“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 sifts through and siphons from the rich, eclectic histories that constitute the personhoods of the people with whom they work. Using idiosyncratic movement invention, unpredictable phrasing, and a commitment to full-on embodied motion, BOOMERANG creates intense explorations of how human histories might be sensitively layered, distorted, and re-contextualized. Their work has been presented in NYC at venues including Dixon Place, Danspace Project, Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, Roulette, Triskelion Arts, Chez Bushwick, the Irondale Center, and at the United Nations, as well as in Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Grand Rapids. They’re 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 June and July 2015, they made their European debut with residencies and performances at Lake Studios Berlin and tragantDansa in Barcelona. In fall 2015, BOOMERANG was shortlisted as 1 of 20 juried finalists for the Grand Jury Prize at ArtPrize7, having been nominated among the top 5 time-based artists by Sundance Senior Programmer Shari Frilot. Most recently, they premiered their work at the Arts Arena in Paris, France as well at the Berliner Festspiele in Berlin, Germany at the invitation of world-renowned theater director Robert Wilson. BOOMERANG's new evening-length work, This is a Forge, was shown in it's first iteration March 17th & 18th, 2017 at the 92nd St. Y as part of the Harkness Dance Festival.
KORA RADELLA is the choreographer and a co-artistic director of BOOMERANG as well as of Double-Edge Dance (DED). DED’s work has been performed in cities including Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Cleveland, London, and New York City. Noted for her use of "awkward grace," she researches being on the edge of control, pushing both physical and psychological balances. Radella’s honors include a 2014 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Ineke Sluiter Prize for choreography in Amsterdam and a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation to pursue choreographic research in Brussels. Her work has been funded by organizations including Anjersfonds and Prins Bernard Fonds in Amsterdam, Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques in Brussels, the Abteiling Kulturelles des Kantons Basel-Landschaft grant in Basel, Switzerland, Illinois Arts Council, Ingenuity Festival, and the Ohio Arts Council. Radella has an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an advanced diploma from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her primary teaching interests include contemporary dance technique with dynamic release principles, contact improvisation, improvisation as a performance art, choreography, and movement for actors. Radella is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Kenyon College and a certified yoga teacher (500RYT). In 2016, Radella was the recipient of a Yaddo artist residency.
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 performancebased visual artist whose work pits the body against often radical undertakings and journeys that explore the limits and empathic possibilities of embodiment, memory, and love, as well as the origin of materials and mark making. Davis has performed at the Watermill Center, Judson Church, the United Nations, in Performa 13 (with Guido van der Werve and Pedro GómezEgaña) and Performa 15 (with Francesco Vezzoli and David Hallberg), and staged guerrillastyle performances in Death Valley, upon the rural ball fields of Oklahoma, and atop deserted tractor trailers in the Great Smoky Mountains. He has studied at Kenyon College, the American Dance Festival, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium, and earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this May. 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 is the recipient of a 2016 Visual Arts Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation. . He is a lover of locomotion: rollerblading, biking, motorcycles, running . . . More information about his work is available at www.mattywdavis.com
WILL ARBERY is a playwright, performer, and filmmaker from Texas + Wyoming. He's a member of Youngblood at EST, 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 Residency, Wildacres, The Watermill Center (with BOOMERANG), and Variety’s “110 Students to Watch.” His play The Mongoose was an L.A. Times Critic’s Pick. His dance work with BOOMERANG is upcoming at Steppenwolf and MCA Chicago. Short plays at: Williamstown Theatre Festival, JACK, Little Theater, #serials at The Flea, Samuel French OOB Festival (winner), Living Room Playmakers, American Theater Company, Hearth Gods, and more. He's been featured in Purple Mag, Howl Round, I Interview Playwrights, 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. Upcoming: his play Wheelchair at Dixon Place, and a micro-residency at the Bushwick Starr for his play Claustrophile. rbery has an MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University and BA in English & Drama from Kenyon College. He grew up in Dallas, TX, the only boy with seven sisters. He has performed with BOOMERANG at Dixon Place, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Links Hall, and ArtPrize7. More information is available at 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, co-founder and performer within BOOMERANG, tours nationally and internationallywith his music under the moniker Yoke Lore. He teaches the Katonah method of yoga at The Studio in NYC. Katonah yoga fuses Taoist naturalism and yogic theory with archetypal geometry in order use pattern, paradox, and repetition to nurture the body and thus one’s life. Galvin is a vocalist, musician, and songwriter. He produces audiobooks for Audible, and John Marshall Media, among other production companies. Galvin graduated from Kenyon College, where he designed his own major in liberation theology & German social theory. His music can be found at http://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.