Junichi Fukuda / artistic director & choreographer
Junichi Fukuda holds a BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory and has been a member of Ballet Tech/NY, Oakland Ballet, Smuin Ballet/SF, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the New York Baroque Dance Company, Nejla Yatkin’s NY2 Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company where he was featured in numerous principal roles. Back in New England, Junichi became a member of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre while he maintains his choreographic journey.
Junichi was the recipient of the 2012 S&R Washington Award and the Dance Place’s 2012 New Releases Choreographer Commission. His choreography has been presented at 18MASDANZA in Spain, Dance St. Louis’ The Spring to Dance Festival, DanceNow at Joe’s Pub Festival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. Junichi has been commissioned to create new works for Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (Trinitus, April 2013), for Bowen McCauley Dance (Segments, March 2014), and general staging/choreography for Opera (Jeanne: a story of the woman, September 2015, named as best in dance of 2015 by the Arts Fuse). At its premiere, dance critic Sarah Kaufman of the Washington Post called Segments “the evening’s chief pleasure” and went on to say “Fukuda knew exactly what he was doing here: creating a work of easeful harmony...bringing to mind freedom and flight…The real credit was due to Fukuda’s modest, tasteful proposal.” Junichi is a recipient of 2016 Bates Dance Festival’s Emerging Choreographer Residency, Dance Complex’s 2016 CATALYSTS Artist Residency, Somerville Arts Council’s Professional Development, New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund, Boston Cultural Council's Opportunity Fund, and a winner of the 2017 Boston Dance Alliance Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship.
Haruka Tamura / dancer
Haruka Tamura was born in Tokyo, Japan, and started training at the age of 5. She was a scholarship student at University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance Performance under direction of Stephen Pier in 2014. She also spent her training in summer intensives at Boston Ballet and Atlanta Ballet with a full scholarship.
In her time at Hartt, there she performed Martha Graham’s “Dark Meadow Suite: They Who Dance Together” at The Joyce Soho in New York as an original cast member of Peggy Lyman-Hayes’ 2011 revision and as the lead dancer “Eliza” in “The King and I” at The Muny, St. Louis, in 2012. Some of her most memorable roles include the lead in “Paquita”, Balanchine’s “Who Cares”, “Four Temperaments”, and numerous contemporary works by choreographers such as Helen Pickett, Emory Lecrone, Viktor Plotnikov, and Charlotte Griffin. She is a Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship Recipient (2011-2012).
Upon graduating she worked with Gwen Rakotovao Company in NYC and joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Boston, in 2014. She has performed many featured roles while she spent for four seasons with JMBT. In JMBT’s final production, she performed a principal role in Mateo’s most famous ballet called “House of Ballet”. She currently dances with a contemporary dance company FUKUDANCE in Boston, and teaches at JMBT School, The Brookline Ballet School, and Dance Track Studio. She is also a nursing student at University of Massachusetts.
Lauren Ganther / dancer
Lauren was born and raised in Appleton, WI. She received her training from Jeanette Makaroff at the Markaroff Youth Ballet. She also studied at Milwaukee Ballet, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre's extension program, and Batsheva Dance Company in Isreal.
She continued her training at The Boston Conservatory where she received her BFA in dance. At the conservatory she performed a lead role in Gerald Arpino's ballet "Light Rain" along with works by: Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Larry Kegwin, and many others.
Lauren joined the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2013 and was promoted to the company in 2014. Lauren also dances with Convergence Ballet Company in Arizona.
Betsy Boxberger / dancer
Betsy Boxberger trained under Victoria Lyras and Roberta Wong at Indianapolis School of Ballet. She graduated from Duke University with a double Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Environmental Policy. She received the Clay Taliaferro Dance Award and the Julia Wray Dance Award from the Duke Dance Program. This past summer, she trained on scholarship at the Boston Conservatory under Kurt Douglas and Gianni Di Marco.
Betsy has performed as a guest artist with Dance Kaleidoscope and the Indianapolis School of Ballet, and as a company member with Ballet Quad Cities. Featured roles include the lead soloist in Gerald Arpino’s Reflections, Second Violin in Concerto Barocco, the lead girl in Valse Fantasie, Raymonda in Raymonda, and George Balanchine’s Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker. She was recently honored with the Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Betsy currently dances at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.
Lambros Pigounis/ Composer / Collaborator
Lambros Pigounis lives in Athens and specialises in the field of contemporary classical, electroacoustic composition and sound art. He studied violin and theory of music at the Greek Conservatoire in Athens. From 1998-2001 he studied electroacoustic composition at the University of Hertfordshire (UK). While he was working on his degree, he pursued additional studies with Jonathan Harvey, Javier Alvarez, Jonty Harrison and Ambrose Field. In 2001 he continued his studies at the City University of London, where he completed an MA in Electroacoustic Composition supervised by Simon Emmerson and Denis Smaley while artistically involved in Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Additional studies include also seminars and masterclasses in the field of computer algorythmic composition, and violin improvisation for theatre and dance. He has appeared in concerts and festivals, such as the Laban’s Dance Festivals (UK), Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (UK), the Northern Exposure of Contemporary Dance and Video Festival (UK), the Mercat de les slors (SP), the International Platform of Arts (PT), the DAL NIENTE 3 Projects (UK), Synch Festival (GR), Athens Digital Week Festival (GR), Moving Silence Festival (DE), Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Tanz im August (DE), Hebbel Am Ufer (DE), Ibsen Festival (NO) and in numerous concerts and broadcasts around the world.
He teaches at SAE Athens Institute of Technology and his main artistic activities are collaborations with musicians, directors and choreographers. His recent works include the A Long Durational Sound Art Performance commissioned by the Marina Abramovic Institute and NEON, commissions by the HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater in Berlin, Rimini Protokoll as well as several other commissions for theatre, dance and film. He is currently researching the ethics and politics of sound in acoustic ecology through the input of the human agent in electroacoustic performance based on interactive compositional models.
Teagan Reed / dancer
Teagan Reed is a first year student at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He graduated from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg Florida. He was trained by artists such as Patricia Paige, Doricha Sales, Suzanne Pomerantzeff, and Patricia McNally. He has performed works by Bliss Kholemyer, Jennifer Archibald, Sir Brock Warren, and learned from John Parks. In addition to his training, he has also trained with the Patricia Ann Dance Studio and at summer programs with the Straz Next Generation Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Teagan is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in contemporary dance performance with a concentration in composition. He wants to eventually be the artistic director of his own company.
Nicole Nightingale / dancer
Nicole Nightingale has been dancing for 15 years. She started at Cobb Community Dance Theatre, but soon after joined Powerhouse Dance located in Kennesaw, Georgia. It was there that she trained with many teachers such as Fiona Fairrie, Kelly Tipton, Nicole Johnson, Lisa Rolfing and Allie Steele-Dawson. She trained there for ten years experiencing many forms such as Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, and Modern including a little bit of Gaga. She taught classes for two years before she went off to college. She is currently a student at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in Boston, Massachusetts. Nicole recently performed in a piece by Taylor Rodman at The Boston Conservatory and is looking forward to continuing her studies there.
Jason Jordan / collaborator
Jason Jordan began his dance career at the tender age of seven when he won five dol- lars for being the best dancer at a Brooklyn house party. He has since danced with Feld Ballets/NY, Ballet Tech, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Rubberbandance, Cedar Lake, Peridance Ensemble and Buglisi Dance Theatre. Mr. Jordan is currently teaching at the Orchard Gardens K-8Public School.