Persephone in Hell
Choreographed by: Michael Foley
Performed by: Heidi Brewer, Fernando Chonqui, Michael Foley, Abigail Hinson, Sadie Lehmker
Michael Foley’s choreography has been commissioned by major international dance companies from the U.S., Mexico, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Panama, and by the Cirque du Soleil organization. He received his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington, and has taught workshops and master classes at over 100 universities, academic institutions, dance festivals and private studios around the globe. Michael has received numerous recognitions for his work in the Arts including a William J. Fulbright scholarship from the United States government for his research and teaching in Mexico in 2009, a Kennedy Center/American Theater Festival Award, and he was the Ruth Page Visiting Artist at Harvard University. Michael is currently a Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida, where he is also director/creator of the USF Dance in Paris Programs. He is also a proud resident of the great city of St. Petersburg, and has worked with freeFall Theatre, Studio@620 and the Museum of Fine Arts on several collaborative projects.
Photo by Jennifer Gerber
Pacific Northwest native and University of Washington alum Heidi Brewer has worked as a performer and collaborator in Seattle, New York and Los Angeles with Mark Haim, Rebecca Davis, Cori Marquis and The Nines [IX], Gretchen Weber, Josselyn Levinson & Michael Richman, Milka Djordjevich, Pennington Dance Group, Lionel Popkin, Myrrhia Rodriguez, Gracie Whyte, WHYTEBERG, Mollie Wolf, and Kevin Williamson. Her own work has been shown at Pieter and Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles, where she also founded the LAYERS platform to produce 3 workshops in L.A. between 2017-2018\. Currently based in Tampa Bay, Heidi is the Communications Director at Kinected Pilates Studio in NYC and is honored to be working with Michael Foley, ProjectALCHEMY and Rogue Dance.
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Photo by Denzel Johnson, projectALCHEMY
Fernando A. Chonqui
Originally from Ecuador, Fernando A. Chonqui is a choreographer, educator, and performer currently based between Central Florida and Paris, France. The explorations of physical and internal sensations that result from physical actions are central to Fernando’s work as a performer and choreographer. He seeks to utilize these sensations as a guide for a “story-telling” experience unique to each performer and viewer.
Fernando has had the honor to serve as an Arts Administration Intern at the prestigious Bates Dance Festival from 2015-2017. He holds a 200hrs Yoga Teacher Training certification, a leadership certification from the Florida College System Student Government Association and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida. Most recently, Fernando became a member of local St. Petersburg dance company, projectALCHEMY.
Photo by Denzel Johnson, projectALCHEMY
Photo by Parker Ovalle @ovalleartphoto
Abigail Hinson currently lives in Tampa, and is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from Florida State College at Jacksonville with her Associates while training in part of DanceWorks, the college’s repertory company. Next she transferred to The University of South Florida to continue her studies in Modern Dance to receive a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Her work experience ranges from teaching within smaller public/private schools to choreographing for local play productions. Within the field, Abigail hopes to continue professionally dancing locally, as well as abroad, and aspires to return to school to receive her Masters in Choreography.
Sadie Lehmker is a freelance dancer and choreographer with roots in the Tampa Bay area. Sadie received her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and her BA in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida. She has performed the work of Charles Gushue/Gushue Moving Arts, Xan Burley + Alex Springer/the Median Movement, Erin Cardinal, Jeanne Travers, Michael Foley, and Meredith Monk, and performed in the 2010 USF School of Theatre and Dance's production of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's Serenade/The Proposition. She has performed across Florida, in New York City, in Michigan, in California, and in Paris. Sadie has set her choreography on dancers from Florida Southern College, St. Petersburg College, Moving Current Dance Collective, Florida Dance Arts, America's Ballet School, Florida Dance Festival, and Shoes at the Door Dance. Her choreography has been accepted into several festivals in Flroida, and has been showcased in southeast Michigan. Currently, Sadie is an adjunct professor within the dance departments at Florida Southern College and the University of South Florida. Sadie also continues to teach master classes and workshops while continuing to work on her own choreographic projects, including an upcoming workshop and performance in Vietnam this April.