Jacksonville Dance Theatre (JDT) is a contemporary dance and performance company based in Jacksonville, FL. JDT is led by Katie McCaughan (Executive Director), Rebecca R. Levy (Artistic Director), and Tiffany S. Santiero (Creative Director). Each spring, JDT produces its Annual Repertory Concert at the historic Florida Theatre in Jacksonville's urban core. In addition to local performances, JDT also has a touring season. The dance company has performed at the Dance Gallery Festival (New York City, NY and Huntsville, TX), where JDT won the Audience Choice Award (2014), MixMatch Dance Festival (Santa Monica, CA), and the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (Chicago, IL). JDT was a 2016 recipient of a PNC Arts Alive grant, which was the first year PNC extended the grant program to the state of Florida.
There is a high probability that you are on a first name basis with Shawana Brooks if you are involved in Jacksonville's creative community. Even if you do not know her by name, chances are you have seen Shawana in attendance at events that serve Jacksonville's arts and culture sector. No matter what the scale or location of an event, Shawana is someone who is always impecibly dressed. At such events, you will notice Shawana's warm smile as she fondly greets someone with whom she is acquanted, which is by no means a short list of individuals.
Shawana radiates creativity. She is a poet, storyteller, and devout advocate for the arts. As an advocate, Shawana passionately campaigns for progression of not only the arts and culture sector, but the city at large, by way of inclusion of both women and minorities.
Kirie is the Japanese art of paper-cutting. Hiromi Moneyhun, who moved to Jacksonville in 2004 from her hometown of Kyoto, Japan, is a practitioner of this form of art. Hiromi creates through a process of addition by subtraction. She doesn't add layers to a paper or canvas using pens, markers, or paint. Instead, she cuts away from a sheet of paper using a blade. When finished, what remains of the paper is an incredibly detailed outline, often depicting the female form, insects, or msystical creatures.
Hiromi's paper of choice is black in color and her finished cutouts mimic thick inked lines. The pieces are mounted away from the wall when exhibited. As a result of being mounted this way, pieces cast shadows onto the wall, creating a sense of depth. When viewing her work, it's easy to lose yourself while marveling at both the actual cutout as well as the shadow produced.
There is an art to story telling, and Barbara Colaciello is a seasoned veteran in that art. Barbara uses words to create emotion, convey meanings, and tell a narative. Barbara's craft is not limited to verbal communication. The body plays an integral role in how we communicate with others, and Barbara has a deep understanding of this.
Barbara herself has an interesting story to tell. She has made Jacksonville her home, and by all means she has been adopted by Jacksonville's creative community as an insider. However, her roots originated in New York City. Barbara lived in an era of New York when the streets of Manhattan were a dark and gritty place and the City was experiencing an economic collapse. Something grew from this decay - a vibrant art scene which largely impacted proceeding generations of artists. From Pop Art to Punk Rock, New York loomed as a place where everything was happening, or was going to happen.
Corrupting The Preconceived Notion of Normalicy: 10 Questions with Perversion Magazine Co-Founders Carl Rosen and Sam Bilheimer
A perversion is something corrupted from its original form into something entirely different. This is what Carl Rosenand Sam Bilheimer set out to accomplish when they formed Perversion Magazine. Their objective was to corrupt society's preconceived notion of normalcy, especially as it relates to art, literature, culture, and journalism.
Since the conception of Perversion, the staff has operated under a simple philosophy, create content that they themselves would want to read. In doing so, they are able to fully commit themselves to their work and stand behind the product they produce.