ARTIST BIOS & PROGRAM NOTES: Record of the Anthropocene Movement

ARTIST BIOS & PROGRAM NOTES: Record of the Anthropocene Movement

Photo: Omar Willey and Karen Mason-Blair
Design: Maris Antolin

Record of the Anthropocene Movement
World Premiere March 16 – 19, 2017 Taproot Theatre Company’s Isaac Studio Theatre

Karin Stevens Dance presents their new work, Record of the Anthropocene Movement premiering March 16 – 19, 2017 Taproot Theatre Company’s Isaac Studio Theatre

Record of the Anthropocene Movement is a collaboration between Karin Stevens, photography Omar Willey and composer Paul Rucker. Also featuring lighting by Sara Torres, costume design Ali Rose Panzarella and dancers/movement artists Naphtali Beyleveld, Timothy Johnson, Philippa Myler, Anja Kellner-Rogers, Noelle Price, Kelly Taylor, Alexandra Beatty Spencer, and Maia Veague.

Based on the “Five Elements” (or “Five Processes”) of Chinese philosophy, this piece connects dancers to the elements that make up Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Their movements play out a history, a present, and some possible futures of the region in the era of the Anthropocene. Images from six years of photography project onto both the stage and the dancers themselves, to create an environment that illuminates the dancers’ external world and their internal states. A unique combination of static and moving images and three dimensional projection merges with the physical bodies of the dancers as they search for harmony and explore the precarious balance of humans and their environment.  READ MORE ABOUT THE WORK HERE.


Omar Willey


Choreographer/Movement Artist Karin Stevens

photo by Karen Mason Blair
Photographer Omar Willey 12113539_10153782495304789_7635453016151628256_o
Composer Paul Rucker 11001783_10153104475931838_8599731397917579632_n
12509455_10208163158495699_1093181549006842186_nSara Torres (Lighting Designer) is a Seattle based lighting designer known in the local dance community for her years as the Technical Director and Lighting Designer for the Seattle International Dance Festival. In addition to working with Karin on her show last October, Sara has recently worked as a Lighting Designer for the Khambatta Dance Company, Stage Manager for Spectrum Dance Theater, and Lighting Designer for IMPulse Circus Collective. This is her third time working with KSD. More info at


Dancers/Movement Artists & Years with KSD

13909353_10154382167974414_5068412921690999221_oNaphtali Ann Beyleveld, (2009-2017) hails from Southern California, Idaho, Jackson, Mississippi, and most recently Houston, Texas. She graduated Cum Laude in Biblical Studies from Belhaven University, with a minor is dance, in 2002, studying ballet, modern, improvisation, performance and choreography; under the direction of Marc Arenston, Lauri Worrill Biggs, Amy McIntosh, Deborah Birrane, Stephen and Britta Wynne. She then moved to Houston and danced and performed with Ad Deum II for 3 years. She also toured with Ad Deum to Singapore, Malaysia, and New York. Naphtali then performed with Psophonia Dance Company, under the direction of Sophia Torres and Sonia Noriega, performing in Houston and touring in Texas and Ohio. She also worked as a teaching artist with the company in Houston area schools. Naphtali is also a certified Pilates instructor and taught throughout Houston. Naphtali and her husband moved to Seattle in 2009. She has the privilege of working and performing with Karin Stevens Dance Company for the past 7 1/2 years, performing in Seattle and touring in Montana. Naphtali also danced with Dance Jenkins Dance, under the direction of Shirley Jenkins. She has also performed with Elizabeth Mendana Productions, Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Jamie Karlovich, Barefoot Collective, MaryAnn McGovern and Sarah Seder. While Naphtali isn’t rehearsing, she teaches Pilates at Pilates on 10th and the downtown Y.


Timothy Johnson (2013 & 2016 – 2017)14333111_10154437708441240_7689373633472095845_n
A native of Houston Texas, Tim has trained at MET DANCE (Texas), Edge Performing Arts (Los Angeles ) and Velocity Dance Center (Seattle). Timothy’s performance credits in Texas include, Six Flags Astroworld, Super Bowl 38, Aida, (Houston Grand Opera) and Texas Musical Drama (Canyon, Texas). From 2009-2013 Tim served as a faculty member and choreographer at Pacific University in Portland, OR as well a company member of Polaris Dance Theatre under the direction of Robert Guitron, dancer and choreographer for Trip the Dark dance company, and dance team coach and choreographer for the Park Rose High School dance team. In August of 2013 Tim’s life changed when he was an automobile accident where he was the only survivor in the car that left him paralyzed for 2 months. A year after recovery from the hospital Tim moved to Los Angeles and became the choreographer and assistant creative director for Australian pop artist “Ralphy” and started his own project based production company  TJAZZJOHNSON PRODUCTIONS.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to be not only be alive but to be able perform again; something that I will never take for granted. Thank you Karin for giving me the opportunity to dance in your company.♥”


12977113_10207797553235403_6012382638773824267_oPhilippa Myler  (2014 – 2017) is a contemporary dance artist trained in modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contact improvisation, and world dance. Myler has had the privilege of working with Seattle choreographers including Alana O Rogers, Kim Holloway, Anna Conner, Nathan Blackwell, Coleman Pester, Pat Graney, and Xaviera Vandermay. She was Artist in Residence for VOU Dance Fiji and co-founded the collective Triadic Dance Works, which performed original choreography in Canada, the US and Germany. Myler also worked with Kokoro Dance, a Butoh company in Vancouver, BC. Myler loves to share her passion for dance with the next generation as a dance teacher and is also a staff writer with SeattleDances. This is Myler’s third season with KSD.

Anja Kellner-Rogers  (2015 – 201714047336_10155046612672908_8276760804393370871_o) is a contemporary dance artist and yoga teacher currently residing in Seattle, WA. Anja grew up in Ithaca, New York, where she began her formal dance training at the age of four and went on to attend college at Ithaca College, where she graduated summa cum laude. While on the East coast, Anja had the privilege of training and performing under the direction of artists Bill Evans, David Dorfman, Suzanne Oliver and Juanita Suarez. Additionally, she has studied with Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Gina Gibney, Donald Halquist, James Hansen, Anne Burnidge and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.

In 2013, Anja re-located to Seattle with just two suitcases, her one eyed dog and an itch to dance. Since then, she has been fortunate to work with many Pacific Northwest based choreographers including KT Niehoff, Shannon Stewart, Noelle Chun, Alice Gosti, Coleman Pester and  Adriana Hernandez. She has performed in various Seattle venues including Velocity Dance Center, the ACT Theatre and Neumos. Anja is thrilled to be dancing and performing with Karin Stevens Dance.
14263967_10157371130470034_1889271281099409355_nNoelle Price  (2016 – 2017) is a native Detroiter dedicated to spreading the love of dance. She self-produced her first evening length work in September 2016, titled “An Ode to Marlin”. She wrote and performed a monologue series, “Death and Other Rude Things” in October 2016. Noelle is an independent artist and a current member of Karin Stevens Dance, supporting the mission and vison of the company.  Noelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University. She developed and implemented community projects in Kalamazoo MI including the establishment of the Art for Change Scholarship through the Kalamazoo Black Arts and Cultural Center. While attending WMU Noelle worked with artists including Arturo Fernandez, ballet master of Alonzo King LINES ballet, while learning King’s contemporary ballet Koto. She also performed as the featured soloist in the historical reconstruction of Loïe Fuller’s La Mer by Megan Slayter and Jessica Lindberg Coxe, and was the premiere dancer in an original piece by Peter Chu of Chuthis.


12525560_10206483022263051_215298902191026844_oKelly Taylor  (2016 – 2017) was raised in the Carolinas where she began her dance training at a young age. She received her BFA in dance from Appalachian State University ’11, was a scholarship student at the American Dance Festival and participated in the NYC Summit with renown national choreographers. She was a company member of Sidelong Dance Company in Winston-Salem, NC and speaker + performer at the Breath and the Clay Creative conference for choreography. After teaching and choreographing dance at In Motion Dance Center for four years, Kelly transplanted to Seattle where she began dancing with KSD in spring ’16.




Alexandra Kate Spencer (2015 & 2016-2017) is a human dedicated to the experience and practice of creating. Her artistic pursuits are most focused upon dance and writing, and based in training with Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alex Lemon, Nina Martin, and Jessica Zeller among others. Alexandra has performed dance works by Karin Stevens, Maya Soto, Britt Karhoff, Coleman Pester, and others in the Seattle area. She looks for an opportunity to create something tangible every day, and and is always telling a story.

11890969_10100112822804478_4847468596654038617_nMaia Veague  (2009 – 2010 & 2015 & 2016 – 2017) received her training in the midwest and holds a degree through Millikin Univeristy, where she danced in works for Sean Morrissey, Jennifer Reiter, Gierre Godley, Mandy Moore, and Hillary Murphy/Thodos Dance Chicago before relocating to the west coast.  In Seattle, she began the inaugural season of Karin Stevens Dance and has continued on and off, while taking on project-based roles for Ktisk Contemporary Dance (Philippa Myler/Rachael Forstrum), Randee Paufve, Sarah Seder, Alyza DelPan-Monley, Jovon Miller, and Wade Madsen.  In 2011, Maia took a several year break from the PNW to complete a Doctorate of Chiropractic and explore dance offerings in the Bay Area, and now maintains a busy practice in Eastlake treating athletes and dancers.  Maia has been homed and re-homed in Seattle largely due to the region’s role in her development as a movement artist, and is currently re-examining her own movement development.  She is inspired by the ideas of inhabiting body, exploring space in the body and negative space outside the body, and perceived experience as dictated by microenvironment.

WORK IN PROGRESS- Movement material found here.



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