lonely collective is an interdisciplinary dance group dedicated to collaboration and rigor. We create and seek out art that stands alone, art that sits by itself in the corner, who possibly hasn’t made any friends yet. We are interested in the work that challenges and interrogates the normal. The collective, consisting of dancers, performance artists, and film-makers, mashes together forms to develop work that is personal, social, and/or political.
Rachel Oliver Young, originally from Missoula, MT, is a free-lance dancer, choreographer, and movement instructor based in Denver, Colorado. Rachel holds a BS in Dance and Biochemistry from Beloit College, and an MFA in Dance, as an Arts and Sciences Fellow at CU-Boulder. Rachel has had the opportunity to perform for Gesel Mason, Double Vision, Carte Blanche Performance, Avodah Dance, Tough Cookie Dance, ecnDanceWorks (now The Moving Architects), and the West Virginia Dance Company, among others. Rachel’s choreographic work has been presented in many settings, including being commissioned by Longmont Dance Theatre, Bare Bait Dance, and the West Virginia Dance Company, selected for performance at WestFest: All Over Westbeth, Performática in San Andrés Cholula, Puebla, México, and presented at Dixon Place, the ATLAS Institute, the Philly Live Arts & Fringe, the Jack and Triskelion Arts. racheloliverdance.com
Samantha Lysaght collaborates with artists Millie Heckler, Shantelle Jackson, Rachel Oliver Young, and Jadd Tank. She is a member of the Denver-based production company Teahm Beahm, featured in their latest film. In the past, she has danced in works by Gesel Mason, Erika Randall, Core Project Chicago, and Rachel Oliver Young. She currently apprentices for Abby Zbikowski/The New Utility and studies COREMOTION technique under Daria Faïn.
Julie Rooney’s work integrates video, performance, and classical music. She has exhibited at film festivals like Antimatter and Experiments in Film, many venues including the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and Monkey Town 4, and residencies such as The Experimental Television Center and SANDWICH in Japan. Always active in the arts scene, in 2009 she founded a gallery in Indiana and currently is involved with the Brooklyn Symphony, the Dancing Camera, and Roulette. She received her MFA from the University of Colorado, studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and received her BA from DePauw University. julierooney.com