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Personal Statement

I danced for the Paul Taylor Dance Company for 11 years, and before that with Taylor 2, the the outreach and performance arm of the company.

Before touring the world with the Taylor Company I danced with a number of choreographers in the 'Downtown', Dance Theater, and Performance Art scene as well as technique-based companies in New York City.

I was a founding member of choreographer Takehiro Ueyama's company, TakeDanceNY, and danced with other companies such as Amy Marshall Dance Company, Mazzini Dance Collection, Corbindances, Hernando Cortez & Co, and most recently guest artist and choreographer with Patricia Kenny Dance Collection.

As a late starter I developed a practical approach to technique as a support system for transcendent performances.

Artistic/Creative Work

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"Now We Fly (choreography)". Professor Duckstein premiered his latest work, 'Now We Fly' at Dance Adelphi. Using 14 dancers and the music of Vivaldi, the dance is an uplifting look at dancers in motion. Professor Duckstein began this dance on teh students of Booker T Washington HSPVA while in residence in September, and expanded at Adelphi. Adelphi University. December 2015.

"When We Fly". September 21-25 Professor Duckstein created When We Fly on the powerhouse students of the Repertory II Company in just 5 days of rehearsals. Using 16 dancers this dance is an uplifting look at dancers in motion. The students premiered the dance in October 2015, and has already been performed at several other concerts. Booker T Washington HSPVA, Dallas, TX. September 2015.

"Guest Artist, Dancer: Take Dance Company". Professor Duckstein re-joined Take Dance to the company's summer tour. Duckstein performed in the evening-length "Somewhere Familiar Melodies" in which choreographer Takehiro Ueyama reflects upon his family and childhood in Japan through the popular Japanese songs from teh 70's and 80's. New York. June 2015.

"Choregrapher, Dancer". Mr. Duckstein performed his own 'When We Rise' with his partner Annmaria Mazzini at a benefit for Best Buddies at Carnegie Hall on May 20. The even was organized by concert pianist Elaine Kwon and featured performances my Ms. Kwon, Mr. Duckstein,Ms. Mazzini, Questlove, and more. Carnegie Hall. May 2015.

"Rehearsal Director, Paul Taylor's Company B". Re-staged Paul Taylor's 1991 masterpiece Company B on Adelphi's dance majors. Performed as part of the 2015 Spring Dance Adelphi. The students were asked to perform the dance with the Paul Taylor Dance Company as part of a special concert for Dr. Robert Scott on May 9, 2015. Adelphi University. May 2015.

"Back to Back". Original Choreography by Orion Duckstein, premiered at Dance Adelphi Spring 2015. Adelphi University. April 2015.

"Guest Artist, Dancer: Take Dance Company". March 18-21, 2015 Guest artist for Take Dance 2015 season. Featured performer in Mr. Ueyama's evening length 'There & Here' premier at the Schimmel Ctr, NYC. NY. March 2015.

"Guest Artist, Patricia Kenny Dance Collection". Performed 'Love 15' with PKDC at renowned dance festival Jacob's Pillow. Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. July 2014.

"Guest Artist: Mazzini Dance Collection". Choreographed and performed 'When We Rise' with Annmaria Mazzini, deirector, Mazzini Dance Collective throughout their summer and fall season, performances in NYC, at the Downtown Dance Festival and Ailey Citigroup Theater, and on tour in Pennsylvania. Premier: June 19, 2014, NY, NY. New York, NY. June 2014.

"Red". Red is an intense exploration of the music of Julia Wolf, and Josquin Desprez. 15 minutes, 15 dancers Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gamDIhseT0. Adelphi University. April 2014.

"Introducing Mrs Baxter (redux) at ACDF". We performed this reduced version of Introducing Mrs Baxter (with 5 dancers instead of the original 12) at the American College Dance Festival in Brockport, NY. Adjudicators selected Mrs. Baxter as alternate for the National College Dance Festivals at the Kennedy Ctr in Washington DC. Brockport, NY. March 2014.

"Introducing Mrs Stephen Baxter". Choreopgraphed and first performed at Adelphi, restaged on the Mazzini Dance Collective for their 2014-15 season, including NYC performaces at the Ailey Theater. Mrs Baxter was also entered into the American College Dance Festival taking 4th place out of adjudicated dances from over 50 schools. Adelphi, ACDFA, NYC. December 2013.

"Guest Choreographer, Dancer". Restaged Love 15 on the dancers of Patricia Kenny Dance Collection and performed with them throughout their 2013-14 season. Contract renewed for 2014-15 season. NY. August 2013.

"Performing Artist". Corbindances presents: Covergrrrl and the Bottom Feeders at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Patrick Corbin, Director, Choreographer. Brooklyn Lyceum, Brooklyn, NY. August 2013.

"Consumed". Music: Vivaldi Cantatas, Costume Design: Sean Sullivan Lighting Design: Josh Monroe 16 dancers, 19 minutes. Adelphi University. May 2013.

"Covenant". A duet choreographed and performed with my wife, former Paul Taylor Dance Company memeber Heather Berest. Performed as guesrt artists with the Patricia Kenny Dance Collection as part of their NY season. Music: Beethoven, 'Emporer Concerto', Adagio Lighting Design: Heather Berest 2 dancers, 7 minutes. Queens, NY. April 2013.

"Datastream". Inspired by the isolating nature of technology. Music: Woob, Threesix Costume Design: Sean Sullivan Lighting Design: Jared Klein 14 dancers; 22 minutes. Adelphi University. November 2012.

"Love 15". Love 15 is a study of love and soul music for 15 dancers. First premiered in 2012 at Adelphi, it has been restaged most recently for The Patricia Kenny Dance Collection in 2013 Music: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Sam & Dave Costume Design: Sean Sullivan Lighting Design: Debra Dumas 15 Dancers, 20 minutes. Adelphi University. April 2012.

"Desirium". A study of our desires and the delerium they can induce. Music: Funki Porcini, John Cage, Tango a Trois, 13 dancers; 15 minutes link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDJkxQdugZ4. Adelphi University. December 2011.

Honors and Accomplishments

Student Government Association Professor of the Year nominee, 2012-13

Professional Activities

Guest Artist Residencies:
Booker T Washington HSPVA in Dallas, TX, 2012
Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild CA, 2011

Paul Taylor Dance Company Studio: open professional level classes (various times throughout the year)

Annmaria Mazzini & Dancers: rehearsal director

Guest Artist In Residence, Idyllwild Academy, January 2013

Finger Lakes Ballet Academy, Canandagua, NY, 2014

Guest Artist, Choreographer & Dancer:
Patricia Kenny Dance Collection, 2012-14

Mazzini Dance Collective, 2014 New York Season at Ailey Citigroup Theater, NY, NY, various tours and dance festivals.