Meet the pigeons

Spring 2019 Collaborators

Patrick O'Brien (Dancer)

Patrick O'Brien began his dance training in Bakersfield, CA before moving to New York in 2012 to attend The Joffrey Ballet School where he graduated as part of the Joffrey Concert Group. In 2016 he took a more active approach to pursue his passion for creating choreography.Patrick has presented works at The Brooklyn Museum, The Hudson Guild Theatre, Dixon Place, The Royal Theatre (Producers's Club), Socrates Sculpture Park, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Earl Mosley's Intensive of the Arts, DeBaun Performing Arts Center, and Green Space. He has also presented work in Honolulu, Hawaii, and in his hometown in California. Mr. O'Brien's body of work strives to reflect on the human condition with an aesthetically cognitive approach.

Victoria Sames (Dancer)

Victoria Sames, originally of Arnold, MD, graduated from the Hartt School in 2017 with a BFA focused in Dance Pedagogy.  While at Hartt she performed in works by Jose Limon, Adam Barruch, Manuel Vignoulle, and Norbert de la Cruz III.  She is currently a New York City-based freelance dancer and also teaches at Ballet Tech. "Tensible", in March 2019, is her first collaboration with Pigeonwing Dance.

Photo by Arnaud Falchier

Giovanna Gamna (Dancer)

Giovanna Gamna is originally from Italy. She studied dance in Florence at Centro Studi Danza e Movimento. She holds a BFA in dance and performance from SUNY Purchase College. In New York she worked for Kazuzo Hirabayiashi Dance Theater, Luca Veggetti's "Xenakis and Japan" at Judson church, Yung-Li Dance and performed in Armitage Gone!’s variety show "Werk". Through Jen Harmon Projects she danced for the NYC productions of "Odissey Works, Theater for One" and for the 2014 edition of "Future of Story Telling" for Fake Love. She currently dances for Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Jen Harmon Projects and Gabrielle Lamb. She is also a Certified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor.

Robin Cantrell (Dancer)

Robin Cantrell is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, and received her early dance training at Midwest Youth Dance Theatre. She attended the University of Utah as a Willem F. Christensen scholarship recipient, and received a B.F.A. in Ballet performance as well a a degree in anthropology. Robin has worked with City Ballet of San Diego, Ballet Deviare, Rioult, & Collective Body Dance Lab. She currently works with Rebecca Kelly Ballet & Gabrielle Lamb. Since joining Battery Dance in 2008, Robin has had the opportunity to combine her love of performing and teaching with her fascination for learning about other cultures and choreography. She has performed, taught, and presented her own choreography in over 50 countries worldwide. Robin is also the Artistic Director of her own company: Indelible Dance, now in it’s 7th year.


Forrest Hersey (Dancer)

Forrest Hersey is a New York City based dancer who has performed works for Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Gabrielle Lamb and Nelly Van Bommel. He grew up near Louisville, Kentucky attending the Youth Performing Arts School and University of Louisville Dance Academy before earning a BFA in dance at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. There he danced pieces by Ohad Naharin, Shannon Gillen, Aszure Barton, Adam Barruch, Greg Dolbashian, Ori Flomin and John Higginbotham. With the Merce Cunningham Trust he performed an exceprt from Springweather and People for the MacArthur Fellowship’s 35th Genius Award anniversary.

James Budinich (Composer)

James Budinich composes music inspired by minimalism, Croatian folk traditions, and American popular music. He has written for orchestra, voice, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and electronics.

He has collaborated with Lindsay Brown (Love’s Lost Words for mezzo-soprano, cello, and piano), Samuel Rolfe (By the Light of Day for solo flute), and Stacey Geyer (Separate Realities for soprano, viola, and fixed electronics). Recently he was commissioned to compose a new work for Ensemble Móbile; the resulting trio (Embrace for flute, violin, and guitar) was premiered in Brazil as part of their 2017-18 season. He has worked with ensembles such as the Momenta Quartet, Yarn/Wire, the Lontano Ensemble, and Roomful of Teeth.

James is currently studying towards his PhD in Composition at Duke University, and previously earned his Master of Music in Composition from Binghamton University.

Photo by Elena Sippel

Tiffany Mangulabnan (Dancer)

Tiffany Mangulabnan was born in Manila, Philippines, where she studied ballet mainly at the Philippine Ballet Theatre Conservatoire, and started performing as an apprentice with Philippine Ballet Theatre in 2001. Later, as a member of the company, she danced in the corps de ballet of several full-length classical productions before being named a soloist, and finally a principal in 2010. She was a Principal Dancer with the company from 2010-2012, dancing the lead roles in ballets like 'Swan Lake' and others. In 2012 she moved to New York City, where she danced with Charles Askegard and Michele Wiles's BalletNext for four years. Since 2016, she has been freelancing in New York City's contemporary ballet scene, dancing as part of companies such as Emery LeCrone DANCE, Gleich Dances, Claudia Schreier & Company, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, and Brookoff Dance Repertory Ensemble. She co-founded konverjdans with Amy Saunder and Jordan Miller in 2016.

photo: Sergio Carrasco

Other collaborators:


Christian Allen

Giorgia Bovo

Chelsea Bonosky

Cody Berkeley

Billy Cannon

Jane Cracovaner

Christine Darch (Costumes)

Barry Steele (Lighting)

Itohan Edoloyi (Lighting)

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