Artist Spotlight: The Dancers of IN PROGRESS

Le Mondo is excited to present a new dance piece at our downtown Baltimore venue! This week, we're spotlighting the dancers and musicians involved in the creation of the piece. Learn more about them below!


IN PROGRESS

Thursday, May 5th

Doors: 7PM | Show: 7:30PM

Running Time: 70 minutes

Tickets: $15 HERE






ABOUT THE DANCE PIECE


Inspired by the question, "What is progress?", director Zoë Brielle Payne presents a new dance piece at Le Mondo featuring five local dancers and three live musicians.


For one night only, In Progress invites guests to reconsider the emphasis on "product" as ultimate prerogative in art. The piece instead asks audiences to see the process as progress, reveling in the small, intangible transformations that occur within the act of making and creating with others.




MEET THE DANCERS


Maya (Eon) Allum (@eon_aallu) is a dancer who grew up in San Diego, CA. They began their training at the age of five, working in various styles before they discovered their love of contemporary and modern movement at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.


Allym is interested in the creation and exploration of identity through dance as a medium. They are currently working towards their BFA in Dance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. There, Allum hopes to explore their identity as an artist and person. Over the years, Allum has performed works by artists including Alex Ketley, Gregory Dawson, Ihsan Rustem, and Jeremy Zapanta.




Alexandra Carioti (@aec.dance) is a dancer, mover, artistic visionary, and passionate scientist. Her love of movement was found in ballet as she began her training at the prestigious Washington School of Ballet. There, she was trained in contemporary, modern, ballet, and flamenco. Now a graduate, Carioti has performed and worked with other companies such as American Ballet Theater. She has also worked extensively with various projects held at the Kennedy Center. These works include Septime Webre’s “ALICE” in wonderland and The Washington Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty” produced by Julie Kent. Through these projects, Carioti has appeared in various media including “Cream” Magazine and the “Washington Post” to name a few. Carioti has also developed her talent for staging large-scale productions as she has been held responsible for organizing and choreographing over 200 students for performances such as The Washington School of Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”.


Currently a student at The Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory, she is working towards receiving a BFA in dance as well as a minor in psychology. At Hopkins, Carioti has developed a love for combining dance production with digital production. She has participated in and submitted into a variety of community-based Baltimore festivals. These festivals include Baltimore’s “Cease Fire” festival and the “Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival”. Carioti uses her knowledge of psychology and anatomy to further experiment with future projects. She describes her work as sensory and cognitively stimulating, elegant, and satisfying.




Setia Kurniawanto (@szkurnia) was born and raised in Maryland. He is a male Asian dancer who loved movement and began training in dance at five years old. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Dance at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.


He is versatile in classical ballet, modern, West African, flamenco, hip-hop, break dance, locking, tap, and jazz. He received scholarships to prestigious dance institutions such as Peabody Dance in the Estelle Dennis Training Program For Boys, Next Generation Ballet' summer intensive, the Ailey School’s Professional Division Summer Intensive, and Paul Taylor Summer Intensive to continue his training. Through hard work, he performed with professional companies on national stages at The Kennedy Center and National Park at Wolftrap. As a highschool student, he has performed in The Nutcracker with Joffrey Ballet, ABT, Ballet West, and Washington National Opera’s production of Aida. He was also accepted into master-level classes in the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Series, the Kennedy Center Contemporary Dance Series, and Dance Lab with Hope Boykin.


He is recognized for his love of jumping, sense of musicality, and versatility between dance forms. He is a lifelong student of all forms of movement and strives to continue to learn.


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A. J. Winegar | @a.j.winegar

A.J. Winegar is a 20-year-old dancer from Hong Kong. A.J. began dancing at the age of 3, and beginning at age 7, grew up dancing with the Glenda Allen Dance Academy in Hong Kong for 11 years. At this academy, he trained primarily in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Contemporary. He was also the president of Hong Kong International School’s dance team, ‘Hong Kong Dancers’ for 3 years, and was a member of the ‘Gifted Young Dancers Program’ at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts for 3 years. From 2014 to 2019, A.J. spent 6 summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp studying dance and musical theater. In 2021, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, A,J. chose to postpone his enrollment in university for one year and taught dance full time in Hong Kong with his dance academy. During this year, he taught classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet, and Musical Theater. It was during this year he discovered a particular passion for choreography. Currently, he is pursuing a BFA in dance at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, as well as studying Physics at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins.


Anna Cremers | @anna.m.c_ Anna Cremers is a freshman dance major at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She began dancing at the age of three and has trained at Chamberlain School of Ballet and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Texas. She has experience in numerous styles of dance including ballet, modern, jazz, musical theater, contemporary, Indian, African, Folklorico, and Latin samba. She has had the opportunity to work with and perform works by artists including Darrell Grand Moultrie, Sidra Bell, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Leslie Peck, and Jamie Thompson. As she continues her training, Anna hopes to increase her level of versatility as both an artist and a performer.