Benji Stevenson photo by Walter C. Apps.

No Time

To Lose

Photo by Walter C. Apps

In light of the uniqueness of the times we are living within and the importance of the action of creating – the impulse to make and to inspire making – No Time To Lose was a project of “Now”. 

Watch the Facebook Livestream of the event.

Filmed on March 26, 2021, at 8 pm. (Performance begins at the 4:55 mark.)

NTTL was about the creation of new work -  quickly, intuitively and without compromise – by a group of artists from various genres and entry points. Coming together to develop and create an artistic experience over two weeks, the outcome culminated in a shared experience with the public for two nights only.

All aspects of the “work“ evolved during the work process. Every artist brought into play what moves or is of interest to him, her, or they. The input may have been an idea, a movement, a musical theme, a poem, a thought, a video, an image, a stage design… Personal and individual elements triggered actions from the others - a creative ping-pong.

 

There was no hierarchy but a free flow of ideas, improvisation, creative practice, and composition based upon professionalism, a strong bond, and trust allowing to push limits.

 

NTTL aimed to avoid discussions and focused on how to get things done.

It was a call to creative action.

Energy was raw, Tension was kept high and the artists stayed alert and attentive.

The time limit forced immediacy. The work was associative, swift, and consistent.

 

NTTL could have been anything, a performance piece, a concert, a film, an installation or all of these at the same time.

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No Time To Lose performances were at The B Complex in Atlanta on March 26 and 27, 2021.

NTTL Crew

Stage Manager - Scott Wheet

Assistant Stage Manager - Nate Snyder

Sound Technician/PA - Peter Flamming

AV Media Consultant - Gerald Griffith

Born and raised in Detroit MI, Walter Apps started his dance training at the age of 4. He received his BFA from Point Park University in 2016. During his training, Walter has had the privilege to perform works by Aszure Barton, Septime Weber, Lar Lubovitch, MADBOOTS, Mark Morris, Luke Murphy, and Ohad Naharin to name some.


Immediately after graduating, he worked with Texture Contemporary Ballet in Pittsburgh, PA. After, Walter moved to New York to work with Yin Yue, Rubén Graciani, Patrick O’Brien, and Andrea Ward. Now, Walter, as a Dance Artist with Core Dance, is grateful to be a part of an organization that allows him to excel in improvisation, collaboration, and creation.

Walter Apps photo by Joseph Titus.JPEG

Photo by Joseph Titus

 

Photo by Sue Schroeder

Stephen Earnhart (he/him) is a multidisciplinary artist based in NYC. Having worked as a director and producer in the film industry for more than 20 years, Stephen transitioned to creating work that combines his cinematic sensibility with his love for the potency and magic of live performance and storytelling.

 

Stephen was previously Director of Production for Miramax Films and worked as a coordinator on several seasons of Saturday Night Live. Stephen’s critically acclaimed documentaries have been released by Sundance Channel, New Line Cinema & Warner Bros.


His theatrical productions have been presented at the Edinburgh International Festival, Singapore Arts Festival and The Public Theater's "Under the Radar” festival. He has been supported by the Asian Cultural Council, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, The Japan Foundation, The Japan-US Friendship Commission, NYSCA, The Asia Society, The Greenwall Foundation, The Saison Foundation, and The Doris Duke Foundation.


While attending Sarah Lawrence, Stephen created a devised work entitled “Glimpse” that combined meditation, live performance, dance, puppetry, video projections, and live music for an audience lying on the ground. He played “The MiLK” in the musical “The Blacker, The Berry” and assisted then chair of the department, Christine Farrell, when she directed “The Rover.” Stephen received a B.F.A. in film from New York University and completed one year at Naropa University’s graduate theater program before transferring to Sarah Lawrence to complete his MFA. He is also a Kundalini yoga teacher, a vegan chef, an avid surfer, plays the marimba, and is a grateful survivor of Covid-19.

 

Shawny Evans / Humlao is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Hollins University, and they hold a Bachelor of Arts from Kennesaw State University. They have studied with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and is a member of the Dance Studies Association. Additionally, they have performed with Kit Modus, Full Radius Dance, Dance Canvas, Liquid Sky Entertainment and Southern Arc Dance.

Photo by James L. Hicks

 

Photo by Awa Mally

Iman (meaning faith/magnet) Siferllah-Griffinis 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.


A few notable experiences along Iman’s dance journey include sharing her movement at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Facing Race Conference, and The Minnesota Secretary of State's 50th Voters’ Rights Act Anniversary Celebration. Her dance film & television work includes season one of World of Dance NBC and TPT Minnesota’s Originals “Art is...Al Taw’am” (An Emmy nominated segment). Iman has been an artist in residencies and or engaged with organizations such as Inner City Muslim Action Network based in Chicago & Atlanta, The South Dallas Cultural Arts Center based in Dallas, Words Beats and Life based in Washington D.C., and Each One Teach One based in Berlin, Germany, the Harvard Law school of Education, the Spelman Department of Dance, and UW Madison’s first wave program.


Though she has received many accolades and support for her gifts Iman believes her greatest accomplishments have been carrying on the legacy of her ancestors, the connections she’s made with various communities around the globe, and how her artistic and intuitive abilities keep her in alignment with her higher self.

 

Keith Hennessy, is a dancer, writer, choreographer, activist, witch, and teacher. Raised in Canada, living in Yelamu/San Francisco since 1982, he tours internationally. Hennessy’s work is interdisciplinary and experimental, motivated by anti-racist, queer-feminist, and decolonial movements. He engages practices of improvisation, ritual, collaboration, play, and protest to respond to political crises and intense feelings. With a focus on the poetics and politics of relationship, Keith’s recent collaborators include Ishmael Houston-Jones, Snowflake Towers, Brontez Purnell, Nathaniel Moore, Peaches, Meg Stuart, jose e abad, J Jha, Annie Danger, Ryanaustin Dennis, and Gerald Casel. Awards include Guggenheim, USArtist, NY Bessie, Sui Generis, and a few Bay Area Isadora Duncan Awards. Hennessy directs Circo Zero and was a member of Contraband, 1985-1994. Recent gigs include SNDO (Amsterdam), VAC Foundation (Moscow), Impulstanz (Vienna), L'Artère (Québec), Love In (Toronto), FRESH (SF), Earthdance, Ponderosa (Germany), CounterPulse (SF), and Hollins University. Keith has an MFA, Choreography and PhD, Performance Studies, from UC Davis.
www.circozero.org
https://vimeo.com/user1076713

Photo by Robbie Sweeny commissioned by Constance Hockaday, Artists-In-Presidents

 

Photo by Dathan Brannon

Adam Larsen has designed video projections for over 200 productions in Theatre, Dance, Symphony and Opera. Projects have ranged from intimate to extravagant and have appeared both on Broadway and in many of the major venues across the country. Adam’s multifaceted work has led to collaborations with leading voices in Symphony and Opera including fifteen projects with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, three with composer John Adams, as well as projects with Joni Mitchell, Janelle Monae, and Esperanza Spalding. Notable designs include Hal Prince’s LoveMusik on Broadway; 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; Esperanza Spalding's 12 Little Spells national tour; Watermill at the BAM Next Wave Festival; Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the Singapore and Edinburgh festivals; the direction and design for a semi-staged production of Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle at the Houston Symphony; David Lang's Prisoner of the State at the New York Philharmonic; Bernstein’s Mass at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Lincoln Center; Britten’s Peter Grimes, Bernstein’s On the Town, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, as well as all seven seasons of the SoundBox series at San Francisco Symphony.


In addition, Adam has directed two feature length documentaries about disability. His first, Neurotypical, about autism from the perspective of autistics, premiered on the PBS series P.O.V and his second, Undersung, about caregivers of severely disabled family members, is available on Amazon.

 

Christian Meyer is a Berlin-based composer / musician / photographer. He is a prize winning creator of scores for movies, commercials, dance-theatre, concerts and performances. He also builds sound installations and photography exhibitions. www.christianmeyermusic.com and www.christianmeyerphotography.com.

Photo by Arata Mori

 

Photo by Maya Sheffield

Kristin Moe (she/her) is a writer and multidisciplinary artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work explores human-ecological entanglements, narrative, and repair-- in search of an embodied mode of storytelling that points the way through crisis.


She has produced audio documentaries, led a multimedia storytelling program at Brown University, and worked as a journalist and photographer covering frontline movements for climate justice.


As a theater artist, she makes work based on the belief that reclaiming community narrative is an act of resistance. She has worked on site-specific community plays in rural Minnesota, devised immersive performance in the mountains of Colorado, and co-produced intimate multimedia storytelling events in downtown Providence.

 

She is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

 

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.

Photo by Seth Foley

 

Photo by Simon Gentry

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, music, spoken word, visual arts and design.


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. Her Arts Activism practices have developed through her longtime membership – 35+ years – and association with Alternate ROOTS. Notable community action and engagement can be found in her projects such as:

  • The Teacher Training Institute (TTI), a training program established to develop best practices to teach dance and kinetic learning in community-based settings.

  • Dynamic X-Change Healing Arts Program (DXC), working in support of those living in challenging situations and oftentimes isolated because of their circumstances – dealing with abuse, homelessness, language barriers, refugee status, aging, AIDS.

 

The creation and commission of such works as:

  • if…a memoir, an exploration into the inseparable connection between our humanity, the earth and our future

and

  • Human Landscapes, addressing immigration, exile, and the current refugee crisis.

 

Schroeder is a veteran teaching artist having fulfilled residencies in Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida and Arizona She holds a BA from the University of Houston and an MFA in Theater Arts with a dance and anthropology concentration from the University of Arizona at Tucson.

 

Benji Stevenson is a movement artist and published poet from rural Alabama. They attended Emory University, where they received their B.A in Political Science and Arabic. In addition to their primary studies, they maintained an active presence in both the Dance and Creative Writing programs. Here, they began their training in Ballet and Modern Dance at the ripe age of 18. After graduating, they began cultivating their ideas into movement and choreography as a means of facilitating insightful dialogue on identity and interpersonal relationships. Currently, Benji resides in Atlanta where they work with Core Dance and Okwae Miller & Artists. Benji has worked and studied with other notable artists such as Amanda K. Miller, George Staib, Greg Catellier, Jillian Mitchell, John McFall, Kathleen Wessel, Noelle Kayser, Niv Sheinfeld, Oren Laor, and Sidra Bell.

Photo by Walter C. Apps

 

To touch the threads that connect us all, to hear the genius in the creative spark, to taste the richness of conversation made manifest, to inhale: to exhale, to be right here, right now.


Elizabeth Labbe-Webb has been an artist since she was given her first set of crayons. She was digesting Shakespeare’s language at 10, directing and designing by 13 and exploring the un-boundaries of a creative life every day since she realized it was much more fun than anything more ordinary.

Photo by Paige McFall

 

Additional Credits

Voices featured in the "Prayer Mosaic" section:

Janice Yoon
Juwon Rich
Jay Yang
Terrence Harris
Katelyn Lemley
Emily Steele
Mikki Orr