T O R R E N T
LA PROJECT-BASED DANCE COMPANY
UNDER THE ARTISTIC DIRECTION OF CAITLIN JAVECH
T O R R E N T' S mission is to create experimental choreographic works that draw attention to social challenges, to connect with the local community in Los Angeles through performance, and to provide a dynamic space for collaborating emerging-artists to propel their careers to new heights.
The drive of ‘T O R R E N T’ is to build a nexus between LA-based dancers, actors, composer-performers, writers, and researchers in various fields to build thought-provoking performances through collaborative risk-taking. By creating work that spans across a broad range of research topics and producing free performances in alternative public-spaces, ‘T O R R E N T’ aspires to connect to diverse audiences and to be more accessible to those who may not otherwise have access or exposure to dance.
Artistic Director / Choreographer
A native of Miami, FL, Caitlin Javech holds a BFA in Dance from the Juilliard School and an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. As a choreographer, Javech's artistic work has been recognized with a Juilliard Career Advancement Award and an honorable mention in Orlando Ballet Dance Accelerator. Javech has most recently worked as a dancer and company manager for Tabula Rasa Dance Theater and currently dances with ZviDance while producing and performing her own choreography. Javech is also a fully-certified Pilates instructor who runs her own business JavechMovement Pilates training, and is special faculty at CalArts teaching Pilates for dancers and expanding the departments health and wellness offerings. Javech is currently based in Los Angeles, where she is the artistic director of her own project-based company T O R R E N T, creating multidisciplinary choreographic and performance work for stage, film, and installation. Most recently, Javech’s choreographic work has been commissioned by Heidi Duckler’s ‘Ebb & Flow Festival’ at Baldwin Scenic Overlook, Stomping Ground LA’s VOICES: Latinx & Indigenous Artists showcase, CalArts Happenings 50th Anniversary Performances, and Emotions Physical Theater ‘Evening of Contemporary Dance’. In 2023, Javech was awarded a Creative Residency Fellowship at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences and an invitation to be an artist-in-residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs.
Chloe Crenshaw is a dance artist from Los Angeles, California. Most recently, she danced with Andrea Miller’s company GALLIM for their 2023 spring season. Previously, she danced with Ballet BC as an Emerging Artist. Performance credits include work by Danielle Agami, Trisha Brown, Peter Chu, Caitlin Javech, Andrea Miller, Crystal Pite, David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen, Spenser Theberge, and Medhi Walerski, among others. She has also trained at programs including Springboard Danse Montreal, GagaLab, BODYTRAFFIC, Boston Ballet, and the School of American Ballet
Alex Hawthorn (b. 1986) (they/them) is an artist, composer, and technologist whose work flows between performance, installation, object-making, and sound-making. They use their work as a lens through which to investigate the natural world, specifically focusing on time: the codification of time, human perceptions of time, and the physics of time. Their work in theatrical sound design has garnered them an Obie award, LA Ovation Awards, and has been heard across North and South America, Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. www.AlexHawthorn.com IG: @AFHawthorn
Tetiana Sklyarova is an interdisciplinary dancer, choreographer and teacher residing in the Los Angeles area. She received a BFA in Dance in 2021 from California Institute of the Arts. Tetiana’s work is a reflection of the sensibility within the body. She practices movement through sensation, impulse, control, and release. In her recent years, Tetiana has studied and performed works by Jinglin Liao, Peter Chu, Micaela Taylor, Spenser Theberge, Roderick George, Dimitri Chamblas, Rennie Harris, and Rena Butler. In 2021, Tetiana developed a film titled, “The Headless” in collaboration with Christy He and Austin Roberts. Later on, Tetiana performed “Within a Sketch” by Peter Chu. More recently, she performed and choreographed “Doubling” at Torrance Art Museum in collaboration with Beck+Col, Kayla Aguila and Nadia Maryam. She was also the choreographer for the “Red Night” film by Beck+Col in 2022. Tetiana has performed at REDCAT, Torrance Art Museum, LA Dance Project, and Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Piper Makenzie Dye is originally from San Diego, CA, and holds a BFA in Dance from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. Previously a dancer/soloist with Eveoke Dance Theater, Ballet Nepantla, A-Y Dancers, Hard/Femme Dances, Piper has been pursuing her freelance performance career in New York for the last 7 years. She has performed works from choreographers including Crystal Pite, Doug Varone, Shannon Gillen, Twyla Tharp, Kelly Ashton Todd, Mark Morris, Christopher Huggins, Jennifer Archibald, Jose Limon, and Donald McKayle, and is thrilled to be dancing for TORRENT in this program.
Tyler Sanders, originally from Arkansas, is a Californian based musician and composer and is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) and California Institute of the Arts where he studied piano, music composition, and earned a BA in Music Industry and a Masters in Composition and Experimental Sound Practices respectively. As an instrumentalist, Tyler plays a wide range of instruments, however, out of all of them, the trumpet, alto sax and piano are most represented in his works. As a composer, his works cover many genres of music and for various art forms including music for dance, film, music theater, opera, chamber instrumental/vocal music and some solo works. His biggest works to date are his Concerto for Soprano Saxophone "Unfortunate Fortunes" and “Aiky Pathways to Light,” a dance production by his friend and choreographer Robert Kelley. Today, his work is really starting to focus a lot on the audience’s experience. Strictly in terms of his experimental music, Tyler is interested in exploring relationships and that can be any type of relationship: between people, objects, anything that can be implicated with another whether realistically or theoretically. This work can vary on scale from large electroacoustic works to smaller intimate pieces of music. Overall, Tyler is aiming to write music that creates a transcendental experience starting with establishing and rooting his audience in a sense of reality, altering that sense and transition between the established reality and altered sense in a way that feels timeless through the music in combination with the space or setting that it is performed in.
Rachel Lambright is an interdisciplinary filmmaker and dance artist based in Los Angeles. Her approach to film is rooted in her experience of movement as dynamic, ephemeral expression. Through collaborative creation and intimate composition, her work aims to bring attention to quiet moments, stretch seemingly fleeting moments into many minutes, and document what may at first be dismissed. Originally from Florida, Rachel previously worked as rehearsal assistant, dancer, and teaching artist with Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Her choreographic works premiered at the Jane B. Cook Theatre and the Studio@620, with her evening work-in-progress, In order to change, performed at Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s studio theater in 2021. Her experimental dance film, Introspection, has been screened at Austin Dance Festival 2020 and Holding Common Ground: Pathways to Cultural Exchange in Vietnam 2021. Rachel received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of South Florida and is a current MFA candidate in the Program of Film and Video at California Institute of the Arts.
Mr. Dominick Dusseau is a Research Associate within Woodwell Climate Research Center's Risk group. He is working on analyzing data from climate models to provide actionable physical climate risk information to decision makers. To project how future floods will impact cities, he combined a riverine flood model with a stormwater model to dynamically simulate urban flooding. This model is an important component of the municipal risk assessments completed in partnership with cities throughout the United States. Prior to joining Woodwell Climate Research Center, his work involved sea level rise modeling and sustainability issues in Miami, FL and inland flood modeling in New York, NY. Mr. Dusseau holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Virginia and a M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University.
AnnMarie, 24 and originally from New York, began her dance training at a small dance studio. She danced competitively for several years before starting her classical training at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, where she performed world renowned works like Alvin Ailey's "Revelations". After graduating, she moved onto receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at California Institute of the Arts. Here she has danced/performed works by Laurence Blake, Dimitri Chamblas, Peter Chu, Rennie Harris, Wayne McGregor, and Spenser Theberge. Since graduating, AnnMarie has appeared in an international commercial for NIO as a dancer, music video "My Universe" by Coldplay as a motion capture artist, and attended Springboard Danse Montréal where she performed several works by Ohad Naharin. She is versatile in numerous styles and freelancing in Los Angeles while working professionally as a motion capture artist for AMGI Animation Studios
JANE HAMOR is a Los Angeles based designer who is currently receiving her MFA at California Institute of the Arts in scenic design. As a trained dancer, Jane brings her knowledge of choreography and movement into her designs to create kinetic spaces that fuse the audience, performer, and architecture into a unified experience. Jane enjoys designing for various performance mediums; including theater, film, dance, and site-specific installation. Select credits include: UCSB School of Dance, CalArts School of Dance, Theater, and Music, The Loft Ensemble, Heidi Ducker Dance Festival, Hypernormalization, and USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Nat Wilson (they/it/he) grew up in Michigan, training in ballet before growing into contemporary dance. In 2016, they moved to Israel to join Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, where they had the opportunity to perform and teach around the world, including China, Peru, South Korea, and India. In January of 2020 they moved to New York City. Since then, they've worked in both New York and Los Angeles, performing with YYDC, ZviDance, Ballez, and ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, as well as create their own work. Their current artistic pursuit is to find the intersection between entertainment and discomfort, and to explore the uniquely mystical relationship between audience and performer.