Carrie Ahern is a choreographer who uses the medium of the body to investigate spaces of taboo. She has a reputation for extensive research combined with an ability to make viewers deeply uncomfortable and comfortable simultaneously. She is always searching for performative forms to engage her audiences more deeply.
Sex Status 2.0 is the beginning of a multi-year project using Simone de Beauvoir's 1949 feminist masterpiece The Second Sex as a comparative study to view different facets of a women's experience today. Ahern is looking at women in their quotidian and erotic lives and the porousness between.
For her multi-year project about modern death (2011-2016), Ahern learned to hunt, butcher, and slaughter animals to learn more about the animals we consume and also worked as a hospice volunteer. This research evolved into Borrowed Prey, a series of public projects ranging from site-specific performances in a butcher shop to a workshop-structured experience, The Art of Burial, that invites participants to explore their individual fantasy burial scenarios. The Art of Burial has been performed throughout the US and Ahern developed this project into a subsequent TED Talk. Further explorations of Borrowed Prey include Swaddling, an interactive performance installation of swaddling adults inspired, in part, by Temple Grandin’s ethology research, Composing Decay, a workshop taking participants through the process of their own body’s decay, and Pig to Human anatomy comparison, a hands-on workshop butchering a pig and comparing the parts to human anatomy with guidance from a seasoned butcher. Read more about Borrowed Prey here.
Kelly Hayes has worked with Carrie Ahern Dance on The Unity of Skin and SeNSATE and has thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating Sex Status 2.0. This is her first project back after fertility treatments, IVF, pregnancy, and motherhood and it has been a wonderful way to reenter the dancing body. Thank you to this amazing cast for sharing this experience and love to Nick and Jackson.
Carolyn Hall is a Brooklyn, NY based Bessie award winning freelance dancer/performer, historical marine ecologist/researcher, and scientific communication instructor. Interdisciplinary projects that combine her artist and scientist halves increasingly intrigue her.Thank you Carrie and my fellow fierce feminines for this process. Love to Kelly Ray.
Jennifer Chin is a dance artist who has performed and taught throughout the US and abroad with many inspiring choreographers. Her own choreography has been presented in Festivals including: Dance-Forms’ 66th International Showcase at the National Theatre of Varazdin- Croatia; Edinburgh Fringe Festival- Scotland; Florence Dance Festival- Italy; International Dance Festival- Nicaragua; XI June Arts Festival- Guatemala City; Breaking Ground Festival- Tempe, Arizona; The Future is Female Festival, NYC. Jennifer is an instructor in the Humphrey-Limón technique, yoga, pilates and embodied anatomy. She owns her own business, LUMINOUSbody, transformative health and fitness.
Donna Costello is a dance artist immersed in process-driven work that blurs the lines of dance, theater and performance. As an independent dancer she has built rich relationships performing and creating for a multitude of artists including: Vicky Shick, jill sigman / thinkdance, Kelly Bartnik, Nick Cave (visual artist), Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance (founding member), Jimena Paz and Vagabond Inventions to name a few. She collaborates with physical theater artist Jennifer Sargent and this past year co-created a FemFest, holding space for over 10 femme and female-identified artists in New Orleans. Sex Status 2.0 marks her second work with Carrie Ahern and she is so thankful for the many months of growth and exchange with these inspiring artists.
Anne Parichon is a native of France. She was trained in ballet at the Paris Conservatory and later on in contemporary dance (as well as other styles) at the Academie Internationale de danse. In 2014 she moved to New York to study at the Martha Graham school, obtained a scholarship at Jennifer Muller/The Works and she is now on work study at Rioult dance.
Since 1999 Elke Rindfleisch has created a critically acclaimed body of work characterized by raw, highly physical and emotional performances. This led her to a deeper study of intimacy, relationship dynamics, tantra, and sexology. Artistically this manifested in the solo dance “Horsepower" (2016), in collaboration with filmmaker Martha Williams, and a daily photoblog on Instagram (@elkerindfleisch) featuring miniature horses in playful, evocative scenes. She teaches sensual movement and pole dancing classes and works one on one with people to enhance their body/mind wellness and consciousness, with an approach that blends conversation, visualization, bodywork, and hands-on encouragement. www.lovelandforall.com
Starr Busby is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. You may have seen Starr fronting Brooklyn based experimental soul band People’s Champs (peopleschamps.com) or supporting artists such as The Gorillaz, Esperanza Spalding, X Ambassadors, and Alice Smith. Selected appearances include: Apollo Cafe Live: Soul Cypher; #BlackGirlMagic Show (Jack; composer/performer); Decolonizing My Vagina(Jack/Exponential Festival; composer/performer); Moby Dick (workshop, Berkeley Repertory Theatre/Public Theatre); Mikrokosmos (Steirischer Herbst, Graz and Nottingham Contemporary); The Girl with the Incredible Feeling (Spoleto Festival di Mondi); The Offending Gesture (The Tank, Flint and Tender Series); La Mama Cantata (La Mama E.T.C., international tour) as well as various concerts and solo shows. Starr also enjoys working as an arts educator through organizations such as Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project, Beats 4 Peace, Exploring the Arts and The Wooster Group. Her music is available via all streaming services and Bandcamp.
Jay Ryan-I design stuff. Carrie and I met a long time ago at DTW when we were both younger and we have been making stuff ever since! I wish making experimental theater could pay the bills but it doesn’t so I design lights for high end weddings, fashion shows, corporate product launches and private parties.
Costume designer Naoko Nagata has been in the dance community since 1998. She has learned so much from many choreographers and dancers.
Madison Krekel is a Brooklyn-based, multidisciplinary artist and performer, originally from Oakland, CA. She has had the honor of performing Bessie Award-winning work by John Bernd with Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez, with Katy Pyle's Ballez, Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, Vanessa Walters' Ripening, and Third Rail Projects' Bessie Award-winning show Then She Fell as the Hatter, The Grand Paradise, Behind The City, and Oasis, among others. She also got to appear in season 1 and 2 of At Home With Amy Sedaris as a twirling psychedelic mushroom and a singin' and dancin' bakery girl. It's also worth noting that she is a growling crooner of rock and roll with numerous band projects around town.