1830EST: Artists Talk

The ongoing pandemic has disrupted the rhythms of everyday life, prompting us to reconfigure how we connect, communicate, and work together. 1830EST: Artists Talk supports the mission of Core Dance to continue to cultivate community via this new forum.


1830EST invites viewers to explore art-making practices through the lens of working artists and their creativity. Each episode assembles multiple viewpoints and includes interviews, field recordings, soundscapes and stories representing the diverse creative practitioners within the Core Dance global landscape.

View a recording of our latest 1830EST: Artists Talk with Douglas Rosenberg!

November 10, 2021

Walter Apps, Humlao/Shawny Evans,
Iman Siferllah-Griffin & Laith Stevenson

Walter Apps

View a recording of our November 10, 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring Sue Schroeder with guests Walter Apps, Iman Siferllah-Griffin and Laith Stevenson. 

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Walter Apps, born and raised in Detroit, MI, started his dance training at the age of 4. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Point Park University in 2016. During his training, Apps has had the privilege to perform works by Aszure Barton, Lar Lubovitch, MADBOOTS, Mark Morris, Luke Murphy, Septime Weber and Ohad Naharin to name some. Immediately upon graduating, he joined Texture Contemporary Ballet in Pittsburgh, PA. Apps then moved to New York City to work with Yin Yue, Rubén Graciani, Patrick O’Brien and Andrea Ward. Since moving to Atlanta in 2019, he has worked as an artist with Core Dance. Apps spends his free time working with photography / videography, editing film and teaching.

Photo by Joseph Titus

Iman Siferllah-Griffin

Iman (meaning faith/magnet) Siferllah-Griffin is a dance practitioner and facilitator of healing based in Atlanta, GA. She is the co-creator and member of the internationally known dance duo Al Taw’am LLC. Genres that inform her movement style are Hip Hop, Traditional West African, Dance Hall, Popping, House, Waacking, Modern, Capoeria Angola, Yoga, and other Black American vernacular dances. Iman’s current focus is harnessing her intuitive and spiritual abilities intersectionality with dance.

Photo by Awa Mally

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Laith Stevenson

Laith Stevenson is an interdisciplinary artist whose primary mediums are movement and poetry. My creative process calls for honesty and vulnerability. It engages sensations, memories, and personal experiences. They employ both the metaphorical and literal explorations of ideas related to interpersonal relationships, identity, and media consumption. I assume in all my processes that the body is a physical manifestation of individual’s unique histories and narratives. Moreover, I reflect on my lived experience as a trans person of color in my work. I create first and foremost for myself. My process dives deeply into the realms of self-reflection and hard-to-swallow truths. It challenges typical notions of social dichotomy by depicting nuanced perspectives of my subject matter. I ask my audiences to bear witness to the performer/performers enduring an experience; thus, deepening the empathetic response.

December 1, 2021

Felipe Barral

Felipe Barral

View a recording of our December 1, 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring Sue Schroeder with guest Felipe Barral. 


Felipe Barral is a multimedia storyteller who expresses himself in many ways –through his films, videos and audiovisual works, his music, his art and his writing. He is also a journalist with a Masters degree in Philosophy.

Felipe is an Emmy award-winning producer. He is the Founder and CEO of his own production company, IGNI Productions, specialized on cinematic content for the arts; as well as the Founder and CEO of BELLA, a company that feeds the screens with beautiful cinematic videos produced to reduce stress and improve well-being.

As a filmmaker, director of photography and multimedia storyteller, Felipe specializes in creative, engaging and promotional content for the arts. His cinematography and editorial point of view are always outstanding. He has been helping different organizations, institutions and individuals, creating cinematic content that guarantees engagement in a memorable way through relatable stories and a constant pursue of beauty. Some of his partners and clients are: The Atlanta Opera, the Alliance Theatre, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Arts ATL, Synchronicity Theatre, Actor’s Express, Horizon Theatre, CORE Dance, Eyedrum, the Serenbe Institute for the Arts and the Environment, ImmerseATL, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, HALO Production, DAC Hospitality, Deljou Art Group, Atlanta International School, and many others.Felipe is also an independent filmmaker, producer, director, photographer, musician, artist and writer. He has released seven short films, short and long format documentaries, three books of poetry, and has composed original scores for silent films and documentaries.

For 20 years, Felipe produced outstanding high quality storytelling at CNN as well. Felipe has taught his “Creative Production Philosophy & Style” to producers, reporters and colleagues at CNN, and he also taught it to children in an international school in Atlanta, which led him to be recognized with Time Warner’s Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Award in 2014.

January 25, 2022

Adam Larsen

View a recording of our January 25, 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring Sue Schroeder with guest Adam Larsen. 

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Adam Larsen is a documentary filmmaker and projection designer. Designs include Hal Prince’s LoveMusik on Broadway; Esperanza Spalding’s 12 Little Spells national tour; Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking The Waves at Opera Philadelphia and the Prototype Festival; Lee Breuer’s The Gospel at Colonus at the Athens, Edinburgh, and Spoleto festivals; Watermill at the BAM Next Wave Festival; Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the Singapore and Edinburgh festivals; Bernstein’s A Quiet Place at Tanglewood; Janáček’s From the House of the Dead at Canadian Opera; Britten’s Turn of the Screw at Seattle Opera; Bernstein’s Mass at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Mostly Mozart Festival; Britten’s Peter Grimes, and the SoundBox series at San Francisco Symphony. Adam’s documentary Neurotypical, about autism from the perspective of autistics, aired on the the PBS series P.O.V.

March 2nd, 2022

Jennifer Scully-Thurston

Jennifer Scully-Thurston

View a recording of our March 2nd 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring Sue Schroeder with guest Jennifer Scully-Thurston.

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Jennifer Scully-Thurston has meandered her way in and out of Dance, Movement and the Arts her whole life. She has traveled the world in Off-Broadway shows, small contemporary companies, taught in higher education and found her voice again as "Dancer With An Attitude" writing Dance, Theater and Book reviews. Her work caught the attention of Dance Critics Association and their "Emerging Writer Award". She brought her movement expertise to the world of animation and film with Grasshorse Studios. Continued honing her administrative chops with Core Dance, a prolific internationally touring dance co. based in Houston and Atlanta. Today she is teaching life skills to children through dance and music in the NC public school system with NC Arts in Action whose program is active in 18 Title 1 schools across the state, helping under-served children reach their full potential.  This year she rolled out FilmFest by Rogue Dancer, a monthly on-line Film Festival devoted exclusively to Dance.

She is a dance filmmaker, curator and video installation artist. Her works have been featured at ADF Movies by Movers, DepicT!, Frame X Frame, Mad Monster Party Film Festival, Mysticon Independent Film Festival,Colorado International SciFi & Fantasy Film Festival, Tarheel Shorties Film Festival, ScreenDance Festival, FilmFest by Rogue Dancer, Orlando Edge Film Festival, MicroActs Artist Film Screening, 919 Noise, Direct Monthly Online Film Festival, FAD Festival: Film-Art-Dance on Screen, Fieldwork, James River Filmmakers Forum, EYEDRUM, EnCORE: Dance on Film, Dans Kamera Istanbul, Alternate Roots, Movies by Movers, Love/d & Sex/ed & dOORS cAN dANCE, Skwhirlhaus, 3 Minute Film Festival, Avalonia Festival, Small Wonders Exhibition and Festival, Ozark Shorts, Cinematica Festival, Wiper Film Festival & African Smartphone International Film Festival.


Her ongoing collaborations include works with her husband Christopher Scully-Thurston (Composer), HyMettus Woods, Onur Topal- Sumer (Dancer & Filmmaker), Jeff Roll (Filmmaker),Dustin Glasco (Editor) and Robert Epps (Sequential Artist).


Today... Momentum is growing in pulling all of her disparate dance endeavors together through Rogue Dancer Productions. In the meantime, the work is happening and in full swing. So keep an out for all the current and future DANCE happenings!


March 7th, 2022

Ishmael Houston-Jones & Snowflake Calvert
Guest Facilitator Julie B. Johnson

View a recording of our March 7th, 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring TRY Artists Ishmael Houston-Jones and Snowflake Calvert, with conversation facilitated by Julie B. Johnson.

Ishmael Houston-Jones’ improvised dance and text work has been performed world-wide. Drawn to collaborations as a way to move beyond boundaries and the known, Houston-Jones celebrates the political aspect of cooperation. Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a 1984 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders, which reintroduced the erased narrative of the Black cowboy back into the mythology of the American west. He was awarded his second “Bessie” Award for the 2010 revival of THEM, his 1985/86 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane. In 2017 he received a third “Bessie” for Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other Works by John Bernd. In 2020 he received a fourth “Bessie” for Service to the Field of Dance. Houston-Jones is the DraftWork curator for works-in-progress at Danspace Project in New York. Also at Danspace, he curated Platform 2012: Parallels which focused on choreographers from the African diaspora and postmodernism and co-curated with Will Rawls Platform 2016: Lost and; Found, Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then and Now. He has received awards from The Herb Alpert Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and United States Artists.

Snowflake Calvert (Yaqui, Raramuri, and Tzotzil Mayan heritage) is a Two-Spirit artist who serves as the President of QUIL - Queers United for Intersectional Liberation. She produces queer events throughout California and Oregon that allow her to curate a vehicle for political, social, and cultural activism through the artistry of her radical queerness. In addition, she is a professional dancer, teacher, and entrepreneur. She was a member of The Haus of Towers, is affiliated with the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit Powwow, teaches decolonization through movement workshops, is the former owner/director of The Dance Zone Studio, hosts Two-Spirit talking circles, and is currently expanding her BIPOC collaborative work of "Seeds and Sequins" with Europa Grace.

Julie B. Johnson (Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance Performance & Choreography at Spelman College - 1830EST: Artists Talk Facilitator) is a Co-Founder/Consulting Editor of The Dancer-Citizen — an online, open-access scholarly dance journal exploring the work of socially engaged artists. Through her creative practice, Moving Our Stories, she uses participatory dance and embodied memory mapping to amplify the histories, lived experiences, and bodily knowledge of Black women as a strategy towards collective liberation for all.


As director of Idle Crimes & Heavy Work (ICHW), an archives-driven dance collaboration with partner organization Giwayen Mata and a team of community visioners, she connects the history of Black women’s incarcerated labor, resistance, and restoration to sites throughout Atlanta's cityscape shaped by this history. She is a 2020-2023 Partners for Change Artist made possible by Alternate ROOTS and The Surdna Foundation. She earned a PhD in Dance Studies at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, researching meanings and experiences of ‘community’ in West African Dance in Philadelphia.

April 26, 2022

Juana Farfan, Chris James,
Marcus Montgomery,& Amanda Sieradzki

View a recordoing of our April 26, 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring Inyda Childs with the teaching artists of Teens Activate. 

Chris James

Chris James is a man who is truly on a journey to impact and changes lives in his community and the world. Chris James is a national award winning spoken word poet, TED Talks speaker, playwright, educator, photographer and self-published author. He recently served as the keynote speaker at the United States Capitol for the 39th Annual Congressional Arts Competition. He is the author of Joe Got Flow, Black Boy Blues and The Odds Against US. Chris is the creator of stage plays, Dear Black People and The Odds Against US., AETN/PBS will be releasing a short documentary about the life of Chris James. In 2016 he was featured on the front cover of Arkansas Times Newspaper for being one of Arkansas' top visionaries. Chris is a member of Foreign Tongues poetry slam team whom ranked 2nd place in the worlds second largest poetry competition in 2014. He is the founder of Arkansas' only poetry venue and second black owned gallery, The House of Art. As a teacher artist, Chris develops and facilitates art integrated poetry writing and performance workshops for K-12 across the country. Through his work, he educates on racial barriers and socio-economic challenges and how we can overcome. He is very passionate about the awareness of mental health. Find out more about Chris here.

Marcus Montgomery

Marcus Montgomery is the owner of Next Move Consulting, working in Arkansas, New York, DC, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Mississippi providing creative approaches for engaging and educating youth, specifically at risk youth and minority males to help them find their voice in education, life, and in the workforce. Marcus designed curriculum and served as an instructor for the First Year Experience course at The University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College. Marcus also served as a Success Coach for the Network for Student Success at The University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College, which is an Initiative program designed to improve the retention and graduation rates of marginalized high school and college students. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


Most recently he completed a successful Finding Your Voice Creative Writing Workshop and Poetry Café with students at Horace Mann Middle School, where each participant created original poetry with some reciting their work before the faculty and students. He is also the author of 2 books. In Portholes: Windows Into My Soul, he uses poetry to connect with and motivate students to read, write, think critically and achieve goals. His most recent book 7 Unwritten Rules of Success offers practical success strategies. His goal is to motivate readers and provide user friendly resources for every person that wants to live life to its fullest potential. He is a spoken word artist with Writeous Poets in Little Rock.

Marcus Montgomery has spent his entire career working with youth through community programs, churches, public schools and colleges. He is known for helping the youth and young adults reach their fullest potential. Marcus is married and has two brilliant daughters.

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Amanda Sieradzki

Amanda Sieradzki is an interdisciplinary choreographer, educator, and arts journalist based in Tampa, FL. Amanda is the artistic director and founder of Poetica, a dance company that values collaboration, bodies and voices in motion, and the community. Her teaching builds on Anne Green Gilbert’s brain compatible dance education and emphasizes creativity and self-expression while strengthening mind-body connections. Amanda studied under Gilbert at the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers in Seattle, WA, and believes that everybody and every body is made for dance. She incorporates poetic forms and creative writing in her classes and her choreographies have been shown throughout the Southeast. Currently, she is on dance faculty at the University of Tampa and is a feature writer for Creative Pinellas’ Arts Coast Journal, the Tallahassee Council on Culture & Arts, DIYdancer Magazine, & ArtsATL. Amanda earned her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, BA in Writing from the University of Tampa, and completed a year of independent study at The Ailey School in NYC.

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Juana Farfan

Juana Farfan is an independent artist and dance educator based in Atlanta, Georgia, originally from Bogota, Colombia. She has been creating and performing in the Atlanta dance community since 2002, as well as being an arts curriculum integration and dance teacher in grades K-12.


View a recording of our May 10, 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring Sue Schroeder with the REEL Art: Movement 5 filmmaker Douglas Rosenberg. 

Douglas Rosenberg

Douglas Rosenberg is a filmmaker working with dance and performance. His films have been screened internationally for over 30 years at venues including, Lincoln Center, NY, Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and elsewhere.  He has been a long-time advocate of screendance and he recipient of numerous awards and is also the author of Screendance: Inscribing the Ephemeral Image (Oxford Press) as well as other publications. Rosenberg is a Professor of Art at UW Madison.

Artist Statement

Monumental Gestures is a site-specific project made specifically with, for and about the local communities that surround it, and to whom the participants in the project are made visible. For this project, I was thinking about the idea of “heroes”, about care-givers, advocates, activists and teachers and those who have supported the communities in which this work will be displayed.  Who gets to be on public view, whose image do we think of when we think about who values, whose life matters?  Who has visibility and who does not?  The title of this project, Monumental Gestures, has multiple meanings.  I think a lot about who is most often the source of public monuments, about who is elevated to the side of a mountain and why, about who makes such choices and who is not a part of the discussion.  Monumental Gestures is also about elevating smaller gestures of care and love, faith and grief, to monumental proportions, so we begin to see the intimacy in that which is ordinary or quotidian. Above all, it is about making visible those among us who take care of our communities and do so out of a sense of purpose and in the service of others. 

May 10, 2022

Douglas Rosenberg

Sue Schroeder

In over 40 years of work in the arts, Sue Schroeder has created more than 110 original dance works for theaters, museums, green spaces, architectural works, and water environments. Her work has appeared throughout the United States, as well as Mexico, Israel, France, Germany, Poland, Georgia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Iceland, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Guatemala, and Hungary. Schroeder’s multidisciplinary vision has led to collaborations with major voices in Dance – Amanda K. Miller, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor, Ellen Bromberg, Beppie Blankert, Dieter Baumann & Jutta Hell, Alicia Sanchez, Joanna Haigood, Isabelle Salle & Adolfo Vargas, Susan M. Prins, and Polly Motley – in Music – Christian Meyer, Antoine Plante, Sonja Zarek, Todd Hammes, Yoko Ono, Joanna Duda, Michael Keck, Rich O’Donnell, Stuart Gerber & Jan Baker, and Klimchak – in Spoken Word – Keith Antar Mason & The Hittite Empire, Sarah Turquety, LeRon McAdoo, Marcus Montogmery & the Writeous Poets - and Visual Arts and Design – Adam Larsen, Nancy Chikarishi, Maya Ciarrocchi, Gail Siptak, Charlie Sartwelle, Anne Skupin, Lisa Shoyer, Maya Geffman, Walter “Chip” Morris and Lucía Hernández López.


Schroeder is known for her site-specific, museum and immersive creations for The Menil Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American ArtHigh Museum of Art, Atlanta, University of Central Arkansas, Baum Gallery, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Lawndale Art Annex – University of Houston, Diverseworks ArtSpace, Lauren Rodgers Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Varmlands Museum, Karlstad (Sweden). Schroeder’s long-standing relationship with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has led to 12 commissions to exhibitions featuring the work of Sol LeWitt, Diego Rivera, Carlos Cruz-Diez, John Alexander, Pablo Picasso, MoMA’s Heroic Century, the Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art, Jules Olitski, Joseph Havel, Isamu Noguchi, and Dan Flavin. Schroeder has also received 20 site-specific commissions from the Bayou City Arts Festival. 


Additionally, Schroeder is recognized as a leading Arts Activist and Mentor and the Founding Artistic Director of Core Dance. As a contemporary artist and Dance Maker, Schroeder focuses on the creative process, movement research & exploration, and dance-making as a catalyst for social change.

Photo by Jerry Siegel