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ORION DUCKSTEIN

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

DANCE DEPARTMENT

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
ROOM 151

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Recent Courses

Modern Dance III
Modern Dance V I I

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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"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 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 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

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