Nicholas Bruder (Performer) is a graduate of CalArts who has been collaborating with Patricia since her 2009 production of CIRCUITS. He also worked with the UK theater company Punchdrunk, as Macbeth in their New York production of Sleep No More, for which he won the 2011 Falstaff Award for Best Principal Performance. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera in The Death of Klinghoffer (dir. Tom Morris) and Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (dir. Sir David McVicar), and frequently collaborates with Palissimo. His own works as a choreographer and fine artist have been shown at multiple venues in the US and throughout Europe. Nick was nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award as an Outstanding Performer.
Troy Ogilvie (Performer) began dancing with ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater and graduated from The Juilliard School in 2007, where she continues to appear as a guest artist. REPLACEMENT PLACE marks her first collaboration with PNDT. Previously, she has collaborated with choreographers Andrea Miller, Sidra Bell, Shannon Gillen, zoe | juniper, musician Liv Heym and director Peter Sellars. She was recently seen opposite Nick Bruder as Lady Macbeth in Punchdrunk’s production of Sleep No More and in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Prince Igor. Earlier, she was a dancer and rehearsal director for Gallim Dance, a Founding Collaborator and Program Manager of the Movement Invention Project (Artistic Director, Alexandra Wells) and is the Assistant to the Artistic Director of Springboard Danse Montreal.
Aaron Jones aka AJ “The Animal” Jones (Performer) is a Brooklyn native and a US Navy veteran and co-founder of The Era Dance Crew. Having no prior dance training, he has been developing his unique style of flexing called “Animal Animation,” which involves elements of popping, locking and break dancing technique and had won numerous battles in the New York City area. AJ has also starred in music videos for Busta Rhymes and Dynasty. As an international performer, AJ has been dancing at venues such as the Bremen Theatre (Copenhagen, Denmark) and took part in the Animalistic Tour (Munich, Germany) in spring of 2015. REPLACEMENT PLACE is his first collaboration with PNDT.
Christopher Lancaster (Composer, Musician / Performer) is an electro-acoustic cellist and composer based in Brooklyn, New York as well as a founding member of the bands Tranimal and Loving You. He trained as a classical cellist and utilizes discipline and skills acquired in classical training in his work with technology. His inspiration often comes from his many collaborators from film, dance, visual art and music. In the field of dance he’s worked with Gothenberg Ballet, NDT, Lyon Opera Ballet, Bill T. Jones, Brian Brooks, Sean Curran, Dance Forum Taipei, Camille Brown, Complexions and others. He had the privilege of performing his music for President Obama at the Kennedy Center in 2010. REPLACEMENT PLACE is his first collaboration with PNDT.
Erik Abbott-Main (Dramaturgy) is a performer, choreographer, visual artists and teacher working in New York City. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University (BA Theatre Arts) and The Ohio State University (MFA Dance), he creates improvisation, mixed media and installation based performances. Erik was featured in Punchdrunk’s production of Sleep No More. He has previously performed with White Road Dance Media, Peter Sparling Dance Company, and Louise Richilin Dancers. As Erik Abbott-Main | Boy Friday, he creates diverse personal choreographic projects. Erik will be featured in Third Rail Project’s upcoming production of Learning Curve. REPLACEMENT PLACE is his first collaboration with PNDT.
Vita Tzykun (Costume/Set Design) is a native of Odessa, Ukraine. She is a founding member of GLMMR – a NYC-based interdisciplinary art collective that fuses visual arts, photography, multimedia technology, and live performance. She has designed sets, costumes, and projections for companies such as The Kennedy Center, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Juilliard Opera, 3LD Art & Media Center, NY Classical Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, and 92nd Street Y. Most recently, she has designed sets for Todd Almond & Courtney Love acclaimed Kansas City Choir Boy at the innovative Prototype Festival in NYC. Her numerous film and TV credits include art direction for Lady Gaga’s ABC Thanksgiving Special, production design for several feature and short films, and commercials for PBS, DirectTV, Bulova, and the U.S. Army. Her work was recently showcased in a solo exhibition at the National Opera Center in New York, and has been featured in exhibitions at the Entertainment Industry Expo in NYC, the World Stage Design Exhibition in Toronto, and in Entertainment Design magazine. REPLACEMENT PLACE is her first collaboration with PNDT. In 2016, Victoria Tzykun got nominated for Best Design by the International Opera Awards.
Barbara Samuels is a lighting designer with an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in Theater from Fordham University. She has designed for numerous theatre companies, including Williamstown Theater Festival, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Cherry Lane Theatre, the New Ohio Theatre, as well as the Obie-award winning production of Great Lakes at New Georges/The Women’s Project in 2015. From 2009 to 2013 Barbara was the General Manager for the theater company 13P. Currently, Barbara is the producer for Morgan Gould & Friends. REPLACEMENT PLACE is her first collaboration with PNDT.