Hannah Altman is a photographer living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a fine artist whose work explores female experiences and relationships through portraiture. By blending fine art and social commentary, Altman creates a visual dialogue about societal structure relating to the perception of the human body. This is her first project with Alexandra Bodnarchuk.
Marcella Day grew up in La Plata, Maryland where she performed with local studios and companies in Maryland and Virginia. She continued dancing her way through college, earning her BFA in Dance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA under the direction of Buffy Price and Susan Shields. While in college she performed and choreographed several student works and worked with outside artists such as Woodbridge Dance Company and with Baltimore choreographer, Desiree Koontz-Nachtrieb. She received scholarships to study at the Mark Morris Summer Intensive (NYC) and at the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC). She relocated to Pittsburgh in 2015 and has performed with Attack Theatre (Remainder/Northside), Bombyx Collective and Exhalations Dance Theatre. This is her first project with Alexandra Bodnarchuk, and has performed excerpts of Something Pretty at Kelly Strayhorn Theatre’s newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival and Movement Research Open Performance (NYC).
Alicia Leigh Hann began her dance training in Columbus Ohio at Dublin Dance Center at the age of 4. Not long after that she discovered her love for movement and was able to turn that love into a passion studying ballet pre-professionally and was also introduced to modern, jazz, and tap. Alicia pursued her study of modern dance at Ohio University receiving her BFA in modern dance performance and choreography in 2013. Studying modern dance expanded her definition of dance beyond codified movement vocabularies and opened up a whole new world of possibility and ideas. After graduating from college she began teaching dance to children and teens. Creatively sharing this passion brought so much joy. Alicia is also a choreographer/performer The Movement Mission, a nonprofit that raises money for melanoma research by putting on an annual performance and gala. This has been a unique opportunity to develop work and collaborate with women in all walks of life. Recently Alicia was introduced to Dancing Mindfulness, created by Dr. Jamie Marich. She became a certified facilitator in March of 2016. Dancing Mindfulness is a form of conscious dance which incorporates meditation, improvisation, music, and community. She loves that rather than focusing on technique Dancing Mindfulness focuses on the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical practice that is dance. This is her first project with Alexandra Bodnarchuk.
Andrea Kozai began her training in Boulder, CO and completed her Bachelor's degree with a double major in Dance and Exercise Science at Skidmore College. While at Skidmore, she performed the works of José Limón, Robert Battle, and the classical ballet masters. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City and worked as a freelance dancer. She performed all over New York and toured nationally with companies including Riedel Dance Theater, Ariel Rivka Dance, and Valerie Green/Dance Entropy. In addition, she launched a personal training business, Virtuoso Fitness, and presented several scientific papers at Annual Meetings of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. After seven years in New York, she moved to Pittsburgh with her husband. Since arriving in the Steel City, she has completed her Master’s degree in Dance Science and performed with Attack Theater, Bricolage and Texture Contemporary Ballet. This is her second project with Alexandra Bodnarchuk.
b.a. musser is a Minneapolis based sound designer and synthesist. His work has been frequently reinvented. Early work included introductory experimental soft synthesis in common programs, computer and mobile phone applications, and field recordings. Recent work has been expanded to an extensive investigation of relationships between music hardware and environmental influences. Most frequently, he is collaborating with Alexandra Bodnarchuk and producing music under monikers ROUGHANDERSON and TENEMENTAL. More about Musser can be found by clicking HERE.
Patricia Petronello grew up in Arlington, Virginia, where she found dance at the age of 13. Her middle school offered dance PE as a replacement option for regular PE, which Patty took without hesitation. She tried all forms of dance throughout her high school career before realzing she wanted to continue throughout college as well. Patty graduated from Slippery Rock University with a BA in dance and a minor in business management and started dancing in Pittsburgh three months later with Staycee Pearl Dance Project. Since then, she has worked with a wide range of people and companies such as Mary Miller, Pearl Ann Porter, Sarah Parker, Murphy/Smith Dance Company, Yes Brain Dance Theater, and Geeksdanz, a company she is still a member of to this day. Her performances have taken her all around Pittsburgh as well as to Philadelphia and New York. This will be Patty's third work with Alexandra Bodnarchuk and is excited for the chance to perform in such a meaningful piece.
Alexandra Dawn Salerno is thrilled to be back on stage performing in her hometown, Pittsburgh! She recently completed a one-year contract with Holland America Cruise Lines, and performed on the Alaskan and European tours. She is a current member of Gia T. Presents “Frameworks,” under the direction of Gia Cacalano. Her training includes: 14 years under the direction of Abby Lee Miller, and Maria Caruso, the Artistic Director of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Company. She attended the College Preparatory Program and worked as an apprentice with the company in 2010. Alexandra has worked with Pittsburgh Musical Theater and has performed numerous roles on the Byham Stage. Additional performance venues include: The Strand Theater, Bates Dance Festival, Wesleyan College, Wood Street Galleries, the New Hazlett Theater, the Alloy Studios and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. When she’s not on stage, Alexandra can be spotted on The University of Pittsburgh’s campus, where she is a current graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. This is Alexandra's first project with Alexandra Bodnarchuk.
Nicole Truzzi is pursuing a BFA in Dance at New York University. She is a graduate of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA. She showcased 3 pieces for the Senior Choreography Project and danced in over 25 shows while at LPPAC. She has attended intensives at Hubbard Street Summer Dance Chicago, BalletMet, Point Park, and Joffrey Ballet. This is her first project with Alexandra Bodnarchuk.
Owner of MÜV Integrated Physical Culture, a private gymnasium in East Liberty, Jhonphilipp Yonan has always been interested in movement practice which stemmed from his early introduction to martial arts. Since then, he has attained advanced education in exercise mechanics, neurophysiology and performance enhancement. His big hairy audacious goal is to help redefine the thought/training process of the fitness industry, dance and martial arts.
On the dancing side, as a child, his dad told him that he had to know how cook, fight and dance. The type of dance he started with was Argentine Tango and Cha-Cha. Jhonphilipp also had a great interest in hip hop choreography, b-boying and freestyle house and has shamelessly dabbled in all of them throughout his life. The end result of all of that training is that at least he can hold a beat. This is his first project with Alexandra Bodnarchuk.
David Bernabo, Jacob Brunner, Allison Garcia, Steve Hudock, Brendan Kepple, Darcy Schaffner, Zek Stewart
Revere La Noue is a contemporary artist, filmmaker, and consultant on a wide array of creative projects all over the world. He is committed to pushing the frontier of visual storytelling through innovation and professional collaboration. He and Alexandra collaborated for his project Emoticon, which opened in Durham, NC this Fall. Emoticon, Feeling Unsimplified, is a collection of paintings and prints that explore the human expression in an era of increasinly compressed communication. Her picture was used for Unsimplified no. 1 (second photo below). For more information about the project, and to see pictures of the show, please click HERE.