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Gold backgrond with particle board pattern

Choreography: Janet Charleston, with contributions by Juliet Remmers

Music: Sound by Janet Charleston

Lighting Design: Alastair Sigala Ramirez

Dancer: Juliet Remmers

Thank you to Jennifer, Mindy, Rebekah, and Chris for serving on my committee and for your generous ideas and questions during this process. Thank you, Michael, for going on this performance journey with me. Your friendship has been an anchor on a wild and imaginative sea, and dancing together is always a delight. To Janet, for your bright spirit and for your wonderful creative process. To my graduate colleagues past and present for your camaraderie. Thanks to my teachers, who passed on their knowledge and inspired me to pursue this path. Thanks to my family and friends for cheering me on. Thank you to my mom and to Tony, who have always been a reassuring phone call away. Thank you, Dustin, for always listening, for your care, and for your curiosity.

Photo of two dancers in white, covered by dark shadows.
Janet Charleston headshot

Janet Charleston enjoys working in dance as a performer, teacher, rehearsal director, and choreographer. She was a member of the Lucinda Childs Dance Company and performed in the world tour of the Wilson/Glass opera Einstein on the Beach. She then joined Douglas Dunn + Dancers and continues to perform solos Dunn made for her, as well as company pieces. She became DD+D’s rehearsal director in 2013. Charleston has danced with an array of other artists including Christopher Williams (currently), Chamecki/Lerner, Kota Yamazaki, David Parker, RoseAnne Spradlin, Stephen Koester, and Beverly Blossom. Invited by Merce Cunningham to teach at the Cunningham Studio, she was on the faculty for 12 years and now teaches for the Cunningham Trust. University and professional programs she has taught in include Sarah Lawrence College (currently), Barnard College, SUNY-Purchase, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, NYU Steinhardt Graduate Program, Hofstra University, Franklin & Marshall, University of Kansas, University of Illinois U-C, the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program, SEAD (Salzburg, Austria), and El Centro Cultural Los Talleres (Mexico City). Charleston has taught yoga and movement for children, the elderly, and people with Parkinson’s Disease. Her choreography has been presented at venues in New York City, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, and South America. A Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile, she subsequently served as peer reviewer in dance for the Fulbright organization. MFA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.