Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray

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Jamaican street culture of Brooklyn, such as bruk-up and dancehall. He was one of the founders of a new hybrid dance form, Flexn: a combination of various styles from the local scene, such as bone breaking, pauzin, gliding, get-low, connecting, hat tricks and punchlines. The style was named after the regional TV programme Flex N Brooklyn, where local dancers showed off their latest moves. He has travelled all over the world with his award-winning dance crew Ring Masters, and in 2011 he founded a new dance company, The D.R.E.A.M. RING (Dance Rules Everything Around Me). In 2015, he produced his first major choreography, FLEXN, for the Park Avenue Armory in New York. This production went on to tour the Brisbane Festival, the Festival de Marseille, the Napoli Teatro Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and Dartmouth College. Gray is a regular feature on American TV, for example in the third season of America's Best Dance Crew, various adverts, and in music videos for Wayne Wonder, Sean Paul, Nicki Minaj and other artists. Last year, together with his crew, he provided choreography for Public Works; The Odyssey (2015) at New York's Public Theater. Gray is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Park Avenue Armory and at National Sawdust where he is creating works that feature flex dance music and choreography. American theater and opera director Peter Sellars is renowned for his groundbreaking and transformative interpretations of artistic masterpieces and for collaborative projects with an extraordinary range of creative artists. He gained international acclaim for his stagings in the late 1980s of the Mozart trilogy Cosi fan Tutte (set in a diner on Cap Cod), The Marriage of Figaro (set in a luxury apartment in New York City's Trump Tower), and Don Giovanni (set in New York City's Spanish Harlem). Sellars has collaborated on the creation of many works with composer John Adams, including Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, El Niño, Doctor Atomic, A Flowering Tree, and The Gospel According to the Other Mary. He has staged operas at the Dutch National Opera, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, l'Opéra National de Paris, Salzburg Festival, and San Francisco Opera, among others. Upcoming projects in 2017 include productions of La Clemenza di Tito at the Salzburg Festival and the premiere of John Adams’ new opera Girls of the Golden West at the San Francisco Opera. Sellars has led several major arts festivals, including the Los Angeles Festival (1990 and 1993), the Adelaide Arts Festival (2002), and New Crowned Hope (2006) in Vienna. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Holland Festival has presented The Children of Herakles (2004), Bach Cantatas (2005), Doctor Atomic (2007), and Desdemona (2013), written by Nobel Prize Winner Toni Morrison and Malian composer Rokia Traoré.