Meet some of the most gifted and original personalities that have altered the dance world forever with their vision. Host Ana Corrie explores, with today's creative pioneers, the far reaches of CHOREOGRAPHY, MUSIC AND DESIGN. Prepare your ears and your mind for a series of uplifting and unexpected artistic journeys.
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About Wahab Shah:
Of Pakistani origin Australia Director, choreographer,actor,producer of an International caliber. He acquired bachelors in acting from TAFE Australia; further training in professional dance from Sydney Dance Center in Contemporary. Which led to establishing Eastern Flavaz Dance Company in 2003 from Sydney. His portfolio includes tours and performances with AR Rehman, Sonu Nigam, Balvinder Safri, Usha Uttup, Merchants of Bollywood and many more. Since 2006 he has choreographed for every world performing arts festival held in Pakistan. Wahab Shah International portfolio includes work in Australia, Uk, USA Spian, Norway, France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and India.
Ruth Brill is a choreographer and Artistic Director. Ruth is a former student of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and English National Ballet School. She danced with English National Ballet (2007-2012) and Birmingham Royal Ballet (2012-2019), where she developed her choreographic work and created a number of commissions for the main stage. Ruth retired from dancing in 2019 to pursue her freelance choreographic career. Ruth is also the Artistic Director of London Children’s Ballet. Recent projects include Peter and the Wolf for Birmingham Royal Ballet, My First Cinderella for English National Ballet, Domino for New English Ballet Theatre, re-staging Cathy Marston’s production of Ballet Shoes for London Children’s Ballet, dance enactments for a documentary film about the life of Dame Gillian Lynne and a new work for Company Wayne McGregor for The Grange Festival, commissioned by Wayne McGregor.
Episode cover photograph by Alex Fine.
Hofesh Shechter is an Israeli choreographer, dancer and composer based in London. He is best known for being the founder and artistic director of the Hofesh Shechter Company.
Shechter was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Choreography in 2016 for his work on Bartlett Sher's revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Since 2016, he has been named as one of The Stage's 100 most influential people in theatre.
Erik Stern is a choreographer, dancer, musician and interdisciplinary educator. His work Demolition Derby brought together Alzheimer’s organizations and corporations. His collaborative projects Pattern Play and DanceScienceFest are being presented nationally. A Professor of Dance at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, he received his B.A. in Biology from UC Santa Cruz and an M.F.A in Dance from CalArts.
Karl Schaffer is a dancer, choreographer, mathematician, and math professor. He has pioneered dance performances and educational materials connecting dance and mathematics since 1990. Karl co-founded the Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble in Santa Cruz, California in 1987. Drawing on their combined backgrounds in dance, mathematics, science, writing, music, theater, and athletics, they were drawn to uncommon fields as fodder for their choreography.
They have toured throughout North America, in Europe and Asia, most recently performing in Houston, Madison, Buffalo, Hungary, France, at the Museum of Mathematics in New York, and at the National Science Museum in Seoul, South Korea. The company has received five National Endowment for the Arts awards for their cross-disciplinary performance work and Schaffer and Stern are Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Teaching Artists.