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DANCE IQUAIL! and the VON HOWARD PROJECT present 2 Companies 1 Night

VON HOWARD PROJECT                       
115 Lincoln Street                                                                             
Montclair, NJ 07042                                                   

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Phone: 917.279.0880





                                                                2 Companies 1 Night                                                   


April 11th at 7:30pm


DANCE IQUAL! and the VON HOWARD PROJECT presents 2 Companies 1 Night on April 11, 2009 at 7:30pm at The Alvin Ailey Studios/The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 5th Floor Studio. The Alvin Ailey Studios are located at 405 West 55th Street at 9th Ave in Manhattan. There is a $10 suggested donation for general admission into this studio performance. Tickets may be purchased online at and reservations can be made at 800.765.7198. Box Office opens 30 minutes before the performance.


2 Companies 1 Night is an exhilarating studio showcase of two young contemporary dance companies, DANCE IQUAIL! under the Artistic Direction of Iquail Shaheed and the VON HOWARD PROJECT directed by Christian von Howard. The VON HOWARD PROJECT, a company driven by choreographic diversity, enters their sixth season with the final chapters of Mr. von Howard’s De Materie and the New York premiere of Trio, a collaborative work with choreographers Daniel Gwirtzman and Stephanie Milling. This studio showcase is a teaser for both companies shared NYC Season on October 9-11, 2009 in The Ailey Citigroup Theater/The Joan Weill Center for Dance.  


DANCE IQUAIL! introduces three works in this exciting evening of dance. Iquail Shaheed unveils his work-in-progress Still With Me. This repertory company will also preview the works of guest choreographers Eric Bean, Jogo, and Christopher Ralph, Things Not Said. DANCE IQUAIL!, a passionate ensemble of artists, strives to elevate, enrich, empower and encourage its audiences with its innovative and thought provoking works.


VON HOWARD PROJECT will present the opening sections of Christian von Howard’s work De Materie, a contemporary ballet that he has been developing since the fall of 2007. De Materie will be performed by von Howard’s repertory students from Virginia Commonwealth University; the dance fields next wave of dynamic young dance artists. This work deconstructs and interconnects a pulsating physical language crawling with moments of intricate phrase work and instances of abstract gesture. Also on the bill is Trio, which premiered in the 2008 Charlotte Dance Festival, a dense collaboration between company artists Daniel Gwirtzman, Stephanie Milling and von Howard. This work, created to the richly timbered music of Johannes Brahms is a game of sorts; exploring the unspoken relationship between three people utilizing elaborate partnering tableaus and aerial movements designed to take the audience on a visual and emotional rollercoaster.

Iquail Shaheed,
a native of Philadelphia, has worked with internationally recognized companies (The Sean Curran Company, Ronald K Brown/ Evidence, The Fred Benjamin Dance Company, and Subtle Changes Inc), In Broadway shows (Hot Feet, The Lion King, and Purlie), Film (Across the Universe), Television and Print. Iquail has earned many awards including the Philadelphia Dance Award (Rocky), Marion D Cuyjet Award, NAACP ACT-SO National Silver Medal, and a Promising Artist Award. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet from the University of the Arts, and is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase. Iquail founded Dance Iquail! in 2006.

Christian von Howard is an international performer, teacher, choreographer and the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a contemporary dance company based in New Jersey and New York established in 2003. Von Howard’s work is characterized by its beautifully athletic vocabulary and his dynamic use of the choreographer’s canvas.  His choreography has been produced in various venues including Trier, Germany, Joyce/SoHo, d.u.m.b.o. arts festival, Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC Festival, and the Spoleto Festival (SC). In 2006 he received a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. Christian is currently a part of the teaching faculties of Virginia Commonwealth University and the Alvin Ailey School. He has taught at Rutgers University, Texas Christian University, Columbia College, Interlochen Arts Academy and served as the Associate Artistic Director for the Power Company (SC).
Artistic Directors/Choreographers: Iquail Shaheed and Christian von Howard

Guest Choreographers: Eric Bean, Daniel Gwirtzman, Stephanie Milling, and Christopher Ralph

Performers: DANCE IQUIAL! Dancers Khaira M Bridges, Justin Bryant, Karama Butler, Eriko Iisuka, Emma Kruss, Trenard Mobley, Allison Sale, Iquail Shaheed, Jeffrey Sosua, Fana Tesfagiorgis, Michael Williams

VON HOWARD PROJECT Dancers – Daniel Gwirtzman, Stephanie Milling, Ellenore Scott, Christian von Howard

Virginia Commonwealth University Dancers - Marge Allen, Marcus Ball, Courtney Cook, Anneke Collins, Jasmine Dumfort, Melodie Fais, Molly Grose, Aaron Burr Johnson, Allison Meyer, Kyoko Ruch, Megan Thompson


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