BAIRA begins the next chapter in the collected and ongoing research of collaborative/creative duo Shaina Branfman and Bryan Strimpel (formerly BS Movement). Through teaching, performance and lifestyle the two endeavor to continuously contemplate and share the question; what does it mean to be brave? Branfman, from South Texas, holds a B.F.A from the University of Iowa. She completed her certification as a Movement Analyst at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York City and completed studies in religion and philosophy at the New York All Faiths Seminary International where she was ordained as an Interfaith Minister. Shaina is currently a member of The Feath3r Theory, and works at RDAPDan; a non-profit federal prison consultant company. Strimpel, a native Michigander, is a graduate of Wayne State University with a B.F.A in dance. He has danced with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, David Dorfman Dance, ThirdRailProjects and is a member of The Feath3r Theory. Bryan taught as Adjunct Professor of Dance at LIU Brooklyn (2015-16), he teaches regularly in NYC and was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s ‘Top 25 to Watch’ in 2013. Branfman and Strimpel have been creating and sharing their work together since 2014 when their piece, “Bench Duet” was selected as the DanceNOW at Joe’s Pub challenge winner. They were the recipients of a 30 hour space grant through A.R.T. NY and are currently participating in Pentacle’s 2-year research and artist capacity-building program, “Administrative Resource Team (A.R.T.). Shaina and Bryan are humbled to be spending the coming season with LMCC’s Workspace Program diving deeper into their founding statement: No matter our differences we all move, so we’re all the same.
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