BDC AIR: Artists in Residence

BDC Air is a new program that provides opportunities for BDC Students and the Community to interface with professional artists while providing artists rehearsal residency time in our studios to create new work. We are delighted to have three prominent artists join us in 2018, including Christopher Williams, Britta Peterson, and Shannon Stewart. These artists will be in the studios rehearsing with their companies, will offer masterclasses for BDC Advanced Dancers, and will present informal showings of their work as part of our BDC In-Studio Performance Series which is open to the public.

To learn more about former Artists in Residence, click here.


Eric Wright

August 2018

Eric Wright's performance credits include: The Soldier’s Tale (Bushwick Starr), What Are You Eating? (The Tank), The Firebird (City Center), Alice in Wonderland (New York City Opera), P.S. Jones and the Frozen City (New Ohio Theater), Compulsion (Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, The Public), Disfarmer (St. Ann's Warehouse), Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera), Peter and Wendy (Arena Stage), Powerhouse (Fringe Festival NYC), Petrushka (Lincoln Center), La Bella Dormente… (Spoletto Festival), Hiroshima Maiden (St. Ann's Warehouse) Don't Trust Anyone over 30 (Art Basel Miami). He is an Associate Artist of Sinking Ship Productions, and regular performer in Puppet Playlist. Mr. Wright is one of the co-founders and 'Head Chef' of the Puppet Kitchen, which provides puppetry services for stage and screen productions worldwide.



July 2018

Britta Joy Peterson is a dance artist who choreographs, performs, designs, and collaborates on contemporary dance works. A native of the thriving Minneapolis arts community, BJP is now a DC-based creative, working locally, nationally, and internationally, with recent work shown at Triskelion Arts—Brooklyn, NY, Goldsmith University—London, UK, Tempe Center for the Arts—Tempe, AZ, and the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre—Washington, DC. As a dance maker and educator working primarily in contemporary and jazz forms, BJP’s current research interests includes the prioritization of macro structure in the choreographic act, design integration, intersections of responsive media and movement, and curricular design for the dynamic arts environment. Her work has been recently supported by the Mellon Fund, the Sweetwater Board of Education, [nueBOX], and Middle Circle. BJP also specializes in dance for the theatrical stage, developing fresh material for classic plays and musicals, and devising choreographies and movement languages for new theatre works. Currently, BJP is choreographing several new works, regularly teaches across the nation, and is the Director of Dance at American University in Washington DC. She holds her BA in Dance and Communications, magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College and her MFA in Dance, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University.



July/August 2018

Shannon Stewart is a choreographer who was born in the south, raised in the Pacific Northwest and is currently based in New Orleans.  She works with people and bodies of all kinds to make dances for stages, films, galleries, parades, music clubs and any other places of intervention. Her work has toured and screened internationally and she has danced professionally for Deborah Hay, tEEth, zoe|juniper, Salt Horse, Dayna Hanson, and many others.  Shannon’s composition strategies are inspired by a lifetime of cross training in ballet, contemporary, breakdancing, yoga, Gyrotonic® and intensive study with Crystal Pite, Meg Stuart, Ralph Lemon, and Tere O’Connor, but are also informed by the natural and built environments, being an activist, a writer, and having an intense period as a caregiver.  Shannon co-founded Seattle’s Vera Project and wrote a book documenting effective strategies for youth-led art spaces in the US. She has a BA in Urban Design from the University of Washington and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Dance from Tulane University.  She currently teaches internationally at festivals and universities. Shannon is a certified Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic® instructor and is a teaching artist with the Mark Morris Dance for PD® program for people living with Parkinson’s disease.