kNonAme Artist is a collective identity with an understanding of the constant work-in-progress artist, the development and evolution due to shifts in life, location, and art form.
A Berlin founded yet New York based company founded in 2015 by Roderick George. Roderick drives the company through a balancing experiment of soft and aggressive elements, stillness and virtuosic movement. Informed by layers of dance forms ranging from classical ballet to breakdance to acrobatics. The combination of diverse histories, traditions and culture work together to create a unique quality of movement that seeks to be thought provoking and challenge the viewer’s senses. Choreography, performances and teaching events in Berlin, US and beyond.
Artistic Director & Choreographer
Roderick George was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he began his studies and classical training at Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy. Roderick continued to develop his skill by exploring modern technique at The Alvin Ailey School, all the while developing a collaboration of the techniques at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. After his general studies Roderick left his hometown and assimilated in New York City, where he began his undergraduate studies at SUNY Purchase College in 2003.
Before starting his professional career, he was a bronze winner of the Youth American Grand Prix competition in New York City in 2005 and was elected as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts in 2003, where he performed for the US President at the Kennedy Center. Roderick joined Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in 2005, which was very early on in his career engraving the beginning of his footprints in the dance world. Roderick explored more of New York as he danced with Sidra Bell Dance NY, and the Kevin Wynn Collection, until he decided to move abroad to Switzerland where Roderick joined the Basel Ballet/ Theater Basel in 2007 and later to guest with the Goteborg Operan DansKompani in 2012.
Beginning of February of 2014, Roderick moved on to be be under the direction of William Forsythe with The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany. His career has embraced the collaborations of his work and other great choreographers such as Marie Chouinard, Peeping Tom, Jorma Elo, Jacopo Godani, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylian, Sharon Eyal, Ohan Naharin, Benoit Swan-Pouffer, Richard Wherlock, and many others.
Along with his talent as a dancer, Roderick also found a passion for choreography since the early years of 2002. At the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the school enhances and coaches the dancers to work with improve studies and composition at a very young age, heightening creativity prior to university. Thus noting other prodigious achievements alongside his selection as Presidential Scholar for the NFAA ARTS competition, Roderick was named Honorable Mention for his first choreography also by the ARTS Association in 2003.
Later he was able to showcase his work at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, in the DanceLab at Ballett Basel and one of the main choreographers with the Ballett Basel School, and The Suburbia project, with the Goteborg Operan DansKompani. Roderick was selected to be an Emerging Choreographer for Springboard Dans Montreal in the summer of 2013. Roderick was also nominated to be a choreographer and performer at the Emerging Choreographer Series for the Youth American Grand Prix of 2012, where he continues to use prior knowledge and experiences to not only improve his choreographic work but also his talent and development as a contemporary performer.
Natasha Poon Woo
Natasha Poon Woo began training and performing as a member of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) in her hometown of Toronto, Canada. With CCDT, a repertory company for emerging professionals under the age of 19, she danced repertoire and new creations by renowned Canadian choreographers in performances across Canada. Natasha then went on to study at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College and the Rotterdam Dance Academy, earning a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2012 and graduating summa cum laude with the President’s Award for Achievement.
As a performer, Natasha has toured Holland and Switzerland with Conny Janssen Danst, danced in residence at the Beijing Dance Academy in China with The Kevin Wynn Collection, and performed the works of such established American choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Pam Tanowitz, and Roderick George. Currently based in Toronto, she has worked with local companies and artists including Rock Bottom Movement, Côté Danse, Citadel+ Compagnie, BoucharDanse, The Dietrich Group, Benjamin Landsberg, Ryan Lee / The Platform, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Gadfly, Little Pear Garden Dance Company, Tapestry Opera and Hit & Run Dance Productions. She is a Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning performer with Rock Bottom, whose acclaimed production of hollow mountain was recognized in the Dance Division for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Ensemble Performance in 2020.
Natasha has been the Associate Artistic Director of CCDT since 2019. She has been an active Rehearsal Director for over a decade, and with CCDT alone she has restaged dozens of repertoire pieces and assisted with the creation of over twenty-five new works. In addition, she has directed rehearsals for freelance projects by artists including Roderick George (kNonameArtist), Hanna Kiel (Human Body Expression), and Rodney Diverlus. Natasha is a passionate and sought-after dance educator specializing in Limón-based modern technique and is a certified instructor of C-I TrainingTM (conditioning-with-imagery), trained and mentored by Donna Krasnow.