Bobbi Jene Smith, Dancer
Born in Centerville, Iowa. From 2005-2014 she was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. She is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Her choreography and solo work has been presented by The Batsheva Dance Company, The Israel Museum, Luminato Festival, The Wild Project, Machol Shalem, Sacramento Ballet, The CCA, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, NYU, and The Juilliard School. Bobbi is the subject of the documentary directed by Elvira Lind which will premiere in 2017. Her film and video work include, “Annihilation” directed by Alex Garland, “MA” directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall, and “Yossi” directed by Eytan Fox. Bobbi is a certified GAGA teacher and has taught Ohad Naharin's repertory in schools and universities around the world. In 2015, Smith relocated to New York City, NY.
Keir GoGwilt, Violinist
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in New York City. As a soloist he has performed with groups including the Chinese National Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago, the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia, and members of A Far Cry. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has played at festivals including the Luminato Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Rockport Chamber Music, Yellow Barn, and Taos, and at venues including Miller Theatre, the 92nd St Y, Sanders Theater, Dumbarton Oaks, and National Sawdust. He has appeared as a guest artist at the Portland Bach Festival and the Music Academy of the West. Upcoming highlights for the 2017-2018 season include the Ades Concerto with Steve Schick and the La Jolla Symphony, as well as Matthew Aucoin's "The Orphic Moment" with Anthony Roth Costanzo and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.
He is also active as a poet, scholar, and improviser.
GoGwilt has worked closely with a number of composers including Roger Reynolds, Tan Dun, Tobias Picker, and Matthew Aucoin. Graduating from Harvard University with high honors in 2013, GoGwilt was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts.
Alex Apt, Photographer
Alex Apt photographs human nature. His distinctive images are the result of the raw, impromptu interaction between the subject and environment. In what are in essence controlled experiments he invites artists and performers, who have the strong ability to convey their own unique statement, to experience, and express themselves through the physical and emotional conversation with a chosen setting. The rest is transpired from the subjects’ instinctual response to the sights, textures and 'feel' of this particular landscape, witnessed, framed and captured by Alex.
Zack Winokur, Dramaturge
Director, choreographer, dancer and dramaturge, Zack Winokur, is a graduate of The Juilliard School's dance division as well as its prestigious James S. Marcus Opera Directing Fellowship under the mentorship of Stephen Wadsworth. His most recent productions include: directing and choreographing Cavalli's Venetian baroque masterpiece LA CALISTO for the Juilliard school which was hailed as 'one of the most elegant and imaginative shows seen in New York this season' in Opera News and garnered raves in a plethora of other publications including the NYTimes and Vogue, as well as his debut as the youngest director in the history of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence with his acclaimed production of the European premiere of SVADBA by contemporary Serbian composer Ana Sokolovic. He's worked on short films with Academy Award nominated director Mike Figgis, taken over the entire Royal Opera House in London with choreographic installations for the Deloitte Ignite Festival and created a surprise performance for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's 82 birthday in the Supreme Court.
Matan Daskal, Composer (2015)
Born in 1988 Jerusalem, Israel. Holds a BA in composition from the High Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem at the class of Professor Amnon Wolman, Esmuc Academy in Spain at the class of Christophe Havel and the Rimon school of jazz and contemporary music. Currently finishing a BA in music education. After graduating high school, Matan moved to Tel Aviv to dance at the Bat Sheva dance company. Today freelancing with the choreographers Yasmeen Godder, Iris Erez, Osnat Kelner, Andrea Martini, Einat Ganz and teaching open classes at Naim Studio. Matan composed music to several full evening dance piece by Ella Rothschild, AXIS dance company, Bobbi Jene Smith, Osnat Kelner and Tom Weinberger, alongside to writing electronic, chamber and orchestral pieces which performs globally. He has received 3 scholarships from Keren Sharet for modern and classical dancing, is a 2nd time recipient of the Siday scholarship for musical creativity through the JICM and a recipient of an orchestral composition grant from Mifal Hapais. The conductor, one of the composers and founders of 'Castle in Time Orchestra' and the artistic director of 'Electric Nature' music series at Almacen Gallery.
Elvira Lind, Creative Advisor
Elvira is an award winning Danish documentary film maker and photographer based in New York. She has made numerous films on 4 different continents. Besides her feature length films Elvira has made content for TV and web, written for fiction as well as directing music videos and art projects. A recent project of Elvira’s is a feature documentary, premiering in 2017, following Bobbi Jene Smith’s departure at Batsheva in Tel Aviv and her work in USA. Elvira intimately captured her journey and follows Bobbi’s work with A study on effort from the very beginning.