Milton Babbitt / Dina Emerson
Alba G. Corral / Kadet Kuhne
Christian Marclay / Shelley Hirsch
Max Mathews / Marielle Jakobsons
Tim Perkis / Tom Djll
Les Stuck / Sonsherée Giles
Yoshi Wada / Tashi Wada
Les Stuck is perhaps best known as a composer of music for dance. He has created commissioned works for the Frankfurt Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, New National Theater Tokyo, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Netherlans Dans Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Swedish Royal Opera Ballet, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Pappa Tarahumara, the David Parsons Company, Alex Ketley, and the Mills Repertory Dance Company.
Thanks to his long association with IRCAM and Cycling ‘74, Stuck is also widely recognized as an authority on Max/MSP/Jitter, having authored/curated the Max Examples versions 1.0 - 5.0, engineered the UpMix surround plug-ins, lectured extensively in the U.S. and Japan, and created performance patches for Pierre Boulez, Philippe Manoury, and Tristan Murail.
As a sound engineer/designer, Stuck has worked mostly with new music and dance, notably with the Ensemble Modern,, Heiner Goebbels, the Kronos Quartet, the Dead Kennedys, Joan Jeanrenaud, Laurie Anderson, and Frank Zappa. He has produced recordings for jazz legends Pharoah Sanders and Jason Moran.
His work as a digital media artist began as a collaboration with Jeffrey Shaw for Tokyo’s ICC permanent collection, continued with several pieces for dancer-controlled music, explored multi-channel video at the Recombinant Media Labs, and recently resulted in a video screened at several film festivals and receiving the Berkeley Video and Film Festival’s Best of Show, Experimental, award. His current interest is in improvisation with audio-video objects, recycling of musical and dance performances, and creating site-irrelavant performance environments.
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Sonsherée Giles is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and costume designer. She has toured and performed for audiences throughout the United States, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria. She has taught contemporary dance in public school systems, university institutions and dance festivals throughout the country. She received her MFA in performance/choreography from Mills College. In 2005 Sonsherée joined AXIS Dance Company and is now the Associate Director. AXIS has become a home for her where she can continue to explore her passion for movement, push boundaries and work with extraordinary choreographers and dancers. Sonsherée has received an Isadora Duncan Award for ensemble performance of To Color Me Different choreographed by Alex Ketley. In 2010 she was honored to receive a Homer Avila Award for Excellence in the field of Physically Integrated Dance. Her dancing is indirectly influenced by a long-term relationship with the physical act of running and yoga. She makes dances that investigate movement repetition, chance operation, landscapes, art history, and daily life experiences. She has recently formed a container for her choreography called ‘this sweet nothing’ where she collaborates with a collective of artists to create intermedia dance works.