Carla Mann creates choreography for stage, alternative sites, installations and video. Throughout her career, the investigation of new creative methods, as well as collaborative ventures with composers and visual artists, have catalyzed the development of her work. Mann choreographs in close dialogue with performers, yielding movement material that is specific to them and that communicates their experiences as individuals.
Mann’s choreographic work has been supported by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Dance Coalition of Oregon, and includes commissions from NW Dance Project, Arts in the Arboretum, Performance Works Northwest, and Portland Taiko (for a project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts) and presented by a number of organizations including the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Artquake, On the Boards (Seattle), Conduit Dance, the Duncan Centre (Prague) and the Kunming Youth Art School (Kunming, China). In addition to creating independent choreographic projects, Mann currently serves as Associate Artistic Director of Heidi Duckler Dance Theater/NW, a site-specific performance company.
Brandon Conway plays guitar and feedback mixer and occasionally writes for ensembles. As an improviser, he strives to create compelling sounds using the essential resources of the guitar and idiosyncratic extended techniques. Brandoncurrently plays with the groups Alma Freer and Halfbird and serves as the Board President for the Creative Music Guild.