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Shanon Adame is a dancer and performance artist. She has worked with a wide variety of artists in many different disciplines, including Jhon Stronks, Leslie Scates, Amy Ell, Daniel Adame, Ashley Horn, Rebekah Chapell, Stephen Koplowitz, Tino Sehgal, Tony Feher, Jim Nolan, Linda Post, and Sarah Draper. She has performed with The Pilot Dance Project, Freneticore Dance Theater, The Catastrophic Theatre, The Ornery Theatre, Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company, Boiling Point Players, Recked Productions, Frame Dance Productions, and Suchu Dance. Shanon has shown her work at the Frenetic Fringe Festival, The Houston Artery, The Foundry, Venturing Out, DiverseWorks, Suchu Dance, Suchu Dance's Comedy Dance Festival, and The Peace Festival. She was named one of the 2013 "100 Creatives" by The Houston Press, served on the Artist Board at DiverseWorks, and is one of the 2018 Dance Source Houston artists in residence.
Adam Castaneda is a dancer, writer, and administrator living in Houston. He is the Executive/Artistic Director of the Pilot Dance Project, a non-profit arts organization with the mission to empower and transform communities through innovative dance, theater, and visual art. He currently performs with the Pilot Dance Project, Suchu Dance/Jennifer Wood, and Bones and Memory Dance/Heather VonReichbauer. As a Pilot Dance Project company member, he has performed in evening-length works by Ashley Horn, jhon r. stronks, and Jennifer Mabus. He is excited to be performing in the next Pilot Dance Project work, an original dance narrative about the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe by choreographer Heather VonReichbauer, to premier in March 2018.
Originally from Mexico City, Lysette Portano has been dancing since she was 6. She began dancing professionally in Mexico City with different companies and festivals such as Foco al Aire Producciones, as well as with renowned choregraphers Oscar Ruvalcaba and Vicente Silva.
Lysette recently moved to Houston and has performed with Freneticore, Psophonia Dance Company and from this year on she´s excited to be part of Suchu Dance. Lysette holds a degree in International Affairs from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In her free time she loves to spend time with her loved ones, travel, watch a good movie, read, or just hang out outside in nature.
This is Ayan Felix’s first season with Suchu Dance - or with any Houston dance company for that matter. Her dance career started with her first set of fake eyelashes on a Beaumont stage at age 4. Throughout the years she entertained various forms of movement, among her favorites being improvisational techniques and contemporary/modern dance theater. Ayan graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 2016 with a degree in Neuroscience and a Dance minor. Since moving back to Texas with her graphic novel and wig collection, she has continued to nurture her talent for movement to understand questions about life, the universe and everything. This has taken her towards circus/flow arts and through her first performance with Suchu Dance during the 2017 Comedy Dance Festival. Ayan knows dance (..., graphic novels, and wigs) in all its forms will be an ongoing endeavor as she develops her career in the health field. She is excited to join her fellow cast members of Suchu Dance in "Ocean."
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Tina Shariffskul has been performing professionally since 1993. She’s most often seen with contemporary dance company, Suchu Dance / Jennifer Wood. She has also had the opportunity work with a number of other artists including Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey of zoe | juniper, Stephan Koplowitz of TaskForce, Erin Reck of Recked Productions, Linda Post and Jim Nolan, Natasha Manley, Dana Wessale Crawford, Daniel Adame, Rebecca French and Robert Thoth of Freneticore, Toni Leago Valle of 6 Degrees, and most recentl, Jacquelyne Jay Boe, Cori Miller, and Ashley Horn. When not dancing, she loves to eat and travel.
Carlos Perez is a freshman at the University of Houston, working towards a B.A. in dance. He started dancing at the age of 13, and his training has mostly focused in ballet, modern, and contemporary. Carlos has also taken part in theater, choir, and color guard. Carlos was the dance soloist for Cypress Independent Colorguard 2017. His choreography has been showcased at UH Goes to the M.A.T.C.H. and at the Lone Star College Cyfair Dance Concert 2017. Carlos has also performed in works by George Staib and Paul Appleman, and is also a company member of 6 Degrees Dance.
Jennifer Wood (Suchu Dance Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer) - Like a lot of dance producers, Houston’s Jennifer Wood has had her hands in just about every aspect of her field. Wood’s immersion into choreography began during an extended stay in Philadelphia, at the height of the “everything can be dance” vs “let’s get back to hard core technique” phenomenon. Shortly after returning home to Houston, she got into producing her own work and the work of others in the grass roots “zine” mood of the ’90’s, and by 1993 she started showing in venues around Houston, significantly the famed CSAW and other alternative locations and by 1994 started her own space in Montrose. Throughout the remainder of the ‘90s, she hosted programs in her space and in various venues in the city. Her company, Suchu Dance, was founded officially at the end of that era in 1998 with a performance at TemplO and has continued to be a driving force of her creativity, inspiring the formation of an even larger space on the edge of Downtown Houston. Throughout the years, the look and feel of Jennifer’s productions took on subtle changes, ingested new inspirations, and gravitated toward fullblown evening events while remaining pared down in their own way.
Vipul H. Divecha (Suchu Dance Managing Director) –growing up in Houston, Vipul was involved in Theater, Choir and Art in his early years. Vipul studied printmaking and graphic design from The University of Houston. Vipul has worked with Houston arts organizations since 2001 as a visual artist and art director. Vipul is the co-recipient of a 2014 Individual Artist Grant Award from The Houston Arts Alliance. More of Vipul’s short films, drawings and illustrations can be seen in his online portolio at vipdiv.com.