UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: The Dance Department of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts will perform Under the Whale by choreographer James Martin on April 27 and 28 at the Tony Bennett Theater in the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts located in Astoria Queens, NY. Admission is free. Directions and further information are available at franksinatraschoolofthearts.org or by phone at (718) 361-9920.
About the Choreographer
James Martin is currently Associate Arts Professor and Associate Chair of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department where he has been a full-time faculty member since 1990. He has danced with Gus Solomons jr, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Company, Donald Byrd/ The Group, Jamie Cunningham and Tina Croll, Heidi Latsky, The New York Baroque Dance Company, Connecticut Ballet Company, and Martha Bowers Dance Theater Etc. among others. Mr. Martin has taught at many schools and festivals world wide including the Mark Morris Monnaie Dance Group in Brussels, the Ballet Academy of Stockholm, the Dansen Hus in Copenhagen, the Université du Québec à Montréal, the Bat Dor School in Tel Aviv, the National Institute of the Arts in Taiwan, the American Dance Festival, the White Mountain Dance Festival, Wesleyan University, and Tulane University. His choreography has been produced in New York City by P.S. 122 (New Stuff), Ballet Builders/New Choreographers on Point, St. Mark’s Danspace Project (Food for Thought), 92nd Street Y, and The Soho Arts Festival at Dia Center for the Arts. His work has also been commissioned by The Connecticut Ballet Company, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Wesleyan University, Bat Dor Summer Workshop, White Mountain Dance Festival, the Atlantic Dance Theater, Tulane University, The New Dance Collective, Princeton University and the Pittsburgh based company Bodiography.
Mr. Martin is both a choreographer and a composer. As a musician, Mr. Martin has composed more than thirty musical settings of works including Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, Arthur Rimbaud, Pablo Neruda, poet laureates Louise Glück and Billy Collins, and satirist George Saunders among others. In 2003 Mr. Martin formed a band to perform this material. The band has performed in several venues in New York City including the Cornelia Street Cafe.