Topiary is a Brooklyn based video artist and performer. Her video works have screened in festivals throughout the US and abroad including on WNET/Ch. 13, at the NY Video Festival at Lincoln Center, the Walker Art Center, Chicago International Film Festival, MIX/NY, Threadwaxing Space, and The Madcat Film Festival touring program. Her character Technopia was host of the infamous Shtudio Show at Chez Bushwick. Topiary has created music videos for the band Le Tigre and video designs for David Dorfman Dance and Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. Throughout the 1990′s, in San Francisco, Topiary created collaborative performance work with Hip Circle Improvisations and made dance films and media installations at venues including The Lab, New Langton Arts, Yerba Buena Center and Southern Exposure Gallery. In 1997, she was a member of the first Sister Spit’s Ramblin’ Road Show US Tour. Topiary studied playwriting at the NYU Dramatic Writing Program and received an MFA in Film/Video from Bard College. She currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts. www.topiaryfilms.org
Miguel is a dance and music artist based in Brooklyn. He makes solo and group work with a variety of artists under the moniker Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. His work includes: enter the seen (2002), I succumb (2003), dAMNATION rOAD (2004), Retrospective Exhibitionist and Difficult Bodies (2005), myendlesslove (2006), Everyone (2007), Nothing, No Thing (2008), Last Meadow (2009), HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE (2010) and he instigated the performance/protest/meditation freedom of information (2001, 2008 & 2009).?In the U.S. his work has been presented by Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, The Abrons Arts Center, and The Kitchen (New York, NY), ODC (San Francisco, CA), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Flynn Center (Burlington, VT), DiverseWorks! (Houston, TX), and the Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX). Internationally it has toured to several venues and festivals such as Antipodes Festival at Le Quartz (Brest), Politics of Ecstasy (Berlin), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Explore Festival (Bucharest), ImPulsTanz (Vienna) and Springdance (Utrecht). He is a 2010 Fellow in Choreography from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He has also received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, the Jerome Foundation, the Rockefeller MAP Fund, the National Performance Network Creative Commissioning Fund and New York Foundation for the Arts? Fellowship and BUILD programs. He is twice the winner of a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award: in 2002 for dancing with John Jasperse Company and in 2006 as a choreographer for Retrospective Exhibitionist and Difficult Bodies. He has worked as a curator for The Kitchen’s Dance and Process program, and SHTUDIO SHOW at Chez Bushwick. WHEN YOU RISE UP, a collection of his performance writings, is now available from 53rd State Press. He teaches regularly around the world and he invented DEEP AEROBICS, an absurd(ist) workout for the leftist imagination-revolutionary in all of us. He has been lucky to work with a wide variety of extraordinary contemporary dance artists, such as Joe Goode, Juliette Mapp, Sarah Michelson, Jennifer Lacey, Deborah Hay, and Alain Buffard. Upcoming projects include a collaboration with Jenny Holzer at the ICA in Boston and a commissioned piece for The Fondue Set in Sydney, Australia. www.miguelgutierrez.org
Peter’s ongoing musical projects include Source of Yellow, Christmas Decorations, Christy & Emily and his solo project, Snake Eats Electric Blanket. Peter has performed, recorded, and collaborated with Chris Forsyth, the Holy Childhood, Chris Peck, Ted Leo, Mike Pride, Nate Wooley, Susan Alcorn, Jon Moniaci, and others. Peter recently worked with Pianist/Composer Emily Manzo, recording a score for The Rooms, a film by Paul Rowley and Tim Blue. He has been collaborating with his wife, choreographer, Anna Sperber creating sound and video accompaniment since 2003. Their evening length work, the Tiger Situation, was presented in 2007 at Dance Theater Workshop. Their video work, Between Scans, was featured in issue 5 of the online magazine, Triple Canopy. Peter attended the Interactive Telecommunications Program(ITP) at NYU where he has worked as an adjunct professor. Peter also teaches at the City College of New York in the Electronic Design and Multimedia Department. http://thebulk.net
C. RYDER COOLEY (musical saw, accordion, voice) is a visual artist, musician and performer. She received an MFA from RPI and has created multi-media performance installation works on Governors Island, at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and in galleries and performance venues throughout the US and abroad. Ryder has played in several bands and is currently a member of Fall Harbor.
ANDREA STANLEY is a Brooklyn-based designer who has worked on film, commercial and print projects. Landscape with the Fall of Icarus marks her return to design for live performance where she got her start, working on experimental theater and dance productions in San Francisco. Her film credits include production design for Laurie Anderson’s Hidden Inside Mountains, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey’s Party Monster and Rose Troche’s The Safety of Objects. Art directing credits include Harmony Korine’s Gummo, Allison Mclean’s Jesus’ Son and Louis CK’s Pootie Tang. Most recently, she has designed sets for photographers Steven Klein, Annie Leibovitz, François Nars, Mario Testino and Max Vadukal among others.
Carrie is so happy to be a part of Landscape with the Fall of Icarus! Select design credits include: Dear Emissary (The Chocolate Factory), Reggie Wilson/ Andreya Ouamba: The Good Dance (BAM), The Sarah Michelson: Dover Beach (The Kitchen), Sonya and Layla go Camping (The Kitchen), Daniel Charon: Conduit (Joyce Soho), Helen Simoneau (Joyce Soho), VIA Dance: Lullaby in Surrealism (Ailey Citigroup Theatre), A Dream Play (St Ann?s Warehouse), Ivy Baldwin: Could be nice (La Mama), The Boy in the Bathroom (45th street Theatre), Ivy Baldwin: Its only Me (Dance New Amsterdam), The Siege of Corinth (Baltimore Opera), New York is Here! (Sitelines NYC), The Money Show (Dance New Amsterdam). Carrie has been the assistant lighting designer on various shows including: West Side Story (Palace), Cry-Baby (Marriot Marquis), Wicked (Pantages Theatre, LA), The Threepenny Opera (Studio 54). Carrie is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.