Friends of DIDA
Leah Wilks (FOUNDING MEMBER) is currently an MFA candidate in Dance at the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, where she dreams and writes and discusses and researches and creates all sorts of things. Mostly, these things have to do with queer theory, decay rituals, Leah’s extreme affinity for repetition, composing soundtracks in Live, disrupting how people think about classrooms, and running backwards for extended periods of time. Prior to starting graduate school Leah was an active organizer in the Durham dance scene. She has taught at 9th St. Dance, Carolina Friends School, NC State University, Bariskill Dance Theater, Ponderosa, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the American Dance Festival. While in Durham she performed for choreographers Anna Barker (real.live.people.durham), Renay Aumiller, Shaleigh Comerford, Gaspard Louis, and Nicola Bullock, in addition to being a member of the Dept. of Improvised Dance. Leah helped start the arts non-profit Culture Mill and choreographed works for stage, film and installation with the multi-media dance company VECTOR that she co-directed with visual artist extraordinaire Jon Haas. For more about Leah and her work go to: https://www.leahwilks.com/
Nicola Bullock (FOUNDING MEMBER) is a dancer, choreographer, and performance artist. Originally from Chapel Hill, Nicola moved to New York City in 2001 to train in contemporary and hip-hop dance. In 2009 she moved to Durham, where she found success performing with dance companies, choreographing for theatre, and producing art parties and events. Nicola moved to Berlin in 2016 where she has made dance-theater works for art events including Get F*cked, Nah Dran, and Witch Rave, and choreographed the 3D film "The Nothing Is Coming". Her work investigates the range of human expression as a means to create potent images and meaning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Dance and is an original co-founder of DIDA. www.nicolabullock.com
Allie Pfeffer (PAST MEMBER) is a North Carolina native who relocated to Durham, North Carolina in 2014 from New York, New York. She holds a BFA with Honors from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Allie was a founding member of RedCurrant Collective in NY, and her work has been presented at LaMaMa Moves Festival and at Gibney Dance Center, both in New York. She currently teaches at Ninth Street Dance and ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios in Durham. Recently she’s been performing with Gerri Houlihan, Stephanie Blackmon Woodbeck, and Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD). She recently premiered an evening of collaborative choreography with Alyssa Noble as part of the 2016-2017 Durham Independent Dance Artists - DIDA season. Follow Allie on Instagram @pfeffer_with_a_p.
Dana Livermore (WEB DESIGN) is an independent performance artist and dance administrator with a BA in Dance and Creative Writing from Hollins University (2010). She has worked for the American Dance Festival in various roles over the past seven years. Dana currently works for PMG Arts Management, a Durham-based dance agency, founded by Pamela Green, and dedicated to representing excellence in dance performance - under the mentorship of Mrs. Green, she has thrived both as an arts administrator and dance artist. Dana joined ShaLeigh Dance Works in 2013 and also produces her own work. Most recently she performed her newest solo, "The Ogre's Wife: for love of" for the 2017 Tobacco Road Productions annual spring performance this past April.
Silvia Sheffield (DANCE DL) is a dance artist from Rockbridge County, Virginia. She relocated to North Carolina in 2015, after receiving a BA in Dance and English from Oberlin College, and has since presented her work in shows produced by Tobacco Road Dance Productions and the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. As a performer, Silvia strives to be brazenly vulnerable and mixes improvisation and dance theater to create visually striking dances. In her life outside of dance, Silvia reads a lot of romance novels, works in a library, and is steadily chipping away at a master's degree in library science.
For more about Silvia, and her company Silvia Sheffield & Co., check out her website at www.silviasheffield.com.
Jess Dilday (DJ PLAYPLAY) is a Durham-based DJ, producer, music scholar and activist. PlayPlay creatively interweaves nostalgic hip-hop and house classics into both their DJ sets and music production, and lately has been experimenting with improvisational synthesizer sets. They are also an energetic force behind several parties in the area, including long-running 80's & 90’s themed parties, traveling hi-energy party Club PlayPlay, & the Pinhook's Party Illegal (on hiatus). PlayPlay will be releasing their debut EP on Knightwerk in December will be an Artist-in-Residence at Flux Factory (NYC) in 2018.
Michelle Lotker (VIDEOGRAPHER) is a visual storyteller with an environmental science background and a Master’s of Arts in Journalism. She loves telling people-centered stories, especially when they are focused on environmental issues. If she can’t be out in the wild, her second favorite place to be is in a studio documenting inspiring dancers and artists during their creative process. Michelle believes in the power of storytelling to create more connection and empathy between humans and inspire change. She is currently freelancing as a one-woman production company in Durham, North Carolina, and has recently collaborated with organizations including World Wildlife Fund & UNC-TV, in addition to DIDA. You can see a portfolio of her work at www.michellelotker.com.