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DANCE AND PROCESS Series to Feature Julie Mayo and More at The Kitchen

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The Kitchen presents the next installment of the institution's longest ongoing series, Dance and Process. The program of new works features artists Liana Conyers, Julie Mayo, Michael Mahalchick and Suzan D. Polat. These performances are the culmination of a ten-week group process of sharing work and feedback. Dance and Process is facilitated by Moriah Evans and Yve Laris Cohen.

Located at 512 West 19th Street Manhattan, performances will take place May 25 & 26 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 ($12 students, seniors) and available online at or by phone at 212.255.5793 x11.


Liana Conyers received her B.A. from Bennington College in 2003, where she concentrated in dance. She studied under the direction of Dana Reitz, Susan Sgorbati, and Terry Creach. Liana has studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and The Merce Cunningham Studios. She has completed internships with The Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, the Joyce Theatre SoHo, and has performed with Keith Thompson, Jhon Stronks, Wayne Smith, and CORE Performance Company. Liana has choreographed for Spelman College Dance Theatre, and has taught movement classes for Several Dancers Core, Dynamic X-Change Program and the Ballethnic Summer Dance Intensive. Liana was a guest instructor at the American College Dance Festival NW Conference. Her work I know this much... was presented at the ACDF Adjudication concert in 2011 and performed at the Big Range Festival in Houston, TX. Liana choreographed Body Politics (2013), Jars of Pennies (2014), and South Ward (2016) for Movement Research at the Judson Church. South Ward was chosen as the alternate for New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks 2016. She completed her M.F.A. in Dance (2012), and held a teaching fellowship. At present, she is Dance Faculty at Bard Early College-Newark, where she teaches dance and Black Aesthetics.

Michael Mahalchick was born in Pottsville, PA and lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is an artist / choreographer / director / performer / model / dancer / musician / curator / minister / worker / dreamer / lover / friend / human / video maker / photographer / singer / actor / occultist / craftsperson / theorist / comedian / writer / critic / teacher / advisor / leader / manager / bartender / mover / shaker / wiggler / jiggler and acrobat.

Julie Mayo has been making performance in New York City since 2012. Time Out Chicago has described her work as "unpredictable and psychologically complex...comprised of bold choices, fully realized worlds" and performances that relayed "a beautiful inquisitiveness and mischievous theatrical buds." Julie was a 2014 New York Live Arts' Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Commission artist, and her work has been presented in NYC at JACK, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and Dixon Place. Nationally her work has been seen at NOHspace, San Francisco; Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles; fidgetspace in Philadelphia; and Links Hall and Outerspace, Chicago. Julie is the recipient of residencies at the UCross Foundation, Djerassi, Yaddo and is a 2017-2019 Movement Research Artist-in Residence.

Suzan D. Polat is a dance artist, based between New York, Istanbul, and the Netherlands. She is focused on developing her own movement idiom, while exploring the dynamics between form, energy, and materiality of her body. Her works have been shown at the Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Glasshouse Artlifelab, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Tank NYC, The Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Outpost Artists Resources in New York; and at Bomontiada Alt and Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Kitchen is one of New York City's most forward-looking nonprofit spaces, showing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines. Our programs range from dance, music, performance, and theater to video, film, and art, in addition to literary events, artists' talks, and lecture series. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country, and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.

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