Choreographer Garrett Smith was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and began his formal training with the Utah Regional Ballet. In 2002, Garrett performed in the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies, and toured Austria in the Tanszsommer Festival. Garrett was later named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts where he was honored to meet George W. Bush at the White House and perform his choreography at The Kennedy Center.
Garrett studied at the Houston Ballet Academy where he created five works for Houston Ballet II’s repertoire, which were taken on tours through the United States, China, Toronto, and Hungary. Garrett joined Houston Ballet and danced works by Stanton Welch, Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, and Christopher Bruce. Garrett choreographed his first work on the company as an apprentice, through an award presented to him by Peter Martins from the New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship. Garrett was later commissioned by Houston Ballet to create a new work in the 2013 season’s mixed bill. Garrett was accepted as a member of the Norwegian National Ballet, where he had the great pleasure to work personally with choreographers Jiři Kylían, Nacho Duato, Alexander Ekman, and dance in other works by William Forsythe. Garrett has since been commissioned by Norwegian National Ballet, Ballet West, and Milwaukee Ballet to create new works. Garrett was a selected choreographer to choreograph a new work for the National Choreographers Initiative 2014. Garrett was recently accepted as a finalist for the Milwaukee Ballet’s Genesis International Choreographic Competition, where his new creation Mortal Form took 1st place. New York City Ballet has selected Garrett to create on the company for the 2015 New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship.
Juliano Nunes is born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1990. He studied at the Academy of Dance at the University of Performing Arts in Mannheim (Germany). He joined companies such as the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Theater Hagen, Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart, Leipziger Ballet and now dances at the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Juliano has already worked with choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen.
Yin Yue is a versatile performer and choreographer. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she studied classical ballet technique, Chinese classical and folk dance at Shanghai Dance School, where she received rigorous training in all aspects of the technically demanding and highly structured Chinese dance. She continued her education at Shanghai Normal University and by the end of her university training she had appeared in many festivals and dance competitions throughout China. In 2005, she was ranked among the top ten performers in the National Dance Competition in Yunnan. Intent on further developing her artistic talents, Yin moved to New York City to pursue MFA in contemporary dance at New York University.
After graduating with a MFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin Yue quickly started to gain attention as a highly original choreographer and performer among her peers. Yin created an innovative contemporary dance technique- FoCo (FolkContemporary) Technique that soon gained the attention of the dance world. The movement style of YYDC FoCo consists of five elements: earth, wood, water, metal and fire. Each element contributes to the quality of moving and its designated body parts. The technique trains dancers to create a grounded, circular, fluid and dynamic performance that is rhythmic and powerful, yet sensual and graceful. The main themes of Yin’s work are emotional experience, contrasted movement dynamic and strong physicality in all their complexity.
In 2016, Yin Yue received first place in Choreography in Shanghai Professional Dance Competition. She is also winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago International Commissioning Project 2015 and winner of 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship and winner of Northwest Dance Project 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Comeptition 2013 and received commissions from all three companies. She was slected as Emerging Choreographer of 2015 Springboard Danse Montreal, finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation.
In March, 2016, the company took 90 min dance program toured to Aachen, Germany as part of schrit_tmacher Just Dance Festival.
Her work has been recognized by organizations and festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside Out Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, DanceNOW[NYC] at Joe’s Pub, Peridance Capezio Theater, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, La MaMa Moves International Festival and many more.
Michel Banabila, born 1961, is a sound artist, composer, and producer. Banabila has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, theatre plays and choreographies. Banabila’s work varies from minimal loop-based electronica, fourth world, and neo-classical pieces, to drones, experimental electronica and tribal ambient. In addition to acoustic instrumentation, Banabila uses electronics, field recordings, and snippets from radio, tv and internet. In 2003 he was the recipient of the Dutch Edison Jazz Award for his album
VoizNoiz 3 with Eric Vloeimans. He performed live with media artist Geert Mul in venues like The Barbican (London) during the Logan Symposium 2014, Yukunkun (Beirut) with vocalist Anas Maghrebi during the Global Week For Syria 2015, and TENT (Rotterdam) during Sound Spectrums 2012. He performed live at the Hirshhorn Museum for an exhibition by Gerco de Ruijter (Washington DC, 2013) and in 2017 he toured with Maarten Vos 4 months The Netherlands with Home, a critically acclaimed dance performance by Conny Janssen Danst. In May 2018 the San Francisco Ballet used Banabila’s Jump Cuts (remixed) in Guernica, a ballet by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. His work has been released internationally by labels like Bureau B (DE)
and Séance Centre (CA).
Hogan McLaughlin is an American fashion designer, artist, and dancer. He began his professional career as a ballet dancer, performing with the internationally acclaimed Hubbard Street 2 and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2011, he met and collaborated with artist Daphne Guinness on his first garments, which ended up on display in the windows of Barneys New York Madison Avenue, and at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Later that year, McLaughlin launched his first collection under his name, and was subsequently profiled by The New York Times, WWD, Vogue.com, among other publications, and had the opportunity to create custom looks for a number of high profile clients including Lady Gaga. As an illustrator, he has had the pleasure of creating promotional images for HBO’s Game of Thrones, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, and History Channel’s Vikings.
Michael Mazzola’s critically acclaimed lighting and scenery has been seen in venues all over the U.S., Europe, and Asia, ranging from opera houses to amphitheaters, from circus tents to hay barns. The three-time New York Dance and Performance Award winner has designed lighting and scenery for Oregon Ballet Theatre; Pacific Northwest Ballet; San Francisco Ballet, Whim W’Him of Seattle, Queensland Ballet; National Ballet of Finland; Stuttgart Ballet; Grand Rapids Ballet; Ballet West; Ballet Nacional de Cuba; Trey McIntyre Project; The Washington Ballet; Houston Ballet; Rachel Tess Dance at the Wanas Foundation in Sweden, Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC and LMCC’s River to River Festival, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Bebe Miller Company – with whom he has worked since the mid-80s, and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. At the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, he designed lighting and video for the 2015 Presidential Scholars Awards. Mazzola has also designed scenery for two Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts, and the 2015 Lincoln Awards at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for Uplight, Inc, based in NYC. His performance photography has been published in Liz Lerman’s book Hiking the Horizontal, as well on the websites and marketing materials for Bebe Miller Company and Rachel Tess Dance.