Ivy Baldwin Dance

Here Rests Peggy, Ivy Baldwin Dance

The Company

Ivy Baldwin Dance, formed in 1999 by NYC-based choreographer, performer, and teacher Ivy Baldwin, is a company dedicated to the creation and performance of new contemporary dance. Baldwin works collaboratively with the dancers and designers of IBD to give form to the quirks of the human experience—the tragedies and trials; the constancy of loss and love; our often comic vulnerability as we walk around in delicate skin-shells, a tender package of failings and fears and fragile organs. Seeking to understand these common and visceral human experiences through abstraction is a theme in Baldwin's work. Described by critics as a "hunter-gatherer sort of choreographer", Baldwin deconstructs and compresses the disparate elements of place, personhood, and the emotional extremes that bind them together—life's underbelly of uncertainty.

Since its inception, Ivy Baldwin Dance has been presented by New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chocolate Factory, Dixon Place, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Symphony Space, CATCH in P.S. 122's COIL Festival, and La MaMa E.T.C, among others. The Company has toured nationally and internationally including: Tanz im August in Berlin, Germany, Dans Contemporan International Dance Festival in Bacau, Romania, REDCAT, Irvine Barclay Theater, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in NJ.

Ivy Baldwin Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Ivy is known for her vivid imagination, and her mysterious dances deconstruct and combine disparate elements to build bizarrely entrancing new realities.

Baldwin studied dance as a child before attending the North Carolina School of the Arts where she earned a BFA in Contemporary Dance. She moved to NYC in 1997 and attended New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Upon receiving her MFA in 1999, she founded Ivy Baldwin Dance, and has been a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer, and teacher, since 2000.

Baldwin's current project is the development and premiere of her latest evening-length dance, Oxbow. Oxbow will premiere at The American Dance Institute in October 2014, followed by the NY Premiere in November 2014. She is currently a 2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence (2013-2015) and recently completed creative residencies at MASS MoCA in MA and Abrons Arts Center in NYC.

Baldwin received her first commission for an evening-length work from Dixon Place in 2004, Now Leaving Vanderville. This led to commissions from Dance Theater Workshop (Gone Missing 2006 & Bear Crown 2009), Dance New Amsterdam (It's Only Me 2007), Dixon Place (Could be nice….. 2008), The Chocolate Factory (Here Rests Peggy 2010), and New York Live Arts (Ambient Cowboy 2012). Baldwin's work has also been presented in New York City by Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Symphony Space, CATCH in P.S. 122's COIL Festival, Danspace Project, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and La MaMa, E.T.C.

Baldwin's work has been seen internationally at Tanz im August in Berlin, Germany, the Dans Contemporan International Dance Festival in Bacau, Romania, and in-progress at the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy; and nationally at the Irvine Barclay Theater, REDCAT, Appel Farm Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Washington University.

Baldwin continues to develop her reputation for collaboration with artists across many genres. Since 2007, she has collaborated with celebrated Minneapolis-based composer, Justin Jones. She is continually interested in working with visual artists including, most recently, with painter Anna Schuleit on 2009's Here Rests Peggy and 2012's Ambient Cowboy. For Oxbow, Baldwin will collaborate with installation artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen.

Since 1999, Baldwin has been recognized with various fellowships and awards including two Bogliasco Foundation Fellowships, including a Jerome Robbins Fellowship in Dance, at the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy and a New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD Award. Baldwin's work has received funding from private foundations including the Jerome Foundation, William and Karen Tell Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Lumpkin Family Foundation, and Dugas Family Foundation.

Baldwin has been an artist-in-residence for ArtistNe(s)t at the George Apostu Cultural Center in Bacau, Romania, The Yard, and Sugar Salon--a program of the Williamsburg Art Nexus and Barnard College Dance Department of Columbia University. She has received creative residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Dragon's Egg, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

As a performer, Baldwin has often performed in her own choreographic works. She has also had the pleasure of performing in Karinne Keithley's original play Do Not Do This Ever Again at the Ohio Theater, and in the work of choreographer Katie Workum, among others.

As an educator, Baldwin has taught and choreographed in educational institutions across the country since 2003. Commissions for new work for students have included: The Wooden Floor, Barnard College, CUNY Hunter College (2009 Harkness Foundation Choreographer-In-Residence), NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and North Carolina School of the Arts, among others. She has served as adjunct faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, Barnard College, and The New School's Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College Dance Department in NYC.

Current Artists

Anna Carapetyan Performer

Originally from Austin, TX, Anna graduated from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase in 2003. She has since performed in work by Beth Gill, Juliette Mapp, Juliana May, Donna Uchizono, Katie Workum, 600 Highwaymen, and many others. She is currently in rehearsal with Ivy Baldwin and Sarah White-Ayon and is a full-spectrum, birth and postpartum doula.

Lawrence Cassella Performer

For the purposes of a neat and tidy website, we will keep this biography short and on point, focusing on the more pertinent details of Lawrence's later years. Life for our hero truly began when he put on his first dance belt, discovering the duality of a snug fit and sense of freedom. He had found the path that would lead him to eternal happiness. He has danced for such luminaries as Kraig Patterson, Daniel Charon, Faye Driscoll, Doug Varone, Jeremy Nelson, Netta Yerushalmy, Melissa Briggs, Katie Workum, and Karinne Keithley, and at last, Ivy Baldwin. With her hearty Floridian constitution, and keen sense of otherworldly talent, she has been able to withstand ten years of dancemaking with Lawrence: ten years of incessant tomfoolery, endless quoting of movies, TV shows, and songs, of his undying devotion to Tori Amos, updates on her new albums and tour dates, constant stories of dog shenanigans, the viewing of pictures of said dogs as well as of his eleven nieces and nephews. She even accepts his unconventional biographies. She has laughed with him, cried with him, sweated with him, hugged and kissed him, and pushed him to explore the oddities of human experience. She has kept him around for ten long years. And for this, he is grateful.

Molly Poerstel Performer

Molly has been active in the downtown dance scene for the past twelve years. Within this time, she has worked with artists such as: Hilary Clark, Jeanine Durning, David Dorfman, Alex Escalante, Mark Jarecke, Roseanne Spradlin, Susan Rethorst and Larissa Valez, all of whom she feels indebted to and inspired by. Ambient Cowboy is her first full-length project with Ivy Baldwin Dance and she is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful group. Ms. Poerstel-Taylor is on faculty at The Dalton School and is an adjunct professor at Purchase Conservatory of Dance. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Sam.

Eleanor Smith Performer

Eleanor grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a member of Ivy Baldwin Dance since 2009. In addition to IBD, Eleanor worked with Juliana F. May/MAYDANCE from 2006-2012 and has performed in works by Vanessa Anspaugh, Kim Brandt, Levi Gonzalez, Molly Poerstel, and Katie Workum. Eleanor was a 2010 Fresh Tracks Artist at Dance Theater Workshop and had the pleasure of serving on the panel the following year. In 2012 she was a New York Live Arts Studio Series Artist. Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith have been making work together since 2006. Molly and Eleanor have been presented by The Tank, Judson Now at Danspace Project, Roulette, PS122, and The Chocolate Factory Theater. They were nominated for a 2013 New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award for Emerging Choreographer and received the 2013 NYFA Fellow Finalist Award.

Ryan Tracy Performer

Ryan is a performer, composer and scholar based in New York City. His critical writing is published in print and online magazines. His music and theater have been performed at venues throughout New York. Academic interests include music, queer theory, performance studies, continental philosophy and psychoanalysis. He has fulfilled residencies at Yaddo and the Edward Albee Foundation, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Katie Workum Performer

Katie works as a choreographer and dancer in New York City. Her work has been presented throughout the city including commissions from the Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam and more. Currently she is creating Black Lakes, an evening-length improvised performance that will premiere at Mount Tremper Arts this August. Katie has had great pleasure working for Ivy in four of her productions as well as performed for Young Jean Lee, Katy Pyle, Stacy Dawson, David Neumann, Linas Phillips and Kourtney Rutherford, Jenny Seastone Stern and Jennie Marytai Liu.

Chloe Brown Lighting Design

Chloe is the freelance designer and former Director of Production at New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop)2010-2012. While working at Dance Theater Workshop (2002-2010), she had the opportunity to collaborate with many fantastic choreographers, including Chris Yon, Juliana May, Vicky Shick, Dan Froot, Jeanine Durning, Heather Kravas, Arthur Aviles, Luciana Achugar, Risa Jaroslow, LAVA, Julie Atlas Muz and many more. In 2005, she was honored with a Bessie Award for her lighting of Amanda Loulaki's La la la la, Resistance (The Island of Breezes). Previous to her work at Dance Theater Workshop, she traveled the world, organizing and lighting things up along the way. Some of the artists she has traveled with include David Dorfman, Liz Lerman, Susan Marshall, Bebe Miller, Marty Pottenger, Michael Moschen and Merce Cunningham. She is the Resident Lighting Designer for Red Metal Mailbox. She loves her work.

Justin Jones Sound Design

Justin is a Minneapolis based choreographer, sound designer and dancer. His choreography has been seen in MPLS at Bryant Lake Bowl, Patrick's Cabaret, Red Eye and the Southern Theater; in New York at CBGB's, Galpagos Arts Space, The Gershwin Hotel, The Knitting Factory, The Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater @ Symphony Space, LaMama Etc., Sarah Lawrence University, The Theater at the Riverside Church and Ur; and in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center. Justin creates sound design for his own choreography and for other theater and dance makers including Ivy Baldwin, Genevieve Bennett, Chris Schlichting and Chris Yon. He has performed in the choreography of Tere O'Connor, Nick Leichter, Morgan Thorson, Kara Tatelbaum, Billy Siegenfeld, Chris Schlichting and Robin Lakes. Jones is a 2007 McKnight Foundation Choreography Fellow. He was also a 2003 NYFA Fellow for his work with long time collaborator Chris Yon holds and he holds BFA in Dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Michael O'Connor Lighting Design

Michael has been designing across the globe for over fifteen years. His recent work in dance includes: Tere O'Connor's Bleed (BAM), Elena Demyanenko and Dai Jian's Blue Room (NYLA), Collin Dunne's The Turn (City Center), Jean Butler's Hurry (Danspace and PAC Dublin), Marie-Chrstine Giordano's In and Out (Danspace), Breandan de Gallai's Noctu (Irish Rep). His recent work in theater includes: Beauty of the Father (AADA), The Morons (Cell Theater), Fruits Unheard Of (Chashama), Who's Your Daddy? (Irish Rep), Red Valley (New 45th Street), Next to Normal (CAP 21), A Celebration of Harold Pinter (Irish Rep), American Clock (AADA), Jimmy Titanic (Drilling Company), Lend Me A Tenor (Gallery Players), New Works Studio (LAByrinth Theatre), Moonfleece (45th Street Theater), Oliver (David F. Clune Center), Snapshot Plays (Theatre 54), Spring Awakening (AADA). Michael is the resident Lighting Designer for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC and Tere O'Connor Dance.

Alice Ritter Costume Design

New York-based French transplant Alice Ritter designs a contemporary collection that perfectly blends elements of French chic with New York's laid-back approach to style. Feminine and delicate details share the stage with sharply tailored and more masculine lines to conjure up the image of an elegant, stylish and free-spirited woman. When Alice moved to New York from Paris over a decade ago, fashion was only a passion for the former music publicist. She got her first order while making one-of-a-kind hand-made pieces, which gave her the motivation to push the adventure further. A few years of hard work and determination garnered Alice Ritter the recognition she needed from the industry: supportive press, sponsored fashion shows, loyal customers and in 2010 a place in the CFDA Fashion Incubator Program. Alice understands that designing starts with what her personal needs as a woman dictate. She's always trying to design what she terms as "the perfect uniform" or the ideal outfit that she would feel comfortable wearing endlessly.

Anna Schuleit Set Design

Anna is a visual artist who studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence and Rome. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco, Blue Mountain Center, The Hermitage, Yaddo, Banff, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, and a visiting artist / guest lecturer at Brown University, MIT, Smith College, Harvard, The New School, Brandeis, University of Michigan, McGill, RISD, Boston University, Pratt, Bowdoin, and Syracuse University. In 2006 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. Her new projects include "The Voice Imitator", a creative collaboration with the composer Yotam Haber, of 104 paintings and 104 pieces for solo piano based on the short prose by Thomas Bernhard. This semester she was invited to be the visiting artist for the 2012 Benson Forum on Creativity at the Eastman School of Music, creating a project together with four young composers, "Room for Five", which premiered on April 17, 2012. In 2013 she will be a member of the Arctic Circle exploration to the North Pole, testing a new drawing method using eye-tracking devices. She is based in Brooklyn. http://www.annaschuleit.com/

Wade Kavanaugh & Stephen B. Nguyen Set Design

Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, both based in Brooklyn, New York, have collaborated since 2005. They continue to make artwork together because their collaborative process has given them a platform to continually question the foundations of their individual experiences, such as memory, perception and imagination. At the root of their collaboration, the process of questioning has encouraged experimentation and play that might otherwise not have existed in their individual artistic practices. Recently, their interests have re-focused on the collaborative process itself. The collaboration is project based. Each artist contributes equal parts, conceptually, and technically to the work. The artists do not maintain a daily studio practice together but instead each artist isolates and further explores individual interests through their own research, which in turn informs their shared creative process.The artists' intention is to tap into the collective imagination of their audience in the same manner they attempt to communicate with each other, by presenting an abstract version of a shared experience. Kavanaugh and Nguyen have collaborated on more than a dozen works using paper as their primary medium. The works range from large sculptural objects to warehouse-sized immersive environments that suggest layers of earth, old growth forests or the flow of a glacier. Please visit www.stripedcanary.com

Past Artists


  • Angharad Davies
  • Danielle Dugas
  • Mark Fucik
  • Alexander Gish
  • Taryn Griggs
  • Luke Miller
  • Heather Olson
  • Erin Owen
  • Katy Pyle
  • Jennifer Risch
  • Jeanne Schickler
  • Enid Smith
  • Zachary Steel
  • Jennifer Uzzi
  • Katy Woitel


  • Walter Dundervill
  • Brady Jarvis
  • Brett Jarvis
  • Karinne Keithley
  • Joe Levasseur
  • Carrie Lewis
  • Franz Nicolay
  • Joe Powell
  • Mendel Rabinovitch
  • Alice Ritter
  • Carrie Wood

Board & Staff

Board of Directors

  • Kathleen Williams
  • Michael Grossman
  • Ed Romer

Artistic Director

  • Ivy Baldwin




  • Peter Richards