Through the Ferst Center's ARTech residency program, one or more performing artists were engaged each season in extended residencies on the Georgia Tech campus to work with identified faculty and students. Collaborations emphasized a particular exploration of the arts and science or technology that has a unique connection with Georgia Tech.
The 2012-13 ARTech Residency program featured choreographer Seán Curran and chamber ensemble ETHEL. A single space on the Georgia Tech campus was of the residency. Students from the Georgia Tech College of Architecture iintroduced the space to the artists during their October 2012 visit. Each artist performed an installation performance in the selected space in Spring 2013. The influence, interaction and exploration of a single space with different artists of different genres endeavored to promote discussion on the relationship between the space and the art, how the space changed with each artist and how the individual artist met the challenge within the space.
The ETHEL Residency Schedule included:
-Free concert featuring the original piece “24 COA” created in conjunction with students from the College of Architecture’s Common First Year studio program. This concert was free and open to the public.
-Concert featuring the "Present Beauty" program including compositions by Mark Stewart, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Huang Ruo at the Ferst Center for the Arts.
Seán Curran’s residency culminated with a site-specific performance of "Interactive Strategies of Relational Aesthetics." The piece was created specifically for the residency and features local dancers Alex Abarca, Alisa Mittin and Erik Thurmond and Seán Curran Company's associate artistic director, Elizabeth Coker Giron. The performance took place on the lower level of Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.
A graduate and guest faculty member of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Curran was an original member of the New York City cast of the Off-Broadway percussion extravaganza Stomp, performing in the show for four years. He has performed his solo evening of dances at venues throughout the United States as well as at Sweden's Danstation Theatre and France's EXIT Festival.
Recent projects for Curran include productions of Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream for The Shakespeare Theater, the twentieth anniversary production of Nixon in China and Street Scene at Opera Theater of St. Louis; choreography for the New York City Opera productions of L'Etoile, Alcina, Turandot, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Capriccio and Acis and Galetea; the Playwrights Horizons' production of My Life with Albertine; and Shakespeare in the Park's As You Like It. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut choreographing Romeo and Juliette, and most recently, he directed Salome for Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the San Francisco Opera.
Curran's work has also appeared on Broadway in James Joyce's The Dead for Playwrights Horizons and The Rivals at Lincoln Center Theater. He has created works for Trinity Irish Dance Company, ABT II, Denmark's Upper Cut Company, Sweden's Skänes Dance Theater, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Ririe Woodbury Dance Theater and Dance Alloy, as well as for numerous college and university dance departments.
Curran has taught extensively at the American Dance Festival, Harvard Summer Dance Center, Bates Dance Festival and Boston's Conservatory of Music. Irish American Magazine selected Curran as one of its "Top 100" in the year 2000. Curran was awarded a Choreographer's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2002.
Happiest when making new work or performing, Seán Curran hopes to continue being an ambassador for the art of dance by building and educating the dance audiences of tomorrow.
Acclaimed as America's premier postclassical string quartet, ETHEL invigorates contemporary concert music with refreshing exuberance, fierce intensity, imaginative programming and exceptional artistry. Formed in 1998, New York's ebullient ETHEL is comprised of Juilliard-trained performers Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Jennifer Choi (violin) and Ralph Farris (viola).
ETHEL performs adventurous music of the past four decades, with emphasis on works composed since 1995. Their repertoire includes self-composed works, as well as works by such luminaries as Julia Wolfe, Phil Kline, John Zorn, Steve Reich, John King, JacobTV, David Lang, Scott Johnson, Don Byron, Marcelo Zarvos, Evan Ziporyn and Mary Ellen Childs.
ETHEL tours the world, appearing on stages as varied as Venice Biennale, Sydney Opera House, Ravinia, TED, Lincoln Center, Holland's TROMP Festival, Kennedy Center, FIAC in Guanajuato, Mexico and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Highlights of recent seasons include the world premieres of Phil Kline's SPACE at the gala reopening of Alice Tully Hall; ETHEL's TruckStop®: The Beginning at BAM's Next Wave Festival; RADIO by Osvaldo Golijov at the debut of WNYC Radio's Jerome L. Greene Space; ETHEL Fair: The Songwriters at opening night of Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival; WAIT FOR GREEN with choreography by Annie-B Parson, commissioned by arts>World Financial Center; new collaborative works with members of Merce Cunningham Dance and Arena Dances company; and a commissioned original live film score at Celebrate Brooklyn!. ETHEL currently serves as the 2011 Artists-in-Residence at New York City's Park Avenue Armory.
ETHEL has released several albums since its debut, self-titled ETHEL (Cantaloupe Music, 2003), which was named one of Billboard's "Best Albums" for that year. The group's next recording, Light (Cantaloupe Music, 2006), was selected as #3 on Amazon.com's "Best of 2006: Top Classical Editor's Picks" and ETHEL's most recent release, OSHTALI (Thunderbird Records, 2010), marks the first commercial recording of American Indian student works. The group has appeared as a guest artist on a dozen music labels and was recently featured with vocal group Lionheart on John the Revelator: A Mass for Six Voices by Phil Kline (Cantaloupe, Music, 2008) and the Grammy® Award-winning Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman (Concord Records, 2009).
2011-12 ARTech Residency with Jade Simmons