October 24, 2013
Artist Biographies

Kristen Smiarowski (director and choreographer of THE KEY GAME PROJECT)

Kristen Smiarowski’s choreographic projects investigate the relationship between performance and cultural memory. Her work has been performed nationally and internationally, and she has received awards and commissions from The Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, Durfee Foundation, Music Center Education Division, Skirball Cultural Center, The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, and The Wooden Floor (formerly Saint Joseph Ballet), among others.

Kristen’s work has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, and was featured prominently in Dr. Rebecca Rossen’s article “Uneasy Duets: Contemporary American Dances About Israel and the Mideast Crisis” (TDR: The Drama Review 55:3, Fall 2011). Groundswell, her environmental performance at Los Angeles’ Ballona Freshwater Marsh, was presented in the 2011 World Festival of Sacred Music.

Kristen teaches courses in choreography, community arts practices and theory at Loyola Marymount University, creative and modern dance at the Colburn School for Performing Arts, and is a Master Teaching Artist with the LA Music Center. She is a founding faculty member of the “Dance for Veterans” program at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, and has taught widely at schools and institutions throughout Los Angeles. Kristen received her MFA in dance from UCLA.

Learn more about her HERE

Douglas C. Wadle (composer of THE KEY GAME PROJECT, visual artist and performer, Sleep, Staring, Well)

Douglas C. Wadle is an active composer and performer of inter/transdisciplinary works (utilizing traditional acoustic instruments, text, visual arts, movement, and occasionally electronic media). He is a founding member of ,, duo and performs with The Unbuttoned Sleeves, a transdisciplinary improvisational quartet under the direction of dancer/poet Simone Forti. He also maintains a close collaborative relationship with choreographer Kristen Smiarowski; their projects together predate THE KEY GAME PROJECT by some years.

Douglas’ compositional activities are rooted in the American experimental tradition and frequently feature extended just intonation and alternative notations. He also draws upon experimental literary and theatrical practices and his studies of auditory and visual perception, logic, and philosophy (of language, mind, and art). Douglas studied composition with James Tenney and Marc Sabat (MFA CalArts). He also holds degrees in comparative literature (NYU), ethnomusicology (UCLA), and philosophy (in-progress, CSULA).

Learn more about him HERE

Arianne Hoffmann (performer, Indexical Permutations (after ‘The Key Game’) and Sleep, Staring Well)

Arianne Hoffmann is a choreographer and performer whose experimental dance works roam the space between language and perception, between experience and analysis, between kinesthetic empathy and wry irreverence. Her works have been presented in Los Angeles, New York, and Berlin, at venues such as Sophiensaele, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, Anatomy Riot, Bootleg Theater, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dumbo Dance Festival and TanzTangente Berlin.

Her collective living experience during the 90s in Berlin live on in her collaborative relationships with Liam Clancy, Brandon Labelle, Kristen Smiarowski, Choreographers Working Group, Rent-a-friend performance art collective – all to get to profound understanding of what movement does with us.

While she is most intrigued about making dances, she engages in many related activities: As the Co-Curator of the TANZTAGE BERLIN festival, she enjoys creating opportunities for others to present their work. As a co-editor of itch Dance Journal and the driving force behind the Earful of Dance podcast, she found frameworks to translate movement onto the page or into language.

She has performed with Rachael Lincoln, Meredith Monk, Taisha Paggett, Nadja Raszewski, Kristen Smiarowski, Sri Susilowati, Cheng-Chieh Yu, and others, while she is most captivated by her studies with Simone Forti.

She holds a M.F.A. in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance, where she mentored students’ artistic processes and taught improvisation.

She currently lives, teaches, curates, organizes and dances out of Berlin, Germany.

Learn more about her HERE

Rosalynde  LeBlanc (performer Sleep, Staring, Well)Rosalynde Loo LeBlanc

Rosalynde LeBlanc holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University.  She began her professional career with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1993-1999), and then continued on with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1999-2002). For the next four years she danced with the Liz Gerring Dance Company while working as a freelance dancer with various choreographers. Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, John Jasperse, Yvonne Rainer, David Gordon, Richard Move, Larry Keigwin, Noemi LaFrance and Charles Moulton are among the choreographers whose work Ms. LeBlanc has performed. In addition, she has danced in music videos for Janet Jackson and Jen Chapin, several stage productions with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and was invited to perform at the 2006 Salzburg Opera Festival, Austria, in Joachim Schloemer’s Irrfahrten. She has also worked with film directors, Burt Barr, John Turturro, Gretchen Bender and Matthew Rolston. She can be seen in the short film, Roz; the PBS Specials, Still/Here, Free to Dance, Dancing in the Light, A Good Man; and in the feature film, Romance and Cigarettes. Ms. LeBlanc has written articles about her dance career for Dance Magazine and Europe’s Ballettanz. She taught dance at Long Island University for seven years while returning to work with Bill T. Jones in the re-staging of his pieces at colleges around the country.  She is now on faculty at Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles. Ms. LeBlanc is currently producing a documentary film entitled, D-Man: the biography of a dance, about one of Bill T. Jones’ most celebrated works, which you can learn more about HERE.

Angela Rollins (performer Sleep, Staring, Well)Angela Rollins headshot

Angela Rollins, native of the San Francisco Bay Area is a performer who likes to challenge the audience through social and political works. In December 2012, Angela graduated with a BA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University, Cum Laude, where she had the opportunity to work with BODYTRAFFIC’s Lillian Barbeito, Ledges and Bones’ Holly Johnston, and Kristen Smiarowski, director of “The Key Game Project”. While in school she had the opportunity to study abroad in Germany and Poland researching the Holocaust. Angela then performed her research-inspired solo “Exsanguination” at a commemoration for Holocuast survivors. Recently, Angela submerged herself in Dutch culture as she lived and studied dance in Amsterdam. There she was fortunate to study with internationally renowned choreographers and dancers such as Jan Linkens, Carmen Rozestraten, Helder Seabra, and David Zambrano. Upon returning to the United States she composed her first mixed media soundscape, including sounds from the streets of Amsterdam, for her latest solo “An Elegy to a Previous Existence”. In addition to choreographing and performing her own solo work, Angela has performed with LEVYdance in San Francisco and will soon be working with Anne Bluethenthal in San Francisco.

Terrence Luke Johnson (performer Sleep, Staring, Well)Photo Luke Head Shot

Terrence Luke Johnson has been improvising for more than 40 years. His principal interest is in multi-discipline improvisational collaboration. He started out in Second City style improvisation with Public Works at the Church in Ocean Park in 1970. In 1990, he began collaborating with choreographers interested in improvisation as part of their practice. Recently performed with Simone Forti and Brennan Gerard in New York as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Judson Dance Studio that took place at Danspace. In September 2013, he also performed with Simone and Brennan at Highways Performance Space and in an evening with Carmela Hermann called “Out Takes” at Pieter Studio.


Audrey Malone (performer Sleep, Staring, Well)AudreyMalone

Audrey Malone is a Los Angeles-based actress, performer, and artist. Her work focuses on performance art within a theatrical context and often involves music, movement, and release of emotion in a public setting. She has worked with choreographers Doran George and Arianne Hoffmann and has appeared in dance/performance pieces at Highways Performance Space, Anatomy Riot, The Viper Room, LAMAG, EVFA Gallery, and more. She is currently studying Counseling and Depth Psychology in Santa Barbara and continues to create and perform.

Learn more about her HERE.



Caitlin LainoffCaitlin Lainoff (set designer of Sleep, Staring, Well)

Caitlin Lainoff is an LA based scene designer and puppetry artist who has designed for theater, opera, television, and film. She teaches at CSU Northridge and heads a puppetry program for the Community Arts Partnership. Caitlin recently designed JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA, which won an Ovation award for best musical. She is the resident designer for Independent Shakespeare Company, which provides free Shakespeare for all. In Philadelphia she has designed for the Nice People Theatre Company, whose production of GRACE OR THE ART OF CLIMBING received a Barrymore Nomination, InterAct, and Flashpoint Theatre Company. She is also designing the upcoming Riot Group show, Sophie Gets the Horns. Caitlin received her MFA from CalArts.

Learn more about her HERE

Jesse Garrison

Jesse Garrison (video designer for Sleep, Staring, Well)

Jesse is an MFA candidate at the California Institute of the Arts. He designs video content for live events and makes video and interactive artwork. Past productions include “Things That Go Bump in the Night” at CalArts, “Leave the Balcony Open” at 3LD, Sister Sylvester’s “Look Back In” at Grace Space and Sinking Ship Productions’ “On the Nature of Time.” He has assisted on many productions, including “Emilie” at Lincoln Center, “Song of Extinction,” and The Builders’ Association’s “Sontag: Reborn” and “House/Divided.” His video work has been screened at BAM and in festivals around the world. He is a member of The Builders’ Association and a Sinking Ship Productions Associate Artist.

Learn more about him HERE

Rachel Lopez (performer, Indexical Permutations (after ‘The Key Game’) and Sleep, Staring, Well)

Rachel Lopez, a former company member of Loretta Livingston and Dancers, is a dance artist and choreographer who has also worked with choreographers Ellen Davis, Carol McDowell, Keith Glassman, Jeremy Hahn, Arianne Hoffmann, Diana Sherwood, Kristen Smiarowski, Minerva Tapia, and Meg Wolfe. As a choreographer, she has created work for Highways Performance Space, San Francisco Bach Choir, Rio Hondo College, Santa Monica College’s Synapse Dance Theater, El Camino College, and Kol Neshama Performing Arts Conservatory. She currently teaches yoga, Pilates and modern dance at Rio Hondo College and has taught at Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach City College, American College Dance Festival, and Saint Joseph’s Ballet. She runs Creative Movement Dance Studio – improvisation and modern dance classes for girls. She received an MFA in Dance from U.C. Irvine.

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Andrea Keiz (videographer – Berlin, Sleep, Staring, Well)

Andrea Keiz is a dancer and videographer based in Berlin. In her physical work, she strongly refers to improvisation, contemporary techniques, and bodywork. She was one of the initiators of the improvisation festival “999 Options” in Potsdam. In addition to performances, Andrea has been strongly engaged in the video documentation of contemporary dance. From 2000 – 2010, she mainly worked with the Mime Centrum Berlin. Since then, she has documented dance festivals, performances, and other productions. Andrea has taught in Germany and Eastern Europe and has been lecturing at the HZT in Berlin since 2011.

Ann Kaneko (videographer – Los Angeles, Sleep, Staring, Well)

Ann Kaneko is an LA-based independent filmmaker, who has produced numerous award-winning shorts and documentaries, which tell the stories of brave individuals trying to survive the odds. Her projects have been funded by the Japan Foundation, Hoso Bunka Foundation and Durfee Foundation. She has been commissioned to create media installations for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum and the Getty Center. She has collaborated with choreographers Victoria Marks, Cid Pearlman, and Kristen Smiarowski on film and performance projects. She participated in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and received an MFA in film directing from UCLA.

Learn more about her latest work HERE

gnarwhallabyGnarwhallaby (live music Sleep, Staring, Well)

Gnarwhallaby was founded by trombonist Matt Barbier to revive and perform the repertoire composed for the unique instrumentation of clarinet, trombone, violoncello, and piano. As their starting point, the quartet uses the works written for the now defunct, avant-garde Polish ensemble Warsztat Muzyczny [Musical Workshop]. Gnarwhallaby continues to expand this body of repertoire with commissions and original compositions by its members, as well as seeking out and performing more recent preexisting works from the 1990’s and early 2000’s. They are currently self-produced their first ensemble album, Exhibit A, which features old and new music by Górecki, Denisov, Feldman, Schleiermacher, Kotonski, Krauze, Sabat, and Deyoe.

Matt Barbier, trombones // Brian Walsh, clarinets and saxophones //Derek Stein, violoncello // Richard Valitutto, piano and keyboards

Learn more about them HERE.

Pablo Santiago (lighting designer for Sleep, Staring, Well)

Pablo is the winner of the Cirque Du Soleil Scholarship Award, James Pendleton Foundation Prize among others. Recently, Pablo’s work could be seen in TIME STANDS STILL (theater of chance), DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (actors co-op), MACBETH (savage players) and THE ROAD WEEPS AND THE WELL RUNS DRY (LATC). In dance Pablo has designed for Rande Dorn, Manuelito Biag, Heidi Duckler, Arianne MacBean, Sarah Leddy, Alexx Schilling, Carson Efird, Christine Suarez, Paula Present among many others. Highlights include: NORTH OF SUNSET, WEST OF VINE; SOLITUDE, PSYCHIC LIFE OF SAVAGES, EMPANADA FOR A DREAM at/for LATC; YEAR OF THE RABBIT and THE BELLE OF BELFAST at EST. At UCLA highlights include: SPRING AWAKENING, operas SEGRETO DI SUSANNA and L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES, THE ADDING MACHINE, ERENDIRA, A DARK SUN, THE GINGERMAN.

Learn more about him HERE.

Follow him on twitter: @psantiagodesign.

Tess Halavy (program manager – Los Angeles, Sleep, Staring, Well)

Tess Halavy is a recent graduate of Reed College, where she studied art history as well as Russian language and literature. Tess’ research focuses mostly on early Soviet-era children’s books. She has worked for Sommer Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv and is currently the program assistant for the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists.


Material for Sleep, Staring, Well was also produced in a series of workshops and performances with the following participants:

Corrie Siegel (workshop – Los Angeles)

Terrence Luke Johnson (workshop, writer – Los Angeles)

Simone Forti (workshop – Los Angeles)

Bradley Wadle (writer – Chicago)

Kim Engelen (witness – Berlin)

Jeremiah Day (witness – Berlin)


Special Advisors:

Peter Carpenter

Yosi Sergant

Christine Suarez

Flora Weigmann


Design Credits:

Wendell Pascual

Tornado Design

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