The Coop Workshop + Audition Opportunity

Exploring choreography through theater, visual art, and movement.


A 3-day workshop series, exploring choreography through theater, visual art and movement.

Amirov Dance Theater presents THE COOP Workshop + Audition Opportunity. Each day will start with a 2-hour technique class followed by a 2-hour choreographic process lab led by Artistic Director Alexandra Amirov, for a total of 3 technique classes and 3 choreographic process labs.

Each choreography lab will expand on the findings and explorations from the guest artist’s class, and incorporate them into the choreographic development process of THE COOP. Participants will be led through improvisational structures, movement invention strategies, and composition methods for crafting immersive dance-theater work.

All Artists Welcome:

Amirov Dance Theater’s THE COOP Workshop + Audition Opportunity series is geared toward dancers, choreographers, and artists of all art forms who are eager to grow and expand their practice across disciplines.

Participants must fill out the REGISTRATION FORM and submit PAYMENT to secure their spot (see Cost & Registration section). Walk-ins are welcome but will be subject to space availability (cash only at the door).

Audition Opportunity:

We are looking for 10 new cast members to join our company! Selected participants will receive the unique opportunity to join Amirov Dance Theater to rehearse and perform in the debut of THE COOP, premiering at a New York City theater in Winter 2019. Only interested participants will be considered for an invitation (SEE REGISTRATION FORM).

Attend For Free:

Amirov Dance Theater is proud to offer 30, single-day participation spots to immigrant artists at no charge (courtesy of Amirov Dance Theater’s OPEN THE COOP! Initiative). Please see registration form for more info!


Gibney Dance

280 Broadway New York, NY 10007 (Enter at 53A Chambers Street)

Dates & Times:

Fri, 03/01, 10AM-2PM, (Studio V)

10-12PM - THEATER with Corinne Donly

12-2PM - CHOREOGRAPHY LAB with Alexandra Amirov

Sat, 03/02, 10AM-2PM, (Studio V)

10-12PM - VISUAL ART Zine Making Workshop with Eliseo Rivera

12-2PM - CHOREOGRAPHY LAB with Alexandra Amirov

Sun, 03/03, 10AM-2PM, (Studio C)

10-12PM - MODERN/CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE CLASS with Carrie Ellemore-Tallitsch

12-2PM - CHOREOGRAPHY LAB with Alexandra Amirov

Artist Bios & Class Descriptions:

Choreographic Lab (Everyday)- Alexandra Amirov

Alexandra Amirov (Artistic Director and Choreographer) was born in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia. At five years old, Alexandra moved to Israel and at 18, immigrated to the United States. She received her M.A. in Dance and in Education from Hunter College. Alexandra founded Amirov Dance Theater in 2013. The company’s work has been presented in venues such as The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dixon Place, The Green Space, Movement Research, The Sheen Center, La MaMa Moves, Dumbo Dance Festival, Hudson Guild Theatre, and Gibney Dance, to name a few. In addition to creating work with the company, Alexandra choreographs for musical theater, feature films, and dance on camera. An immersive look at the creative process, THE COOP choreography labs provide students with powerful insight for building a diverse body of work that challenges and expands the use of aesthetic, theme, and style to create a profoundly emotional and unique dance theater work. Led by Amirov Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Alexandra Amirov, approaching choreography as a multidisciplinary practice, we will weave and expand each day’s findings specifically as tools to create, manipulate, and compose.

Theater (03/01) - Corinne Donly

Corinne Donly is an educator, a writer, and a sometimes-performer, with a particular passion for merging ecology and theatre. As a playwright, their work has received developmental support from the Public Theater, the Trans Lab Fellowship, New Georges's Audrey Residency, SPACE on Ryder Farm's Creative Residency, BAX's Space Grant, and Target Margin's Lab Series. As an educator, Donly teaches playwriting to undergraduates at Brooklyn College and play-making to high school students in Canarsie (through the organization Opening Act). They have also developed an original curriculum called “Acting Ecologically,” which guides students in creating original plays about their environments. They hold an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College, an MA in Integral Ecology, and a BFA in acting from NYU'S Experimental Theatre Wing. Their play Wood Calls Out to Wood will be published by 53rd State Press this spring.

Zine Making: Identity (03/02) - Eliseo Rivera

Eliseo Rivera graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Fine Arts and Art Education. Originally from the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, his zine work often deals with his Puerto Rican identity and the various ways his family/home life and upbringing informs his present life as well as making plenty of zines about basketball. Eliseo is now based in New York and is an artist, tech integrator and photography teacher at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. In this workshop, participants will engage in exploring the self through zine making. We will learn the use of zines throughout history, and various techniques of making by using found images, text, poetry, and collaging. Participants will construct a self-made book that reflects who they are in an individually unique way. Participants will then incorporate those zine's into choreography making during the choreographic lab that follows.

Movement (03/03) - Carrie Ellemore-Tallitsch

Carrie is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and earth artist. She has danced as a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Philadanco, Buglisi Dance Theatre, 360 Dance, and other prominent artists such as Lauri Stallings/GloATL, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Deborah Zall, and Pascal Rioult to name a few. Carrie’s own choreography, film, and installations have appeared at the Walt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College, Westbeth Studio Theater, Tea Lounge, 92nd Street Y, Dohm Alley Princeton NJ, and Stravinsky's L'Histoire Du Soldat at the Carl Fields Center at Princeton University with a live orchestra. She teaches dance and yoga in New York and New Jersey as well as various workshops and master classes throughout the United States. Carrie's deep affection for the earth and community led her to found the P.E.A.C.E. Community Garden in Jersey City at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in 2012. The garden produces organic produce for the community and local food pantry and is a part of an emerging eco-village committed to urban permaculture, eco-art, and composting. This class will work with the primitive qualities of earth and animals.

Cost & Registration:

(submit Form + Payment to RSVP)

Though full 3-day participation is highly encouraged, participants may choose from the following:


(3 technique classes, 3 choreography labs )

The Coop Workshop+Audition Opportunity (choose from drop down)

$25 for 1 DAY WORKSHOP

(1 technique class, 1 choreography lab)

The Coop Workshop+Audition Opportunity (choose from drop down)


The Coop Workshop+Audition Opportunity (choose from drop down)

You must submit registration form and payment to guarantee your spot!

Your spot is not RSVP’d until you get a confirmation email from us.

All payments & deposits are non-refundable. No exceptions.

CASH ONLY at the door. Subject to space availability.

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