Dylan Crossman, former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, brings this unique pedigree to his own dances that have been called “compellingly poetic” by The New York Times.
Raised under the Mediterranean sun, Crossman studied dance and theatre, and went to college in rainy London at the Laban/Trinity College of Music and Dance. He moved to New York in August 2006 where he quickly began working with choreographers Julia K. Gleich and Sean Curran, also becoming a founding member of Peter Kyle Dance. He also managed a Turkish restaurant. Later (or recently) Dylan would work with Wally Cardona, Christopher Williams, Ellen Cornfield, Brian Brooks Moving Company.
In 2009, Dylan joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company after being a part of the Repertory Understudy Group for two years. During that time, he worked directly with Merce on the creation of works Xover and Nearly Ninety and the partial revival of works Trails (1982), Doubles (1984), Second Hand (1970). He is honored to have been a part of the Legacy Tour, enjoying every second of it. Dylan continues to be involved in the Cunningham Trust's mission; to share Merce's philosophy, his technique, to give the chance to other dancers to experience the work, to companies around the world to license it and of course to continue his legacy. Dylan and Melissa Toogood, former company member (2008-2011) recently restaged Trails (1982) as part of the Trust's Fellowship Program.
Now freelance, Dylan works with choreographers Kimberly Bartosik/Daela, Sylvain Emard (Montreal), Julia K. Gleich/Gleich Dances, Ryan McNamara, Sally Silvers and Pam Tanowitz. He has been championed as "a disarming performer" by The New York Times.
Dylan received a Bessie Award for his work in Tanowitz's Be in the Gray With Me (2009). Kid Birds, a project he was the teacher/choreographer for, inspired by Merce Cunningham's work and involving 40 middle-school children won the 2014 Artistic and Cultural Audacity Award in France . BOUND, his latest solo, received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. He is a faculty member for the Cunningham Trust and Joffrey Ballet School. Dylan is a NYLA associate artist.
His pickup company Crossman Dans(c)e was created in 2013 and looks at identity issues in human behavior. Its work has been seen in New York at DanceRoulette, La MaMa Moves!, Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates, at Abrons Art Center as part of Laurie Uprichard's Travelogues, at The 92nd street Y's Fridays at Noon; The Making of our Dance Future. It has also been seen in Montreal and in Montpellier, France.
Crossman Dans(c)e also works with children and adults, using dance as a means for social integration or conflict resolution. His choreography has received critical praise from The New York Times among others.