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Chris Ferris & Dancers

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photo: Eric Bandiero

Julia Asher, dancer

Warren Kloner, artist

Warren Kloner, is a painter and sculptor who has lived in New York for many years.  He holds a BFA in sculpture from S.U.N.Y. at Purchase and a Masters Degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute.  Over the years he has shown his work in many group shows in such galleries as Jack Tilton and Paula Cooper, as well as having several solo shows at The Gallery Of Graphic Arts.  His current work can be seen at WarrenKloner.com.  He is also a founding partner of “6 Foot 3 Design” whose furniture designs can be seen at 6FT3.com.  Kloner has recently played slide guitar for improvisational dances by Ferris.  He is pleased and honored to be working with Chris Ferris as a visual artist.

Julia Asher is an interdisciplinary performing artist based in New York City. Julia spent the past four years in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the inaugural class of dancers at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and her Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences with a concentration in Mathematics and Neuroscience. During her time at Peabody, Julia performed works by Kyle Abraham, Sidra Bell, Yin-Yue, Marjani Forte-Saunders, and Christian Denice in addition to many more. Upon graduation, Julia relocated to New York City to join Abarukas under the direction of Yoshito Sakuraba. Additionally, Julia works at One Day Dance as a video editor and community manager. Julia is incredibly excited to join Chris Ferris for her upcoming project!

These are the biographies for Seasonal-Just in Time premiering Oct. 14 & 15, 2022 as part of Take Root at Green Space Studio https://www.greenspacestudio.org/october-2022


Chris Ferris is the artistic director of Chris Ferris & Dancers.  Her work is based on an exploration of movement from a sculptural, dynamic and emotional point of view.  Its focus is to bring you design in space and time with a human element.  Chris Ferris & Dancers premiered, the full evening work, Unquantifiable at Roulette, Brooklyn NY Feb. 17, 2019. The REAL: Suite was performed at Fast Forward, Dixon Place Sept. 2018.  Selections from The REAL Suite and the Rampaging Light suite were presented at Roulette, Brooklyn NY Feb. 2018 and at Second Sundays, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House March 2018.  Rampaging Light was presented spring 2017 as part of The Waxing Crescent (an evening of dance and music with guest artists presented by Ferris at NY City Center Studios). Rampaging Light was performed at Take Root, Green Space Studio LIC Sept. 2016. Perfect Tension, was presented at the Martha Graham Studio Theater in Nov. 2014 after premiering at FLICfest in Jan. 2014. Urban Pastoral an outdoor improvisation with 10 sculptural lights by Warren Kloner, 10 dancers, and live music was presented, in June 2015 at Socrates Sculpture Park LIC NY, Battery Park City NYC, and Carl Schurz Park NYC.  In 2014 and 2013 we performed at Central Park NYC, Squibb Park/Bridge Bklyn,  the Tobacco Warehouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park; and The High Line, Manhattan. Circuitous Body, was performed at Roulette, Bklyn NY 4/12 and Green Space Studio LIC, NY 11/12 where it was partially funded by a Mertz Gilmore Foundation Late-Stage Stipend.

Alli Bradley, dancer

Alli Bradley is a New York-based dance artist and choreographer. She received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University. Alli has danced in works choreographed by Ani Javian, Douglas Nielson, Leslie Dworkin, Nathan Andary, Chungxin Wei, Emily Barasch, and Chris Ferris. Additionally, Alli was a company member of Wild She Dances from 2017-2020. In addition to concert dance, she has also been featured in the music video “You Are” by Raia Was and “Agoraphobia” by Katherine Huggard. Currently, she is choreographing a dance theatre work with her co-collaborators, Olvia Cancelli and Daniel Neiden.

Rachael Venner has performed in classical, contemporary, and modern works with companies including Donald/Byrd The Group, Cortez&Co. Contemporary Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Karen Reedy Dance, Connecticut Ballet, and Albany Berkshire Ballet. Rachael received her MS in Dance/Movement Therapy in 2018 and works full-time as a dance/movement therapist and licensed creative arts therapist in a Bronx hospital where she uses the healing aspects of dance as nonverbal communication and personal expression to support people with mental illness. She lives in NYC with her husband, two children, and their Westie. Rachael is pleased to be dancing with Chris Ferris & Dancers again.

Rachael Venner, dancer

Kelly Ireland is from Slippery Rock, PA where she began her dance training at the age of 5. She attended high school at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School as a dance major and graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in dance and minor in hospitality. Kelly is a New York Riptide Dancer for the National Lacrosse League and can be seen dancing in promotional videos for Elly Shepley, creator of Sneaker Jazz®.. She recently joined the cast of Woof Woof the Shadow Pup as an apprentice which just premiered its first public performance in Connecticut. Kelly is also an experienced choreographer, dance educator, and arts administrator. She is currently an outreach teaching artist for Steffi Nossen School of Dance and has been a guest instructor at studios across the country including Michigan, Oregon, Wisconsin, Nevada, and more. As a choreographer, her work has been presented at Florida State University, One Day Dance, and various regional and national dance competitions. Kelly is the former Content Marketing Manager for Ballet Hispánico and continues this work as a freelance marketer and administrator.

Kelly Ireland, dancer

Loren Kiyoshi Dempster uses a combination of cello, computer, electronics, composition, improvisation, notated scores, and world music influences to create and perform music. He is deeply interested in the relationships between movement, space, and sound, and has created and performed music with many collaborators, including Trio Tritticali, Tad's Living Room, Harrison Atelier, BK Soul, Chris Ferris, projectLIMB, Dahlia Nayar, Lower Left, and Margaret Paek. His compositions have been presented at The Stone, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Weseleyn College, and at Chez Bushwick, a 2007 Bessie Award winning performance arts space of which he was a founding member. He toured extensively with Merce Cunningham performing Interscape and Biped. Recently moved to Appleton, WI from Queens, NY, Dempster has taught as a Lecturer at Lawrence University and as a guest artist at Renaissance High School for the Arts. He has performed in the Fox Cities area at Lawrence University, Kohler Arts Center, Artists Guild, The Source, the Draw, and the 602 Club. For more information: www.lorendempster.com 

Loren Kiyoshi Dempster, composer/musician

photo: Eric MacLean