B. Dunn Movement
B. Dunn Movement/Dance and Theatre Company is a performance art collective based in Los Angeles, California. We create performance based work that reveals the universal spirit of our humanity. Through diverse art forms, we investigate the intersectionality of race, gender and identity that impact our human experiences.
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Brigette Dunn-Korpela is the artistic director of the B. Dunn Movement/Dance and Theatre Company, dance educator, choreographer and performing artist. Her educational credentials include an MFA in choreography from the California Institute of the Arts Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and a B.A. in dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently, Ms. Dunn-Korpela holds a position as Assistant Professor of Dance in the department of Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge. She is an innovative artist who explores new approaches towards authentic and creative self expression. Ms. Dunn-Korpela’s performance career includes a position as the female dance captain and dancer swing with the 1st National U.S. Tour of Walt Disney’s The Lion King (2001-2010). She was a dancer for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (1996-2000) where she has appeared in venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Brooklyn Academy of Music (NY), NJPAC (NJ), Aaron Davis Hall (NY), Guggenheim Museum (NY) and the Gomhouria Theatre of the Cairo Opera House, Egypt to name a few. Her memberships include the National Dance Education Organization, International Association of Blacks in Dance, Actor’s Equity Association and Yoga Alliance. Brigette is currently on the Board for the Boston Arts Academy STEAM LAB. Additionally, Ms. Dunn-Korpela is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 200 hours) in the style of Vinyasa yoga. She teaches dynamic and fluid yoga classes throughout the L.A. area.
Musical Director-Pete Korpela
Pete J. Korpela is a Latin Grammy Award nominated percussionist. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1997 he has gained a reputation as a versatile musician in orchestral, latin, jazz, world, rock and pop music. A passion for excellence has paved a way for Pete to continually work with many of the most successful artists, productions and musicians in the US. The most notable touring & recording collaborations: Josh Groban (2011 & 2013 tours), Robbie Williams, The Lion King (2003-07 1st National Tour), Cirque Du Soleil, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5, Melody Gardot (2012 tour), Luis Conte, Seth MacFarlane, Ron Jones and Randy Brecker. Performance venues include Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Sydney Opera House and O2 Arena (London).
ECHO (Text/Dramaturg) Shana Mirambeau
Shana Mirambeau is a Cuban and Haitian interdisciplinary artist- writer, editor, performer, dramaturgy and spiritual workshop teacher whose work shifts between the layers of multicultural narrative and spiritual mysticism. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a concentration in Documentary Strategies from the California Institute of the Arts, a dual B.F.A in English and Women & Gender Studies from California State University of Fullerton. Currently, she serves as a Dramaturgy and writer for ECHO and Creative Director for B. Dunn Movement Dance and Theatre Company. Her work is often collaborative. Collaborations include: Writer /Performer for the Neelamjit Dhillon Quartet, (Komagata Maru, L.A 2015), Writer/ Photographer (The Culture of Tourism, Hawaii, 2014). Shana is also working on a book length poem that explores the process of voice, self, spirit and healing from trauma within the intricate frameworks of a Caribbean family in America. Shana Mirambeau resides in Southern California. Website: shanamirambeau23.com
Production Manager-Rebecka Jackson-Moeser
Rebecka Jackson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles,California. She holds a MFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she studied film producing and theatrical management. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri St. Louis where she received her B.A. in Theater and Dance with a concentration in English. She also is the Director Of Operations for Playhouse West Studio 4, James Fanco’s acting and arts school currently based in Los Angeles. Her current work is focused on narrative and documentary film. She is currently in Production with Lydia Hicks on Rediscovering the Scientist, an in-depth documentary analysis on diversity in the sciences and the development of pre-modern, non-western history of science.
Dan Norman is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Holds a BFA in Lighting Design from the School of Theater at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Dan's passion for lighting began when he was a young boy in elementary school. As an adult, he has had the opportunity to work for the San Francisco Opera, California Shakespeare Theater, LA Stage Alliance, Diablo Valley College Department of Theater, and several Bay Area dance and theater companies. Dan is eagerly looking forward to the next two years at CalArts, studying and perfecting his skills in lighting, video design, programming, Moving Light Tech, just to name a few and working on other various projects.
Iain Court has lit works in medieval churches, circus tents, on riverbanks and in haunted houses as well as many theatres. His lighting in dance and other genres has toured in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. He is particularly interested in collaborative new media performance and installation. He is also a director and performer and has worked in arts education for the Sydney Opera House, National Institute for Dramatic Arts in Australia and several universities. He won the David Helfgot award for his contribution to Accessible Arts in Australia. Recent collaborations have been with critically acclaimed Corningworks Glue Factory in Pittsburgh and The Day Shall Declare it in Downtown LA and Gerald Cassel Dances in SFC. He is Currently the Lighting Designer and Technical Director for the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CALARTS.
Costume Designer-Hannah Lawton
Kestral Leah-Dramaturg/vocal coach-Add Water & Stir