Alban Bailly, has first adventure in music making begun with rock in his native France.
Music lessons with Eric Le Lann and Cesarius Alvim in Rennes opened himup to jazz and free improvisation in
1999. Together with percussionist Loup Barraud, Alban formed Ghenso Project and traveled to Morocco to
study the rudiments of Arabic music 2001. Under the instruction of Marrakchi Master Mohammed El Quadi,
Alban learned classical guitar and oud. While attending the music academy in Nancy, he discovered the
world of free improvisation. Since 2002, he has collaborated and performed with Sebastien Coste, Camille
Perrin, Louis-Michel Marion, Claire Cooper, Marit Schechte, Dominique Repecaud, Chirs Heenan, and many others.
He has performed internationally in France, Belgium, and Germany at the Musique Action Festival, Theatre du
Saulcy, and MJC Lillebonne. Developing his new found interest in gypsy jazz music, Alban studied with
gypsy guitarist David Winterstein and founded the "Meri Wago" gypsy swing jazz trio. He
continued his study of eastern European music by playing traditional Balkan music in Novi Sad (Serbia).
Alban moved to the U.S. in 2005 and now calls Philadelphia his home. He frequently performs with Jack
Wright and actively plays with many musicians in the area and accompanies dancers (Nicole Bindler, Eun
Jung Gonzaleza) on the guitar and/or the accordion. With musician Matt Davis, Carlos Santiago, and
Joseph Whitt, Alban also formed the "Daphne" gypsy jazz quarte, which often performs in the
José Guillermo Ortega Tanus, a recipient of Performing Artists Fellowship 2007-08 from National
Foundation of Culture and Arts (FONCA), has danced for companies, choreographers and visual artists
including UX Onodanza Danza Bizarra A.C., A Poc A Poc, Eterno Caracol, Magdalena Brezzo,
Eun Jung Choi-Gonzalez (NY), Kelly Nipper (LA), Miro Dance Theatre (Philadelphia), David Gordon's
Pick Up Performance Co. (NY) among many others, in both Mexico and the US . In 2008, he has co-founded
Da·Da·Dance Project. Before attending the National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance in Mexico City, he studied music,
poetry, theatre, performance, installations and literature, which have influenced him to explore the
intersections between dance and the other arts forms in his choreographic work. In the past, he has received grants from National Center for the Arts (CENART) 2005-06 as a residence
artist with UX Onodanza Danza Bizarra, and from the Mexican Institute of the Youth (IMJUVE) 2003-04.
Ali Fischer received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida in '95. Out of school,
she first joined Repertory Dance Theater based in Salt Lake City, Utah where she worked with choreographers
such as Zvi Gotheiner, David Parsons, Shapiro and Smith, Bill Evans, and Sophie Maslow. She then
journeyed to California to work with McCaleb Dance, Lower Left Improvisation Group, Malashock Dance, and
Allyson Green Dance. She has resided in the New City area since '04 and has been creating her own
work as well collaborating with other local artists. Ali also teaches yoga and
has a full-time massage therapy practice.
Mijail Rojas, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Pulso Comapañía de Danza, graduated from
the National Arts School of Cuba with a degree in Modern Dance and Cuban Folkdance. In 1992, he joined
the Dance Theater Company of Cuba and in 1994, he was recognized as a "Premiere Performer."
He has lived in Mexico, where he has worked with major independent dance companies since 1995.
As a member of Alicia Sánchez and Company, he has participated in prestigious festivals, both
nationally and internationally including Festival de Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México,
Festival Cervantino, Festival Mexichkécho Tance V Ceské Republice, Queens Theater in the Park,
Tangente (Montreal) and Not Festival (New York), among others. He has collaborate with several
choreographers including David Zambrano, Jeremy Nelson, DD Dorvillier, Kristie Simson, and Jennifer
Monson, among others. In 2004, Mijail founded Pulso Cía. de Danza to realize his vision to choreograph
works created from emotions and conditions that depict influential daily occurrences and physical
surroundings. He was awarded a fellowship from the FONCA in the area of performance in 2004-2005.
Catey Ott, Artistic Director of the Milwaukee based Catey Ott Dance Collective, spent 9 years dancing,
performing, choreographing, and teaching in New York City. Ott produced her thesis concert and received a Master's
Degree in Dance from UWM in summer of 2006. She is a teacher of children and adult dance, composition, and Pilates classes at
Danceworks and at Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Her choreography has recently been performed at Danspace Project,
Marquette University, Links Hall in Chicago, and in collaboration with Randy Talley for Wild Space Dance Company.
She has produced three concerts of choreography at Studio 1661 at Danceworks in Milwaukee. While in NYC, Ott danced for
Allyson Green, Bill Young, Heidi Latsky, Sean Curran, Aviva Geismar, Ben Munisteri, Chris Ferris, and with Soundance
Repertroy Company. In Milwaukee, she has performed with Wild Space, Danceworks Performance Company, and Milwaukee Dance Theatre. She has most recently appeared in Janet Lilly’s work in WinterDances at UWM, Heidi Latsky’s work at Danspace Project, and with Rebecca Stenn in UWM's
Dancemakers Concert. Catey Ott Dance Collective