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Choreographers

Choreographers

Mark Caserta  Mark Caserta from Philadelphia, graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in 2010. He danced professionally with international touring companies Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal and Camille A. Brown & Dancers since then. Mark was a 2018 Emerging Choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal and recently premiered his first full evening length work at Gibney NY POP Performance Series in February. In the past year, Mark was commissioned to set work on Dark Circles Contemporary Dance with partner Mikey Morado and Atlanta based company Kit Modus. Mark has presented work at Wanderlust Dance Festival, The Austin Dance Festival, The Banff Center for Performing Arts, Steps On Broadway Choreography Lab and the Brooklyn Dance Festival. He has also created work on the University of the Arts School of Dance and Pace University. He currently teaches full time while co-directing the Pre Professional Company at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center, co-directing a non profit the Thriving Artist Project and creating new work for his own project. Mark is the 2019/2020 Recipient of the Gibney Dance Company & Springboard Danse Montreal ‘EMERGE’ Choreography Award.

Mark Caserta

Mark Caserta from Philadelphia, graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in 2010. He danced professionally with international touring companies Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal and Camille A. Brown & Dancers since then. Mark was a 2018 Emerging Choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal and recently premiered his first full evening length work at Gibney NY POP Performance Series in February. In the past year, Mark was commissioned to set work on Dark Circles Contemporary Dance with partner Mikey Morado and Atlanta based company Kit Modus. Mark has presented work at Wanderlust Dance Festival, The Austin Dance Festival, The Banff Center for Performing Arts, Steps On Broadway Choreography Lab and the Brooklyn Dance Festival. He has also created work on the University of the Arts School of Dance and Pace University. He currently teaches full time while co-directing the Pre Professional Company at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center, co-directing a non profit the Thriving Artist Project and creating new work for his own project. Mark is the 2019/2020 Recipient of the Gibney Dance Company & Springboard Danse Montreal ‘EMERGE’ Choreography Award.

Autumn Eckman  In her performance career, Autumn Eckman (MFA Choreography, University of Iowa), had the privilege to dance for companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lucky Plush Productions, Ron De Jesus Dance, Giordano Dance Chicago, State Street Ballet and Luna Negra Dance Theater. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Arizona and a member of The Cambrians-a Chicago based company that uses large collaborative processes to create evening length work. A former Resident Choreographer of Giordano Dance Chicago and Artist-In-Residence for the State Street Ballet, her work has been commissioned by companies including DanceWorks Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago, The Big Muddy Dance Company and Missouri Contemporary Ballet, for Universities including The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, Stephens College, University of Kansas, Washington & Lee University, Western Michigan University and for the Bates Dance Festival, Edinburgh Dance Festival, Chicago Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, Performatica (Puebla, Mexico), Charlotte Dance Festival and the Black Box Theater Festival (Plovdiv, Bulgaria). Her creative work uses an integrated approach to contemporary dance-making drawn from a broad vocabulary of dance forms in order to manifest stories through body-based lenses that aim to uncover a deeper understanding of the social, cultural and political fabrics of choreography.  For Kit, Autumn created  Second Impulse.

Autumn Eckman

In her performance career, Autumn Eckman (MFA Choreography, University of Iowa), had the privilege to dance for companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lucky Plush Productions, Ron De Jesus Dance, Giordano Dance Chicago, State Street Ballet and Luna Negra Dance Theater. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Arizona and a member of The Cambrians-a Chicago based company that uses large collaborative processes to create evening length work. A former Resident Choreographer of Giordano Dance Chicago and Artist-In-Residence for the State Street Ballet, her work has been commissioned by companies including DanceWorks Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago, The Big Muddy Dance Company and Missouri Contemporary Ballet, for Universities including The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, Stephens College, University of Kansas, Washington & Lee University, Western Michigan University and for the Bates Dance Festival, Edinburgh Dance Festival, Chicago Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, Performatica (Puebla, Mexico), Charlotte Dance Festival and the Black Box Theater Festival (Plovdiv, Bulgaria). Her creative work uses an integrated approach to contemporary dance-making drawn from a broad vocabulary of dance forms in order to manifest stories through body-based lenses that aim to uncover a deeper understanding of the social, cultural and political fabrics of choreography.

For Kit, Autumn created Second Impulse.

Noelle Kayser  Noelle spent her early dance training at the Decatur School of Ballet before joining Atlanta Ballet's pre-professional program. Noelle continued her dance training after high school, spending one year at both SUNY Purchase and the Lou Conte Dance Center. In 2011, Noelle joined Luna Negra Dance Theater as an apprentice under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. During her apprenticeship, she performed the company's repertoire both nationally and internationally. Noelle returned to Atlanta in 2013 to join glo, a collaborative performance platform, founded by Lauri Stallings. Other Atlanta credits include the Proia Dance Project, Erik Thurmond’s Ripple, Gathering Wild, and Scrap Theater Group's one woman play Leda. In addition to her dancing, Noelle has narrated 16 audiobooks for Listen Up Productions/ audible.com  and appeared in industrials for Grey Television and Kitchenaid. Since relocating to Chicago, Noelle has had the opportunity to act as a choreographic assistant to both Stephanie Martinez and Wilfredo Rivera. Noelle has set her own choreography on Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, and Moonwater Dance Project. In 2017, Noelle performed in The Cambrians inaugural repertory show Chicago Dances performing works by Kevin Iega Jeff and Shannon Alvis. Noelle is currently in her fourth season with Visceral Dance Chicago under the direction of Nick Pupillo.  Noelle choreographed  The Excursion: Realized  for Kit Modus

Noelle Kayser

Noelle spent her early dance training at the Decatur School of Ballet before joining Atlanta Ballet's pre-professional program. Noelle continued her dance training after high school, spending one year at both SUNY Purchase and the Lou Conte Dance Center. In 2011, Noelle joined Luna Negra Dance Theater as an apprentice under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. During her apprenticeship, she performed the company's repertoire both nationally and internationally. Noelle returned to Atlanta in 2013 to join glo, a collaborative performance platform, founded by Lauri Stallings. Other Atlanta credits include the Proia Dance Project, Erik Thurmond’s Ripple, Gathering Wild, and Scrap Theater Group's one woman play Leda. In addition to her dancing, Noelle has narrated 16 audiobooks for Listen Up Productions/audible.com and appeared in industrials for Grey Television and Kitchenaid. Since relocating to Chicago, Noelle has had the opportunity to act as a choreographic assistant to both Stephanie Martinez and Wilfredo Rivera. Noelle has set her own choreography on Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, and Moonwater Dance Project. In 2017, Noelle performed in The Cambrians inaugural repertory show Chicago Dances performing works by Kevin Iega Jeff and Shannon Alvis. Noelle is currently in her fourth season with Visceral Dance Chicago under the direction of Nick Pupillo.

Noelle choreographed The Excursion: Realized for Kit Modus

Porter Grubbs  Porter began his training at Troy University where he trained with instructors Elie Lazar and Dominique Angel. He attended intensives such as the Alabama Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival winter workshops in New York City, and the American Dance Festival summer program in Durham, NC where he was on scholarship. He has worked with Sidra Bell in her winter|module at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, with Atlanta-based choreographers T. Lang and Bella Dorado for their respective commissions at the High Museum of Art, and has studied with David Zambrano and Renan Martins at Danscentrum Jette in Brussels, Belgium. His choreography has been featured in multiple performances at Troy University as well as in showcases at the American Dance Festival, the Alabama Dance Festival, and at Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Porter has studied extensively with acclaimed artists such as Brenda Daniels, Wes Chapman, and Gerri Houlihan, and he has performed repertory by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, Merce Cunningham, and an excerpt of a work by Kyle Abraham titled The Watershed. In Atlanta, Porter performs with Atlanta-based choreographer Kristel Tedesco and her collective Little Minute ATL, and has recently founded his own collective MediumsATL. Porter is a founding member of Kit Modus.  Porter created  Me/diums  for Kit Modus

Porter Grubbs

Porter began his training at Troy University where he trained with instructors Elie Lazar and Dominique Angel. He attended intensives such as the Alabama Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival winter workshops in New York City, and the American Dance Festival summer program in Durham, NC where he was on scholarship. He has worked with Sidra Bell in her winter|module at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, with Atlanta-based choreographers T. Lang and Bella Dorado for their respective commissions at the High Museum of Art, and has studied with David Zambrano and Renan Martins at Danscentrum Jette in Brussels, Belgium. His choreography has been featured in multiple performances at Troy University as well as in showcases at the American Dance Festival, the Alabama Dance Festival, and at Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Porter has studied extensively with acclaimed artists such as Brenda Daniels, Wes Chapman, and Gerri Houlihan, and he has performed repertory by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, Merce Cunningham, and an excerpt of a work by Kyle Abraham titled The Watershed. In Atlanta, Porter performs with Atlanta-based choreographer Kristel Tedesco and her collective Little Minute ATL, and has recently founded his own collective MediumsATL. Porter is a founding member of Kit Modus.

Porter created Me/diums for Kit Modus