a contemporary ballet company founded in 2016 by Amy Saunder, Jordan Miller and Tiffany Mangulabnan, three dancer-creators who hail from Zimbabwe, the United States and the Philippines
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konverjdans aims to celebrate the convergence of different backgrounds, art forms and experiences by creating dance in collaboration with musicians, visual artists, filmmakers and other artists; by always performing with live music in a wide variety of spaces, making dance accessible to diverse audiences; and eventually by expanding to conduct outreach programs in the United States, Zimbabwe and the Philippines.
We're a company of three female dancer-creators who hail from separate parts of the globe and who come together (converge) in the hope of creating something meaningful out of our passions, as so many dreaming people do in New York City.
Our convergence, first as dancers, and ultimately as friends and co-creators; our mutual passion for live music; our commitment to thoughtful dancing and meaningful choreography; and the rare symbiosis and kinship among us, onstage as well as in life (a gift that we are continuously and happily discovering) - all this has laid the foundation for the building of konverjdans.
But to say that we three alone embody the soul of this new company is to grossly disregard the collaborative spirit behind everything we have done and yet hope to do. There is no work without our collaborations - without the musicians, filmmakers, photographers and other dancers and artists with whom we are beginning to form inspiring artistic relationships (friendships, really), and whose original work and talents to us are paramount and invaluable.
While we will always have our classical ballet roots in the various companies we've danced with over the years (New York City Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, BalletNext, Philippine Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Richmond Ballet, Eugene Ballet), we are also independent contemporary dancers: flinging ourselves into various projects (often concurrently and together) with other contemporary ballet choreographers in New York and elsewhere in the US, constantly needing to feed our mutual desires to absorb a diversity of artistic thoughts and ideas, and to challenge our minds and bodies.
And in a way, konverjdans is just another venture we're throwing ourselves into for that very purpose: it's a safe space for us to test and hone our own abilities as choreographers and directors; to conduct open dialogues between artists of various fields, creating new work in dance, music and film all at once; and to create new and rich experiences we hope to share with diverse audiences, with our home countries, with our patrons, friends and collaborators, and with each other.