“Line 0” by EstadoFlotante is a dance work that explores different human connections through the concept of energy transformation, using a dynamic and intense physicality.
Energy has the characteristic of traveling through the body, the objects, and the space; therefore, this transformation also influences the environment and the atmosphere. Line 0 is rooted in the search for a primal connection that moves the dancers to exist in the present moment, the movement and people around them, surfacing the emotional qualities based on their own decisions and experiences.
This work is performed by eight dancers, Ava Untermyer, Emily Smith, Will Brown, Samsam Yung, Nuria Martin Fandos, Oscar Santana, Mor Mendel and Gabriel Sanchez, featuring an original soundscape composed by Julio Cerda (Chile) and costume design by Eli Ramirez.
The Process (First Moves)
LINE 0 Team.
Ava Untermyer (Dancer)
Ava Louise Untermyer moves to move us towards freedom. She currently collaborates with Estado Flotante, NOT for reTAIL and Sydnie L Mosley Dances. Ava has performed with Benny Simon, Alex Romania and the Lori Belilove and Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Ava teaches Creative Movement classes for Hosh Kids Enrichment and assisted Pre-Dance classes at Steps on Broadway. She received her Bachelor of the Arts in Dance (honors) and World Literature (honors) from Pitzer College of The Claremont Colleges. Ava thanks the family members, friends, collaborators, mentors and students who make movement such a joy to share.
Will Brown (Dancer)
Will Brown, Began his dance journey at The University Of Massachusetts where he
earned a BFA in Dance. Since then he’s performed with amazing choreographers such as
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Garth Fagan, Meredith Rainey, Zane Booker, Abdel Salaam and
Augusto Soledade. His work has be shown in New York City through Mare Nostrum
Elements, Dixon Place: UnderExposed Series, Philadelphia for Philly Fringe and Kun
Yang Lin’s Inhale Series. He’s been a featured performer at the Florida Dance Festival,
IABD Conferences in Philadelphia & St. Louis, APAP in New York City and was a
Soloist with BalaSole Dance Company.
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Emily Smith (Dancer)
Emily Smith received her BFA from Alfred University, where she majored in Fine Arts and minored in Biology and Dance. She co-founded the Six and Four Articulations Contemporary dance touring company, which gave dancers and non-dancers space to make and show work nationally. She has participated in works by Steve Paxton at the MOMA, and Ryan McNamara’s MEƎM: A Story Ballet About The Internet at Performa. She creates dance sculptures under the name “NOT for reTAIL”, and is currently dancing for LEIMAY Dance Company.
Mor Mendel (Dancer)
Mor Mendel is a Brooklyn based dancer, performance artist and educator. She received her MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014. Mor earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, including a teaching certification in Dance Theater in Israel where she performed, taught and choreographed in various venues and schools. She was awarded "The Best Final Performance" at the “Cova Festival” Tel Aviv as part of her BFA final work. Mors’ choreography won the first prize as part of her ensemble work “Melach Maim” in Acre fringe Festival (Israel). Mor is currently involved in a number of performance projects while pursuing a professional career as an movement artist and educator.
Gabriel Sanchez (Dancer)
Gabriel comes from El Paso, TX where he attended the University of Texas at El Paso and
performed in many productions. Some of his favorites have been Cats and The Rite of Spring.
Gabe started dancing at age 20 and has been doing it ever since, training in any type of
dance he can get. His favorite dance styles include contemporary, broadway jazz and
flamenco. Gabe moved to New York in summer 2012 and since then he has had the
opportunity to work in several dance projects and hopes to continue dancing and performing
for years to come.
Nuria Martin Fandos (Dancer)
Nuria Martin Fandos originally from Barcelona, Spain is a current student with full scholarship in Certificate Program’s Peridance Capezio Center. She started her dance education when she was 4 in a small dance school near her hometown. After 13 years, she decided she wanted to be a professional dancer and she applied to study the contemporary dance career in the Institut del Teatre of Barcelona where she graduated on June 2014. In May 2013 she won the 1st prize of III Certamen Internacional de la Ciutat de Barcelona that gave her the opportunity to finish her dance education in New York.
Samsam Yung (Dancer)
Samsam Yung studied dance mostly at Dance New Amsterdam, a.k.a., Dance Space. Her past mentors include Diane McCarthy, Oliver Steele, Guido Tuveri and Jennifer Nugent. Since returning to training in 2012, she has performed for Stephanie Landouer , DanceAction, Nimbus Dance Works, Pavel Zustiak, Jacklyn Buglisi, Pascal Lambert and Emily Smith. While actively learning from other artists, Samsam has also been creating her own work. Her first piece “R…e…” was shown at DNA in Jan 2013. Her second piece “Neither Nor Both” was shown at the Brooklyn Music School in June 2013. In 2014, she had the pleasure of working with and learning from Talli Jackson. Collaboratively, they created and performed “I peeled the orange”, and “Mirror through your eyes”. Samsam's latest solo was presented in Oct 2014 at the Ailey Theater as part of the BalaSole program. She is excited to kick off 2015 with a new work, “soLAR echos” that will be presented at the Martha Graham Theatre in April.
Oscar Santana (Dancer)
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Oscar studied at the Ballet School of Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile during which he was a guest dancer with the Ballet de Santiago and the Santiago Chamber Ballet. After completing his studies, Oscar moved to Ecuador where he was invited to join the National Ballet of Ecuador and the National Dance Company of Ecuador. During this time, Oscar participated in workshops, exchanges and festivals in China, France, Portugal, Chile, Venezuela, Mexico and Spain. While in Ecuador Oscar developed his own movement style, Cuatro Pies / Four Feet. Oscar has taught Cuatro Pies / Four Feet in the most important cities in Ecuador and in New York City at Floor Friends, an organization that is dedicated to the exploration of momentum based floor work. Currently, Oscar works as a freelance dancer and teacher in New York City.
Julio Cerda (Soundscape Composer)
Julio is a Stage Artist / Dj Producer / Social & Organizational Psychologist. He has developed a career in dance since 2004, and has worked as an independent music producer since 2002, starting as a guitar player and songwriter to sound shaping and electronic beats production. In parallel to this he studied a degree in social and organizational psychology and has developed several lines of interest, going from photo editing, video editing, film making and DJing. As a music producer and DJ he’s approach has always been a deep interest in bass music and sound theory, searching to understand how frequencies can affect body and mind.
Eli Ramirez (Costume Designer)
He studied musical theatre in Texas, where also developed interest for costume design. While moving to New York City he started working as a costume designer for contemporary dance companies. In addition, his passion for music lead him to work as a piano accompanist for dancers, singers, and actors.