Carlye Eckert is a dance artist based in New York and a graduate of the Juilliard School (Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, 2009).
Ms. Eckert’s work focuses on environmental and communal experiences articulated through the moving body. As a choreographer, she works with artists from many different mediums, such as actors, non-dancers, video artists, set designers, and experimental composers.
Her choreographic work has been presented in Portland, Oregon at A-WOL and the West Linn Theater; Chapman Steamer Arts and Garnerville Art Center in New York’s Hudson Valley; and in New York City at Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, Triskelion, CAVE, CUNY, Dance New Amsterdam, West End Theater, Dixon Place, Location One, DUMBO Dance Festival, Green Space, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center, and The Juilliard School.
As a performer, Ms. Eckert has worked and collaborated with Tino Sehgal, Jonah Bokaer, Jack Ferver, Luke Murphy Dance, Meghan Frederick Performance Project, Yara Travieso, Lucie Baker, Esme Boyce Dance, The Equus Projects, and appeared as a guest dance artist with Aszure Barton & Artists and Keigwin+Company. Ms. Eckert currently dances with Brian Brooks and Boris Charmatz/Musee de la Danse.
Ms. Eckert teaches contemporary technique and improvisation at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Marielis Garcia, a native New Yorker is currently a member of the Brian Brooks Moving Company and Peter Kyle Dance. In 2016, Marielis had the honor to premiere her own dance production company MG DanceArts, which exhibits the creative work of Marielis Garcia and her collaborators.
Marielis received her BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Marielis has received full scholarships to The Alvin Ailey Summer program, and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival: Contemporary Workshop under the direction of Milton Myers. In 2014 Marielis was awarded full tuition to the Twyla Tharp Winter Session Workshop. She was later invited to continue her studies by taking classes with the Twyla Tharp company.
Professionally Marielis has danced with ODC of San Francisco, City Dance Ensemble, Douglas Dunn and Stefanie Battan Bland. For three years, Marielis danced with Steps Repertory Ensemble where she had the opportunity to work with many New York based dance artists. Through the Steps Ensemble, Marielis had the pleasure of touring to South Africa to teach and perform with Ikapa Dance Theater (CT, South Africa).
In 2014 through a generous residency from La Mama Theater Spoleto, Marielis and her collaborators Kristin Draucker and Nicole Restani, created Chimera Project, a multi-medium arts collaboration, which made it’s debut in Spoleto, Italy.
Marielis’ work has been requested by Appalachian State University, Salem College, Howard Community College and University of North Carolina Greensboro. Marielis currently teaches at Rutgers University, The Washington Heights Community Conservatory of Fine Arts and in NYC public schools.
STUFFED has been working with Judson Church since its’ inception in 2011.
Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village defines itself as “a church in the Christian tradition” and “a sanctuary for progressive activism and artistic expression.” While affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and United Church of Christ, the congregation draws its 200 members from a variety of religious traditions.
Judson Church occupies a 117-year-old historic building on Washington Square South. Besides Sunday worship and Sunday School, its current programs include work with the New Sanctuary Movement for immigrant rights and a “community ministers” program that trains future clergy on how to involve congregations in social-change activities. Judson also continues its long history of hosting post-modern arts, peace action, women’s reproductive rights, and gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender events.
Senior Minister the Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper describes the church as “a gathering place for people who seek spiritual nurture to build public capacity for social change.”
Judson has a long tradition of being open to all, regardless of faith. When individuals officially join Judson, they affiliate with both our parent denominations – United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches.