Kimi Eisele is the co-director of NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre, and a multidisciplinary artist who writes, choreographs, and makes visual art. Her work explores place and space and she is endlessly interested in our human relationships with where we live. Learn more about her here.
Ben Johnson studied painting and printmaking at The University of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a student, he found an early direction in Impressionist-influenced paintings that focused on the natural world as it expresses itself in urban areas, as well as in the wild. Upon graduation from the Academy’s Certificate Program, Johnson began exhibiting with Artist’s House Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and The Field Gallery in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. He continues to exhibit his work in galleries and museums throughout the United States including the Tucson Museum of Art, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Biggs Museum, Dover, Delaware; American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, New Jersey; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. In 2008, inspired by the beauty of southeastern Arizona and the Sonoran Desert while camping and birding in the Sonoran Desert, Johnson and his wife decided to move from southern New Jersey to Tucson, where he now works as an artist and as Curator of Exhibitions at Tohono Chul Park. www.benjohnsonart.com
Kate Blair, New ARTiculations, studied somatics, modern dance, and international dance forms at St. Olaf and Luther Colleges. She has integrated her love of moving and creating art in experiences with women, children, and immigrants in the midwest, Mexico City, and the southwest. She continues to grow in desiring inner and outer health, and following the discipline of listening to the body’s longing for lightness, strength, and awareness of interdependence.
April Douet, New ARTiculations, calls Louisiana home, although as a military brat she also lived in Florida, Texas, and North Carolina as a child. Graduate school brought April to Tucson where she fell in love with the dry desert heat after the humidity of bayou country. April took the requisite ballet, tap and jazz as a child but stopped taking lessons and began doing liturgical dance in high school. Although she has been dancing all her life, April never expected to be performing on stage as an adult. April joined NEW ARTiculations in 2007 and is excited to be dancing with such an amazing group!
Greg Colburn, guest artist
Jennifer Coughlin, guest artist, hopes to dance with you one day. She has been fortunate enough to perform with a variety of performance troupes, such as MamAxe Dance Collective, Flam Chen, Sugar Beast Circus, Sticks and Fingers, Cirque Roots, Zuzi!, Quasi Cum Aluminum Dance Unit, and Las Aerialistas among others. A stilt dancer, aerialist, and general movement enthusiast, she is always looking to collaborate and create with other fabulous, inspired people.
Erin Glockner, guest artist, has danced with Kuma Tunyale, Isolated Incident, and Canyon Movement Company in Flagstaff, AZ. She was also the Assistant Educational Director and a dance instructor at Canyon Dance Academy. In 2012, Erin received an AFA in Dance. In June 2012, she relocated to Tucson and is excited to begin new dance adventures!
Marissa Marquardson, guest artist, holds a BA in Modern Dance from Brigham Young University. She loves teaching young children and, as a lover of books, has incorporated the use of children’s literature into her creative dance classes. She loves performing, practicing yoga, and spending time dancing with her two little girls.
Tammy Rosen, New ARTiculations, is a former director and co-founder of NEW ART for which she choreographs, dances and teaches. She has performed with FUNHOUSE movement theater, Tenth Street Danceworks and O-T-O Dance (all in Tucson). She is a certified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method(R) of somatic education.
Katie Rutterer, co-director New ARTiculations, has a BA in dance from Washington University and an MFA in choreography/performance from the University of Arizona School of Dance. Katie has served as co-director of NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre since 2008. She is inspired by looking outside of the studio for movement and ideas. Also a dedicated yogi, Katie teaches YogaHour at Yoga Oasis in Tucson. This project has inspired her to look at nature and our role in/around it in a different way.
Valerie Selden, New ARTiculations
Molly Stack, guest artist
Sara Stewart, guest artist
Monica Weinheimer, guest artist