TPA 2022 Program: SW!NG OUT and Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral

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SW!NG OUT Sep 16, 2022 Bass Concert Hall Media Sponsor: Austin PBS 14

Braintrust (Creative Team): Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Macy Sullivan, Caleb Teicher, Eyal Vilner Director: Caleb Teicher Assistant Director: Macy Sullivan Producer: Ross LeClair, Joyce Theater Productions Production Manager: Olivia Brown Company Manager: Bridget Caston Original Lighting Design: serena wong Associate Lighting Design: Kelly Martin Original Sound Design: Joseph Wolfslau Costume Design: Márion Talán 15

Understudies: Macy Sullivan

Band: Luther S. Allison (piano), Tahira Clayton (vocalist), Erán Fink (drums), Ian Hutchison (bass), Brandon Lee (trumpet), Josh Lee (baritone saxophone), Julieta Eugenio (tenor saxophone), Mike Sailor (trumpet), Eyal Vilner (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet), Ron Wilkins (trombone)

Shiny Stockings — composed by F. Foster

Choreographic Advisor: Melanie George

Choreography Improvisation:and

Dancers: Evita Arce, Brandon Barker, Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook, Laura Glaess, Andrea Gordon, AJ Howard, Michael Jagger, Jennifer Jones, Brian Lawton, Rachel Pitner, Caleb Teicher

Downhill, The Rabbit, Ain’t Got Chabichou,Nobody,TheJam, Tap Tap Tap, and Belleville — composed by Eyal Vilner

Jumpin’ At The Woodside — composed by C. Basie

Caleb Teicher and the Braintrust in collaboration with the Dancers, except: Big Apple Contest — choreography by Frankie Manning, as first seen in “Keep Punching”

Music: All arrangements and orchestrations by Eyal Vilner, performed by the Eyal Vilner Big Band

My Baby Just Cares For Me — composed by Donaldson & Kahn

The Big Apple Contest — composed by L. Norman

Saint Louis Blues — composed by W.C. Handy

Bandstand & Logo Design: Michelle Stokes

Lindy Hop is the preeminent, swing-jazz, partnered dance. In the late 1920’s, movement elements, including those of The Charleston, The Collegiate, and The Texas Tommy, were swirling together in African-American communities to form a new style, and they coalesced around a musical groove called “swing.” Dance champion George Snowden supplied the name, “Lindy Hop,” in reference to Charles Lindberg — whose recent transatlantic flight was the phenomenon of the moment. The name stuck, and the dance was popularized by early masters at the Savoy Ballroom, in Harlem.

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Frankie Manning, and other exponents of the 1930’s and 1940’s, incorporated choreography and high-flying “air steps.” Frequently

At the end of the 20th century, a surge of popularity sowed modern, swing-dance scenes all around the world. There are now plenty of non-US hotspots, like Stockholm and Seoul, with robust dance com munities. Lindy Hop also continues to thrive in the US, and in Harlem, where the dance never stopped.



dancing is integral to the tradition and modern-day expression of Lindy Hop and Jazz Dance. Now that you’ve seen our show, we invite you to dance: find some space and join us while the Eyal Vilner Big Band plays a 30-minute set!

presented by Savoy bouncer Herbert White as “Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers,” these champions dominated clubs, contests, stages, and film. Manning had a phasic career, retiring after the swing era, but reengaging with the dance industry in the 1980’s. In the intervening years, visionaries such as Norma Miller and Mama Lu Parks sustained Lindy Hop and even adapted to new music genres.

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SW!NG OUT was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and was commissioned and created, in part, with the support of The Joyce Theater’s Artist Residency Center, made possible by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, LuEs-

Even though Lindy Hop and ver nacular jazz have been used in other productions for nostalgia or nov elty, there has not been a touring, evening-length program celebrating what these dances have become. By assembling genuine, swing-dance superstars in an improvisatory space, this show offers a unique glimpse into their universe: the modern, Lindy Hop scene.

For us, Lindy Hop tackles the issues of society-at-large, but in an arena of exaggerated humanity. Touch, trust, gender, history, inti macy, and partnership get ground together there, in the crucible of jazz, and they are reified as art. Our mission with Swing Out is to search for perspective on these complexities, while embracing the joy of jazz dance and music.

SW!NG OUT presents social Lindy Hop and vernacular dance as a jazz concert experience. It is a blend of prearrangement and improvisation, where only some of the steps are choreographed; only some of the music is on the page. Performers and spectators are invited to inter pret the material in real time, to share in the exhilaration of creation.




— The Braintrust: Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Macy Sullivan, Caleb Teicher, and Eyal Vilner

ert Pollock, and Karen Roth. Music commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.Leadtour support for this tour of SW!NG OUT was generously provided by Mr. Stephen Kroll Reidy. Additional tour support provided by Stephanie Gittleman, Karen Roth, and Dorry Segev.

ther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Works & Process at the Guggen heim; the Center for the Arts at George Mason University; Northrop at The University of Minnesota; and additional commissioning funds provided by The O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation. Additional creation support was provided by Deborah and Charles Adelman, Alpern Family Foundation, Sarah Arison, Michèle and Steve Pesner, Anh-Tuyet Nguyen and Rob- 19



Brandon Barker (Dancer) is a per forming artist who began his journey of dancing at the age of three at the Dance Theatre Harlem with the style of ballet. Following this he dove deeper into movement with modern dance and contemporary styles through grade school. He found a unique release from rigid structure and a freedom of creativity with Lindy Hop. Following this he allowed


Evita Arce (Braintrust, Showrun ner, Dancer), an internationally renowned Lindy Hop dancer and teacher, began her jazz journey in Austin, Texas (1998). A few career highlights include competing on So You Think You Can Dance (2007), “Let Freedom Swing” with Jazz at Lincoln Center at the Kennedy Cen ter (2009), performing in SWING! the musical (2008–2009), and


Hailing from Charlotte, North Car olina Luther S. Allison (Piano) is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in both piano and drum set. In 2017 Allison earned his BM in Studio Music & Jazz from The University of Tennessee and his MM in Jazz Stud ies from Michigan State University shortly thereafter. Allison is the featured pianist on Diego Rivera’s Connections and Michael Dease’s Reaching Out, and is the featured drummer on Michael Dease’s Father Figure, and Markus Howell’s Get Right. Allison has performed nationally and internationally along side the likes of Rodney Whitaker, Etienne Charles, The Baylor Project, Gregory Tardy, Michael Dease, and is currently the pianist for Ulysses Owens Jr.’s Generation Y Quintet. In addition to teaching piano and drum set at the Brevard Jazz Institute summer camp in Brevard, NC, Allison has worked as a clinician in Mexico, China, Japan, Switzerland, St. Lucia, and Trinidad & Tobago. Al lison is currently based in New York City where he is on faculty for both the jazz division and percussion division at The Calhoun School and performs regularly.

her Broadway debut beside Caleb Teicher for Regina Spektor’s run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater (2019). Evita was also featured in the Swing documentary Alive and Kicking (2016) which follows her path in the international Lindy Hop community. Co-directing with Michael Jagger, Syncopated City, debuted as the first Lindy Hop dance company to present at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage (2012–2013). Evita danced for Caleb Teicher & Company having performed in Meet Ella and More Forever. Over the course of the pandemic Evita has continued to teach Lindy Hop, Charleston, and solo Jazz online at syncopatedcity. com. She graduated from UT Austin with a double Bachelor’s degree in Theatre & Dance and Film Produc tion. Thanks to her family, especially her husband Simon, her mentors Ryan Francois & Jenny Thomas, the Vanaver Caravan’s training, Mirra & Richard Brockman’s support, Jacky Li for the shoes, and Elena Iannucci & Teddy Kern of Dance Manhattan for providing an artistic home for 10 years. And of course huge love to the extraordinary dream team of SW!NG OUT.

LaTasha “Tasha” Barnes (Braintrust) is an internationally acclaimed and awarded dancer, educator, coach and ambassador of culture from Richmond, VA. Globally celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence throughout the cultural traditions she bears, which include: House, Hip-Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. Her expansive artistic, competitive and perfor mative skills have made her a frequent collaborator to Dorrance Dance, Singapore based Timbre Arts Group, Caleb Teicher & Company, Ephrat Asherie Dance, and many international Urban Arts and Jazz/ Lindy Hop festivals like Summer Dance Forever and Paris Jazz Roots Festival. Accolades and accom plishments aside, Tasha’s forever purpose is to inspire fellow artists and art enthusiasts to cultivate an authentic sense of self in their cre ative expressions and daily lives.

for this to become his main focus and passion guiding him through his studies to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. He continued to study styles of ballet and modern along with West African, Hip Hop, and House. He is currently exploring the connections between all dances of the African diaspora and their lineage to each other. While having a physical connection of growth to the performing arts he also has an economic connection as well through working to ensure there is financial stability to the arts through his studies to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Public Policy.

who specializes in dance produc tion, originally from New Hampshire and now living in New York City. She has worked at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in multiple capacities, most recently serving as the Production Manager for the Henry J. Leir Stage during the 2022 festival season. In between production jobs, Olivia spends her time as a freelance personal trainer, lighting technician, and an avid cyclist.


Nathan Bugh (Braintrust, Dancer) is known worldwide for his intimately rhythmic style of Lindy Hop and vernacular jazz. He “rocked the stage” at Carnegie Hall, dancing Lindy Hop with the New York Pops Orchestra; he performed in Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater in Swingin’ Frankie’s Way; and he danced in the CT&Co’s More Forever, at Jacob’s Pillow. His on-film appearances include: My Fair Wedding S.3 E.3 - Great Gatsby Bride, Fox and Friends Christmas, Rebel In The Rye, and The Weepies - Be My Honey Pie. As a national jazz-dance competitor, Nathan has taken 1st place in Lindy, Slow Dancing, Solo Charleston, Team, Jill&Jack, Luck/ Draw, and Cabaret divisions. He is one of the most eminent solo-jazz contestants in the world, having won both the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2012) and Interna tional Lindy Hop Championships (2014), as well as achieving 3rd place in the ILHC invitational (2018). He was also the director and choreographer of Yeah Man, the 2015 ILHC Team champions.

Olivia Brown (Production/Stage Manager) is a Production Stage Manager and Theater Technician

Bridget Caston (Company Manager) is an alum of the University of Texas at Austin (2021) with a BFA in Dance

member of the Women in Jazz Organization (WIJO), based in NYC. Tahira is program director for WIJO’s mentorship program, WIJO Mentors. In addition to her work with WIJO, Tahira has traveled in ternationally to present lectures on her research entitled, “The Dangers of Jazz: Sexism in Society.” A 2015 graduate of the University of North Texas Tahira has performed and par ticipated in master classes of many of the genre’s greats. Tahira’s debut album of all original compositions, “Wait, Till Now” is currently available for purchase and streaming.

Gaby Cook (Dancer) is a veteran Lindy Hopper of all stripes. For the last 15 years, she has been an active professional in the global Lindy Hop scene — teaching and performing for events such as Herräng Dance Camp, Lindy Focus, Paris Jazz Roots, Rock That Swing Festival, and the IG hop Dance Residency in Vienna among others. In addition to her career as a teacher, she is also a choreographer and performer. She is Artistic Director for two New York dance companies based in the language of Swing and Vernacular Jazz: Wild Rhythm Dance Company and Gatsby Entertainment. These two companies have presented feature performances on stages like Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, 92nd St Y, Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, The Great Gatsby Party and many appearances at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Cen ter. Wild Rhythm was in residence at Brooklyn College through the CUNY Dance Initiative program for the 2019–2020 season.

In addition to her performing, Tahira currently serves as the vice president and is a founding board

Performance and Choreography and BBA in Consulting and Change Management. Born in New Orleans, raised in Fort Worth, Caston grew up dancing at local studios and summer dance programs across the country. In her time at UT she was trained and mentored under program director Charles O. Anderson as well as Gesel Mason, Erica Gionfriddo, Leah Cox, Andrea Beckham, Tina Curran, and Dorothy O’Shea Overbey among others. Along with her studies, she served as the Dance Area Administrative Assistant. Since graduation, Caston has worked with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, K.DMC (a corporate events agency), and at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Company Management. At Jacob’s Pillow she worked with acclaimed dance companies such as Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham, and Miami City Ballet among others. She had the pleasure of connecting with SW!NG OUT at The Pillow as well, and is excited to be joining this fall season as their company manager.

Originally from Dallas, TX and now living in New York City, Tahira Clay ton (vocals) is known for her honest vocal delivery and charismatic stage presence. A strong lyricist and sto ryteller. An in demand vocalist and performer, Tahira has performed internationally as a band leader and featured vocalist. In 2022, Tahira headlined IMG Artists “Bessie, Billie, Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz,” a national tour, alongside Charenee Wade, Vanisha Gould, and music directed by Carmen Staaf. 23

Julieta embedded herself into the Argentinian jazz scene and performed in renowned jazz venues in Buenos Aires alongside master musicians. In 2013, Julieta was ac cepted to study at Queens College for a Jazz Master degree in New York city. After her Master Graduation, nowadays, Julieta is playing along side the finest jazz musicians from the worldwide and New York city jazz scene, such as Johnny O’Neal, Eric Reed, Leon Parker andJulietamore.had the opportunity to perform on one of the most prestigious jazz broadcast radios in the US — WBGO as well as being featured on a piece of ABC7 News nationwide alongside Master Philip Harper. In April 2017, Julieta Eu genio won the International Women in Jazz Competition as a member of the SIJ trio and will perform at the Saint Peter’s Church for the IWJ Festival in NYC. Julieta has shared the stage multiple times with the Jazz Legend Johnny O’Neal, where she was featured on his residencies at Smoke Jazz club, Ginny’s Supper Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, and more. Julieta has recorded with prestigious musicians such as David Kikoski, Leon Parker, and more.

Julieta Eugenio (Tenor Saxo phone), is an Argentinian Saxophon ist based in New York City.


Laura Glaess (Dancer) started dancing in 2001 in San Antonio. It wasn’t a very large scene, and her teachers hadn’t been dancing very long, but she instantly fell in love with Lindy Hop, the music, the his tory, and everything involved. When we’re not in a pandemic, Laura trav els the world teaching, competing, performing, and learning. She is a passionate believer in dancing with swing, with rhythm, and in pushing for something new while maintain ing a connection with the original

Melanie George (Choreographic Advisor) is the founder and director of Jazz Is… Dance Project and Associate Curator and Director of Artist Initiatives at Jacob’s Pillow. As a dramaturg, she has contributed to projects by Raja Feather Kelly, Ephrat Asherie, Susan Marshall & Company, Kimberly Bartosik/daela, LaTasha Barnes, and Urban Bush Women, among others. Melanie is featured in the documentary Up Rooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance and founded the global advocacy website She is the former Dance Program Director at American University, and has guest lectured at Harvard Univer sity, the Yale School of Drama, and The Juilliard School.

Erán Fink (Drums) is originally from Israel, where he attended the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts. His passion for music and jazz in particular then led him to

In 2021 Julieta recorded her debut album (to be released soon) with her own compositions featuring Jonathan Barber and Matt Dwonszyk.

Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with jazz masters Ralph Peterson Jr., Hal Crook, Bob Gulotti, and Jamie Haddad, among others. Since moving to New York City in 2011, Fink has been active in the jazz, R&B, Ethiopian, and Afro-Cuban music scenes. He is a sought-after accompanist at the city’s top dance schools, including the Alvin Ailey School and Martha Graham School.

As a California-based dancer with influences from Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, AJ Howard (Dancer) brings a unique style and energy to the Lindy Hop community. Getting introduced to the world of Lindy Hop at the age of 19, AJ quickly took an appreciation to dance which lead to him running home, getting changed, and heading out to dance almost every day of the week after working his job at a car dealership. He burst into the scene in 2016, winning competitions throughout the US with his partner Jennifer, showing the dance world what Sacramento really had to offer! Competing at international events such as Camp Hollywood and the International Lindy Hop Champion ships, AJ became well known for his generous use of aerials paired with his energetic dancing. AJ has also had the honor of performing with dance groups such as HellaBlack LindyHop, San Francisco Jitterbugs, and the Midtown Stompers, and the privilege to spread his love of dance through teaching at Lindy Hop events in the US, on a Carnival Cruise ship, and overseas in coun tries such as Denmark and Sweden.

Playing swing music for swing dancers is Ian Hutchison’s (Bass) passion — he’s done it all over the world. His big sound and bouncing pulse make Ian one of the busiest swing and trad jazz bass players in

Andrea Gordon (Dancer) is a comedian and social dancer’s dancer. Lover of music, rhythm, and connection, Andrea started dancing in 2006 when the lindy hop world looked much different than today, culturally and aesthetically. As a Frankie Manning Ambassador, Andrea quickly found her develop ing style rooted in a pulse, feeling, and groove, honoring the values of herself and Black Americans — values she deeply felt from hearing the recollections of the celebrated legends of the Savoy Ballroom. Unwilling to ignore the challenges Black dancers faced in the dance, Andrea took a hiatus until 2020, when she stepped onto the floor for the first time in six years. Change was in the air. It reinvigorated her

passion for the dance and Andrea soon began teaching on her home floor, Atomic Ballroom in Irvine, as well as teaching and emceeing at local and national events. She’s so excited to be carving out space for others to feel at home in their cultural dance. 25

vintage context of Lindy Hop. She feels that honoring the history of the dance and its inventors is a crucial part of practicing the dance. She is madly in love with jazz music and movement and strives to convey that love to her students. She is also a strong believer that the best thing to do to get good at dancing is to DANCE. Classes are amazing and helpful, but they are merely supple mental to getting out there on the social dance floor and just doing it. Laura believes that the local scene is the backbone of the global community, so she is an active partici pant in her home music and dance communities. Laura is also an artist, and works on blending her love of music and movement with a fine art medium. You can buy her prints at,,

New York City. Ian has played with a virtual who’s who in the swing dance world, including Glenn Crytzer, Jonathan Stout, Naomi Uyama, and Gordon Webster. As a skilled social dancer, Ian is in a unique position to teach in-depth yet practical music classes to swing dancers. Ian has taught in NYC, Colorado, and Israel. Ian leads his own swing band Slap Happy; they’ve played at dance events in Florida, Colorado, NYC, and Canada. Originally from Colorado, Ian enjoys hiking and rock climbing whenever he can make room in his gig schedule. Ian studied jazz bass at the University of Denver.

from Wright State University while performing with Dayton Contempo rary Dance Company. Jennifer has performed in many regional and Off Broadway productions.

Jennifer Nicole Jones (Dancer) is a New York City based Dancer. Originally from Akron, Ohio she re ceived a BFA in Dance Performance

Brandon Lee (Trumpet 2) was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Grow ing up in a musical family, Lee start ed on piano at age 5 and switched to trumpet at age 9. He found his love for jazz at the early age of 11 years old and never looked back. In 2001, Brandon moved to New York City to further pursue his jazz studies at The Juilliard School. After studying, Brandon taught at Juilliard as one

Michael Jagger’s (Dancer) stage credits include South Pacific (as sociate choreographer, Chichester Festival Theater), two consecutive appearances at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival with his dance company, Syncopated City, which he co-directed with his dance partner, Evita Arce. They were featured dancers for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Let Freedom Swing, a celebration of jazz for Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Kennedy Center and again with the J @ LCO for a tribute to Benny Goodman at the Rose Theater in NYC. As a principal dancer with Evita, he starred as Lindy Hop spe cialist in several productions of the Broadway musical Swing!, including regional productions at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the California Music Circus in Sacramento and the 2008 Japanese tour.

Part of the Plan (TPAC) as well as Assistant Director of Distant Thunder (A.R.T. /New York Theaters) both alongside Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and the Choreogra pher and Resident Director of the A Charlie Brown Christmas National Tour. He most recently performed in an episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Tonight Show.

Brian Lawton (Dancer) is a New York City-based dancer, instructor, choreographer, and director. He has an eclectic background in ballet, jazz, and modern as well as Latin and Ballroom dances with a specialty in the vernacular jazz dances of the 1920s–1940s. Brian has performed in Shakespeare in the Park’s Comedy of Errors, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Madison Square Garden and in their recent music video “Go Robot”, and Swing! at Gateway Playhouse. He has traveled around the world with his wife, Samantha musicalDirector/ChoreographerLindyvernacular(,Lawtonteachingjazz,Charleston,andHop.HewastheAssistantofthenew


of the youngest to ever teach on faculty in the jazz studies depart ment, from 2008–2012. Brandon then moved to North Carolina from 2013–2018 to pursue a college teaching position for the Miles Davis Studies program at University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG).

Saxophonist, composer, arranger, and Managing and Co-Artistic Director of Jazz Lives Philadelphia, Joshua Lee (Baritone) is fully dedicated to the advancement of the Philadelphia jazz community.

Kelly Martin (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer and associate based in New York. Mr. Martin is the lighting director for New York Theatre Ballet, and writer/director/actor Ain Gordon. Design collaborations include performances by choreographers Richard Alston, Duncan Lyle, Kyle

Joshua graduated from Temple Uni versity in 2016 and 2019 with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Jazz Performance. Joshua brings performance experience gained in the trenches of the Philly and New York scene that has been fostered by mentors like Barry Harris, Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield, Dick Oatts, and Gary Smulyan. In June of 2018, Joshua joined the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and currently per forms with them around the world. He also is a regular substitute with groups like Terell Stafford’s Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Mingus Big Band, and Memo Acevedo’s Man hattan Bridges Orchestra and has had the privilege to travel around the country with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis, and the Upton Jazz Orchestra, and Orquestra Akokan. He, along with classmate Sarah Leonard, founded Jazz Lives Philadelphia in 2015 — its mission being to celebrate Jazz in Philadelphia through performance, education, and community out reach. Since its existence, Jazz Lives Philadelphia has presented music in unconventional venues and given free jazz education master classes for thousands of Philadelphia school children. Joshua has taught Jazz at his high school alma mater Penns bury since 2017 and joined the Jazz Faculty at Temple University in the fall of 2019. 27

As a sideman, Brandon is a member of the Christian McBride Big Band, Birdland Big Band, David Berger Big Band, and recently joined the Count Basie Orchestra. He also plays frequently with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Fat Cat Big Band, Eyal Vilner Big Band, and many others. Over the years, Brandon has played with notable artists and groups including Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Aaron Diehl and Cécil McLorin Sal vant, Kurt Elling, and Kenny Barron Quintet, and many more. He has recorded on over a dozen albums as a sideman. In February 2018, Brandon was awarded his first Grammy as a sideman on Christian McBride’s big band album, Bringin’ It. As a leader, Brandon has recorded three albums: From Within (2007), Absolute-Lee (2010), and his latest, Common Thread (2017). Brandon also coleads a 10-piece ensemble, Uptown Jazz Tentet (UJT). UJT released its first album, There It Is in March of 2017 and second album, What’s Next in October of 2020. Currently, Brandon resides in New York City where he is continuing to pursue more performance-based opportu nities in the city and abroad.

Fest, and many more festivals and concert

Dr. Mike Sailors (trumpet) is a critically acclaimed Trumpeter, Valve Trombonist, Arranger, Composer and Educator who has toured the world, both as a leader and a sideman. He has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, the EFG London Jazz Festival, the Tokyo Blue Note Jazz Festival, the Ravinia Music Festival the NYC Winter Jazz

Macy Sullivan (Braintrust, Understudy - Dancer) (Camas, WA) has the pleasure of working as a dancer, rehearsal director, and dance editor for Caleb Teicher & Company. She has also performed extensively with

Currently,halls/spaces.heisamember of the GRAMMY nominated Multiverse Big Band, led by Bobby Sanabria. Locally, he leads his own small and large projects that feature his arrangements and compositions in Texas’ various jazz and concert establishments.HealsoisaCopyist and Editor for the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis, The Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition and a former Copyist and Editor for The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra led by Arturo O’Farrill. Sailors also will become a published author in the Fall of 2022 when his book “An Analysis of 8 Solos performed by Kenny Dorham” is published via QPress. Deeply committed to education, Sailors has presented masterclasses and workshops throughout the Unit ed States as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Let Freedom Swing” program, as well as throughout NYC’s five boroughs. In addition to his work with JALC, Sailors frequently appears as a guest artist with College and High School jazz pro grams, most recently with the Flint Center for the Performing Arts and Lethbridge College in Lethbridge, Canada.AtUT, Sailors leads the Jazz Trumpet Studio, teaches Jazz Improvisation and Arranging, and mentors students looking to create careers in the music industry.

Rachel Pitner (Dancer) has been dancing all her life. From dancing down the aisles at the grocery store to performing on stage and everything in between, Rachel is thrilled to join the cast of SW!NG OUT after finishing filming a dance sequence for the Disney movie The Haunted Mansion. Rachel has a degree in dance with a focus in Graham-style modern from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. Rachel loves dancing, and she loves nurturing her dance community. You can often find her organizing or supporting fellow organizers throughout the Southeast and at various events, but especially at Hot Jam and Atlanta Varsity Showdown (the hometown events that she runs). Rachel loves the personal growth and the exchange of ideas that occurs with partner dancing and the freedom and energy of Lindy Hop and the flow of solo dancing. You’ll often see her dancing to the music in her head.


Marshall, Clove Galilee, Nicolo Fon te, Catherine Tharin, Julia Gleich, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Garnet Hender son, Amanda Treiber, and Julian Donahue. He has lit numerous productions for The Bang Group, Co•Lab Dance, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Boston Early Music Festival.

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Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Márion Talán de la Rosa (Costume Designer) has nurtured her work by collaborating with artists and inno vators of dance, drama, and opera for over the last two decades. She has been the wardrobe supervisor and designer at the Juilliard School for 15 years, and has designed at NYU Steinhardt School for approx imately 13 years in collaboration with Joe Salvatore on plays and research-based performances including the Verbatim Performance Lab (VPL). Her most recent project

of note is the GRAMMY nominated Fire in My Mouth composed by Julia Wolfe and performed by The New York Philharmonic, The Crossing and the Young People’s Choir of NY. This highly acclaimed piece was inspired by the New York Triangle Shirtwaist Fire that took place on March 25, 1911 and was performed with a symbolic 146 women’s choir. Other works include collaborations with choreographers Caleb Teicher, Sonya Tayeh, and Bryan Arias and has had work featured in Fall for Dance at City Center, BAM Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Amer ican Dance Festival, The Joyce, The Gibney, The New Victory Theater, the DUMBO Light Festival, and WHITE WAVE Festival among others.

Caleb Teicher (Director, Braintrust, Dancer) is a NYC-based dancer and choreographer spe cializing in musically-driven dance traditions and interdisciplinary collaboration. Teicher began their career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s critically acclaimed tap dance company, Dor rance Dance, while also freelancing in contemporary dance (The Chase Brock Experience, The Bang Group), Lindy Hop (Syncopated City Dance Company), and musical theater (West Side Story International Tour and London). As a solo performer and collaborator, Teicher is known for choreographic collaborations with diverse musical talents: world-champion beatboxer Chris Celiz, composer/pianist Conrad Tao; the National Symphony Orchestra, and indie rock legends Ben Folds and Regina Spektor. In 2015, Caleb shifted their creative focus towards

Dance Heginbotham and enjoyed projects with Merce Cunningham Trust, The Bang Group, The Chase Brock Experience, and Pat Catter son. As an assistant to Michelle Dorrance, John Heginbotham, and Chase Brock, she’s helped create and stage work at American Ballet Theatre, Dartmouth College, and Barnard College, respectively. Her own work has been performed through Works & Process Artists Virtual Commissions, Center for Innovation in the Arts, Judson Me morial Church, and The 92nd Street Y, and she’s been on creative teams as a movement specialist for theatre works by Tyne Rafaeli and Helen Cespedes. Passionate about teaching, she’s currently on faculty with Together in Dance, which brings creative movement residencies to public NYC elementary schools, and Dance for PD®, which offers free, specialized dance classes to people with Parkinson’s Disease. Sullivan holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School (Martha Hill Prize, John Erskine Prize, Choreographic Honors). In recent years, she’s fallen in love with Lindy Hop and is eagerly exploring both lead and follow roles.

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Caleb continues to engage with dance communities as a teacher for international tap, swing, and jazz dance festivals. Instagram: @CalebTeicher

Eyal Vilner (Braintrust, Band Leader, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet) is one of the leading voices in the New York swing and big band scene. Born in Tel Aviv, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, composer, and bandleader Eyal Vil ner moved to New York in 2007 and started his big band the following year. The Eyal Vilner Big Band has been performing widely at some of New York’s landmarks such as Lincoln Center, Works & Process at the Guggenheim, The Joyce Theater, Birdland, Dizzy’s Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Minton’s Playhouse, Midsummer Night’s Swing, and Central


Caleb Teicher & Company (CT&Co), a creative home for incubating new concert dance works from Teich er’s unique perspective. CT&Co’s engagements and commissions expand across the US and abroad in cluding The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, the Guggenheim Muse um (NYC and Bilbao), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Caleb is the recipient of a 2019 New York City Center Cho reographic Fellowship, two Bessie Awards, a 2019 Harkness Promise Award, the 2020 Gross Family Prize, and a 2019 NEFA National Dance Project Production Grant. Their work has been featured by The New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Vogue, Interview Magazine, on the cover of Dance Magazine and, most recently, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert alongside Regina Spektor.

Joseph Wolfslau (Sound Design er) is a set, sound, and costume designer based in Brooklyn. Recent designs include production design for La Sonnambula (Promenade Op era), production design for Magnum Opus: A Retrospective: (The People Movers), sound for The Emperor’s Nightingale (Pan Asian Rep.), sound for The Peanut Butter Show (Little Lord), production design for Cendrillon (Promenade Opera), sound for Romulus the Great (Yangtze Rep.), sound for Brideshead Obliter ated (Dixon Place), set, sound, and costumes for 410 [Gone] (Yangtze Rep), sound for CoIncident (JACK), sound for Ski End (New Ohio), sound for CoVenture (Baryshnikov), and set and costumes for Poor Sailor (Tugboat Collective).

serena wong (Lighting Designer) is a Brooklyn-based freelance lighting designer for theater and dance, whose work has been seen in the US and Europe. Most recently she has designed for choreographers Gemma Bond, Caleb Teicher, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and Shamel Pitts. She enjoys biking, bread baking, and pottery.

Park SummerStage. Internationally, Eyal has performed on Israel’s most prestigious stages such as the Red Sea Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv Museum, Jerusalem Theater, The Tel Aviv Jazz Festival as well as the historical La Bellevilloise, Caveau des Oubliettes, and Caveau de la Huchette in Paris, France. The big band performs Eyal’s original compositions as well as his new arrangements of jazz classics. Their music, which derives from the tradition of jazz, swing, and the blues, strives to bring a unique voice to this beautiful art form. The big band’s first six albums: Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band, Almost Sunrise, Hanukkah, Swing Out!, Live in Washington Square Park!, and The Jam! received rave reviews and made it to the Top Jazz Radio Charts of the US and Canada. 31

NYC/ATX based musician Ron Wilkins (Trombone) has been performing on tenor and bass trombones, euphonium, tuba, bass trumpet, and vocals for over forty years. He has performed at the highest levels touring around the world with his own groups as well as premiere artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Dizzy Gilespie, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Wycliffe Gordon, and groups such as The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Dizzy Gillespie AllStar Big Band, The Mingus Big Band, and The Count Basie Orchestra.

Ron is a Shires trombone artist and has released his latest album,

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Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral — Andares

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LIGHTING DESIGN Bryan Guerrero & Héctor Flores Komatsu

Josué Maychi, Alexis Orozco & Luciano Maxa Temai

PRODUCED BY Héctor Flores Komatsu as an inaugural recipient of The Julie Taymor World Theatre Fellowship

ORIGINAL MUSICIAN Raymundo Pavón Lozano


PREVIOUSLY WITH Luciano Maxa Temai, Alexis Orozco, Kaleb Oseguera León & Kevin Elí Leyva





Queretaro, and Aguascalientes. Internationally, Andares has been invited to perform at the Wuzhen Theatre Festival, China; The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI, and now at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. AWARDS: Nominated to the 24th ACPT Awards: Play of the Year, Female Revelation & Male Revelation. The project received the grant Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales 2019 from the National Fund for the Arts and Culture (FONCA).Otherprojects by Makuyeika include: The Game, or the perpetual rematch (based on the Mayan epic of the Popol Vuh); Ch’e’en: Asomándose al Pozo, led by Josué Maychi; and the first Spanish-language adaptation of Peter Brook’s production of The Suit. In development: Project Ix-kik’ (young, blood, moon).




Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral is a theatre ensemble dedicated to creating original works about the narratives and theatricalities of Mexico’s indigenous people, touching with keen, artistic sensibility themes of great social, cultural, and human value. Meaning “wayfarer” in the language of the Wixarika people, Makuyeika was founded through an extensive search across the country’s indigenous communities, a project undertaken by director, Héctor Flores Komatsu, as an inaugural recipient of The Julie Taymor World Theatre Fellowship.

Andares premiered in September 2017 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, and has since toured across dozens of cities, festivals, communities and villages in the states of Oaxaca, Campeche, Yucatán, Veracruz, Michoacán, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Baja California,

Domingo Mijangos (Actor) is an actor from the state of Oaxaca, having grown up in between the Valles Centrales and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region. Mijangos is currently a member of Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral and co-founder of Colectivo Circo Emergente in Oaxaca. Studied acting at the 35


Héctor Flores Komatsu (Director) is an international theatre-maker based in México, Artistic Director of Makuyeika Creativo Teatral and a recent fellow at the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics of Georgetown University. He founded Makuyeika after a year-long journey across México conducted as an inaugural recipient of The Taymor World Theatre Fellowship. Original creations: Andares, Rematch (based on the Popol Vuh), and Ix-kik: Blood, moon, sister. His company has toured across México, in the US (Chicago Shakes; The Public Theatre; Asolo Theatre), China, Germany, Chile, and more. He’s received various grants from the Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA). Héctor worked with Peter Brook as his apprentice in Battlefield, as an actor in The Valley of Astonishment, and most recently as co-director of the Spanish-language premiere of El Traje. Finalist of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiative with Lin-Manuel Miranda. He’s trained with the Suzuki Company of Toga, Japan, interned with Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, and facilitated theatre workshops in favela and prisons of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil through UNIRIO. University of Michigan (BFA Theatre Directing). Other directing credits: Stay in Mexico - Ópera 360 with Stage of the Arts Mx, somebody’s children, by José Casas. Indómito, by Cuauhtli Jimenez. Sotto Voce, by Nilo Cruz. In the Heights, The Motherfucker with the Hat, Chinglish, 13 the musical (Spanish world premiere).

Josué Maychi (Actor) is a mayan actor from Chencoh, Hopelchén, Campeche. Founding member of Makuyeika. His film work includes the upcoming Presencias by Luis Mandoki and with Yalitza Aparicio, and the Marvel movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. For his work in Andares, he was nominated for Male Revelation by the ACPT (Theatre Critics and Journalists Association) in 2018. Other theatre roles includes Ixblanaqué in Rematch (based on the Popol Vuh) and the one-man show Canek. Awards: Premio Estatal de la Juventud de Campeche (2017) in the category of Artistic Expression and Traditional Art. Recipient of the grant Jóvenes Creadores 2018–2019 and Creadores Escénicos 2021–2022 of the FONCA (National Fund for the Arts and Culture) in the category of Indigenous Languages - Playwriting, with the project Ch’e’en: Asomádose al Pozo in the Mayan language. TV: Cuauhtémoc in Canal Once’s TV series Malinche and Cacique Potonchán in Azteca’s Hernan. Agent: The Agency, Mexico. Studied theatre at the Centro Cultural El Claustro, Campeche, and CEUVOZ (Center for Studies of the Voice).


Escuela Nacional Arte Teatral INBAL in Mexico City and has participated in the Odin Week Festival in Holstebro, Denmark, with Odin Teatret and Eugenio Barba. THEATRE: Andares dir. Héctor Flores Komatsu; Juegos de Damas Crueles, dir. Harif Ovalle. Theatre: Galaor, dir. Carlos Corona (2017), Roberto Zucco, dir. Bruno Bert (2016), MUNDO KILLER, dir. Guillermo Navarro at Foro Shakespeare (2015); El Niño y la Música with Escuadrón Jitomate Bola and the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra (OFUNAM).; Gangarilla Theatre Company, Dir. David Luciano. D’Cantera Teatro, dir. Renata Lopez Cristo, for the 3rd Encuentro de Teatro Callejero, Oaxaca. FILM: Ocho Venado dir. María Conchita Díaz.

Lupe de la Cruz (Actor) is a Tzotzil actor from Zinacantán, Chiapas. Founder and director of the theatre group Xch’ulel Jlumaltik, presenting works entirely in the Tzotzil language across dozens of communities in Chiapas, and former guardians of the ceremonial staff of the Festival de Teatro Los Volcanes. Lupe has collaborated the groups Ajvetik Sots’, Sna Jtz’ibajom y Lo’il Maxil Chiapas, participating in productions and festivals such as V Festival de Tradiciones Vida y Muerte in Xcaret, Quintana Roo (2010), Encuentro Regional de Teatro de la Cultura Maya in Oxolotan, Tabasco (2011), in the play Epidauro, by Ruth Estrada in San Cristobal, Chiapas (2012), Chaanil Kaj Festival in Campeche, and in smaller festivals in Qutzalteango, Guatemala, and

Tania Chan (Musician) is a musician, performer, and singer from the central valleys of Oaxaca. Tania began her work in collaboration with the violinist and singer Rodrigo Pereyra with the project Bajo Mis Manos, dedicating herself to researching and re-interpreting the traditional and popular musical styles of Oaxaca, Mexico, and Latin America. From 2013 to 2016 she was the vocalist of the Children’s and Youth Philharmonic Band of the Calmécac Intercultural Institute with whom she toured the eight regions of the state and Mexico City; she also collaborated in two of their record productions: Cerquita del Río and Calenda, mezcal y son. She’s collaborated as a singer in recordings for music albums and soundtracks: Maroma by Pasatono Orquesta; La Coronela by Tapacamino Colectivo Musiquero; On the roads of the South by Jorge Luis Linares, and Nudo Mixteco by Ángeles Cruz. Internationally, she’s participated in Silk Road Ensemble’s Global Musician Workshop and performed at the Back to the Gardens Music Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada. Theatre: Muerte and Alarconeando with MXTeatro Company. Beyond that Moon by Escénica Contemporánea. Numa, la guerrera de los vientos by company Tres Cabras en el Árbol in collaboration live with Juan Pablo Villa. With Makuyeika she

Copan Ruinas, Honduras. He’s trained with Héctor Flores Komatsu from Makuyeika and Raul Pérez from Teatro de los Volcanes. Lupe is also a nature photographer.

has worked as a musician in both Andares and Ix-kik: sister, blood, moon.

Ruby Soleil Pérez (Tour Coordinator) is a bilingual actor, producer, cultural consultant, and stage combatant of Mexican descent. She was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, has taken classes at the American Conservatory Theatre, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Acting. She is among the first in her family to earn a college degree. In addition to

Cristian Lara (Prod. Assistant) is a theatre-maker from Cuernavaca, Morelos, México, and recent graduate of Morelos Center of the Arts. He has collaborated with Makuyeika since 2019 where he participated in the co-production with the Teopanzolco Cultural Center with the montage Rematch (based on the Popol Vuh) directed by Héctor Flores Komatsu. He has collaborated with Luna Azul Producciones on short films released on various platforms such as the Morelenses Short Film Show at the Morelos Cinema. He is currently a member of the theater groups Los De Siempre and Los Que No Nosotros both made up of artists from the State of Morelos. 37

Bryan Guerrero (Lights) is a scenic and lighting designer, graduate of the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras UNAM. Currently, Bryan is the Lighting Designer for Andares by Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral. Assistant LD for Pangea Corps (2016), I came to Russia because they told me here lived someone named Anton Chekhov (2018), Straight (2019), The Shakespearean Tour (2019), Vienna 19 (2019), Beautiful Julia (2019), El Traje (2019), La cena, hay una mujer que me habla en sueños (2019). Collaborated in the scenic design for Una Noche Como Esta (2016) and in the display design at the World Stage Design 2017, Performance Design category, in Taipei, Taiwan. At the Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris, in México City, Bryan worked as crew in renowned works such as Battlefield (2017), Beyond Calligraphy (2017), Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (2018), The Garden of Earthly Delights (2018) and the 2017 Phoenix Awards.

performance, Ruby is a community organizer who has prepared theatre workshops with incarcerated individuals, instructed high school students, and organized protest in her local communities. Ruby is a local hire in San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

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