Matthew Brookshire, Musician, is a songwriter and performer originally from North Carolina. His collaborations with choreographer Keely Garfield include Twin Pines (Bessie Award Nomination for Outstanding Production) and the acclaimed Wow (Danspace Project). He is the recipient of two Live Music for Dance grants from the American Music Center. Other dance collaborations include Brooklyn Ballet, Gibney Dance Company and Catherine Miller. Matthew has released two collections of original music, 8 Songs and Best Friend. www. matthewbrookshire.com
Mike “Big Mike” Fields, Choreographer and Dancer, is a performing artist and teacher, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Specializing in hitting, animation, waving and isolations, he combines storytelling and comedic elements in his dancing. He was a member of Hip-Hop Connections, a group that brings educational performances to schools around the tri-state area. He has worked with artists such as Chaka Khan and Busta Rhymes, and he has performed at venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn Museum, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Galapagos Art Space, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and Dance Theatre Workshop, among others. He is currently a performer and collaborator with Brooklyn Ballet and is a faculty member at Takalaland Dance Studio in Flushing, Queens.
Avram Finkelstein, Art Director, is an artist and writer from Brooklyn, NY. He is a founding member of the Silence=Death collective and the art collective, Gran Fury, with whom he has collaborated on public art projects for The Whitney Museum, The Venice Biennale, Artforum, LAMOCA, and The New Museum. His solo work has shown at The Whitney Museum, The Cooper Hewitt Museum and Kunsthalle Wien, and is in the permanent collections of MoMA, The Whitney, The New Museum, The Smithsonian and The Victoria and Albert Museum. He is Artist In Residence at The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU, has been invited to speak about art and collective cultural production by Harvard, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Parsons, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Arts and Labor working group of Occupy Wall Street, and been interviewed about art in public spaces by publications including The New York Times, Frieze, Artforum, and Bomb.
Leila Ligougne, LED Tutu Designer, is a New Yorker by adoption. She has lived in Quebec, Paris, London and New York getting inspired from the youngest of age. After studying in Paris, and having her clothing line in Canada, Leila spent most of her career getting a rich experience from collaborating with renowned architect Gaetano Pesce and working the two opposite ends of the fashion design and business spectrum alongside Catherine Malandrino and later as a Design Director at Victoria’s Secret. Most, recently, she started “Ligougne Studio” consulting in the fashion industry and started an eponymous collection of summer dresses and cover-ups. Ligougne is always dabbling with art and she is now also pursuing her interest in forward computational fashion.
Nick Vermeer, Technologist, is a maker and hardware hacker who enjoys working at the nexus of technology and art. As a member of NYCResistor he has worked on projects for RedBull Creation, Hackerspace challenges, and most recently, Brooklyn Ballet.
Sylvia Nolan, Costume Designer, is Resident Costume Designer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she has been working for over 14 years. She is at the head of the main costume shop: here, the staff makes or modifies costumes and accessories for 28 productions, put on during the 33 weeks of a theater season. She also has a passion for ballet: she permanently works for the New York Theatre Ballet and has been collaborating with internationally renowned choreographers, such as Martha Connerton, Matthew Neenan and Benoit-Swan Pouffer.
Billie Ward, LED Technologist, has been a member of NYC Resistor since 2008. Collaborations include mixed-reality video games and mixing vintage technology with internet applications. Billie is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Computer Science at New York University with a focus on computer vision and machine learning.
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