The Center for Faith & Work is pleased to announce our Spring 2015 Artists-in-Residence: choreographers Miro Magloire and Andrew Nemr. The two artists were chosen from invited proposals that explored the idea of “Friction”. Each resident artist is now in the process of creating a brand new work on that theme, as it’s uniquely expressed through dance. The commissioned works will be performed in May and June.
Lauded as “refreshingly original” by Alastair Macaulay of The NY Times, choreographer Miro Magloire is the founder and artistic director of New Chamber Ballet. Born in Munich, Germany, Magloire started his career as a composer. After relocating to New York and studying Modern Dance at the Ailey and Martha Graham Schools, he turned his attention to choreography and in 2004 founded New Chamber Ballet.
Magloire has created over 60 ballets in his signature style, all distinguished by sweeping elegance, a striking theatricality, and bold musical choices. The subject of a 2008 full-page profile in the Sunday NY Times, he recently received an O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation Grant. Miro’s commissioned piece will be performed as part of New Chamber Ballet’s June 2015 season at City Center Studios in midtown Manhattan.
Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. Artistic director of Cats Paying Dues and co-founder of the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., Andrew has garnered a reputation for impeccable storytelling, musicianship and sensitivity, and respect for the craft that he loves. Andrew is the recipient of a 2012 TED Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative Grant, a CUNY Dance Initiative grant, and is the Artist in Residence of the Quarterly Arts Soiree at Webster Hall. An internationally recognized performer and educator Andrew has performed alongside the likes of Nat Adderley, Jr., Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Harry Connick Jr., the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, and the legendary Les Paul. He has taught and performed in Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong, London, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Berlin and across the United States. Nemr appears on the Grammy nominated recording “Itsbynne Reel” by Dave Eggar, the DVD Documentary and companion album “Tuesdays at Mona’s” by Mona’s Hot Four, and as narrator of DanceTime Publications’ first tap dance DVD, Tap Dance History: From Vaudeville to Film. Andrew has also spoken at numerous TEDx events (TEDxCERN, TEDxPuraVida, TEDxSetonHall, etc.) and has his own TED ED Lesson on tap dance.
Andrew’s commissioned piece, Enter the Waters, is a 20min suite that is anticipated to premiere at Cats Paying Dues 10th Anniversary Celebration, May 13-17th, at Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
In practice of arts patronage, the Center for Faith & Work’s artist-in-residence program has a two-pronged purpose: to support emerging and established local artists through the commissioning of new work, and to celebrate and contribute to the intrinsic value of the arts as a vital fabric of the city. Being devoted to the flourishing of all New York City, the Center for Faith & Work is proud to offer selected resident artists the opportunity, resources, financing, and support to create works of art that contribute to the excellency of New York’s rich and creative culture.