ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The Floor is proud to launch its inaugural season of Artists in Residence.
Furthering its philosophy to provide alternative forms of care, The Floor offers free space and in-kind support to movement-based artists in the process of developing work.
By being or becoming a member of The Floor, you also support the production of these important works, and share our mission to curate a space for engagement, cultural equity and wellbeing.
British-American dancer and performer Ruth Childs was born in 1984 in London. She grew up in the United States where she studied dance (classical and contemporary) and music (violin.) In 2003 she moved to Geneva to finish her dance training with the Ballet Junior de Genève. Since 2015, she is also working on a re-creation and revival project of the early works of her the aunt the American choreographer Lucinda Childs.
In 2014 she founded her company SCARLETT’S in order to develop her own work through dance, performance, film and music and collaborates with Stéphane Vecchione on musical project “SCARLETT’S FALL.”
In 2016 the state of Geneva awarded her a scholarship and research residency in Berlin of 6 months to develop her own work. . Her first stage piece in collaboration with Stéphane Vecchione, The Goldfish and the Inner Tube, premiered in April 2018. She will premiere fantasia, her first solo at the ADC, Geneva in October 2019 and then in Lausanne and Paris in November 2019.
Maria Hassabi is an artist and choreographer. Her performances and installations are presented worldwide in theaters, museums, galleries, and public spaces including Centre Pompidou (Paris); K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf); documeta14 (Kassel); Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); Museum of Modern Art (New York); Hammer Museum (Los Angeles); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); The 55th
Venice Biennale (Venice); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels); ArtSonje (Seoul); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne); Performa(New York); The Kitchen (New York); Performance Space 122 (New York), amongst others. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts.
Ariel Lembeck is a dance artist and dance maker based in Brooklyn. Her work has been presented by WaxWorks at Triskelion Arts, STUFFED at JudsonChurch, SWELL 2 at the Jack Crystal Theater, MerdetheShow, and Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival at Ruth Page Center for the Arts. She received her BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2008 and has since worked with artists Meredith Monk, Stefanie Nelson, Ivy Baldwin, Douglas Dunn, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Eva Dean, Mari Meade Montoya, Steeledance and Elisabeth Motley. From 2011 to 2012, Ariel worked with choreographer Rami Be’er and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Ga’aton, Israel and Anat Vaadia on Yasmeen Godder's work Storm End Come in Tel Aviv. In 2016, Ariel joined Jessica Gaynor Dance (JGD). She was most recently commissioned by Beats Y Batería to produce their latest music video for their new ep release – “Alturas” – which was selected by npr.org as the top 5 best Latin alternative songs of 2019 (so far). Ariel's grounding artist practice is an ongoing improvisational movement series self-produced and shared on instagram under the hashtag, #mondaymoves, which explores the transcendence of the mundane into something beyond it’s simplicity and everydayness so that it becomes shiny detailed and significant. www.ariellembeck.com
Jessie Young is a dancer, choreographer and teacher living in Brooklyn, originally from the Olympic Peninsula (Port Angeles, WA). Her creative work manifests from dancing and takes shape in choreographed work, photography, collage, creative writing and sound design. She thinks of my process as mercurial and shape shifting and when making a dance, constructing and distilling an atmosphere that rides parallel to the work. She immerses herself in a process of dance training, continuously interested in the materiality of the body and the invitation from dancing into magical thinking and fantasy. When looking at her creative work, you might see slippage, blurry foggy chaos, melancholy, collaged limbs.
Lisa Fagan is a choreographer, dancer, and director based in Brooklyn, NY. Recent work in NYC has been presented by The Exponential Festival (2019/20 Exponential Fellow), Ars Nova (ANT FEST 2018), New York Live Arts (2017/18 Fresh Tracks Artist in Residence), Movement Research at Judson Church, Gibney Dance (WorkUp), Dixon Place, CPR (Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence), HERE Arts Center, Roulette, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, BAX, and The 92nd Street Y, among others. She’s collaborated with theater artists (Magda San Millan, New Saloon, Henry Vick) musicians (Lily McQueen, Sullivann, Johanna Warren) and visual artists (Janel Schultz, Emily Gui). As a performer she’s landed in theaters, museums, basements, shipping crates, walls, and on the Highline without permission. Fagan is also the creator/director of CAMP: Collaborative Arts Mobility Project, an experimental summer arts residency program for artists across disciplines entering its 5th season. She graduated from Bard College in 2011, where she received the Ana Itelman Prize for Choreography.