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On February 12, 2016

Janis Brenner

Janis Brenner is an award-winning dancer/choreographer/singer/teacher and is Artistic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in NYC. She has toured in 33 countries and is recognized as a “singular performer” with a multifaceted artistic range. Honors/grants include: a “Bessie” for her performance in Meredith Monk’s work, Lester Horton Award for Choreography in L.A., NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, The Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, the U.S. State Department, Asian Cultural Council, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, UNESCO, US Embassies in Moscow, Jakarta and Dakar, and a commission for the interdisciplinary work, The Memory Project, from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been commissioned/restaged on more than 45 companies and colleges worldwide and she performed with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble from 1990 – 2005 (recording on ECM Records). Ms. Brenner was with the Murray Louis Dance Company from 1977-84, working with Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Joseph Papp, Bat Sheva Dance Company, and Alwin Nikolais. Janis Brenner & Dancers has performed throughout the U.S., Asia (including four tours to Indonesia), and Europe since 1989 and has been presented by leading NY organizations. The company is known for the caliber of its dancers as well as its “emotionally authentic” and musically diverse work. Ms. Brenner teaches technique, improvisation, composition, repertory and voice/movement workshops worldwide. She is also on the faculty of The Juilliard School. www.janisbrenner.com

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