Irene Sivianes was born in Seville, Spain in 1988 and is currently living in New York. She started studying dance at the age of 7 at the Conservatory of Seville under prominent flamenco maestros such as Matilde Coral. She graduated with a degree in Classic Dance Pedagogy at ISD Alicia Alonso in 2011, and further extended her studies at the Contemporary Martha Graham School in NYC.
She has performed with many different companies, including Ballet de Cámara Alicia Alonso (Spain) from 2007 to 2011. Most recently, she has been the main dancer/choreographer at various remarkable spots in New York like Poisson Rouge, Instituto Cervantes “Noche from Spain”, Hispanic Society of America, and Martha Graham “Essence”. She has also danced on international festivals and tours, such as the SEA’s “Midsummer Nights of Dream” (winner of 6 Awards from ATI) in Puerto Rico, ICPNA’s “Flamenco y Punto 2017” in Peru, and the South American tour with Romero Group.
Rachel Thalman is a freelance dancer based in New York City. Originally from Pittsburgh Pa, she grew up dancing a wide variety of dance styles such as tap, ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre. Thalman then went on to further purser her classical ballet training under Gretchen Bernard Newburger in Zurich, Switzerland. She then graduated with a focus in ballet from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School. Following UNCSA, she attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate Program. There she performed ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Following her time in Pittsburgh, Thalman accepted a trainee position with Cincinnati Ballet and was promoted to CB2 the following year. She performed many roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Alice (in Wonderland), Lady of the Camellias, and Cinderella during her time with Cincinnati Ballet. Rachel is currently dancing with Mordance.
Gianna Bartolini is a DC area native, training for 14 years at Berrend Dance Centre before pursuing a BFA/BA at Purchase College, SUNY in Dance Performance and Arts Management, with expected graduation in 2019. She is currently working as a teacher at Westchester Dance Artists, as well as exploring opportunities in jazz choreography and dance cinematography. Gianna is so grateful to be included in this creative process, and is excited for future collaborations with different artists and creative thinkers.
Anneke Belman began her dance training at the age of three at her local home studio Ballet Tech Ohio. After many years of training, she moved to North Carolina to study in the conservatory program of the Charlotte Ballet. Under the tutelage of Patricia McBride and Mark Diamond she discovered and developed her love of ballet and choreography. In her time there she choreographed and presented three works on the Charlotte Ballet trainees and conservatory students. Anneke spent the year following her high school graduation dancing with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s second company in Dayton, OH, performing such works as William B. McClellan Jr.’s Transference, Shonna Hickman-Matlock’s Literary Landscapes as Juliet, and excerpts of Exit 7 by Ronen Koresh. Currently, Anneke is continuing her studies at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. She has performed with Purchase Dance Company in Balanchine’s Four Temperaments and worked as student rehearsal assistant for Norbert de la Cruz III’s Talsik. Anneke has continued to choreograph at Purchase completing three original works during the 2016-17 year: Already Was, Odette’s Crown, and To Build and Protect It. Dedicated to community service, Anneke has served as co-assistant producer to Purchase Cares, a program designed for using dance to raise awareness and support for AIDs.
Raeman Kilfoil is a New York City native and was trained by Francois Perron. He has danced with New Jersey Ballet, and Festival Ballet of Providence, Rhode Island, where he was a Principal Dancer. Prior to that, he performed with North Carolina Dance Theatre, St Louis Ballet, and Long Island Ballet. In addition to Francois Perron’s training, Raeman received his training from School of American Ballet and Indiana University. He has also studied under Violette Verdy, Patricia McBride, and Edward Villella. Raeman has performed Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, the Cavalier in Nutcracker, and the Prince in Swan Lake, among many others.
Xelana Duo balances the refinement of classical music while zigzagging through hip-hop, blues, flamenco, bollywood, and rock n’ roll. The Duo surprises you with an unexpected instrumentation filled with vibrant shades, that are each dazzling on their own, but simply breathtaking when joined together. Daring these two instruments to have a conversation, Xelana Duo commissions electrifying works, creating an ice-breaker for this unusual collaboration.
Their musical dynamism has carried the members of Xelana Duo to venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Instituto Cervantes NY, Merkin Concert Hall, The National Opera Center, Spectrum and Le Poisson Rouge. They have also performed with a range of ensembles, from Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Kronos Quartet, to CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, The Juilliard New Music Ensemble, Windscape, and Imani Winds.
With each performance, audiences will be swept into an exciting collision of sound worlds and cultures; each piece is a fresh musical conversation.
Jordan Tetewsky is a filmmaker originally from Massachusetts, now working all over the northeast on a variety of narrative and live projects. He earned his BFA at the Film Conservatory program of SUNY Purchase. Jordan trained under cinematographer Alan McIntyre Smith, and has collaborated with musicians such as folk singer Johanna Warren and contemporary pianist Gregg Kallor. His extensive professional experience includes working as Steadicam/BTS camera operator in a Timberland commercial and Vintage Trouble’s “Blues Hand Me Down” music video shoot, among many others. When not directing, he takes on the roles of Steadicam operator and/or director of photography. His long term projects include short films and an animated music video, which has a planned release in late 2018.