CO-FOUNDER BIOGRAPHIES

Gisela Creus 

Photo by Clara Bes

Gisela Creus is a dancer, educator and choreographer with international and interdisciplinary interest. She graduated with a Dance Diploma in Barcelona and moved on to Laban Centre in London where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Dance-Theater.

She has worked for a number of different dance companies and choreographers throughout Europe and has presented more than ten professional pieces of work as choreographer/performer, both individually and collaboratively.

She is a founder of NunArt, a creative practices association for artists in Barcelona where she remains a member of the leading board and the Head of Education.

Creus has been teaching contemporary, ballet, improvisation and creative dance for over 10 years; from beginners to professionals in Barcelona, London and US, and internationally, as a Guest Artist, through Masterclasses, Workshops and Residencies.

She has recently joined Salve Regina University, in Newport, as a Faculty Professor at the Department of Music, Dance and Theatre. She is also the director of Contemporary Dance Ensemble, an educational program that allows professionals to engage in the three stages of work: Training, Creative Processes and Performances in RI.

This Fall she will premiere two piece of work for Providence College Dance Company and Roger Williams University Dance Theatre. She has also joined the New Movement Collaborative  in Boston where she assists on outreach for the Festival Lion’s Jaw and is the director and curator of  Festival Lion’s Jaw Barcelona.

Danielle Davidson

Photo by Nikki Lee

Danielle Davidson, born in Canada, is a performing artist/dancer, choreographer, producer, and educator, currently based in Providence, Rhode Island. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and a company member with Lorraine Chapman, The Company.

Davidson has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Espressivo, Productions Fila 13, and Prometheus Dance. 

She is regularly commissioned to create work for theater, dance and opera companies, as well as for university and college dance programs. Her choreography has been presented by the fFIDA in Toronto, The Place in London, UK, Le Festival International de la Danse at La Place des Arts in Montreal, The Gibney Dance Center in NYC, Endicott College in MA, Keene State College in NH, The School of Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, MA, The Provincetown Dance Festival, Roger Williams University, Providence College, Brown University, AS220, and WaterFire Providence/Festival Ballet in RI, among others.

 

In recent years she has danced for and collaborated with choreographers such as - Diane Arvanites, Korhan Basaran, Heidi Henderson, Kellie Lynch, Thierry Manlandain, Paul Singh, Sydney Skybetter, B.J. Sullivan, Ilya Vidrin, and Riley Watts.

Danielle has curated, produced and performed shows collaboratively, and as the co-founder, with Shura Baryshnikov, of Doppelganger Dance Collective (2015-2018). She also co-produces and curates the Providence Dance Festival at AS220 which is now in its fifth season. She is a founding member of HDC Dance Ensemble with Gisela Creus and Orlando Hernández.

Orlando Hernández

(Still from “March Macabre”: film by Gita Blak, music by Quinsin Nachoff)

Orlando Hernández is a tap dancer and choreographer based in Rhode Island.​

He has presented his work in Solo: A Festival of Dance at On the Boards (Seattle), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), The Provincetown Dance Festival (MA), the SPACE Gallery (Portland, ME), The Activist Body at Brown University (RI), Modern Movements Dance Festival at AS220 (RI), DANCE NOW at Joe’s Pub (NYC), and La Casa de Cultura Ruth Hernández Torres (Río Piedras, Puerto Rico). He has received residencies from Yaddo and La Espectacular. He is the 2019 recipient of the Fellowship in Choreography from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and a 2019 recipient of the Rebecca Blunk Fund Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts.​

In his performance work, Orlando explores histories of colonialism and diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean. He is interested in how rhythm and improvisation relate to tradition and freedom. He seeks experiences of close looking and listening.

As an actor, he has performed in productions by Trinity Rep, the Brown/Trinity MFA Program, Spectrum Theater Ensemble, and Arte Latino of New England. Since 2016, he has been involved in Trinity Rep and Rhode Island Latino Arts' bilingual summer theater collaboration, Teatro en el Verano, as an actor, translator, and choreographer. As a member of the Boston-based company Subject:Matter, directed by Ian Berg, he has performed at the Montreal Fringe Festival, the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow, and The Yard.​

This fall, Orlando is working with students at Providence College, Roger Williams Middle School in partnership with Turnaround Arts: Providence, and the Manton Avenue Project in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts.

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