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Sydney Skybetter

Sydney Skybetter is a choreographer. Hailed by Dance Magazine as “One of the most influential people in dance today,” his work has been performed around the country at such venues as The Kennedy Center, The Boston Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, and The Joyce Theater.

A sought-after speaker, he lectures on everything from dance history to cultural futurism, most recently at Harvard University, South by Southwest Interactive, TEDx, Dance/USA, and Oculus Research. He has consulted for Sotheby’s, The National Ballet of Canada, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and The University of Southern California, among others, and is a Public Humanities Fellow and Lecturer at Brown University where he researches the choreographics of human computer interfaces and mixed reality systems. He is the founder of the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI), which convenes ethnographers, anthropologists, speculative designers, and performing artists to discuss the choreography of the Internet of Things. He produces shows at Joe’s Pub, SteelStacks, and OBERON with DanceNOW[NYC], has served as a Grant Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is the winner of a RISCA Fellowship in Choreography from the State of Rhode Island. He received his M.F.A. in Choreography from New York University.

Photo: Liza Voll

Watch Sydney’s video introduction to Men in Dance

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

A GREAT MANY PEOPLE DONATED THEIR INVALUABLE TIME FOR THIS PROJECT. I AM INDEBTED TO THE INIMITABLE NORTON OWEN, PATSY GAY AND PHENOMENAL JENNIFER EDWARDS, MY RESEARCH ASSISTANTS, ANNA BJELLA AND LILIAN MENGESHA, AS WELL AS THE MANY KIND FOLKS WHO SHARED THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH ME VIA INTERVIEWS INCLUDING ADAM WEINERT, JOHN HEGINBOTHAM, ANDREA LODICO, STEPHAN MOORE, PEPPER FAJANS, KEN TABACHNICK, KYLE ABRAHAM, RASTA THOMAS, PATRICK MOORE, PAUL KAISER, MICHAEL GIRARD, SILAS RIENER, REBECCA RITZEL, BENNYROYCE ROYON, SARA MICHELLE MURAWSKI, AMONG NUMEROUS OTHERS. MY SINCERE THANKS TO ALL OF THESE FINE FOLKS FOR THEIR GENEROSITY AND TIME.

 

Essays by this Contributor


The Haunting of Adam Weinert by Ted Shawn

Ghost Notation

Ted Talks

Bad Boys

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