Hailed as a choreographer “with an imagination so exuberant that one could not be sure how one movement led to the next” and “not only inventive but heart-rending,” Jennifer Hart has been commissioned by Ballet Austin, Ballet Austin ll, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, The Walker Art Center’s Momentum Series, The McKnight Fellowship for Dancers, Metropolitan Ballet Project in Minneapolis, and Lawrence Ballet Theater.
In 2011, Hart was awarded a New York City Ballet Fellowship, won third place at the Saint-Sauveur International Choreography Competition, received second place at Ballet Nouveau’s choreography competition, and was one of three winners of the University of Kansas’ competitive choreography competition. She has been chosen three times to present work at Ballet Builders, New Choreographer’s on Point in NYC. Hart was commissioned by University of Massachusetts in the fall of 2013 and the work was chosen for the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center, June 2014. In March 2015, she premiered a new ballet, To Here, for Ballet Austin’s Director’s Choice. In addition to Hart’s work in concert dance, she has choreographed and performed cabaret shorts for nightclubs and television.
Hart trained at Minnesota Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Her performing career includes Minnesota Dance Theater, Ballet of the Dolls, and L.A Chamber Ballet, as well as independent choreographers. Hart choreographs yearly for Ballet Austin’s apprentices and Fellowship recipients, teaches full-time in the academy, and serves as Curriculum Leader for the lower levels of the school.
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Edward Carr received his first twelve years of ballet training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School. After graduating high school he continued his training at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto, and had the privilege to work with choreographers including James Kudelka, Toer van Schayk, and Rudi van Dantzig.
Carr moved to Austin in 2006 to attend Ballet Austin’s trainee program, and joined the main company in 2008 after a season as an apprentice. Since joining Ballet Austin, he has been featured in Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs, Bradley Shelver’sThe Last Just, Nicolo Fonte's Left Unsaid and Lasting Imprint, Jennifer Hart’s To Here, has danced Claudius in Mills' Hamlet, Tybalt in Mills’ Romeo and Juliet, and originated roles in Stephen Mills' Angel of My Nature, Though the Earth Give Way, and the Beast in Mills' Belle Redux. Carr has portrayed Drosselmeyer in every performance of Mills’The Nutcracker since 2009. When not dancing with Ballet Austin, he teaches in the Ballet Austin Academy, guests with MOTION Dance Theater, and works with local choreographers, most notably Jennifer Hart.
Carr first worked with Hart in 2007 on a piece that would later be performed in NYC with Ballet Builders. The two have worked together every summer since, developing an especially productive professional relationship that fostered the inception of performa/dance in 2014.
Uri Sands (Choreographer and Artistic Director of TU Dance) has received national recognition for choreography that is notable for the fusion of classical elegance with edgy contemporary action, for pulsating intensity with poetic lyricism. A native of Miami, Uri trained at New World School of the Arts, and performed as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for five years, Philadanco, Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, as principal dancer with North Carolina Dance Theatre, and as guest artist with Complexions under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. His choreographic commissions include, among others, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California, Dance St. Louis, VocalEssence, Zenon Dance, Penumbra Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Uri has received the Princess Grace Award in choreography, the Joyce Foundation Award and the McKnight Artist Fellowship in Choreography. He was named City Pages’ 2011 Choreographer of the Year, and–along with Toni-Pierce-Sands–the 2010 StarTribune Artist of the Year. Uri was recently named as a 2015 USA Fellow, receiving this year’s Knight Fellowship in Dance together with TU Dance co-founder Toni Pierce-Sands.
Magdalena Jarkowiec is an Austin choreographer, sculptor, costumer and dance educator. Her choreographic work has appeared at The Off Center, The Salvage Vanguard Theater, and in Frontera Fest’s, “Mi Casa es su Teatro”. Her most recent work, an evening length trio entitled, “Us Kids Are Alone in the House” debuted at The Salvage Vanguard Theater in March 2016 to packed and exuberant audiences. Her soft sculptural work figures heavily into the set and costume design of her choreography but it also enjoys a life of it’s own. Two of Magdalena’s sculptures were recently selected to spend a year at Austin City Hall as part of the city’s annual “People’s Gallery” exhibition. She has received an honorable mention from the yearly Austin Artboards competition, and enjoyed a residency and solo show at San Francisco’s iconic Luggage Store Gallery which has exhibited the likes of Barry McGee, Margaret Killgallen, and Mickalene Thomas. She has created costumes locally for Rosalyn Nasky, Sharon Marroquin, Jennifer Hart, Michelle Ulerich, Ellen Bartel, Charles Anderson, and UT’s department of theater and Dance. She is a frequent collaborator with New York’s Netta Yerushalmy and had the pleasure of costuming Netta’s, “Helga and the Three Sailors” which the New Yorker described as a “perfect dance”. She is currently on faculty at UT Austin where she teaches ballet and pointe to the BFA population.