artistic director

 
 

collaborators

 
Stephanie Beck
Stephanie creates cut paper drawings and constructions inspired by patterns of settlement and architectural structures Stephanie has an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a BA from the University of Virginia. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Paris, Philadelphia, and Istanbul. Stephanie has participated in artist residencies in New York, NY, Fort Collins, CO, and Istanbul, Turkey. She was a recent recipient of an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant.
www.stephaniebeck.org/
 
Chris Becker
Chris Becker
(http://www.beckermusic.com; http://blogs.houstonpress.com/author.php?author_id=2420)
Chris Becker's music is equally inspired by rock and roll language, avant-garde jazz, dub compositional strategies, and musique concrète. His work includes compositions for dance, film, chamber ensembles, and mixed-media installations. Becker has received grants and awards from The Louisiana Division of the Arts, Meet The Composer, the American Music Center and The American Society of Composers and Publishers. His music has been featured on WNYC's New Sounds hosted by John Schaffer and Overnight Music hosted by Helga Davis. Becker has composed music for New York choreographers Sasha Soreff (The Other Shoe, Ailey Citigroup Theater, 2009), Adrian Jevicki (La Spectra, The Tank, 2009), and Rachel Cohen and Racoco Productions. In 2006 Becker released his CD Saints & Devils -10 tracks inspired by Southern music, history, and iconography. Becker lives in Houston, TX. He currently performs with vocalist Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead and accompanying contemporary silent films. He is a member of Lepers of Melancholy with cornet player Paul Watson and guitarist Lynn Wright. Becker writes about modern art and music for the Houston Press blog Art Attack and contributes to the classical music website Sequenza21. He also works for the new music presenting organization Musiqa.

www.beckermusic.com
 
Karen Garrett de Luna
Karen Garrett de Luna
Photographer Karen Garrett de Luna is a graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle (Dance 1995, Mathematics 2000). She has performed with Racoco Productions as a dancer, and is also a belly dancer, photographer, web designer and computer nerd.
www.delunatic.net
 
 Olek
Olek
Olek graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland with a degree in cultural studies. In New York, she has designed sets and costumes for dance, theater, and film, including for Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Shua Group, racoco productions, Anita Cheng, Kelly Kocinski, Ariane Anthony and Company, The Construction Company, overconfident wannabe productions, NasaDiva Productions, Virginia Valdes (video), Layard Thomson, and Sacura Shimada.
Her unique crocheted wearable sculptures premiered at the Williamsburg Arts and Historical Society's Surrealist Fashion Show in October 2003. In July 2004, her work was exhibited at the 5BE Gallery in Manhattan ("a tour de force" The New York Times. Her crocheted installations have also been presented at the 2004 Toronto Fringe Festival, life arts festival in Philadelphia, and metropolitan pavilion (PROJECT, July 2004). She has a new installation opening at the Transformer Gallery in Washington D.C. in February. In 2004 Agata received the Ruth Mellon award for sculpture from the National Art Club. She has taught costume design workshops for Materials for the Arts (www.mfta.org), the source of inspiration for many of Rachel and Agata's collaborations.

www.agataolek.com
 
Lynn Wright
Lynn is a composer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, New York. His work encompasses a multi-disciplined range of film, dance, theater, art installations, and improvised performances. His recent pieces include "Please, Wait" and "Monologue" for Victoria Miguel's play Lauqueria, which will premier at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and sound for visual artist Matthew Lusk's installation More Broken Glass Than There Was Window at the Zieher Smith Gallery in New York.
https://myspace.com/andthewiremen
 

performers

 
Carolina Antunes
Carolina Antunes
Carolina Antunes began her dance training in 1990 at Musika! Centro de Estudos (Goiânia, Brazil). Where participate of many Royal Academy of Dancing Examinations with good results. She danced in important Brazilian Companies, such as, Balé do Estado de Goiás (Ballet Company of the State of Goiás - Brazil) with direction of Gisela Vaz, Ateliê Coreográfico Cia. de Dança (Choreographic Atelier Dance Company – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) directed by Regina Miranda and Quasar Cia de Dança (Quasar Dance Company) under the direction of Henrique Rodovalho. She also participated in the Opera "Sansão e Dalila" (Samson and Delilah), in the "Theatro Municipal de São Paulo" (Theater of the City of São Paulo") with coreography of Luiz Fernando Bongiovanni.
She performed in important Festivals in Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Germany, where danced in the Movimentos 2010 Festival in Wolfsburg. Since she moved to New York (July 2012) she did the GAGA Summer Intensive Workshop (August-2011), the Forsythe Technique workshop with Elisabeth Corbett (October-2011), the GAGA Winter Intensive Workshop, classes of Gaga with Danielle Agami and Ariel Freedman, Contemporary with Jana Hicks, Marijke Eliasberg, Ballet with David Howard, among others. She did the work/study program with Jennifer Muller Company (September to December 2011 - New York), she participated in a project with The Next Stage Project Company (January 2012- New York).

 
Alisa Fendley
Alisa Fendley
Thanks to the endless support of her parents, Alisa was lucky enough to be raised on ballet, aerial dance and a slew of other dance styles at New Mexico Ballet Company, Dance Theatre of the Southwest, and under the instruction of Rosalinda Rojas. She has attended training programs at Alonzo Kings LINES Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, and Virginia School of the Arts. Alisa just graduated with a B.F.A. in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts after creating seven pieces during her time there. Her work has been presented at The Raw Festival DanceNOW[NYC], The Hatch Presenting Series, The Rover Soho, Triskelion Arts Comedy in Dance Festival, The Tank, and Marie-Christine Giordano's Dance Salon. She is currently developing her choreography through Alisa Fendley's Fingerprints Projects and is excited to be performing with Racoco Productions and Grounded Aerial. Check out for more info.
www.wix.com/fingerprintsprojects/fingerprintsprojects
 
Remi Harris
Remi Harris
A native of Brooklyn, Remi Harris is a dancer that has been performing with dance companies, musicians and video artists around the country for years. She is now a choreographer, teacher and performance artist based in New York City. She continues to teach in private studios and after school programs in New York City as well as traveling the country as a guest artist. Ms. Harris recently performed as a featured dancer for the upcoming independent short film "Funf and Twist" and as a guest artist with Rebekah Windmiller, Lorena Egan Dance, and Dance Catalyst! all based in New York. She hopes to continue her passion for all things creative, blending different styles of dance with multi-media, fashion, and a sense of humor!
 
Rebecca Ketchum
Rebecca Ketchum
Rebecca studied Dance and French at Goucher College. She has since taught dance and performance in Chicago, Thailand, Maine, and the Bronx. In 2005, Rebecca earned a M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University where she first saw a Racoco piece and immediately feel in love with it; she has been a proud company member ever since. She also works with Movementpants Dance, and Children's Progress. Rebecca is lucky enough to teach yoga around NYC. Come take her class at Loom Studios, Namaste, and New York Yoga. Please visit her website for more info.
www.ketchumyoga.com/
 
Masumi Kishimoto
Masumi Kishimoto
Masumi Kishimoto is a native of Tokyo, Japan, who studied modern dance in Japan and the U.S. She also studied mime under the direction of Gregg Goldston and Ms. Kishimto was featured member of Goldston Mime Company. She has choreographed pieces that combine Mime and Dance for performances at the Puffin Room, Movement Research at Judson Church, Studio b.p.m., Theater for the New City, The Ailey Studio Theater and La MaMa. As a dancer, she worked with various choreographers such as Yana Schnitzler, Daria Fain, Ayako Kurakake, Asami Morita in NY, Pennsylvania, Germany and Japan. She has been a member of Racoco Productions since 2010 and Ms. Kishimoto has been performing as a main dancer of Racoco Productions. In 2010, she also worked as a movement designer of "Crane Story".
http://masumikishimoto.com/home
 

rehearsal consultant

 
Francisco Ruvalcaba
Francisco Ruvalcaba
A native of San Diego, California, Francisco Ruvalcaba has toured with the Lincoln Center Institute, El Festival Nacional é Internacional de Danza en México, Ballet de Camara de la Frontera and the Innsbrook Festival of Ancient Music. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Ruvalcaba has performed works by José Limón, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Jirí Kylián, Donald Mckayle, Lar Lubovitch, Benjamin Harkarvy and Agnes De Mille. He joined the Limón Company in 1996 and has taught the Limón technique and its repertory extensively throughout the country.
www.limon.org
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