Joining Dance Kaleidoscope for his first season is apprentice dancer Marte Osiris Madera. Having taken notice of Madera’s striking performances in several DK concerts this season, byteclay.com reached out to artistic director David Hochoy to inquire about his new dancer. “Marte is a very talented young man. When he auditioned for us I was attracted by his intensity and the conviction behind his dancing. There is regality in the way he carries himself. I’m happy that he chose to come to join us here in Indianapolis.” says Hochoy.
Not only was Hochoy drawn to Madera’s artisty, he was also impressed by his credits which include a stint as a company member with Lustig Dance Theater of New Jersey. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Madera also worked as a freelance dancer with Oakland Ballet, Menlowe Ballet, Margaret Wingrove Dance, Man Dance Company, and sjDANCEco. In addition, the native of Mexico worked with Central West Ballet and guested for various dance companies in California, including Robert Moses Kin.
Initially this writer met with Madera downtown at a Mass Avenue coffee shop for an informal chat. That meeting was followed by a request that he provide further information by email. Herein is the conversation with Madera.
Tell me a bit about your background.
I was born in Guadalajara—Mexico; Mexico’s second largest city—and grew up in Northern California near Sacramento. I attended San Jose State University and received my BFA in dance and graduated as “most outstanding graduating senior.”
When did you move to Indianapolis?
I moved here from Oakland, California. I drove, and arrived in Indy the last week of July 2015.
How did you come to Dance Kaleidoscope?
I researched contemporary/modern dance companies in the US and saw various works by DK on YouTube that I enjoyed. I contacted the company and auditioned by taking company class for a week.
Why did you switch from ballet to contemporary dance?
After having worked with various ballet companies I realized I was often not feeling artistically fulfilled. I have always found contemporary and modern dance more captivating to do and to watch. It is just an aesthetic I have favored since I first began dancing.
What’s it like working with David Hochoy?
Dancing for David Hochoy is intense and yet enthralling. He refines the best qualities in all his dancers. I have never felt myself improve in my craft as much as I have in the last six months thanks to David’s training.
What’s been your experience thus far as a new dancer with DK?
Being the new guy is never easy for anyone, but I have genuinely enjoyed my experience since joining DK. I know that I have grown immensely as a dancer and personally. I’m nothing but grateful that I made the choice to relocate my dance career here.
What DK concerts have you performed in since joining the company?
I have performed in “Remembrances,” various parts of “IconoGlass,” “Spirit & Place,” “Romeo & Juliet Fantasy,” and in “Frank’s Way.” The process of learning these works was, of course, demanding. All the dances ignited different feelings within me, but I have to admit that, ironically, I enjoyed “Frank’s Way,” the most. I say ironically because so far, it was the most demanding dance for me to rehearse, but once I was on stage, I felt so excited to being doing it.
How has your experience been, thus far, living in Indianapolis?
Living in Indy has been surprisingly pleasant. I say surprisingly because so many people from the San Francisco bay tried to discourage me from moving here. My pleasant experiences are due to my favorable living situation, my teaching opportunities, and being in DK. At times, I do find myself being culturally shocked because Indy seems a smidge more conservative than where I am from—but it doesn’t get more liberal than the San Francisco Bay area in California. The weather is also starting to be significantly different than what I’m often used to.
What are your short-and long-term goals?
My short-term goal is to continue in expanding my knowledge of the Graham technique, and my long-term goal is to have this technique become a new, fluent language for me.
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