Perceptual Motion Company Dancers:
“ I breathe, I dream, I dance …”
Natalja is an interdisciplinary artist from Italy; she’s worked as movement director and choreographer for musical theatre, new operas and children’s theatre, with the Theatre Building Chicago, Caffeine Theatre, Stockyard theatre Project and Chicago Opera Vanguard. She danced with The New Yiddish Dance Ensemble; with Theatre Un Speak Able and CocoDanceGroup, for the stage and film. In 2014 she received the DCASE “In the Works” Residency and performed her first theatre/dance/music piece with her grandfather’s music at the Cultural Center of Chicago. She Graduated in 2015 from the School for Theatre Creators. She has studied modern dance with Jan Erkert, Molly Shannahan, Kristina Fluty and ballet with Emily Stein. Natalja has also studied African dance, jazz, tap and improvisation.
Mary Iris Loncto
“Dance allows us to visualize our own internal worlds.”
Mary Iris Loncto is a dancer, actor, and choreographer from Ridgewood, New Jersey. She recently graduated from Northwestern University, where she studied dance with Susan Lee, Jeff Hancock, Laura Wade, Amanda Lower, Annie Arnoult, and Joel Valentín-Martinez. In Chicago, she has recently performed in Theatre-Hikes’ 10 Ways To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse and Collaboraction’s Peacebook festival. In 2014, she joined Northwestern’s Jeff Hancock and the cast of Hancock’s Impolite Society at the Kennedy Center to perform in the National College Dance Festival. She has also trained at the American Dance Festival, the Boston Conservatory, and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York.
“Dance is liberating – it’s freedom – the heart’s expression. Dance gives the soul wings to fly.”
Helene joined Perceptual Motion, Inc. in 2002. She studied ballet with Natalie Rast, Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay and taught ballet at the Ellis DuBoulay School of Dance. Helene also studied Spanish dance and jazz. Helene has sung leading operatic roles and performed with the Israel National Opera and in Europe. She performed with the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble and Bailiwick Repertory Theatre and presented her own one-woman cabaret show. Her work in the film,” Three Slices Of Life”, earned her a nomination for “Best Supporting Actress” by the Dark Carnival Awards.
Guest Dancer Tim Noworyta
A Chicago native, Tim is a yoga teacher and business writer who likes to dance. He is a former member of the Abiogenesis Movement Ensemble and has appeared in pieces by Brian Jeffrey, Maggie Kast, David Roussève, Nana Shineflug and Bill T. Jones. Tim has a degree in interdisciplinary arts education from Columbia College Chicago.
Guest Choreographer Harvard Vallance
Harvard studied dance with Shirley Mordine, Nana Shineflug, Joel Hall, Fred Alexson and Victor Clottey. Harvard performed with The Chicago Moving Company for Urban Gateways and the Felix Fibitch Dance Company. Harvard worked with Bill Veeck to present The Instant Replay Ballet, a dance performed for 40,000 fans in Comisky Park in 1976. In 1999 he founded The Kalamazoo African Dance Company, which has introduced West African dance and hip-hop to thousands throughout Southwestern Michigan. He also teaches children’s ballet, modern and African dance.
PMI’s mission is to engage dancers of mixed generations to create inspiring and meaningful experiences that open awareness, challenge perceptions, and create community.