Andrew Pester/Miguel Castillo
Andrew Pester is a dancer, improviser, and choreographer. Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, he graduated with a B.A. in Dance at Middlebury College in Vermont. While studying at Middlebury he performed as a member of the Dance Company of Middlebury under the direction of choreographers Scotty Hardwig, Omar Carrum, and Claudia Lavista. He also had the pleasure of performing works by Dana Ruttenberg, Tzveta Kassabova, and Noa Zuk. He currently acts as Rehearsal Director of Daara Dance Company under the artistic direction of Michel Kouakou. He also creates work and is beginning to tour with his partner Miguel Castillo. Miguel Castillo is an artist from Caracas Venezuela interested in choreographing, directing, devising, and performing. He believes interdisciplinary process lead to greater questions. He is invested in creating work that does not rely on language to convey meaning. His creative exploration seeks to unify theatrical elements to bring the audience, performers and himself—hopefully—to a different state of being. Researching movement and the possibilities the body offers is central to his creative process. He is also interested in crafting spaces and the intersections between dance, theatre and arts installation. He hopes to continue creating work—brilliant and stupid—until the end. He was part of The Middlebury Dance Company for two consecutive seasons under the direction of Tzveta Kassabova and Scotty Hardwig. Original works include Mayura, Duet Again, The return of Mother Goddess, Postcards to mum (art installation), Audio instructions for a lost audience, Patchwork Panchatantra (in collaboration), and Man making (in collaboration).