meet the 2020 adjudicators


César Brodermann

César Brodermann, from Mexico City, is a multidisciplinary artist, Contemporary dancer, photographer and artistic director. His work combines dance, photography, and film in an attempt to study the limitless physical potential of the human body and its connection to the earth. He is currently residing in Tel Aviv where he works with one of the most acclaimed dance companies internationally Batsheva Dance Company- The Young Ensemble, where he has performed works by Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. Brodermann has belonged to different companies on his trajectory, such as 'Gallim Dance' in New York, with which he was able to perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, In addition to belonging to different companies, Brodermann has taken his knowledge to countries of America such as: Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the School of Creative and Performing Arts in New York and DOMO in Mexico City. As a photographer he has presented his work in different magazines in Europe and the United States, with the collaboration of more international artists, in King Kong Magazine, Risk Magazine, Out Magazine and Mode in Motion, exploring different perspectives of contemporary art, within the LGBTQ + scene. Brodermann's art installations have been presented at the Health Gallery, Center for Performance Research and Brooklyn Night Bazaar in New York. As director, his first short film entitled 'Are you holding me, or am I holding myself?' Made in 2017, was presented and winner of several national and international awards in countries such as the United States, Canada, Scotland, and Europe, being part of the short film corner at the Cannes Film Festival. Cesar just presented his first solo multidisciplinary show “PROXIMIDAD” at La Universidad de la Comunicación in México City. To learn more about César's work visit

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Elijah Alhadji Gibson

Elijah Alhadji Gibson – Is the founder and Artistic Director of Social Movement Contemporary Dance, a dance organization dedicated to the advancement of social consciousness through Creative Arts and community engagement. Originally from San Diego, California, he attended the San Diego School for the Performing Arts. Mr. Gibson continued his education and studied dance in college at Sam Houston State University under the direction of Dana Nicolay and received his Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, with a focus on dance history, somatic studies, and pedagogy. In 1999, Gibson joined the world-renowned Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago where he toured nationally and internationally for eight years. He has worked with or performed the works of the late Gus Giordano, Margo Sappington, Christopher Huggins, Jon Lehrer, Mia Michaels, Liz Imperio, Randy Duncan, Tony Powell, Ron De Jesus, and Davis Robertson among many others. He’s also had the privilege of guest performing with Instruments of Movement, Cirqua Rivera Dance Theater, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Especialty Tap Chicago just to name a few. He has performed and taught throughout the United States as well as in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Latvia, Spain, Ecuador, Canada, and Mexico. Mr. Gibson has served on the faculties of RDA Midwest, Gus Giordano Jazz Intensive, American College Dance Festival Association, Jazz Dance World Congress, Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Leon Dance Arts NY, Embrace Dance Convention, and Key West Modern Dance just to name a few. Dance companies have performed his choreography nationally and internationally such as Nomi Lamad, Inaside Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Jayson Tisa Dance Company, City Dance Company of Houston, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago II, and Naway Dance Company, as well by university dance ensembles throughout the country. Mr. Gibson has been on faculty at Shenandoah University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Sam Houston State University. Gibson has dabbled in every aspect of the arts from dance, theater, and film.

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tori lawrence

Tori Lawrence is a NYC-based choreographer and filmmaker. She is the 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence at Middlebury College (Vermont). She creates immersive site-specific dances, interdisciplinary performance installations, and dance films. Her environmentally-based work inspires an imaginative and sustainable way of looking at, thinking about, and using space. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, including three site-specific performance commissions by the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where she created “Holding Place,” an evening-length work created in response to the architecture of the Barnes’ new Philadelphia campus. Philadelphia Weekly describes her site-specific work as “poignant,” “stunning,” and “arresting.” She was awarded a 2018 Lighton International Artists Exchange grant to fund her recent dance film project in Skåne, Sweden’s southernmost region. She was a lecturer in dance at the University of Kansas (2017) and the choreographer-in-residence at Franklin & Marshall College (2018). She has been awarded artist residencies and fellowships at Yaddo (NY; 2018), Djerassi (CA; 2017), Playa (OR; 2018), Brunakra (Sweden; 2018), Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation (NY; 2018), Charlotte Street Foundation (MO; 2016-17), Dance Ireland (Dublin; 2014), and Workshop Foundation (Budapest; 2013). Her work has been commissioned and presented by Philadelphia Dance Projects, Movement Research at the Judson Church, School for Contemporary Dance & Thought (Northampton), Stockholm Screendance Festival, Screendance Africa, Portland Maine Film Festival, Agite y Sirva, San Francisco Tiny Dance Film Festival, Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, Legion Arts/CSPS, Lawrence Arts Center, Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum, Mulvane Art Museum, and Cyprus International Film Festival, amongst others. Lawrence graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship.

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Clarice young

Clarice Young is an artist, teacher, choreographer, and performer who researches the intersection of African Diasporic dance and contemporary modern dance. Melding elements of Afro-Caribbean, modern, and West African styles, she uses fundamentals from each to uncover ways to stabilize and release the body. A Louisiana native, Young was an original member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers and served as an assistant to the director until 2012. She also performed with Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company from 2007-2017, acting as the rehearsal director from 2011. She’s collaborated with fellow artist Francine E. Ott on a work, Outta the Box, performed at Dixon Place in 2017 and her solo work, i am..., was showcased in 2018 at Judson Church. Clarice's upcoming work will be presented in the 2019 season of the North Carolina Dance Festival in Durham and Greensboro. Presently, Young serves as an Assistant Professor at UNC Greensboro.

Irene hsaio

Irene Hsiao is a dancer, writer, and art enthusiast. She has written about dance for SF Weekly, the Chicago Reader, Newcity, KQED Arts, In Dance, and Dance Studio Life, as well as serving as the invited RADfest writer in 2016 and 2017. She has danced with Kinetech Arts, Lenora Lee Dance, Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Labayen Dance/SF, Winifred Haun & Dancers, South Chicago Dance Theatre, Yin He Dance, Meadows Dance Collective, and several independent projects. Her visual-art inspired choreography has been featured by the Smart Museum of Art, the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival, the Chinese American Artists Association, and more.


eric mullis

Eric Mullis is a Charlotte, N.C.-based dance artist who received an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of South Carolina. His current research interests include ecstatic states in charismatic Appalachian Pentecostalism and improvisation across artistic disciplines. Eric curates an independent site-specific performance series in Charlotte and has presented at the Performance Philosophy Biennial (University of Amsterdam), the University of Malta, UrBANGUILD (Kyoto), FACT/SF Summer Dance Festival, the Midwest Alternative Performance Festival, the Richmond Dance Festival, and the North Carolina Dance Festival. He is an assistant professor of philosophy at Queens University of Charlotte and has published essays on dance in Dance Research Journal, Performance Philosophy, Dance Research, Dance Chronicle, and the Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Media. His forthcoming book, Pragmatist Philosophy and Dance: Interdisciplinary Dance Research in the American South, will be included in Palgrave-MacMillan's Performance Philosophy series.


rachel miller

Rachel Miller just retired from performing with Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, a professional modern/contemporary company in Kalamazoo, MI, after a 17-year performance career in the company. She curates the internationally recognized Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest), is on faculty at Grand Valley State University, is the Dance MFA Thesis Coordinator for Hollins University, and is the Co-Chair of the Dance Department at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Miller attended The Ohio State University as a Dance Major, holds a BA in Creative Writing through Western Michigan University, and an MFA in Dance through Hollins University in partnership with the former Forsythe Company of Frankfurt, Germany. She has performed all over the country, and her choreographic and screendance works have been presented in the Midwest RAD Fest in Kalamazoo, Detroit Dance City Festival in Detroit, Big River Dance Festival in Huntington, South Bend, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, Fringe Festival Praha (Prague), Indianapolis, and she has had a piece of choreography commissioned as a work of study for the Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education Kalamazoo Chapter. Miller is a 2005 recipient of the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and a 2010 recipient of the Kalamazoo Artist Development Initiative Grant. She has also sat on the adjudication panels for the Motor City Dance on Film Festival, Screen. Dance. Now., Screendance International, and the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award.


jesse factor

Jesse Factor’s solo work is consistently recognized for physical virtuosity, dramaturgical rigor, and creative audacity. Factor’s RELIC recently received the Twin Cities Arts Reader Critic’s Pick, Minnesota Fringe Staff Pick, and garnered multiple 5 star audience reviews at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Jesse’s ongoing Marthagany series has been selected for presentation at All Out Dance presented by the Fresh Fruit Festival, NYC, Blunderland Variety Show at Brooklyn's infamous House of Yes, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, City Center Studios NYC, Donatella Queer Variety Show in Pittsburgh, PA, Fierce! Queer Festival in Toronto, ON, Flyover Festival in Iowa City, IA, KYLD Performance Series in Philadelphia, PA, Midwest RADfest in Kalamazoo, MI, OUTsider Fest in Austin, TX, PEARLpresents in Pittsburgh, PA and TQ Live at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Additional work, including Mommie Queerest and Kween Kong, have been selected for presentation at the American College Dance Association Gala, Chicago Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, Fail-Safe Performance Series in Pittsburgh, Greenspace NYC, St. Mark's Church in the Bowery NYC, Suite Summer Festival NYC, and the Tank NYC. Factor received the Iowa Arts Fellowship (2015-2016) and an Obermann Graduate Institute Fellowship (2017) at the University of Iowa. Jesse danced professionally with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Graham II, received a BFA in Drama with honors from Tisch/NYU, and an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. Factor's recent reconstructions of archival Graham works have been presented at the Joyce Theater, NYC, and Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, MA. Currently serving on Dance Faculty at Slippery Rock University, PA.

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nora sharp

Born and based in Chicago, Nora Sharp is a multidisciplinary dance/performance maker and community builder. Nora has been an artist in residence at Links Hall and High Concept Labs, a participant in LANDING 2.0 at Gibney NYC, a selected choreographer for Synapse Arts - New Works, and a twice Featured Artist in the Fly Honey Show, and has recently had work presented by On the Boards (Seattle), the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (Berkeley), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), and Midwest RAD Fest itself. Nora has also worked in a variety of both ad-hoc and formal roles in creative process and general people support, including facilitating the works-in-progress series Research Project, coaching artists 1-1 and in facilitated small-group workshops, serving as the Director of People Support for Fly Honey Show X, and creating THE AMTRAKLOR, a project that raised over $500 for artist services organization Links Hall while gifting a roundtrip train ticket to a local performer for creative research. Nora holds a BA from Oberlin College.