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2019-2020 Guest Artists

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Kristopher Estes-Brown


With a strong desire to create in multiple idioms, Kristopher Estes-Brown has choreographed more than 70 pieces ranging from full-length story ballets to modern and contemporary repertory pieces. He has worked with dancers from companies such as Milwaukee Ballet, Colorado Ballet, BalletMet, Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and Oakland Ballet. Kristopher's works have been performed at numerous dance festivals and workshops, and he has had the honor of guest choreographing for Milwaukee Ballet II, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Lake Arts Dance Project, Ball State Dance Theater, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, and Classical Contemporary Ballet. In 2014, Kristopher Estes-Brown founded Concept Zero, a contemporary dance theater project. Concept Zero focuses on the creation of full- length dance theater pieces and social commentary. Inside this creative vessel, Kristopher honed his stagecraft and music composition skills in order to produce highly designed works. Estes-Brown performed professionally with Milwaukee Ballet, Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho, and Sacramento Ballet. He is also currently the co-Artistic Director of the American Youth Ballet and the co-founder of the choreography creation project known as Project Premiere in his hometown of Kansas City.

Jennifer Archibald


Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 Dance Intensives.  She is a graduate of The Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied the Meisner Technique.   Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet II, Ballet Nashville; and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, NIKE and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed singers and actors. She was recently appointed the first female Resident Choreographer in Cincinnati Ballet’s 40-year history. In 2018, she created new works for Cincinnati Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Ballet Nashville and Stockholm’s Balletakademien.  Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including New York’s City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage and Central Park’s Summerstage Mainstage. Jennifer was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle.  She is 2015′s Choreographic Winnings recipient by the Joffrey Ballet. She also choreographed “Seven”, a biographical work about Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, commissioned by St. Louis based MADCODance Company.  Her new work “Delilah” is currently touring Scandinavia. Arch Dance Company’s “Chasing Shadows” will be remounted for Dallas Black Dance Theater for their 2018/19 season. Jennifer is currently an Acting Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama.  In 2015, she was appointed as Guest Faculty Lecturer to develop the Hip Hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College. Jennifer is also a guest artist at several universities including Fordham/Ailey, Purchase College, Princeton, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of South Florida, Goucher College, Columbia College Chicago, and Bates College. In 2017, she premiered new works for Miami New World School of the Arts, South Carolina’s Governor’s School of the Arts, Ailey Fordham, Boston Conservatory, and Point Park. Internationally, she has taught in Brazil, Bermuda, Canada, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, France, Russia, Mexico, China, and Ecuador.

Maray Gutierrez

Maray Gutierrez is a native of Havana, Cuba where she trained at the National School of Dance. She was a principal dancer for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba for 10 years and worked with esteemed choreographers Giovanni de Cicco, Donald McKayle, Joaquin Sabaté, Jan Linkens, and Marianela Boan, among others. She has performed throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Caribbean, as well as for British television and the Venice Opera. Since relocating to the U.S., she has danced with Hedwig Dances for 11 years, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Concert Dance Inc; the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Houston Grand Opera. She was an Emmy-nominated dancer in 2008 performing “Billy Sunday” (Ruth Page Foundation) and was selected by “See Chicago Dance” as one of the 10 Top Women in 2006 for her choreography, Eterno Despertar for Luna Negra Dance Theater.

Victor Alexander

Victor Alexander is a native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. He trained at the National Dance School in Havana and was a principal dancer for the National Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba for ten years. He has studied with distinguished teachers such as Donald McKayle, Chuck Davis and Jeffrey Bullock from the United States. Victor has danced with Hedwig Dances since 2002 and has also performed with Luna Negra Dance Theater; Concert Dance Inc (CDI); the Lyric Opera of Chicago and as a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2008. He has also danced with the Houston Grand Opera and was nominated for an Emmy Award as a Dancer (2008) with the Ruth Page Foundation’s production of Billy Sunday. In 2012, Victor was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artists Grant and became a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist and was honored by Dance Magazine as “25 to watch 2013,”. Victor is currently the Director of the Ruth Page School Of Dance.

Recent Repertory for the Main Stage performances has included:

Out of Pocket (Taylor Mitchell)
A Choreographic Offering (José Limón)
Psalm (José Limón)
Caffeinated (Larry Keigwin)
Sing, Sing, Sing (Gus Giordano/Nan Giordano)
Rush Hour (Robert Battle)
DanceSport (Harrison McEldowney)
Sound Effects (Sam Watson)
Sabor a Mi (Susan Quinn)

New choreography created for the dance ensemble includes works by:

Geoff Alexander (Big Middy Dance Company, STL); Victor Alexander (Hedwig Dances, Chicago); Jennifer Archibald (Arch Dance Company, NYC); Elizabeth George (University of Arizona); Maray Gutierrez (Hedwig Dances, Chicago); Cesar Salinas (Giordano Dance Chicago); Jennifer Weber (Decadance Theatre, NYC); Brian Enos (Big Muddy Dance Company, STL); Autumn Eckman (University of Arizona) 


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