“A gestural language of tenderness and tension slips suddenly into contact-style athleticism. Full out dancing melts into interpersonal relations. Just when you think you know what It is, it’s not.”
- jill sigman, thinkdance
BOOMERANG is a daringly physical, poetically-nuanced dance and performance project created in 2012 by co-artistic directors Matty Davis and Kora Radella with founding member Adrian Galvin. Recognizing the body as an evolving repository for both physical and psychological life, BOOMERANG creates unfailingly committed, fully embodied works exploring trust, vulnerability, and the residual histories that impel the body to move. Their work has been presented in NYC at venues including Danspace Project, Judson Church, 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, Center for Performance Research, Roulette, Triskelion Arts, Chez Bushwick, the Irondale Center, and at the United Nations, as well as in Cleveland, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Miami, and Pittsburgh. Abroad, BOOMERANG has made premieres at the Arts Arena in Paris, as well at the Berliner Festspiele in Berlin at the invitation of world-renowned theater director Robert Wilson. BOOMERANG is also keen on presenting their work in a wide variety of alternative spaces, from parks to vineyards, the streets to the mountains, and within academic and school contexts. In 2015, BOOMERANG was shortlisted as 1 of 20 juried finalists for the Grand Jury Prize at ArtPrize7, their work For the toward having been nominated among the top 5 time-based artists by Sundance Senior Programmer Shari Frilot. For the toward has also been performed at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Pioneer Works in NYC. In 2016, BOOMERANG premiered Repercussion, an evening-length commission from Dixon Place that was created in part during artist residencies at Lake Studios Berlin in Germany and The Watermill Center in the Hamptons. In 2017, they presented the first iteration of their evening length work This is a Forge at the esteemed Harkness Dance Festival. In 2018, they will present duets and a solo at the Art Institute of Chicago in relation to the Rodin exhibit.
KORA RADELLA, choreographer and co-artistic director within BOOMERANG and Double-Edge Dance (DED), a contemporary dance and music company co-founded in 1993 by Radella and composer/saxophonist Ross Feller. Radella has an extensive repertory of choreographic work that has been performed in cities including Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Chicago, Cleveland, London, and New York City. Noted for her use of “awkward grace” Radella researches and teaches being on the edge of control, pushing both physical and psychological balances. Radella was an artist residency recipient at Yaddo in 2016 and at Lake Studios Berlin in 2015. Her honors include the Ineke Sluiter Prize for choreography in Amsterdam, a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational fellowship, and a 2014 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Radella has an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an advanced diploma from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Radella is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Kenyon College with a two-thirds position, allowing her exibility to create works for commission and special projects, and to teach master classes and workshops. She is a certifed yoga teacher (500RYT). Her primary teaching interests include contemporary dance technique she calls “riding resilience,” improvisation, contact improvisation, and composition. For contact information see www.koraradella.com
MATTY DAVIS is a co-artistic director and performer within BOOMERANG. He has been involved in the creation and performance of every one of BOOMERANG’s works. He is also a visual artist and teacher. His interest in the conditions sur- rounding movement and how they impact speed, friction, and the body’s energy systems have led to dances being staged in Death Valley, the Rocky Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean, upon the rural ball elds of Okla- homa, and atop deserted tractor-trailers in the Great Smoky Mountains. As a performance-based visual artist, Davis’s work pits the body against often radical undertakings and journeys that explore the limits and em- pathic possibilities of embodiment, memory, and love, as well as the ori- gin of materials and mark-making. He recently published his first book, A Country Divine, in collaboration with photographer Mark Davis, that explores map-making, processes of de-mediation, and the navigability of America in relation to the intimacy of the human hand. Davis recently underwent hand surgery after a saw cut through his ngers, resulting in a distal amputation, two distal bone fusions, and a bone graft. He is cur- rently working on a new performance with artist Ben Gould that radically explores control and empathy, and which is being developed partially through Kickstarter’s Creator-In-Residence program at their headquarters in New York. In 2015, he was selected as one of 80 artists internationally to work with Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center’s International Summer Program, and was the recipient of a 2016 Visual Arts Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation. www.mattydavis.net
WILL ARBERY is a NYC-based playwright, performer, and lmmaker from Texas and Wyoming. He’s a member of EST/Youngblood, and he’s the recipient of a 2016-2017 Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. He’s an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group, Theater Masters MFA Festival, Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda group, Tofte Lake Center’s Emerging Artist Program, Wildacres, The Watermill Center (with BOOMER- ANG), 100W Corsicana, and Variety’s “110 Students to Watch.” His play The Mongoose was an L.A. Times Critic’s Pick and winner of the 2017 Stage Raw Theatre Award for Best Playwriting. His dance work with BOOMERANG has been performed at Steppenwolf, PULSE Miami, The Watermill Center, MCA Chicago, Pioneer Works in NYC, and has been featured on Desus & Mero and VICE Creators Project. Short plays at: Williamstown Theatre Festival, JACK, Little Theater, #serials at The Flea, Samuel French OOB Festival (win- ner), Living Room Playmakers, American Theater Company, Hearth Gods, and more. He’s been featured in Purple Mag, Howl Round, I Interview Play- wrights, and TDF Stages. His writing has been published by Better Magazine, Word Riot, decomP, The Awl, Howl Round, Timber, Neutrons Protons, Snow Monkey, and more. He’s currently Writing & Research Assistant for Young Jean Lee and his work was recently part of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Arbery earned an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University and a BA in English & Drama from Kenyon College. He grew up in Dallas, TX, the only boy with seven sisters. www.willarbery.com
MASSIMILIANO BALDUZZI was born in a small village of the Dolomites and works internationally as a performer, director and teacher. For the past twenty years, frequently under the mentorship of Stefano Vercelli and Anne Zenour, he has dedicated himself to the practice of physical and vocal training for performers. In 2006, he spent six months in Bali studying Balinese dance and voice work. In 2008, he moved to New York City. Recent collaborations include Arturo Vidich’s Bodyisland and142241 (Abrons Arts Center), Helga Davis’Cassandra (Park Avenue Armory, BRIC), Daria Fain and Robert Kocik’s E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E, Vibe and Brooklyn Rezound and Vanessa Anspaugh’s The end of men. He also continues to work as an independent performer and teacher. In the past three years his solo performance research, DOIEB SI TAU, language for a requiem, has been presented in NYC at NYLA, CPR, Judson Church, Rubin Museum, CAVE, in Philadelphia at FringeArts, in Los Angeles at Pieter, and in Italy and England. He was a Movement Research (2011) and a Fresh Tracks, NYLA (2014) artist in residence. Currently Massimiliano is working with the Teatro Stabile di Bolzano (Italy) in the production of “The Kitchen” by A.Wesker directed by Marco Bernardi. www.massimilianobalduzzi.com
MARK DAVIS is a photographer and bookmaker who grew up in the suburbs surrounding Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania whose work concerns both the physical and psychological landscapes of contemporary America. His work navigates personal and public narratives using writing, photographs, video stills, and found documents. Alongside his personal work, Davis works on photographic essays and portraits for clients like the The New Yorker and Interview Magazine. More about his work is available at www.marktimothydavis.com
ADRIAN GALVIN, is a co-founder and performer within BOOMERANG, a songwriter and a musician. Yoke Lore is the new musical venture of Adrian Galvin, previously of Yellerkin and Walk the Moon. Featuring bright, harmonic anthems and thudding drums, his rst EP as Yoke Lore, Far Shore, was released in the spring of 2016 by B3SCI Records. Its songs were quickly licensed for series on MTV and Net ix. His song “Hold Me Down” garnered seven- gure streams before the end of the 2016. Yoke Lore has been continuing to make waves, including with the title track from his new EP, “Goodpain,” which topped the Hype Machine Popular Chart at #1. Yoke Lore has had US tours with the Overcoats and Aquilo, a UK tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, played at SXSW, and Yoke Lore has played at the Emerge Music + Impact Conference in Las Vegas. Galvin also teaches the Katonah method of yoga at The Studio when he touches down in NYC. Additionally, he has produced audiobooks for Audible, John Marshall Media among other production companies. Gal- vin graduated from Kenyon College, where he designed his own major in liberation theology and German Social Theory. www.yokelore.com
JORDAN HOLLAND hails from Detroit, Michigan. He performs as a guest artist with BOOMERANG. Since relocating to NYC, he has been working with Heidi Latsky and Bryan Strimpel. As a 2012 graduate of Wayne State University (B.S. Dance), Holland had the opportunity to work with Jeff Michael Rebudal, Biba Bell, Larry Keigwin, Ron de Jesus and Julie Bour among many others. His love for the art of teaching is fulfilled at the Vicky Simegiatos Dance School in Brooklyn. Holland has performed at venues including Judson Church, The Irondale Center, The West End Theatre, 100 Grand, Roulette, Joe’sPub, Triskelion Arts, The Red Hook Arts Festival, and “Carmina Burana” opera with The Stonewall Chorale.
KENNY POLYAK is a filmmaker, writer, and musician. He is currently a documentary filmmaker and editor at the New York Foundation, an organization that supports non-profit groups in New York City organizing a collective voice among those whose voices have not been heard. His freelance experience in writing and video spans from non-fiction to commercial work, and has appeared in New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Philanthropy New York, and Jet Blue Airlines. He is one third of the band Poor Remy and is preparing to release a solo musical project early this year. He holds a dual B.A. in modern languages and philosophy from Kenyon College. His parents immigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1989; he entered the U.S. in utero.
JONNO RATTMAN is a photographer and master printer. His photographs offer a dramatic view of the complicated present. Rattman’s work has appeared in publications includingThe New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, MSNBC, Glamour, Haaretz, Hopes&Fears, Daily Mail, Matter Magazine, ELLE.com, Vogue.com and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Rattman was recognized as one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2015. He has printed exhibitions for, among others, Rosalind Solomon, Gilles Peress, Wafaa Bilal, and Neil Selkirk for the Estate of Diane Arbus. He is an assistant designer at Yolanda Cuomo Design, a book and exhibition design studio in New York City. Rattman studied photography, anthropology, and art history, earning a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. www.jonnorattman.com
GREG SAUNIER is best known as the drummer for Deerhoof. Since co founding the group in 1994, he has written many of their bestknown songs, and produced or co produced all of their albums. Greg has performed with Laurie Anderson, Anthony Braxton, David Byrne, Yoko Ono, Konono No. 1, The Flaming Lips, Mike Watt, Nels Cline, Jon Brion, and Brooklyn Rider String Quartet. He has released improvisation records with Sean Lennon, Zach Hill, Joanna Newsom, and Brian Chippendale. His piece Deerhoof Chamber Variations has been performed many times by three different ensembles, and recorded by both s t a r a g a z e (released 2015) and Dal Niente Ensemble (to be released 2016). He has done soundtrack work for Adam McKay, Justin Theroux, Martha Colburn, and Becky James. A work composed for choreographer Pam Tanowitz has been performed by Greg along with Brooklyn Rider String Quartet at Vail International Dance Festival. www.deerhoof.net
ADAM TENDLER has been called "an exuberantly expressive pianist" who "vividly displayed his enthusiasm for every phrase" by The Los Angeles Times, a “maverick pianist” by The New Yorker, a "modern-music evangelist" by Time Out New York, and an "intrepid" pianist" who "has managed to get behind and underneath the notes, living inside the music and making poetic sense of it all," by The Baltimore Sun, who continued, "if they gave medals for musical bravery, dexterity and perseverance, Adam Tendler would earn them all." His new memoir, "88x50," is a 2014 Kirkus Indie Book of the Month and Lambda Literary Award Nominee. www.adamtendler.com
SIMON THOMAS-TRAIN began dancing at Middlebury College,transitioning from an extensive background in competitive cross country skiing to graduate with a BA in Dance and Architectural Studies in 2009. Since then he has had the pleasure of working with Tiffany Rhynard/Big Action Performance Ensemble, Satya Roosens, Attack Theatre, Megan Bascom and Dancers, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Tiffany Mills and Company, Red Dirt Dance, Vanessa Anspaugh, Pavel Zustiak|palissimo, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Boomerang, David Dorfman Dance and most recently with the Bessie-winning Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise, both by Third Rail Projects. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Space We Make.