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The Known Mass project is facilitated by Ann Glaviano.

Ann began her classical ballet training in 1988 at the Lelia Haller Ballet School and her modern dance training in 1999 at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. She has pursued her dance studies across the US and abroad at institutions including the Ailey School, BalletMet, New Dialect, The Ohio State University, María del Puerto Escuela de Danza, Tulane University, and the Schramel Conservatory, and with master artists such as Donald Williams, Jesse Zaritt, Deborah Hay, Riley Watts, and Angelle Hebert. Recent concert performance credits include productions by FLOCK, Narcisse|Movement Project, Lightwire Theater, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, New Orleans Opera Association, and Short North Stage. Recent clients for commercial work (both choreographed and improvised performance) include Hannibal Buress, Southwest Airlines, and the Mystic Krewe of Hermes. She is a featured dancer in Le Pain, a dance film directed by Meryl Murman and an official selection of the 2015 St. Tropez International Film Festival and the 2015 East End Film Festival in London. Ann made her choreographic debut in June 2015 at the Marigny Opera House with The Bakkhai, for which she also served as lead chorus.

In June 2013, Ann initiated a collaborative music-and-dance project called Known Mass, aesthetically motivated by devised theatre and DIY punk traditions. In June 2014, she directed and performed in her first production, Known Mass No. 1, at the Marigny Opera House. A new performance series, Known Mass No. 2: Out Music in Contact, began in June 2016 at Art Klub and also was featured in the inaugural Fall Dance Festival (2016) at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs, MS. A student of Karl Rogers and Eric Nordstrom, Ann hosts contact improv classes and jams, as well as the Vector Series of technique, improv, and phrasework classes through Known Mass. She also helps facilitate the Contact Improv New Orleans group.

Other contributions to the New Orleans dance community have included a writing and analysis project, NOLA Dance Readerand Dance in NOLA, an online catalog of weekly classes, auditions, workshops, and other resources for local adult dancers that Ann maintained from June 2013-April 2015. She served as site editor for the New Orleans Dance Network in its inaugural year.

Contact Ann at knownmass [at] gmail [dot] com.

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