Same As Sister (S.A.S.) is a New York City based performance collective founded in 2013 by choreographers, Briana Brown-Tipley + Hilary Brown. The sisters, who originate from Toronto, Canada, graduated from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (LADMMI), and have performed for a variety of dance and visual artists including Bouchra Ouizguen, Doug Elkins, Phillipa Kaye, Mike Kelley, Jillian Peña and Candice Breitz. Same As Sister collaborate within the fields of experimental dance, theater, music, video and design to explore the complexity of human behavior and its inherent uncanniness. Their cross-disciplinary works/commissions have been presented at venues in the United States, Canada, France and Greece: Video Art Miden at Kinitiras Choreography Lab and the Archaeological Museum of Messenia, AUNTS at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, Danspace Project (Platform 2018), Centre d'Art Marnay Art Centre (2017 Artist Program Residents), Open Source Gallery, Movement Research and Bailout Theater at Judson Memorial Church, CRAWL at 22 Boerum Place, BRIC Arts | Media House (2015 BRIClab Residents), Dancemakers Centre for Creation, New York Live Arts (2014-15 Fresh Tracks Residents), Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Chen Dance Center. S.A.S. were also the recipients of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2017 Emergency Grant.
Employing an interdisciplinary approach to performance-making, Same As Sister's work tells familiar stories in unfamiliar ways. Through collaboration and experimentation across disciplines, we create movement-based narratives that are an intersection of researched and imagined characters, their behaviors as seen through gesture, and the environments that we have them traverse. We find inspiration from an eclectic compilation of quotidian, literary and cinematic sources. A meticulous level of detail is applied to our research and translation of these influences via the mediums we engage with, so that there is a balance between the aesthetic and conceptual impact of each.
Leigh Atwell (Performer) studied dance at the University of California Irvine, where she was a member of Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble. Upon moving to New York City, she performed with various choreographers including Jennifer Archibald, Julieta Valero and Mariangela Lopez. Atwell also creates her own dance works, which have been presented at venues such as the 92nd St Y and H.T. Chen’s Newsteps Series.
Hannah Caggiano (Performer) is a New York City based performer working in film, who is interested in exploring how media can be used as a platform for dance. Since graduating from Hunter College with a BA in Media Studies, she has and continues to work as a production assistant, editor and co-director for national television and film productions. Caggiano received her bicoastal dance training at the Westside Academy of Dance and the Ailey School, and has collaborated on several projects with the collectives of StandUpHungry and Same As Sister.
Cern (Visual Artist) a native of New York City currently based in Brooklyn, got his start writing graffiti in the early nineties. Continued development as a visual artist and musician finds him painting murals and exhibiting works throughout South America, Europe and South Africa. Cern’s work has also been featured at the San Diego Museum of Art, Museu Brasileiro De Escultura in Sao Paulo, and Los Angeles MOCA. cernesto.com
Melissa Draugsvold (Jewelry Designer) hails from Wisconsin but has been based in New York City for the last eighteen years. She founded Draugsvold Jewelry in 2004 and since then has crafted countless, one of a kind or limited edition jewelry pieces, which have attracted the likes of Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, Chrisette Michele, Nadia Ackmerman, Amy Van Doran, Martha Wainwright and Michael Stipe. Draugsvold is inspired by the materials she discovers along the way, as well as the natural environment around her and its mystery. draugsvold-jewelry.com
Kristina Hay (Administrative Assistant and Performer) is a Norwegian performer working within the eclectic world of dance and performance art. Her creative focus is to engage with projects that employ a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to creation. Hay was trained at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, before graduating from London Studio Centre in the UK. She was previously a company member of INTOTO DANCE, under the direction of Sue Booker and Leesa Phillips, where she toured works by Henri Oguike, Jose Agudo and John Ross. In recent years, she has had the privilege of working with Luke Birch, Diana Scarborough and Meredith Bruno Company, and is currently collaborating with Kara Coffee, Jessica Nina Barlow and Same As Sister.
Lamy Istrefi Jr. (Musician/Sound Designer) is a New York City based Jazz drummer/percussionist, composer and conductor, originally from the Republic of Kosovo. Istrefi Jr. attended the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG) in Austria, before moving to the US. He is currently a member of Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, Joe Lovano’s Classic Quartet, for which he has toured internationally to perform at such prestigious festivals and venues as the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Blue Note Milano, Bimhuis Amsterdam and the Bergamo Jazz Festival. Istrefi Jr. also collaborates with a notable and diverse group of musicians for his own artistic projects which include the Lamy Istrefi Jr. Trio and Quartet featuring NEA Jazz Master, Dave Liebman and the Musical Minds Orchestra (MMO), a large experimental ensemble that he founded in 2010. MMO recently collaborated with HB² PROJECTS to develop and present their interdisciplinary performance, New York Sketches during the 2017-18 Exploring the Metropolis Choreographer + Composer Residency Program, in partnership with Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
Magda Kaczmarska (Performer) is a New York City based dancer, choreographer and teaching artist. She was born in Poland, but grew up in the southwestern United States, where she received her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Arizona. Drawing on her classical folk, ballet and modern training, Kaczmarska’s performance work explores infrastructures of language and identity. She served as co-founder, choreographer and performer with Evolve Dance~West. Her interdisciplinary work has been presented at the Tucson Museum of Art, Fred Fox School of Music, ZUZI and Stevie Eller Theatres in Tucson, Arizona, at Shoestring Press in Brooklyn, New York, LEGS Performance Festival in Giswil, Switzerland and Scenofest, as part of World Stage Design 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. magdakaczmarska.com
Visnja Krzic (Composer) currently resides in New York City, but hails from Belgrade, Serbia where she began her music education at an early age, first as a pianist and later as a composer. While in Serbia, Krzic also worked as an assistant to the renowned Balkan composer, Goran Bregovic. She holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from UCLA, where she studied with composers Paul Chihara and Ian Krouse, and musicologists Robert Fink and Susan McClary. Krzic has participated in numerous master classes and music festivals such as Atelier Acanthes in Metz (France), Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn (Netherlands), Bartok Festival in Szombathely (Hungary), Young Artists Festival in Bayreuth (Germany) and Summer Academy at Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria).
Susan Mar Landau (Artistic Advisor/Dramaturge) is a New York City based dramaturge and interdisciplinary artist. Her work has been shown in exhibitions and arts festivals in both the USA and Europe. As a dramaturge she has collaborated with choreographers and performance makers Vanessa Anspaugh, Aretha Aoki, Massimiliano Balduzzi, Yanira Castro, Daria Faïn, Levi Gonzalez, Emily Johnson and Arturo Vidich. Landau holds a BA from Hampshire College, a MA in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of London and a Graduate Certificate in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College, CUNY. She was a 2011/2012 recipient of the Joyce Theater's Rockefeller Dance-Theater Partnership Residency. Landau was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Hampshire College from 2006-2008, and has taught extensively at academic institutions and arts organizations in the USA and abroad.
Aitor Mendilibar (Cinematographer) is a New York based filmmaker, cinematographer and musician, who collaborates across artistic genres. Originally from Basque Country, where he received degrees in computer science, telecommunications and audio-visual production, he moved to New York City in 2012 to study documentary filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. Since graduating, he has worked as a cinematographer and editor for film, television and live performance projects including his work with Oscar-nominated director/producer, Oren Jacoby, award-winning cinematographers, Buddy Squires, ASC and Tom Hurwitz, ASC, and most recently choreographers, Reggie Wilson and Raja Feather Kelly. His first feature film as a director of photography, PROM KING (2010), won the New Vision Award at Cinequest Film Festival. As a musician, Mendilibar co-founded the punk rock band, Disorders, which recorded two studio albums before disbanding in 2011. In 2014, he formed The Wilsons where he is bass player. aitormendilibar.com
Rahmus Rifical (Performer) is a New York City based Dancehall performer, choreographer and instructor originally from Kingston, Jamaica. He began his professional dancing career at the age of 16, and since this beginning has performed in several television and stage productions including Reggae Sumfest®︎ and Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival®︎, two of the largest festivals in the Caribbean. Rificial is a founding member of the dance group, Rifical Team, who are the official performers/choreographers for international reggae artist, Richie Stephens. He has also worked with artists and producers such as Major Lazer, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, RDX, Kreesha Turner, Capleton, Future Fambo, Chi Chi Ching, Frass Twins, among others. Rifical is currently touring across the United States, Central America, Europe and Asia to teach and choreograph in Dancehall workshops.
Patricia Allison (Artistic Advisor) is a Toronto based choreographer, performer and theatre creator. She graduated from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (LADMMI) in 2007 and has worked as an assistant choreographer for Kaeja d’Dance and Stand Up Dance in past years. Most recently she has been working in film as a choreographer. One of the recent films Allison worked on 99.7% premiered at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival in September 2014. patriciaontheinternet.com
Bridgette Charbonneau (Performer) is based in New York City as a coordinator for a full service music company, but continues to fulfill her passion to perform onstage. Before she attended Baruch College where she graduated with a BA in The Management of Musical Enterprises, Charbonneau trained at the Catskill Mountain Dance Theater, Petite Productions Academy and Saugerties Ballet Center to pursue her interest in dance.
A two-person team of multidisciplinary makers tackling performance, cinema, installation and even the commercial to create dynamic projects from inception to execution, Intrinsic Grey (Production Team) lives between the grain. Acosta and Tate have collaborated on feature films such as The Ladies Almanack, created dance films with Jessie Young and the upcoming BOOM with Cynthia Oliver + Leslie Cuyjet, music videos, stop motion projects and micro-documentaries from foundries to fashion. Based in New York City, they engage in a hands-on approach at all levels of production to create the good, the dark, the smart, and the weird with a varied host of collaborations and partners. YOU ARE INTRINSIC. WE ARE INTRINSIC. intrinsicgreyproductions.com
Krista Jansen (Performer) is a dancer and choreographer born, raised and based in New York City. She was an original cast member and assistant rehearsal director for the critically-acclaimed production of Doug Elkins & Friends’ Fräulein Maria, which for seven years toured throughout the United States and Canada. Jansen’s choreography has been performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, FAB! Festival, DancenOw RAW Festival, Harkness Dance Festival and Dance Theater Workshop. In 2013 she joined with CJ Holm to form the dance company, Jansen & Holm. She is also a teaching assistant to Ellen Robbins, whose modern dance classes for children were her first experience in dance, choreography and improvisation. kristajansen.wordpress.com
Beau Mullis a.k.a. RAW Q (Composer) a New York City native, has contributed to the international electronic music scene as a d.j. and producer since 1995. He has been invited to perform at many notable music events and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, South America and most recently Europe such as Juice! (Portland), Respect (Los Angeles), Jungle Warfare at Limelight (NYC), Radikal Styles (Bogotá) and Intrigue (Bristol). Mullis' popular releases include Vital Soul (Bingo Beats) which was ranked 11th on the BBC’s Global Dance Music Charts and the I Want Him Dead! EP (Intrigue Music).
Micaela Rich (Collective Manager and Performer) is an independent choreographer, performer and yoga instructor d.b.a. Wild Rich Productions. Wild Rich Productions serves as a resource platform under which she aims to use her expertise in management and production to help emerging artists create and present work. Most recently Rich managed Valleto Dance Company (2014-2015), producing the premiere of #VOIDS at Center for Performance Research which also showcased her newest work, this was together alone. She received her BA in Dance and Psychoanalysis from Hampshire College and has performed for Jen Rosenblit, Pavel Zustiak, Lindsey Dietz Marchant and Cathy Nicoli.
Kit Tipley (Video Artist) is a Brooklyn based video artist, who despite his lone wolf tendencies has managed to collaborate with others to share his unique vision and aesthetic. Tipley has worked with the Long Island punk record label, 86’d Records to create music videos for Rations’ “Occasion For War” off their 2013 EP, Martyrs and Prisoners as well as “Another Dream About Nightclubs” for the beat collective of Urban Sasquatch, Red Carpet Hobo and The Hindsight Genius’ release, Celebrity Internment Camp.