Jennifer Chin is a freelance dance artist who has performed and taught throughout the US and abroad with a variety of inspiring choreographers, including Alan Danielson, Kristin Jackson, Arthur Aviles, Michael Mao and Yin Mei. Her work has been performed in Guatemala City, Guatemala: Varazdin, Croatia; Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh; Florence Dance Festival, Italy; International Contemporary Dance Festival, Nicaragua; and Breaking Ground Festival in Tempe, Arizona. Locally in NYC, Jennifer’s choreography has been performed at Bare Bones Showcase-American Dance Guild, BAAD! Ass Women-Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Dancenow/NYC, Danspace Project’s Food-for-Thought, The Future is Female Festival. She has been commissioned to create work by Queens College, Peridance Center, and The Yard where she was a dancer-in-residence for four years. She also choreographs for theater and has worked in opera on Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, a Theatre Piece for Players, Singers and Dancers with a cast of over 100 performers. She received her MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and BA from Queens College. In addition, Jennifer is an instructor in the Humphrey-Limón technique, yoga, pilates and embodied anatomy. She has taught Master classes at Arizona State University, in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Finland and was a resident choreographer at Toscana Dance HUB in Florence, Italy. She has been on faculty at The José Limón Institute, Montclair State University, Dance Space Center, Peridance, and Université du Québec á Montréal. She owns her own business, LUMINOUSbody, transformative health and fitness, a group that offers private lessons in yoga, pilates and fitness training. www..luminousbody.net
Giada Matteini Ferrone, originally from Florence, Italy, has worked as a performer, educator, choreographer, curator and producer in New York City since 1998. She holds a BA in Dance from SUNY Empire State College and has taught ballet and partnering at NYU Tisch School of The Arts since 2008. She has been a full-time member of the Faculty at NYU since 2013 and is currently serving as Tisch’s Second Avenue Dance Company Co-Director and Director of Dance Accompanists; she also guest teaches and produces dance and music performances across Europe, Asia and South America. Ferrone is the Founder and Artistic Director of Toscana Dance HUB, a multi-layered platform serving as a training, performing, and producing entity led by a group of international art makers in Italy (www.toscanadancehub.com). She has most recently presented her own work in Italy at the Florence Dance Festival in Florence and ExOrto Danza in Agropoli, and has performed with Molissa Fenley and Company at Saint Mark's Church in NYC. She has collaborated with JENNIFERCHINdance on various artistic endeavors across the globe for the past 20 years and is thrilled to join their 2019 New York season.
Pianist Benjamin Bradham, born in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Juilliard School where he was recipient of a Werter Scholarship and his Master of Music Degree. Solo appearances include Alice Tully Hall, The Kosciuszko Foundation, the Donnell Library Center Concert Series, recitals at Caramoor, CAMI Hall, and broadcast performances on North Carolina Public Television, WNYC-Radio and WBAI-Radio in New York, as well as recorded performances and interview broadcast on National Public Radio. In 1999, Benjamin Bradham was featured soloist in the inaugural Community Connections Concert of the Kansas City Symphony. On this occasion he was a recipient of a Mayoral Proclamation of appreciation by Mayor Kaye Barnes. In December 2000, he made his first solo recital appearance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In response to public interest, he returned to Carnegie in April 2001 of the same season performing a new program. He has also recorded a CD featuring the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff. Other performances in past seasons include Mr. Bradham’s third and fourth appearances in recital at Carnegie Hall, an appearance as featured guest soloist with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble in a performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto conducted by Sybille Werner, Music Director of the orchestra, a recital presented by Beethoven Pianos in New York, and a recital at Steinway Hall in New York. In October 2007 he was presented in concert at the historic Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, North Carolina, as a benefit for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. More recent appearances include recitals at St. Malachy’s-The Actors’ Chapel in New York, Indian River College’s Summer Sunset Concert Series in Fort Pierce, Florida, The Delta Arts Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Benjamin Bradham’s first recital at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. In the fall of 2009 the pianist was presented in his second appearance in recital at the Delta Arts Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as well as his second appearance in recital at Saint Malachy’s-The Actors’ Chapel in spring 2010 in New York, followed in the fall of 2010 by his second recital at the Bruno Walter auditorium. In a different role, Mr. Bradham appeared in October 2009 as onstage pianist for the world premiere of choreographer Douglas Dunn’s “Cleave”, an evening-long work predominantly featuring keyboard works by J.S. Bach, along with pieces by his contemporaries Francois Couperin, Louis Couperin, and P.D. Paradies. In April 2011, he performed in a similar capacity at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater playing music of Sergei Rachmaninoff in an evening of dance works of choreographer Avi Scher. Benjamin Bradham’s other recent appearances include recitals at Steinway Piano Gallery in Paramus, New Jersey, as well as the Saturday Afternoon Series at the Bruno Walter Auditorium. Please visit www.benjaminbradham.com
Kristin Jackson is a Philippine-Irish-American choreographer, dancer and teacher born and raised in Manila. She has lived in New York since 1975 and has performed throughout the United States and internationally in dance and theater companies including Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians and the Broadway and National companies of The King and I. She founded Kristin Jackson Dance in 1990 after completing her M.F.A. in Dance at The New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
From 1990-1994, her work along with the Brahms’ solos “Field” and “Still Waters” were presented in New York at Mulberry Street Theater, La Mama, Joyce SoHo among other spaces and at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. A hiatus in 1996 to study Noh theater, brought Ms. Jackson to Kyoto, Japan where she had the opportunity to begin developing ideas for a new work with Nagasaki based composer, Keiko Fujiie. In 1998, Colden Center for the Performing Arts, NY presented the premiere of Ms. Jackson's “In Their Shoes,” a multimedia work created in collaboration with Ms. Fujiie and based on their and other Japanese and Filipino families' lesser known stories of World War II. This led to a Fulbright senior lecture award from 2002-03 at the University of the Philippines, where her group work “Banwa” (community) was developed with students and set to the music of Filipino composer Jonas Baes. Additionally, Ms. Jackson was one of three Philippine born choreographers profiled in the 2007 book Defiant Daughters Dancing: Three Independent Women Dance by Rina Angela Corpus, a U.P. professor. Along with her ongoing work in the dance field, Ms. Jackson's choreography has also been seen in Off-Broadway theater productions including the National Asian-American Theater Company's production of The House of Bernarda Alba and the Ma-Yi Theater Company's Obie-winning production of The Romance of Magno Rubio.
Kristin Jackson continues to develop new work as well as collaborate with artists and educators both in NY and the Philippines, where she will be returning to again this summer. She is honored to have Jennifer Chin, who was her student at Queens College, City University of New York and a valued principal dancer in KJD, perform “Still Waters.”
Patti Gilstrap (Costume Designer) holds a BFA in dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1996 and 1997 she attended the American Dance Festival on scholarship as the costume assistant. In 1997-1998 she toured with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble as wardrobe supervisor. She has designed costumes for many choreographers including: Sharon Kinney, Judith Steele, Incidents Physical Theater, Heather Harrington, Alan Danielson, Heidi Latsky, Teresa Wimmeer, Ali Kenner, Pat Cremins, Sue Bernhard, Dana Doggett, Chris Ferris, JENNIFERCHINdance, and Tina Croll. She has worked extensively with Treehouse Shakers designing costumes, headdresses, and puppets since 2005. She spent 17 years as the co-owner of Flirt Brooklyn clothing boutiques in NYC. She wrote a sewing book with business partner, Seryn Potter, “Flirt Skirts: Learn How to Sew, Customize, and Style Your Very Own Skirts” in 2011. These days you can find her splitting her time between her sewing business www.staysharpbrooklyn.com and teaching robotics at the Brooklyn Robots Foundry.