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Asami Morita + Nichole Arvin Present

Big Beat/Back Flow

The New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC

A Production of The Present Company

Asami Morita + Nichole Arvin present Big Beat/Back Flow, a new dance work with live music, as part of the 11th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC.

The big beat has begun. Across the fence through a stark landscape of distorted and broken movement, dancers and musicians come together. Gradually, audience and performers unite to create a soundpainting, where every gesture dictates the movements and conducts the music. The action flows out from the stage to the viewers and back, making the audience part of the fun!


Soundpainting is the universal live composing sign language created by New York composer Walter Thompson for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation.

Created and Directed Nichole Arvin and Asami Morita
Choreography Nichole and Asami in collaboration with the Performers
Dancers Jamie Chandler, George Hirsch, Masumi Kishimoto, Nana Miki, Asami Morita, Heidi Turzyn
Soundpainter Evan Mazunik
Musicians Eric Eigner (Percussion), Ryan Kotler (Bass), Sebastian Noelle (Guitar)
Musical Director Sebastian Noelle
Set Design Shawn Curtis
Sound Design Mark Vitelli
Photos & Videos Makoto Takeuchi

Date: AUGUST 2008

15 FRI 5:30 pm
16 SAT 8:00 pm
17 SUN 3:45 pm
18 MON 9:00 pm
20 WED 9:15 pm

Running Time: 45 minutes

Tickets: $15

For tickets visit www.FringeNYC.org

Theatre 80 (VENUE #16)

80 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10003
(between First and Second Avenues)
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6 to Astor Place
R/W to 8th St
L to First Ave
F to Second Ave


Photo by Makoto Takeuchi



Nichole Arvin (Choreographer) Nichole Arvin is a recent graduate of Hunter College where she earned her BA in Dance. She also attended Interlochen Arts Academy and is a licensed massage therapist. She is privileged to have performed in the works of Ronald K. Brown, Jose Limon, Susan Marshall, Mark Morris, Barbara Mahler, Charles Moulton, Juliette Mapp, and Igal Perry. Her choreography has been performed in Tobago and in New York at the Kaye Playhouse, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, and the Harry De Jur Playhouse.
Jamie Chandler (Dancer) Jamie Chandler is excited to be a part of this project and proud to be working with such a talented group of artists. Her past projects include dancing in works by Larry Keigwin, Twyla Tharp, and currently she is working with David Capps and Gerald Otte. She has choreographed and performed for both Hunter College and Brooklyn Family Theater; and is a member of the tap company La Femme.
Shawn Curtis (Set Designer) Shawn Curtis began his study of sculpture at Interlochen Arts Academy. He received both his BFA in sculpture and BA in Art Education from Syracuse University. In addition to his work sculpting and painting, his interest in affecting environments has also led him to the design and remodeling of homes. Consideration of spatial dynamics is paramount in his work, so he’s thrilled by the opportunity to work with dancers.
Eric John Eigner (Percussion) Eric John Eigner is a drummer who does not need to rely upon the use of sticks and drums to get his point across, though he certainly loves to incorporate them into the fold of what he does. He prefers the use of fireworks and chains, 50cent horns and elephant calls. He has learned from the best and desires to be none of them.

Eric John Eigner is an international musician residing in New York City. He plays Extended Drumset, Table-top Percussion, B flat and Bass Clarinet.

Eigner has released two CD's from his band Mysterium on Eavesdrop Records, a label he set up as a platform for contemporary work. Mysterium is a project designed to function as a worldwide bridge-way to isolated improvising artists, of multiple mediums, cultures, disciplines, genders and generations, to come together and engage in new work. Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, Nate Wooley, Terence Murren, Morgan Craft, Gil Selinger, Jeremiah Landess and Christian Pincock, Sam Kulik, Jeremy Danneman, Lorenzo Sanguedolce, Adam Caine, JamesIlgenfritz and Evan Mazunik have all been involved members in the project. Eigner currently heads up and drums in "Mysterium - An Electric Soundpainting Septet." They have a new CD coming out at the top of 2009.

Eigner performs with the New York Soundpainting Orchestra and is a member of the international Soundpainting community. He works in a number of diverse Soundpainting projects. Soundpainting is the universal live composing sign language created by New York composer Walter Thompson for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation.

Eigner is a member of Kenny Wollesens marching band, Himalayas. He is involved in a duet project with composer/guitarist Bruce Holmberg. They are currently working to release their first recording, due out this year.

Eigner has played with Butch Morris' NuBlu Orchestra, Reuben Radding, the CAVEnsemble, Shinichi MOMO Koga, Mark Stewart, Matt Lavelle, Sabir Mateen. He has played around in a number of rock bands in the city, from Steve Albini produced Pillow Theory, the eclectic Balkan thrash band The Trophy Wives and Earthdriver, a band made up of a wide variety of international talent, working in diverse musical situations, to name but a few.

Eigner played with Greg Tates Burnt Sugar and can be found on their first recording, Blood on the Leaf, on True Groid Records.

Eigner has studied clarinet with both Marty Ehrlich and Gene Ghee.

In addition to music, Eigner is also a working Painter and Photographer that exhibits in New York.

Eric John Eigner - Eavesdrop Records
George Hirsch (Dancer) George Hirsch graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, receiving an Honors Degree in Dance. Since graduating he has had the privilege of dancing for Artichoke Dance Company, Regina Nejman and Company, David Capps/Dances, and Gerald Otte. He has performed at City Center in the Fall For Dance Program, the Joyce Theatre, Dance Theatre Workshop, The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, and on tour in Tobago. He is extremely proud to be dancing in such a wonderful piece, with so many talented dancers.
Masumi Kishimoto (Dancer) Masumi Kishimoto is a native of Tokyo, Japan, who moved to NYC and began intensive training at the Alvin Ailey School, graduating from its Certificate program in 2002. In the same year, in order to expand her performance technique, she started studying classical Mime and Physical Comedy under the direction of Gregg Goldston, with whom she performed in a five-member ensemble from 2006-2007. She has also been a member of a-core-dance arts as a dancer since 2005.
Evan Mazunik (Soundpainter) Evan Mazunik explores sound as a performer/composer with passion and imagination. Raised on the prairies of Iowa and rooted in Brooklyn, Mazunik plays piano and accordion throughout the New York City area. Mazunik fluently speaks Soundpainting, the universal sign language for live composition, and serves as artistic director to ZAHA, a multidisciplinary Soundpainting ensemble. As a composer, his commissions have included works for jazz band, chorus, and various solo instruments, as well as interdisciplinary works for theater, dance, and film.
Nana Miki (Dancer) Born in Japan, Nana Miki (Dancer) started her career as a ballet dancer with several leading roles. After graduating from Osaka University of the Arts (B.A in Performing Arts, 1999), she began teaching and choreographing. In order to expand her artistic vision, Nana Miki studied modern dance at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City, under the Merit Scholarship, and pursued her ballet training with Christine Wright. Upon completion of her certificate program in modern dance, Nana Miki has shown her work including at CRS/New Dance Works, FAR space (Chelsea), and at the Joyce SoHo. She is a founding member of FC production and one of the original collaborator of Agora II with Noémie Lafrance. She is currently choreographing her own work merging her meticulous technique with a unique peaceful and delicate energy.
Asami Morita (Choreographer/ Dancer) Asami Morita started her dance training in her native Japan with Reiko Suzuki of Nakura Jazz Dance Company, and expanded her repertoire to include contemporary dance after moving to New York. Besides choreographing movement for a play at La MaMa e.t.c, her works has been presented at The Kaye Playhouse, studio b.p.m and Kitazawa Town Hall. As a dancer, she has had the pleasure of working with various choreographers, including Ezra Caldwell, Noémie LaFrance, Julliette Mapp, Charles Morton, Sara Pearson & Patrik Widrig, Muna Tseng among others. Asami graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Dance from Hunter College, receiving the choreography and performance award.
Sebastian Noelle (Musical Director/ Guitarist) Sebastian Noelle, originally from Germany, is an active member of New York’s multi-faceted creative music scene, performing at venues such as 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Café, The Blue Note, Merkin Hall, Tea Lounge, The Knitting Factory and Louis 649. He recently released a recording of his compositions (“Across The River”, feat. Donny McCaslin, Ben Street, Ari Hoenig) on the European label FreshSound-NewTalent. Currently he is exploring new ways in improvisation using microtones, ragas and rhythms from the Middle East. Sebastian has also played at the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and has toured in Holland, Germany, Japan and Slovakia. He is a member of KOAN (with Loren Stillman, Thomson Kneeland and Ted Poor), the New York Soundpainting Orchestra, ZAHA, the BMI Composer’s Workshop Orchestra, conducted by Mike Abene and Jim McNeely, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the rock band Rabbits Against Magic and various other NY based groups. www.sebastiannoelle.com www.myspace.com/sebastiannoelle
Mark Vitelli (Sound Designer) Mark Vitelli has been a sound engineer at a New York City audio post house for over 7 years. His mixing and sound design work includes TV, film, music and especially animation. Most recently that includes writing, editing, mixing and starring in the Internet cartoon series Nite Fite.

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