Ariel Grossman & David Homan
Ariel Rebecca (Rivka) Grossman founded Ariel Rivka Dance in 2008. Born and raised in New York City, she trained at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts and at the Joffrey Ballet School under the direction of Gerald Arpino for ten years. She earned a B.S. in Dance, with honors, and a Minor in Women’s Studies from Skidmore College. Upon graduation, Ariel was commissioned to set a work on Skidmore dancers.
Ariel is drawn to dancers with strong technique who are willing to take creative risks and collaborate. Ariel draws inspiration from the struggles and joys of the human experience, particularly finding emotional depth through being a woman and a mother. She and the dancers work together to transform these emotions into shapes and stories. Ariel encourages dancers to bring themselves to the work—molding pieces that are striking, evocative, and layered. Ariel Rivka Dance reflects this evolution from classical training to boundary-pushing work.
Executive director / composer-in-residence
David Homan is a composer and collaborative artist. David Homan's music has been performed in the US, Europe, Israel, and in New York at Carnegie Hall/Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall, the Thalia at Symphony Space as well as major dance venues such as NYLA, Joyce Soho, the Di Capo Opera Theatre, MMAC, and the Joyce. He has also toured Europe (Florence and Budapest) as a playwright/composer/actor, composed the music for the award winning 2001 Fringe Festival Production Einstein's Dreams, and written theatrical scores for As You Like It, Hamlet, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Orwell's 1984, and Great Expectations, among others. Major groups such as the Di Capo Chamber Players, the Colorado String Quartet, and the American Symphony Orchestra have performed his works, as well as dance commissions with former ABT and Joffrey Ballet dancers, Randy James, Catherine Miller, Ariel Rivka Dance, and choreographers around the US. His recent album releases include EVA, WaterRocks, and the Book of Esther. He is the Founding Director of the Live Arts Collaborations.