R I P E N I N G has been featured at:
FLICfest Dance Festival
The David Rubenstein Atrium as part of Lincoln Center Originals
The International Film Festival Manhattan
The Cuculorus Film Festival
The NADA Art Fair in Art Basel
Tribeca Cinemas Video Art and Experimental Film Festival
Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Film Festival
VANESSA WALTERS (Artistic Director + Choreographer) – Walters makes choreography for live dance performance, for film and video, and for various multi-media art projects and events. She enjoys working with all types of performers from professional dancers to actors, singers, musicians, models, and just pedestrians in general. Walters choreographed a series of promotional spots for MTV which involved a cast of over 50, as well as music videos for recording artists the Kings of Leon, Har Mar Superstar, and TSAR. Additionally, Vanessa is the resident choreographer for both the House of Diehl, a designer duo known for their “statement-making fashion design and multi-media experiences”, and for the JVA Flag Corp, a collaborative project with Jeremiah Clancy and Alexia Stamatiou.
Born in Baltimore, Md., Vanessa Walters trained at the Peabody Institute as well as several other local dance schools. She received her B.F.A. in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduating from Tisch, she has performed extensively in New York and throughout the United States, Europe, and parts of South America.
From 1999 to the present, a great deal of Vanessa’s energy and focus has been devoted to Fischerspooner, an avant-garde performance group combining pop entertainment with a high art sensibility – they have played concerts, festivals and galleries worldwide. Since 2001, Walters has choreographed for, staged, and performed in Fischerspooner shows for both music/concert venues and for non-proscenium, interactive gallery shows. London’s Royal Festival Hall, Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City’s Deitch Projects, MOCA in Los Angeles, and the Pompidou Center in Paris are just some of the locations for these shows. Fischerspooner has also performed on Top of the Pops, the Jimmy Kimmel show, and twice on the Carson Daly Show. Vanessa has also choroeographed and danced in several Fischerspooner music videos.
From 2001 through 2006, Walters also directed and choreographed her own dance troupe in collaboration with the Brooklyn based bluegrass/hardcore/speed-metal band, ‘UncleFucker’. Her troupe performed with the band as the “fuckerettes” as well as in other shows and events such as the New York Burlesque Festival and the Cowgirl Cabaret. Since August of 2005, they perform regularly with Bill Coleman’s “cuntrypunkgogomashuphouseelectro outfit” known as the Daisy Spurs.
Finally, as a dancer, Vanessa has had the opportunity to work with many New York City-based choreographers including Lynn Barr, Julie Atlas Muz, John Heginbotham, Larry Keigwin, Aviva Geismar, Jordana Toback, Nancy Zendora, Amy Cox, Lee Nagrin, and many others. She has performed at venues such as PS 122, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop and St. Mark’s Church, to name a few.
BRIAN GONZALEZ (Visual Artist + Filmmaker) – Brian graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts as the winner of Outstanding Cinematography Class of 2009 (awarded by Robert Elswit, ASC) and has garnered numerous accolades from Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Art Basel Miami Beach, Lincoln Center’s Dance On Camera, NYC’s Armory Arts Week, Cutlog Art Fair, The Robert Wilson Watermill Center for Performance and more.
Gonzalez has also created multi-disciplinary video works with Untitled Magazine, Atlantic Records and Chimera Music, while working with Contaminate to develop multi-sensory interactive experiences, a new kind of language that intrinsically implements various live elements contingent on the active reciprocity of the audience, where cinema no longer tells you a story but instead unlocks and reveals the story of you – the audience.
Taxiplasm’s short films As Above So Below, Ripening, and Tell me Your Secrets have screened at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 and at the Dance On Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in 2013. His video painting series Stasis was also screened as a 16-screen video installation in Times Square, the largest coordinated effort by sign operators in history part of the Times Square Alliance’s Midnight Moment, every night for the month of January 2013.
Currently Gonzalez is co-directing a feature length documentary with Sean Ono Lennon chronicling legendary avant garde designers threeASFOUR and continues to design hyper-conceptual cathartic experiences that are as painful as they are pleasurable, prompting one to ask questions one did not ask before.