|LIGHTING DESIGNER Stephen Bennett designs for all performing arts
disciplines. He has garnered five Drama-Logue and three L.A. Weekly awards
for set and lighting design. Stephen has been honored with two Lester Horton
Dance Awards for lighting design, for Hae Kyung Lee and Dancers, and for
Loretta Livingston & Dancers’ 1996 evening length work Tales From the Plate,
Moving North. Among his artistic associations are directors Peter Sellars,
David Schweitzer and Steven Berkoff; choreographers Donald Byrd, Rudy Perez
and Chester Whittmore; and performance artists Jan Monroe and Rachel Rosenthal.
Stephen was the technical director and lighting designer for the Los Angeles
Festival and has taught lighting design at the UCLA Department of World
Arts and Cultures. He is currently Manager of Production Events Services
at the new Getty Center in Los Angeles.
|DANCER (Understudy) Erin Suzanne Carper is a newcomer to southern
California, relocating from Chicago. She brings a strong background in both
ballet and modern to her work. Her early training was with Mary Day and
Patricia Berrend at Young Dancers of the Washington Ballet. Erin has danced
with the Cleveland Ballet, Ballet Met, Charleston Ballet Theater, and Ballet
Chicago. As a performer in the Modern Dance idiom, she has danced with Chicago-based
Cerulean Dance Theater, Melissa Thodos and Dancers, and recently with Ilaan
Egeland. This is her first project with Loretta Livingston & Dancers.
|DANCER John Diaz was born and raised in California. He began studying
Mexican Folklórico dance in the 4th grade. Later he studied classical ballet
and the Modern Dance techniques of Cunningham, Graham, Limon and Hawkins,
as well as Butoh dance with artist Diego Pińon. John began his professional
career in 1989, dancing with a variety of groups, including San Diego Dance
Theater, Helios Dance Theater and Wendy Rogers. John practices Hatha/Ashtanga
Yoga, enjoys literature, languages and finding the sacred in the everyday.
|COSTUME DESIGNER Martha Ferrara is an award-winning designer of
more than 75 productions in theater, dance, opera, video and performance
art. She is perhaps best known for her museum reconstruction of costumes
for the futurist opera Victory Over the Sun, originally conceived by Kasimir
Malevich in 1913. These sculptural costumes have been seen at the National
Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Los Angeles County Museum of
Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Akademie der Kunste in Berlin, der Meervaart
in Amsterdam, and at the History of Sculpture exhibit in Basel, Switzerland.
As the Costume Designer for Loretta Livingston & Dancers, Martha has created
the costumes for twelve repertory premieres and was honored as the first
recipient of Los Angeles’ Lester Horton Dance Award for Visual Design. In
theatre, she is known for her designs for new plays, including those developed
at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles, such as Year One of the Empire and
McCarthy. In 1997 Martha created the costumes for the PBS special, Isabella
d’Este, First Lady of the Renaissance, funded by the National Endowment
for the Arts. Most recently she designed more than 110 costumes for the
musical production of the Will Rogers Follies at SRT in Santa Rosa, California.
Martha joined the faculty of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
in 1977, teaching courses in Costume Design, History, Drawing and Special
Theater Crafts. She has served as Chair of the Faculty Senate (1989), Associate
Dean (1990) and as the Acting Dean of the School of Theatre (1991-95). Before
coming to CalArts, for three years she held the position of Costume Designer
at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Michigan, the American sister school of
England’s Royal Academy. Her training is from the School of the Art Institute
of Chicago and the Goodman School of Drama.
|COMPOSER Murielle Hamilton was born and raised in Montreux, Switzerland.
She studied classical piano from an early age, attended the Conservatory
at Vevey and graduated from the University of Lausanne in Political Science.
While working for the Montreux Jazz Festival Murielle began a career as
a management executive for a variety of rock bands, including the Rolling
Stones, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Prince. She returned to composition
when she settled in Los Angeles, studying privately as well as at the Grove
School of Music and UCLA. She was a member of the Lo Cal Composers-a group
of five composers known for creating original music and performing in unusual
venues-premiering many chamber pieces with them. In addition to her concert
work she writes for films, concentrating on independent features and documentaries.
Murielle received the 1996 Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Musical
Score for her original music for Tales From the Plate, Moving North, an
evening-length dance work by Loretta Livingston & Dancers. Murielle speaks
several languages, enjoys skiing, horseback riding, reading and painting,
as well as her family life with musician Joel Hamilton and their two daughters.
|DANCER Alyson Little Jones was born in a small fishing village
outside of Yokohama, Japan, and was raised in Pensacola, Florida. She began
studying ballet at age five, and then was accepted into Kaleidoscope Dance
Theater, a nonprofit children’s dance company. Within the creative atmosphere
of Kaleidoscope Alyson began choreographing her own dances, as well as working
her way up the performer ranks to the Senior company, until by age seventeen
she had performed in over 250 concerts. Alyson spent two summers on scholarship
with the Joffrey Ballet, and then went on to Florida State University where
she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She performed for four years
with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth (Texas) before finalizing her education
with a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from University of California, Irvine.
Alyson also has a background in sports, character dance, traditional Chinese
and Japanese dance, Aikido and creative writing.
|DANCER Kristi Keanuenuepiolaniku’uleialoha Kapahua (“Kea”) was
born and raised in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii. She began dancing
hula at age five, studying with the Beamer/Solomon family, Ray Fonseca and
Clarice Nuhi. Kea came to the mainland to study dance at State University
of New York (SUNY) at Purchase, and then transferred to Cornish College
of the Arts in Seattle, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.
Kea has performed with Wade Madsen & Dancers, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Ensemble, Strong Wind Wild Horses, directed by Shirley Jenkins, and the
Village Theater-a musical theater company in Washington state. Kea received
a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from University of California, Irvine. In
addition to her concert dance work, she performs with “Leialoha”, a Hawaiian
music band based in Los Angeles, dancing hula, singing, playing ‘ukulele
and guitar. When she’s not performing she’s on the waves-she is an avid
|CHOREOGRAPHER Loretta Livingston is an award-winning artist based
in Los Angeles. A fifth-generation Californian, Loretta has chosen to work
in the West, investigating her own “Pacific Plate” point of view and aesthetic.
Trained in the visual arts and dance, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts
in Dance from California Institute of the Arts, and then spent her first
professional decade touring throughout the United States and Europe with
the Lewitzky Dance Company. With West Coast dance legend Bella Lewitzky
as mentor, Loretta rose to positions of soloist and principal and eventually
took on some of Lewitzky’s original roles. In 1983 she left the Lewitzky
Company to begin investigating her own choreographic work. In 1984 she formed
her concert ensemble, Loretta Livingston & Dancers, and began building a
body of works and a collaborative process with dancers, designers, composers,
and visual artists. With her company and collaborators Loretta has created
many evening-length works that have toured nationally and which earned a
record total of ten Lester Horton Dance Awards---the Los Angeles dance community’s
annual peer recognition acknowledgments. In addition to her concert work
with her company, Loretta accepts choreographic commissions and works as
a solo artist, with her most recent project, Solo Traveler/Viajera Sola-combining
dance, video imagery of Los Angeles by video artist Kate Johnson, and music
by Gerardo Tamez of Mexico City-seen in Chicago in spring 1999. She has
participated in new forms of hybrid work, having been invited in 1997 by
contemporary folklórico choreographer Gema Sandoval to participate in the
Spanish language play Aguila Real. In 1998 she collaborated with Ms. Sandoval
on the creation of ˇSí, Se Puede/ Yes, You Can!, an homage in dance and
music to United Farm Workers leader and visionary César Chávez, using Ms.
Sandoval’s company Floricanto/USA, with music by Gerardo Tamez. Recognized
for her abilities as a performer, choreographer and arts educator, Loretta
received the 1990 Dewar’s Young Artist Award, the 1994 Distinguished Artist
Award from the Club 100 of the Los Angeles Music Center, the 1995 Professional
Artist Award from the California Alliance for Arts Education, and the title
of “California Distinguished Artist” by Los Angeles’s Dance Kaleidoscope
|DANCER Michael Mizerany was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.
He studied dance at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and danced
for three seasons with the Mid-America Dance Company. In1989 he relocated
to Los Angeles to join Loretta Livingston & Dancers. In 1996 he toured with
the internationally renowned Lewitzky Dance Company for its farewell season.
He has been a member of San Diego-based Malashock Dance Company, and has
been a guest artist with Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, Francisco Martinez
Dancetheatre and Pacific Dance Ensemble. Michael is also a choreographer,
performing his work locally and on tour, and has received two Lester Horton
Dance Awards for his performances of his solos Tin Soldier and Bump in the
Road. In addition to being Rehearsal Assistant to Ms. Livingston for Two
Thousand Steps, Michael is creating a new work on a Fellowship from the
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, to be premiered in June
|DANCER Myshia Moten is a native of the Los Angeles area, born in
Inglewood. She began her early dance training with former Lewitzky dancer
Charles Edmonson and respected teacher Karen McDonald. Myshia graduated
with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from California State University Long
Beach, and was a three-year member of Between Lines, a contemporary dance
company under directorship of noted choreographer Winifred R. Harris. In
addition to her devotion to the art form of dance, Myshia is the proud mother
of two small children.
|DOLL DESIGN/ ASSISTANT TO THE COSTUME DESIGNER Itsaso Petricorena
is of Basque descent, born and raised in Europe. She has worked as a designer
for theater, film and dance. She has worked with notable directors in New
York and California, including Travis Preston, Jenie Geiser and Mari Lou
Rosato. Itsaso graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Costume Design from
California Institute of the Arts.
|DANCER Keena Smith was born in Riverside, California and raised
in Las Vegas, Nevada. Keena’s movement training began at the early age of
five, with studies in dance and gymnastics. She was a competitive gymnast
from age nine to age seventeen. Keena earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
in Dance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she credits professionals
Victoria Dale and Walter Nicks with influencing her career. Keena studied
Graham technique in New York, and then was a member of the cast of the famed
EFX show in Las Vegas. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree in
Dance from the University of California, Irvine.
|SCENIC DESIGNER James P. Taylor brings a distinguished list of
credits to his design projects. He is both a lighting designer and a scenic
designer, as well as an educator. He has designed for Kentucky Shakespeare
Festival, Des Moines Playhouse, Arkansas Opera Theatre, Colorado Opera Festival,
Music Theater of Wichita, ABC Television Sports, Des Moines Ballet, Ballet
Arkansas, Hanya Holm Dance Ensemble, Horse Cave Theatre, Summer Repertory
Theater, Arkansas Symphony and Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota,
among others. He is currently a designer for A Noise Within in Los Angeles.
He has taught theater design at the University of Arkansas/Little Rock,
Drake University, Grinnell College, and has been Associate Professor/Designer
at Pomona College since 1991. He has received numerous grants including
a Fulbright Senior Lectureship to Manila University in Manila, the Philippines
in 1997/98. James holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Theater Design and Technology
from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts/Drama
from Colorado College.
|DANCER Johnny Tu was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and came to the United
States at the age of seven. He was first introduced to dance while a business
student at Cal Poly Pomona. With nurturing and support, he received scholarships
to the 1994, ’97 and ’98 California State University Summer Arts Program.
Johnny began his professional career with the Los Angeles Mexican Dance
Theater, directed by Carola De La Rocha. Since then he has danced with Bridge
Dance Theater, Stephanie Gilliland Dance Company, Winifred R. Harris/Between
Lines, Rosanna Gamson/World Wide, and Trip Dance Theatre. He has also been
directed by Sharon Kinney, formerly of the Paul Taylor Dance Company and
currently a film/video dance artist. He has appeared in works by Stella
Gardiner, Dulce Capadocia and Keith Johnson. Johnny is inspired by “ …people
in motion, creating fleeting moments of understanding, enlightenment and
|DANCER Sioux Wing was born in Jacksonhole, Wyoming and raised in
Tucson, Arizona. She trained in gymnastics from age three to age twelve,
competing throughout the Southwest. At that time she was also active in
competitive swimming. For Sioux, the end of gymnastics was the beginning
of a life in dance. She began studying ballet with Mary Beth Cabana, and
while at the University of Arizona she shifted her dance focus to Modern,
crediting the influence of former Lewitzky dancer Amy Ernst. While at the
University of Arizona Sioux danced with Orts Theater of Dance with Anne
Bunker and was awarded the Jay and Betty Citrin Award for Outstanding Talent.
When she is not dancing Sioux teaches gymnastics and swimming to young people,
and coaches swim team in the summers.