ArtsOrb is an emerging organization
that advocates for dance artists
as they transition from early success
to more sustainable futures.
Our artists receive
dedicated individualized support,
and network building.
Robyn Mineko Williams
I think about the work I make as collages combining movement, human interaction, emotion, memory and relation to the spaces that they inhabit. I like the idea of creating temporary worlds for us, makers and audiences alike, to momentarily live in or peek into. My hope is that by stepping into and engaging with the works or performances, there will be a connection to be found or a moment of unlocking: a memory, a feeling, a sense. Whatever that means or feels like to the one engaging. I sculpt each work with a distinct point of view but like to leave space for an evolution of meaning and room to be colored in over time with different parts of ourselves and our individual experiences.
Music From The Sole
As a company that is part dance company and part live music ensemble, we are interested in fully embracing tap dance's unique nature as both dance and music. In addition, we celebrate tap's Afro-Diasporic roots, particularly its lineage to African-American and Afro-Brazilian music and dance, from jazz, house, and hip hop to samba and Brazilian street funk.
We're excited to build a company model that centers our long-term commitment to our artistic collaborators and to our community, prioritizing deep collaboration over "productivity" and quick growth. Through this we aim to contribute to opening doors for tap dance as an art form, in concert dance but also in music, theatre, and non-traditional performance spaces.
ArtsOrb's Founding Director
My name is Taryn Kaschock Russell
I have been building towards ArtsOrb in one way or another for fifteen years.
Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to commission new work from dance makers at every stage of their careers. As the Director of Hubbard Street 2, I had the privilege of bringing in emerging choreographers to create pieces for a professional company, and as interim Director of Dance at Juilliard I worked with artists to create a program for New Dances. At Harkness Dance Center at 92NY, I spearheaded an initiative which brought a dance series back to the historic Kaufmann Concert Hall after a 50-year absence.
While championing these exciting, diverse and visionary dance artists, it became clear that for even established choreographers to be considered by presenters beyond their Harkness debut, they had a nearly impossible battle regarding:
Time, Space, and Money
Called to action by this need, I decided to fully dedicate my time and energies to the development of ArtsOrb. During our pilot year, working with artists and partners from across sectors of the performance world, ArtsOrb will build a network of organizations, residencies, and creative stakeholders to support a cohort of artists / arts collectives.
This network is the orb: facilitating and supporting the production of new work.
Identify performing artists and companies who possess great promise and talent
but have not yet reached a point of sustainability and
invest in the creation of their art.
Reach out locally and nationally to arts stakeholders,
brokering creative and production residencies while spearheading conversations
and generating interest with presenting organizations and supporters.