Deborah Hay, born 1941 in Brooklyn, has achieved icon status among choreographers. Her work was formulated in 1960s experimental Judson Dance Theatre in New York, one of the most radical and influential post-modern art movements. Hay’s dances center on undoing the body’s reliance on learned behavior by enlarging the field from which a dancer can resource movement. She spent many years choreographing solo works for notable artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov. The choreographer William Forsythe helped influence her international career after seeing the premiere of her quartet The Match in 2005 at the Montpellier Dance Festival. She has been awarded many grants and awards including the inaugural and groundbreaking Doris Duke Artist Award in 2012. On May 5, 2015 France’s Minister of Culture and Communication awarded Hay the title of Chevallier de L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres.
In 2015, Deborah Hay created the work Figure a Sea directly for Cullberg with music by Laurie Anderson. The work has been highly acclaimed by audience and critics all over the world, toured in the US and all over Europe and been presented at prestigious festivals such as Montpellier Danse and the International Festival of Contemporary Dance of the Biennale di Venezia in 2018.
Lighting Designer Minna Tiikkainen (born 1969, Helsinki, FI) started her experiments with light while studying fine arts. Her fascination with the immaterial quality of it led her to enroll in the Theater Academy of Finland, from where she graduated with an MA in Lighting Design. Since moving to Amsterdam early 2000, she has been working mostly within the field of performing arts and contemporary dance both in The Netherlands and abroad. She has also created several set designs as well as lighting designs for exhibitions. Her work is described as strong in its simple minimal approach and is especially appreciated for its significance for the totality of the performance. She received “SÄDE AWARD for best lighting design in 2012” from the Finnish Association of Lighting Designers for her work in performance GRIND.
Based in his Red House Studio in Austin, TX, Graham Reynolds balances scoring work with album production, community endeavors, and live performance. Reynolds has been composing for dance for more than twenty years. Frequent collaborators include Stephen Mills and Ballet Austin as well as Allison Orr and Krissie Marty of Forklift Danceworks. His work is featured in the Silver Docs award-winning Trash Dance. Reynolds has scored over seventy films and TV episodes. His collaborations with Richard Linklater include the films Last Flag Flying, Bernie, Before Midnight, A Scanner Darkly, and the upcoming Where’d You Go Bernadette, starring Cate Blanchett.