The Growing Beast
October 8- 9, 2015
Concept + Choreography Katherine Maxwell
Dancers Ezra Goh, Nicole Jones, Rose Kazanowski, Zachary Richardson, Koliane Rochon Prom Tep,
Gabriel Speiller and Tina Wang
Behind the Scenes of The Growing Beast
Ezra Goh has flirted with various dance styles, including b-boying, hip-hop and jazz. He finally stepped into a ballet class at the age of 21 when he enrolled in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore. Ezra’s education with NAFA led him to the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Ezra also holds a Diploma in Dance Choreography from NAFA and has also recieved scholarships with NAFA, Ngee Ann Kongsi, Moving Arts Scholars Programme, the Jitterbugs Developing Artist Programme and CSTD Summer School 2012. Ezra has worked with acclaimed choreographers such as, Pichet Klunchun (Thailand), Jeffrey Tan (Singapore), Zhang Xiao Xiong/Wu Chien-Wei (Taiwan), James Cousins (UK), Aszure Barton (USA) and MADBOOTS DANCE (USA). Ezra is currently a company member of H.T. Chen & Dancers and Kizuna Dance Company, and also makes work of his own. When he is not dancing, Ezra does work as a Gyrotonic trainer and professional photographer.
Nicole Jones holds Bachelor of Arts in Dance and in History from Point Park University. She has worked with Vertigo Dance Company’s international program (Jerusalem), Reed Dance (Pittsburgh), and performed the works of Noa Wertheim, Ohad Naharin, Martha Graham, Christopher Huggins, Gerald Arpino, Douglas Bentz, and Patrick Franz. Nicole has also worked with artists Stefan Ferry, Vova Zak, Nadar Rosano, Asher Lev, Cheryl Mann, Reggie Wilson, and NYC project artists Lisa Kusanagi and Ran Xia. Aside from working with Katherine Maxwell every chance she gets, Nicole dances for DanceAction, serves as Administrative Director for Awakening Movement, and works for NYU’s School of Law in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
Rose Kazanowski is originally from Atlanta, GA but a recent New York City resident to continue her college education. Rose is entering into her senior year at Marymount Manhattan College with plans to graduate in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During her time at Marymount, Rose has performed works by Doug Varone, Aszure Barton, Katie Langan, Alberto del Saz, and Nancy Lushington. Outside of school, Rose has worked with artists such as, Lauri Stallings/gloATL, Katherine Maxwell and Nikki Theroux. Rose has also recently attended the Movement Invention Project and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance summer intensive program.
Zachary Richardson is a Florida-native dance artist. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Kennesaw State University, Georgia in 2014. During his studies, Zachary worked with Lauri Stallings/gloATL, Jennifer Archibald/Arch Dance Company, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, and the Atlanta Ballet. After graduating he relocated to New York City and recently had the pleasure of performing in the Caribbean Islands as a dancer/singer with Carnival Cruise Lines. Richardson has presented his own choreographic work at the American College Dance Festival and Dance Canvas (Atlanta). He is thrilled to be working on projects with Katherine Maxwell.
Koliane Rochon Prom Tep is originally from Montreal, Canada. After being a gymnast for five years, she started a rigorous dance intensive at The Ballet Divertimento School in Montreal. To continue her education, Koliane relocated to New York City in order to complete a two-year professional certificate program at Peridance Capezio Center. Koliane has worked with artists such as Milton Myers, Richard Chen See, Tymberly Canale, Marlena Wolfe, Jesse Zaritt, and Manuel Vignoulle, to name a few. She has also performed works by Enzo Celli, Bryan Arias, Igal Perry and Robert Battle. Through her education, Koliane has developed and refined her artistic identity in order to create her own unique style of contemporary dance. Koliane has also previously worked with a variety of other artists through the collaboration of dance and film. Koliane is currently working with CEMA dance, Elena Vazintaris and Katherine Maxwell.
Gabriel Speiller is a native New Yorker, raised in Queens. He is a graduate of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Gabriel received his B.F.A in Dance at Belhaven University. He has had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by dancers from Doug Varrone and Dancers, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Contemporary, Limón Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Dance Theater of Harlem, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Battleworks. Gabriel has also toured in South Korea performing for various educational institutions. Speiller has studied with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Seiskaya Ballet, and Palm Beach Atlantic University. He previously danced with the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company, and Ad Deum Dance Company as well as serving as a guest artist with Master Works Dance Festival, York County Ballet, and Woodlands Ballet. Gabriel is also an active member of Awakening Movement, a faith based dance organization in NYC.
Tina Wang is a Taiwanese citizen, raised in Latin America. After training her dancing body at Washington University and Peridance Capezio Center, she is now acquiring skills for a different kind of impact she can make as a M.S. candidate in Translation Studies at New York University. Recently, she has worked as a contemporary dancer with Tamar Ettun, Tatiana Pandiani, and Ariel Asch on character driven performances. More info here.