Zenon Dance is excited to announce Kendall Kramer, José A. Luis and Ruby Josephine Smith as the Winter/Spring 2021 Zenon Dance Zone Choreographers. The Zone Dance program is designed to join Zenon’s community of dancers in a shared dance experience with local choreographers. The Winter/Spring 2021 residencies have been uniquely designed to follow COVID19 precautions and procedures with the health and safety of the artists and dancers as the first priority. This season will culminate in a virtual dance performance sharing Zenon Dance Zone screen dances on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 7:30pm.
Kendall Kramer is dancer, choreographer, and educator interested in experimenting with the differentiation between props-venues-audience-and performer. Born in Minneapolis, she trained at Minnetonka Dance Theater and School, and performed in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival and the Studio 4A project.
Kendall graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) in 2010 with dual degrees in Dance Performance and Spanish Language. In Texas, Kendall worked with organizations and individual artists such as Leslie Scates of Lower Left, Psophonia Dance Company, Young Audiences of Houston, Jacquelyne Boe, and Danny Buraczeski. Kendall has set choreography on Psophonia Dance Company, at the Nasher Sculpture Garden, for 3D film, and the Houston Comedy Dance Festival, among others. Since moving back to Minneapolis, Kendall has performed at the Future Interstates Dance Improvisation Festival, and delved deeper into dance for film.
Kendall has received reviews for noteworthy performances in the Houston Press, and her work GLOW received the honor of Best New Dance Work of the Houston Fringe Festival in 2016. She is thrilled to have been accepted as a Zenon Zone Choreographer!
José A. Luis.
Born in Veracruz, Mexico. Raised in Racine, Wisconsin. Having lived in Milwaukee, Chicago, and now Minneapolis, moving has been part of José’s identity. Considered a “late-dancer”, this often obstacle has been fuel in exceeding challenges and accomplishing his goals no matter where he inhabits. Formal training began at UW-Milwaukee, where he graduated with a BFA in Dance. Having worked with most of the faculty, guest artists, and graduate students, he continued to perform locally before moving to dance with REDance in Chicago. His interest in dance making and collaborations led to presentations of undergraduate and post-undergraduate pieces in several festivals throughout the Midwest. As a solo choreographer and own dancer (more often than none) he is attuned to his body and artistic vision change through time, which is reflective in his works. An evening length show lies on the horizon for José. In the meantime, he continues to stay open and available for all opportunities.
For more, visit: jose.dance
Ruby Josephine Smith.
Ruby Josephine Smith is a dance artist and choreographer who grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, surrounded by the arts from an early age. Being constantly drawn towards movement and performance, she pursued her love of theater throughout her childhood and began exploring contemporary dance at the age of 10. Eventually, her curiosity and passion launched her into a life of travel, continuing her self-driven training at studios, workshops and intensives across Europe. She finally landed in Tangier, Morocco, where she has been based for the past 7 years until very recently relocating to the Twin Cities. In Morocco, Ruby was teaching regular classes to local and international students in English, French and Arabic, creating and performing works, and engaging with fellow movement artists in the community to push forward contemporary dance as a rapidly emerging art form in the city.
Her choreography and performance has been commissioned and sponsored by the US Embassy of Morocco, l’Institut Français de Tanger, the American Language Center Network in Morocco, and the American Legation of Tangier. Her love of travel continues to take her abroad frequently, performing her work in festivals in Spain and France, collaborating with other international dancers, and offering residencies and dance program consultation to the American International School network including programs in India, Vietnam and Taiwan. Ruby believes strongly in the power of dance and movement to tell stories, explore personal processes, and form strong human connections across boundaries and borders.