved to Boston to pursue dance and is now a member of Prometheus Dance. He also works with Loraine Chapman LLTC, he is in the first company of Urbanity Dance, and is involved with Contact Improv Boston. This is Jacob’s third season with the company.

Guest Artists

Alexander Drapinski  graduated Dean College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in the study of varied dance techniques. He performed in works under the direction of Gregory King, Michelle Ball, Bryan Steele, Jean Wenzel, Kelly Peters and more. Currently, Alexander directs “Perceptions”, a pre-professional dance company program, that he founded in order to bring young dancers an in-depth “Concert Dance Experience.” He began this program in order to educate high school students to help bring them insight into the experience of working in a dance company, as well as be more prepared for majoring in dance in college. Alexander is educating students all over the state of Massachusetts in hip hop, tap and contemporary dance techniques. Alexander is also performing with Impact Dance Company under the direction of Meghan McCaffrey and Lorraine Chapman – The Company under the direction of Lorraine Chapman, in addition to Prometheus Dance. This is Alexander’s first season with the company.

David Glista is a graduate of the Walnut Hill School and Boston Conservatory where he received his BFA in Dance Performance in 2013. David now resides in Brooklyn, NY where he dances for The People Movers and the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble. He began working with Prometheus in his senior year at The Boston Conservatory and returns to Boston to work with the company whenever possible. David also freelances in New York and Boston and works primarily in contact and other improvisational forms. Apart from performing, David is also the Technical Supervisor for Gowanus Art and Production in Brooklyn which facilitates a wide variety of performances throughout the year.

Joe Gonzales started dancing at the age of 13 at the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts and later became an honorable academics dance major at the Boston Arts Academy. Joe has received numerous scholarships to attend renowned summer dance programs such as The Boston Conservatory Summer Intensive, American Dance Festival, Spring Board Montreal and Bates Dance Festival. Joe Gonzalez holds a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory.  He has performed masterworks by Alvin Ailey, Anna Sokolow, Ronald K. Brown, Paul Taylor, Sean Curran, Nathan Trice, Pedro Ruiz Jr., Jose Limon, Rubber Band Dance Group, and Alwin Nikolas to name a few. Joe has toured the USA, Canada, India and Scotland performing with Anna Myer and Dancers, Deborah Able Dance Company, and The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco).  Joe is the Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of Jo-Mé Dance, three companies dedicated to creating a full dance experience for inner city dancers.

 

The Board of Directors

http://www.prometheusdance.org/board-of-directors

 

Artist Collaborators and Staff 

 

Lighting Design

Paul Marr https://plmlighting.wordpress.com

Linda O’Brien https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-o-brien-28158110/

Stephen Petrilli  http://stephen-petrilli-lighting.com

Jayne Murphy  http://jaynemurphy.fineartstudioonline.com

 

Stage Manager

Jayne Murphy  http://jaynemurphy.fineartstudioonline.com

 

Costume Design

Marian Bertone

 

Composers /Musicians

Akili Jamal Haynes  https://soundcloud.com/chibuzomusic

Shamou  http://www.shamou.com

John Kusiak  http://www.kusiakmusic.com

Grayson Hugh  http://graysonhugh.net

Miguel Noya  https://soundcloud.com/miguelnoya

Adam  Noya https://noyaaudio.com

 

Photographers and Links

Photographer Sylvia Stagg-Guiliano  http://stagg-giuliano.com

Photographer Donnie Zaltzberg  http://dzphotoboston.com

Photographer Dennis Stein  https://www.facebook.com/Dennis-Stein-Photography-251177537879

Photographer Golden Lion Phootgraphy http://www.goldenlionphotography.com

Photographer Arthur Fink  http://www.arthurfinkphoto.com

 

Graphic Design and Website

Callie Chapman Korn http://www.calliechapman.com

Administrative Assistant to the Directors

Mary Teucher