AHMAUD CULVER, a first generation Egyptian-American, was raised in Lancaster, California. Ahmaud began his dance studies at California Institute of the Arts where he received his BA. Ahmaud's first professional dance company position was with the Santa Monica, California based Helios Dance Theatre at 20 years of age. In 2009 Ahmaud moved to New York City where opportunities allowed him to work with many dance companies from around the world such as the International touring company NY2Dance, Eglevsky Ballet, Augusto Solada BrazzDance, the National Company of Colombia Danza Concerto. This is Ahmaud's second season as a member of Armitage Gone! Dance.
MEGUMI EDA from Nagano, Japan, has danced with the Matsuyama ballet (Tokyo), the Hamburg Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, and the Rambert Dance Company in London. She danced all the major classical ballets and worked as well with major choreographers, such as John Neumeier, Mats Ek, Christopher Bruce, Jiri Kylian, Lindsey Kemp, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen and others. In 2004 she moved to NY to join Armitage Gone! Dance and the same year received a Bessie Award for her performance. While continuing her decade-long collaboration with Karole Armitage, Megumi has begun incorporating other art forms including sculpture, video and graphics into her solo installations and performances. In May 2014, her solo multimedia work "Beautiful Boy" was selected for the Creative Mischief exhibition at the National Academy Museum. This is Megumi's twelfth season with Armitage Gone! Dance.
RUKA HATUA-SAAR is originally from Aviano, Italy, but began his training at the age of 10 as a full scholarship student with the Miami City Ballet. He has danced alongside such artists as Maya Angelou and Shirley Murdock. He holds a B.F.A in Dance Education and Performance. He is an Act-So Dance Gold Medalist and has been awarded fellowships from both Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem. He has performed in works by George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Alonzo King, Donald Bryd, and Christopher Huggins to name a few. He's had the privilege of serving on faculty at Wright State University, Central State University, and University of Dayton. He has danced with Ballethnic Contemporary Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Philadanco. Currently he is an M.F.A candidate at ADF/Frankfurt/ Hollins University.
CRISTIAN LAVERDE KÖNIG was born in Cali, Colombia and received his professional training at The Instituto Colombiano de Ballet (Incolballet) and The Escuela del Ballet Nacional de Cuba under a full scholarship. He has been a soloist for The Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet de Cali, Hartford Ballet and Ballet Internationale, and has served as principal dancer for the Maximum Dance Company, the Milwaukee Ballet and the Slovak National Ballet. Mr. König's repertoire includes principal roles in classical ballets such as Basilio in Don Quixote, Franz in Coppélia Siegfried in Swan Lake, and the Grand Pas de Deux from Corsaire among others. He has also performed works by world-renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp and Martha Graham. He originated principal roles on works by choreographers such as Maurice Causey, Lila York, Petr Zahradnicek, Ivo van Zwieten, Paolo Mohovich, Jean Christophe Blavier, among others. Mr. König has been the recipient of various prestigious national and international awards and currently resides in New York City. This is his second season with Armitage Gone! Dance.
IZABELA SZYLINSKA began her training at the age of 10 in Polish National Ballet School in Warsaw. She received many opportunities to increase her ballet technique with Ballet Masters including Thomas Lundt (Royal Danish Ballet), Piotr Nardelli (Béjart Ballet Lausanne) and Leonid Zhdanow (Bolshoi Theater Ballet Academy). While still a student, she received an invitation from Polish Embassy in India to take part in a dance program "Dancing through Europe" and to perform in Delhi and Chennai on the Festival of Days of European Union. She performed the acting/dancing role of Frederick's Muse in Éric - Emmanuel Schmitt's play "Frederick Ou Le Boulevard Du Crime" play at the Ateneum Theater in Warsaw. In 2008, Izabela won the 1st prize on international ballet competition "Gold Pointe Shoes" in Poland and received a prestigious scholarship from The Ministery of Culture for artistic achievement. The same year, she became a demi - soloist with Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, Poland. In 2009 she joined Polish National Ballet under the direction of Krzysztof Pastor where she worked with such choreographers as Patrice Bart, Wayne Eagling, Emmanuel Gat, Krzysztof Pastor, Jacek Przybyłowicz and also performed works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Alexei Ratmansky and Irek Mukhamiedov. Izabela moved to New York in June 2012 and soon started working with Stuart Loungway's Terra Firma Dance Théâtre, becoming a part of Ashley Bouder's benefit - New York Artists for the Philippines, with Julia Gleich Dances, with the Brooklyn Ballet and Mordance. This is Izabela's first season with Armitage Gone! Dance.
RANDALL ANTHONY SMITH was born in San Diego, California. He recently earned his M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine where he also earned two Bachelor's in Fine Arts, one in Dance Performance, the other in Choreography. Smith currently is Donald McKayle's répétiteur and serves as his assistant having performed for McKayle's Etude Ensemble for four years. Smith also serves as a visiting adjunct artistic staff for Navarre High School's color guard and winter guard, where he designs show concepts, costumes, and choreography. Smith is a former ballet, modern, and contemporary jazz instructor for the Destin School of Music and Dance and currently serves his alma mater, San Marcos High School as a summer intensive instructor. Smith maintains a practice of performing, restaging and interpreting McKayle's repertory, creating his own dance works, and teaching dance nationally. He has performed with acclaimed ballerina, choreographer, and newly appointed Vice Dean of University of Southern California, Jodie Gates' in "Mein Zimmer" (2012) and for jazz dance choreographer Sheron Wray's "So Do You Think Freud Was Really Wrong?" (2011). Other recent performances include "Landscapes ADF 2011" choreographed by Bulareyaung Pagarlav from Taipei, Taiwan; "Undivided/Divided" (2012) choreographed by Shen Wei; "A Crack in Everything" (2013) from zoe|juniper; "Tundra" (2013) by Chrisitana Axelsen; "It's a Game" (2013) by Amanda Selwyn, and "WOW," (2014) an experimental opera created by Joe Diebes, Christian Hawkey, and Adam Levin. This is Smith's first season with Armitage Gone! Dance.
EMILY WAGNER, a Michigan native, trained under scholarships at the Flint Youth Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, and at American Ballet Theatre. Her most influential training came from Sabrina Pillars, friend and mentor from the New York City Ballet. Her dance career began to bloom when she received an invitation to dance with American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company. Since then, Wagner has performed nationally and internationally, receiving great reviews. Companies include: Ballet Austin, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Noir, Terra Firma Dance Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Ballet X among others. In 2005, she performed Peter Breuer's Bolero in Salzburg, Austria with the Salzburg Ballett and from 2005 to 2007 she danced as a soloist with the Movement Network of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. While in Europe, she also received an International Pilates Certification with Body Arts and Sciences International. Emily's most exciting moment to date was performing in Monte Carlo for the Prince of Monaco in 2009 during her first season with AGD. In 2012 Wagner danced the role of the Vixen in New York Philharmonic's celebrated production of The Cunning Little Vixen. Wagner freelances in New York City as a tango artist with the New Generation Dance Company and as a dancer with Giada Ferrone, among others. She has also modeled for Sansha and KD Dance. Emily was the assistant choreographer to Karole Armitage at Harvard ART's highly praised play Marie Antoinette and also worked with her as rehearsal director during Kansas City Ballet's spring season in 2013. Emily has been dancing with Armitage Gone! Dance for six seasons.