Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

February 9 - April 21, 2018


Performances: Money for Nothing and Dance for Free

Saturday, March 02 2013
3:00 am - 6:00 am

Through the lens of physical interpretation, dance artists from varying stylistic backgrounds will explore the commodification of the body. Thinking of  money as visual art and its power over the physical body, the artists will ask who owes who?   Works will also explore the value and de-valuing of the art of dance and the role that economics plays in the quest to create art while sustaining the life of an artist.

Curated by Christal Brown. 



Danté Brown (Choreographer) began his dance training at Wesleyan University, where Katja Kolcio, Pedro Alejandro, Nicole Stanton, and Susan Lourie whetted his creative appetite. His interest in performance and choreography grew exponentially and led him to The Ohio State University to receive his MFA in Choreography and Performance. Dante has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Adam Barruch, Christal Brown, Leslie Guyton, Lily Skove, Olivier Tarpaga, and Noa Zuk, among others. After founding Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance in 2010, Dante has had the opportunity to show work at Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Dance Theater, Movement Research, Current Sessions at the Wild Project, and YourMove Dance Festival.

Rebecca Quintrell (Performer) has danced in diverse venues ranging from the Riffe Ohio State House Stage to the dirt floor of an animal show ring to a glass blowing studio in Georgia. Her contemporary modern dance experience began in 2005. She has performed, choreographed, and collaborated in over 75 pieces that include original works and repertory works as well as etudes from Labanotation. She has received her B.F.A. from The Ohio State University cum laude with Distinction in Dance. Her studies focused on performance, dance dynamics, Labanotation, and Laban Movement analysis. She also has experience in various body therapies that support an extensive dance life including a certification in Yoga and Pilates Mat.

Shizu Homma is a Brooklyn based (and Brooklyn born) artist who has been experimented with butoh influenced movement for the past 12 years.  Her work has been in New York spaces such as BAAD!, Dixon Place, MR at Judson Church, NDA at Joyce Soho, Club la Mama, Chashama, Le Petit Versailles, the Living Theater, streets, bridges, structures, statues, etc.  She has performed with inspiring artists including, Arthur Aviles, Stanley Love, Catherine Hourihan, Afua Hall, Nancy Zendora, Celeste Hastings, Corinna Hiller, Veronica Pena Martinez, and Machine Dazzle. 

Carrie Plew is a dancer/singer/massage therapist/choreographer from North Carolina. Some NY Dance credits include: INSPIRIT (Rehearsal Director and Company member), Malleable Dance Theater, X Factor, and Sydnie L Mosley Dances. NY Musical/Cabaret: Terese Genecco and her Little Big Band, Witches In Bikinis (Pria La Crew), The NEW Hopeville Comics (Sunshine). North Carolina: John Gamble Dance Theater, Jan Van Dyke Dance Group and Centennial Station Dinner Theater. Some favorite choreography credits include Singin' in the Rain, 42nd Street, Crazy for You, andThe NEW Hopeville Comics. Carrie is thankful for her family, her husband, her Lizabeans and for every day she gets to dance. 

Trebien Pollard is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a BS in Mathematics Education and received his MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed with many dance companies, including the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, Rebecca Stenn Co., Erick Hawkins Dance Co., and Pilobolus. He has also worked as a guest artist with Urban Bush Women and appeared in Mannic Production's feature film "Ghostlight", starring Richard Move as 'Martha Graham'.   As a choreographer, Trebien’s work has been performed throughout United States, England and Japan. In July 2002, he premiered an evening-length work at Joyce SoHo, entitled Stories Told. In 2007, Trebien returned to Joyce SoHo with his latest work, entitled Color Codes: a point of hue. He has also choreographed William Electric Black's The Hamlet Project, The Damned: A Rock Musical and Frankenstein: The Rock Musical. Trebien’s ongoing projects include: a one-man show entitled Vegan Chitlins and the artist formally known as the N-word and a opera entitled Democracy Divine. He has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival, Queens College, Adelphi University and the University of Southern Mississippi. Presently, Trebien is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Goucher College, as well as a licensed certified GYROTONIC® personal trainer.


Reject Dance Theatre (RDT) is a collective founded by Smith College MFA alums Rebecca Hite, Stephanie Simpson and Stephen Ursprung. The mission of RDT is to continuously challenge an audience’s perception of dance; whether it be by exploring the boundaries of one’s physicality, integrating various mediums of visual and dramatic arts, challenging preconceived notions of commercialized dance forms, or delving into the psychology of dance. RDT is committed to presenting original, accessible works to a broad audience and providing quality classes and workshops to the community. We find work most exciting when our bodies become strange to us; when we can look at the human form in a different light and discover new qualities within our moving selves that have previously lain dormant. Currently, RDT is based in New York City and Connecticut.  RDT has performed at Smith College in Northampton, MA, the American College Dance Festival’s New England Region 2012, Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY, The New Britain Museum of America Art in New Britain, CT, and is currently in residence at the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association (RIVAA) Gallery in New York, NY.


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When: 3-6pm Saturday, March 2

Where: 29-27 41st Avenue, Queens

Subway: Queens Plaza M, E, R

Queensboro Plaza N, Q and 7


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